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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654568/elders-experiences-during-return-visits-to-the-emergency-department-a-phenomenographic-study-in-taiwan
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Chin-Yen Han, Chun-Chih Lin, Suzanne Goopy, Ya-Chu Hsiao, Alan Barnard
BACKGROUND: Elders often experience multiple chronic diseases associated with frequent early return visits to emergency departments (EDs). There is limited knowledge of the experiences and concerns of elders during ED return visits. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the research was to explore the experiences of elders during ED return visits, with a view toward identifying factors that contribute to return visits. METHODS: The qualitative approach of phenomenography was used...
July 2017: Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653772/serum-carcinoembryonic-antigen-is-positively-associated-with-leukocyte-count-in-korean-adults
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Yu-Jin Kwon, Hye-Sun Lee, Jae-Yong Shim, Yong-Jae Lee
BACKGROUND: Emerging evidence shows that serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels may modestly be increased in non-neoplastic conditions such as cardiometabolic diseases, which are increasingly being seen as inflammatory diseases. Leukocyte count is widely evaluated marker of inflammation in clinical practice and a useful predictor of cardiometabolic disease. In this study, we aimed to determine the relationship between serum CEA levels and leukocyte counts in Korean adults. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included a total of 19 834 individuals enrolled from a health promotion center between November 2006 and July 2010...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653113/association-of-soluble-st2-with-functional-capacity-in-outpatients-with-heart-failure
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O Yucel, I Gul, A Zararsiz, O Demirpence, H Yucel, Z Cinar, A Zorlu, M B Yilmaz
BACKGROUND: Biomarkers play an important role in the risk stratification of patients with heart failure (HF). Recent studies have shown that soluble suppression of tumorigenicity 2 (sST2), a member of the interleukin 1 receptor family, is associated with disease prognosis in acute and chronic HF. In this study we aimed to investigate the relation between sST2 level and functional capacity in outpatients with systolic HF. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study included 120 HF patients with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF; EF ≤ 40%)...
June 26, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651937/postnatal-steroids-in-extreme-preterm-infants-intra-tracheal-instillation-using-surfactant-as-a-vehicle
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L Boel, S Banerjee, M Chakraborty
Chronic Lung Disease (CLD) is a common respiratory morbidity in survivors following extreme preterm birth, and is associated with adverse neurodevelopment in the long term. Besides demographics, multiple risk factors are implicated in the pathogenesis of CLD. However, early lung inflammation appears to be the common pathway that leads to the pathological and clinical changes observed in CLD. Postnatal use of systemic steroids has been successful in reducing the incidence of CLD but resulted in unacceptable adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes...
May 31, 2017: Paediatric Respiratory Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651906/lung-clearance-index-is-sensitive-to-small-airway-disease-in-pediatric-lung-transplant-recipients
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Julia E Kao, Jacquelyn M Zirbes, Carol K Conrad, Carlos E Milla
BACKGROUND: The principal obstacle to long-term survival after lung transplant is chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD), which primarily affects the small airways. After transplant, patients are monitored with spirometry, which is a generally insensitive detector of small airways obstruction. The lung clearance index (LCI) is a measure obtained during multiple breath washout (MBW) maneuvers. We hypothesized that among lung allograft recipients, LCI would detect small airways disease not detected with spirometry...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651852/differences-in-repolarization-heterogeneity-among-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-phenotypic-subgroups
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Suzanne K Oskouie, Stuart B Prenner, Sanjiv J Shah, Andrew J Sauer
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a highly heterogeneous syndrome associated with multiple medical comorbidities and pathophysiologic pathways or phenotypes. We recently developed a phenomapping method combining deep phenotyping with machine learning analysis to classify HFpEF patients into 3 clinically distinct phenotypic subgroups (phenogroups) with different clinical outcomes. Phenogroup #1 was younger with lower B-type natriuretic peptide levels, phenogroup #2 had the highest prevalence of obesity and diabetes mellitus, and phenogroup #3 was the oldest with the most factors for chronic kidney disease, the most dysfunctional myocardial mechanics, and the highest adverse outcomes...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651588/perceptions-on-use-of-home-telemonitoring-in-patients-with-long-term-conditions-concordance-with-the-health-information-technology-acceptance-model-a-qualitative-collective-case-study
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Jo B Middlemass, Jolien Vos, A Niroshan Siriwardena
BACKGROUND: Health information technology (HIT) may be used to improve care for increasing numbers of older people with long term conditions (LTCs) who make high demands on health and social care services. Despite its potential benefits for reducing disease exacerbations and hospitalisations, HIT home monitoring is not always accepted by patients. Using the Health Information Technology Acceptance Model (HITAM) this qualitative study examined the usefulness of the model for understanding acceptance of HIT in older people (≥60 years) participating in a RCT for older people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and associated heart diseases (CHROMED)...
June 26, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651010/macrophages-but-not-neutrophils-are-critical-for-proliferation-of-burkholderia-cenocepacia-and-ensuing-host-damaging-inflammation
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Jennifer Mesureur, Joana R Feliciano, Nelly Wagner, Margarida C Gomes, Lili Zhang, Monica Blanco-Gonzalez, Michiel van der Vaart, David O'Callaghan, Annemarie H Meijer, Annette C Vergunst
Bacteria of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) can cause devastating pulmonary infections in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, yet the precise mechanisms underlying inflammation, recurrent exacerbations and transition from chronic stages to acute infection and septicemia are not known. Bcc bacteria are generally believed to have a predominant extracellular biofilm life style in infected CF lungs, similar to Pseudomonas aeruginosa, but this has been challenged by clinical observations which show Bcc bacteria predominantly in alveolar macrophages...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650601/multiple-sclerosis-in-an-acupuncture-practice
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a severe autoimmune demyelinating disease that affects nervous system, has high morbidity and mortality and no effective targeted therapies are available. We present a case of 66-year-old female patient who has been treated by both conventional and Chinese traditional medicine after diagnosis was confirmed in 2008 as MS and antiphospholipid syndrome associated with CNS vasculitis. After diagnosis with clinical image confirmed with CT and MRI scan, where demyelinating zones were present, she started pharmacological therapy without major improvement...
May 26, 2017: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649980/mid-term-outcomes-of-stent-overlap-in-long-total-occluded-lesions-of-superficial-femoral-artery
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Ulas Bildirici, Mujdat Aktas, Emir Dervis, Umut Celikyurt
BACKGROUND Superficial femoral artery chronic total occlusion (SCTO) is a common type of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Endovascular therapy is a treatment approach that has a poor long-term success rate in this group. The aim of this study was to compare the mid-term results of two different uses of nitinol stents in long SCTO lesions (>100 mm): the use of one long stent or two shorter stents. MATERIAL AND METHODS Of 154 patients who underwent percutaneous infrainguinal interventions from 2011 to 2014, a total of 170 CTO lesions were selected for this retrospective study analysis...
June 26, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649613/early-onset-parkinsonism-in-a-pedigree-with-phosphoglycerate-kinase-deficiency-and-a-heterozygous-carrier-do-pgk-1-mutations-contribute-to-vulnerability-to-parkinsonism
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Satoshi Sakaue, Takashi Kasai, Ikuko Mizuta, Masaya Suematsu, Shinya Osone, Yumiko Azuma, Toshihiko Imamura, Takahiko Tokuda, Hitoshi Kanno, Omar M A El-Agnaf, Masafumi Morimoto, Masanori Nakagawa, Hajime Hosoi, Toshiki Mizuno
Phosphoglycerate kinase 1 (PGK-1) is a glycolytic enzyme encoded by PGK-1, which maps to the X chromosome. PGK-1 deficiency causes X-linked recessive hereditary chronic hemolytic anemia, myopathy, and neurological disorders due to insufficient ATP regeneration. Early-onset parkinsonism has occasionally been reported as a neurological complication of this condition. However, heterozygous carriers of PGK-1 deficiency were thought to be neurologically asymptomatic. Here, we report a boy with PGK-1 deficiency and his mother, a carrier of a heterozygous mutation in PGK-1, both of whom presented with early-onset parkinsonism...
2017: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649308/association-between-spirometry-controlled-chest-ct-scores-using-computer-animated-biofeedback-and-clinical-markers-of-lung-disease-in-children-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Thomas Kongstad, Kent Green, Frederik Buchvald, Marianne Skov, Tania Pressler, Kim Gjerum Nielsen
Background: Computed tomography (CT) of the lungs is the gold standard for assessing the extent of structural changes in the lungs. Spirometry-controlled chest CT (SCCCT) has improved the usefulness of CT by standardising inspiratory and expiratory lung volumes during imaging. This was a single-centre cross-sectional study in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). Using SCCCT we wished to investigate the association between the quantity and extent of structural lung changes and pulmonary function outcomes, and prevalence of known CF lung pathogens...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648867/an-initial-investigation-into-endothelial-cc-chemokine-expression-in-the-human-rheumatoid-synovium
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Lisa Rump, Derek L Mattey, Oksana Kehoe, Jim Middleton
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a destructive and chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease. Synovial inflammation is a major feature of RA and is associated with leukocyte recruitment. Leukocytes cross the endothelial cells (ECs) into the synovial tissue and fluid and this migration is mediated via a range of chemokines and adhesion molecules on the ECs. As important mediators of leukocyte extravasation, a number of chemokines from each of the chemokine families have been established as expressed in the RA joint...
June 22, 2017: Cytokine
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
#14
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/28647714/the-burden-of-multiple-sclerosis-and-patients-coping-strategies
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Lorena Lorefice, Giuseppe Fenu, Jessica Frau, Giancarlo Coghe, Maria Giovanna Marrosu, Eleonora Cocco
OBJECTIVES: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that mainly affects young people. Patients with MS experience several emotional responses to changed perceptions of themselves and manage this situation in ways focused on controlling the overall burden of disease. This present study aimed to evaluate differences between patients with MS and healthy controls (HCs) in coping styles, identifying the MS clinical features that influence adaptive responses. METHODS: Patients with MS, according to the McDonald 2010 criteria, and HCs were recruited...
June 24, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647568/hepatocyte-derived-macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-mediates-alcohol-induced-liver-injury-in-mice-and-patients
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Veronica Marin, Kyle Poulsen, Gemma Odena, Megan R McMullen, Jose Altamirano, Pau Sancho-Bru, Claudio Tiribelli, Juan Caballeria, Natalia Rosso, Ramon Bataller, Laura E Nagy
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a multi-potent cytokine that contributes to the inflammatory response to injury. MIF is expressed by multiple cell types; however, the cellular source and actions of MIF in alcoholic liver disease (ALD) are not well known. Here we tested the hypothesis that non-myeloid cells, specifically hepatocytes, are an important cellular source of MIF in ALD. METHODS: MIF expression was measured in HuH7 and differentiated THP-1 cells in response to ethanol...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647454/elevated-serum-met-5-enkephalin-levels-correlate-with-improved-clinical-and-behavioral-outcomes-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
#17
Michael D Ludwig, Ian S Zagon, Patricia J McLaughlin
Methionine enkephalin ([Met(5)]-enkephalin, Opioid growth factor (OGF)) is a small neuropeptide with growth-related as well as immunomodulatory properties. OGF is distributed widely throughout the body, is both autocrine and paracrine produced, and has a very short half-life in serum. In addition to its neurotransmitter functions, OGF inhibits cell replication of a wide variety of cells involved in the autoimmune process. In this preclinical study, mice were immunized with myelin oligodendrocytic glycoprotein (MOG35-55) to establish a chronic progressive form of autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), and serum enkephalin levels were assessed throughout the disease as well as in response to OGF therapy in order to determine whether OGF may be a biological marker for EAE and multiple sclerosis...
June 21, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647407/external-validation-of-the-simple-null-please-clinical-score-in-predicting-outcome-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Tatjana S Potpara, Miroslav Mihajlovic, Sanja Stankovic, Tanja Jozic, Irena Jozic, Milika R Asanin, Rajai Ahmad, Gregory Y H Lip
BACKGROUND: Rapid clinical decision-making on further management of patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest may be challenging. Recently, a 'futility' score (NULL-PLEASE) incorporating multiple adverse resuscitation features (Non-shockable rhythm, Unwitnessed arrest, Long no-flow or Long low-flow period, blood pH <7.2, Lactate >7.0 mmol/l, End-stage chronic kidney disease on dialysis, Age ≥85 years, Still resuscitation and Extra-cardiac cause) has been proposed to help identify out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients unlikely to survive; however, external independent score validation is lacking...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647324/ampk-as-a-therapeutic-target-for-treating-metabolic-diseases
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REVIEW
Emily A Day, Rebecca J Ford, Gregory R Steinberg
The AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a central regulator of multiple metabolic pathways and may have therapeutic importance for treating obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes (T2D), non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Given the ubiquitous expression of AMPK, it has been a challenge to evaluate which tissue types may be most beneficially poised for mediating the positive metabolic effects of AMPK-centered treatments. In this review we evaluate the metabolic phenotypes of transgenic mouse models in which AMPK expression and function have been manipulated, and the impact this has on controlling lipid metabolism, glucose homeostasis, and inflammation...
June 21, 2017: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646967/the-respiratory-microbiome-and-respiratory-infections
#20
Stefan A Unger, Debby Bogaert
Despite advances over the past ten years lower respiratory tract infections still comprise around a fifth of all deaths worldwide in children under five years of age with the majority in low- and middle-income countries. Known risk factors for severe respiratory infections and poor chronic respiratory health do not fully explain why some children become sick and others do not. The respiratory tract hosts bacteria that can cause respiratory infections but also normal commensal bacteria. Together, this microbial population is called the microbiome...
June 2017: Journal of Infection
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