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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933440/modern-role-of-clinical-ultrasound-in-liver-abscess-and-echinococcosis
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REVIEW
Rita Barosa, João Pinto, Ana Caldeira, Eduardo Pereira
In the Western world, liver abscesses are predominantly of pyogenic origin and can present a wide range of ultrasonographic features, from a solid mass to a cystic cavity. Amoebic abscesses are endemic in tropical areas and typically round single lesions. Echinococcal cyst is diagnosed by ultrasound (US). Serology is particularly useful when pathognomonic US features are absent. Treatment is determined based on the WHO ultrasonographic classification, and puncture, aspiration, injection, re-aspiration (PAIR) is a US-guided therapeutic option...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932350/role-of-noncanonical-wnts-signaling-pathway-in-human-aortic-valve-calcification
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Isabella Albanese, Bin Yu, Hamood Al-Kindi, Bianca Barratt, Leah Ott, Mohammad Al-Refai, Benoit de Varennes, Dominique Shum-Tim, Marta Cerruti, Ophélie Gourgas, Eric Rhéaume, Jean-Claude Tardif, Adel Schwertani
OBJECTIVE: The mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of aortic valve calcification remain unclear. With accumulating evidence demonstrating that valve calcification recapitulates bone development, the crucial roles of noncanonical Wnt ligands WNT5a, WNT5b, and WNT11 in osteogenesis make them critical targets in the study of aortic valve calcification. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Using immunohistochemistry, RT-PCR, Western blotting, and tissue culture, we examined the tissue distribution of WNT5a, WNT5b, and WNT11 in noncalcified and calcified aortic valves and their effects on human aortic valve interstitial cells (HAVICs)...
December 8, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932069/quercetin-attenuates-vascular-calcification-by-inhibiting-oxidative-stress-and-mitochondrial-fission
#3
Lei Cui, Zhong Li, Xueying Chang, Guangting Cong, Lirong Hao
Vascular calcification is a strong independent predictor of increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality and has a high prevalence among patients with chronic kidney disease. The present study investigated the effects of quercetin on vascular calcification caused by oxidative stress and abnormal mitochondrial dynamics both in vitro and in vivo. Calcifying vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) treated with inorganic phosphate (Pi) exhibited mitochondrial dysfunction, as demonstrated by decreased mitochondrial potential and ATP production...
December 5, 2016: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932058/tnap-stimulates-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-trans-differentiation-into-chondrocytes-through-calcium-deposition-and-bmp-2-activation-possible-implication-in-atherosclerotic-plaque-stability
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Maya Fakhry, Monika Roszkowska, Anne Briolay, Carole Bougault, Alain Guignandon, Juan Ignacio Diaz-Hernandez, Miguel Diaz-Hernandez, Slawomir Pikula, René Buchet, Eva Hamade, Bassam Badran, Laurence Bessueille, David Magne
Atherosclerotic plaque calcification varies from early, diffuse microcalcifications to a bone-like tissue formed by endochondral ossification. Recently, a paradigm has emerged suggesting that if the bone metaplasia stabilizes the plaques, microcalcifications are harmful. Tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP), an ectoenzyme necessary for mineralization by its ability to hydrolyze inorganic pyrophosphate (PPi), is stimulated by inflammation in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Our objective was to determine the role of TNAP in trans-differentiation of VSMCs and calcification...
December 5, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931782/radiographic-presentation-of-musculoskeletal-involvement-in-werner-syndrome-adult-progeria
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A David, M Vincent, P P Arrigoni, S Barbarot, M A Pistorius, B Isidor, E Frampas
Werner syndrome (i.e., adult progeria) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations of the WRN gene, which is characterized by the premature appearance of features associated with normal aging and cancer predisposition. Patients with Werner syndrome can present with musculoskeletal complaints, associated with suggestive radiographic features with a potential prognostic or therapeutic impact. This review illustrates the main radiographic features of Werner syndrome, focusing on the musculoskeletal system, such as soft-tissue calcification, muscular atrophy, osteoporosis, foot deformities, osteitis and osteomyelitis, and bone or soft-tissues malignancies...
December 5, 2016: Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931585/resveratrol-ameliorated-vascular-calcification-by-regulating-sirt-1-and-nrf2
#6
P Zhang, Y Li, Y Du, G Li, L Wang, F Zhou
Pathologic vascular calcification is a significant reason for mortality and morbidity in patients who suffer from end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Resveratrol, a scavenger for many free radicals, is a crucial compound for biomedicine. However, the role and mechanism of resveratrol in vascular calcification is still unknown. In this study, to mimic vascular calcification in ESRD, we used β-glyceophosphate to stimulate the rat vascular smooth muscle cells (RASMCs). We investigate the therapeutic role of resveratrol pretreatment in vascular calcification...
December 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931555/risk-factor-profile-of-calcific-aortic-stenosis
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I Sathyamurthy, Shaji Alex, K Kirubakaran, G Sengottuvelu, K N Srinivasan
BACKGROUND: Calcific aortic stenosis and coronary artery disease share common risk factors. In some of the previous studies statins have been used to retard the progression of aortic stenosis, but the results were inconsistent. METHODS: One hundred and ten patients of CAS above the age of 40 years have undergone clinical, biochemical and echocardiographic evaluation. Coronary angiograms were done in 66% of them. RESULTS: Male to female ratio was 2:1...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931056/-guideline-s2k-awmf-of-the-deutsche-gesellschaft-f%C3%A3-r-pneumologie-und-beatmungsmedizin-and-the-deutsche-gesellschaft-f%C3%A3-r-arbeitsmedizin-und-umweltmedizin-diagnostics-and-expert-opinion-in-the-occupational-disease-no-4101-silicosis-including-coal-worker-s-pneumoconiosis
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X Baur, M Heger, R M Bohle, K G Hering, K Hofmann-Preiß, D Nowak, A Tannapfel, H Teschler, T Voshaar, T Kraus
During the last 1.5 years an update of the guideline on silicosis was made by an interdisciplinary working group. New medical and scientific knowledge and the experience in expert opinion practice were taken into account.By preparing the initial guideline in 2010 standardization of diagnostics and adaption of the "Moers convention" which was not based on medical knowledge was in the focus, whereas the current update deals with fine emendation and extension, especially of the compensation rate (adaption with the Reichenhall recommendation)...
December 2016: Pneumologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930910/the-neurobiology-of-zika-virus
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REVIEW
Hongda Li, Laura Saucedo-Cuevas, Sujan Shresta, Joseph G Gleeson
Zika virus (ZIVK) represents a new threat to global health, with particular relevance to neuroscientists, due to associated newborn and adult neurological disease. Consequences of vertical infection include microcephaly with brain and eye anomalies, and consequences of adult infection include Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and meningoencephalitis. Recent data suggest specific vulnerability of neural progenitors to infection, leading to cell death and brain calcification, reminiscent of other viral syndromes...
December 7, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930665/manual-versus-automated-carotid-artery-plaque-component-segmentation-in-high-and-lower-quality-3-0-tesla-mri-scans
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Loek P Smits, Diederik F van Wijk, Raphael Duivenvoorden, Dongxiang Xu, Chun Yuan, Erik S Stroes, Aart J Nederveen
PURPOSE: To study the interscan reproducibility of manual versus automated segmentation of carotid artery plaque components, and the agreement between both methods, in high and lower quality MRI scans. METHODS: 24 patients with 30-70% carotid artery stenosis were planned for 3T carotid MRI, followed by a rescan within 1 month. A multicontrast protocol (T1w,T2w, PDw and TOF sequences) was used. After co-registration and delineation of the lumen and outer wall, segmentation of plaque components (lipid-rich necrotic cores (LRNC) and calcifications) was performed both manually and automated...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930537/hypervascularity-is-more-frequent-in-medullary-thyroid-carcinoma-compared-with-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma
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Xingjian Lai, Meijuan Liu, Yu Xia, Liang Wang, Yalan Bi, Xiaoyi Li, Bo Zhang, Meng Yang, Qing Dai, Yuxin Jiang
This study was designed to retrospectively compare the sonographic features of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) and the features of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC).A total of 97 patients with 127 MTCs between January 2000 and January 2016 and 107 consecutive patients with 132 PTCs were included in this study. Two radiologists retrospectively determined the sonographic features and compared the findings of MTCs and PTCs.Compared with the patients with PTCs, the patients with MTCs were older (46.9 years vs 42...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930521/metabolic-syndrome-predicts-long-term-mortality-in-subjects-without-established-diabetes-mellitus-in-asymptomatic-korean-population-a-propensity-score-matching-analysis-from-the-korea-initiatives-on-coronary-artery-calcification-koica-registry
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Ki-Bum Won, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Donghee Han, Jidong Sung, Su-Yeon Choi
Despite the different features of diabetes mellitus (DM) in Asian populations compared with Western populations, the impact of metabolic syndrome (MetS) on long-term mortality according to DM status has not yet been elucidated in the Asian population.After performing 1:1 propensity score matching (PSM) using clinical variables including age, gender, smoking, and individual MetS components between DM and non-DM subjects from the data of the Korea Initiatives on Coronary Artery Calcification registry, mortality was evaluated according to DM and MetS in 14,956 asymptomatic Korean subjects...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930358/histological-findings-and-predictors-of-cerebral-debris-from-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-the-alster-experience
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Tobias Schmidt, Ozan Akdag, Peter Wohlmuth, Thomas Thielsen, Dimitry Schewel, Jury Schewel, Hannes Alessandrini, Felix Kreidel, Ralf Bader, Maria Romero, Elena Ladich, Renu Virmani, Ulrich Schäfer, Karl-Heinz Kuck, Christian Frerker
BACKGROUND: Histopathological analyses of debris captured by a cerebral protection system during transcatheter aortic valve replacement have been reported, but the origin of the captured debris was not determined and risk factors were not defined. METHODS AND RESULTS: Embolic debris was analyzed from 322 filters used in a dual-cerebral-filter protection system implemented during transcatheter aortic valve replacement for 161 patients (mean age 81 years, 82 male [51%], logistic EuroSCORE 19% [interquartile range 12-31%])...
November 10, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930090/sonoelastography-of-the-common-flexor-tendon-of-the-elbow-with-histologic-agreement-a-cadaveric-study
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Andrea S Klauser, Mathias J Pamminger, Ethan J Halpern, Mohamed M H Abd Ellah, Bernhard Moriggl, Mihra S Taljanovic, Christian Deml, Judith Sztankay, Guenter Klima, Leonhard Gruber, Werner R Jaschke
Purpose To determine the correlation of the results of conventional B-mode ultrasonography (US) and compression sonoelastography with histologic results in common flexor tendons of the elbow in human cadavers. Materials and Methods Twenty-five common flexor tendons were evaluated in 16 fresh, unembalmed cadavers of 11 women with a median age of 85 years (range, 71-101 years) and five men with a median age of 78 years (range, 70-88 years). Informed consent was provided according to the last will of the donors...
December 7, 2016: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929669/fgf23-is-not-required-to-regulate-fetal-phosphorus-metabolism-but-exerts-effects-within-12-hours-after-birth
#15
Yue Ma, Beth J Kirby, Nicholas A Fairbridge, Andrew C Karaplis, Beate Lanske, Christopher S Kovacs
Loss of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) causes hyperphosphatemia, extraskeletal calcifications, and early mortality; excess FGF23 causes hypophosphatemia with rickets or osteomalacia. However, FGF23 may not be important during fetal development. FGF23 deficiency (Fgf23 null) and FGF23 excess (Phex null) did not alter fetal phosphorus or skeletal parameters. In this study we further tested our hypothesis that FGF23 is not essential for fetal phosphorus regulation but becomes important after birth. Although co-receptor Klotho null adults have extremely high FGF23 concentrations, intact FGF23 was normal in Klotho null fetuses, as were fetal phosphorus and skeletal parameters, and placental and renal expression of FGF23 target genes...
December 8, 2016: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928837/prenatal-diagnosis-of-idiopathic-infantile-arterial-calcification-without-fetal-hydrops
#16
Yan Yi, Tong Tong, Tao Liu, Qi Lin, Yi Xiong, Jinfeng Xu
Idiopathic infantile arterial calcification (IIAC) is a rare autosomal recessive disease that is characterized by extensive calcification of the internal elastic lamina and intimal proliferation of large- and medium-sized arteries, including the aortic, coronary, pulmonary, and iliac arteries. Most reported cases of IIAC were diagnosed in the neonatal periods. Prenatal diagnosis of this condition is extremely rare and is usually made in the third trimester when fetuses had nonimmune hydrops together with aortic and pulmonary calcification...
December 8, 2016: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928454/the-role-of-oral-sodium-bicarbonate-supplementation-in-maintaining-acid-base-balance-and-its-influence-on-the-cardiovascular-system-in-chronic-hemodialysis-patients-results-of-a-prospective-study
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Voiculeț C, Zară O, Bogeanu C, Văcăroiu I, Aron G
Background: Major acid-base variations during dialysis and the imbalances in serum calcium levels intensified by them play a role in cardiovascular damage of hemodialysis patients. Early vascular walls modifications can be objectified by determining the pulse wave velocity (PWV) - a marker of vascular stiffness that is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events. Material and methods: This was a prospective study conducted on 63 chronic hemodialysis patients with diuresis above 500 mL/ 24 hours and predialysis blood pressure below 160 mmHg (treatment controlled) randomized in two groups for 12 months - the study group receiving interdialitic oral sodium bicarbonate doses and control group, without oral sodium bicarbonate supplementation, but receiving higher bicarbonate prescriptions in dialysis...
October 2016: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928449/severe-asymptomatic-coronary-obstruction-in-chronic-hemodialysed-patient-a-case-report
#18
Voiculeț C, Zara O, Văcăroiu I, Bogeanu C, Tiron T, Turcu F, Aron G, Ciocâlteu A
Introduction. Arterial stiffness and vascular calcifications are independent predictors of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 5D population. According to the guidelines, patients on renal replacement therapy represent a very high cardiovascular risk class. Case report. We report the case of a 67-year-old hypertensive male patient, known with CKD stage 5D on hemodialysis (three times per week), secondary bone mineral disease, admitted for progressive right leg pain...
October 2016: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928103/biological-efficacy-of-two-mineral-trioxide-aggregate-mta-based-materials-in-a-canine-model-of-pulpotomy
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Myeongyeon Lee, Chung-Min Kang, Je Seon Song, Yooseok Shin, Seunghye Kim, Seong-Oh Kim, Hyung-Jun Choi
The aim of this study was to compare the biocompatibility of Endocem Zr(®) and ProRoot MTA(®) by histopathologic analysis in a canine model of pulpotomy. This study utilized 39 teeth of two beagle dogs. The exposed pulp tissues were treated by pulpotomy using ProRoot MTA (n=19) or Endocem Zr (n=20). After 8 weeks, the teeth were extracted and processed with hematoxylin-eosin staining for histologic evaluation. Most of the specimens in both groups developed a calcific barrier at the pulp amputation site and formed an odontoblast layer...
December 6, 2016: Dental Materials Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927880/serum-osteoprotegrin-opg-in-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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A N Kiani, P Aukrust, T Ueland, I Hollan, E Barr, L S Magder, M Petri
INTRODUCTION: Osteoprotegerin (OPG) is a member of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor family. It has recently been demonstrated that OPG is produced by a variety of tissues, including the cardiovascular system (heart, arteries, veins), lung, kidney, immune tissues, and bone. The OPG-RANKL signaling pathway is strongly related to vascular calcification. We determined the association of this biomarker with subclinical atherosclerosis in systemic lupus erythematous (SLE). METHODS: We measured OPG and markers of subclinical atherosclerosis (coronary artery calcium (CAC), carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) carotid plaque) in 166 SLE patients (91% female, 64% Caucasian, 31% African American, 5% others, mean age 45 years)...
December 6, 2016: Lupus
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