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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449477/continuous-administration-of-recombinant-human-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-can-improve-heart-and-renal-function-in-patients-after-cardiopulmonary-bypass-surgery
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Shiguan Le, Jian Xiao, Wei Li, Jing Wang, Qing Wang, Wang Xi, Jibin Xu, Zhinong Wang
BACKGROUND: Any cardiac surgery under cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) will induce ischemia-reperfusion injury and systematic inflammatory response, which may lead to exacerbation. Conventional therapy strategy is to use inotropes, diuretics and vasodilator drugs, yet, the therapeutic effects of which need to be improved. Recombinant human B-type natriuretic peptide (rhBNP) has been shown to be efficacious in the treatment of acute decompensated heart failure and acute myocardial infarction...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448782/amcp-partnership-forum-driving-value-and-outcomes-in-oncology
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Innovation in cancer treatment has provided a wealth of recently available therapeutic agents and a healthy drug pipeline that promises to change the way we approach this disease and the lives of those affected in the years to come. However, the majority of these new agents, many of which are targeted to specific genomic features of various tumors, may challenge the health care system's ability to afford cancer care. This innovation drives the need to focus on the value of the treatments provided to patients with cancer and on methods to optimize the efficiency of the dollars we spend, in addition to the clinical value itself...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448423/dual-energy-ct-balance-between-iodine-attenuation-and-artifact-reduction-for-the-evaluation-of-head-and-neck-cancer
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Jaykumar R Nair, François DeBlois, Thomas Ong, Slobodan Devic, Nada Tomic, Hamed Bekerat, Lorne Rosenbloom, Khalil Sultanem, Reza Forghani
OBJECTIVE: Dual-energy computed tomography high energy virtual monochromatic images (VMIs) can reduce artifact but suppress iodine attenuation in enhancing tumor. We investigated this trade-off to identify VMI(s) that strike the best balance between iodine detection and artifact reduction. METHODS: The study was performed using an Alderson radiation therapy phantom. Different iodine solutions (based on estimated tumor iodine content in situ using dual-energy computed tomography material decomposition) and different dental fillings were investigated...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446174/a-scalable-metabolite-supplementation-strategy-against-antibiotic-resistant-pathogen-chromobacterium-violaceum-induced-by-nad-nadh-imbalance
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Deepanwita Banerjee, Dharmeshkumar Parmar, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Avinash D Ghanate, Venkateswarlu Panchagnula, Anu Raghunathan
BACKGROUND: The leading edge of the global problem of antibiotic resistance necessitates novel therapeutic strategies. This study develops a novel systems biology driven approach for killing antibiotic resistant pathogens using benign metabolites. RESULTS: Controlled laboratory evolutions established chloramphenicol and streptomycin resistant pathogens of Chromobacterium. These resistant pathogens showed higher growth rates and required higher lethal doses of antibiotic...
April 26, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444664/endocrine-complications-of-surgical-treatment-of-thyroid-cancer-an-update
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Pedro Iglesias, Juan José Díez
Postoperative hypoparathyroidism (HypoPT) and hypothyroidism (HypoT) are the main endocrine complications after the surgical treatment for thyroid cancer. Postsurgical HypoPT can be transient, protracted or permanent. Its frequency varies according to the underlying cervical pathology, surgical technique, and mainly the experience of the surgeon. Risk factors for HypoPT include aggressiveness of the tumor, extent of surgery, the presence of parathyroid gland in the pathologic specimen, and surgeon experience...
April 25, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444253/fear-of-falling-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis-which-clinical-characteristics-are-important
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Hanan Khalil, Alham Al-Shorman, Khalid El-Salem, Nour Abdo, Alia A Alghwiri, Aseel Aburub, Sarah Shalabi, Firas Al-Mustafa
Background.: Fear of falling (FOF) is an important risk indicator for health related outcomes and quality of life in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). However, factors associated with FOF in MS are not well investigated. Objectives.: This study was done to explore predictors of FOF in this population. Methods.: Seventy relapsing remitting patients with MS were evaluated. FOF was assessed using Fall Efficacy Scale-International (FES-I)...
April 21, 2017: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442273/the-role-of-bile-acids-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
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REVIEW
Monica D Chow, Yi-Horng Lee, Grace L Guo
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is growing in prevalence worldwide. It is started by the presence of macrosteatosis on liver histology but is often clinically asymptomatic. However, it can progress into nonalcoholic steatohepatitis which is a more severe form of liver disease characterized by inflammation and fibrosis. Further progression leads to cirrhosis, which predisposes patients to hepatocellular carcinoma or liver failure. The mechanism by which simple steatosis progresses to steatohepatitis is not entirely clear...
April 22, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441894/self-directed-exercise-in-multiple-sclerosis-evaluation-of-a-home-automated-tele-management-system
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Susan S Conroy, Min Zhan, William J Culpepper, Walter Royal, Mitchell T Wallin
Introduction Physical rehabilitation is one of the few non-pharmaceutical therapies for maintaining or improving walking ability for patients with multiple sclerosis. However, travel distance to rehabilitation clinics, neurological disability and insurance coverage often limit access to specialised rehabilitation services. To address these issues, we utilised a web-based system to support a home-based self-directed exercise programme. Methods Patients ( n = 24) were randomised to either routine home rehabilitation or to the multiple sclerosis home automated tele-management system for a six-month period...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439617/-stroke-prophylaxis-in-atrial-fibrillation-when-how-and-for-whom
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T Maurer, C Sohns
In patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (AF), modern antithrombotic therapy and anticoagulation strategies should be individualized based on shared decision making including patient preferences and the absolute and relative risks of stroke and bleeding. Estimation of the individual risk for stroke is still based on the CHA2DS2-VASc score. Based on the most recent guidelines for the management of AF, oral anticoagulation therapy should be considered for men with a CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥1 and women with a score ≥2, balancing the expected stroke reduction, risk of bleeding and patient preference...
April 24, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439471/exergames-for-women-with-fibromyalgia-a-randomised-controlled-trial-to-evaluate-the-effects-on-mobility-skills-balance-and-fear-of-falling
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Daniel Collado-Mateo, Francisco J Dominguez-Muñoz, Jose C Adsuar, Eugenio Merellano-Navarro, Narcis Gusi
BACKGROUND: Exergames are a new form of rehabilitation that combine the characteristics of physical exercise and the benefits of non-immersive virtual reality (VR). Effects of this novel therapy in women fibromyalgia are still unknown. The objective was to evaluate the effects of exergame-based intervention on mobility skills, balance and fear of falling in women with fibromyalgia. METHODS: This study was a randomized controlled trial with concealed allocation. Seventy-six women with fibromyalgia were divided into two groups: the exercise group received an eight week intervention based on exergames, while the control group continued their usual activities...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438552/immunomodulation-of-autoimmune-arthritis-by-pro-inflammatory-cytokines
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REVIEW
Eugene Y Kim, Kamal D Moudgil
Pro-inflammatory cytokines promote autoimmune inflammation and tissue damage, while anti-inflammatory cytokines help resolve inflammation and facilitate tissue repair. Over the past few decades, this general feature of cytokine-mediated events has offered a broad framework to comprehend the pathogenesis of autoimmune and other immune-mediated diseases, and to successfully develop therapeutic approaches for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Anti-tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) therapy is a testimony in support of this endeavor...
April 21, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438473/bevacizumab-and-paclitaxel-carboplatin-chemotherapy-and-secondary-cytoreduction-in-recurrent-platinum-sensitive-ovarian-cancer-nrg-oncology-gynecologic-oncology-group-study-gog-0213-a-multicentre-open-label-randomised-phase-3-trial
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Robert L Coleman, Mark F Brady, Thomas J Herzog, Paul Sabbatini, Deborah K Armstrong, Joan L Walker, Byoung-Gie Kim, Keiichi Fujiwara, Krishnansu S Tewari, David M O'Malley, Susan A Davidson, Stephen C Rubin, Paul DiSilvestro, Karen Basen-Engquist, Helen Huang, John K Chan, Nick M Spirtos, Raheela Ashfaq, Robert S Mannel
BACKGROUND: Platinum-based chemotherapy doublets are a standard of care for women with ovarian cancer recurring 6 months after completion of initial therapy. In this study, we aimed to explore the roles of secondary surgical cytoreduction and bevacizumab in this population, and report the results of the bevacizumab component here. METHODS: The multicentre, open-label, randomised phase 3 GOG-0213 trial was done in 67 predominantly academic centres in the USA (65 centres), Japan (one centre), and South Korea (one centre)...
April 21, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437375/both-positive-and-negative-fluid-balance-may-be-associated-with-reduced-long-term-survival-in-the-critically-ill
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Vikram Balakumar, Raghavan Murugan, Florentina E Sileanu, Paul Palevsky, Gilles Clermont, John A Kellum
OBJECTIVES: Among critically ill patients with acute kidney injury, exposure to positive fluid balance, compared with negative fluid balance, has been associated with mortality and impaired renal recovery. However, it is unclear whether positive and negative fluid balances are associated with poor outcome compared to patients with even fluid balance (euvolemia). In this study, we examined the association between exposure to positive or negative fluid balance, compared with even fluid balance, on 1-year mortality and renal recovery...
April 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435157/the-systemic-nature-of-ckd
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REVIEW
Carmine Zoccali, Raymond Vanholder, Ziad A Massy, Alberto Ortiz, Pantelis Sarafidis, Friedo W Dekker, Danilo Fliser, Denis Fouque, Gunnar H Heine, Kitty J Jager, Mehmet Kanbay, Francesca Mallamaci, Gianfranco Parati, Patrick Rossignol, Andrzej Wiecek, Gerard London
The accurate definition and staging of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of the major achievements of modern nephrology. Intensive research is now being undertaken to unravel the risk factors and pathophysiologic underpinnings of this disease. In particular, the relationships between the kidney and other organs have been comprehensively investigated in experimental and clinical studies in the last two decades. Owing to technological and analytical limitations, these links have been studied with a reductionist approach focusing on two organs at a time, such as the heart and the kidney or the bone and the kidney...
April 24, 2017: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433662/iron-and-thiol-redox-signaling-in-cancer-an-exquisite-balance-to-escape-ferroptosis
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REVIEW
Shinya Toyokuni, Fumiya Ito, Kyoko Yamashita, Yasumasa Okazaki, Shinya Akatsuka
Epidemiological data indicate a constant worldwide increase in cancer mortality, although the age of onset is increasing. Recent accumulation of genomic data on human cancer via next-generation sequencing confirmed that cancer is a disease of genome alteration. In many cancers, the Nrf2 transcription system is activated via mutations either in Nrf2 or Keap1 ubiquitin ligase, leading to persistent activation of the genes with antioxidative functions. Furthermore, deep sequencing of passenger mutations is clarifying responsible cancer causative agent(s) in each case, including aging, APOBEC activation, smoking and UV...
April 19, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433101/wilson-disease-currently-used-anticopper-therapy
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Anna Członkowska, Tomasz Litwin
Wilson disease (WD) is a genetic disorder of copper metabolism that can be treated successfully with pharmacologic treatment. Two groups of drugs are currently used: chelators (e.g., d-penicillamine and trientine), which increase urinary copper excretion, and zinc salts, which inhibit copper absorption in the digestive tract. The mechanisms of action lead to a negative copper balance, stopping pathologic accumulation of copper in the tissues and clearing affected organs of copper overload. Due to a lack of prospective clinical trials, the use of drugs depends mainly on center experience and the accessibility in different countries or regions...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432736/severe-primary-autoimmune-thrombocytopenia-itp-in-pregnancy-a-national-cohort-study
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A Care, S Pavord, M Knight, Z Alfirevic
OBJECTIVE: To quantify UK incidence of severe ITP in pregnancy, determine current treatment strategies and establish maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality associated with severe ITP in pregnancy. DESIGN: A prospective national cohort study SETTING: United Kingdom POPULATION: Women with severe ITP; defined as platelets <50 x 10(9) /l in pregnancy or antenatal treatment of isolated low platelets. METHODS: Data collected via United Kingdom Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS) between 1(st) June 2013-31(st) January 2015 from all UK Consultant led obstetric units...
April 22, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432221/biological-considerations-of-plasma-derived-and-recombinant-factor-viii-immunogenicity
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Jesse Lai, Christine Hough, Julie Tarrant, David Lillicrap
In hemophilia A, the most severe complication of factor VIII (FVIII) replacement therapy involves the formation of FVIII neutralizing antibodies, also known as inhibitors, in 25-30% of patients. This adverse event is associated with a significant increase in morbidity and economic burden, thus highlighting the need to identify methods to limit FVIII immunogenicity. Inhibitor development is regulated by a complex balance of genetic factors, such as FVIII genotype, and environmental variables, such as coexistent inflammation...
April 21, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431670/use-of-glp-1-receptor-agonists-for-type-2-diabetes-treatment-intensification-after-basal-insulin-failure
#19
M Joubert, Y Reznik
Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RAs) are part of the armamentarium for the treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2D), although recent guidelines have mainly recommended their use on top of oral treatments when a single or combination of two or three oral hypoglycaemic agents has failed to lower HbA1c levels below the individualized target range. In such situations, the decision to use GLP-1RAs is mostly driven by their high level of efficacy, their effect on body weight balance and their safety considerations, such as low hypoglycaemic risk...
April 2017: Diabetes & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431620/role-of-inflammatory-molecules-in-the-alzheimer-s-disease-progression-and-diagnosis
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REVIEW
Eva Bagyinszky, Vo Van Giau, Kyuhwan Shim, Kyoungho Suk, Seong Soo A An, SangYun Kim
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a complex disorder and the most common form of neurodegenerative dementia. Several genetic, environmental, and physiological factors, including inflammations and metabolic influences, are involved in the progression of AD. Inflammations are composed of complicated networks of many chemokines and cytokines with diverse cells. Inflammatory molecules are needed for the protection against pathogens, and maintaining their balances is important for normal physiological function. Recent studies demonstrated that inflammation may be involved in neurodegenerative dementia...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
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