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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632753/mait-cells-launch-a-rapid-robust-and-distinct-hyperinflammatory-response-to-bacterial-superantigens-and-quickly-acquire-an-anergic-phenotype-that-impedes-their-cognate-antimicrobial-function-defining-a-novel-mechanism-of-superantigen-induced-immunopathology
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Christopher R Shaler, Joshua Choi, Patrick T Rudak, Arash Memarnejadian, Peter A Szabo, Mauro E Tun-Abraham, Jamie Rossjohn, Alexandra J Corbett, James McCluskey, John K McCormick, Olivier Lantz, Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro, S M Mansour Haeryfar
Superantigens (SAgs) are potent exotoxins secreted by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. They target a large fraction of T cell pools to set in motion a "cytokine storm" with severe and sometimes life-threatening consequences typically encountered in toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Given the rapidity with which TSS develops, designing timely and truly targeted therapies for this syndrome requires identification of key mediators of the cytokine storm's initial wave. Equally important, early host responses to SAgs can be accompanied or followed by a state of immunosuppression, which in turn jeopardizes the host's ability to combat and clear infections...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611879/pitfalls-in-electrocardiographic-diagnosis-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-in-low-risk-chest-pain
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REVIEW
Semhar Z Tewelde, Amal Mattu, William J Brady
Less than half of patients with a chest pain history indicative of acute coronary syndrome have a diagnostic electrocardiogram (ECG) on initial presentation to the emergency department. The physician must dissect the ECG for elusive, but perilous, characteristics that are often missed by machine analysis. ST depression is interpreted and often suggestive of ischemia; however, when exclusive to leads V1-V3 with concomitant tall R waves and upright T waves, a posterior infarction should first and foremost be suspected...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609734/assessment-of-treatment-patterns-and-healthcare-costs-associated-with-probable-lennox-gastaut-syndrome
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J Eric Piña-Garza, Georgia D Montouris, Francis Vekeman, Wendy Y Cheng, Edward Tuttle, Philippe Giguere-Duval, Mei Sheng Duh, Vivienne Shen, Timothy B Saurer, Jouko Isojarvi
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a chronic and severe form of epilepsy characterized by intractable seizures, cognitive impairment, and abnormal electroencephalogram findings with slow spike-wave complexes. It typically presents before age 8, but symptoms continue into adulthood and require lifelong treatment associated with significant clinical burden. Data on LGS-associated healthcare utilization and costs are limited. In this study we use a claims-based LGS classifier based on random forest methodology to identify patients with probable LGS from the a Medicaid multi-state database and assess its prevalence across the age spectrum, healthcare utilization, treatment patterns, costs, and comorbid conditions...
June 10, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592041/-the-effects-of-different-tidal-volume-ventilation-on-right-ventricular-function-in-critical-respiratory-failure-patients
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L X Liu, J Q Wu, Q Y Wu, Q Zhang, B Yu, S M Ge, Y Huo, X T Wang, Y G Chao, Z J Hu
Objective: To observe and explore the effects of different tidal volume (VT) ventilation on right ventricular (RV) function in patients with critical respiratory failure. Methods: Consecutive respiratory failure patients who were treated with invasive ventilator over 24 h in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the Fourth Hospital of Hebei Medical University from June to December in 2015 were enrolled in this study.Clinical data including patients' vital signs, ventilator parameters and RV echocardiography were collected within 6 h (D0), day1(D1), day2 (D2) and day3 (D3) after ventilation started...
June 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583685/usefulness-of-the-r-wave-sign-as-a-predictor-for-ventricular-tachyarrhythmia-in-patients-with-brugada-syndrome
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Ahmed A Y Ragab, Charlotte A Houck, Lisette J M E van der Does, Eva A H Lanters, Danielle E Burghouwt, Agnes J Q M Muskens, Natasja M S de Groot
Brugada syndrome (BrS) is an autosomal dominant channelopathy which is responsible for a large number of sudden cardiac deaths in young subjects without structural abnormalities. The most challenging step in management of patients with BrS is identifying who is at risk for developing malignant ventricular tachyarrhythmia (VTA). In patients with BrS, conduction delay in the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) causes a prominent R wave in lead aVR. This electrocardiographic parameter can be useful to detect these high-risk patients...
May 11, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562203/is-hepatic-triglyceride-content-associated-with-aortic-pulse-wave-velocity-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-the-netherlands-epidemiology-of-obesity-study
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Ralph L Widya, Renée de Mutsert, Jos J M Westenberg, Karin B Gast, Martin den Heijer, Saskia le Cessie, Johannes W A Smit, J Wouter Jukema, Frits R Rosendaal, Albert de Roos, Hildo J Lamb
Purpose To test the hypothesis that hepatic triglyceride content is associated with subclinical vascular impairment and is not confounded by various cardiometabolic risk factors. Materials and Methods This study was approved by the institutional review board, and all participants gave written informed consent. In this cross-sectional analysis of baseline measurements of the Netherlands Epidemiology of Obesity study, a population-based cohort study, 1899 participants (52% men; mean age, 55 years ± 6 [standard deviation]) underwent magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy and MR imaging to assess hepatic triglyceride content, aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV), and visceral fat...
May 29, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539979/association-of-metabolic-syndrome-and-electrocardiographic-markers-of-subclinical-cardiovascular-disease
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Theodora W Elffers, Renée de Mutsert, Hildo J Lamb, Arie C Maan, Peter W Macfarlane, Ko Willems van Dijk, Frits R Rosendaal, J Wouter Jukema, Stella Trompet
BACKGROUND: The metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its components are well-established risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (CVD). It is inconclusive whether MetS and MetS score are associated with electrocardiographic markers of subclinical CVD, therefore we investigated this in a population without pre-existing CVD. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional analysis in the Netherlands Epidemiology of Obesity study, a population-based cohort including 6671 participants aged 45-65...
2017: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491722/appearance-of-j-wave-in-the-inferolateral-leads-and-ventricular-fibrillation-provoked-by-mild-hypothermia-in-a-patient-with-brugada-syndrome
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Yasuaki Hada, Mitsuhiro Nishizaki, Noriyoshi Yamawake, Harumizu Sakurada, Masayasu Hiraoka
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: HeartRhythm Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491707/low-room-temperature-can-trigger-ventricular-fibrillation-in-j-wave-syndromes
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Masaru Yamaki, Nobuyuki Sato, Rina Imanishi, Hirotsuka Sakai, Yuichiro Kawamura, Naoyuki Hasebe
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2016: HeartRhythm Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464106/breeding-and-genetics-symposium-breeding-heat-tolerant-dairy-cattle-the-case-for-introgression-of-the-slick-prolactin-receptor-variant-into-dairy-breeds
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S R Davis, R J Spelman, M D Littlejohn
Increasing environmental temperatures are a threat to the sustainability of livestock production and, because of the high metabolic demands of lactation, to dairy production in particular. Summer heat waves in temperate climates reduce feed intake, milk production, and cow comfort. In extreme heat events, there is an increase in cow mortality. In tropical climates, dairy cattle are mostly (zebu) type or zebu crossbred with temperate dairy breeds. Crossbreeding is undertaken to combine the heat tolerance and tick resistance of zebu with the productivity of temperate dairy breeds...
April 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455084/recipient-umbilical-artery-elongation-redundancy-in-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
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Roopali Donepudi, Lovepreet K Mann, Christoph Wohlmuth, Anthony Johnson, Michael W Bebbington, Kenneth J Moise, David S Boudreaux, Helena Gardiner, Ramesha Papanna
BACKGROUND: Chronic hypertension in adults causes arterial lengthening in major arteries, but the effects of early fetal hypertension on the twin-twin transfusion syndrome recipient's vascular architecture remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesize that arterial cord redundancy is related to recipient hypertension and subsequent heart failure. Our objectives were to: (1) establish a 3-dimensional color Doppler ultrasound method of measuring umbilical arterial length relative to its corresponding venous segment in the umbilical cord using artery vein angle; (2) compare recipient artery vein angle to gestational age-matched controls; and (3) test the association of artery vein angle with recipient heart failure...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444683/-atypical-guillain-barre-syndrome-clustering-is-it-necessary-to-reconsider-the-diagnostic-criteria-and-microbiological-protocol
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A Dominguez-Mayoral, C Gutierrez, J M Lopez-Dominguez, S Eichau, J Abril, G Navarro-Mascarell, M A Quesada-Garcia, M Ramos, M Alvarez-Lopez, C Menendez-De Leon, G Izquierdo
INTRODUCTION: Guillain-Barre syndrome is classically defined as a symmetrical ascending acute polyradiculoneuropathy, although there are atypical variants that make diagnosis difficult. CASE REPORTS: The medical data of six patients in our hospital area are collected during the first quarter of 2013. Lumbar punctures, imaging, neurophysiological studies, ganglioside antibodies and serologies have been proposed in all cases. We focus on the atypical features as late hyporeflexia, increased frequency of asymmetry and distal paresis and initial fever...
May 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436550/epicardial-brugada-syndrome-ablation-unmasking-inferior-j-waves
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Adam Lee, Heidi Kohler, Daniel Wright, Haris M Haqqani
Patients with Brugada syndrome are at risk of life threatening ventricular arrhythmias. Epicardial substrate ablation for Brugada syndrome has been described as a means of controlling these arrhythmias and recent reports describe elimination of the Brugada phenotype with ablation. We describe a unique case in which a patient developed inferior J waves with an early repolarization-type electrocardiogram following successful epicardial infundibular substrate ablation (which eliminated the Brugada syndrome ECG on ajmaline challenge)...
April 24, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431071/j-wave-syndromes-expert-consensus-conference-report-emerging-concepts-and-gaps-in-knowledge
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Charles Antzelevitch, Gan-Xin Yan, Michael J Ackerman, Martin Borggrefe, Domenico Corrado, Jihong Guo, Ihor Gussak, Can Hasdemir, Minoru Horie, Heikki Huikuri, Changsheng Ma, Hiroshi Morita, Gi-Byoung Nam, Frederic Sacher, Wataru Shimizu, Sami Viskin, Arthur A M Wilde
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429460/automated-t-wave-analysis-can-differentiate-acquired-qt-prolongation-from-congenital-long-qt-syndrome
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Alan Sugrue, Peter A Noseworthy, Vaclav Kremen, J Martijn Bos, Bo Qiang, Ram K Rohatgi, Yehu Sapir, Zachi I Attia, Peter Brady, Pedro J Caraballo, Samuel J Asirvatham, Paul A Friedman, Michael J Ackerman
BACKGROUND: Prolongation of the QT on the surface electrocardiogram can be due to either genetic or acquired causes. Distinguishing congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS) from acquired QT prolongation has important prognostic and management implications. We aimed to investigate if quantitative T-wave analysis could provide a tool for the physician to differentiate between congenital and acquired QT prolongation. METHODS: Patients were identified through an institution-wide computer-based QT screening system which alerts the physician if the QTc ≥ 500 ms...
April 21, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426680/echocardiographic-findings-in-infants-with-presumed-congenital-zika-syndrome-retrospective-case-series-study
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Danielle Di Cavalcanti, Lucas V Alves, Geraldo J Furtado, Cleusa C Santos, Fabiana G Feitosa, Maria C Ribeiro, Paulo Menge, Izabelle M Lira, Joao G Alves
OBJECTIVE: To report the echocardiographic evaluation of 103 infants with presumed congenital Zika syndrome. METHODS: An observational retrospective study was performed at Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando Figueira (IMIP), Recife, Brazil. 103 infants with presumed congenital Zika syndrome. All infants had microcephaly and head computed tomography findings compatible with congenital Zika syndrome. Zika IgM antibody was detected in cerebrospinal fluid samples of 23 infants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407135/pro-heat-stress-as-a-potential-etiology-of-mesoamerican-and-sri-lankan-nephropathy-a-late-night-consult-with-sherlock-holmes
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Richard J Johnson
Epidemics of chronic kidney disease are now recognized in Central America, Mexico, India and Sri Lanka, and there is also some evidence that similar epidemics may be occurring in the USA, Thailand and elsewhere. A common denominator for each location is manually working outside in extremely hot environments. Here we review the evidence that the primary etiology may be heat stress related to repeated subclinical or clinical acute kidney injury that eventually manifests as chronic kidney disease. In some aspects, the disease may manifest as subclinical heat stroke, subclinical rhabdomyolysis or a subclinical tumor lysis syndrome...
April 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380698/myoclonus-epilepsy-and-ataxia-due-to-kcnc1-mutation-analysis-of-20-cases-and-k-channel-properties
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Karen L Oliver, Silvana Franceschetti, Carol J Milligan, Mikko Muona, Simone A Mandelstam, Laura Canafoglia, Anna M Boguszewska-Chachulska, Amos D Korczyn, Francesca Bisulli, Carlo Di Bonaventura, Francesca Ragona, Roberto Michelucci, Bruria Ben-Zeev, Rachel Straussberg, Ferruccio Panzica, João Massano, Daniel Friedman, Arielle Crespel, Bernt A Engelsen, Frederick Andermann, Eva Andermann, Krystyna Spodar, Anetta Lasek-Bal, Patrizia Riguzzi, Elena Pasini, Paolo Tinuper, Laura Licchetta, Elena Gardella, Matthias Lindenau, Annette Wulf, Rikke S Møller, Felix Benninger, Zaid Afawi, Guido Rubboli, Christopher A Reid, Snezana Maljevic, Holger Lerche, Anna-Elina Lehesjoki, Steven Petrou, Samuel F Berkovic
OBJECTIVE: To comprehensively describe the new syndrome of myoclonus epilepsy and ataxia due to potassium channel mutation (MEAK), including cellular electrophysiological characterization of observed clinical improvement with fever. METHODS: We analyzed clinical, electroclinical, and neuroimaging data for 20 patients with MEAK due to recurrent KCNC1 p.R320H mutation. In vitro electrophysiological studies were conducted using whole cell patch-clamp to explore biophysical properties of wild-type and mutant KV 3...
May 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367598/early-repolarization-in-normal-adolescents-is-common
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Humera Ahmed, Richard J Czosek, David S Spar, Timothy K Knilans, Jeffrey B Anderson
In adults with structurally normal hearts, the early repolarization pattern (ERP) on electrocardiogram (ECG) may be associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death. The prevalence and significance of the ERP in children is unknown. This study examines the prevalence of the ERP, the population in which it is found, and whether there exists any correlation with increased LV mass or family history of significant cardiac events. This was a secondary review of data obtained from healthy adolescents undergoing a limited ECG and transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) as part of a cardiac screening study...
April 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343259/numerical-and-experimental-analysis-of-the-transitional-flow-across-a-real-stenosis
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R Agujetas, C Ferrera, A C Marcos, J P Alejo, J M Montanero
In this paper, we present a numerical study of the pulsatile transitional flow crossing a severe real stenosis located right in front of the bifurcation between the right subclavian and right common carotid arteries. The simulation allows one to determine relevant features of this subject-specific flow, such as the pressure waves in the right subclavian and right common carotid arteries. We explain the subclavian steal syndrome suffered by the patient in terms of the drastic pressure drop in the right subclavian artery...
March 25, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
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