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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738421/cardiovascular-disease-among-transgender-adults-receiving-hormone-therapy-a-narrative-review
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Carl G Streed, Omar Harfouch, Francoise Marvel, Roger S Blumenthal, Seth S Martin, Monica Mukherjee
Recent reports estimate that 0.6% of adults in the United States, or approximately 1.4 million persons, identify as transgender. Despite gains in rights and media attention, the reality is that transgender persons experience health disparities, and a dearth of research and evidence-based guidelines remains regarding their specific health needs. The lack of research to characterize cardiovascular disease (CVD) and CVD risk factors in transgender populations receiving cross-sex hormone therapy (CSHT) limits appropriate primary and specialty care...
July 25, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684296/a-systematic-investigation-of-navigation-impairment-in-chronic-stroke-patients-evidence-for-three-distinct-types
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Michiel H G Claessen, Johanna M A Visser-Meily, Tobias Meilinger, Albert Postma, Nicolien K de Rooij, Ineke J M van der Ham
OBJECTIVE: In a recent systematic review, Claessen and van der Ham (2017) have analyzed the types of navigation impairment in the single-case study literature. Three dissociable types related to landmarks, locations, and paths were identified. This recent model as well as previous models of navigation impairment have never been verified in a systematic manner. The aim of the current study was thus to investigate the prevalence of landmark-based, location-based, and path-based navigation impairment in a large sample of stroke patients...
July 3, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683542/feasibility-and-applicability-of-static-vascular-outline-roadmapping-during-tavi
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Navid Madershahian, Carolyn Weber, Payman Majd, Tanja Rudolph, Elmar Kuhn, Maximilian Scherner, Yeong-Hoon Choi, Kaveh Eghbalzadeh, Volker Rudolph, Cherif Sahyoun, Thorsten Wahlers
BACKGROUND: We investigated the application and feasibility of a novel software tool designed for the visualization of the aortic root during transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The final positioning of the device prior deployment remains the most critical phase during TAVI. METHODS: Philips "Vascular Outlining" prototype application was used during balloon expandable Edwards Lifesciences SapienXT valve deployment. It processes any angiographic sequences, extracting the static outline of vessels and projecting the two- dimensional vessel margins as a roadmap on live fluoroscopy...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683504/initial-experience-with-the-transapical-access-for-tevar
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Andreas H Mahnken, Marc Irqsusi, Walter Hundt, Rainer G Moosdorf
Background The endovascular approach has become a mainstay in the treatment of aortic aneurysms. While the transfemoral approach is most commonly used, it is often inaccessible due to a vascular pathology, such as occlusion, tortuosity or heavy calcifications. The transapical access provides an alternative approach. The goal of this study is to report the feasibility of the transapical approach for total endovascular repair of thoracic aortic aneurysms (TEVAR). Methods Three patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms with inaccessible femoral arteries underwent TEVAR via the transapical approach...
August 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674431/9-cis-retinoic-acid-induces-neurorepair-in-stroke-brain
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Seong-Jin Yu, Mikko Airavaara, Kuo-Jen Wu, Brandon K Harvey, H S Liu, Yihong Yang, Alex Zacharek, Jieli Chen, Yun Wang
The purpose of this study was to examine the neurorestorative effect of delayed 9 cis retinoic acid (9cRA) treatment for stroke. Adult male rats received a 90-min right distal middle cerebral artery occlusion (dMCAo). Animals were separated into two groups with similar infarction sizes, based on magnetic resonance imaging on day 2 after dMCAo. 9cRA or vehicle was given via an intranasal route daily starting from day 3. Stroke rats receiving 9cRA post-treatment showed an increase in brain 9cRA levels and greater recovery in motor function...
July 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650892/the-2017-hormone-therapy-position-statement-of-the-north-american-menopause-society
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The 2017 Hormone Therapy Position Statement of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) updates the 2012 Hormone Therapy Position Statement of The North American Menopause Society and identifies future research needs. An Advisory Panel of clinicians and researchers expert in the field of women's health and menopause was recruited by NAMS to review the 2012 Position Statement, evaluate new literature, assess the evidence, and reach consensus on recommendations, using the level of evidence to identify the strength of recommendations and the quality of the evidence...
June 22, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650869/the-2017-hormone-therapy-position-statement-of-the-north-american-menopause-society
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The 2017 Hormone Therapy Position Statement of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) updates the 2012 Hormone Therapy Position Statement of The North American Menopause Society and identifies future research needs. An Advisory Panel of clinicians and researchers expert in the field of women's health and menopause was recruited by NAMS to review the 2012 Position Statement, evaluate new literature, assess the evidence, and reach consensus on recommendations, using the level of evidence to identify the strength of recommendations and the quality of the evidence...
July 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626058/risk-of-stroke-with-various-types-of-menopausal-hormone-therapies-a-national-cohort-study
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Ellen Løkkegaard, Lars Hougaard Nielsen, Niels Keiding
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Double-blind randomized studies on the effects of oral postmenopausal hormone therapies were stopped mainly because of increased risk of stroke. We aimed to assess the risk of all strokes and various subtypes associated with hormone therapy and explore the influence of regimens and routes of administration. METHODS: A national historical cohort of women aged 51 to 70 years from 1995 to 2010 was established by linking 5 Danish registries. The National Registry of Medicinal Product Statistics provided information on hormone therapy exposure and the National Patient or Cause of Death Registries supplied data regarding stroke diagnoses (ischemic/hemorrhagic/subarachnoid hemorrhage)...
June 16, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548223/cannabis-smoking-and-cardiovascular-health-it-s-complicated
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REVIEW
M R Piano
Many states have legalized cannabis use for treatment of certain medical conditions or have legalized cannabis for recreational use. Consequently, cannabis use prevalence has escalated, giving rise to concerns about potential health effects. Cannabis smoking remains the most prevalent route of administration and is associated with inhalation of chemical toxicants. The aim of this article is to summarize the effects of cannabis smoking on the vasculature and occurrence of cardiovascular (CV) events such as myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke...
August 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539998/correlation-between-cannabidiol-induced-reduction-of-infarct-volume-and-inflammatory-factors-expression-in-ischemic-stroke-model
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Sepideh Khaksar, Mohammad Reza Bigdeli
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies demonstrated that cannabidiol had neuroprotective property. There is some evidence about effective role of cannabidiol in reduction of ischemic damages. It has been reported that infarct size is influenced by various factors after MCAO, including inflammatory factors. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of cannabidiol on infarction volume and correlation of infarct size with tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 (TNFR1), and nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) expression...
March 2017: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512358/delayed-epidural-transplantation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-neural-progenitors-enhances-functional-recovery-after-stroke
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I-Hui Lee, Shiang-Suo Huang, Ching-Yu Chuang, Ko-Hsun Liao, Li-Hsin Chang, Chia-Chi Chuang, Yu-Shih Su, Hung-Jui Lin, Jui-Yu Hsieh, Shu-Han Su, Oscar Kuang-Sheng Lee, Hung-Chih Kuo
Induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural progenitor cells (iPSC-NPCs) are a promising source of tailor-made cell therapy for neurological diseases. However, major obstacles to clinical use still exist. To circumvent complications related to intracerebral administration, we implanted human iPSC-NPCs epidurally over the peri-infarct cortex 7 days after permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion in adult rats. Compared to controls, cell-treated rats showed significant improvements in paretic forelimb usage and grip strength from 10 days post-transplantation (dpt) onwards, as well as reductions in lesion volumes, inflammatory infiltration and astrogliosis at 21 dpt...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509626/custom-compounded-bioidentical-hormone-therapy-why-so-popular-despite-potential-harm-the-case-against-routine-use
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M L'Hermite
Wide rejection of conventional hormone therapy (HT) after the initial publication of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) led to unjustified use of custom-compounded bioidentical hormones. In the USA, it became an unregulated drug manufacturer industry in disguise, without proper control and making false claims and misleading advertisements. Manufacturing quality is not ensured. Unspecific harm from compounding has occurred on a large scale, such as deaths from infected products and end-stage renal failure plus carcinoma due to confusion between different Chinese herbs...
June 2017: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499988/melanocortin-neurons-multiple-routes-to-regulation-of-metabolism
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REVIEW
Wen-Jie Shen, Ting Yao, Xingxing Kong, Kevin W Williams, Tiemin Liu
The burden of disability, premature death, escalating health care costs and lost economic productivity due to obesity and its associated complications including hypertension, stroke, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes is staggering [1,2]. A better understanding of metabolic homeostatic pathways will provide us with insights into the biological mechanisms of obesity and how to fundamentally address this epidemic [3-6]. In mammals, energy balance is maintained via a homeostatic system involving both peripheral and central melanocortin systems; changes in body weight reflect an unbalance of the energetic state [7-9]...
May 9, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485255/a-system-based-intervention-to-improve-access-to-hyperacute-stroke-care
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Richard H Swartz, Elizabeth Linkewich, Shelley Sharp, Jacqueline Willems, Chris Olynyk, Nicola Tahair, Megan L Cayley, Mark T Bayley
BACKGROUND: Hyperacute stroke is a time-sensitive emergency for which outcomes improve with faster treatment. When stroke systems are accessed via emergency medical services (EMS), patients are routed to hyperacute stroke centres and are treated faster. But over a third of patients with strokes do not come to the hospital by EMS, and may inadvertently arrive at centres that do not provide acute stroke services. We developed and studied the impact of protocols to quickly identify and move "walk-in" patients from non-hyperacute hospitals to regional stroke centres (RSCs)...
May 9, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439917/impact-of-right-and-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-on-perioperative-outcome-and-long-term-survival-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Daniel P Griese, Sebastian Kerber, Sebastian Barth, Anno Diegeler, Jörg Babin-Ebell, Wilko Reents
BACKGROUND: Aim of the study was to determine the impact of right- and left-ventricular systolic dysfunction on perioperative outcome and long-term survival after TAVR. METHODS: Study population consisted of 702 TAVRs between 2009 and 2014, 345 by TF, 357 by TA route. RV and LV function were determined by TAPSE and LVEF measurement during baseline echocardiography. Patients were divided according to TAPSE (>18 mm/14-18 mm/<14 mm) and LVEF (>50%/30-50%/<30%) tertiles...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436294/overexpression-of-vla-4-in-glial-restricted-precursors-enhances-their-endothelial-docking-and-induces-diapedesis-in-a-mouse-stroke-model
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Anna Jablonska, Daniel J Shea, Suyi Cao, Jeff Wm Bulte, Miroslaw Janowski, Konstantinos Konstantopoulos, Piotr Walczak
The loss of oligodendrocytes after stroke is one of the major causes of secondary injury. Glial-restricted progenitors (GRPs) have remylenating potential after intraparenchymal cerebral transplantation. The intraarterial (IA) injection route is an attractive gateway for global brain delivery, but, after IA infusion, naive GRPs fail to bind to the cerebral vasculature. The aim of this study was to test whether overexpression of Very Late Antigen-4 (VLA-4) increases endothelial docking and cerebral homing of GRPs in a stroke model...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433509/transcutaneous-aortic-valve-implantation-using-the-carotid-artery-access-feasibility-and-clinical-outcomes
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Zacharenia Kallinikou, Alexandre Berger, Patrick Ruchat, Gregory Khatchatourov, Isabelle Fleisch, Branislav Korkodelovic, Emmanuel Henchoz, René-Andréas Marti, Stéphane Cook, Mario Togni, Jean-Jacques Goy
BACKGROUND: Transcarotid access is an alternative route for transcutaneous aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in patients with impossible transfemoral access. AIMS: We evaluated the safety, effectiveness and early and late clinical outcomes of CoreValve(®) implantation via the common carotid artery. METHODS: Eighteen patients (10 men, 8 women; mean age 84±5 years) at high surgical risk (mean EuroSCORE II 16±13%) with significant peripheral artery disease underwent TAVI via common carotid artery access under general anaesthesia...
June 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421043/outlining-core-pathways-of-amyloid-toxicity-in-bacteria-with-the-repa-wh1-prionoid
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Laura Molina-García, María Moreno-Del Álamo, Pedro Botias, Zaira Martín-Moldes, María Fernández, Alicia Sánchez-Gorostiaga, Aída Alonso-Del Valle, Juan Nogales, Jesús García-Cantalejo, Rafael Giraldo
The synthetic bacterial prionoid RepA-WH1 causes a vertically transmissible amyloid proteinopathy in Escherichia coli that inhibits growth and eventually kills the cells. Recent in vitro studies show that RepA-WH1 builds pores through model lipid membranes, suggesting a possible mechanism for bacterial cell death. By comparing acutely (A31V) and mildly (ΔN37) cytotoxic mutant variants of the protein, we report here that RepA-WH1(A31V) expression decreases the intracellular osmotic pressure and compromise bacterial viability under either aerobic or anaerobic conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392840/elucidation-of-exosome-migration-across-the-blood-brain-barrier-model-in-vitro
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Claire C Chen, Linan Liu, Fengxia Ma, Chi W Wong, Xuning E Guo, Jenu V Chacko, Henry P Farhoodi, Shirley X Zhang, Jan Zimak, Aude Ségaliny, Milad Riazifar, Victor Pham, Michelle A Digman, Egest J Pone, Weian Zhao
The delivery of therapeutics to the central nervous system (CNS) remains a major challenge in part due to the presence of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Recently, cell-derived vesicles, particularly exosomes, have emerged as an attractive vehicle for targeting drugs to the brain, but whether or how they cross the BBB remains unclear. Here, we investigated the interactions between exosomes and brain microvascular endothelial cells (BMECs) in vitro under conditions that mimic the healthy and inflamed BBB in vivo...
December 2016: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369303/transaortic-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-as-a-first-line-choice-or-as-a-last-resort-an-analysis-based-on-the-route-registry
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Nikolaos Bonaros, Rainer Petzina, Riccardo Cocchieri, Dariusz Jagielak, Marco Aiello, Joel Lapeze, Mika Laine, Sidney Chocron, Douglas Muir, Walter Eichinger, Matthias Thielmann, Louis Labrousse, Vinayak Bapat, Kjell Arne Rein, Jean-Philippe Verhoye, Gino Gerosa, Hardy Baumbach, Markus Kofler, Peter Bramlage, Cornelia Deutsch, Martin Thoenes, Derk Frank, Mauro Romano
OBJECTIVES: Transaortic transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAo-TAVI) is a recently developed alternative to transapical (TA) or transfemoral (TF) TAVI. We aimed to analyse the effectiveness and safety of TAo-TAVI as a first line approach and to compare it to patients receiving TAo-TAVI as a last resort, which is current practice. METHODS: ROUTE is a prospective, multicentre registry to assess the clinical outcomes of TAo-TAVI. Patients without contraindications for TA- and TF-TAVI (TAo-first) were compared to patients with contraindications for both of these access routes (TAo-last)...
May 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
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