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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166466/neurological-complications-of-solid-organ-transplantation
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José Luiz Pedroso, Lívia Almeida Dutra, Pedro Braga-Neto, Agessandro Abrahao, João Brainer Clares de Andrade, Gabriel Lopes da Silva, Laila Almeida Viana, José Osmar Medina Pestana, Orlando G Barsottini
Solid organ transplantation is a significant development in the treatment of chronic kidney, liver, heart and lung diseases. This therapeutic approach has increased patient survival and improved quality of life. New surgical techniques and immunosuppressive drugs have been developed to achieve better outcomes. However, the variety of neurological complications following solid organ transplantation is broad and carries prognostic significance. Patients may have involvement of the central or peripheral nervous system due to multiple causes that can vary depending on time of onset after the surgical procedure, the transplanted organ, and the intensity and type of immunosuppressive therapy...
October 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166367/smoke-free-policies-in-the-world-s-50-busiest-airports-august-2017
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Michael A Tynan, Elizabeth Reimels, Jennifer Tucker, Brian A King
Exposure to secondhand smoke from burning tobacco products causes premature death and disease, including coronary heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer among nonsmoking adults and sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, exacerbated asthma, respiratory symptoms, and decreased lung function in children (1,2). The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke (1). Previous CDC reports on airport smoke-free policies found that most large-hub airports in the United States prohibit smoking (3); however, the extent of smoke-free policies at airports globally has not been assessed...
November 24, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164467/solid-fuel-use-for-cooking-and-its-health-effects-on-the-elderly-in-rural-china
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Jin Liu, Bingdong Hou, Xiao-Wei Ma, Hua Liao
Indoor air pollution is mainly caused by solid fuel use for cooking in developing countries. Many previous studies focused on its health risks on the children and in specific local area. This paper investigates household energy usage and transition for cooking in rural China and the health effects on the elderly. A national large-scale dataset CHARLS (China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study) covering 450 villages and communities is employed. Logit regressions were used to quantitatively estimate the effects, after controlling for some factors such as income, demographic, and geographical variables...
November 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164429/red-blood-cell-distribution-width-as-a-related-factor-of-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis
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Jiuliang Zhao, Hongnan Mo, Xiaoxiao Guo, Qian Wang, Dong Xu, Yong Hou, Zhuang Tian, Yongtai Liu, Hui Wang, Jinzhi Lai, Mengtao Li, Xiaofeng Zeng
The aim of this study was to investigate the utility of red blood cell distribution width (RDW) as a simple and readily available marker of occurrence of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). One hundred and forty-five consecutive patients with SSc were recruited to the single-center cross-sectional study. Demographic characteristics, hematological parameters, Modified Rodnan Skin Score, and World Health Organization functional classification were determined. Diagnosis of PAH was based on screening by echocardiography and was confirmed by right heart catheterization...
November 21, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163695/ouabain-targets-the-na-k-atpase-%C3%AE-3-isoform-to-inhibit-cancer-cell-proliferation-and-induce-apoptosis
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Yijun Xiao, Chen Meng, Jie Lin, Chaoqun Huang, Xiuli Zhang, Yanyu Long, Yide Huang, Yao Lin
Ouabain has been used for the treatment of heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Its potential anticancer effect has also attracted great interest. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the anticancer effect of ouabain and investigate its molecular target. The effects of ouabain on the viability of and induction of cellular death on OS-RC-2 renal cancer cells were examined using the MTT assay and acridine orange/ethidium bromide staining. The levels of Ca(2+) and reactive oxygen species were determined using Fura-3-acetoxymethyl ester and dichloro-dihydro-fluorescein diacetate probes, respectively...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162679/safety-of-peritoneal-dialysis-after-nonrenal-solid-organ-transplantation
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Anne Buffet, Sonia Guillouët, Thierry Lobbedez, Maxence Ficheux, Antoine Lanot, Clemence Bechade
BACKGROUND: End-stage renal disease is a well-known complication after solid-organ transplantation, mostly as a result of calcineurin-inhibitor therapy. Among recipients of solid-organ transplants other than kidneys, peritoneal dialysis (PD) has been considered an accessory technique as an increased risk of infectious complications has been reported. The aim of our study was to evaluate the outcome of patients with a liver, heart, or lung transplant who underwent PD for replacement therapy...
November 21, 2017: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162279/clinical-decision-support-of-radiotherapy-treatment-planning-a-data-driven-machine-learning-strategy-for-patient-specific-dosimetric-decision-making
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Gilmer Valdes, Charles B Simone, Josephine Chen, Alexander Lin, Sue S Yom, Adam J Pattison, Colin M Carpenter, Timothy D Solberg
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Clinical decision support systems are a growing class of tools with the potential to impact healthcare. This study investigates the construction of a decision support system through which clinicians can efficiently identify which previously approved historical treatment plans are achievable for a new patient to aid in selection of therapy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Treatment data were collected for early-stage lung and postoperative oropharyngeal cancers treated using photon (lung and head and neck) and proton (head and neck) radiotherapy...
November 18, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161284/lung-and-heart-lung-transplantation-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Manuel López-Meseguer, Carlos A Quezada, Maria A Ramon, María Lázaro, Laura Dos, Antonio Lara, Raquel López, Isabel Blanco, Pilar Escribano, Antonio Roman
BACKGROUND: Real use of lung (LT) and heart-lung (HLT) transplantation in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is unknown. The objectives were to describe the indication of these procedures on PAH treatment in a national cohort of PAH patients, and to analyze the potential improvement of its indication in severe patients. METHODS: Eligibility for LT/HLT was assessed for each deceased patient. Incident patients from REHAP diagnosed between January 2007 and March 2015 and considered eligible for LT/HLT were grouped as follows: those who finally underwent transplantation (LTP) and those who died (D-Non-LT)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159011/proton-therapy-for-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-a-three-case-series-describing-the-clinical-and-dosimetric-advantages-of-proton-based-therapy
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Howard Lee, Jing Zeng, Stephen R Bowen, Ramesh Rengan
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a malignancy of the pleural cavity that typically presents at an advanced stage. Due to its large, circumferential clinical target volume (CTV) and proximity to major structures, including the heart and contralateral lung, delivering hemithoracic intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) with photon therapy to achieve loco-regional control following macroscopic complete resection is challenging. Intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) has been shown to be a method for achieving higher therapeutic doses while limiting exposure to organs at risk (OARs), but patient outcomes after treatment have yet to be reported...
September 20, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159005/field-specific-intensity-modulated-proton-therapy-optimization-technique-for-breast-cancer-patients-with-tissue-expanders-containing-metal-ports
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Maura Kirk, Gary Freedman, Thorsten Ostrander, Lei Dong
This report aims to propose and present an evaluation of a robust pencil beam scanning proton multi-field optimized treatment planning technique for postmastectomy radiation of breast cancer patients with implanted tissue expanders containing an internal metal port. Field-specific split targets were created for optimization to prevent spots from traveling through the metal port, while providing uniform coverage of the target with the use of a multi-field intensity modulated optimization approach. Two beam angles were strategically selected to provide complementary target coverage and plan robustness...
September 18, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157219/a-new-multiple-trauma-model-of-the-mouse
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Stefanie Fitschen-Oestern, Sebastian Lippross, Tim Klueter, Matthias Weuster, Deike Varoga, Mersedeh Tohidnezhad, Thomas Pufe, Stefan Rose-John, Hagen Andruszkow, Frank Hildebrand, Nadine Steubesand, Andreas Seekamp, Claudia Neunaber
BACKGROUND: Blunt trauma is the most frequent mechanism of injury in multiple trauma, commonly resulting from road traffic collisions or falls. Two of the most frequent injuries in patients with multiple trauma are chest trauma and extremity fracture. Several trauma mouse models combine chest trauma and head injury, but no trauma mouse model to date includes the combination of long bone fractures and chest trauma. Outcome is essentially determined by the combination of these injuries...
November 21, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155486/toxic-stress-and-child-refugees
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John S Murray
The purpose of this article was to describe the phenomenon of toxic stress and its impact on the physical and mental health of child refugees. Almost two decades ago, researchers found that recurring adverse childhood events (ACEs; e.g., physical, psychological, and sexual abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction such as substance abuse, mental illness, and criminal behavior) were associated with a significant increase in serious illnesses during adulthood. Illnesses include heart, lung, and liver disease, cancer, and bone fractures...
November 20, 2017: Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing: JSPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154433/cardiac-muscle-wasting-in-individuals-with-cancer-cachexia
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Anush Barkhudaryan, Nadja Scherbakov, Jochen Springer, Wolfram Doehner
AIMS: Cachexia is a severe complication of cancer that adversely affects the course of the disease and is associated with high rates of mortality. Patients with cancer manifest symptoms, such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and impaired exercise tolerance, which are clinical signs of chronic heart failure. The aim of this study was to evaluate cardiac muscle wasting in cancer individuals. METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrospectively analysed 177 individuals who died of cancer, including 58 lung, 60 pancreatic, and 59 gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, and 42 cancer-free controls who died of other, non-cardiovascular reasons...
November 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153808/redo-robotic-endoscopic-beating-heart-coronary-bypass-tecab-after-previous-tecab
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Sarah Nisivaco, Mackenzie McCrorey, Dorothy Krienbring, Brooke Patel, Sudhir Srivastava, Husam H Balkhy
Redo-totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass (TECAB) after previous TECAB to our knowledge has never been reported in the literature. We present a case report of a 65-year-old gentleman who underwent a second beating-heart TECAB with the right internal mammary artery (IMA) to the obtuse marginal branch, following previous TECAB (left IMA-diagonal/left anterior descending). An extensive experience in robotic coronary operation and anastomotic devices contributed to the successful outcome in this patient. We conclude that prior TECAB is not a contraindication to redo-TECAB as long as an IMA conduit is available and left lung adhesions are not prohibitive...
December 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153757/-pulmonary-tumor-thrombotic-microangiopathy
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REVIEW
M Merad, A Alibay, S Ammari, S Antoun, A Bouguerba, S Ayed, F Vincent
Pulmonary tumor thrombotic microangiopathy syndrome is a rare clinicopathological entity in which tumor cell micro-emboli in the pulmonary microcirculation induced thrombotic microangiopathy. This can cause respiratory failure, and acute or sub-acute right heart failure. Histological features include micro tumor emboli in the small arteries and arterioles of the lung associated with thrombus formation and fibro-cellular and fibro-muscular intimal proliferation. The diagnosis is however extremely difficult to make before death...
November 16, 2017: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153200/adrenomedullin-as-a-biomarker-of-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Toshio Nishikimi, Yasuaki Nakagawa
Adrenomedullin (AM) is a vasodilatory peptide originally discovered in human pheochromocytoma tissue. Although AM is highly expressed in the adrenal glands, heart, lungs, and kidneys, vascular endothelium and smooth muscle are thought to be the main source of plasma AM. The AM precursor is processed to AM-glycine, which is then converted to AM-mature through C-terminal amidation. In this process, mid-regional pro-adrenomedullin (MR-proAM) is also produced. Plasma AM, AM-mature, AM-glycine, and MR-proAM levels are all higher in patients with heart failure than healthy subjects in proportional to the disease severity...
January 2018: Heart Failure Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153067/-detection-of-influenza-virus-infections-by-molecular-and-immunofluorescence-methods
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Deniz Yıldırım, Deniz Özdoğru Sağdıç, Buket Şeflek, Mehmet Çimentepe, İbrahim Bayram, Fügen Yarkın
Influenza virus infections are extremely important for human health due to the occurence of seasonal epidemics and pandemics worldwide. Influenza is associated with high morbidity and may result in serious complications such as life threatening viral or bacterial pneumonia. Especially, young children, older adults, patients with chronic diseases such as heart, lung, kidney, and diabetes and immunosuppressed people are at higher risk for complications and death from influenza virus infections. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence of influenza type A and B virus infections and influenza A virus subtypes in hospitalized patients with respiratory tract infections by real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR, Sacace, Italy), conventional RT-PCR and direct immunofluorescence antibody (DFA, Argene SA, France) tests...
October 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151559/-effects-of-education-about-action-plans-according-to-self-monitoring-on-self-management-adherence-knowledge-symptom-control-and-quality-of-life-among-adult-asthma-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
Ja Yun Choi, Young Ran Kweon
PURPOSE: This study was conducted to identify the effects of education regarding action plans according to a self-monitoring program on self-management adherence, knowledge, symptom control, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among adults with asthma. METHODS: Thirty-four patients were randomly assigned to the intervention group and thirty-two to the control group in this study. A tailored 50-minute intervention based on the contents of self-monitoring and action plans developed by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute was provided to the intervention group...
October 2017: Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151383/spontaneous-ventricular-thrombosis-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Stella Pak, Juan Linares, Yan Yatsynovich, David Cha, Dexter Nye, Diana Kaminski, Jillian Costello
Inflammatory bowel disease is closely associated with an increased risk for thrombotic events. Thrombosis mostly occurs in the extremities, lungs, and liver; but it can also occur in the ventricles of the heart. The primary goal of this article is to increase awareness of the risk for ventricular thrombosis in this patient population among healthcare professionals and, thus, appropriate prompt use of thromboprophylaxis therapy for these patients during acute flare-ups. Early diagnosis and intervention are critical for ventricular thrombosis to prevent systemic embolisation of the thrombus...
November 20, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151278/tetrahydrobiopterin-bh4-targeting-endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase-as-a-potential-therapy-for-pulmonary-hypertension
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Bahaa N Francis, Maram Salameh, Rola Khamisy-Farah, Raymond Farah
PURPOSE: Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is complex disease which is associated with endothelial and cardiac dysfunction. Tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4 ) regulates endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) to produce nitric oxide rather than superoxide which maintains normal endothelial and cardiac function. This study explores the therapeutic potential of BH4 in experimental PH. METHODS: Monocrotaline-induced PH in rats and Hph-1 deficiency in mice were used for animal experiments...
November 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
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