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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427068/intravitreal-steroids-in-diabetic-macular-edema
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Rosangela Lattanzio, Maria Vittoria Cicinelli, Francesco Bandello
Over the past decade, great strides have been made in the management of diabetic macular edema (DME). Therapeutic alternatives now include focal/grid laser photocoagulation, vitreo-retinal surgery, and intraocular injection of anti-angiogenic and steroid molecules. Intravitreal administration of steroids represents a fundamental alternative for recalcitrant and naive eyes with DME, especially in those cases when anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents are contraindicated or a treatment regimen with fewer intravitreal injections is required...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427059/the-burden-of-diabetes-emerging-data
#2
Paola Maffi, Antonio Secchi
In recent times, the global prevalence of diabetes has increased substantially, reaching 8.3% in 2014, which corresponds to 387 million patients. Studies in Europe and USA have shown increased incidence of type 1 Diabetes (T1D) over time at a rate of 3-5% per year. Another most worrying feature of the rapid increase of diabetes is the emergence of type 2 Diabetes (T2D) in children, adolescents, and young adults. The well-known behavioral risks factors and epigenetic mechanisms recently observed require an integrated approach to prevent T2D...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427050/expression-of-high-mobility-group-protein-b1-in-cardiac-tissue-of-elderly-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-with-or-without-inflammatory-rheumatic-disease
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Mei Bruton, Ivana Hollan, Julie Xiao, Eva Lindroos, Knut Mikkelsen, Stein E Rynning, Kjell Saatvedt, Sven M Almdahl, Helena E Harris, Ingrid E Lundberg, Cecilia Wick
BACKGROUND: It is known from clinical practice and observational studies that elderly patients with a diagnosis of inflammatory rheumatic diseases (IRD) bear a significantly increased risk for cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart failure. The molecular mechanism, however, is still not known. Recently, high mobility group protein B1 (HMGB1), a ubiquitous, highly conserved single polypeptide expressed in all mammal eukaryotic cells, has been identified to mediate myocardial dysfunction in vitro once released from the nuclei of cardiomyocytes...
April 21, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426913/body-mass-index-weight-loss-and-cause-specific-mortality-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#4
Bryant R England, Joshua F Baker, Harlan Sayles, Kaleb Michaud, Liron Caplan, Lisa A Davis, Grant W Cannon, Brian C Sauer, E Blair Solow, Andreas M Reimold, Gail S Kerr, Ted R Mikuls
OBJECTIVES: To examine associations of body mass index (BMI) and weight loss with cause-specific mortality in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: A cohort of U.S. Veterans with RA were followed until death or through 2013. BMI was categorized as underweight, normal, overweight, and obese. Weight loss was calculated as the: 1) annualized rate of change over the preceding 13 months and 2) cumulative percent. Vital status and cause of death were obtained from the National Death Index...
April 20, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426835/outcomes-from-a-cohort-of-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury-subjected-to-continuous-venovenous-hemodiafiltration-the-role-of-negative-fluid-balance
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Thais Oliveira Claizoni Dos Santos, Marisa Aparecida de Souza Oliveira, Julio Cesar Martins Monte, Marcelo Costa Batista, Virgilio Gonçalves Pereira Junior, Bento Fortunato Cardoso Dos Santos, Oscar Fernando Pavão Santos, Marcelino de Souza Durão Junior
BACKGROUND: Several factors influence the outcomes in acute kidney injury (AKI), especially in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. In this scenario, continuous renal replacement therapies (CRRT) are used to control metabolic derangements and blood volume. Knowing this fact, it may be possible to change the course of the disease and decrease the high mortality rate observed. Thus, we aimed to evaluate the main risk factors for death in AKI patients needing CRRT. RESULTS: This was a prospective, observational cohort study of ICU patients (N = 183) with AKI who underwent continuous venovenous hemodiafiltration (CVVHDF) as their initial dialysis modality choice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426793/prevalence-of-cardiovascular-medication-on-secondary-prevention-after-myocardial-infarction-in-china-between-1995-2015-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#6
Min Zhao, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Xin Wang, Johannes B Reitsma, Dong Zhao, Diederick E Grobbee, Ian Graham, Ilonca Vaartjes
BACKGROUND: Myocardial Infarction (MI) has become a major cause of morbidity and mortality in China, but little is known about the prevalence of guideline-recommended cardiovascular medications after MI events over the last two decades. This systematic review and meta-analysis aims to summarize cardiovascular medication use between 1995-2015 and to assess factors in associated with the trends in cardiovascular medications. METHOD: A systematic search was conducted in four databases (Pubmed, Embase, CENTRAL, and CNKI) to obtain observational studies published between 1995 and 2015, reporting on the use of cardiovascular medications in China...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426788/association-between-hemoglobin-glycation-index-with-insulin-resistance-and-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-non-diabetic-individuals
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Maria Adelaide Marini, Teresa Vanessa Fiorentino, Elena Succurro, Elisabetta Pedace, Francesco Andreozzi, Angela Sciacqua, Francesco Perticone, Giorgio Sesti
Hemoglobin glycation index (HGI), defined as the difference between the observed HbA1c value and the value of HbA1c predicted from plasma glucose levels, represents a measure of the degree of non-enzymatic glycation of hemoglobin and it has been found to be positively associated with micro- and macro-vascular complications in subjects with type 2 diabetes. To investigate the pathophysiological abnormalities responsible for the increased cardiovascular risk of patients with higher HGI, we evaluated the association of HGI with cardio-metabolic characteristics in nondiabetic offspring of type 2 diabetic individuals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426714/a-genetic-risk-score-for-cad-psychological-stress-and-their-interaction-as-predictors-of-cad-fatal-mi-non-fatal-mi-and-cardiovascular-death
#8
Thomas Svensson, Mariusz Kitlinski, Gunnar Engström, Olle Melander
BACKGROUND: Psychological stress is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), but the mechanism by which stress is associated with CVD is not entirely understood. Although genetic factors are implied in both stress responsivity and cardiovascular reactivity, no studies to date have investigated their interactions with stress for cardiovascular end points. The objective was to elucidate the association and interactions between a genetic risk score (GRS), individual genetic variants and stress for three cardiovascular end points: coronary artery disease (CAD), fatal myocardial infarction (MI), non-fatal MI, and cardiovascular death...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426694/prediction-of-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-mortality-in-a-nationally-representative-cohort-using-a-set-of-risk-factors-from-pooled-cohort-risk-equations
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Zefeng Zhang, Cathleen Gillespie, Barbara Bowman, Quanhe Yang
The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association developed Pooled Cohort equations to estimate atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk. It is unclear how well the equations predict ASCVD mortality in a nationally representative cohort. We used the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1988-1994 and Linked Mortality through 2006 (n = 6,644). Among participants aged 40-79 years without ASCVD at baseline, we used Cox proportional hazard models to estimate the 10-year probability of ASCVD death by sex and race-ethnicity (non-Hispanic white (NHW), non-Hispanic black (NHB) and Mexican American (MA))...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426638/decreased-central-nervous-system-grey-matter-volume-gmv-in-smokers-affects-cognitive-abilities-a-systematic-review
#10
Martina Vňuková, Radek Ptáček, Jiří Raboch, George B Stefano
Although cigarette smoking is a leading cause of preventable mortality, tobacco is consumed by approximately 22% of the adult population worldwide. Smoking is also a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, affects brain processing, and is a recognized risk factor for Alzheimer disease (AD). Tobacco toxins (e.g., nicotine at high levels) inhaled in smoke may cause disorders resulting in preclinical brain changes. Researchers suggest that there are differences in brain volume between smokers and non-smokers. This review examines these differences in brain grey matter volume (GMV)...
April 20, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426619/committee-opinion-no-698-hormone-therapy-in-primary-ovarian-insufficiency
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Primary ovarian insufficiency describes a spectrum of declining ovarian function and reduced fecundity due to a premature decrease in initial follicle number, an increase in follicle destruction, or poor follicular response to gonadotropins. The sequelae of primary ovarian insufficiency include vasomotor symptoms, urogenital atrophy, osteoporosis and fracture, cardiovascular disease, and increased all-cause mortality. In women with primary ovarian insufficiency, systemic hormone therapy (HT) is an effective approach to treat the symptoms of hypoestrogenism and mitigate long-term health risks if there are no contraindications to treatment...
May 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426617/clinical-updates-in-women-s-health-care-summary-arrhythmias-primary-and-preventive-care-review
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Brittany S Fuller, Michele D Voeltz
Obstetrician-gynecologists often are the sole providers of health care to female patients. Because cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States, obstetrician- gynecologists must be aware of the risk factors, symptoms, and signs of cardiovascular disease and arrhythmia. Furthermore, they must be prepared to identify and treat common types of arrhythmia in this population and refer patients to cardiology for specialized care. Understanding the role of pregnancy among women with arrhythmia is critically important to optimize both maternal and fetal outcomes...
May 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426614/committee-opinion-no-698-summary-hormone-therapy-in-primary-ovarian-insufficiency
#13
(no author information available yet)
Primary ovarian insufficiency describes a spectrum of declining ovarian function and reduced fecundity due to a premature decrease in initial follicle number, an increase in follicle destruction, or poor follicular response to gonadotropins. The sequelae of primary ovarian insufficiency include vasomotor symptoms, urogenital atrophy, osteoporosis and fracture, cardiovascular disease, and increased all-cause mortality. In women with primary ovarian insufficiency, systemic hormone therapy (HT) is an effective approach to treat the symptoms of hypoestrogenism and mitigate long-term health risks if there are no contraindications to treatment...
May 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426535/frailty-in-hiv-infected-people-a-new-risk-factor-for-bone-mineral-density-loss
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Sylvie Bregigeon, Anne Galinier, Olivia Zaegel-Faucher, Carla E Cano, Véronique Obry, Hélène Laroche, Sophie Trijau, Armelle Saout, Isabelle Poizot-Martin
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to assess the association between bone mineral density (BMD) and frailty in a cohort of HIV-infected patients. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study in an HIV outpatient unit where nearly 1,000 patients are monitored. METHODS: Subjects undergoing bone densitometry were proposed an evaluation of frailty using criteria of the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS) and the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF). Frailty markers (FM) were weight-loss, self-reported exhaustion, physical activity, grip strength, chair stands, and slow gait...
April 19, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426523/increasing-hdl-c-levels-with-medication-current-perspectives
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Roelof Aj Smit, J Wouter Jukema, Stella Trompet
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To date, observational studies have repeatedly demonstrated an inverse association between HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) levels and cardiovascular outcomes. Although the efficacy of established HDL-modifying treatment strategies have been examined in multiple large-scale phase III trials, findings from these experimental studies conflict with the hypothesis that HDL-C levels are atheroprotective. In this review, we describe the trial evidence to date, and attempt to place these results in the broader context of recent hypotheses for the association between HDL-C levels and clinical outcomes...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426445/small-dense-ldl-an-update
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Philipp A Gerber, Dragana Nikolic, Manfredi Rizzo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this review, we summarize the latest findings on small, dense LDL (sdLDL) atherogenic particles, including their associations with other biomarkers. RECENT FINDINGS: Increased sdLDL levels have been reported not only in different metabolic disorders such as diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome, but also in patients with rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis as well as hypothyroidism. A wide range of lipid-lowering, as well as other drug classes, including novel antidiabetic agents and nutraceuticals, exert favourable effects on these atherogenic particles...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426439/high-mortality-among-patients-with-opioid-use-disorder-in-a-large-healthcare-system
#17
Yih-Ing Hser, Larissa J Mooney, Andrew J Saxon, Karen Miotto, Douglas S Bell, Yuhui Zhu, Di Liang, David Huang
OBJECTIVES: Elevated mortality has been observed among individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) treated in addiction specialty clinics or programs. Information about OUD patients in general healthcare settings is needed in light of the current effort to integrate addiction services into primary healthcare systems. This study examined mortality rates, causes of death, and associated risk factors among patients with OUD in a large general healthcare system. METHODS: Mortality data were linked with electronic health records of 2576 OUD patients cared for in a large university health system from 2006 to 2014...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426428/vascular-calcification-the-role-of-micrornas
#18
Stelina Alkagiet, Konstantinos Tziomalos
Vascular calcification represents the deposition of calcium phosphate salts in the tunica media of the vascular wall. It occurs during aging but is accelerated and pronounced in patients with diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease (CKD) and established cardiovascular disease. Due to the loss of elasticity of the vessel wall, vascular calcification might result in left ventricular hypertrophy and compromise coronary perfusion. Accordingly, several studies showed that vascular calcification is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality...
April 20, 2017: Biomolecular Concepts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426138/incremental-burden-of-cardiovascular-comorbidity-and-psoriatic-arthritis-among-adults-with-moderate-to-severe-psoriasis-in-five-european-countries
#19
M Augustin, J Vietri, H Tian, I Gilloteau
BACKGROUND: Moderate-to-severe psoriasis is associated with reduced health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Individuals with psoriasis are at increased risk for other medical conditions, but little information quantifies the incremental burden of psoriasis-associated comorbidity among European adults, and data have generally been limited to clinical samples. OBJECTIVE: To quantify the incremental burden of cardiovascular comorbidity and psoriatic arthritis among adults with moderate-to-severe psoriasis in the general population of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom (EU5)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425767/chronic-total-coronary-occlusion-treatment-results
#20
Martin Kirk Christensen, Phillip Fischer Freeman, Jeppe Groendal Rasmussen, Anton Boel Villadsen, Bent Raungaard, Svend Eggert Jensen, Leif Thuesen
OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical and procedural coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) treatment results in a Nordic PCI centre during the implementation of a CTO treatment program. DESIGN: In a retrospective registry study, we assessed; (1) indication for the procedure, (2) Canadian Cardiovascular Society angina pectoris score (CCS)/New York Heart Association (NYHA) heart failure score, (3) lesion complexity and (4) adverse events during hospital stay and three months following the index procedure...
April 20, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
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