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Christian H Siebert, Roland Becker, Matthias Buchner, Jürgen Förster, Karl-Heinz Frosch, Andreas Losch, Philipp Niemeyer, Sven Scheffler
A meniscal injury should not automatically lead to surgery. Even in light of all the developments in arthroscopic surgery, non-operative management still has a place in the treatment algorithms for lesions around the knee. In this second publication of the German guidelines for meniscal surgery, the authors describe the various treatment possibilities, their indications and offer critical insight into the various therapeutic options. This will allow the patient and physician alike to make the proper individual decisions...
March 12, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Sonia de Castro, María-José Camarasa
HIV infection still has a serious health and socio-economical impact and is one of the primary causes of morbidity and mortality all over the world. HIV infection and the AIDS pandemic are still matters of great concern, especially in less developed countries where the access to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is limited. Patient compliance is another serious drawback. Nowadays, HAART is the treatment of choice although it is not the panacea. Despite the fact that it suppresses viral replication at undetectable viral loads and prevents progression of HIV infection into AIDS HAART has several pitfalls, namely, long-term side-effects, drug resistance development, emergence of drug-resistant viruses, low compliance and the intolerance of some patients to these drugs...
March 5, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Wei-Chang Huang, Ming-Feng Wu, Hui-Chen Chen, Jeng-Yuan Hsu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The clinical implications of the discordance between the risk of exacerbations and the level of airflow limitation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are still unknown. This study aimed to clarify the clinical significance of such discordance in the management of COPD by exploring its characteristics and risk factors. METHODS: In this retrospective, cross-sectional study, participating physicians completed a detailed patient record form for each participating outpatient with COPD...
2018: PloS One
Ling Sun, Xuejun Zhou, Jianguang Jiang, Xuan Zang, Xin Chen, Haiyan Li, Haitao Cao, Qingjie Wang
BACKGROUND: Growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) is an emerging biomarker for risk stratification in cardiovascular disease. Contrast-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) is an important complication in patients undergoing coronary angiography (CAG) or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In this retrospectively observational study, we aimed to determine the role of GDF-15 and the risk of AKI in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients. METHODS: The medical records of 1195 patients with AMI were reviewed...
2018: PloS One
Sujogya Kumar Panda, Walter Luyten
The purpose of this review is to survey the antiparasitic plants of the Asteraceae family and their applicability in the treatment of parasites. This review is divided into three major parts: (a) literature on traditional uses of Asteraceae plants for the treatment of parasites; (b) description of the major classes of chemical compounds from Asteraceae and their antiparasitic effects; and (c) antiparasitic activity with special reference to flavonoids and terpenoids. This review provides detailed information on the reported Asteraceae plant extracts found throughout the world and on isolated secondary metabolites that can inhibit protozoan parasites such as Plasmodium, Trypanosoma, Leishmania, and intestinal worms...
2018: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
Roxanne Labranche, Guillaume Gilbert, Milena Cerny, Kim-Nhien Vu, Denis Soulières, Damien Olivié, Jean-Sébastien Billiard, Takeshi Yokoo, An Tang
Iron overload is a systemic disorder and is either primary (genetic) or secondary (exogenous iron administration). Primary iron overload is most commonly associated with hereditary hemochromatosis and secondary iron overload with ineffective erythropoiesis (predominantly caused by β-thalassemia major and sickle cell disease) that requires long-term transfusion therapy, leading to transfusional hemosiderosis. Iron overload may lead to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, in addition to cardiac and endocrine complications...
March 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Laura Cook, Sujoy Mukherjee, Tim McLachlan, Rajendra Shah, Gill Livingston, Naaheed Mukadam
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether referrals to memory services in London reflect the ethnic diversity of the population. METHODS: Memory service data including referral rates of BAME was collected from London Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). RESULTS: The expected percentage of BAME referrals using census data was compared against White British population percentages using the chi squared test. We found that within 13,166 referrals to memory services across London, the percentage of people from BAME groups was higher than would be expected (20...
March 12, 2018: Aging & Mental Health
C Kornreich, P Cole, H Kajosch
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is a cheap, easy to use, and relatively safe noninvasive brain stimulation technique. It is increasingly used in several indications in psychiatry and neurology, mainly for depression, chronic pain and cognitive decline due to degenerative brain diseases. Its efficacy is probable in depression and must still be confirmed in numerous other indications. Lowcost devices for the general public are easy to find on the internet and are frequently used for non-therapeutic indications, like the improvement of video gamers' performances...
2018: Revue Médicale de Bruxelles
Mirembe Mandy, Moffat Nyirenda
Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, are experiencing rapid increases in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which may not be fully explained by urbanization and associated traditional risk factors such as tobacco smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, poor diet or physical inactivity. In this commentary, we draw attention to the concept of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), where environmental insults in early life can contribute to long-term risk of NCDs, the impact of which would be particularly important in LMICs where poverty, malnutrition, poor sanitation and infections are still prevalent...
March 8, 2018: International Health
Lorena Colás, Maria Domercq, Pedro Ramos-Cabrer, Ana Palma, Vanessa Gómez-Vallejo, Daniel Padro, Sandra Plaza-García, Krishna R Pulagam, Makoto Higuchi, Carlos Matute, Jordi Llop, Abraham Martín
In vivo positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) is a promising tool for the imaging evaluation of neurologic and neurodegenerative diseases. However, the role of α7 nAChRs after brain diseases such as cerebral ischemia and its involvement in inflammatory reaction is still largely unknown. In vivo and ex vivo evaluation of α7 nAChRs expression after transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) was carried out using PET imaging with [11 C]NS14492 and immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
March 12, 2018: Glia
Deniz Erturk-Hasdemir, Dennis L Kasper
Starting from birth, all animals develop a symbiotic relationship with their resident microorganisms that benefits both the microbe and the host. Recent advances in technology have substantially improved our ability to direct research toward the identification of important microbial species that affect host physiology. The identification of specific commensal molecules from these microbes and their mechanisms of action is still in its early stages. Polysaccharide A (PSA) of Bacteroides fragilis is the archetypical example of a commensal molecule that can modulate the host immune system in health and disease...
March 12, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Mutlu Kasar, Mahmut Yeral, Soner Solmaz, Nurhilal Büyükkurt, Suheyl Asma, Çiğdem Gereklioğlu, Can Boğa, Hakan Özdoğu, Bilkay Baştürk
OBJECTIVES: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant is a curative treatment option for many hematologic diseases. The existence of a fully compatible donor for recipients is the first condition for minimized transplant-related mortality and morbidity. The best donor for hematopoietic stem cell transplant is an HLA-matched sibling donor. The possibility of finding an HLA-matched sibling is less than 30% worldwide. Hematopoietic stem cell transplant is needed for an increasing number of patients every year, but the ability to find a fully compatible donor has limited its use...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Radmila Sparić, Dimitrios Papoutsis, Saša Kadija, Radomir Stefanović, Angeliki Antonakou, Lazar Nejković, Vesna Kesić
PURPOSE: To investigate the long-term psychosexual outcomes in women following excisional cervical treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Women with cold-knife conization (CKC) or large loop excision of the transformation zone (LLETZ) treatment were interviewed after a follow-up colposcopy visit. Their demographics, treatment and psychosexual characteristics were recorded. RESULTS: One hundred and forty six women with a mean age of 35.2 ± 5...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Rocco A Montone, Giampaolo Niccoli
Patients with left main or multivessel coronary artery disease (CAD) and depressed left ventricular function undergoing coronary artery by-pass grafting (CABG) have a markedly worse prognosis compared with general population, making surgical treatment of CAD unattractive especially when features such as poor distal targets, severe comorbidities, reoperation, advanced age, or impaired renal function are present. At the same time, evidence for improved clinical outcome in this high-risk subset of patients using mini-invasive surgical techniques (i...
March 8, 2018: Minerva Cardioangiologica
Seung Sook Paik, In Kyoung Hwang, Myung Jae Park, Seung Hyeun Lee
BACKGROUND: Although targeted therapy and immuno-oncology have shifted the treatment paradigm for lung cancer, platinum-based combination is still the standard of care for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Pemetrexed continuation maintenance therapy has been approved and increasingly used for patients with nonsquamous NSCLC. However, the efficacy of this strategy has not been proven in patients without driving mutations. The objective of this study was to compare the clinical benefit of pemetrexed continuation maintenance to conventional platinum-based doublet in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-negative lung adenocarcinoma...
March 7, 2018: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Ana Laura Fitas, Catarina Martins, Luís Miguel Borrego, Lurdes Lopes, Anne Jörns, Sigurd Lenzen, Catarina Limbert
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) develops in distinct stages, before and after disease onset. Whether the natural course translates into different immunologic patterns is still uncertain. This study aimed at identifying peripheral immune patterns at key time-points, in T1D children undergoing remission phase. METHODS: Children with new-onset T1D and healthy age and gender-matched controls were recruited at a paediatric hospital. Peripheral blood samples were evaluated by flow cytometry at three longitudinal time-points: onset (T1), remission phase (T2) and established disease (T3)...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Diabetes
Pierpaolo Baiamonte, Emilia Mazzuca, Claudia I Gruttad'Auria, Alessandra Castrogiovanni, Claudia Marino, Davide Lo Nardo, Marco Basile, Margherita Algeri, Salvatore Battaglia, Oreste Marrone, Andrea Gagliardo, Maria R Bonsignore
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the first-choice treatment for obstructive sleep-disordered breathing. Automatic bilevel ventilation can be used to treat obstructive sleep-disordered breathing when CPAP is ineffective, but clinical experience is still limited. To assess the outcome of titration with CPAP and automatic bilevel ventilation, the charts of 356 outpatients (obstructive sleep apnea, n = 242; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease + obstructive sleep apnea overlap, n = 80; obesity hypoventilation syndrome [OHS], n = 34; 103 females) treated for obstructive sleep-disordered breathing from January 2014 to April 2017 were reviewed...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Sleep Research
Lea M Gerischer, Andreas Fehlner, Theresa Köbe, Kristin Prehn, Daria Antonenko, Ulrike Grittner, Jürgen Braun, Ingolf Sack, Agnes Flöel
Dementia due to Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease for which treatment strategies at an early stage are of great clinical importance. So far, there is still a lack of non-invasive diagnostic tools to sensitively detect AD in early stages and to predict individual disease progression. Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) of the brain may be a promising novel tool. In this proof-of-concept study, we investigated whether multifrequency-MRE (MMRE) can detect differences in hippocampal stiffness between patients with clinical diagnosis of dementia due to AD and healthy controls (HC)...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Lora Minkova, Sarah Gregory, Rachael I Scahill, Ahmed Abdulkadir, Christoph P Kaller, Jessica Peter, Jeffrey D Long, Julie C Stout, Ralf Reilmann, Raymund A Roos, Alexandra Durr, Blair R Leavitt, Sarah J Tabrizi, Stefan Klöppel
Huntington's disease (HD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that can be genetically confirmed with certainty decades before clinical onset. This allows the investigation of functional and structural changes in HD many years prior to disease onset, which may reveal important mechanistic insights into brain function, structure and organization in general. While regional atrophy is present at early stages of HD, it is still unclear if both hemispheres are equally affected by neurodegeneration and how the extent of asymmetry affects domain-specific functional decline...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Roberto W Dal Negro, Alessandro Zanasi, Paola Turco, Massimiliano Povero
Background: Influenza and influenza-like syndromes (I-LSs) are infectious diseases occurring on a seasonal basis which can lead to upper (URTI) and lower respiratory tract illness (LRTI) of different severity. The approach to these disorders is unfortunately not uniform. Aim of the study was to investigate real-life people beliefs, the attitude to their prevention and treatment, and their impact in general population. Methods: A cross-sectional survey via Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) was carried out using a specific questionnaire investigating influenza episode rates, subjects behavior in case of influenza and I-LSs, and prescribed therapy...
2018: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
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