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Vascular Trial

Peter J Carr, Niall S Higgins, Marie L Cooke, Gabor Mihala, Claire M Rickard
BACKGROUND: Most people admitted to hospitals worldwide require a vascular access device (VAD). Hundreds of millions of VADs are inserted annually in the USA with reports of over a billion peripheral intravenous catheters used annually worldwide. Numerous reports suggest that a team approach for the assessment, insertion, and maintenance of VADs improves clinical outcomes, the patient experience, and healthcare processes. OBJECTIVES: To compare the use of the vascular access specialist team (VAST) for VAD insertion and care to a generalist model approach for hospital or community participants requiring a VAD in terms of insertion success, device failure, and cost-effectiveness...
March 20, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Anna Dastiridou, Vikas Chopra
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is a novel, noninvasive imaging modality that allows assessment of the retinal and choroidal vasculature. The scope of this review is to summarize recent studies using OCTA in glaucoma and highlight potential applications of this new technology in the field of glaucoma. RECENT FINDINGS: OCTA studies have shown that retinal vascular changes may not develop solely as a result of advanced glaucoma damage...
March 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
Xiao Xiao Zhao, Jinbo Liu, Hongwei Zhao, Yingyan Zhou, Lihong Li, Hongyu Wang
Hypertension is a generally accepted atherogenic risk factor. The aim of this prospective longitudinal study was to evaluate changes in carotid intima-media thickness (c-IMT) and explore the association of cardiovascular risk factors and the carotid intima thickness in adults with hypertension using standardized methods. We used data from a subgroup of Beijing Vascular Disease Patients Evaluation Study (BEST), a population-based study of community-dwelling adults. The c-IMT, biomarkers, and carotid-femoral-pulse wave velocity (PWV) were measured at baseline, and lifestyles such as smoking status, sleeping habits, and oil or salt intake level were determined with the use of a validated questionnaire in the follow-up...
March 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
Yasuhiro Fujisawa, Koji Yoshino, Taku Fujimura, Yoshiyuki Nakamura, Naoko Okiyama, Yosuke Ishitsuka, Rei Watanabe, Manabu Fujimoto
The most widely accepted treatment for cutaneous angiosarcoma (CAS) is wide local excision and postoperative radiation to decrease the risk of recurrence. Positive surgical margins and large tumors (T2, >5 cm) are known to be associated with poor prognosis. Moreover, T2 tumors are known to be associated with positive surgical margins. According to previous reports, the majority of CAS patients in Japan had T2 tumors, whereas less than half of the patients in the studies from western countries did so. Consequently, the reported 5-year overall survival of Japanese CAS patients without distant metastasis was only 9%, lower than that for stage-IV melanoma...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Dario Amore, Roberto Scaramuzzi, Davide Di Natale, Carlo Curcio
The advantages of thymectomy as part of the treatment of myasthenia gravis has been demonstrated repeatedly in the literature. Both single-institution and multi-institution trials have shown robotic thymectomy to be safe, feasible and associated with better early clinical outcomes than the trans-sternal approach. Most reports have also documented the superiority of robotic technology in the dissection of the superior mediastinum over conventional thoracoscopy, thanks to instruments with more degrees of movement and freedom...
2018: Journal of Visualized Surgery
Sheylla M Felau, Lucas P Sales, Marina Y Solis, Ana Paula Hayashi, Hamilton Roschel, Ana Lúcia Sá-Pinto, Danieli Castro Oliveira De Andrade, Keyla Y Katayama, Maria Claudia Irigoyen, Fernanda Consolim-Colombo, Eloisa Bonfa, Bruno Gualano, Fabiana B Benatti
Endothelial cells are thought to play a central role in the pathogenesis of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (n-3 PUFA) supplementation has been shown to improve endothelial function in a number of diseases; thus, it could be of high clinical relevance in APS. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of n-3 PUFA supplementation on endothelial function (primary outcome) of patients with primary APS (PAPS). A 16-week randomized clinical trial was conducted with 22 adult women with PAPS...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
John R Best, Janice J Eng, Jennifer C Davis, Robin Hsiung, Peter A Hall, Laura E Middleton, Peter Graf, Charles H Goldsmith, Teresa Liu-Ambrose
INTRODUCTION: Cerebrovascular disease-such as stroke-is the second most common cause of dementia (ie, vascular dementia). Specifically, a stroke increases one's risk for dementia by a factor of two. Thus, stroke survivors represent a target population in need of intervention strategies to promote cognitive function and prevent dementia. The current standard of care in stroke rehabilitation does not adequately address the significant cognitive consequences of stroke, especially for those who are in the chronic phase (ie, >12 months since an index stroke)...
March 17, 2018: BMJ Open
Mara Gavazzoni, Enrico Vizzardi, Elio Gorga, Ivano Bonadei, Laura Rossi, Angelo Belotti, Giuseppe Rossi, Rossella Ribolla, Marco Metra, Riccardo Raddino
Proteasome Inhibitors (PI) have now become the cornerstone of treatment of multiple myeloma (MM). Carfilzomib has been demonstrated to cause more frequent cardiovascular side effects such as dyspnea, hypertension, and heart failure. Recent pre-clinical studies have investigated the effects of proteasome on myocardial and vascular cells, but the pathogenic mechanism underlying the effects of proteasome inhibition on these cells is poorly understood. We reviewed the evidence from clinical trials, post-hoc analysis and small observational studies currently available and summarized the data from experimental, focusing on the pathogenic mechanisms potentially implicated in the cardiovascular toxicity of proteasome inhibitor, particularly of carfilzomib that is most responsible for cardiovascular side effects...
March 15, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Lucia Tortorella, Carrie L Langstraat, Amy L Weaver, Michaela E McGree, Jamie N Bakkum-Gamez, Sean C Dowdy, William A Cliby, Gary L Keeney, Mark E Sherman, Saravut J Weroha, Andrea Mariani, Karl C Podratz
OBJECTIVE: Two randomized trials failed to demonstrate efficacy of platinum-based chemotherapy (PbCT) for uterine serous carcinoma (USC). Our objective was to reassess the value of PbCT for patients with microscopic residuum (R0). METHODS: Progression-free survival (PFS) after surgery was analyzed for 409 patients and correlated with adjuvant therapies: vaginal brachytherapy (VBRT), external beam radiotherapy (EBRT), PbCT, or combinations. RESULTS: The estimated 5-year PFS for stage I (n=209) USC was 65...
March 14, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
Mathieu Kerneis, C Michael Gibson, Gerald Chi, Roxana Mehran, Fahad AlKhalfan, Usama Talib, Seyedmahdi Pahlavani, Mahshid Mir, Christoph Bode, Jonathan L Halperin, Tarek Nafee, Eric D Peterson, Freek W A Verheugt, Peter Wildgoose, Martin van Eickels, Gregory Y H Lip, Keith A A Fox, Marc Cohen
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess whether there were significant interactions of procedural access strategies and lesion characteristics with bleeding and ischemic events among atrial fibrillation (AF) patients anticoagulated with rivaroxaban or warfarin following a percutaneous coronary intervention. BACKGROUND: Among stented AF patients, the impact of procedural access strategies or lesion characteristics on antithrombotic safety and efficacy outcomes is unclear...
March 8, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
C Ranieri, S Di Tommaso, D C Loconte, V Grossi, P Sanese, R Bagnulo, F C Susca, G Forte, A Peserico, A De Luisi, A Bartuli, A Selicorni, D Melis, M Lerone, A D Praticò, G Abbadessa, Y Yu, B Schwartz, Martino Ruggieri, Cristiano Simone, Nicoletta Resta
Postzygotic mutations of the PIK3CA [phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate 3-kinase catalytic subunit alpha] gene constitutively activate the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway in PIK3CA-related overgrowth spectrum (PROS) patients, causing congenital mosaic tissue overgrowth that even multiple surgeries cannot solve. mTOR inhibitors are empirically tested and given for compassionate use in these patients. PROS patients could be ideal candidates for enrolment in trials with PI3K/AKT pathway inhibitors, considering the "clean" cellular setting in which a unique driver, a PIK3CA mutation, is present...
March 16, 2018: Neurogenetics
Leah J Mische, Ellen M Mowry
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to critically evaluate published studies examining diets and nutritional supplements (excepting vitamin D) for the impact on prevention and prognosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). RECENT FINDINGS: There is a negative relationship between the Mediterranean diet and vascular disease, and vascular co-morbidities are associated with a worse MS prognosis. Low-fat, fish-based diets, sodium-restricted diets, calorie restriction, the paleo diet, and gluten-free diets have been examined, mostly in observational studies; results are inconclusive...
March 17, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Sharon E Cox, Elizabeth A Ellins, Alphonce I Marealle, Charles R Newton, Deogratias Soka, Philip Sasi, Gian Luca Di Tanna, William Johnson, Julie Makani, Andrew M Prentice, Julian P Halcox, Fenella J Kirkham
BACKGROUND: Sickle-cell disease increases the risk of malnutrition. Low arginine and nitric oxide bioavailability are implicated in morbidity related to sickle-cell disease. Simple interventions are required, especially in low-income settings. We aimed to test the hypotheses that: (1) supplementary arginine, citrulline, and daily chloroquine increase bioavailable arginine and flow-mediated dilatation (FMD; maximal diameter change; FMDmax %), a measure of nitric oxide-dependent endothelial function; and (2) protein energy supplementation in the form of ready-to-use supplementary food (RUSF) improves the height-for-age and body-mass index-for-age Z-scores in children with sickle-cell disease...
March 13, 2018: Lancet Haematology
Felicia C Chow, Michael R Wilson, Kunling Wu, Ronald J Ellis, Ronald J Bosch, Benjamin P Linas
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the incidence of first-ever stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) and associated risk factors in a cohort of persons living with HIV infection (PLWH). DESIGN: Observational cohort study METHODS:: We determined incidence rates of first-ever stroke/TIA in PLWH after ART initiation from the AIDS Clinical Trials Group ALLRT cohort and its parent trials. Poisson regression models evaluated baseline and time-varying covariates as risk factors for stroke/TIA...
March 15, 2018: AIDS
Kumari M Rathnayake, Michelle Weech, Kim G Jackson, Julie A Lovegrove
CVD are the leading cause of death in women globally, with ageing associated with progressive endothelial dysfunction and increased CVD risk. Natural menopause is characterised by raised non-fasting TAG concentrations and impairment of vascular function compared with premenopausal women. However, the mechanisms underlying the increased CVD risk after women have transitioned through the menopause are unclear. Dietary fat is an important modifiable risk factor relating to both postprandial lipaemia and vascular reactivity...
March 16, 2018: Nutrition Research Reviews
Philip Gc Chan, Gerard S Goh
PURPOSE: The AngioJet Hemolytic Thrombectomy Device "AngioJet" (Boston Scientific, Malborough, MA, USA) is a rheolytic thrombectomy device that can be used in the treatment of hemodialysis arteriovenous fistula and graft thrombosis. We aim to appraise the current evidence on AngioJet thrombectomy in hemodialysis vascular access thrombosis, and to determine its safety, including complications and efficacy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An electronic literature search was performed on the MEDLINE and Embase databases...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Vivek Murthy, Janna Minehart, Daniel H Sterman
Modern cancer immunotherapies represent a major shift in paradigm with respect to how we understand innate and adaptive responses to malignancy. Successful tumors co-opt normal immunosurveillance mechanisms by potent interactions between the tumor and local draining lymph nodes. Tumor cells mediate a complex and dynamic immunoediting procedure that results in increased vascular efflux into the draining lymphatics, an immunosuppressive microenvironment rich in regulatory T-lymphocytes, dysfunctional antigen presentation, and downregulation of normal effector lymphocyte responses...
December 1, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Cécile Vors, Charles Couillard, Marie-Eve Paradis, Iris Gigleux, Johanne Marin, Marie-Claude Vohl, Patrick Couture, Benoît Lamarche
Background: High-fat meals induce postprandial inflammation. Resveratrol is a polyphenol known to prevent comorbidities associated with cardiovascular disease and exerts an anti-inflammatory action. There is also an increasing body of evidence supporting the role of curcumin, a polyphenol from the curcuminoid family, as a modulator of proinflammatory processes. Objective: The objectives of this study were to investigate the following: 1) the bioavailability of resveratrol consumed in combination with curcumin after consumption of a high-fat meal; and 2) the acute combined effects of this combination on the postprandial inflammatory response of subjects with abdominal obesity...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nutrition
Kumari M Rathnayake, Michelle Weech, Kim G Jackson, Julie A Lovegrove
Background: Elevated postprandial triacylglycerol concentrations, impaired vascular function, and hypertension are important independent cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in women. However, the effects of meal fat composition on postprandial lipemia and vascular function in postmenopausal women are unknown. Objective: This study investigated the impact of sequential meals rich in saturated fatty acids (SFAs), monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), or n-6 (ω-6) polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) on postprandial flow-mediated dilatation (FMD; primary outcome measure), vascular function, and associated CVD risk biomarkers (secondary outcomes) in postmenopausal women...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nutrition
Pil Hyung Lee, Jae-Kwan Song, Jong S Kim, Ran Heo, Sahmin Lee, Dae-Hee Kim, Jong-Min Song, Duk-Hyun Kang, Sun U Kwon, Dong-Wha Kang, Dongwhane Lee, Hyuk Sung Kwon, Sung-Cheol Yun, Byung Joo Sun, Jae-Hyeong Park, Jae-Hwan Lee, Hye Seon Jeong, Hee-Jung Song, Jei Kim, Seung-Jung Park
BACKGROUND: Recent reports showing the favorable role of patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure in patients with cryptogenic stroke have raised the issue of selecting optimal candidates. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated whether the benefits of PFO closure can be determined based on the morphologic characteristics of the PFO, as evaluated by transesophageal echocardiography. METHODS: Patients with cryptogenic stroke and high-risk PFO were divided between a transcatheter PFO closure and a medication-only group...
February 28, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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