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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528475/effects-of-selenium-supplementation-on-gene-expression-levels-of-inflammatory-cytokines-and-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-in-patients-with-gestational-diabetes
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Mehri Jamilian, Mansooreh Samimi, Faraneh Afshar Ebrahimi, Esmat Aghadavod, Robabeh Mohammadbeigi, Maryam Rahimi, Zatollah Asemi
Selenium is known to exert multiple beneficial effects including anti-inflammatory actions. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of selenium supplementation on gene expression levels of inflammatory cytokines and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in women with gestational diabetes (GDM). This randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was carried out among 40 subjects diagnosed with GDM aged 18-40 years old. Subjects were randomly allocated into two groups to receive either 200 μg/day selenium supplements (n = 20) or placebo (n = 20) for 6 weeks...
May 21, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527768/randomized-comparison-of-absorb-bioresorbable-vascular-scaffold-and-mirage-microfiber-sirolimus-eluting-scaffold-using-multimodality-imaging
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Erhan Tenekecioglu, Patrick W Serruys, Yoshinobu Onuma, Ricardo Costa, Daniel Chamié, Yohei Sotomi, Ting-Bin Yu, Alexander Abizaid, Houng-Bang Liew, Teguh Santoso
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Mirage bioresorbable microfiber sirolimus-eluting scaffold compared with the Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold in the treatment of stenotic target lesions located in native coronary arteries, ranging from ≥2.25 to ≤4.0 mm in diameter. Secondary objectives were to establish the medium-term safety, effectiveness, and performance of the Mirage device. BACKGROUND: The current generation of bioresorbable scaffolds has several limitations, such as thick square struts with large footprints that preclude their deep embedment into the vessel wall, resulting in protrusion into the lumen with microdisturbance of flow...
May 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527588/mechanical-thrombectomy-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-in-a-patient-with-concomitant-spontaneous-intracerebral-hemorrhage
#3
Stefano Forlivesi, Paolo Bovi, Manuel Cappellari
Data from randomized clinical trials and current guidelines suggest that patients with anterior circulation occlusion with contraindications to intravenous thrombolysis may benefit from direct mechanical thrombectomy. Nevertheless, no data are available on the efficacy and safety of direct mechanical thrombectomy in patients with concomitant spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage. We report the case of a 51-year-old woman with a spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage in the right parietal and occipital lobes, who experienced, 7 days later, an occlusion of the proximal left middle cerebral artery...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527040/fundamental-principles-of-an-anti-vegf-treatment-regimen-optimal-application-of-intravitreal-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-therapy-of-macular-diseases
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REVIEW
Paolo Lanzetta, Anat Loewenstein
BACKGROUND: Intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy is now considered the gold standard for the treatment of various retinal disorders. As therapy has evolved, so too have the treatment regimens employed by physicians in clinical practice; however, visual outcomes observed in the real world have typically not reflected those reported in clinical trials. Possible reasons for this include a lack of consensus on treatment regimens and a lack of clarity about what the aims of treatment should be...
May 19, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526601/model-based-precision-dosing-of-sirolimus-in-pediatric-patients-with-vascular-anomalies
#5
Tomoyuki Mizuno, Chie Emoto, Tsuyoshi Fukuda, Adrienne M Hammill, Denise M Adams, Alexander A Vinks
Sirolimus is the first drug to show efficacy in the treatment of patients with complicated vascular anomalies. The current study expands on the evolution of a PK model-based strategy for the precision dosing of sirolimus as part of prospective concentration controlled clinical trials in pediatric patients with vascular anomalies. Twelve month follow up data collected from 52 pediatric patients participating in the Phase 2 clinical trial were analyzed. Target attainment across the age range of 3weeks to 18years after 2-3months of therapy was 94% (49 out of 52 patients)...
May 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526533/serum-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-deficiency-predicts-long-term-poor-prognosis-among-ischemic-stroke-patients-without-hyperglycaemia
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Tian Xu, Chongke Zhong, Tan Xu, Yanbo Peng, Xiaoqing Bu, Chung-Shiuan Chen, Jinchao Wang, Zhong Ju, Qunwei Li, Deqin Geng, Yingxian Sun, Dongsheng Zhang, Jing Chen, Yonghong Zhang, Jiang He
BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] has a protective effect on long-term prognosis of ischemic stroke and whether it is affected by blood glucose levels. We aim to examine the effect of serum vitamin D especially its deficiency on 1-year poor outcome of ischemic stroke patients in total patients and by blood glucose subgroups. METHODS: A total of 3041 ischemic patients from China Antihypertensive Trial in Acute Ischemic Stroke were included...
May 16, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526489/intravitreous-injection-of-aav2-sflt01-in-patients-with-advanced-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-phase-1-open-label-trial
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Jeffrey S Heier, Saleema Kherani, Shilpa Desai, Pravin Dugel, Shalesh Kaushal, Seng H Cheng, Cheryl Delacono, Annie Purvis, Susan Richards, Annaig Le-Halpere, John Connelly, Samuel C Wadsworth, Rafael Varona, Ronald Buggage, Abraham Scaria, Peter A Campochiaro
BACKGROUND: Long-term intraocular injections of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-neutralising proteins can preserve central vision in many patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration. We tested the safety and tolerability of a single intravitreous injection of an AAV2 vector expressing the VEGF-neutralising protein sFLT01 in patients with advanced neovascular age-related macular degeneration. METHODS: This was a phase 1, open-label, dose-escalating study done at four outpatient retina clinics in the USA...
May 16, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526186/cardiovascular-protection-in-the-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes-a-review-of-clinical-trial-results-across-drug-classes
#8
Francesco Paneni, Thomas F Lüscher
Patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) have a significantly higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD)-namely myocardial infarction, heart failure, and stroke. Despite clear advances in the prevention and treatment of CVD, the impact of T2DM on CVD outcome remains high and continues to escalate. Available evidence indicates that the risk of macrovascular complications increases with the severity of hyperglycemia, thus suggesting that the relation between metabolic disturbances and vascular damage is approximately linear...
May 15, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526110/pulmonary-artery-sealing-with-ultrasonic-energy-in-open-lobectomy-a-phase-i-clinical-trial
#9
Eric Goudie, Vicky Thiffault, Adeline Jouquan, Edwin Lafontaine, Pasquale Ferraro, Moishe Liberman
OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary artery branch sealing in video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical lobectomy is usually achieved with vascular endostaplers. Iatrogenic pulmonary artery injury may be caused by endostaplers. We evaluated the safety of pulmonary artery sealing with an ultrasonic energy vessel-sealing device in a phase I clinical trial evaluating in vivo safety of the device during open lobectomy. METHODS: Patients scheduled to undergo elective open (thoracotomy) pulmonary lobectomy were prospectively enrolled...
June 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525795/the-role-of-secretory-phospholipases-as-therapeutic-targets-for-the-treatment-of-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#10
REVIEW
Sriram Ravindran, Gino A Kurian
Myocardial reperfusion injury is a consequence of restoration of blood flow post ischemia. It is a complex process involving an acute inflammatory response activated by cytokines, chemokines, growth factors, and mediated by free radicals, calcium overload leading to mitochondrial dysfunction. Secretory phospholipases (sPLA2) are a group of pro-inflammatory molecules associated with diseases such as atherosclerosis, which increase the risk of reperfusion injury. This acute response leads to breakdown of phospholipids such as cardiolipin, found in the mitochondrial inner membrane, leading to disruption of energy producing enzymes of the electron transport chain...
May 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525674/continuous-hemoadsorption-with-a-cytokine-adsorber-during-sepsis-a-review-of-the-literature
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Khosrow S Houschyar, Malcolm N Pyles, Susanne Rein, Ina Nietzschmann, Dominik Duscher, Zeshaan N Maan, Kristian Weissenberg, Hubertus M Philipps, Catharina Strauss, Beate Reichelt, Frank Siemers
Sepsis is a well-recognized healthcare issue worldwide, ultimately resulting in significant mortality, morbidity and resource utilization during and after critical illness. In its most severe form, sepsis causes multi-organ dysfunction that produces a state of critical illness characterized by severe immune dysfunction and catabolism. Sepsis induces the activation of complement factor via 3 pathways and the release of inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin-1beta (IL-1β), resulting in a systemic inflammatory response...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524746/a-contemporary-profile-of-primary-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-participants-from-the-narcoms-registry
#12
Amber Salter, Nina P Thomas, Tuula Tyry, Gary R Cutter, Ruth Ann Marrie
BACKGROUND: Primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) represents 10%-15% of all multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnoses. Information regarding socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of persons with PPMS is limited. OBJECTIVE: To characterize persons with PPMS in the North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS) Registry. METHODS: We compared demographic and health-related characteristics of NARCOMS Registry participants reporting PPMS in the spring 2015 update survey with those reporting relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS), with characteristics of published PPMS cohorts...
May 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522650/examining-the-association-between-hemodialysis-access-type-and-mortality-the-role-of-access-complications
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Pietro Ravani, Robert Quinn, Matthew Oliver, Bruce Robinson, Ronald Pisoni, Neesh Pannu, Jennifer MacRae, Braden Manns, Brenda Hemmelgarn, Matthew James, Marcello Tonelli, Brenda Gillespie
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: People receiving hemodialysis to treat kidney failure need a vascular access (a fistula, a graft, or a central venous catheter) to connect to the blood purification machine. Higher rates of access complications are considered the mechanism responsible for the excess mortality observed among catheter or graft users versus fistula users. We tested this hypothesis using mediation analysis. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We studied incident patients who started hemodialysis therapy from North America, Europe, and Australasia (the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study; 1996-2011)...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522145/wnt-signaling-a-novel-pathway-regulating-blood-pressure-state-of-the-art-review
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REVIEW
Maen D Abou Ziki, Arya Mani
Recent antihypertensive trials show conflicting results on blood pressure (BP) targets in patient populations with different metabolic profiles, with lowest benefit from tight BP control observed in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. This paradox could arise from the heterogeneity of study populations and underscores the importance of precision medicine initiatives towards understanding and treating hypertension. Wnt signaling pathways and genetic variations in its signaling peptides have been recently associated with metabolic syndrome, hypertension and diabetes, generating a breakthrough for advancement of precision medicine in the field of hypertension...
May 4, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522033/placenta-directed-gene-therapy-for-fetal-growth-restriction
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REVIEW
Tara Krishnan, Anna L David
Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is a serious pregnancy complication affecting ∼8% of all pregnancies. There is no treatment to increase fetal growth in the uterus. Gene therapy presents a promising treatment strategy for FGR, with the use of adenoviral vectors encoding for proteins such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and insulin-like growth factor demonstrating improvements in fetal growth, placental function, and neonatal outcome in preclinical studies. Safety assessments suggest no adverse risk to the mother or fetus for VEGF maternal gene therapy; a clinical trial is in development...
May 15, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515936/pulse-dose-steroids-in-severe-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-secondary-to-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#16
Cody Lee, Jean Elwing
OBJECTIVE: The pulmonary vascular targeted treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension is similar to other connective tissue disease-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension. In addition, there also appears to be a role for immunosuppression in the overall management. However, the optimal immunosuppressive regimen and what patients will respond to treatments are currently not clearly elucidated given the lack of randomized controlled trials on the subject...
2017: SAGE open medical case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514624/evacetrapib-and-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-high-risk-vascular-disease
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A Michael Lincoff, Stephen J Nicholls, Jeffrey S Riesmeyer, Philip J Barter, H Bryan Brewer, Keith A A Fox, C Michael Gibson, Christopher Granger, Venu Menon, Gilles Montalescot, Daniel Rader, Alan R Tall, Ellen McErlean, Kathy Wolski, Giacomo Ruotolo, Burkhard Vangerow, Govinda Weerakkody, Shaun G Goodman, Diego Conde, Darren K McGuire, Jose C Nicolau, Jose L Leiva-Pons, Yves Pesant, Weimin Li, David Kandath, Simon Kouz, Naeem Tahirkheli, Denise Mason, Steven E Nissen
BACKGROUND: The cholesteryl ester transfer protein inhibitor evacetrapib substantially raises the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol level, reduces the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol level, and enhances cellular cholesterol efflux capacity. We sought to determine the effect of evacetrapib on major adverse cardiovascular outcomes in patients with high-risk vascular disease. METHODS: In a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial, we enrolled 12,092 patients who had at least one of the following conditions: an acute coronary syndrome within the previous 30 to 365 days, cerebrovascular atherosclerotic disease, peripheral vascular arterial disease, or diabetes mellitus with coronary artery disease...
May 18, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514267/systolic-and-diastolic-lv-mechanics-during-and-following-resistance-exercise
#18
Eric J Stöhr, Mike Stembridge, Rob Shave, T Jake Samuel, Keeron Stone, Joseph I Esformes
PURPOSE: To improve the current understanding of the impact of resistance exercise on the heart, by examining the acute responses of left ventricular (LV) strain, twist and untwisting rate ('LV mechanics'). METHODS: LV echocardiographic images were recorded in systole and diastole before, during and immediately after (7-12 s) double leg press exercise at two intensities (30% and 60% of maximum strength, 1-repetition-maximum, 1RM). Speckle tracking analysis generated LV strain, twist and untwisting rate data...
May 16, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513899/surgical-strategies-and-novel-therapies-for-locally-advanced-pancreatic-cancer
#19
REVIEW
Jad Abou-Khalil, Flavio G Rocha
Many patients with pancreatic cancer are not candidates for surgical resection due to involvement of critical mesenteric vascular structures. We compare and contrast the commonly used classification systems for borderline resectable and locally advanced pancreatic cancer. We describe the current strategies in managing venous and arterial involvement, as well as the role of neoadjuvant chemotherapy and chemoradiation, before explanding on a novel clinical trial in this patient population.
May 17, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512147/nrf2-inactivation-enhances-placental-angiogenesis-in-a-preeclampsia-mouse-model-and-improves-maternal-and-fetal-outcomes
#20
Masahiro Nezu, Tomokazu Souma, Lei Yu, Hiroki Sekine, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Andrew Zu-Sern Wei, Sadayoshi Ito, Akiyoshi Fukamizu, Zsuzsanna K Zsengeller, Tomohiro Nakamura, Atsushi Hozawa, S Ananth Karumanchi, Norio Suzuki, Masayuki Yamamoto
Placental activation of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) plays a key role in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are thought to affect placental angiogenesis, which is critical for preventing preeclampsia pathology. We examined the role of ROS in preeclampsia by genetically modifying the Keap1-Nrf2 pathway, a cellular antioxidant defense system, in a mouse model of RAS-induced preeclampsia. Nrf2 deficiency would be expected to impair cellular antioxidant responses; however, Nrf2 deficiency in preeclamptic mice improved maternal and fetal survival, ameliorated intra-uterine growth retardation, and augmented oxidative DNA damage...
May 16, 2017: Science Signaling
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