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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544968/clinical-usefulness-of-videocapillaroscopy-and-selected-endothelial-cell-activation-markers-in-people-with-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-complicated-by-microangiopathy
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Anna Kuryliszyn-Moskal, Wieslaw Zarzycki, Artur Dubicki, Diana Moskal, Bozena Kosztyła-Hojna, Anna Hryniewicz
PURPOSE: Microvascular abnormalities are one of the most important causes of persistent diabetic complications. The aim of our study was to compare microvascular changes examined by nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) examination with serum concentrations of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), soluble thrombomodulin (sTM) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) in people with Type 1 diabetes with and without microangiopathy. MATERIAL/METHODS: The study included 106 people with Type 1 diabetes and 40 healthy controls...
May 22, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544062/clinical-outcomes-of-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-for-elderly-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#2
Yuji Teraoka, Tomoki Kimura, Hiroshi Aikata, Kana Daijo, Mitsutaka Osawa, Fumi Honda, Yuki Nakamura, Kei Morio, Reona Morio, Masahiro Hatooka, Tomoki Kobayashi, Takashi Nakahara, Eisuke Murakami, Yuko Nagaoki, Tomokazu Kawaoka, Masataka Tsuge, Akira Hiramatsu, Michio Imamura, Yoshiiku Kawakami, Yasushi Nagata, Kazuaki Chayama
BACKGROUND/AIM: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in elderly patients. METHODS: From 2008 to 2015, 117 patients with HCC (≦3 nodules, ≦30 mm in diameter, Child-Pugh score ≦7, no vascular or extracellular metastasis) were treated with SBRT at our hospital. We evaluated overall survival (OS), disease-free survival (DFS), local control, and adverse events. Patients were stratified according to age 75 years and older (elderly group, n = 54) and age younger than 75 years (young group, n = 63)...
May 20, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542926/effect-of-spironolactone-on-exercise-tolerance-and-arterial-function-in-older-adults-with-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#3
Bharathi Upadhya, William G Hundley, Peter H Brubaker, Timothy M Morgan, Kathryn P Stewart, Dalane W Kitzman
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects of an aldosterone antagonist on exercise intolerance in older adults with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). DESIGN: Randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial. SETTING: Academic medical center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. PARTICIPANTS: Older adults (N = 80, aged 71 ± 1; 80% female) with stable compensated HFpEF and controlled blood pressure (BP)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541861/trends-and-outcomes-in-the-operative-management-of-traumatic-vascular-injuries-a-comparison-of-open-versus-endovascular-approaches
#4
Bryan K Richmond, Rudy Judhan, William Sherrill, Michael Yacoub, Ali F AbuRahma, Kimball Knackstedt, Julton T Chumbe, Damayanti Samanta, Stephanie N Thompson
Controversy exists in vascular trauma regarding the best method of treatment-open versus endovascular techniques. Little has been published on this complex topic. Patients from 2005 to 2013 at a Level I trauma center with vascular injuries were identified via a prospectively trauma registry. Patient data, injury type/severity, treatment, and 30-day outcomes were obtained from the trauma registry and the chart review. Adverse events (limb loss, major disability, and death) were outcomes of interest. Univariate analysis and multivariate logistic regression were used to identify predictors of adverse events...
May 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541748/comorbidity-profiles-and-their-effect-on-treatment-selection-and-survival-among-patients-with-lung-cancer
#5
Michael K Gould, Corrine E Munoz-Plaza, Erin E Hahn, Janet S Lee, Carly Parry, Ernest Shen
RATIONALE: Prior work has shown that the comorbidity burden is high among lung cancer patients, but patterns of comorbid conditions have not been systematically identified. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to identify distinct comorbidity profiles in a large sample of lung cancer cases, and to examine the effect of comorbidity profiles on treatment and survival. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, we used latent class analysis (LCA) to identify comorbidity profiles (or classes) in a population-based sample of 6,662 patients with bronchogenic carcinoma diagnosed between 2008 and 2013...
May 25, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540771/identifying-therapeutic-targets-for-alzheimer-s-disease-with-big-data
#6
Nilüfer Ertekin-Taner
Nilüfer Ertekin-Taner is a Professor of Neuroscience and Neurology at the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, USA. A neurogeneticist and board-certified behavioral neurologist, she received her medical degree from Hacettepe University Medical School in Ankara, Turkey and her doctorate degree in Molecular Neuroscience from Mayo Graduate School. She completed her residency training in the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester (MN, USA) and fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville...
April 2017: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538649/attenuation-of-hemorrhage-associated-lung-injury-by-adjuvant-treatment-with-c23-an-oligopeptide-derived-from-cold-inducible-rna-binding-protein-cirp
#7
Fangming Zhang, Weng-Lang Yang, Max Brenner, Ping Wang
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic shock (HS) is an important cause of mortality. HS is associated with an elevated incidence of acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), significantly contributing to HS morbidity and mortality. Cold-inducible RNA-binding protein (CIRP) is released into the circulation during HS and can cause lung injury. C23 is a CIRP-derived oligopeptide that binds with high affinity to the CIRP receptor and inhibits CIRP-induced phagocyte secretion of TNF-α...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538087/total-brain-and-hippocampal-volumes-and-cognition-in-older-american-indians-the-strong-heart-study
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Brenna Cholerton, Adam Omidpanah, Tara M Madhyastha, Thomas J Grabowski, Astrid M Suchy-Dicey, Dean K Shibata, Lonnie A Nelson, Steven P Verney, Barbara V Howard, William T Longstreth, Thomas J Montine, Dedra Buchwald
BACKGROUND: Estimates of hippocampal volume by magnetic resonance imaging have clinical and cognitive correlations and can assist in early Alzheimer disease diagnosis. However, little is known about the relationship between global or regional brain volumes and cognitive test performance in American Indians. MATERIALS AND METHODS: American Indian participants (N=698; median age, 72 y) recruited for the Cerebrovascular Disease and its Consequences in American Indians study, an ancillary study of the Strong Heart Study cohort, were enrolled...
April 2017: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537664/study-on-the-expression-of-toll-like-receptor-4-and-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-their-clinical-significance
#9
Y Zhang, H-J Ni, H-S Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the expression of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and their clinical significance. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Paracancerous tissues from 48 patients with lung squamous cell carcinoma harvested during pulmonary lobectomy were studied. Twenty-four cases of COPD were chosen as the observation group and 24 cases of non-COPD as the control group. The degree of lung inflammation was observed; the ratio of the thickness of the wall to the external diameter of the pulmonary arterioles (WT%), and the ratio of the area of the wall to that of the pulmonary arterioles (WA%) were calculated...
May 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537037/abdominal-paragangliomas-a-quantitative-prognostic-score-as-predictive-factor-of-the-feasibility-of-the-laparoscopic-approach
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Giovanni Alemanno, Carlo Bergamini, Riccardo Somigli, Paolo Prosperi, Alessandro Bruscino, Andrea Valeri
The gold standard treatment for abdominal paraganglioma is the complete surgical excision. The surgical approach may be either open or laparoscopic. The aim of this study is to identify clinical-pathological predictive factors for the failure of the laparoscopic approach in the treatment of abdominal paragangliomas, with the aim of reducing the rate of conversion to the open technique. A retrospective review was conducted on the medical records of patients who underwent laparoscopic surgery for suspected abdominal paraganglioma...
May 23, 2017: Updates in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535510/heat-shock-protein-a12b-protects-vascular-endothelial-cells-against-sepsis-induced-acute-lung-injury-in-mice
#11
Yi Chen, Lei Wang, Qiuxiang Kang, Xu Zhang, Guifang Yu, Xiaojian Wan, Jiafeng Wang, Keming Zhu
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary endothelial injury is a critical process in the pathogenesis of acute lung injury (ALI) during sepsis. Heat shock protein A12B (HSPA12B) is mainly expressed in endothelial cells and protects against several harmful factors. However, the effects of HSPA12B in sepsis-induced ALI and its potential mechanisms of action remain unclear. METHODS: For in vivo experiments, C57BL/6 mice were randomly divided into four groups (n=15): a sham operation group, a cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) group, a HSPA12B siRNA-CLP group and a negative control (NC) siRNA-CLP group...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534318/association-between-inflammatory-skin-disease-and-cardiovascular-and-cerebrovascular-co-morbidities-in-us-adults-analysis-of-nationwide-inpatient-sample-data
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Michael C Kwa, Jonathan I Silverberg
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis, atopic dermatitis or eczema (AD-E), pemphigus, bullous pemphigoid (BP), and hidradenitis are chronic inflammatory skin disorders associated with systemic immune activation, considerable symptom burden, stigma, functional disturbances, and mental health symptoms. All of these might increase cardiovascular risk. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine whether these inflammatory skin diseases are associated with increased cardiovascular/cerebrovascular risk and/or disease...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533972/characterisation-of-false-positive-observations-in-botanical-surveys
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Quentin J Groom, Sarah J Whild
Errors in botanical surveying are a common problem. The presence of a species is easily overlooked, leading to false-absences; while misidentifications and other mistakes lead to false-positive observations. While it is common knowledge that these errors occur, there are few data that can be used to quantify and describe these errors. Here we characterise false-positive errors for a controlled set of surveys conducted as part of a field identification test of botanical skill. Surveys were conducted at sites with a verified list of vascular plant species...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533703/differential-expression-of-vegfr2-protein-in-her2-positive-primary-human-breast-cancer-potential-relevance-to-anti-angiogenic-therapies
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Aejaz Nasir, Timothy R Holzer, Mia Chen, Michael Z Man, Andrew E Schade
BACKGROUND: Clinically relevant predictive biomarkers to tailor anti-angiogenic therapies to breast cancer (BRC) patient subpopulations are an unmet need. METHODS: We analyzed tumor vascular density and VEGFR2 protein expression in various subsets of primary human BRCs (186 females; Mean age: 59 years; range 33-88 years), using a tissue microarray. Discrete VEGFR2+ and CD34+ tumor vessels were manually scored in invasive ductal, lobular, mixed ductal-lobular and colloid (N = 139, 22, 18, 7) BRC cores...
2017: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533166/risk-factors-for-30-day-mortality-in-patients-with-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-bloodstream-infections
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Pedro Ayau, Ana C Bardossy, Guillermo Sanchez, Ricardo Ortiz, Daniela Moreno, Pamela Hartman, Khulood Rizvi, Tyler C Prentiss, Mary B Perri, Meredith Mahan, Vanthida Huang, Katherine Reyes, Marcus J Zervos
OBJECTIVES: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) blood stream infections (BSI) are a major health care problem accounting for a large percentage of nosocomial infections. The aim of this study was to identify risk factors associated with 30-day mortality in patients with MRSA BSI. METHODS: This was a retrospective study performed in Southeast Michigan. Over a 9- year period, total of 1,168 patients were identified with MRSA BSI. Patient demographics and clinical data were retrieved and evaluated using electronic medical health records...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532917/novel-anatomical-classification-of-spontaneous-thalamic-hemorrhage-classified-by-vascular-territory-of-thalamus
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Shinichiro Teramoto, Takuji Yamamoto, Yasuaki Nakao, Mitsuya Watanabe
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous thalamic hemorrhage has increased in incidence in recent years. The characteristics of thalamic hemorrhage were analyzed based on the vascular territories of the thalamus. METHODS: Retrospective analysis included 303 consecutive patients with spontaneous thalamic hemorrhage. Thalamic hemorrhage was classified into four types: anterior type (supplied mainly by the tuberothalamic artery), medial (mainly paramedian thalamic-subthalamic artery), lateral (mainly thalamogeniculate artery), and posterior (mainly posterior choroidal artery)...
May 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532698/validation-of-the-mayo-clinic-staging-system-in-determining-prognoses-of-patients-with-perihilar-cholangiocarcinoma
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Robert J S Coelen, Marcia P Gaspersz, Tim A Labeur, Jeroen L A van Vugt, Susan van Dieren, François E J A Willemssen, Chung Y Nio, Jan N M IJzermans, Heinz-Josef Klümpen, Bas Groot Koerkamp, Thomas M van Gulik
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Most systems for staging perihilar cholangiocarcinoma (PHC) have been developed for the minority of patients with resectable disease. The recently developed Mayo Clinic system for staging PHC requires only clinical and radiological variables, but has not yet been validated. We performed a retrospective study to validate the Mayo Clinic staging system. METHODS: We identified consecutive patients with suspected PHC evaluated and treated at 2 tertiary centers in The Netherlands, from January 2002 through December 2014...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530451/effect-of-high-volume-injection-platelet-rich-plasma-and-sham-treatment-in-chronic-midportion-achilles-tendinopathy-a-randomized-double-blinded-prospective-study
#18
Anders Ploug Boesen, Rudi Hansen, Morten Ilum Boesen, Peter Malliaras, Henning Langberg
BACKGROUND: Injection therapies are often considered alongside exercise for chronic midportion Achilles tendinopathy (AT), although evidence of their efficacy is sparse. PURPOSE: To determine whether eccentric training in combination with high-volume injection (HVI) or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections improves outcomes in AT. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial; Level of evidence, 1. METHODS: A total of 60 men (age, 18-59 years) with chronic (>3 months) AT were included and followed for 6 months (n = 57)...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529308/assessing-the-thrombotic-risk-of-patients-with-essential-thrombocythemia-in-the-genomic-era
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REVIEW
L Falchi, H M Kantarjian, S Verstovsek
The molecular characterization of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN), including essential thrombocythemia (ET), has enabled deeper understanding of their pathogenesis. A driver lesion, namely, Janus kinase (JAK)2V617F, calreticulin (CALR) or myeloproliferative leukemia (MPL) gene mutation can be identified in the vast majority of patients. Each of these mutations is associated with distinct clinical features and may modulate the patients' clinical course, risk of complications, including vascular events, and survival...
May 22, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529196/the-usage-of-mock-oral-examinations-for-program-improvement
#20
Shari L Meyerson, Stuart Lipnick, Edward Hollinger
OBJECTIVE: Mock oral examinations are often used to prepare residents for the American Board of Surgery certifying examination. Another potential use of these examinations is to identify programmatic weaknesses. Results from a multi-institutional mock oral examination were evaluated to determine if specific areas of weakness within each of the participating programs could be identified to facilitate program development. DESIGN: A mock oral examination was administered annually consisting of 3 examination rooms per resident with 3 cases in each room...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
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