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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231689/are-children-with-asthma-in-south-korea-also-associated-with-vitamin-d-deficiency
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Yu-Ri Kim, Sung-Chul Seo, Young Yoo, Ji Tae Choung
Recently, epidemiologic studies have shown that the lack of vitamin D levels may be associated with high asthma prevalence, but its effect is still controversial, depending on season, area, and food consumption. We aimed to examine the association of serum vitamin D levels with the prevalence of pediatric asthma in Korea. A total of 80 children (50 asthmatic children and 30 healthy controls) aged 6-14 years were participated in this study. Serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D (vitamin D) levels were measured and compared between the two groups...
February 14, 2017: Environmental Health and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231596/-impact-of-a-senso-motoric-intervention-in-copd-patients-participating-in-an-outpatient-pulmonary-rehabilitation-program-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#2
M Spielmanns, K Müller, N Schott, A Winkler, H Polanski, C Nell, T Boeselt, A R Koczulla, J H Storre, W Windisch, F S Magnet, K Baum
Objective: Exercise training provides a cornerstone of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in COPD-patients. However, the components of the training are not yet fully investigated. We conducted a randomized controlled trial to investigate the effectiveness of a sensory-motoric training (SMT) in comparison to a conventional strength training (KT) according to the physical performance. Patients and Methods: 43 COPD patients were randomized and participated either in the intervention group (SMT = 30 minutes SMT per day) or in the control group (KT = 30 minutes KT per day)...
February 23, 2017: Die Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231584/characteristics-of-sarcoidosis-in-patients-with-previous-malignancy-causality-or-coincidence
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Nissim Arish, Rottem Kuint, Eli Sapir, Liran Levy, Avraham Abutbul, Zvi Fridlender, Uri Laxer, Neville Berkman
BACKGROUND: The association between sarcoidosis and malignancy is poorly defined. Sarcoidosis can precede, be diagnosed concurrently with, or follow malignancy. OBJECTIVES: We describe the clinical and radiological features of patients with sarcoidosis following malignancy to determine whether this association is causal or coincidental. METHODS: We performed a search for all patients with confirmed sarcoidosis following malignancy in our institution during 2001-2015...
February 24, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231402/ex-vivo-visualization-of-human-ciliated-epithelium-and-quantitative-analysis-of-induced-flow-dynamics-by-using-optical-coherence-tomography
#4
Yuye Ling, Xinwen Yao, Ute A Gamm, Emilio Arteaga-Solis, Charles W Emala, Michael A Choma, Christine P Hendon
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Cilia-driven mucociliary clearance is an important self-defense mechanism of great clinical importance in pulmonary research. Conventional light microscopy possesses the capability to visualize individual cilia and its beating pattern but lacks the throughput to assess the global ciliary activities and flow dynamics. Optical coherence tomography (OCT), which provides depth-resolved cross-sectional images, was recently introduced to this area. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fourteen de-identified human tracheobronchial tissues are directly imaged by two OCT systems: one system centered at 1,300 nm with 6...
February 23, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231275/suppression-of-tgf-%C3%AE-pathway-by-pirfenidone-decreases-extracellular-matrix-deposition-in-ocular-fibroblasts-in-vitro
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Thomas Stahnke, Bhavani S Kowtharapu, Oliver Stachs, Klaus-Peter Schmitz, Johannes Wurm, Andreas Wree, Rudolf Friedrich Guthoff, Marina Hovakimyan
In glaucoma surgery, fibrotic processes occur, leading to impairment of liquid outflow. Activated fibroblasts are responsible for postoperative scarring. The transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) pathway plays a key role in fibroblast function, differentiation and proliferation. The aim of this study was the characterization of the fibrotic potential of two subtypes of primary human ocular fibroblasts and the attempt to inhibit fibrotic processes specifically, without impairing cell viability. For fibrosis inhibition we focused on the small molecule pirfenidone, which has been shown to prevent pulmonary fibrosis by the decrease of the expression of TGF-β1, TGF-β2 and TGF-β3 cytokines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231264/precision-engineering-for-prrsv-resistance-in-pigs-macrophages-from-genome-edited-pigs-lacking-cd163-srcr5-domain-are-fully-resistant-to-both-prrsv-genotypes-while-maintaining-biological-function
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Christine Burkard, Simon G Lillico, Elizabeth Reid, Ben Jackson, Alan J Mileham, Tahar Ait-Ali, C Bruce A Whitelaw, Alan L Archibald
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is a panzootic infectious disease of pigs, causing major economic losses to the world-wide pig industry. PRRS manifests differently in pigs of all ages but primarily causes late-term abortions and stillbirths in sows and respiratory disease in piglets. The causative agent of the disease is the positive-strand RNA PRRS virus (PRRSV). PRRSV has a narrow host cell tropism, limited to cells of the monocyte/macrophage lineage. CD163 has been described as a fusion receptor for PRRSV, whereby the scavenger receptor cysteine-rich domain 5 (SRCR5) region was shown to be an interaction site for the virus in vitro...
February 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230230/bronchoscopic-lung-volume-reduction-procedures-for-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Joseph Em van Agteren, Khin Hnin, Dion Grosser, Kristin V Carson, Brian J Smith
BACKGROUND: In the recent years, a variety of bronchoscopic lung volume reduction (BLVR) procedures have emerged that may provide a treatment option to participants suffering from moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of BLVR on the short- and long-term health outcomes in participants with moderate to severe COPD and determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of each individual technique. SEARCH METHODS: Studies were identified from the Cochrane Airways Group Specialised Register (CAGR) and by handsearching of respiratory journals and meeting abstracts...
February 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230051/cellular-senescence-mediates-fibrotic-pulmonary-disease
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Marissa J Schafer, Thomas A White, Koji Iijima, Andrew J Haak, Giovanni Ligresti, Elizabeth J Atkinson, Ann L Oberg, Jodie Birch, Hanna Salmonowicz, Yi Zhu, Daniel L Mazula, Robert W Brooks, Heike Fuhrmann-Stroissnigg, Tamar Pirtskhalava, Y S Prakash, Tamara Tchkonia, Paul D Robbins, Marie Christine Aubry, João F Passos, James L Kirkland, Daniel J Tschumperlin, Hirohito Kita, Nathan K LeBrasseur
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a fatal disease characterized by interstitial remodelling, leading to compromised lung function. Cellular senescence markers are detectable within IPF lung tissue and senescent cell deletion rejuvenates pulmonary health in aged mice. Whether and how senescent cells regulate IPF or if their removal may be an efficacious intervention strategy is unknown. Here we demonstrate elevated abundance of senescence biomarkers in IPF lung, with p16 expression increasing with disease severity...
February 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229577/maximal-aerobic-capacity-can-be-increased-by-enhancing-performers-expectancies
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Jeff Montes, Gabriele Wulf, James W Navalta
BACKGROUND: Maximum aerobic capacity (VO2max) is widely accepted as the best measure of cardiovascular fitness and aerobic power. The present study investigated whether enhancing participants' performance expectancies through positive social-comparative feedback would increase VO2max. METHODS: Participants were experienced runners who regularly ran for exercise or competitively. All participants completed two VO2max tests within a 2-week period at similar times of the day...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229480/echocardiographic-evaluation-of-right-ventricular-function-in-preterm-infants-with-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia
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Renata Bokiniec, Paweł Własienko, Maria Borszewska-Kornacka, Joanna Szymkiewicz-Dangel
AIM: To evaluate right ventricular function in preterm infants with and without bronchopulmonary dysplasia. METHODS: Eighty-nine preterm infants (<32 weeks) were divided into three groups: (1) no-bronchopulmonary dysplasia (n=32); (2) mild-bronchopulmonary dysplasia (n=35); (3) severe-bronchopulmonary dysplasia (n=15). Right ventricular echocardiographic parameters included the following: (1) pulsed-wave Doppler through the tricuspid valve (E/A ratio), pulmonary artery acceleration time, right ventricular ejection time, right ventricular velocity-time integral; (2) tissue Doppler measurements of myocardial velocities and atrioventricular conduction times; (3) pulsed-wave Doppler and tissue Doppler evaluation of myocardial performance index and E/E' ratio; and (4) M-mode detection of right ventricular end-diastolic wall diameter...
February 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228756/agonistic-anti-pdgf-receptor-autoantibodies-from-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-impact-human-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells-function-in-vitro
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Silvia Svegliati, Donatella Amico, Tatiana Spadoni, Colomba Fischetti, Doreen Finke, Gianluca Moroncini, Chiara Paolini, Cecilia Tonnini, Antonella Grieco, Marina Rovinelli, Armando Gabrielli
One of the earliest events in the pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis (SSc) is microvasculature damage with intimal hyperplasia and accumulation of cells expressing PDGF receptor. Stimulatory autoantibodies targeting PDGF receptor have been detected in SSc patients and demonstrated to induce fibrosis in vivo and convert in vitro normal fibroblasts into SSc-like cells. Since there is no evidence of the role of anti-PDGF receptor autoantibodies in the pathogenesis of SSc vascular lesions, we investigated the biologic effect of agonistic anti-PDGF receptor autoantibodies from SSc patients on human pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells and the signaling pathways involved...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228557/surfactant-protein-a-inhibits-growth-and-adherence-of-uropathogenic-escherichia-coli-to-protect-the-bladder-from-infection
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Jiro Hashimoto, Motoko Takahashi, Atsushi Saito, Masaki Murata, Yuichiro Kurimura, Chiaki Nishitani, Rina Takamiya, Yasuaki Uehara, Yoshihiro Hasegawa, Yoshiki Hiyama, Norimasa Sawada, Satoshi Takahashi, Naoya Masumori, Yoshio Kuroki, Shigeru Ariki
Surfactant protein A (SP-A) is a multifunctional host defense collectin that was first identified as a component of pulmonary surfactant. Although SP-A is also expressed in various tissues, including the urinary tract, its innate immune functions in nonpulmonary tissues are poorly understood. In this study, we demonstrated that adherence of uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) to the bladder was enhanced in SP-A-deficient mice, which suggests that SP-A plays an important role in innate immunity against UPEC...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228404/endothelial-colony-forming-cells-ameliorate-endothelial-dysfunction-via-secreted-factors-following-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Jason A Collett, Purvi Mehrotra, Allison Crone, W Christopher Shelley, Mervin C Yoder, David P Basile
Damage to endothelial cells contributes to acute kidney injury (AKI) by leading to impaired perfusion. Endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) are endothelial precursor cells with high proliferative capacity, pro-angiogenic activity, and in vivo vessel forming potential. We hypothesized that ECFCs may ameliorate the degree of AKI and/or promote repair of the renal vasculature following ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). Rat pulmonary microvascular ECs (PMVEC) with high proliferative potential were compared with pulmonary artery ECs (PAEC) with low proliferative potential in rats subjected to renal I/R...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228162/efficacy-and-safety-of-indacaterol-glycopyrronium-fixed-dose-combination-in-mild-to-moderate-copd-patients-symptomatic-on-tiotropium-in-korea-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Chin Kook Rhee, Hye Yun Park, Jeong-Woong Park, Ji-Hyun Lee, Tae-Hyung Kim, Sei Won Lee, Ji Ye Jung, Song Kim, Yong Il Hwang, Ki-Suck Jung
BACKGROUND: Long-acting bronchodilator monotherapy (long-acting β2-agonist [LABA] or long-acting muscarinic antagonist [LAMA]) is extensively used for treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with mild-to-moderate airflow limitation. However, a substantial number of patients remain symptomatic despite treatment with a single bronchodilator, necessitating a change in therapy. METHODS: This 12-week, randomized, multicenter, open-label, phase IV study aims to show that the once-daily indacaterol/glycopyrronium (IND/GLY) 110/50 μg fixed-dose LABA/LAMA combination results in an improved lung function in symptomatic patients with mild-to-moderate COPD who switch from once-daily tiotropium 18 μg...
February 22, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228114/efficacy-of-1-5-and-20%C3%A2-mg-oral-sildenafil-in-the-treatment-of-adults-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-a-randomized-double-blind-study-with-open-label-extension
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Carmine Dario Vizza, B K S Sastry, Zeenat Safdar, Lutz Harnisch, Xiang Gao, Min Zhang, Manisha Lamba, Zhi-Cheng Jing
BACKGROUND: In a previous study, 6-minute walk distance (6MWD) improvement with sildenafil was not dose dependent at the 3 doses tested (20, 40, and 80 mg 3 times daily [TID]). This study assessed whether lower doses were less effective than the approved 20-mg TID dosage. METHODS: Treatment-naive patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension were randomized to 12 weeks of double-blind sildenafil 1, 5, or 20 mg TID; 12 weeks of open-label sildenafil 20 mg TID followed...
February 23, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228103/disease-manifestations-and-burden-of-illness-in-patients-with-acid-sphingomyelinase-deficiency-asmd
#16
REVIEW
Margaret M McGovern, Ruzan Avetisyan, Bernd-Jan Sanson, Olivier Lidove
Acid sphingomyelinase deficiency (ASMD), a rare lysosomal storage disease, is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder caused by different SMPD1 mutations. Historically, ASMD has been classified as Niemann-Pick disease (NPD) types A (NPD A) and B (NPD B). NPD A is associated with a uniformly devastating disease course, with rapidly progressing psychomotor degeneration, leading to death typically by the age of 3 years, most often from respiratory failure. In contrast, the clinical phenotype and life expectancy of patients with NPD B may vary widely...
February 23, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227787/support-and-rehabilitation-of-patients-with-pulmonary-expansion-deficit-by-using-game-therapy
#17
P F S Chacon, C F Schon, V H L A Furtado, G L A M Signoretti, J P P Oliveira, A G Ribeiro, C D V Wanderley, A A R Diniz, H B Soares, P F S Chacon, C F Schon, V H L A Furtado, G L A M Signoretti, J P P Oliveira, A G Ribeiro, C D V Wanderley, A A R Diniz, H B Soares, H B Soares, P F S Chacon, C F Schon, V H L A Furtado, G L A M Signoretti, A G Ribeiro, C D V Wanderley, J P P Oliveira, A A R Diniz
Patients suffering from hypoventilation and pulmonary expansion deficit are at increased risk of developing pulmonary complications such as atelectasis, pneumonia or pleural effusion. These complications can increase the length of stay and spending on health, and generate long-term functional impairment. This study aims to produce a therapeutic alternative to the traditional method of lung re-expansion through incentive spirometry (IS) using the game therapy to build an innovative system. This system makes use of infrared and Bluetooth communication technology to associate the game therapy to EI...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227684/a-novel-wireless-wearable-fluorescence-image-guided-surgery-system
#18
Kunshan He, Yamin Mao, Jinzuo Ye, Yu An, Shixin Jiang, Chongwei Chi, Jie Tian, Kunshan He, Yamin Mao, Jinzuo Ye, Yu An, Shixin Jiang, Chongwei Chi, Jie Tian, Shixin Jiang, Jinzuo Ye, Kunshan He, Chongwei Chi, Jie Tian, Yamin Mao, Yu An
Segmentectomy using indocyanine green (ICG) has become a primary treatment option to achieve a complete resection and preserve lung function in early-stage lung cancer. However, owing to a lack of appropriate intraoperative imaging systems, it is a huge challenge for surgeons to identify the intersegmental plane during the operation, leading to poor prognosis. Thus, we developed a novel wireless wearable fluorescence image-guided surgery system (LIGHTEN) for fast and accurate identification of intersegmental planes in human patients...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227285/non-contact-real-time-estimation-of-intrapulmonary-pressure-and-tidal-volume-for-chronic-heart-failure-patients
#19
Vinh Phuc Tran, Adel Ali Al-Jumaily, Vinh Phuc Tran, Adel Ali Al-Jumaily, Vinh Phuc Tran, Adel Ali Al-Jumaily
Long-term continuous patient monitoring is required in many health systems for monitoring and analytical diagnosing purposes. It has been recognized that these types of monitoring systems have shortcomings related to patient comfort and/or functionality. Non-contact monitoring systems have been developed to address some of these shortcomings. One of such systems is non-contact physiological vital signs assessments for Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) patients. This paper presents a novel pulmonary ventilation model that defines the relationship between the intrapulmonary pressure and the chest displacement...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226975/portable-forced-oscillation-device-for-point-of-care-pulmonary-function-testing
#20
Jian Cao, Ashutosh Sabharwal, Jian Cao, Ashutosh Sabharwal, Jian Cao, Ashutosh Sabharwal
The forced oscillation technique (FOT) provides a simple and accurate approach for pulmonary function testing. However, most current devices are large and high cost, hence the test remains sparingly used. To address this problem, we verified the feasibility of a smart and portable forced oscillation device based on a small subwoofer and ultrasonic sensor that is targeted at point-of-care pulmonary function testing. In this paper, we first develop and optimize the signal processing algorithm for impedance estimation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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