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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303931/the-development-of-novel-lta4h-modulators-to-selectively-target-ltb4-generation
#1
Caroline M Low, Samia Akthar, Dhiren F Patel, Stephan Löser, Chi-Tung Wong, Patricia L Jackson, J Edwin Blalock, Stephen A Hare, Clare M Lloyd, Robert J Snelgrove
The pro-inflammatory mediator leukotriene B4 (LTB4) is implicated in the pathologies of an array of diseases and thus represents an attractive therapeutic target. The enzyme leukotriene A4 hydrolase (LTA4H) catalyses the distal step in LTB4 synthesis and hence inhibitors of this enzyme have been actively pursued. Despite potent LTA4H inhibitors entering clinical trials all have failed to show efficacy. We recently identified a secondary anti-inflammatory role for LTA4H in degrading the neutrophil chemoattractant Pro-Gly-Pro (PGP) and rationalized that the failure of conventional LTA4H inhibitors may be that they inadvertently prevented PGP degradation...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300528/functional-near-tricuspid-atresia-in-a-patient-with-absent-pulmonary-valve-and-an-intact-ventricular-septum
#2
Yasunobu Miki, Toshikatsu Tanaka, Yoshihiro Oshima
Absent pulmonary valve with an intact ventricular septum is a rare malformation. We report a case of absent pulmonary valve and intact ventricular septum with functional near-tricuspid atresia caused by pulmonary regurgitation. Initial palliation with main pulmonary artery ligation and bilateral pulmonary artery banding was performed at 1 day of age. More antegrade flow across the tricuspid valve was recognised postoperatively, resulting in a successful right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction by a hand-sewn bileaflet polytetrafluoroethylene valve and modified Blalock-Taussig shunt at 11 days of age...
August 30, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281413/percutaneous-closure-of-multiple-ventricular-septal-defects-simultaneous-use-of-muscular-ventricular-septal-defect-device-and-multi-fenestrated-septal-occluder-cribriform-to-close-residual-ventricular-septal-defects-after-complex-cardiac-surgery-in-a-child
#3
Shreesha S Maiya, Smruti V Patel, Chinnaswamy Reddy, Suresh V Pujar
A male child, with d-transposition of great arteries, a large perimembranous ventricular septal defect, multiple additional ventricular septal defects, small muscle-bound right ventricle, and severe pulmonary stenosis with confluent, moderate-sized branch pulmonary arteries, underwent an emergency right modified Blalock-Taussig shunt on day 15 of life and réparation à l'étageventriculaire procedure with ventricular septal defect closure with takedown of the Blalock-Taussig shunt at 2.5 years of age. On follow-up, he showed a moderate residual upper ventricular septal defect and multiple apical ventricular septal defects, mild mid-right pulmonary artery stenosis, free pulmonary regurgitation, and right ventricular dysfunction...
January 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274521/cavopulmonary-anastomosis-during-same-hospitalization-as-stage-1-norwood-hybrid-palliative-surgery
#4
Sachin D Tadphale, Xinyu Tang, Nahed O ElHassan, Brandon Beam, Parthak Prodhan
BACKGROUND: Limited literature has examined characteristics of infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) who remain hospitalized during the interstage period. We described their epidemiologic characteristics, in-hospital outcomes, and identified risk factors that predict the need for superior cavopulmonary anastomosis (SCPA) during the same hospitalization. METHODS: This retrospective multicenter database analysis included infants with HLHS who underwent stage 1 palliation from 2004 through 2013...
March 5, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268644/tunable-somatosensory-stimulation-for-selective-sleep-restriction-studies-in-rodents
#5
Dillon M Huffman, Kendra E Staggs, Farid Yaghouby, Anuj Agarwal, Bruce F O'Hara, Kevin D Donohue, Eric M Blalock, Sridhar Sunderam
Many methods for sleep restriction in rodents have emerged, but most are intrusive, lack fine control, and induce stress. Therefore, a versatile, non-intrusive means of sleep restriction that can alter sleep in a controlled manner could be of great value in sleep research. In previous work, we proposed a novel system for closed-loop somatosensory stimulation based on mechanical vibration and applied it to the task of restricting Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep in mice [1]. While this system was effective, it was a crude prototype and did not allow precise control over the amplitude and frequency of stimulation applied to the animal...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226824/tunable-somatosensory-stimulation-for-selective-sleep-restriction-studies-in-rodents
#6
Dillon M Huffman, Kendra E Staggs, Farid Yaghouby, Anuj Agarwal, Bruce F O'Hara, Kevin D Donohue, Eric M Blalock, Sridhar Sunderam, Dillon M Huffman, Kendra E Staggs, Farid Yaghouby, Anuj Agarwal, Bruce F O'Hara, Kevin D Donohue, Eric M Blalock, Sridhar Sunderam, Eric M Blalock, Bruce F O'Hara, Kevin D Donohue, Kendra E Staggs, Sridhar Sunderam, Anuj Agarwal, Dillon M Huffman, Farid Yaghouby
Many methods for sleep restriction in rodents have emerged, but most are intrusive, lack fine control, and induce stress. Therefore, a versatile, non-intrusive means of sleep restriction that can alter sleep in a controlled manner could be of great value in sleep research. In previous work, we proposed a novel system for closed-loop somatosensory stimulation based on mechanical vibration and applied it to the task of restricting Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep in mice [1]. While this system was effective, it was a crude prototype and did not allow precise control over the amplitude and frequency of stimulation applied to the animal...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164248/medication-risk-communication-in-rheumatology-where-are-we-and-where-do-we-go-from-here
#7
REVIEW
Susan J Blalock
This paper reviews findings from recent research examining issues related to the risk communication process within the context of rheumatologic conditions. Five specific questions are addressed. First, to what extent do patients with rheumatic disorders exhibit adequate knowledge relevant to disease and medication risks and risk management? Second, what sources do patients use when attempting to find information about disease and medication risks and risk management? Third, what types of information about disease and medication risks and risk management do rheumatologists provide during routine office visits...
February 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163422/transcatheter-pulmonary-valve-perforation-using-chronic-total-occlusion-wire-in-pulmonary-atresia-with-intact-ventricular-septum
#8
Shweta Bakhru, Shilpa Marathe, Manish Saxena, Sudeep Verma, Rajan Saileela, Tapan K Dash, Nageswara Rao Koneti
BACKGROUND: Perforation of pulmonary valve using radiofrequency ablation in pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum (PA IVS) is a treatment of choice. However, significant cost of the equipment limits its utility, especially in the developing economies. OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of perforation of pulmonary valve using chronic total occlusion (CTO) wires in patients with PA IVS as an alternative to radiofrequency ablation...
January 2017: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154913/right-ventricle-to-pulmonary-artery-shunt-in-pulmonary-atresia-with-a-ventricular-septal-defect-a-word-of-caution
#9
Kwang Ho Choi, Si Chan Sung, Hyungtae Kim, Hyoung Doo Lee, Gil Ho Ban, Geena Kim, Hoon Ko
The management of pulmonary atresia with a ventricular septal defect (PA/VSD) depends on the anatomy of the pulmonary artery or on the surgical strategy used at individual institutions. In our institution, we adopted a right ventricle-to-pulmonary artery (RV-PA) shunt in 2011 as a palliative procedure for PA/VSD to overcome the disadvantages of a Blalock-Taussig shunt. We evaluated the results of the RV-PA shunt as initial palliative surgery for PA/VSD. Thirteen patients with ductus-dependent PA/VSD from August 2011 to August 2015 were enrolled...
February 3, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146206/case-1-2017-percutaneous-repair-of-right-atrioventricular-valve-insufficiency-and-blalock-taussig-shunt-after-fontan-operation-in-single-ventricle
#10
Edmar Atik, Renata Sá Cassar, Raul Arrieta
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118786/mathematical-analysis-and-physical-profile-of-blalock-taussig-shunt-and-sano-modification-procedure-in-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
#11
Efrain Riveros Perez, Ricardo Riveros
The first stage of surgical treatment for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) includes the creation of artificial systemic-to-pulmonary connections to provide pulmonary blood flow. The modified Blalock-Taussig (mBT) shunt has been the technique of choice for this procedure; however, a right ventricle-pulmonary artery (RV-PA) shunt has been introduced into clinical practice with encouraging but still conflicting outcomes when compared with the mBT shunt. The aim of this study is to explore mathematical modeling as a tool for describing physical profiles that could assist the surgical team in predicting complications related to stenosis and malfunction of grafts in an attempt to find correlations with clinical outcomes from clinical studies that compared both surgical techniques and to assist the anesthesiologist in making decisions to manage patients with this complex cardiac anatomy...
January 1, 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007072/tetralogy-surgery-back-to-baltimore-70-years-later-melbourne-heritage-and-group-tribute-to-juan-comas
#12
REVIEW
George E Sarris
Surgery for Tetralogy of Fallot progressed rapidly from the palliative arterio-pulmonary Blalock-Taussig shunt, introduced in Baltimore 70 years ago, to the "classic" complete transventricular repair technique, with which excellent early results were achieved soon thereafter. However, as duration of follow-up increased, so did the awareness of development of troubling late complications, including severe pulmonary insufficiency, right ventricular dilatation and dysfunction, and tricuspid valve insufficiency, all contributing to increasing incidence of late reoperations, as well as to arrhythmias and sudden death...
January 2017: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Annual
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939495/development-and-impact-of-arrhythmias-after-the-norwood-procedure-a-report-from-the-pediatric-heart-network
#13
Matthew E Oster, Shan Chen, Nicholas Dagincourt, Yaniv Bar-Cohen, Matthew Brothers, Nicole Cain, Steven D Colan, Richard J Czosek, Jamie A Decker, David G Gamboa, Salim F Idriss, Joel A Kirsh, Martin J LaPage, Richard G Ohye, Elizabeth Radojewski, Maully Shah, Eric S Silver, Anoop K Singh, Joel D Temple, John Triedman, Jonathan R Kaltman
OBJECTIVES: The study objective was to determine the predictors of new-onset arrhythmia among infants with single-ventricle anomalies during the post-Norwood hospitalization and the association of those arrhythmias with postoperative outcomes (ventilator time and length of stay) and interstage mortality. METHODS: After excluding patients with preoperative arrhythmias, we used data from the Pediatric Heart Network Single Ventricle Reconstruction Trial to identify risk factors for tachyarrhythmias (atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, supraventricular tachycardia, junctional ectopic tachycardia, and ventricular tachycardia) and atrioventricular block (second or third degree) among 544 eligible patients...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916461/glaucoma-patient-provider-communication-about-vision-quality-of-life
#14
Betsy Sleath, Robyn Sayner, Michelle Vitko, Delesha M Carpenter, Susan J Blalock, Kelly W Muir, Annette L Giangiacomo, Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, Alan L Robin
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to: (a) describe the extent to which ophthalmologists and glaucoma patients discuss vision quality-of-life during office visits, and (b) examine the association between patient and ophthalmologist characteristics and provider-patient communication about vision quality-of-life. METHODS: Patients with glaucoma who were newly prescribed or on glaucoma medications were recruited at six ophthalmology clinics. Patients' visits were video-tape recorded and quality-of-life communication variables were coded...
November 22, 2016: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911957/tristetraprolin-down-regulation-contributes-to-persistent-tnf-alpha-expression-induced-by-cigarette-smoke-extract-through-a-post-transcriptional-mechanism
#15
Xue-Ke Zhao, Pulin Che, Ming-Liang Cheng, Quan Zhang, Mao Mu, Hong Li, Yuan Luo, Yue-Dong Liang, Xin-Hua Luo, Chang-Qing Gao, Patricia L Jackson, J Michael Wells, Yong Zhou, Meng Hu, Guoqiang Cai, Victor J Thannickal, Chad Steele, J Edwin Blalock, Xiaosi Han, Ching-Yi Chen, Qiang Ding
RATIONALE: Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) is a potent pro-inflammatory mediator and its expression is up-regulated in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Tristetraprolin (TTP) is implicated in regulation of TNF-α expression; however, whether TTP is involved in cigarette smoke-induced TNF-α expression has not been determined. METHODS: TTP expression was examined by western blot analysis in murine alveolar macrophages and alveolar epithelial cells challenged without or with cigarette smoke extract (CSE)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908945/norwood-procedure-for-palliation-of-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-right-ventricle-to-pulmonary-artery-conduit-vs-modified-blalock-taussig-shunt
#16
Dorothy M Beke
Patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome undergo a series of operations to separate the pulmonary and systemic circulations. The first of at least 3 operations occurs in the newborn period, with a stage I palliation. The goal of stage I palliation is to provide pulmonary blood flow and create an unobstructed systemic outflow tract. Advances in surgical techniques and intraoperative and postoperative care have helped decrease morbidity and mortality for patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome who have the stage I Norwood operation, but the patients continue to be at increased risk for hemodynamic collapse and adverse outcomes...
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879470/incidence-and-management-of-thrombotic-and-thromboembolic-complications-following-the-norwood-procedure
#17
Arnav Agarwal, Mohammed Firdouse, Nishaan Brar, Andy Yang, Panos Lambiris, Anthony K Chan, Tapas K Mondal
BACKGROUND: The stage 1 Norwood procedure and its variants represent the first step of palliation for hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Although appropriate postoperative thromboprophylaxis is integral, significant variance remains across institutional practices. The purpose of this systematic review is to estimate the incidence of thrombosis and thromboembolism following the Norwood or modified Blalock-Taussig shunt procedure and examine current thromboprophylaxis regimens. METHODS: Ovid MEDLINE and Embase were searched from January 2000 to June 2016 for primary studies explicitly reporting incidence of thrombosis, thromboembolism (strokes and pulmonary embolisms), or shunt occlusion in neonates, infants, and children undergoing the Norwood procedure or any variant...
January 1, 2016: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866675/hemodynamics-of-patient-specific-aorta-pulmonary-shunt-configurations
#18
Senol Piskin, H Firat Altin, Okan Yildiz, Ihsan Bakir, Kerem Pekkan
Optimal hemodynamics in aorta-pulmonary shunt reconstruction is essential for improved post-operative recovery of the newborn congenital heart disease patient. However, prior to in vivo execution, the prediction of post-operative hemodynamics is extremely challenging due to the interplay of multiple confounding physiological factors. It is hypothesized that the post-operative performance of the surgical shunt can be predicted through computational blood flow simulations that consider patient size, shunt configuration, cardiac output and the complex three-dimensional disease anatomy...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27850482/844-shunt-thrombosis-rates-in-modified-blalock-taussig-and-central-shunts-does-the-heparin-dose-matter
#19
Steve Martin, Nigel Rozario, Immanuel Turner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843510/medication-related-self-management-behaviors-among-arthritis-patients-does-attentional-coping-style-matter
#20
Lorie L Geryk, Susan J Blalock, Robert F DeVellis, Joanne M Jordan, Paul K J Han, Delesha M Carpenter
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the attentional coping styles (monitoring and blunting) of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) patients and: (a) receipt of medication information; (b) receipt of conflicting medication information; (c) ambiguity aversion; (d) medication-related discussions with doctors and spouse/partners; and (e) medication adherence. METHOD: A sample of 328 adults with a self-reported diagnosis of arthritis (RA n=159; OA n=149) completed an Internet-based survey...
2016: Open Rheumatology Journal
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