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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230858/ngs-based-transcriptome-profiling-reveals-biomarkers-for-companion-diagnostics-of-the-tgf-%C3%AE-receptor-blocker-galunisertib-in-hcc
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Yuan Cao, Rahul Agarwal, Francesco Dituri, Luigi Lupo, Paolo Trerotoli, Serena Mancarella, Peter Winter, Gianluigi Giannelli
Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) signaling has gained extensive interest in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The small molecule kinase inhibitor galunisertib, targeting the TGF-β receptor I (TGF-βRI), blocks HCC progression in preclinical models and shows promising effects in ongoing clinical trials. As the drug is not similarly effective in all patients, this study was aimed at identifying new companion diagnostics biomarkers for patient stratification. Next-generation sequencing-based massive analysis of cDNA ends was used to investigate the transcriptome of an invasive HCC cell line responses to TGF-β1 and galunisertib...
February 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228636/progressive-ischemic-stroke-due-to-thyroid-storm-associated-cerebral-venous-thrombosis
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Natsumi Tanabe, Eiji Hiraoka, Masataka Hoshino, Gautam A Deshpande, Kana Sawada, Yasuhiro Norisue, Jumpei Tsukuda, Toshihiko Suzuki
BACKGROUND Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is a rare but fatal complication of hyperthyroidism that is induced by the hypercoagulable state of thyrotoxicosis. Although it is frequently difficult to diagnose CVT promptly, it is important to consider it in the differential diagnosis when a hyperthyroid patient presents with atypical neurologic symptoms. CASE REPORT A 49-year-old Japanese female with unremarkable medical history came in with thyroid storm and multiple progressive ischemic stroke identified at another hospital...
February 23, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228305/clinical-presentation-management-and-outcomes-in-the-indian-heart-rhythm-society-atrial-fibrillation-ihrs-af-registry
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A Vora, A Kapoor, M Nair, Y Lokhandwala, C Narsimhan, A G Ravikishore, S K Dwivedi, N Namboodiri, R Hygriv, A Saxena, A Nabar, S Garg, N Bardoloi, R Yadav, A Nambiar, U Pandurangi, D Jhala, A Naik, Nagmallesh, S Rajagopal, R Selvaraj, V Arora, A Thachil, J Thomas, G Panicker
AIM: A national atrial fibrillation (AF) registry was conducted under the aegis of the Indian Heart Rhythm Society (IHRS), to capture epidemiological data-type of AF, clinical presentation and comorbidities, current treatment practices, and 1-year follow-up outcomes. METHODS: A total of 1537 patients were enrolled from 24 sites in India in the IHRS-AF registry from July 2011 to August 2012. Their baseline characteristics and follow-up data were recorded in case report forms and subsequently analyzed...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224974/differences-in-outcomes-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease-managed-by-cardiologists-versus-non-cardiologists-the-international-prospective-clarify-registry
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Zofia Parma, Philippe Gabriel Steg, Nicola Greenlaw, Roberto Ferrari, Ian Ford, Kim Fox, Jean-Claude Tardif, Joao Morais, Marco Alcocer Gamba, Stefan Kääb, Michał Tendera
INTRODUCTION    Clinical outcomes of patients with stable coronary artery disease (SCAD) may differ between those primarily managed by cardiologists versus non-cardiologists.  OBJECTIVES    Our main objective was to analyze the clinical outcomes of outpatients with SCAD in relation to the specialty of the managing physicians.  PATIENTS AND METHODS    We studied 32,468 outpatients with SCAD included in the CLARIFY registry, with up to 4 years follow-up data. Cardiologists provided medical care in 84...
January 20, 2017: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224412/antihypertensive-medication-use-and-risk-of-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Joanne S Colt, Jonathan N Hofmann, Kendra Schwartz, Wong-Ho Chow, Barry I Graubard, Faith Davis, Julie Ruterbusch, Sonja Berndt, Mark P Purdue
PURPOSE: Use of antihypertensive medications has been associated with renal cell carcinoma (RCC), but it is unclear whether specific types of medications increase RCC risk independent of the effect of hypertension, or whether the association varies by histologic subtype. To address this question, we analyzed data from a U.S. population-based case-control study of RCC. METHODS: We collected information on participants' use of drugs to treat hypertension, heart problems, weight control, and swelling...
February 21, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222734/diabetes-and-beta-adrenergic-blockage-are-risk-factors-for-metastatic-prostate-cancer
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Malte Krönig, Christian Haverkamp, Antonia Schulte, Laura Heinicke, Kathrin Schaal, Vanessa Drendel, Martin Werner, Ulrich Wetterauer, Wolfgang Schultze-Seemann, Cordula Annette Jilg
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the influence of comorbidity inferred risks for lymph node metastasis (pN1) and positive surgical margins (R1) after radical prostatectomy in order to optimize pretherapeutic risk classification. We analyzed 454 patients after radical prostatectomy (RP) between 2009 and 2014. Comorbidities were defined by patients' medication from our electronic patient chart and stratified according to the ATC WHO code. Endpoints were lymph node metastasis (pN1) and positive surgical margins (R1)...
February 21, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220388/real-world-evidence-for-the-antianginal-efficacy-of-trimetazidine-from%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-russian-observational-choice-2-study
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Maria Glezer
INTRODUCTION: The guidelines recommend a beta-blocker or calcium channel blocker as the first-line medication for angina, supplemented by other agents for additional symptoms. One such agent is trimetazidine (TMZ), which has been shown to reduce the frequency of anginal episodes and improve exercise performance without affecting haemodynamic parameters. However, extensive real-world evidence for its efficacy in combination with first-line therapies has been lacking. METHODS: The aim of this large-scale, Russian, multicentre, 6-month, open-label, prospective observational study was to assess the effect of adding TMZ modified release 35 mg bid to background antianginal therapy in the real-world clinical setting...
February 20, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220370/the-effect-of-candesartan-on-pentraxin-3-plasma-levels-as-marker-of-endothelial-dysfunction-in-patients-with-essential-arterial-hypertension
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V Buda, M Andor, C Cristescu, M Voicu, F Cochera, P Tuduce, L Petrescu, M C Tomescu
BACKGROUND: In the last decades, the studies performed on the field of endothelial dysfunction confirmed the fact that the starting point of this pathology is the inflammation. Several inflammatory biomarkers had been discovered and studied, ones showing systemic inflammation, and others being more specific biomarkers and showing the local inflammation. Pentraxin-3 (PTX3) is a new inflammatory biomarker, from the same family as high-selectivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), but it is a more specific biomarker, due to its local production: the endothelial cells and not the liver like in the case of hs-CRP...
February 21, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220073/enhanced-late-na-and-ca-currents-as-effective-antiarrhythmic-drug-targets
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REVIEW
Hrayr S Karagueuzian, Arash Pezhouman, Marina Angelini, Riccardo Olcese
While recent advances clarified the molecular and cellular modes of action of antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs), their link to suppression of dynamical arrhythmia mechanisms remains only partially understood. The current classifications of AADs (Classes I, III, and IV) rely on blocking peak Na, K and L-type calcium currents (ICa,L), with Class II with dominant beta receptor blocking activity and Class V including drugs with diverse classes of actions. The discovery that the calcium and redox sensor, cardiac Ca/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) enhances both the late Na (INa-L) and the late ICa,L in patients at high risk of VT/VF provided a new and a rational AAD target...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217551/cost-effectiveness-of-glaucoma-management-with-monotherapy-medications-in-egypt
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Amal Abd-Elaal El-Khamery, Amir Ibrahim Mohamed, Hassan Eisa Hassan Swify, Alaa Ibrahim Mohamed
Glaucoma is a serious chronic ophthalmic disease since it causes irreversible visual disability if untreated can lead to blindness. Treatment options include medications (classified into five major classes of drugs which are muscarinic cholinergic agonists, alpha-2 adrenergic agonists, beta-1 adrenergic antagonists, prostaglandins [PGs], and carbonic anhydrase inhibitors); use of laser therapy or conventional surgery. Pharmacoeconomic analysis helps in choosing among this variety of treatments. There is a great need for such analysis in Egypt since undergoing of it in different countries or societies may produce different results...
January 2017: Journal of Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215000/angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers-attenuate-lipopolysaccharide-induced-memory-impairment-by-modulation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-bdnf-creb-expression-and-apoptosis-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Ruby Goel, Shahnawaz Ali Bhat, Kashif Hanif, Chandishwar Nath, Rakesh Shukla
Clinical studies demonstrated a positive correlation between hypertension and cognitive decline. Beneficial effects of angiotensin II receptor blockers on cognitive functions have also been reported earlier; however, its role in chronic neuroinflammation-induced memory impairment in the hypertensive state is not well understood. Therefore, in the present study, we investigated the effect of angiotensin II receptor blockers on memory impairment induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs)...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213164/carvedilol-use-is-associated-with-improved-survival-in-patients-with-liver-cirrhosis-and-ascites
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Rohit Sinha, Khalida A Lockman, Nethmee Mallawaarachchi, Marcus Robertson, John N Plevris, Peter C Hayes
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Carvedilol, a non-selective beta-blocker (NSBB) with additional anti-alpha 1 receptor activity, is a potent portal hypotensive agent. It has been used as prophylaxis against variceal bleed. However, its safety in decompensated liver cirrhosis with ascites is still disputed. In this study, we examined whether long-term use of carvedilol in the presence of ascites is a risk factor for mortality. METHODS: This was a single-centre retrospective analysis of 325 consecutive patients with liver cirrhosis and ascites presenting to our Liver Unit between 1(st) of January 2009 to 31(st) August 2012...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212466/withdrawn-propranolol-for-migraine-prophylaxis
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REVIEW
Klaus Linde, Karin Rossnagel
BACKGROUND: Propranolol is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs for migraine prophylaxis. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to determine whether there is evidence that propranolol is more effective than placebo and as effective as other drugs for the interval (prophylactic) treatment of patients with migraine. SEARCH METHODS: Potentially eligible studies were identified by searching MEDLINE/PubMed (1966 to May 2003) and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (Issue 2, 2003), and by screening bibliographies of reviews and identified articles...
February 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208907/current-practice-of-hypertension-in-india-focus-on-blood-pressure-goals
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Jagdish S Hiremath, Vijay M Katekhaye, Vijay S Chamle, Rishi M Jain, Amit I Bhargava
INTRODUCTION: Recommended Blood Pressure (BP) goals in elderly and those with co-morbid conditions like Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) vary in different Hypertension (HTN) management guidelines. AIM: To understand currently followed BP goals and practices among the physicians involved in management of HTN in India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional, observational survey was conducted at 66(th) annual conference of Cardiological Society of India (CSICON-2014, Hyderabad)...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207279/angiotensin-converting-inhibitors-and-angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers-and-longitudinal-change-in-percent-emphysema-on-computed-tomography-the-mesa-lung-study
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Megha A Parikh, Carrie P Aaron, Eric A Hoffman, Joseph E Schwartz, Jaime Madrigano, John H M Austin, Ravi Kalhan, Gina Lovasi, Karol Watson, Karen Hinckley Stukovsky, R Graham Barr
RATIONALE: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Emphysema on computed tomography (CT) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in patients with and without spirometrically defined COPD but no available medications target emphysema.  Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) and endothelial dysfunction are implicated in emphysema pathogenesis, and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB) inhibit TGF-β, improve endothelial function and restore airspace architecture in murine models...
February 16, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203288/nebivolol-versus-other-beta-blockers-in-patients-with-hypertension-and-erectile-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Randall P Sharp, Barry J Gales
Erectile dysfunction (ED) impacts over 100 million men worldwide and occurs at a higher incidence in men with hypertension. Beta blockers are one of several antihypertensive drug classes associated with ED. Nebivolol is a beta blocker with vasodilating properties mediated through endothelial release of nitric oxide which facilitates penile erection. Thus, nebivolol may offer an advantage over other beta blockers in the patient with hypertension and ED. A literature search comparing nebivolol with other beta blockers identified four European studies of limited duration, with the longest study being 28 weeks...
February 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196319/common-skin-conditions-in-children-congenital-melanocytic-nevi-and-infantile-hemangiomas
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Brian Z Rayala, Dean S Morrell
Congenital melanocytic nevi (CMN) are hamartomas present at birth that are composed of nevomelanocytes and thought to originate from faulty migration of precursor melanocytes in the neural crest. Classification is based on projected adult size of the lesion. CMN size correlates positively with risk of melanoma and neurocutaneous melanocytosis. Management requires a patient-centered approach that weighs the risks and benefits of and alternatives to complete removal. All children with large and giant CMN, regardless of surgical status, should be monitored closely and undergo periodic skin examination...
February 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195341/left-ventricular-systolic-function-is-associated-to-sympathetic-nervous-activity-and-markers-of-inflammation-in-cirrhosis
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Raquel Yotti, Cristina Ripoll, Yolanda Benito, Maria Vega Catalina, Jaime Elízaga, Diego Rincón, Francisco Fernández-Avilés, Javier Bermejo, Rafael Bañares
: An accurate evaluation of cardiac function in patients with cirrhosis remains a challenge. We used robust echocardiographic indices to characterize LV systolic function and its relationship to activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and inflammation in 59 patients cirrhosis and 59 age-matched controls. Aditionally, in eleven patients we withdrew betablockers and diuretics and used phenylephrine and albumin infusion to evaluate the response to acute afterload and preload changes (interventional substudy)...
February 13, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188000/effectiveness-of-a-management-program-for-outpatient-clinic-or-remote-titration-of-beta-blockers-in-crt-patients-the-restore-study
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Antonio D'Onofrio, Pietro Palmisano, Antonio Rapacciuolo, Ernesto Ammendola, Leonardo Calò, Antonio Ruocco, Valter Bianchi, Fabio Maresca, Giuseppe Del Giorno, Annamaria Martino, Ciro Mauro, Monica Campari, Sergio Valsecchi, Michele Accogli
BACKGROUND: Many patients fail to receive β-blockers before cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) implantation, or receive them at a suboptimal dose, and require optimization after implantation. We assessed the effectiveness of a structured program for β-blocker titration in CRT-D patients followed up by means of conventional in-clinic visits or remote monitoring. METHODS AND RESULTS: 130 patients undergoing CRT implantation and treated according to the standard practice of the centers were included as a control group...
February 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187503/beneficial-and-harmful-effects-of-non-selective-beta-blockade-on-acute-kidney-injury-in-liver-transplant-candidates
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Sang Gyune Kim, Joseph J Larson, Ji Sung Lee, Therneau M Terry, W Ray Kim
Non-selective beta-blockers have played an important role in the prevention of portal hypertensive bleeding in cirrhotic patients. However, recent studies have suggested that non-selective beta-blockers may be harmful in some patients with end-stage liver disease. To evaluate the association between use of non-selective beta-blocker and the incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI). We conducted a nested case-control study in a cohort of liver transplant waitlist registrants. Each patient with AKI was matched to a control by the model for end-stage liver disease (MELD)-Na score, age, serum creatinine, and follow-up duration...
February 10, 2017: Liver Transplantation
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