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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346493/aberrant-neuronal-activity-induced-signaling-and-gene-expression-in-a-mouse-model-of-rasopathy
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Franziska Altmüller, Santosh Pothula, Anil Annamneedi, Saeideh Nakhei-Rad, Carolina Montenegro-Venegas, Eneko Pina-Fernández, Claudia Marini, Monica Santos, Denny Schanze, Dirk Montag, Mohammad R Ahmadian, Oliver Stork, Martin Zenker, Anna Fejtova
Noonan syndrome (NS) is characterized by reduced growth, craniofacial abnormalities, congenital heart defects, and variable cognitive deficits. NS belongs to the RASopathies, genetic conditions linked to mutations in components and regulators of the Ras signaling pathway. Approximately 50% of NS cases are caused by mutations in PTPN11. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying cognitive impairments in NS patients are still poorly understood. Here, we report the generation and characterization of a new conditional mouse strain that expresses the overactive Ptpn11D61Y allele only in the forebrain...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346476/reduced-dosage-of-%C3%AE-catenin-provides-significant-rescue-of-cardiac-outflow-tract-anomalies-in-a-tbx1-conditional-null-mouse-model-of-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome
#2
Silvia E Racedo, Erica Hasten, Mingyan Lin, Gnanapackiam Sheela Devakanmalai, Tingwei Guo, Ertugrul M Ozbudak, Chen-Leng Cai, Deyou Zheng, Bernice E Morrow
The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS; velo-cardio-facial syndrome; DiGeorge syndrome) is a congenital anomaly disorder in which haploinsufficiency of TBX1, encoding a T-box transcription factor, is the major candidate for cardiac outflow tract (OFT) malformations. Inactivation of Tbx1 in the anterior heart field (AHF) mesoderm in the mouse results in premature expression of pro-differentiation genes and a persistent truncus arteriosus (PTA) in which septation does not form between the aorta and pulmonary trunk...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346005/plasma-coenzyme-q10-concentration-antioxidant-status-and-serum-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-concentration-in-dogs-with-various-cardiovascular-diseases-and-the-effect-of-cardiac-treatment-on-measured-variables
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Alenka Nemec Svete, Barbara Verk, Alenka Seliškar, Katerina Tomsič, Petra Jazbec Križman, Aleksandra Domanjko Petrič
OBJECTIVE To determine the plasma total antioxidant capacity, erythrocyte superoxide dismutase activity, whole blood glutathione peroxidase activity, and plasma coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) concentration in dogs with various stages of cardiovascular diseases and in healthy dogs; assess the influence of cardiac treatment on the levels of antioxidant variables, plasma CoQ10 concentration, and serum N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) concentration, and determine any correlation between the disease severity (NT-proBNP concentration) and antioxidant variables or CoQ10 concentration...
April 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345991/correlation-between-serum-homocysteine-concentration-and-severity-of-mitral-valve-disease-in-dogs
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Chang-Min Lee, Da-Min Jeong, Min-Hee Kang, Seung-Gon Kim, Jae-Ik Han, Hee-Myung Park
OBJECTIVE To measure serum homocysteine concentrations in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) and identify any association between this variable and stage of MMVD. ANIMALS 53 client-owned dogs with MMVD and 10 healthy control Beagles. PROCEDURES Dogs with MMVD were allocated to 3 groups in accordance with the staging system for chronic valvular heart disease in dogs and cats of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Blood samples were collected from all dogs, and serum homocysteine and cardiac troponin 1 concentrations were measured by enzyme immunoassay and chemiluminescence immunoassay, respectively...
April 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345604/mind-wandering-and-alterations-to-default-mode-network-connectivity-when-listening-to-naturalistic-versus-artificial-sounds
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Cassandra D Gould van Praag, Sarah N Garfinkel, Oliver Sparasci, Alex Mees, Andrew O Philippides, Mark Ware, Cristina Ottaviani, Hugo D Critchley
Naturalistic environments have been demonstrated to promote relaxation and wellbeing. We assess opposing theoretical accounts for these effects through investigation of autonomic arousal and alterations of activation and functional connectivity within the default mode network (DMN) of the brain while participants listened to sounds from artificial and natural environments. We found no evidence for increased DMN activity in the naturalistic compared to artificial or control condition, however, seed based functional connectivity showed a shift from anterior to posterior midline functional coupling in the naturalistic condition...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345442/predicting-1-year-statin-adherence-among-prevalent-users-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Alexis A Krumme, Jessica M Franklin, Danielle L Isaman, Olga S Matlin, Angela Y Tong, Claire M Spettell, Troyen A Brennan, William H Shrank, Niteesh K Choudhry
BACKGROUND: Attempts to predict who is at risk of future nonadherence have largely focused on predictions at the time of therapy initiation; however, these users are only a small proportion of all patients on therapy at any point in time. Methods to predict nonadherence for established medication users, which have not been previously described in the literature, would be helpful to guide efforts to enhance the use of evidence-based therapies. OBJECTIVE: To test approaches for adherence prediction among prevalent statin users, namely the use of short-term filling behavior, investigator-specified predictors from medical and pharmacy administrative claims, and the empirical selection of potential predictors using the high-dimensional propensity score variable selection algorithm...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345361/implant-of-permanent-pacemaker-during-acute-coronary-syndrome-mortality-and-associated-factors-in-the-ariam-registry
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María Dolores Pola-Gallego-de-Guzmán, Manuel Ruiz-Bailén, Maria-Angeles Martínez-Arcos, Artur Gómez-Blizniak, Ana-Maria Castillo Rivera, Jesus Cobo Molinos
BACKGROUND: Patients with acute coronary syndrome complicated with high degree atrioventricular block still have a high mortality. A low percentage of these patients need a permanent pacemaker (PPM) but mortality and associated factors with the PPM implant in acute coronary syndrome patients are not known. We assess whether PPM implant is an independent variable in the mortality of acute coronary syndrome patients. Also, we explored the variables that remain independently associated with PPM implantation...
March 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344732/autonomic-modulation-in-older-women-using-resistance-exercise-as-a-countermeasure
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Hayden Gerhart, Yu Lun Tai, Curtis Fennell, Xián Mayo, J Derek Kingsley
It is unclear if resistance training (RT) can be used to alter declines in autonomic modulation associated with aging. Young women (YW; range 18-25 yrs) and older women (OW; range 50-72 yrs) were compared at baseline. Only OW underwent supervised RT 2 days a week for 12-weeks. Baseline and post-training measurements included heart rate variability (HRV) and complexity (Sample Entropy) to assess autonomic modulation. The 12-weeks of RT consisted of 9 exercises performing 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions. At baseline, group differences in maximal strength, and autonomic modulation were evaluated with a one-way ANOVA with BMI as a covariate...
2017: International Journal of Exercise Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344659/comparison-of-in-hospital-glycemic-variability-and-admission-blood-glucose-in-predicting-short-term-outcomes-in-non-diabetes-patients-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-underwent-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Shu-Hua Mi, Gong Su, Hong-Xia Yang, Yun Zhou, Lei Tian, Tao Zhang, Hong Tao
AIMS: Admission hyperglycemia is associated with increased mortality and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in patients with or without diabetes mellitus after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, effects of glycemic variability (GV) on outcomes of non-diabetes patients with AMI still remains unclear. The aim of this study is to compare the prognostic value of in-hospital GV with admission blood glucose (ABG) for 3-month MACE in non-diabetes patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)...
2017: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344652/molecular-cytogenetic-characterisation-of-a-novel-de-novo-ring-chromosome-6-involving-a-terminal-6p-deletion-and-terminal-6q-duplication-in-the-different-arms-of-the-same-chromosome
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Nikolai Paul Pace, Frideriki Maggouta, Melissa Twigden, Isabella Borg
BACKGROUND: Ring chromosome 6 is a rare sporadic chromosomal abnormality, associated with extreme variability in clinical phenotypes. Most ring chromosomes are known to have deletions on one or both chromosomal arms. Here, we report an atypical and unique ring chromosome 6 involving both a distal deletion and a distal duplication on the different arms of the same chromosome. CASE PRESENTATION: In a patient with intellectual disability, short stature, microcephaly, facial dysmorphology, congenital heart defects and renovascular disease, a ring chromosome 6 was characterised using array-CGH and dual-colour FISH...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344545/music-improves-subjective-feelings-leading-to-cardiac-autonomic-nervous-modulation-a-pilot-study
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Satoshi Kume, Yukako Nishimura, Kei Mizuno, Nae Sakimoto, Hiroshi Hori, Yasuhisa Tamura, Masanori Yamato, Rika Mitsuhashi, Keigo Akiba, Jun-Ichi Koizumi, Yasuyoshi Watanabe, Yosky Kataoka
It is widely accepted that listening to music improves subjective feelings and reduces fatigue sensations, and different kinds of music lead to different activations of these feelings. Recently, cardiac autonomic nervous modulation has been proposed as a useful objective indicator of fatigue. However, scientific considerations of the relation between feelings of fatigue and cardiac autonomic nervous modulation while listening to music are still lacking. In this study, we examined which subjective feelings of fatigue are related to participants' cardiac autonomic nervous function while they listen to music...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344440/increased-heterogeneity-of-ventricular-repolarization-in-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1-population
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Vincenzo Russo, Andrea Antonio Papa, Anna Rago, Paola D'Ambrosio, Giovanni Cimmino, Alberto Palladino, Luisa Politano, Gerardo Nigro
Sudden cardiac death in myotonic dystrophy type I (DM1) patients can be attributed to atrioventricular blocks as far as to the development of life-threatening arrhythmias which occur even in hearts with normal left ventricular systolic and diastolic function. Heterogeneity of ventricular repolarization is considered to provide an electrophysiological substrate for malignant arrhythmias. QTc dispersion (QTc-D), JTc dispersion (JTc-D) and transmural dispersion of repolarization (TDR) could reflect the physiological variability of regional and transmural ventricular repolarization...
October 2016: Acta Myologica: Myopathies and Cardiomyopathies: Official Journal of the Mediterranean Society of Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344144/a-patient-specific-tailored-intervention-improves-inr-time-in-therapeutic-range-and-inr-variability-in-heart-failure-patients
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Israel Gotsman, Orly Ezra, Bruria Hirsh-Rokach, Dan Admon, Chaim Lotan, Freda DeKeyser Ganz
BACKGROUND: Many patients with heart failure need anticoagulants including Warfarin. Good control is particularly challenging in heart failure patients, with less than 60% of International Normalized Ratio (INR) measurements in the therapeutic range, thereby increasing the risk of complications. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of a patient-specific tailored intervention on anticoagulation control in patients with heart failure. METHODS: Patients with heart failure on Warfarin therapy (N=145) were randomized to either standard care or a one-time intervention assessing potential risk factors for lability of INR, where they received patient-specific instructions...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343574/individualising-the-exposure-of-110%C3%A2-c-whole-body-cryotherapy-the-effects-of-sex-and-body-composition
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Saul Cuttell, Lucy Hammond, Dominic Langdon, Joseph Costello
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of whole body cryotherapy (WBC) on a range of thermoregulatory measures. We also sought to examine the influence of sex and body composition. A convenience sample of 18 healthy participants (10 males and 8 females) (27±6yr) volunteered for this study. Temperature (core, tympanic, skin and mean body), heart rate, blood pressure, and thermal comfort and sensation were recorded pre- and post- (immediately and every 5min until 35min post) exposure to a single bout of WBC (30s at -60°C, 150s at 110°C)...
April 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342630/statins-attenuate-but-do-not-eliminate-the-reverse-epidemiology-of-total-serum-cholesterol-in-patients-with-non-ischemic-chronic-heart-failure
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Hanna Fröhlich, Nandita Raman, Tobias Täger, Dieter Schellberg, Kevin M Goode, Syed Kazmi, Morten Grundtvig, Torstein Hole, John G F Cleland, Hugo A Katus, Stefan Agewall, Andrew L Clark, Dan Atar, Lutz Frankenstein
BACKGROUND: In patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) increasing levels of total serum cholesterol are associated with improved survival - while statin usage is not. The impact of statin treatment on the "reverse epidemiology" of cholesterol is unclear. METHODS: 2992 consecutive patients with non-ischemic CHF due to left ventricular systolic dysfunction from the Norwegian CHF Registry and the CHF Registries of the Universities of Hull, UK, and Heidelberg, Germany, were studied...
March 9, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342525/-cardiac-hydatid-cyst-which-imaging-modality-for-an-accurate-diagnosis
#16
A Ben Khalfallah, H Ben Slima
Cardiac echinococcosis is rare. Its spontaneous course is serious because of the risk of rupture. Its clinical manifestations are variable, often latent and misleading. The diagnosis is sometimes referred to by chest radiography. It is much facilitated by non-invasive imaging techniques in particular transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography, CT scan and magnetic resonance imaging. The latter through a morphological and topographical analysis accurate diagnosis of hydatid cyst and its relationship to cardiac muscle and surrounding tissue...
March 22, 2017: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341544/echocardiographic-assessment-of-right-ventricular-function-in-routine-practice-which-parameters-are-useful-to-predict-one-year-outcome-in-advanced-heart-failure-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#17
Takayuki Kawata, Masao Daimon, Koichi Kimura, Tomoko Nakao, Seitetsu L Lee, Megumi Hirokawa, Tomoko S Kato, Masafumi Watanabe, Yutaka Yatomi, Issei Komuro
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) function has recently gained attention as a prognostic predictor of outcome even in patients who have left-sided heart failure. Since several conventional echocardiographic parameters of RV systolic function have been proposed, our aim was to determine if any of these parameters (tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion: TAPSE, tissue Doppler derived systolic tricuspid annular motion velocity: S', fractional area change: FAC) are associated with outcome in advanced heart failure patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341356/mortality-risk-stratification-in-fontan-patients-who-underwent-heart-transplantation
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Christopher J Berg, Brenton S Bauer, Abbie Hageman, Jamil A Aboulhosn, Leigh C Reardon
The number of patients who require orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT) for failing Fontan physiology continues to grow; however, the methods and tools to evaluate risk of OHT are limited. This study aimed to identify a set of preoperative variables and characteristics that were associated with a greater risk of postoperative mortality in patients who received OHT for failing Fontan physiology. Thirty-six Fontan patients were identified as having undergone OHT at University of California-Los Angeles Medical Center from 1991 to 2014...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340838/anesthetic-management-for-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-through-left-thoracotomy-evaluation-of-on-pump-versus-off-pump
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C Sahutoglu, E Turksal, U Bilic, S Kocabas, F Zekiye Askar, P Ozturk, S Ertugay, C Engin, T Yagdi, M Ozbaran
BACKGROUND: Ventricular assist devices (VADs) are alternative approaches to medical treatment in patients with acute or chronic heart failure. The goal of this study was to compare an anesthetic approach in patients undergoing implantation of a VAD with (on-pump) or without (off-pump) cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) through left thoracotomy. METHODS: A total of 32 patients were divided into 2 groups: on-pump (group 1) and off-pump (group 2). A standard anesthesia protocol was used in all patients...
April 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340488/national-and-sub-national-age-sex-specific-and-cause-specific-mortality-and-disability-adjusted-life-years-dalys-attributable-to-household-air-pollution-from-solid-cookfuel-use-hap-in-iran-1990-2013
#20
Mehrnoosh Abtahi, Ali Koolivand, Sina Dobaradaran, Kamyar Yaghmaeian, Anoushiravan Mohseni-Bandpei, Shokooh Sadat Khaloo, Sahand Jorfi, Reza Saeedi
National and sub-national mortality, years of life lost due to premature mortality (YLLs), years lived with disability (YLDs) and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) for household air pollution from solid cookfuel use (HAP) in Iran, 1990-2013 were estimated based on the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013). The burden of disease attributable to HAP was quantified by the comparative risk assessment method using four inputs: (1) exposure to HAP, (2) the theoretical minimum risk exposure level (TMREL), (3) exposure-response relationships of related causes (4) disease burden of related causes...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Research
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