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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350548/use-of-helical-tomotherapy-in-locally-advanced-and-or-metastatic-breast-cancer-for-locoregional-treatment
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Laura Thery, Alexandre Arsene-Henry, Susan Carroll, Dominique Peurien, Louis Bazire, Magalie Robilliard, Alain Fourquet, Youlia M Kirova
PURPOSE: Helical tomotherapy (HT) is a new promising tool whose use remains to be studied. This work assesses its impact for local irradiation in terms of side effects, as well as tumour control in locally advanced (LABC) and metastatic breast cancer (MBC). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed data of 66 patients with LABC and MBC. Patients received standard fractionated radiotherapy by HT, with or without concurrent systemic treatment. RESULTS: The median age was 60 years (28-77)...
January 19, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347924/causes-of-death-in-hospitalized-children-younger-than-12%C3%A2-years-of-age-in-a-chinese-hospital-a-10%C3%A2-year-study
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Yueniu Zhu, Xiaodong Zhu, Mengyan Deng, Hongxia Wei, Mingjun Zhang
BACKGROUND: In China, the majority (77%) of urban children die in hospitals. Hospital-based review could provide insight leading to improvements in clinical practice and increase the survival of critically ill children. The aim of the present study is to identify the trends of immediate causes and chronic underlying diseases associated with deaths of children at one of the largest teaching hospitals in China over a period of 10 years (2006-2015). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of data of all children aged 1 month to 11 years who died at Xinhua Hospital between 2006 and 2015...
January 18, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345251/cancer-associated-cachexia
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REVIEW
Vickie E Baracos, Lisa Martin, Murray Korc, Denis C Guttridge, Kenneth C H Fearon
Cancer-associated cachexia is a disorder characterized by loss of body weight with specific losses of skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. Cachexia is driven by a variable combination of reduced food intake and metabolic changes, including elevated energy expenditure, excess catabolism and inflammation. Cachexia is highly associated with cancers of the pancreas, oesophagus, stomach, lung, liver and bowel; this group of malignancies is responsible for half of all cancer deaths worldwide. Cachexia involves diverse mediators derived from the cancer cells and cells within the tumour microenvironment, including inflammatory and immune cells...
January 18, 2018: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344381/impact-of-nutritional-indices-on-mortality-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Akiomi Yoshihisa, Yuki Kanno, Shunsuke Watanabe, Tetsuro Yokokawa, Satoshi Abe, Makiko Miyata, Takamasa Sato, Satoshi Suzuki, Masayoshi Oikawa, Atsushi Kobayashi, Takayoshi Yamaki, Hiroyuki Kunii, Kazuhiko Nakazato, Hitoshi Suzuki, Takafumi Ishida, Yasuchika Takeishi
Background: Malnutrition is a common condition that is associated with adverse prognosis in patients with heart failure (HF). The Prognostic Nutritional Index (PNI), Geriatric Nutritional Risk Index (GNRI) and controlling nutritional status (CONUT) have all been used as objective indices for evaluating nutritional status. We aimed to clarify the relationship between these nutritional indices and the parameters of inflammatory markers, cardiac function and exercise capacity, as well as to compare the ability of these indexes for predicting mortality...
2018: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277548/outcomes-of-video-assisted-minimally-invasive-cardiac-myxoma-resection
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Giacomo Bianchi, Rafik Margaryan, Enkel Kallushi, Alfredo Giuseppe Cerillo, Pier Andrea Farneti, Angela Pucci, Marco Solinas
BACKGROUND: Myxomas are the most frequent cardiac tumours. Their diagnosis requires prompt removal. In our centre, for valve surgery we use a minimally invasive approach. Here, we report our experience of cardiac myxoma removal through right lateral mini-thoracotomy (RLMT) with particular focus on its feasibility, efficacy and patient safety. METHODS: Between February 2006 and January 2017, 30 consecutive patients (aged 66±12.6years, range 35-83 years) underwent atrial myxoma resection through video-assisted RLMT...
December 7, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277546/inhibition-of-apoptosis-signal-regulating-kinase-1-attenuates-myocyte-hypertrophy-and-fibroblast-collagen-synthesis
#6
Wendi Yang, Bing Hui Wang, Ian Wang, Li Huang, Feby Savira, Andrew Kompa, Beat M Jucker, Robert N Willette, Darren Kelly, Henry Krum, Zhiliang Li, Qian Fu
BACKGROUND: Cardiac remodelling is a dynamic process whereby structural and functional changes occur within the heart in response to injury or inflammation. Recent studies have demonstrated reactive oxygen species sensitive MAPK, apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1) plays a critical role in cardiac remodelling. This study aims to determine the effectiveness of small molecule ASK1 inhibitors on these processes and their therapeutic potential. METHODS: Neonatal rat cardiac fibroblasts (NCF) were pre-treated with ASK1 inhibitors, G2261818A (G226) and G2358939A (G235), for 2hours before stimulated with 100nM angiotensin II (AngII), 10μM indoxyl sulphate (IS) or 10ng/ml transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1) for 48hours...
December 14, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275344/effects-of-a-12-week-cardiovascular-rehabilitation-programme-on-systemic-inflammation-and-traditional-coronary-artery-disease-risk-factors-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-cardia-trial-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Stefan Heinze-Milne, Volodko Bakowsky, Nicholas Giacomantonio, Scott A Grandy
INTRODUCTION: Patients with systemic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) above the baseline risk attributable to traditional CVD risk factors seen in the general population. Exercise in cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is designed specifically for high-risk primary prevention and those with established CVD. Even though the European League Against Rheumatism guidelines state that exercise is safe for individuals with RA and exercise can reduce CVD risk, patients with RA rarely participate in CR...
December 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260581/dietary-phenolic-acids-reverse-insulin-resistance-hyperglycaemia-dyslipidaemia-inflammation-and-oxidative-stress-in-high-fructose-diet-induced-metabolic-syndrome-rats
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Oluwayemisi B Ibitoye, Taofeek O Ajiboye
This study investigated the influence of caffeic, ferulic, gallic and protocatechuic acids on high-fructose diet-induced metabolic syndrome in rats. Oral administration of the phenolic acids significantly reversed high-fructose diet-mediated increase in body mass index and blood glucose. Furthermore, phenolic acids restored high-fructose diet-mediated alterations in metabolic hormones (insulin, leptin and adiponectin). Similarly, elevated tumour necrosis factor-α, interleukin-6 and -8 were significantly lowered...
December 20, 2017: Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233497/early-and-late-survival-of-on-pump-cardiac-surgery-patients-formerly-affected-by-lymphoma
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Giuseppe Gatti, Oscar Maraldo, Bernardo Benussi, Rossana Bussani, Gianluca Castaldi, Gianfranco Sinagra, Aniello Pappalardo
BACKGROUND: Survival after cardiac surgery of patients formerly affected by lymphoma has not been well defined. METHODS: Forty-five consecutive patients having prior Hodgkin's (HL patients, n=26) or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (non-HL patients, n=19) underwent on-pump cardiac surgery at the authors' institution (2001-2016). Ischaemic, valvular, and ischaemic plus valvular heart disease were present in 14, 13, and 18 patients, respectively. Concomitant aortic disease was treated in three cases...
November 28, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233209/rapid-regression-of-large-cardiac-rhabdomyomas-in-neonates-after-sirolimus-therapy
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M David Weiland, Kristin Bonello, Kevin D Hill
Cardiac rhabdomyomas are the most common tumours in children and are typically seen in association with the tuberous sclerosis complex. Although benign and often associated with spontaneous regression, in rare circumstances surgical resection is indicated to relieve obstruction or other mass-related effects. Recent clinical trials have demonstrated the benefits of mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors for the treatment of other tumour sub-types associated with tuberous sclerosis. Here we report rapid regression of several massive cardiac rhadomyomas in two neonates with the use of the mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor sirolimus...
December 13, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221265/outcomes-of-surgical-treatment-in-115-patients-with-primary-cardiac-tumours-a-15-year-experience-at-a-single-institution
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Ran Mo, Lin Mi, Qing Zhou, Dongjin Wang
Background: Primary cardiac tumours are rare, and few studies have examined large samples. The aim of this study was to review a single institution's 15 years of experience with primary cardiac tumours. Methods: We conducted a retrospective analysis of 119 consecutive patients admitted to the Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital from April 2002 to January 2017. Five patients declined surgery due to illness or for financial reasons, and one patient underwent a second operation due to tumour recurrence 10 years after the first operation...
September 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218105/systemic-inflammation-is-associated-with-myocardial-fibrosis-diastolic-dysfunction-and-cardiac-hypertrophy-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Lu Fang, Andris H Ellims, Anna L Beale, Andrew J Taylor, Andrew Murphy, Anthony M Dart
BACKGROUND: Regional or diffuse fibrosis is an early feature of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and is related to poor prognosis. Previous studies have documented low-grade inflammation in HCM. The aim of this study was to examine the relationships between circulating inflammatory markers and myocardial fibrosis, systolic and diastolic dysfunction, and the degree of cardiac hypertrophy in HCM patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Fifty HCM patients were recruited while 20 healthy subjects served as the control group...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205995/volume-and-health-outcomes-evidence-from-systematic-reviews-and-from-evaluation-of-italian-hospital-data
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Laura Amato, Danilo Fusco, Anna Acampora, Katia Bontempi, Alessandro Cesare Rosa, Paola Colais, Fabio Cruciani, Mariangela D'Ovidio, Francesca Mataloni, Silvia Minozzi, Zuzana Mitrova, Luigi Pinnarelli, Rosella Saulle, Salvatore Soldati, Chiara Sorge, Simona Vecchi, Martina Ventura, Marina Davoli
BACKGROUND Improving quality and effectiveness of healthcare is one of the priorities of health policies. Hospital or physician volume represents a measurable variable with an impact on effectiveness of healthcare. An Italian law calls for the definition of «qualitative, structural, technological, and quantitative standards of hospital care». There is a need for an evaluation of the available scientific evidence in order to identify qualitative, structural, technological, and quantitative standards of hospital care, including the volume of care above or below which the public and private hospitals may be accredited (or not) to provide specific healthcare interventions...
September 2017: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29183892/treatment-of-advanced-colorectal-cancer-in-a-patient-with-cardiotoxic-reactions-to-5-fluorouracil-and-capecitabine-using-suboptimal-doses
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Joseph H Cioffi, Derek J Estes, Vaia Florou, Bach Ardalan
A 32-year-old female with stage IV colorectal cancer and metastasis to the liver experienced cardiotoxic reactions after treatment with 5-fluorouracil and its oral prodrug capecitabine even at two-thirds the recommended dose. After careful considerations, the decision was made to attempt capecitabine retrial at a further suboptimal dose with combination chemotherapy where she no longer experienced cardiac events. As a result, the liver tumour shrank and rectal mass stabilised, tumour markers dropped and she underwent surgical resection of both masses...
November 27, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169623/endocardial-peripheral-nerve-sheath-tumour-with-features-of-a-benign-schwannoma-in-a-donkey
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G Paraschou, A Suárez-Bonnet, V Grove, S L Priestnall
A peripheral nerve sheath tumour, with features of a benign schwannoma and arising from the endocardium of the right ventricle, was found incidentally during routine post-mortem examination of a 28-year-old gelding donkey. Macroscopically, five round to oval, white to grey and red, firm masses, firmly attached to the endocardium were identified. Microscopically, the endocardium and adjacent subendocardium were infiltrated by a variably demarcated, non-encapsulated mesenchymal neoplasm with features of a benign schwannoma, including concurrent presence of Antoni A and Antoni B areas, nuclear palisading, neoplastic cells with enlarged bizarre nuclei ('ancient change') and the formation of Verocay-like bodies...
November 2017: Journal of Comparative Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168015/ascending-aortic-blood-flow-velocity-is-increased-in-children-with-primary-snoring-mild-sleep-disordered-breathing-and-associated-with-an-increase-in-cd8-%C3%A2-t-cells-expressing-tnf%C3%AE-and-ifn%C3%AE
#16
Anna Kontos, Scott Willoughby, Cameron van den Heuvel, Declan Kennedy, James Martin, Greg Hodge, Matthew Worthley, Adelene Kaihui Chin, Adam Nelson, Karen Teo, Mathias Baumert, Yvonne Pamula, Kurt Lushington
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is associated with cardiovascular disease and systemic inflammation in adults but this remains to be explored in children, especially in children with the most common form of SDB, i.e. primary snoring/mild SDB. This pilot study investigated the relationship between the cardiovascular function and inflammation in children with mild SDB. Nineteen participants aged 5-14 years underwent overnight polysomnography, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (aortic blood flow velocity and left and right ventricular systolic function) and assessment for inflammatory markers (intracellular cytokine analysis of T cells by flow cytometry)...
November 22, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123584/analysis-of-postoperative-morbidity-and-mortality-following-surgery-for-gastric-cancer-surgeon-volume-as-the-most-significant-prognostic-factor
#17
Maciej Ciesielski, Wiesław J Kruszewski, Jakub Walczak, Mariusz Szajewski, Jarosław Szefel, Jacek Wydra, Tomasz Buczek, Maksymilian Czerepko
Introduction: Surgical resection is the only potentially curative modality for gastric cancer and it is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Aim: To determine risk factors for postoperative morbidity and mortality following major surgery for gastric cancer. Material and methods: Between 1.08.2006 and 30.11.2014 in the Department of Oncological Surgery of Gdynia Oncology Centre 162 patients underwent gastric resection for adenocarcinoma...
2017: Przegla̜d Gastroenterologiczny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104763/cardiotoxicity-of-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
#18
REVIEW
Gilda Varricchi, Maria Rosaria Galdiero, Giancarlo Marone, Gjada Criscuolo, Maria Triassi, Domenico Bonaduce, Gianni Marone, Carlo Gabriele Tocchetti
Cardiac toxicity after conventional antineoplastic drugs (eg, anthracyclines) has historically been a relevant issue. In addition, targeted therapies and biological molecules can also induce cardiotoxicity. Immune checkpoint inhibitors are a novel class of anticancer drugs, distinct from targeted or tumour type-specific therapies. Cancer immunotherapy with immune checkpoint blockers (ie, monoclonal antibodies targeting cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4), programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) and its ligand (PD-L1)) has revolutionised the management of a wide variety of malignancies endowed with poor prognosis...
2017: ESMO Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103871/olaparib-in-combination-with-paclitaxel-in-patients-with-advanced-gastric-cancer-who-have-progressed-following-first-line-therapy-gold-a-double-blind-randomised-placebo-controlled-phase-3-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Yung-Jue Bang, Rui-Hua Xu, Keisho Chin, Keun-Wook Lee, Se Hoon Park, Sun Young Rha, Lin Shen, Shukui Qin, Nong Xu, Seock-Ah Im, Gershon Locker, Phil Rowe, Xiaojin Shi, Darren Hodgson, Yu-Zhen Liu, Narikazu Boku
BACKGROUND: Olaparib combined with paclitaxel has previously shown a significant improvement in overall survival versus placebo plus paclitaxel as second-line therapy in a phase 2 study in Asian patients with advanced gastric cancer, especially in those with ataxia-telangiectasia mutated protein (ATM)-negative tumours. Here, we report the primary efficacy and safety analyses from a subsequent phase 3 trial. METHODS: This double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, phase 3 study (GOLD) recruited Asian patients aged 18 years or older (≥20 years if Japanese) with advanced gastric cancer that had progressed following, or during, first-line chemotherapy...
December 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102970/cabergoline-induced-fibrosis-of-prolactinomas-a-neurosurgical-perspective
#20
Niraj Mohan, Yi Yan Chia, Giap Hean Goh, Eric Ting, Kejia Teo, Tseng Tsai Yeo
Presently, the standard of care for prolactinomas, a type of pituitary adenoma, is dopaminergic agents such as bromocriptine and cabergoline. However, dopaminergic agents may induce fibrosis of cardiac valves leading to valvular insufficiency, necessitating surgical treatment of prolactinoma. Fibrosis of prolactinoma can be induced by prolonged medical treatment with bromocriptine, and this usually occurs after years of treatment. In comparison to bromocriptine, there have been no reports of cabergoline-induced fibrosis of prolactinoma...
November 3, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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