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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815407/efficacy-and-safety-of-the-early-use-of-v2-receptor-antagonists-in-elderly-patients-with-decompensated-heart-failure
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Ryuichi Matsukawa, Toru Kubota, Masanori Okabe, Yusuke Yamamoto, Hiroshi Meno
We recently reported that the early initiation of tolvaptan in congestive heart failure shortened the hospital stay and reduced the rate of in-hospital death. However, whether or not these results apply to elderly patients with congestive heart failure is unclear. We performed a sub-analysis of our previous study. Among the 102 patients in that study, we retrospectively analyzed the elderly patients >75 years of age treated with tolvaptan. First, we analyzed the efficacy of early tolvaptan use in these patients...
August 16, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813495/establishing-failure-predictors-for-the-planned-extubation-of-overweight-and-obese-patients
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Chien-Ming Chao, Chih-Cheng Lai, Ai-Chin Cheng, Shyh-Ren Chiang, Wei-Lun Liu, Chung-Han Ho, Shu-Chen Hsing, Chin-Ming Chen, Kuo-Chen Cheng
We investigated failure predictors for the planned extubation of overweight (body mass index [BMI] = 25.0-29.9) and obese (BMI ≥ 30) patients. All patients admitted to the adult intensive care unit (ICU) of a tertiary hospital in Taiwan were identified. They had all undergone endotracheal intubation for > 48 h and were candidates for extubation. During the study, 595 patients (overweight = 458 [77%]); obese = 137 [23%]) with planned extubation after weaning were included in the analysis; extubation failed in 34 patients (5...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810635/curcumin-protects-against-acute-renal-injury-by-suppressing-jak2-stat3-pathway-in-severe-acute-pancreatitis-in-rats
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Shuaijun Zhu, Chi Zhang, Qinyong Weng, Bing Ye
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of curcumin on acute renal injury in a rat model of severe acute pancreatitis (SAP). A SAP model with acute kidney injury was established in rats by retrograde injection of 5% sodium taurocholate into the pancreatic duct. The serum amylase, creatinine (Cr) and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) levels in rats were measured. Hematoxylin and eosin staining was used to assess pancreatic and renal histological changes. Serum tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and interleukin (IL)-6 levels were measured using ELISA kits...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808364/the-effect-of-furosemide-on-the-level-of-neutrophil-gelatinase-associated-lipocalin-in-critically-hospitalized-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury
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Hadi Hamishehkar, Sarvin Sanaie, Vahid Fattahi, Mehran Mesgari, Ata Mahmoodpoor
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Oliguric acute kidney injury (AKI), commonly attributed to a more severe degree of renal injury, is associated with poorer prognosis than nonoliguric form. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of furosemide therapy on kidney function and on the level of neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) in critically hospitalized patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this randomized controlled trial, 106 ICU patients with AKI were assigned into furosemide and control groups...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805489/atorvastatin-attenuates-experimental-contrast-induced-acute-kidney-injury-a-role-for-tlr4-myd88-signaling-pathway
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Rongzheng Yue, Chuan Zuo, Jing Zeng, Baihai Su, Ye Tao, Songmin Huang, Rui Zeng
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the protective effect of different atorvastatin doses on contrast-induced acute kidney injury and the related mechanism. METHODS: Healthy male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into the blank control group, experimental control group and different-dose atorvastatin groups. A rat model of contrast-induced acute kidney injury was established. We detected changes in serum creatinine (Scr) and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) before and after model establishment, observed and scored renal tubular injury, analyzed rat renal cell apoptosis, and measure the expression of signal pathway proteins and downstream inflammatory factors...
November 2017: Renal Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805234/prognostic-factors-for-mortality-due-to-pneumonia-among-adults-from-different-age-groups-in-singapore-and-mortality-predictions-based-on-psi-and-curb-65
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Zoe Xz Zhang, Yang Yong, Wan C Tan, Liang Shen, Han Seong Ng, Kok Yong Fong
INTRODUCTION: Pneumonia is associated with considerable mortality. However, the information on age-specific prognostic factors for death from pneumonia is limited. METHODS: Patients hospitalised with a diagnosis of pneumonia through the emergency department were stratified into three age groups: 18-64 years; 65-84 years; and ≥ 85 years. Multivariate logistic regression and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analyses were conducted to evaluate prognostic factors for mortality and the performance of pneumonia severity scoring tools for mortality prediction...
August 14, 2017: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804725/meprin-metalloprotease-deficiency-associated-with-higher-mortality-rates-and-more-severe-diabetic-kidney-injury-in-mice-with-stz-induced-type-1-diabetes
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John E Bylander, Faihaa Ahmed, Sabena M Conley, Jean-Marie Mwiza, Elimelda Moige Ongeri
Meprins are membrane-bound and secreted metalloproteinases consisting of α and/or β subunits that are highly expressed in kidney epithelial cells and are differentially expressed in podocytes and leukocytes (macrophages and monocytes). Several studies have implicated meprins in the progression of diabetic nephropathy (DN) and fibrosis-associated kidney disease. However, the mechanisms by which meprins modulate DN are not understood. To delineate the role of meprins in DN, we subjected meprin αβ knockout (αβKO) mice and their wild-type (WT) counterparts to streptozotocin-induced type 1 diabetes...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801775/plasticizers-and-bisphenol-a-in-packaged-foods-sold-in-the-tunisian-markets-study-of-their-acute-in-vivo-toxicity-and-their-environmental-fate
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Asma Beltifa, Anouar Feriani, Monia Machreki, Asma Ghorbel, Lakhdar Ghazouani, Giuseppa Di Bella, Joris Van Loco, Tim Reyns, Hedi Ben Mansour
Today, processed and packaged foods are considered as among the major sources of human exposure to plasticizers and bisphenol which migrate from plastic packing. In the present study, a wide range of food products sold on the Tunisian market such as grain and grain products, milk and dairy products, fats and oil, drink, fish, and sweets have been analyzed firstly in order to identify the presence of phthalates and bisphenol. Then, the identified chemical molecules were studied for their environmental fate and tested in vivo for its toxicity in mice models...
August 12, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800356/factors-associated-with-benign-paroxysmal-positional-vertigo-a-chinese-case-control-study
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Junliang Yuan, Jinsheng Dai, William A Li, Wenli Hu
BACKGROUND Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common and most successfully treated vestibular disorders. However, there is a lack of predictive factors for BPPV in clinical practice. We aimed to explore several possible predictive factors for BPPV in the Chinese population. MATERIAL AND METHODS We enrolled 240 patients with BPPV from Beijing Chaoyang Hospital between July 2013 and July 2016. Biochemical and hematological markers were obtained along with the history of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases...
August 11, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799261/serum-osmolarity-in-male-patients-with-bipolar-disorder-manic-episode
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Tevfik Kalelioglu, Nesrin Karamustafalioglu, Abdullah Genc, Murat Kocabiyik
Imbalance of water and electrolyte homeostasis has been suggested to be associated with the acute episodes of bipolar disorder. In this study we aimed to investigate, for the first time, the serum osmolarity in bipolar disorder manic episode. A total of 68 bipolar inpatients in manic episode and 60 age-gender matched healthy controls were included in the study. Serum osmolarity was calculated from Sodium (Na(+) ), glucose and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) according to formula of (2 × Na(+) ) + (BUN/2.8) + (Glucose/18)...
August 10, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794065/vasa-recta-pericyte-density-is-negatively-associated-with-vascular-congestion-in-the-renal-medulla-following-ischemia-reperfusion-in-rats
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G Ryan Crislip, Paul M O'Connor, Qingqing Wei, Jennifer C Sullivan
Recent evidence suggests that a greater density of pericytes in renal cadaveric allografts is associated with better recovery following transplant. The physiological mechanism(s) through which pericyte density may be beneficial is not well understood. The goal of this study was to test the hypothesis that lower medullary pericyte density is associated with greater renal injury following ischemia reperfusion (IR) in a rat model, providing a basis for future studies to better understand pericytes in a pathological environment...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793319/community-burden-and-prognostic-impact-of-reduced-kidney-function-among-patients-hospitalized-with-acute-decompensated-heart-failure-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-aric-study-community-surveillance
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Kunihiro Matsushita, Lucia Kwak, Noorie Hyun, Marina Bessel, Sunil K Agarwal, Laura R Loehr, Hanyu Ni, Patricia P Chang, Josef Coresh, Lisa M Wruck, Wayne Rosamond
BACKGROUND: Kidney dysfunction is prevalent and impacts prognosis in patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). However, most previous reports were from a single hospital, limiting their generalizability. Also, contemporary data using new equation for estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) are needed. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed data from the ARIC Community Surveillance for ADHF conducted for residents aged ≥55 years in four US communities between 2005-2011...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793292/huangqi-decoction-ameliorates-streptozotocin-induced-rat-diabetic-nephropathy-through-antioxidant-and-regulation-of-the-tgf-%C3%AE-mapk-ppar-%C3%AE-signaling
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Haiyan Han, Aili Cao, Li Wang, Hengjiang Guo, Yingjun Zang, Zezheng Li, Xuemei Zhang, Wen Peng
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Huangqi Decoction (HQD) has been traditionally used to treat diabetes mellitus in China. The present study was carried out to assess the protective effect of HQD on diabetic nephropathy (DN) using the streptozotocin-induced (STZ) diabetic rats. METHODS: Diabetes was induced by a single intraperitoneal injection of STZ (60 mg/kg) in male Wistar rats. 40 diabetic rats were divided into 5 groups: vehicle-treated (DN group), 0.45, 0.15, 0.05 g/kg HQD-treated diabetic group (HQD group) and 1 mg/kg rosiglitazone-treated diabetic group (RGZ group)...
August 9, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793037/impact-of-propofol-on-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Mengqin Su, Sueng Ren, Wei Zhong, Xueping Han
Purpose: To investigate the protective mechanisms of propofol (Pro) on renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury by studying its impact on renal I/R endoplasmic reticulum stress. Methods: Eighteen male Sprague-Dawley rats (SD rats) were randomly divided into three groups: the I/R group, the Pro pretreatment group, and the control group, and corresponding treatments were performed. The levels of serum creatinine (Cr) and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) of each group were detected...
July 2017: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792917/association-between-abcb1-gene-polymorphism-and-renal-function-in-patients-with-hypertension-a-case-control-study
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Xiaofang Chen, Tao Zhou, Deguang Yang, Jinyang Lu
BACKGROUND A previous study found that target organ damage in patients with hypertension was related to genetic factors. The aim of our study aim was to explore the association between the ABCB1 gene and renal function injury induced by hypertension. MATERIAL AND METHODS We used a case-control study design. Patients with hypertension were enrolled from our hospital between July 2015 and December 2015. Questionnaire data included personal information, life habits and behavior. Clinical data included blood routine examination and liver and renal function...
August 9, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790043/associations-between-hyponatraemia-volume-depletion-and-the-risk-of-falls-in-us-hospitalised-patients-a-case-control-study
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Elizabeth A Fehlberg, Robert J Lucero, Michael T Weaver, Anna M McDaniel, A Michelle Chandler, Phyllis A Richey, Lorraine C Mion, Ronald I Shorr
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to determine if abnormal laboratory values which may indicate volume depletion are associated with increased odds of experiencing a hospital-acquired fall. DESIGN: Matched case-control study. SETTING: Four hospitals located in the Southeast USA. PARTICIPANTS: Data from 699 adult fallers and 1189 matched controls (non-fallers) were collected via chart review from 2005 to 2010. Controls were matched to cases by nursing unit, time of fall and length of stay...
August 7, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780798/-effect-of-liangge-powder-on-expression-of-inflammatory-mediators-and-hepatic-and-renal-function-in-rats-with-sepsis
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P P Zhang, Z J Li, D Q Wang
Objective: To investigate the effect of Liangge powder on the expression of inflammatory mediators and hepatic and renal function in rats with sepsis via a preliminary analysis. Methods: A total of 195 Wistar rats were randomly divided into sham-operation group (15 rats) , model group (90 rats) , and treatment group (90 rats) using a random number table, and according to the time point after modeling, the model group and the treatment group were further divided into 24, 48, and 72 hour subgroups, with 30 rats in each subgroup...
May 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780414/chitosan-coated-pluronicf127-micelles-for-effective-delivery-of-amphotericin-b-in-experimental-visceral-leishmaniasis
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Pankaj K Singh, Vivek K Pawar, Anil K Jaiswal, Yuvraj Singh, Cheruvu Hanumanth Srikanth, Mohini Chaurasia, Himangsu K Bora, Kavit Raval, Jaya Gopal Meher, Jiaur R Gayen, Anuradha Dube, Manish K Chourasia
The goal of study was to develop micellar formulation of Amphotericin B (AmB) to improve its antileishmanial efficacy. AmB loaded pluronic F127 (PF 127) micelles were developed and coated with chitosan (Cs-PF-AmB-M) to accord immunoadjuvant and macrophage targeting properties. Hemolysis and cytotoxicity studies demonstrated that Cs-PF-AmB-M was 7.93 fold (at 20μg/ml AmB concentration) and 9.35 fold less hemolytic and cytotoxic, respectively in comparison to AmB suspension. Flow cytometry studies indicated that Cs-PF-FITC-M was 21...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777392/long-term-follow-up-of-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices-complications-and-predisposing-risk-factors
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Tolulope A Adesiyun, Rhondalyn C McLean, Ryan J Tedford, Glenn J R Whitman, Chris M Sciortino, John V Conte, Ashish S Shah, Stuart D Russell
PURPOSE: To assess LVAD complications and their overall effect on mortality and determine factors associated with development of early and long-term complications. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of patients who underwent continuous flow LVAD placement between January 1, 2000 and November 30, 2013 was performed. The incidence of complications (sepsis or bacteremia, driveline infections, gastrointestinal bleeding, pump thrombosis, cerebrovascular accidents and anemia requiring transfusion) was collected and logistic regression and Cox proportional hazards analyses were performed...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776730/effect-of-feed-deprivation-on-selected-parameters-of-lipid-mobilisation-and-hepatic-function-in-healthy-akhal-teke-horses
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B Tóth, A Auth, L Rompos, Z Bakos
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal and other systemic diseases of Equidae are often characterised by partial or complete inappetence. The catabolic processes may lead to lipid mobilisation and other metabolic disturbances. Evidence from earlier studies has revealed that during feed deprivation/inappetence, the conjugation of bilirubin is reduced causing a substantial rise of the total bilirubin and its unconjugated fraction. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesised that during feed deprivation, the serum concentration of free fatty acids (FFA), triglycerides (TG), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), total bilirubin (tBIL) total bile acids (tBA) and activity of GGT and GLDH increase, while the concentration of insulin and direct bilirubin (dBIL) decrease...
August 4, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
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