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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725910/preoperative-quality-of-life-questionnaires-are-an-adequate-tool-to-select-women-with-genital-prolapse-for-laparoscopic-sacrocolpopexy
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Enora Laas, Mattieu Haddad, Joël Muhlstein, Sofiane Bendifallah, Marcos Ballester, Emile Darai
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: No clear consensus exists on the selection of patients with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) for surgery. There is a need to preoperatively identify candidates who will benefit from surgery as there is no strict correlation between POP anatomical abnormalities and changes in symptoms and quality of life (QOL) after surgical treatment. Therefore, our objectives were to evaluate the changes in QOL after laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy (LSC) for POP using validated questionnaires and to assess their relevance in selecting women for surgery...
July 19, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725325/left-atrial-appendage-volume-and-plasma-docosahexaenoic-acid-levels-are-associated-with-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-after-catheter-ablation
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Tomoyuki Shiozawa, Kazunori Shimada, Gaku Sekita, Hidemori Hayashi, Haruna Tabuchi, Seiji Miura, Shinichiro Fujimoto, Tomoyasu Kadoguchi, Shohei Ouchi, Tatsuro Aikawa, Hamad Al Shahi, Shuhei Takahashi, Tetsuro Miyazaki, Masataka Sumiyoshi, Yuji Nakazato, Hiroyuki Daida
BACKGROUND: Risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence in patients who have undergone AF catheter ablation have not been fully clarified. The objective of this study was to assess whether the left atrium (LA) and LA appendage (LAA) volumes, and cardio-metabolic markers such as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) levels were associated with AF recurrence. METHODS: Seventy-seven consecutive patients with AF (mean age, 59 ± 8 years; male, 81%; paroxysmal AF, 64%) undergoing catheter ablation were enrolled...
June 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716089/greater-periventricular-white-matter-hyperintensity-severity-in-basilar-artery-branch-atheromatous-disease
#3
Po-Chen Lin, Feng-Chi Chang, Hui-Chi Huang, Jui-Yao Tsai, Yung-Yang Lin, Chih-Ping Chung
BACKGROUND: Basilar artery branch atheromatous disease (BABAD), in which basilar artery atheroma occludes penetrating arteries at their origin, is a common etiology of posterior circulation stroke (PCS). It is currently unknown whether white matter hyperintensity(WMH), a marker of small vessel disease(SVD), is associated with BABAD. METHODS: The present study analyzed data from patients with PCS who were enrolled in the Taipei Veterans General Hospital Stroke Registry between January 1, 2010 and February 28, 2014...
July 17, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713823/intracardiac-hemostasis-and-fibrinolysis-parameters-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Noémi Klára Tóth, Zoltán Csanádi, Orsolya Hajas, Alexandra Kiss, Edina Nagy-Baló, Kitti Bernadett Kovács, Ferenc Sarkady, László Muszbek, Zsuzsanna Bereczky, László Csiba, Zsuzsa Bagoly
AIMS: To identify intracardiac hemostasis or fibrinolysis abnormalities, which are associated with atrial fibrillation (AF) and increase the risk of thromboembolism. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patient group consisted of 24 patients with AF and control group included 14 individuals with other supraventricular tachycardia undergoing transcatheter radiofrequency ablation. Blood samples were drawn from the femoral vein (FV), left atrium (LA), and left atrial appendage (LAA) before the ablation procedure...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705680/characterization-of-significant-molecular-determinants-of-virulence-of-enterovirus-71-sub-genotype-b4-in-rhabdomyosarcoma-cells
#5
Pinn Tsin Isabel Yee, Reham Ahmed Hashim Mohamed, Seng-Kai Ong, Kuan Onn Tan, Chit Laa Poh
One of the leading causes of the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is Enterovirus 71 (EV-A71), displaying symptoms such as fever and ulcers in children but some strains can produce cardiopulmonary oedema which leads to death. There is no FDA-approved vaccine for prevention of severe HFMD. The molecular determinants of virulence for EV-A71 are unclear. It could be a single or a combination of amino acids that determines virulence in different EV-A71 genotype/sub-genotypes. Several EV-A71 strains bearing single nucleotide (nt) mutations were constructed and the contribution of each mutation to virulence was evaluated...
July 10, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702271/risk-factors-and-etiology-of-young-ischemic-stroke-patients-in-estonia
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Siim Schneider, Alina Kornejeva, Riina Vibo, Janika Kõrv
OBJECTIVES: Reports on young patients with ischemic stroke from Eastern Europe have been scarce. This study aimed to assess risk factors and etiology of first-ever and recurrent stroke among young Estonian patients. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of consecutive ischemic stroke patients aged 18-54 years who were treated in our two hospitals from 2003 to 2012. RESULTS: We identified 741 patients with first-ever stroke and 96 patients with recurrent stroke...
2017: Stroke Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697481/childhood-exposure-to-libby-amphibole-asbestos-and-respiratory-health-in-young-adults
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Patrick H Ryan, Carol H Rice, James E Lockey, Brad Black, Jeff Burkle, Timothy J Hilbert, Linda Levin, Cole Brokamp, Roy McKay, Christopher Wolfe, Grace K LeMasters
OBJECTIVES: Vermiculite ore containing Libby amphibole asbestos (LAA) was mined in Libby, MT, from the 1920s-1990. Recreational and residential areas in Libby were contaminated with LAA. This objective of this study was to characterize childhood exposure to LAA and investigate its association with respiratory health during young adulthood. METHODS: Young adults who resided in Libby prior to age 18 completed a health and activity questionnaire, pulmonary function testing, chest x-ray and HRCT scan...
July 8, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693220/remodeling-of-energy-metabolism-by-a-ketone-body-and-medium-chain-fatty-acid-suppressed-the-proliferation-of-ct26-mouse-colon-cancer-cells
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Yui Kadochi, Shiori Mori, Rina Fujiwara-Tani, Yi Luo, Yukiko Nishiguchi, Shingo Kishi, Kiyomu Fujii, Hitoshi Ohmori, Hiroki Kuniyasu
Normal and cancerous cells are suggested to have differential utilization of fatty acids and ketone bodies, which could be exploited in cancer therapy. The present study examined the effect of 3-hydroxybutyric acid (3-HBA), which is a ketone body generating acetyl-CoA, and lauric acid (LAA, C12:0), which is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid translocated to mitochondria in a carnitine-independent manner to produce acetyl-CoA, on the energy metabolism of mouse CT26 colon cancer cells. In CT26 cells expressing 3-HBA and LAA transporters, 3-HBA and LAA reduced cell proliferation, mitochondrial volume and lactate production, and increased oxidative stress, particularly in low-glucose conditions...
July 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691914/residual-leaks-following-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-assessment-and-management-implications
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Claire E Raphael, Paul A Friedman, Jacqueline Saw, Sorin V Pislaru, Thomas M Munger, David R Holmes
Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure for stroke prevention in the setting of non valvular atrial fibrillation is an alternative to oral anticoagulation in patients with increased bleeding risk. It allows similar reduction in thromboembolic events, in particular stroke, compared to warfarin. A common clinical dilemma is the management of patients with peri-device leak after LAA occlusion. This has been documented in both percutaneous as well as with surgical approaches. The specific definitions of leak severity, and the longer term clinical implications are poorly understood...
July 11, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675629/long-term-follow-up-after-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-with-comparison-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-vs-computed-tomography-to-guide-medical-therapy-and-data-about-post-closure-cardioversion
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Benjamin Berte, Christine Attenhofer Jost, Dominik Maurer, Anja Fäh-Gunz, Xavier Pillois, Barbara Naegeli, Monica Pfyffer, Gabor Sütsch, Christoph Scharf
AIMS: The use of left atrial appendage (LAA)-occluders in atrial fibrillation is increasing. There are few data on the comparison between transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and computed tomography (MDCT) assessing peridevice-flow and outcome of electrical cardioversion (ECV) in these patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Single-center prospective registry from 2009 to 2015 including all LAA-occluders to analyze success and complications during implantation and follow-up...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671551/3d-printing-for-sizing-left-atrial-appendage-closure-device-head-to-head-comparison-with-computed-tomography-and-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Michaela M Hell, Stephan Achenbach, In Seong Yoo, Joerg Franke, Florian Blachutzik, Jens Roether, Verena Graf, Dorette Raaz-Schrauder, Mohamed Marwan, Christian Schlundt
AIMS: Device sizing for LAA closure using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) can be challenging due to complex LAA anatomy. We investigated whether the use of 3D-printed left atrial appendage (LAA) models based on pre-procedural computed tomography (CT) permits accurate device sizing. METHODS AND RESULTS: 22 patients (73±8 years, 55% male) with atrial fibrillation requiring anticoagulation at high bleeding risk underwent LAA closure (WatchmanTM device). Pre-procedurally, LAA was sized by TEE and third-generation dual-source CT...
July 4, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670169/ct-quantification-of-lungs-and-airways-in-normal-korean-subjects
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Song Soo Kim, Gong Yong Jin, Yuan Zhe Li, Jeong Eun Lee, Hye Soo Shin
OBJECTIVE: To measure and compare the quantitative parameters of the lungs and airways in Korean never-smokers and current or former smokers ("ever-smokers"). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Never-smokers (n = 119) and ever-smokers (n = 45) who had normal spirometry and visually normal chest computed tomography (CT) results were retrospectively enrolled in this study. For quantitative CT analyses, the low attenuation area (LAA) of LAAI-950, LAAE-856, CT attenuation value at the 15th percentile, mean lung attenuation (MLA), bronchial wall thickness of inner perimeter of a 10 mm diameter airway (Pi10), total lung capacity (TLCCT), and functional residual capacity (FRCCT) were calculated based on inspiratory and expiratory CT images...
July 2017: Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667807/improved-algorithm-for-ostium-size-assessment-in-watchman-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-using-three-dimensional-echocardiography
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Maximilian Schmidt-Salzmann, Felix Meincke, Felix Kreidel, Tobias Spangenberg, Alexander Ghanem, Karl-Heinz Kuck, Martin W Bergmann
AIMS: Correct sizing of the ostium is a crucial step in left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion procedures. However, unfavorable anatomy of the ostium often complicates the assessment of the true ostium diameter. We hypothesized that area-derived diameter (ADD) and perimeter-derived diameter (PDD) from three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiogram (3D-TEE) can facilitate this step of the procedure as compared with two-dimensional (2D) measurements. METHODS AND RESULTS: For 55 patients within the ALSTER-LAA registry, retrospective analysis of PDD and ADD was correlated with 2D measurements used during the procedure to ascertain correct size of the Watchman device (Boston Scientific)...
July 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652672/independent-predictors-of-developing-pulmonary-hypertension-in-heart-failure-with-reduced-versus-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Alaa Roushdy, Walaa Adel
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the different clinical and echocardiographic predictors of evolving PH in patients with heart failure with and without reduced ejection fraction. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study included 153 heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) (n = 89) and preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) (n = 64) both of which were subdivided into 2 subgroups according to the presence of PH. All patients were subjected to detailed clinical assessment and full transthoracic echocardiogram...
July 2017: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652029/dealing-with-the-left-atrial-appendage-for-stroke-prevention-devices-and-decision-making
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REVIEW
Karen P Phillips, Vince Paul
Left atrial appendage (LAA) device occlusion represents a major evolution in stroke prevention for atrial fibrillation (AF). Left atrial appendage device occlusion is now a proven strategy which provides long-term thromboembolic stroke prevention for patients with non-rheumatic AF. Evidence supports its benefit as an alternative to long-term anticoagulation while mitigating long-term bleeding risks and improving cardiovascular mortality. The therapy offers expanded options to physicians and patients negotiating stroke prevention (both primary and secondary prevention), but a good understanding of the risks and benefits is required for decision-making...
May 17, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637244/elevated-homocysteine-increases-the-risk-of-left-atrial-left-atrial-appendage-thrombus-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-with-low-cha2ds2-vasc-score
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Yan Yao, Mei-Sheng Shang, Li-Jian Gao, Jing-Hua Zhao, Xiao-Hui Yang, Tong Liu, Ri-Bo Tang, Chen-Xi Jiang, De-Yong Long, Man Ning, Hui Zhu, Qiang Lv, Rong Hu, Xin Du, Jian-Zeng Dong
Aims: To assess the association and the predictive value of plasma homocysteine (Hcy) levels with LA/LAA thrombus in non-valvular Atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with low CHA2DS2-VASc score. Methods and results: Eight hundred and eighty-eight consecutive patients in non-valvular AF with CHA2DS2-VASc score of 0 and 1 were enrolled. All patients routinely underwent transthoracic echocardiography and transoesophageal echocardiography. A total of thirty-two patients had LA/LAA thrombus...
June 16, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629766/laparoscopic-assisted-approach-for-penetrating-abdominal-trauma-a-solution-for-multiple-bowel-injuries
#17
Oleh Yevhenovych Matsevych, Modise Zacharia Koto, Colleen Aldous
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic laparoscopy (TL) for penetrating abdominal trauma (PAT) is controversial because the management of multiple bowel injuries is challenging and the conversion rate is high. However, the laparoscopic-assisted approach (LAA) allows easy management of multiple bowel injuries but not investigated in a trauma setting. The aim of this study was to investigate its role in management of multiple bowel injuries and to compare LAA with therapeutic laparoscopy performed fully laparoscopically (FTL)...
June 16, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629554/emphysema-quantification-and-lung-volumetry-in-chest-x-ray-equivalent-ultralow-dose-ct-intra-individual-comparison-with-standard-dose-ct
#18
Michael Messerli, Thorsten Ottilinger, René Warschkow, Sebastian Leschka, Hatem Alkadhi, Simon Wildermuth, Ralf W Bauer
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether ultralow dose chest CT with tin filtration can be used for emphysema quantification and lung volumetry and to assess differences in emphysema measurements and lung volume between standard dose and ultralow dose CT scans using advanced modeled iterative reconstruction (ADMIRE). METHODS: 84 consecutive patients from a prospective, IRB-approved single-center study were included and underwent clinically indicated standard dose chest CT (1...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626989/electrical-isolation-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-by-maze-like-catheter-substrate-modification-a-reproducible-strategy-for-pulmonary-vein-isolation-non-responders
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Stefano Bordignon, Laura Perrotta, Daniela Dugo, Fabrizio Bologna, Takahiko Nagase, Alexander Fuernkranz, Kr Julian Chun, Boris Schmidt
INTRODUCTION: The ablation strategy for atrial fibrillation (AF) despite pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is controversial. Left atrial appendage isolation (LAAI) may contribute to improve outcome. We describe an ablation approach ("Maze-like"-LAAI) that (1) modifies the underlying LA substrate by linear ablation (2) eliminates the LAA as a putative AF trigger site and (3) incorporates an unambiguous procedural endpoint. The role of LAA closure (LAAC) after LAAI was investigated. METHODS: Patients with atrial tachyarrhythmias non-responsive to PVI underwent a LAAI ablation procedure...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620994/amphiphilic-naproxen-prodrugs-differential-scanning-calorimetry-study-on-their-interaction-with-phospholipid-bilayers
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Maria Chiara Giuffrida, Rosario Pignatello, Francesco Castelli, Maria Grazia Sarpietro
OBJECTIVES: Naproxen, a nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drug studied for Alzheimer's disease, was conjugated with lipoamino acids (LAA) directly or through a diethylamine (EDA) spacer to improve the drug lipophilicity and the interaction with phospholipid bilayers. METHODS: The interaction of naproxen and its prodrugs with biomembrane models consisting of dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine multilamellar vesicles was studied by differential scanning calorimetry. The transfer of prodrugs from a lipophilic carrier to a biomembrane model was also studied...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
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