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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433753/computational-image-analysis-for-prognosis-determination-in-dme
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Bianca S Gerendas, Hrvoje Bogunovic, Amir Sadeghipour, Thomas Schlegl, Georg Langs, Sebastian M Waldstein, Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth
In this pilot study, we evaluated the potential of computational image analysis of optical coherence tomography (OCT) data to determine the prognosis of patients with diabetic macular edema (DME). Spectral-domain OCT scans with fully automated retinal layer segmentation and segmentation of intraretinal cystoid fluid (IRC) and subretinal fluid of 629 patients receiving anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy for DME in a randomized prospective clinical trial were analyzed. The results were used to define 312 potentially predictive features at three timepoints (baseline, weeks 12 and 24) for best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) at baseline and after one year used in a random forest prediction path...
April 19, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433338/morbidity-of-endovascular-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair-is-directly-related-to-diameter
#2
Douglas M Overbey, Natalia O Glebova, Brandon C Chapman, Patrick W Hosokawa, John C Eun, Mark R Nehler
OBJECTIVE: Previous randomized controlled trials have defined specific size thresholds to guide surgical decision-making in patients presenting with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). With recent advances in endovascular techniques, the anatomic considerations of AAA repair are rapidly changing. Our specific aims were to evaluate the most recent national population data to compare anatomic differences and perioperative outcomes in patients with AAA. METHODS: The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program was queried from 2011 to 2015 using the targeted vascular public use file...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432752/incretin-based-glucose-lowering-medications-and-the-risk-for-acute-pancreatitis-and-or-pancreatic-cancer-risk-reassuring-data-from-cardio-vascular-outcome-trials
#3
Michael A Nauck, Juris J Meier, Wolfgang E Schmidt
Incretin-based medications (glucagon-like peptide-1 [GLP-1] receptor agonists and inhibitors of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 [DPP-4] are glucose-lowering drugs approved and introduced after 2006 (1). Although both classes of drugs appeared to be relatively safe based on results from clinical trials and standard animal toxicology studies, epidemiological data (2, 3) and histological findings (4) in genetically modified rodents exposed to such agents have raised concern that pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer may be long-term risks associated with this therapy...
April 22, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432640/osteoporosis-bone-mineral-density-and-ckd-mbd-treatment-considerations
#4
REVIEW
Jordi Bover, Lucía Bailone, Víctor López-Báez, Silvia Benito, Paola Ciceri, Andrea Galassi, Mario Cozzolino
Osteoporosis and chronic kidney disease (CKD) have both independently important potential impact on bone health. A significant number of patients with CKD stages 3a-5D have been shown to have low bone mineral density (BMD), leading to a strikingly elevated risk of fractures (mainly hip fractures) and higher associated morbidity and mortality. Mechanical properties of bone beyond age and menopausal status are additionally affected by intrinsic uremic factors. Therefore, we review in this article not only general concepts of osteoporosis and related consequences, but also the diagnostic and therapeutic implications of low BMD and bone fractures in CKD, beyond increased vascular calcification...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432157/effect-of-interleukin-6-inhibition-on-coronary-microvascular-and-endothelial-function-in-myocardial-infarction
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Espen Holte, Ola Kleveland, Thor Ueland, Gabor Kunszt, Marte Bratlie, Kaspar Broch, Annika E Michelsen, Bjørn Bendz, Brage H Amundsen, Svend Aakhus, Jan Kristian Damås, Lars Gullestad, Pål Aukrust, Rune Wiseth
OBJECTIVE: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a driver of inflammation and associated endothelial cell activation in acute coronary syndromes. We evaluated the effect of the IL-6 receptor antagonist tocilizumab on coronary microvascular function and endothelial dysfunction measured by coronary flow reserve (CFR) and markers of endothelial cell activation in patients with non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). METHODS: This substudy was part of a two-centre, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial evaluating the effect of a single dose of tocilizumab in NSTEMI...
April 21, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432077/aerobic-exercise-promotes-executive-functions-and-impacts-functional-neural-activity-among-older-adults-with-vascular-cognitive-impairment
#6
Chun Liang Hsu, John R Best, Jennifer C Davis, Lindsay S Nagamatsu, Shirley Wang, Lara A Boyd, Gy Robin Hsiung, Michelle W Voss, Janice Jennifer Eng, Teresa Liu-Ambrose
BACKGROUND: Vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) results from cerebrovascular disease, and worldwide, it is the second most common type of cognitive dysfunction. While targeted aerobic training is a promising approach to delay the progression of VCI by reducing cardiometabolic risk factors, few randomised controlled trials to date have specifically assessed the efficacy of aerobic training on cognitive and brain outcomes in this group at risk for functional decline. AIM: To examine the effect of moderate-intensity aerobic training on executive functions and functional neural activity among older adults with mild subcortical ischaemic VCI (SIVCI)...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431534/the-effects-of-spirulina-platensis-on-anthropometric-indices-appetite-lipid-profile-and-serum-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-vegf-in-obese-individuals-a-randomized-double-blinded-placebo-controlled-trial
#7
Reihaneh Zeinalian, Mahdieh Abbasalizad Farhangi, Atefeh Shariat, Maryam Saghafi-Asl
BACKGROUND: In recent years, a great attention has been focused on Spirulina platensis as a source of potential valuable nutrients for prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. The objectives of the current study were to determine the effects of Spirulina platensis on anthropometric parameters, serum lipids, appetite and serum Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) in obese individuals. METHODS: In the current study sixty four obese individuals aged 20-50 years were enrolled and randomly allocated into two groups of intervention and placebo...
April 21, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431475/validation-of-the-essen-stroke-risk-score-in-different-subtypes-of-ischemic-stroke
#8
Yi Liu, Yongjun Wang, William A Li, Aoshuang Yan, Yilong Wang
OBJECTIVE: Predictive scores are important tools for stratifying patients based on their risk of future vascular events and for selecting preventive therapies. The aim of this study is to validate the Essen Stroke Risk Score (ESRS) for stratifying stroke recurrence in different subtypes of non-atrial fibrillation ischemic stroke in a large Chinese cohort. METHODS: Data were derived from the Blood pressure and clinical Outcome in Stroke Survivors registry, which includes a cohort of 2204 stroke patients...
April 21, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431186/unfractionated-heparin-versus-low-molecular-weight-heparins-for-avoiding-heparin-induced-thrombocytopenia-in-postoperative-patients
#9
REVIEW
Daniela R Junqueira, Liliane M Zorzela, Edson Perini
BACKGROUND: Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is an adverse drug reaction presenting as a prothrombotic disorder related to antibody-mediated platelet activation. It is a paradoxical immune reaction resulting in thrombin generation in vivo, which leads to a hypercoagulable state and the potential to initiate venous or arterial thrombosis. A number of factors are thought to influence the incidence of HIT including the type and preparation of heparin (unfractionated heparin (UFH) or low molecular weight heparin (LMWH)) and the heparin-exposed patient population, with the postoperative patient population at higher risk...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430908/late-thrombotic-events-after-bioresorbable-scaffold-implantation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-clinical-trials
#10
Carlos Collet, Taku Asano, Yosuke Miyazaki, Erhan Tenekecioglu, Yuki Katagiri, Yohei Sotomi, Rafael Cavalcante, Robbert J de Winter, Takeshi Kimura, Runlin Gao, Serban Puricel, Stéphane Cook, Davide Capodanno, Yoshinobu Onuma, Patrick W Serruys
Aims: To compare the long-term safety and efficacy of bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) with everolimus-eluting stent (EES) after percutaneous coronary interventions. Methods and Results: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials comparing clinical outcomes of patients treated with BVS and EES with at least 24 months follow-up was performed. Adjusted random-effect model by the Knapp-Hartung method was used to compute odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI)...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430547/enhancing-insights-into-pulmonary-vascular-disease-pvd-through-a-precision-medicine-approach-a-joint-nhlbi-cmref-workshop-report
#11
John H Newman, Stuart Rich, Steven H Abman, John H Alexander, John Barnard, Gerald J Beck, Raymond L Benza, Todd M Bull, Stephen Y Chan, Hyung J Chun, Declan Doogan, Jocelyn Dupuis, Serpil C Erzurum, Robert P Frantz, Mark Geraci, Hunter Gillies, Mark Gladwin, Michael P Gray, Anna R Hemnes, Roy S Herbst, Adrian F Hernandez, Nicholas S Hill, Evelyn M Horn, Kendall Hunter, Zhi-Cheng Jing, Roger Johns, Sanjay Kaul, Steven M Kawut, Tim Lahm, Jane A Leopold, Greg D Lewis, Stephen C Mathai, Vallerie V McLaughlin, Evangelos D Michelakis, Steven D Nathan, William Nichols, Grier Page, Marlene Rabinovitch, Jonathan Rich, Franz Rischard, Sharon Rounds, Sanjiv J Shah, Victor F Tapson, Naomi Lowy, Norman Stockbridge, Gail Weinmann, Lei Xiao
The Division of Lung Diseases of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, (NHLBI) and the Cardiovascular Medical Education and Research Fund (CMREF), held a workshop to discuss to leverage of the anticipated scientific output from the recently launched "Redefining Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) through Pulmonary Vascular Disease Phenomics" (PVDOMICS) program. PVDOMICS is a protocol driven network to analyze PH patient populations to define novel pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) phenotypes. Basic, translational and clinical investigators, patient advocacy organizations, regulatory agencies, and pharmaceutical industry experts discussed the application of precision medicine to PVD clinical trials...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430318/teaching-medical-students-ultrasound-guided-vascular-access-which-learning-method-is-best
#12
Alwin Lian, James C R Rippey, Peter J Carr
INTRODUCTION: Ultrasound is recommended to guide insertion of peripheral intravenous vascular cannulae (PIVC) where difficulty is experienced. Ultrasound machines are now common-place and junior doctors are often expected to be able to use them. The educational standards for this skill are highly varied, ranging from no education, to self-guided internet-based education, to formal, face-to-face traditional education. In an attempt to decide which educational technique our institution should introduce, a small pilot trial comparing educational techniques was designed...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430315/adding-access-blood-flow-surveillance-reduces-thrombosis-and-improves-arteriovenous-fistula-patency-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Inés Aragoncillo, Soraya Abad, Silvia Caldés, Yésika Amézquita, Almudena Vega, Antonio Cirugeda, Cristina Moratilla, José Ibeas, Ramón Roca-Tey, Cristina Fernández, Nicolás Macías, Borja Quiroga, Ana Blanco, Maite Villaverde, Caridad Ruiz, Belén Martín, Asunción M Ruiz, Jara Ampuero, Fernando de Alvaro, Juan M López-Gómez
PURPOSE: Stenosis is the main cause of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) failure. It is still unclear whether surveillance based on vascular access blood flow (QA) enhances AVF function and longevity. METHODS: We conducted a three-year follow-up randomized, controlled, multicenter, open-label trial to compare QA-based surveillance and pre-emptive repair of subclinical stenosis with standard monitoring/surveillance techniques in prevalent mature AVFs. AVFs were randomized to either the control group (surveillance based on classic alarm criteria; n = 104) or to the QA group (QA measured quarterly using Doppler ultrasound [M-Turbo®] and ultrasound dilution [Transonic®] added to classic surveillance; n = 103)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429550/parathyroid-hormone-targets-in-chronic-kidney-disease-and-managing-severe-hyperparathyroidism
#14
Carmel M Hawley, Stephen G Holt
Appropriate targets for parathyroid hormone (PTH) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 3-5D are controversial, as are the means by which these targets might be achieved. Secondary hyperparathyroidism is linked to symptoms like bone pain and itch, in addition to less clinically overt issues like bone fragility as well as vascular and soft tissue calcification which may lead to adverse hard endpoints, particularly fracture and death. Recognized therapies for managing a rising PTH include vitamin D analogues, with or without calcimimetic (where available), in addition to management of serum mineral concentrations with diet, binders and dialysis...
March 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428190/in-vivo-detection-of-egfrviii-in-glioblastoma-via-perfusion-magnetic-resonance-imaging-signature-consistent-with-deep-peritumoral-infiltration-the-%C3%AF-index
#15
Spyridon Bakas, Hamed Akbari, Jared Pisapia, Maria Martinez-Lage, Martin Rozycki, Saima Rathore, Nadia Dahmane, Donald M O'Rourke, Christos Davatzikos
<br />The epidermal growth factor receptor variant III (EGFRvIII) mutation has been considered a driver mutation and therapeutic target in glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive brain cancer. Currently, detecting EGFRvIII requires postoperative tissue analyses, which are ex vivo and unable to capture the tumor's spatial heterogeneity. Considering the increasing evidence of in vivo imaging signatures capturing molecular characteristics of cancer, this study aims to detect EGFRvIII in primary glioblastoma non-invasively, using routine clinically-acquired imaging...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428081/intraoperative-image-guidance-compared-with-free-hand-methods-in-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-posterior-spinal-surgery-a-systematic-review-on-screw-related-complications-and-breach-rates
#16
Andrew Chan, Eric Parent, Karl Narvacan, Cindy San, Edmond Lou
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Severe adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a 3D spinal deformity requiring surgery to stop curve progression. Posterior spinal instrumentation and fusion with pedicle screws is the standard surgery for AIS curve correction. Vascular and neurologic complications related to screw-malpositioning are concerns in surgeries for AIS. Breach rates are reported at 15.7%, implant-related complications at 1.1% and neurologic deficit at 0.8%. Free-hand screw insertion remains the prevailing method of screw placement while image guidance has been suggested to improve placement accuracy...
April 17, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427593/economic-outcomes-of-bioresorbable%C3%A2-vascular-scaffolds-versus%C3%A2-everolimus-eluting-stents-in-patients%C3%A2-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-1-year-results-from-the-absorb%C3%A2-iii-trial
#17
Suzanne J Baron, Yang Lei, Khaja Chinnakondepalli, Katherine Vilain, Elizabeth A Magnuson, Dean J Kereiakes, Stephen G Ellis, Gregg W Stone, David J Cohen
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the economic impact of the Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold compared with the Xience everolimus-eluting stent in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. BACKGROUND: The ABSORB III trial (Everolimus-Eluting Bioresorbable Scaffolds for Coronary Artery Disease) demonstrated that the Absorb scaffold was noninferior to the Xience stent with respect to target lesion failure at 1 year. Whether health care costs differ between the Absorb scaffold and the Xience stent is unknown...
April 24, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427456/a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial-of-surgery-alone-or-surgery-with-atrial-natriuretic-peptide-in-lung-cancer-surgery-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
Takashi Nojiri, Haruko Yamamoto, Toshimitsu Hamasaki, Kaori Onda, Kikuko Ohshima, Yasushi Shintani, Meinoshin Okumura, Kenji Kangawa
BACKGROUND: Postoperative cancer recurrence is a major problem following curative surgery. In a previous retrospective study of lung cancer surgery, we reported that administration of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) during the perioperative period reduced postoperative recurrence. We demonstrated that ANP inhibited the adhesion of cancer cells to vascular endothelium as a vasoprotective action. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effects of ANP on the incidence of postoperative cancer recurrence in lung cancer surgery...
April 20, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427072/anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-injections-the-new-standard-of-care-in-proliferative-diabetic-retinopathy
#19
Xintong Li, Marco A Zarbin, Neelakshi Bhagat
For decades, panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) has been the standard of care for the treatment of proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR). The relatively recent advent of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) formulations for intravitreal injection has provided a fresh perspective on PDR treatment, especially in eyes with concurrent diabetic macular edema (DME). The anti-VEGF agent ranibizumab has demonstrated a potentially protective effect on eyes with DME in terms of progression to PDR in the RIDE/RISE trials, as has aflibercept in the VIVID/VISTA trials...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427067/intravitreal-aflibercept-in-diabetic-macular-edema-long-term-outcomes
#20
Ugo Introini, Giuseppe Casalino
For decades, macular laser photocoagulation has been the standard of care in the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME). With the relatively recent advent of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents, DME treatment has entered a new era. VEGF is a well-known pro-angiogenic and pro-permeability factor involved in the pathogenesis of DME. VEGF blockade has proven remarkably effective at reducing DME and improving visual acuity (VA) in eyes with center involved DME causing VA loss in several randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
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