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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651309/the-pattern-of-choosing-dialysis-modality-and-related-mortality-outcomes-in-korea-a-national-population-based-study
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Hyung Jong Kim, Jung Tak Park, Seung Hyeok Han, Tae-Hyun Yoo, Hyeong-Cheon Park, Shin-Wook Kang, Kyoung Hoon Kim, Dong-Ryeol Ryu, Hyunwook Kim
Background/Aims: Since comorbidities are major determinants of modality choice, and also interact with dialysis modality on mortality outcomes, we examined the pattern of modality choice according to comorbidities and then evaluated how such choices affected mortality in incident dialysis patients. Methods: We analyzed 32,280 incident dialysis patients in Korea. Patterns in initial dialysis choice were assessed by multivariate logistic regression analyses. Multivariate Poisson regression analyses were performed to evaluate the effects of interactions between comorbidities and dialysis modality on mortality and to quantify these interactions using the synergy factor...
June 26, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649786/polypharmacy-and-gait-performance-in-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Claudene George, Joe Verghese
OBJECTIVES: To examine the relationship between polypharmacy and gait performance during simple (normal walk (NW)) and complex (walking while talking (WWT)) locomotion. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: Community. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling older adults (N = 482). MEASUREMENTS: Polypharmacy, defined as use of five or more medications and a cohort-specific alternate definition of eight or more medications, was examined...
June 26, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649564/primary-ciliary-dyskinesia-an-update-on-clinical-aspects-genetics-diagnosis-and-future-treatment-strategies
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REVIEW
Virginia Mirra, Claudius Werner, Francesca Santamaria
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is an orphan disease (MIM 244400), autosomal recessive inherited, characterized by motile ciliary dysfunction. The estimated prevalence of PCD is 1:10,000 to 1:20,000 live-born children, but true prevalence could be even higher. PCD is characterized by chronic upper and lower respiratory tract disease, infertility/ectopic pregnancy, and situs anomalies, that occur in ≈50% of PCD patients (Kartagener syndrome), and these may be associated with congenital heart abnormalities...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648651/the-impact-of-functional-status-on-the-outcomes-of-endovascular-lower-extremity-revascularization-for-critical-limb-ischemia-in-the-elderly
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Isidore Dinga Madou, Martin D Slade, Kristine C Orion, Timur Sarac, Cassius Iyad Ochoa Chaar
INTRODUCTION: Functional status is an important predictor of outcomes after infrainguinal bypass surgery. There is little data on the effect of functional status on the outcomes of endovascular LE interventions, especially in the elderly frail population. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of the American College of Surgeons - National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) files for the years 2011-2013 to assess the impact of functional status on outcome after endovascular intervention for critical limb ischemia...
June 22, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648436/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-and-receptor-blockers-in-heart-failure-and-chronic-kidney-disease-demystifying-controversies
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REVIEW
Kader Muneer, Anishkumar Nair
In clinical setting, congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) often co-exist in patients due to common underlying predisposing factors. An intricate equilibrium between the cardiovascular and renal system is maintained through rennin angiotensin-aldosterone axis and autonomic nervous system. Consequent to favorable hemodynamic modification, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and angiotensin receptor blocking (ARB) therapy have proven to be an indispensable aspect of heart failure management with morbidity and mortality benefit...
May 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648251/immune-thrombocytopenia-of-childhood-responsive-to-tonsillectomy-in-the-setting-of-chronic-tonsillitis-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Richard William Thompson, Anil Gungor
OBJECTIVES: Immune thrombocytopenia of childhood (platelet count <100,000/μL) is the most common cause of thrombocytopenia in children. Patients typically present with bruising and bleeding in the setting of thrombocytopenia. Although it is usually short-lived, some cases persist and are unresponsive to treatment. This can lead to exposure to a variety of treatment regimens including immunosuppressants and splenectomy. The goal of this report is to present a case of chronic ITP of childhood that responded to tonsillectomy addressing the tonsils as a source of chronic infection and inflammation triggering ITP...
November 23, 2016: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648218/innovative-information-technology-powered-population-health-care-management-improves-outcomes-and-reduces-hospital-readmissions-and-emergency-department-visits
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Sharon Anderson, Michele Campbell, Donna Mahoney, Ann Kathryn Muther, Janice Nevin, Patricia Resnik, Tabassum Salam, Terri Steinberg
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic conditions are often the most frequent users of health care. Moreover, adapting to developments in one's illness, understanding how to self-manage a chronic illness, and sharing information between primary care and specialty providers, can be a full-time job for someone with a chronic illness. In response to these challenges, Christiana Care Health System (Wilmington, Delaware) developed Care Link, an information technology (IT)-enhanced care management support to enable populations of patients to achieve better clinical outcomes at lower cost...
July 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647478/embolization-of-ovarian-vein-for-pelvic-congestion-syndrome-with-ethylene-vinyl-alcohol-copolymer-onyx-%C3%A2
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C Marcelin, J Izaaryene, M Castelli, P A Barral, A Jacquier, V Vidal, J M Bartoli
PURPOSE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of pelvic embolization using ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (Onyx(®)) for pelvic congestion syndrome. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Between March 2012 to September 2016, 17 women (mean age, 44.7± 12.2 (SD) years; range: 34-71years) presenting with pelvic congestion syndrome were evaluated for transvenous embolization with Onyx(®). Pelvic congestion syndrome was initially diagnosed by clinical examination and the results of transvaginal Doppler ultrasound and further confirmed by pelvic venography...
June 21, 2017: Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647113/feline-congestive-heart-failure-current-diagnosis-and-management
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REVIEW
Etienne Côté
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a well-known disorder in feline practice, having been recognized as the most common clinical syndrome in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, for example. This article identifies the reasons that an accurate diagnosis of CHF is important and the means by which to obtain one; pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic methods for controlling signs of CHF; and recommendations for follow-up evaluations, monitoring, and troubleshooting.
June 21, 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646734/investigating-articulated-heavy-vehicle-crashes-in-western-australia-using-a-spatial-approach
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Ori Gudes, Richard Varhol, Qian Chayn Sun, Lynn Meuleners
BACKGROUND: Recent developments in Western Australia's economy including widespread traffic congestion as well as road safety issues are increasingly becoming prominent. Previous studies relied on traditional statistical methods to investigate patterns and characteristics of motor vehicle crashes. Although useful, statistical analysis alone is incapable of providing a spatial context and is therefore unable to associate existing crash characteristics with a spatial distribution. AIMS: To identify concentrations or "hotspots" of articulated heavy vehicle crashes in WA between the years 2001-2013, by using a spatial analysis approach...
June 21, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646487/immunotoxic-effects-of-thymus-in-mice-following-exposure-to-nanoparticulate-tio2
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Fashui Hong, Yaoming Zhou, Yingjun Zhou, Ling Wang
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) have been extensively used in industry, medicine, and daily life, and have shown potential toxic effects for animals or humans. We noted that the effects of TiO2 NPs on the immune system and its mechanism of action in animals or humans have not been elucidated. Thus, mice were exposed to the TiO2 NPs (0, 1.25, 2.5, or 5 mg kg(-1) body weight) for 9 consecutive months. Exposure to TiO2 NPs was accumulated in the thymus, leading to a decrease in body weight and increases in the weight of the thymus or thymus indices...
June 24, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645834/left-ventricular-assist-device-therapy-for-destination-therapy-is-less-invasive-surgery-a-safe-alternative
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Sebastian V Rojas, Jasmin S Hanke, Murat Avsar, Philipp R Ahrens, Ove Deutschmann, Kirstin A Tümler, Aitor Uribarri, Sara Rojas-Hernández, Pedro L Sánchez, José M González-Santos, Axel Haverich, Jan D Schmitto
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: The number of older patients with congestive heart failure has dramatically increased. Because of stagnating cardiac transplantation, there is a need for an alternative therapy, which would solve the problem of insufficient donor organ supply. Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have recently become more commonly used as destination therapy (DT). Assuming that older patients show a higher risk-profile for LVAD surgery, it is expected that the increasing use of less invasive surgery (LIS) LVAD implantation will improve postoperative outcomes...
June 20, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645823/recombinant-human-soluble-thrombomodulin-prevents-acute-lung-injury-in-a-rat-cardiopulmonary-bypass-model
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Shingo Hirao, Kenji Minakata, Hidetoshi Masumoto, Kazuhiro Yamazaki, Tadashi Ikeda, Kenji Minatoya, Ryuzo Sakata
BACKGROUND: Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) may induce systemic inflammatory responses causing acute lung injury. Recombinant human soluble thrombomodulin (rTM) is reported to attenuate the secretion of inflammatory cytokines and the high-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) protein, which is critical in controlling systemic inflammation and apoptosis. We investigated the protective effects of rTM on CPB-induced lung injury in a rat model. METHODS: Eighteen male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into 3 groups: sham, control (CPB alone), and rTM (CPB + rTM)...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643816/-budd-chiari-syndrome-and-ulcerative-colitis-in-an-adolescent
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Federico Marchetti, Martina Mainetti, Michela Giovannini, Cristina Morelli
In patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) there is an increased incidence of thromboembolic events. We report a case of a female, age 14, with a 6 months history of diarrhea with occasional presence of red blood and with a very distended abdomen with evident ascites. The diagnosis was Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) in ulcerative colitis (UC). Therapy with subcutaneous low molecular weight heparin, methylprednisolone, mesalazine was started. Clinical and radiological features quickly improved. No thrombophilia abnormality nor other risk factor for thrombosis were detected...
May 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641794/time-to-furosemide-treatment-and-mortality-in-patients-hospitalized-with-acute-heart-failure
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Yuya Matsue, Kevin Damman, Adriaan A Voors, Nobuyuki Kagiyama, Tetsuo Yamaguchi, Shunsuke Kuroda, Takahiro Okumura, Keisuke Kida, Atsushi Mizuno, Shogo Oishi, Yasutaka Inuzuka, Eiichi Akiyama, Ryuichi Matsukawa, Kota Kato, Satoshi Suzuki, Takashi Naruke, Kenji Yoshioka, Tatsuya Miyoshi, Yuichi Baba, Masayoshi Yamamoto, Koji Murai, Kazuo Mizutani, Kazuki Yoshida, Takeshi Kitai
BACKGROUND: Acute heart failure (AHF) is a life-threatening disease requiring urgent treatment, including a recommendation for immediate initiation of loop diuretics. OBJECTIVES: The authors prospectively evaluated the association between time-to-diuretic treatment and clinical outcome. METHODS: REALITY-AHF (Registry Focused on Very Early Presentation and Treatment in Emergency Department of Acute Heart Failure) was a prospective, multicenter, observational cohort study that primarily aimed to assess the association between time to loop diuretic treatment and clinical outcome in patients with AHF admitted through the emergency department (ED)...
June 27, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641607/the-use-of-nesiritide-in-patients-with-critical-cardiac-disease
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Ronald A Bronicki, Michele Domico, Paul A Checchia, Curtis E Kennedy, Ayse Akcan-Arikan
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the use of nesiritide in children with critical CHD, pulmonary congestion, and inadequate urine output despite undergoing conventional diuretic therapy. DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective analysis of 11 patients with critical CHD, comprising 18 infusions, each of which occurred during separate hospitalisations. Haemodynamic parameters were assessed, and the stage of acute kidney injury was determined before and throughout the duration of therapy using a standardised definition of acute kidney injury - The Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes criteria...
June 23, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641522/advances-on-ppar%C3%AE-research-in-the-emerging-era-of-precision-medicine
#17
Pinyi Lu, Zhongming Zhao
BACKGROUND: Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) is a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily that functions as a ligand-inducible transcription factor. It regulates glucose and lipid metabolism, immunity, and cellular growth and differentiation. Thiazolidinediones (TZDs) are potent insulin sensitizers that function by activating PPARs, with a high specificity for PPARγ. Due to their ability to preserve pancreatic beta cell function and reduce insulin resistance, TZDs have become one of the most prescribed classes of medications for type 2 diabetes (T2D) since their approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and initial use in 1997...
June 21, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640148/restrictive-versus-liberal-transfusion-strategies-for-red-blood-cell-transfusion-after-hip-or-knee-surgery-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
Tianli Mao, Fuqiang Gao, Jun Han, Wei Sun, Wanshou Guo, Zirong Li, Weiguo Wang
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell (RBC) transfusions are commonly used in surgical patients, but accompanied by many risks such as metabolic derangement, and allergic and febrile reactions. Indications for transfusion in patients after hip or knee surgery have not been definitively evaluated and remain controversial. We performed a meta-analysis to compare the benefits and harms of restrictive versus liberal transfusion strategies in patients after hip or knee surgery. METHODS: The PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library databases were searched for relevant studies through September 2015...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639874/compression-treatment-of-pelvic-congestion-syndrome
#19
S G Gavrilov, A V Karalkin, O O Turischeva
Aim To study the influence of compression treatment on clinical manifestations and venous hemodynamics of the pelvis in patients with pelvic congestion syndrome. Materials and methods A prospective study of the various options and modes of compression treatment was carried out and included 74 patients with pelvic congestion syndrome in 2008-2015. The patients were divided into three groups. The first group consisted of 48 patients with symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome and chronic pelvic pain. They used Class II compression shorts...
January 1, 2017: Phlebology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638891/effect-of-astragaloside-on-vitamin-d-receptor-expression-after-endothelin-1-induced-cardiomyocyte-injury
#20
Chen Yunzhi, Chen Jiaxu, Gao Jie, Chai Yihui, Li Wen, Qin Zhong
BACKGROUND: Astragaloside, which is one of the main components of Astragalus membranaceus, has been widely used in the treatment of congestive heart failure in China, and it can protect cardiomyocytes. Its mechanism of action remains unclear. Therefore, the present study was carried out to investigate the influence of astragaloside on rat cardiomyocytes stimulated with endothelin-1 (ET-1), and explored the underlying mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: ET-1 was used to stimulate primary rat cardiomyocytes and establish a cardiomyocyte hypertrophy model...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
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