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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447320/should-ablation-be-first-line-therapy-for-patients-with-paroxysmal-af
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REVIEW
Sergio Conti, Atul Verma
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and the number of patients is expected to continuously increase in the next years. Catheter ablation is an effective, safe, and well-established treatment for patient with symptomatic and drug-resistant paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). Over the last decade, there was an increasing body of evidence demonstrating superiority of catheter ablation over antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) in maintaining sinus rhythm. However, randomized clinical trials have not been conclusive to consider catheter ablation as a first-line therapy for PAF...
May 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444965/serum-free-light-chain-quantitative-assays-dilemma-of-a-biomarker
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Giovanni Cigliana, Francesca Gulli, Cecilia Napodano, Krizia Pocino, Elena De Santis, Luigi Colacicco, Iole Cordone, Laura Conti, Umberto Basile
BACKGROUND: Serum free light chains detection assays are consistently meeting greater interest for the diagnosis and monitoring of monoclonal gammopathies and plasma cell dyscrasias. Nowadays, there are neither standardized methods nor reference material for the determination of free light chains; for this reason, it is important to compare two different assays used in clinical laboratory. METHODS: We evaluated 300 serum samples from patients with B-cell disorders and compared the analytical performances of both assay...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444021/evaluation-of-facial-attractiveness-in-black-people-according-to-the-subjective-facial-analysis-criteria
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Andréa Reis de Melo, Ana Cláudia de Castro Ferreira Conti, Renata Rodrigues Almeida-Pedrin, Victor Didier, Danilo Pinelli Valarelli, Leopoldino Capelozza Filho
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the facial attractiveness in 30 black individuals, according to the Subjective Facial Analysis criteria. METHODS: Frontal and profile view photographs of 30 black individuals were evaluated for facial attractiveness and classified as esthetically unpleasant, acceptable, or pleasant by 50 evaluators: the 30 individuals from the sample, 10 orthodontists, and 10 laymen. Besides assessing the facial attractiveness, the evaluators had to identify the structures responsible for the classification as unpleasant and pleasant...
February 2017: Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442744/biomimetic-antimicrobial-cloak-by-graphene-oxide-agar-hydrogel
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Massimiliano Papi, Valentina Palmieri, Francesca Bugli, Marco De Spirito, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Carlotta Ciancico, Maria Chiara Braidotti, Silvia Gentilini, Luca Angelani, Claudio Conti
Antibacterial surfaces have an enormous economic and social impact on the worldwide technological fight against diseases. However, bacteria develop resistance and coatings are often not uniform and not stable in time. The challenge is finding an antibacterial coating that is biocompatible, cost-effective, not toxic, and spreadable over large and irregular surfaces. Here we demonstrate an antibacterial cloak by laser printing of graphene oxide hydrogels mimicking the Cancer Pagurus carapace. We observe up to 90% reduction of bacteria cells...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439721/incidence-of-thromboembolic-events-after-use-of-gelatin-thrombin-based-hemostatic-matrix-during-intracranial-tumor-surgery
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Roberto Gazzeri, Marcelo Galarza, Carlo Conti, Costanzo De Bonis
Association between the use of hemostatic agents made from collagen/gelatin mixed with thrombin and thromboembolic events in patients undergoing tumor resection has been suggested. This study evaluates the relationship between flowable hemostatic matrix and deep vein thrombosis in a large cohort of patients treated for brain tumor removal. The authors conducted a retrospective, multicenter, clinical review of all craniotomies for tumor removal performed between 2013 and 2014. Patients were classified in three groups: group I (flowable gelatin hemostatic matrix with thrombin), group II (gelatin hemostatic without thrombin), and group III (classical hemostatic)...
April 24, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437507/effects-of-experimental-pain-and-lidocaine-on-mechanical-somatosensory-profile-and-face-perception
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Yuri Martins Costa, Eduardo E Castrillon, Leonardo Rigoldi Bonjardim, Paulo César Rodrigues Conti, Lene Baad-Hansen, Peter Svensson
AIMS: To assess the effects of experimental muscle pain and topical lidocaine applied to the skin overlying the masseter muscle on the mechanical somatosensory profile and face perception of the masseter muscle in healthy participants. METHODS: A total of 28 healthy participants received a 45-minute application of a lidocaine or placebo patch to the skin overlying the masseter muscle followed by one injection of 0.2 mL sterile solution of monosodium glutamate. Measurements were taken four times during each session of quantitative sensory testing (QST) (T0 = baseline, T1 = 45 minutes after patch application, T2 = immediately after glutamate injection, and T3 = 25 minutes after the glutamate injection), and the following variables were measured: mechanical detection threshold (MDT), mechanical pain threshold (MPT), pressure pain threshold (PPT), pain report (pain on palpation, pain spreading on palpation, and pain intensity), pain drawing, and perceptual distortion...
April 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434037/open-capsular-and-ligament-reconstruction-with-semitendinosus-hamstring-autograft-successfully-controls-superior-and-posterior-translation-for-type-v-acromioclavicular-joint-dislocation
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Raffaele Garofalo, Enrico Ceccarelli, Alessandro Castagna, Vittorio Calvisi, Brody Flanagin, Marco Conti, Sumant G Krishnan
PURPOSE: Appropriate surgical management for type V complete acromioclavicular (AC) joint dislocation remains controversial. The purpose of this paper is to retrospectively report the clinical and radiographic outcomes of an open surgical technique consisting for AC joint ligamentous and capsular reconstruction using autologous hamstring tendon grafts and semi-permanent sutures. METHODS: Between January 2005 and December 2011, 32 consecutive patients with symptomatic type V complete AC joint dislocation underwent surgical treatment using the same technique...
April 22, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431765/immune-modulation-by-vitamin-d-special-emphasis-on-its-role-in-prevention-and-treatment-of-cancer
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REVIEW
Franco Pandolfi, Laura Franza, Claudia Mandolini, Pio Conti
PURPOSE: Vitamin D has been known to be involved in mineral and bone homeostasis for many years. In the past its main use was in treating osteoporosis and rickets. In recent years it was found that vitamin D is an immune-modulating agent and may also have a role in several diseases, including autoimmune diseases. The immune-modulating effects appear to be mediated by vitamin D interaction with the vitamin D receptor (VDR) that has transcriptional effects and is expressed on various cell types, especially those of the immune system...
April 18, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430825/discovery-and-fine-mapping-of-adiposity-loci-using-high-density-imputation-of-genome-wide-association-studies-in-individuals-of-african-ancestry-african-ancestry-anthropometry-genetics-consortium
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Maggie C Y Ng, Mariaelisa Graff, Yingchang Lu, Anne E Justice, Poorva Mudgal, Ching-Ti Liu, Kristin Young, Lisa R Yanek, Mary F Feitosa, Mary K Wojczynski, Kristin Rand, Jennifer A Brody, Brian E Cade, Latchezar Dimitrov, Qing Duan, Xiuqing Guo, Leslie A Lange, Michael A Nalls, Hayrettin Okut, Salman M Tajuddin, Bamidele O Tayo, Sailaja Vedantam, Jonathan P Bradfield, Guanjie Chen, Wei-Min Chen, Alessandra Chesi, Marguerite R Irvin, Badri Padhukasahasram, Jennifer A Smith, Wei Zheng, Matthew A Allison, Christine B Ambrosone, Elisa V Bandera, Traci M Bartz, Sonja I Berndt, Leslie Bernstein, William J Blot, Erwin P Bottinger, John Carpten, Stephen J Chanock, Yii-Der Ida Chen, David V Conti, Richard S Cooper, Myriam Fornage, Barry I Freedman, Melissa Garcia, Phyllis J Goodman, Yu-Han H Hsu, Jennifer Hu, Chad D Huff, Sue A Ingles, Esther M John, Rick Kittles, Eric Klein, Jin Li, Barbara McKnight, Uma Nayak, Barbara Nemesure, Adesola Ogunniyi, Andrew Olshan, Michael F Press, Rebecca Rohde, Benjamin A Rybicki, Babatunde Salako, Maureen Sanderson, Yaming Shao, David S Siscovick, Janet L Stanford, Victoria L Stevens, Alex Stram, Sara S Strom, Dhananjay Vaidya, John S Witte, Jie Yao, Xiaofeng Zhu, Regina G Ziegler, Alan B Zonderman, Adebowale Adeyemo, Stefan Ambs, Mary Cushman, Jessica D Faul, Hakon Hakonarson, Albert M Levin, Katherine L Nathanson, Erin B Ware, David R Weir, Wei Zhao, Degui Zhi, Donna K Arnett, Struan F A Grant, Sharon L R Kardia, Olufunmilayo I Oloapde, D C Rao, Charles N Rotimi, Michele M Sale, L Keoki Williams, Babette S Zemel, Diane M Becker, Ingrid B Borecki, Michele K Evans, Tamara B Harris, Joel N Hirschhorn, Yun Li, Sanjay R Patel, Bruce M Psaty, Jerome I Rotter, James G Wilson, Donald W Bowden, L Adrienne Cupples, Christopher A Haiman, Ruth J F Loos, Kari E North
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified >300 loci associated with measures of adiposity including body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratio (adjusted for BMI, WHRadjBMI), but few have been identified through screening of the African ancestry genomes. We performed large scale meta-analyses and replications in up to 52,895 individuals for BMI and up to 23,095 individuals for WHRadjBMI from the African Ancestry Anthropometry Genetics Consortium (AAAGC) using 1000 Genomes phase 1 imputed GWAS to improve coverage of both common and low frequency variants in the low linkage disequilibrium African ancestry genomes...
April 21, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430820/cardiovascular-safety-of-tiotropium-respimat-vs-handihaler-in-the-routine-clinical-practice-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Francesco Trotta, Stefania Spila-Alegiani, Roberto Da Cas, Maja Rajevic, Valentino Conti, Mauro Venegoni, Mariangela Rossi, Giuseppe Traversa
The cardiovascular safety of tiotropium Respimat formulation in the routine clinical practice is still an open issue. Our aim was to compare the risk of acute myocardial infarction and heart rhythm disorders in incident users of either tiotropium Respimat or HandiHaler. The study population comprises patients aged ≥45 years, resident in two Italian regions with a first prescription of tiotropium (HandiHaler or Respimat) between 01/07/2011-30/11/2013. The cohort was identified through the database of prescriptions reimbursed by the Italian National Health Service...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429204/gastroduodenal-stenting-is-still-useful-in-the-treatment-of-malignant-obstruction
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Paola Crivelli, Marcello Carboni, Rino Aldo Montella, Antonio Matteo Amadu, Stefano Profili, Maurizio Conti, Giovanni Battista Meloni
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 20, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427521/management-of-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-a-focus-on-radium-223-opinions-and-suggestions-from-an-expert-multidisciplinary-panel
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REVIEW
Sergio Baldari, Giuseppe Boni, Roberto Bortolus, Orazio Caffo, Giario Conti, Giuseppe De Vincentis, Fabio Monari, Giuseppe Procopio, Daniele Santini, Ettore Seregni, Riccardo Valdagni
Radium-223, a calcium mimetic bone-seeking radionuclide that selectively targets bone metastases with alpha particles, is approved for the treatment of men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) and symptomatic bone metastases. In patients with mCRPC, treatment with radium-223 has been associated with survival benefit, regardless of prior docetaxel use, and also has a positive impact on symptomatic skeletal events and quality of life. Radium-223 is best suited for patients with symptomatic mCRPC and bone-predominant disease and no visceral metastases, and may lead to better outcomes when given early in the course of the disease...
May 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427453/the-italian-society-for-pediatric-nephrology-sinepe-consensus-document-on-the-management-of-nephrotic-syndrome-in-children-part-i-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-the-first-episode-and-the-first-relapse
#13
REVIEW
Andrea Pasini, Elisa Benetti, Giovanni Conti, Luciana Ghio, Marta Lepore, Laura Massella, Daniela Molino, Licia Peruzzi, Francesco Emma, Carmelo Fede, Antonella Trivelli, Silvio Maringhini, Marco Materassi, Giovanni Messina, Giovanni Montini, Luisa Murer, Carmine Pecoraro, Marco Pennesi
This consensus document is aimed at providing an updated, multidisciplinary overview on the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric nephrotic syndrome (NS) at first presentation. It is the first consensus document of its kind to be produced by all the pediatric nephrology centres in Italy, in line with what is already present in other countries such as France, Germany and the USA. It is based on the current knowledge surrounding the symptomatic and steroid treatment of NS, with a view to providing the basis for a separate consensus document on the treatment of relapses...
April 21, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427412/lack-of-interleukin-13-receptor-%C3%AE-1-delays-the-loss-of-dopaminergic-neurons-during-chronic-stress
#14
Simone Mori, Shuei Sugama, William Nguyen, Tatiana Michel, M Germana Sanna, Manuel Sanchez-Alavez, Rigo Cintron-Colon, Gianluca Moroncini, Yoshihiko Kakinuma, Pamela Maher, Bruno Conti
BACKGROUND: The majority of Parkinson's disease (PD) cases are sporadic and idiopathic suggesting that this neurodegenerative disorder is the result of both environmental and genetic factors. Stress and neuroinflammation are among the factors being investigated for their possible contributions to PD. Experiments in rodents showed that severe chronic stress can reduce the number of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc); the same cells that are lost in PD. These actions are at least in part mediated by increased oxidative stress...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424679/linking-diet-to-colorectal-cancer-the-emerging-role-of-microrna-in-the-communication-between-plant-and-animal-kingdoms
#15
REVIEW
Manuela Del Cornò, Gloria Donninelli, Lucia Conti, Sandra Gessani
Environmental and lifestyle factors, including diet and nutritional habits have been strongly linked to colorectal cancer (CRC). Of note, unhealthy dietary habits leading to adiposity represent a main risk factor for CRC and are associated with a chronic low-grade inflammatory status. Inflammation is a hallmark of almost every type of cancer and can be modulated by several food compounds exhibiting either protective or promoting effects. However, in spite of an extensive research, the underlying mechanisms by which dietary patterns or bioactive food components may influence tumor onset and outcome have not been fully clarified yet...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420489/mast-cells-emerge-as-mediators-of-atherosclerosis-special-emphasis-on-il-37-inhibition
#16
REVIEW
Pio Conti, Gianfranco Lessiani, Spyridon K Kritas, Gianpaolo Ronconi, Aessandro Caraffa, Theoharis C Theoharides
In atherosclerosis lipoproteins stimulate the innate immune response, leading to the release of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. Hypercholesterolemia may activate the synthesis and release of inflammatory cytokines such as IL-1, which induces TNF release in mast cells (MCs). IL-1 and IL-1 family members orchestrate a broadening list of inflammatory diseases, including atherosclerosis. MCs are implicated in the pathophysiology of several diseases including allergy and inflammation. Activated MCs, located perivascularly, contribute to inflammation in atherosclerosis by producing inflammatory cytokines...
April 12, 2017: Tissue & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417609/action-plans-and-coping-strategies-in-elderly-copd-patients-influence-the-result-of-pulmonary-rehabilitation-an-observational-study
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Patrizia Russo, Giulia Prinzi, Aliaksei Kisialou, Vittorio Cardaci, Emanuele Stirpe, Vittoria Conti, Massimo Fini, Stefano Bonassi
BACKGROUND: COPD management needs a comprehensive assessment of clinical features (symptoms severity, co-morbidities) together with life-style, behavioural, socio-economic and multi-omics parameters. Among the other issues, psycho-cognitive assessment plays a critical role. Coping strategies are used to manage psychological stress. AIM: To evaluate the association between coping strategies and outcome of Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR). DESIGN: Observational study...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416360/primary-hepatic-angiosarcoma-and-liver-transplantation-radiological-surgical-histological-findings-and-clinical-outcome
#18
M Tran Minh, A Mazzola, F Perdigao, F Charlotte, G Rousseau, F Conti
Angiosarcoma is a rare type of soft tissue sarcoma that accounts for less than 1% of all sarcomas and only 2% of all primary hepatic tumours. Thorotrast, arsenic, and vinyl chloride monomer are frequently listed as occupational exposure risks. The estimated latency is long (10-40 years) in occupational cases and very long (60 years or more) in non-occupational cases. The symptoms and CT-scan appearance of hepatic angiosarcoma (HAS) are non-specific. We present a case of a 65-year-old Caucasian male with history of cryptogenic cirrhosis, low alpha-foetoprotein levels and a single, 4-cm nodule of potential atypical hepatocellular carcinoma (no washout at MRI and CT-scan) in segment VIII...
April 14, 2017: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408439/sen1-has-unique-structural-features-grafted-on-the-architecture-of-the-upf1-like-helicase-family
#19
Bronislava Leonaitė, Zhong Han, Jérôme Basquin, Fabien Bonneau, Domenico Libri, Odil Porrua, Elena Conti
The superfamily 1B (SF1B) helicase Sen1 is an essential protein that plays a key role in the termination of non-coding transcription in yeast. Here, we identified the ~90 kDa helicase core of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Sen1 as sufficient for transcription termination in vitro and determined the corresponding structure at 1.8 Å resolution. In addition to the catalytic and auxiliary subdomains characteristic of the SF1B family, Sen1 has a distinct and evolutionarily conserved structural feature that "braces" the helicase core...
April 13, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405511/nk-cells-control-breast-cancer-and-related-cancer-stem-cell-hematological-spread
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Rossana Tallerico, Laura Conti, Stefania Lanzardo, Rosa Sottile, Cinzia Garofalo, Arnika K Wagner, Maria H Johansson, Costanza Maria Cristiani, Klas Kärre, Ennio Carbone, Federica Cavallo
The growth and recurrence of a number of cancers is driven by a scarce population of cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are resistant to most current therapies. It has been shown previously that natural killer (NK) cells recognize human glioma, melanoma, colon and prostate CSCs in vitro. We herein show that human and mouse breast CSCs are also susceptible to NK cytotoxic activity in vitro. Moreover, CSC induced autologous NK cell activation and expansion in vivo, which correlate with the inhibition of CSC metastatic spread...
2017: Oncoimmunology
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