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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334508/practical-valvular-issues-in-patients-requiring-ventricular-assist-devices
#1
Mitesh Badiwala, Terrence Yau
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As ventricular assist device (VAD) therapy in patients with advanced heart failure continues to grow, experience with concomitant valvular diseases present either before or after VAD implantation continues to accrue. In this review, we discuss recent data and current practice as it pertains to the subject of concomitant valvular disease in patients requiring VADs. RECENT FINDINGS: Persistent aortic valve closure has been identified as a potential contributor to aortic valve 'disuse atrophy' resulting in valve degeneration...
January 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333884/use-of-tidal-breathing-curves-for-evaluating-expiratory-airway-obstruction-in-infants
#2
Avigdor Hevroni, Aliza Goldman, Miriam Blank-Brachfeld, Wiessam Abu Ahmad, Lior Ben-Dov, Chaim Springer
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate tidal breathing (TB) flow-volume and flow-time curves for identification of expiratory airway obstruction in infants. METHODS: Pulmonary function tests were analyzed retrospectively in 156 infants aged 3-24 months with persistent or recurrent respiratory complaints. Parameters derived from TB curves were compared to maximal expiratory flow at functional residual capacity ([Formula: see text]maxFRC) measured by rapid thoracoabdominal compression technique...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333789/physical-training-in-a-medical-fitness-room-for-patients-with-chronic-diseases-functional-and-metabolic-outcomes
#3
Oshrat E Tayer-Shifman, Yigal Bar-On, David Pereg, Alon Y Hershko
BACKGROUND: Physical inactivity is a pivotal factor in the development and progression of various chronic diseases. However, most fitness facilities exclude unhealthy individuals. Therefore, an exercise program that admits such patients is imperative. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness of a fitness facility that admits adult subjects with multiple chronic diseases. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective screening of patient records from the Medical Fitness Facility at Meir Medical Center, Israel...
January 2018: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333619/surrogate-scale-for-evaluating-respiratory-function-based-on-complete-blood-count-parameters
#4
Yang Guang, Zhou Jie, Dong Feng, Liu Hui
BACKGROUND: In this study, we aimed to identify a simple method for evaluating respiratory function using complete blood count parameters. METHODS: The complete blood count parameters, including red blood cell (RBC) count, hemoglobin (Hb) level, lymphocyte (Lym) and platelet (Plt) count, and partial pressure of oxygen (PO2 ) level, were measured using automated analyzers in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), aged subjects, and young subjects (control group)...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332910/successful-infant-pneumonectomy-with-unilateral-pulmonary-artery-occlusion-test
#5
Koji Kato, Taichi Kato, Satoshi Hayano, Yoshie Fukasawa, Atsushi Numaguchi, Tetsuo Hattori, Akiko Saito, Yoshiaki Sato, Masahiro Hayakawa
The use of unilateral pulmonary artery occlusion (UPAO) test for the preoperative evaluation of pneumonectomy was reported in adult patients. On the contrary, in infants, no strategies have yet been recommended to predict hemodynamics after pneumonectomy, nor has use of the UPAO test been reported. We describe the first case of infant with abnormal pulmonary circulation in whom successful pneumonectomy was performed after preoperative evaluation using UPAO test. Right pneumonectomy was planned for an 8-month-old girl, because of decreased right pulmonary function, high risk of pneumothorax, and impaired left lung expansion due to overexpansion caused by severe left bronchial stenosis and bronchomalacia...
January 15, 2018: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332607/the-role-of-t2-weighted-gradient-echo-in-the-diagnosis-of-tumefactive-intrahepatic-extramedullary-hematopoiesis-in-myelodysplastic-syndrome-and-diffuse-hepatic-iron-overload-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Abel A Belay, Andrew M Bellizzi, Alan H Stolpen
BACKGROUND: Extramedullary hematopoiesis is the proliferation of hematopoietic cells outside bone marrow secondary to marrow hematopoiesis failure. Extramedullary hematopoiesis rarely presents as a mass-forming hepatic lesion; in this case, imaging-based differentiation from primary and metastatic hepatic neoplasms is difficult, often leading to biopsy for definitive diagnosis. We report a case of tumefactive hepatic extramedullary hematopoiesis in the setting of myelodysplastic syndrome with concurrent hepatic iron overload, and the role of T2*-weighted gradient-echo magnetic resonance imaging in differentiating extramedullary hematopoiesis from primary and metastatic hepatic lesions...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332332/a-study-on-cellular-immune-function-of-patients-treated-with-radical-resection-of-pulmonary-carcinoma-with-two-different-methods-of-anesthesia-and-analgesia
#7
Jie Chen, Feng Luo, Min Lei, Zhoumiao Chen
PURPOSE: To compare the influence on the immune system of two different methods of anesthesia and analgesia in patients treated with radical resection of pulmonary carcinoma. METHODS: Thirty-four patients treated with radical resection of pulmonary carcinoma were randomly divided into two groups (group A and group B, 17 cases in each group). Patients in group A were administered total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA) without inhaled hypnotics and intravenous analgesia while patients in group B were administered TIVA combined with epidural anesthesia and epidural analgesia...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331988/airflow-limitation-in-people-living-with-hiv-and-matched-uninfected-controls
#8
Andreas Ronit, Jens Lundgren, Shoaib Afzal, Thomas Benfield, Ashley Roen, Amanda Mocroft, Jan Gerstoft, Børge G Nordestgaard, Jørgen Vestbo, Susanne D Nielsen
INTRODUCTION: Whether HIV influences pulmonary function remains controversial. We assessed dynamic pulmonary function in people living with HIV (PLWHIV) and uninfected controls. METHODS: A total of 1098 PLWHIV from the Copenhagen Co-morbidity in HIV infection study and 12 161 age-matched and sex-matched controls from the Copenhagen General Population Study were included. Lung function was assessed using FEV1 and FVC, while airflow limitation was defined by the lower limit of normal (LLN) of FEV1/FVC and by FEV1/FVC<0...
January 13, 2018: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331337/elastin-in-lung-development-and-disease-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Robert P Mecham
Elastin is expressed in most tissues that require elastic recoil. The protein first appeared coincident with the closed circulatory system, and was critical for the evolutionary success of the vertebrate lineage. Elastin is expressed by multiple cell types in the lung, including mesothelial cells in the pleura, smooth muscle cells in airways and blood vessels, endothelial cells, and interstitial fibroblasts. This highly crosslinked protein associates with fibrillin-containing microfibrils to form the elastic fiber, which is the physiological structure that functions in the extracellular matrix...
January 10, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330966/static-hyperinflation-is-associated-with-ventilatory-limitation-and-exercise-tolerance-in-adult-cystic-fibrosis
#10
Daniel Stevens
INTRODUCTION: Lung hyperinflation is a potential mechanism limiting exercise tolerance. However, available data on the impact of static hyperinflation on exercise performance in adult cystic fibrosis is lacking. Furthermore, the relative contribution of both static and dynamic hyperinflation to exercise performance is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To determine the impact of static hyperinflation on exercise tolerance and lung dynamics in adult cystic fibrosis. METHODS: Clinical data of 107 adult patients with cystic fibrosis, including pulmonary function, lung volumes, and cardiopulmonary exercise from the Toronto Cystic Fibrosis database were collected and analyzed...
January 13, 2018: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330547/recessive-loss-of-function-pign-alleles-including-an-intragenic-deletion-with-founder-effect-in-la-r%C3%A3-union-island-in-patients-with-fryns-syndrome
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Jean-Luc Alessandri, Christopher T Gordon, Marie-Line Jacquemont, Nicolas Gruchy, Norbert F Ajeawung, Guillaume Benoist, Myriam Oufadem, Asma Chebil, Yannis Duffourd, Coralie Dumont, Marion Gérard, Paul Kuentz, Thibaud Jouan, Francesca Filippini, Thi Tuyet Mai Nguyen, Olivier Alibeu, Christine Bole-Feysot, Patrick Nitschké, Asma Omarjee, Duksha Ramful, Hanitra Randrianaivo, Bérénice Doray, Laurence Faivre, Jeanne Amiel, Philippe M Campeau, Julien Thevenon
Fryns syndrome (FS) is a multiple malformations syndrome with major features of congenital diaphragmatic hernia, pulmonary hypoplasia, craniofacial dysmorphic features, distal digit hypoplasia, and a range of other lower frequency malformations. FS is typically lethal in the fetal or neonatal period. Inheritance is presumed autosomal recessive. Although no major genetic cause has been identified for FS, biallelic truncating variants in PIGN, encoding a component of the glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchor biosynthesis pathway, have been identified in a limited number of cases with a phenotype compatible with FS...
January 12, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330144/kindlin-1-promotes-pulmonary-breast-cancer-metastasis
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Sana Sarvi, Hitesh Patel, Jun Li, Georgia L Dodd, Helen Creedon, Morwenna Muir, Jocelyn Ward, John C Dawson, Martin Lee, Jayne Culley, Donald M Salter, Andrew H Sims, Adam Byron, Valerie G Brunton
In breast cancer, increased expression of the cytoskeletal adaptor protein Kindlin-1 has been linked to increased risks of lung metastasis, but the functional basis is unknown. Here we show that in a mouse model of polyomavirus middle T antigen-induced mammary tumorigenesis, loss of Kindlin-1 reduced early pulmonary arrest and later development of lung metastasis. This phenotype relied on the ability of Kindlin-1 to bind and activate β integrin heterodimers. Kindlin-1 loss reduced α4 integrin-mediated adhesion of mammary tumor cells to the adhesion molecule VCAM-1 on endothelial cells...
January 12, 2018: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329761/n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-for-monitoring-after-balloon-pulmonary-angioplasty-for-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension
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Steffen D Kriechbaum, Christoph B Wiedenroth, Jan Sebastian Wolter, Regula Hütz, Moritz Haas, Andreas Breithecker, Fritz C Roller, Till Keller, Stefan Guth, Andreas Rolf, Christian W Hamm, Eckhard Mayer, Christoph Liebetrau
BACKGROUND: Balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA) is an emerging interventional treatment option for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). The non-invasive monitoring of CTEPH patients is a clinical challenge. In this study we examined changes in N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in patients undergoing BPA for inoperable CTEPH and related them to peri-procedural success. METHODS: In this study we analyzed a total of 51 consecutive patients who underwent BPA treatment and completed a 6-month follow-up (6-MFU) between March 2014 and March 2017...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329563/pm2-5-induced-oxidative-stress-increases-intercellular-adhesion-molecule-1-expression-in-lung-epithelial-cells-through-the-il-6-akt-stat3-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-dependent-pathway
#14
Chen-Wei Liu, Tzu-Lin Lee, Yu-Chen Chen, Chan-Jung Liang, Shu-Huei Wang, June-Horng Lue, Jaw-Shiun Tsai, Shih-Wei Lee, Shun-Hua Chen, Yi-Fan Yang, Tzu-Yi Chuang, Yuh-Lien Chen
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have shown that ambient air pollution is closely associated with increased respiratory inflammation and decreased lung function. Particulate matters (PMs) are major components of air pollution that damages lung cells. However, the mechanisms remain to be elucidated. This study examines the effects of PMs on intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) expression and the related mechanisms in vitro and in vivo. RESULT: The cytotoxicity, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, and monocyte adherence to A549 cells were more severely affected by treatment with O-PMs (organic solvent-extractable fraction of SRM1649b) than with W-PMs (water-soluble fraction of SRM1649b)...
January 12, 2018: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329328/early-occurrence-of-inspiratory-muscle-weakness-in-parkinson-s-disease
#15
Guillaume Baille, Thierry Perez, David Devos, Valérie Deken, Luc Defebvre, Caroline Moreau
INTRODUCTION: In Parkinson's disease (PD), respiratory insufficiency (including functional and muscle disorders) can impact dysarthria and swallowing. Most studies of this topic have been performed retrospectively in populations of patients with advanced PD. The objective of the present study was to characterize lung function (under off-drug conditions) in early-stage PD patients at baseline and then again two years later. METHODS: Forty-one early-stage PD patients (mean ± SD age: 61...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328885/radiographic-emphysema-circulating-bone-biomarkers-and-progressive-bone-mineral-density-loss-in-smokers
#16
Jessica Bon, Yingze Zhang, Joseph K Leader, Carl Fuhrman, Subashan Perera, Divay Chandra, Marnie Bertolet, Brenda Diergaarde, Susan L Greenspan, Frank C Sciurba
RATIONALE: Osteoporosis is common in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Lung-specific factors, including radiographic emphysema, independently associate with low bone mineral density (BMD) in cross-sectional smoking cohorts. However, factors associated with progressive bone loss in smokers are under-studied and largely unknown. OBJECTIVES: To determine the relationship between radiographic emphysema, circulating bone metabolism markers, and pulmonary function and accelerated BMD loss in smokers...
January 12, 2018: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328034/characteristics-of-articular-syndrome-in-systemic-vasculitis
#17
O Syniachenko, O Khaniukov, Ye Yehudina, H Taktashov, K Gashynova
The purpose of the study - investigation the separate joint lesion in systemic vasculitis, their X-ray sonographic characteristics, the correlation of the articular syndrome severity with extra-articular manifestations of the diseases, as well as aspects of the arthritis pathogenesis in this category of patients. The study included 525 patients in the ratio of the examined with Henoch-Schonlen purpura, microscopic polyangiitis, cryoglobulinemic vasculitis, polyarteritis nodosa, Takayasu's arteritis, Wegener's granulomatosis with polyangiitis and eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis Churg-Strauss as a 7:4:3:1:1:1:1...
December 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327616/nintedanib-for-the-treatment-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
#18
Francesco Varone, Giacomo Sgalla, Bruno Iovene, Teresa Bruni, Luca Richeldi
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is an interstitial lung disease characterized by the progressive loss of pulmonary function, ultimately leading to respiratory failure and death. Two novel compounds, nintedanib and pirfenidone, have shown efficacy in reducing the rate of decline of lung function in IPF patients. The multiple tyrosine kinase inhibitor nintedanib has extensively being studied as a potential angiogenesis inhibitor in clinical against various neoplastic disorders. Afterwards, this compound was successfully tested in IPF...
January 12, 2018: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326318/long-term-benefits-of-airway-clearance-in-bronchiectasis-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
#19
Gerard Muñoz, Javier de Gracia, Maria Buxó, Antonio Alvarez, Montserrat Vendrell
Keeping airways clear of mucus by airway clearance techniques seems essential in bronchiectasis treatment, although no placebo-controlled trials or any studies lasting longer than 3 months have been conducted. We evaluate the efficacy of the ELTGOL (slow expiration with the glottis opened in the lateral posture) technique over a 1-year period in bronchiectasis patients with chronic expectoration in a randomised placebo-controlled trial.Patients were randomised to perform the ELTGOL technique (n=22) or placebo exercises (n=22) twice-daily (ClinicalTrials...
January 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326298/smoking-duration-alone-provides-stronger-risk-estimates-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-than-pack-years
#20
Surya P Bhatt, Young-Il Kim, Kathy F Harrington, John E Hokanson, Sharon M Lutz, Michael H Cho, Dawn L DeMeo, James M Wells, Barry J Make, Stephen I Rennard, George R Washko, Marilyn G Foreman, Donald P Tashkin, Robert A Wise, Mark T Dransfield, William C Bailey
BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoking is the strongest risk factor for COPD. Smoking burden is frequently measured in pack-years, but the relative contribution of cigarettes smoked per day versus duration towards the development of structural lung disease, airflow obstruction and functional outcomes is not known. METHODS: We analysed cross-sectional data from a large multicentre cohort (COPDGene) of current and former smokers. Primary outcome was airflow obstruction (FEV1/FVC); secondary outcomes included five additional measures of disease: FEV1, CT emphysema, CT gas trapping, functional capacity (6 min walk distance, 6MWD) and respiratory morbidity (St George's Respiratory Questionnaire, SGRQ)...
January 11, 2018: Thorax
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