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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440126/transcranial-doppler-screening-for-stroke-risk-in-children-with-sickle-cell-disease-a-systematic-review
#1
Sara Mazzucco, Marina Diomedi, Amrana Qureshi, Laura Sainati, Soundrie T Padayachee
Background Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the most common causes of stroke in children worldwide. Based on the results of the Stroke Prevention Trial in Sickle Cell Anemia (STOP), annual transcranial Doppler ultrasound (TCD) screening for affected children is standard practice. However, the need for TCD surveillance programs could override the accuracy of the screening, affecting the correct stratification of stroke risk and subsequent clinical management of the target population. Aims To shed light on this issue, a systematic review of the literature on TCD screening for children and adolescents with SCD was carried out (CRD42016050549), according to a list of clinically relevant questions, with a particular focus on screening practices in European countries...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439419/chronic-complications-and-quality-of-life-of-patients-living-with-sickle-cell-disease-and-receiving-care-in-three-hospitals-in-cameroon-a-cross-sectional-study
#2
Anne M Andong, Eveline D T Ngouadjeu, Cavin E Bekolo, Vincent S Verla, Daniel Nebongo, Yannick Mboue-Djieka, Simeon-Pierre Choukem
BACKGROUND: Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is associated with chronic multisystem complications that significantly influence the quality of life (QOL) of patients early in their life. Although sub-Saharan Africa bears 75% of the global burden of SCD, there is a paucity of data on these complications and their effects on the QOL. We aimed to record these chronic complications, to estimate the QOL, and to identify the corresponding risk factors in patients with SCD receiving care in three hospitals in Cameroon...
2017: BMC Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438400/arteriotomy-closure-devices-in-evar-tevar-and-tavr-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomised-clinical-trials-and-cohort-studies
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B P Vierhout, R A Pol, M El Moumni, C J Zeebregts
OBJECTIVES: Cardiac and vascular surgery benefit from percutaneous interventions. Arteriotomy closure devices (ACDs) enable minimally invasive access to the common femoral artery (CFA). The objective of this review was to assess the differences between ACDs and surgical cut down (SCD) of the CFA regarding the number of complications, duration of surgery (DOS), and hospital length of stay (HLOS). DESIGN: A systematic literature search with predefined search terms was performed using MEDLINE, Embase, and the Cochrane Library (2000-2016)...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438159/prevalence-of-plasmodium-falciparum-and-non-p-falciparum-infections-in-a-highland-district-in-ghana-and-the-influence-of-hiv-and-sickle-cell-disease
#4
Ewurama D A Owusu, Charles A Brown, Martin P Grobusch, Petra Mens
BACKGROUND: In the past two decades, there has been a reported decline in malaria in Ghana and the rest of the world; yet it remains the number one cause of mortality and morbidity. Human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) and sickle cell disease (SCD) share a common geographical space with malaria in sub-Saharan Africa and an interaction between these three conditions has been suggested. This study determined the Plasmodium falciparum and non-P. falciparum status of symptomatic and non-symptomatic residents of Mpraeso in the highlands of Kwahu-South district of Ghana based on evidence of current national decline...
April 24, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437570/self-acupressure-for-older-adults-with-symptomatic-knee-osteoarthritis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#5
Lydia W Li, Richard E Harris, Alex Tsodikov, Laura Struble, Susan L Murphy ScD
OBJECTIVES: This double-blind RCT aimed to test the efficacy of self-administered acupressure for pain and physical function improvement for older adults with knee osteoarthritis (KOA). METHODS: Community-living adults with symptomatic KOA (N=150; mean age=73) participated and were randomized to verum acupressure, sham acupressure, or usual care. Verum and sham, but not usual care, participants were taught to self-apply acupressure once daily, five days/week for eight weeks...
April 24, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436274/depletion-of-hdl3-high-density-lipoprotein-and-altered-functionality-of-hdl2-in-blood-from-sickle-cell-patients
#6
Eric Soupene, Sandra K Larkin, Frans A Kuypers
In sickle cell disease (SCD), alterations of cholesterol metabolism is in part related to abnormal levels and activity of plasma proteins such as lecithin cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT), and apolipoprotein A-I (ApoA-I). In addition, the size distribution of ApoA-I high density lipoproteins (HDL) differs from normal blood. The ratio of the amount of HDL2 particle relative to the smaller higher density pre-β HDL (HDL3) particle was shifted toward HDL2. This lipoprotein imbalance is exacerbated during acute vaso-occlusive episodes (VOE) as the relative levels of HDL3 decrease...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433554/catheter-ablation-to-prevent-sudden-cardiac-death
#7
Josef Kautzner, Petr Peichl
Since ventricular arrhythmias are a common cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD), treatment for ventricular arrhythmias is the target area of interest in research field. Among different means to prevent ventricular arrhythmias, catheter ablation (CA) has emerged as an effective therapeutic method. CA can decrease the likelihood of SCD in the following arrhythmia categories: 1) idiopathic ventricular fibrillation (VF) that is usually triggered by premature ventricular beats originating in the Purkinje fibres; 2) VF in subjects with structural heart disease, especially after myocardial infarction, that is triggered by premature ventricular beats from surviving Purkinje fibres; 3) Brugada syndrome in which modification of an epicardial substrate in the right ventricular outflow tract might be the most promising strategy; 4) recurrent monomorphic ventricular tachycardias in the setting of structural heart disease; 5) ventricular preexcitation in which CA appears to be a method of choice in high risk patients, regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432164/use-of-gabapentin-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-pain-in-an-adolescent-with-sickle-cell-disease
#8
Cátia R Correia, Ana Teresa Soares, Laura Azurara, Maria João Palaré
Vaso-occlusive crises are the most common manifestation of sickle cell disease (SCD) and the main cause of hospital admission in these patients. There is emerging evidence that vaso-occlusive pain has both nociceptive and neuropathic components. However, the treatment of SCD-related pain with neuropathic drugs has not yet been systematically studied, particularly in children. We describe a 14-year-old girl with SCD and multiple hospital admissions for pain management for severe acute vaso-occlusive pain episodes...
April 21, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431133/prediction-of-sudden-and-non-sudden-cardiac-death-in-post-infarction-patients-with-reduced-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-by-periodic-repolarization-dynamics-madit-ii-substudy
#9
Konstantinos D Rizas, Scott McNitt, Wolfgang Hamm, Steffen Massberg, Stefan Kääb, Wojciech Zareba, Jean-Philippe Couderc, Axel Bauer
Aims: To test the value of Periodic Repolarization Dynamics (PRD), a recently validated electrocardiographic marker of sympathetic activity, as a novel approach to predict sudden cardiac death (SCD) and non-sudden cardiac death (N-SCD) and to improve identification of patients that profit from ICD-implantation. Methods and results: We included 856 post-infarction patients with left-ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤30% of the MADIT-II trial in sinus rhythm...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431077/implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-use-for-primary-prevention-in-ischaemic-and-non-ischaemic-heart-disease-indications-in-the-post-danish-trial-era-results-of-the-european-heart-rhythm-association-survey
#10
Kristina H Haugaa, Roland Tilz, Serge Boveda, Dan Dobreanu, Elena Sciaraffia, Jacques Mansourati, Giorgi Papiashvili, Nikolaos Dagres
Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is the standard of care for prevention of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in high-risk patients. For primary prevention of SCD, in patients with ischaemic heart disease, there is more robust data on the effect of ICD therapy compared with patients with non-ischaemic heart disease, but current real-life practice may differ substantially. The aim of this European Heart Rhythm Association survey was to evaluate the clinical practice regarding implantation of ICD for primary prevention among European countries in patients with non-ischaemic and ischaemic heart disease...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431061/high-prevalence-of-arrhythmic-and-myocardial-complications-in-patients-with-cardiac-glycogenosis-due-to-prkag2-mutations
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Julien Thevenon, Gabriel Laurent, Flavie Ader, Pascal Laforêt, Didier Klug, Anju Duva Pentiah, Laurent Gouya, Claude Alain Maurage, Salem Kacet, Jean-Christophe Eicher, Juliette Albuisson, Michel Desnos, Eric Bieth, Denis Duboc, Laurent Martin, Patricia Réant, François Picard, Claire Bonithon-Kopp, Elodie Gautier, Christine Binquet, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Laurence Faivre, Patrice Bouvagnet, Philippe Charron, Pascale Richard
Aims: Mutations in PRKAG2, the gene encoding for the γ2 subunit of 5'-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), are responsible for an autosomal dominant glycogenosis with a cardiac presentation, associating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), ventricular pre-excitation (VPE), and progressive heart block. The aim of this study was to perform a retrospective time-to-event study of the clinical manifestations associated with PRKAG2 mutations. Methods and Results: A cohort of 34 patients from 9 families was recruited between 2001 and 2010...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431059/cardiac-structural-and-functional-profile-of-patients-with-delayed-qrs-transition-zone-and-sudden-cardiac-death
#12
Aapo L Aro, Derek Phan, Carmen Teodorescu, Audrey Uy-Evanado, Kyndaron Reinier, Karen Gunson, Jonathan Jui, Heikki V Huikuri, Sumeet S Chugh
Aims: Delayed QRS transition zone in the precordial leads of the 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) has been recently associated with increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. We correlated echocardiographic findings with ECG and clinical characteristics to investigate how alterations in cardiac structure and function contribute to this risk marker. Methods and Results: From the ongoing population-based Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study (catchment population ∼1 million), SCD cases with prior ECG available (n = 627) were compared with controls (n = 801)...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430144/a-systems-biology-approach-using-transcriptomic-data-reveals-genes-and-pathways-in-porcine-skeletal-muscle-affected-by-dietary-lysine
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Taiji Wang, Jean M Feugang, Mark A Crenshaw, Naresh Regmi, John R Blanton, Shengfa F Liao
Nine crossbred finishing barrows (body weight 94.4 ± 6.7 kg) randomly assigned to three dietary treatments were used to investigate the effects of dietary lysine on muscle growth related metabolic and signaling pathways. Muscle samples were collected from the longissimus dorsi of individual pigs after feeding the lysine-deficient (4.30 g/kg), lysine-adequate (7.10 g/kg), or lysine-excess (9.80 g/kg) diet for five weeks, and the total RNA was extracted afterwards. Affymetrix Porcine Gene 1.0 ST Array was used to quantify the expression levels of 19,211 genes...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426137/hydroxyurea-hydroxycarbamide-for-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Sarah J Nevitt, Ashley P Jones, Jo Howard
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the most common inherited diseases worldwide. It is associated with lifelong morbidity and a reduced life expectancy. Hydroxyurea (hydroxycarbamide), an oral chemotherapeutic drug, ameliorates some of the clinical problems of SCD, in particular that of pain, by raising fetal haemoglobin. This is an update of a previously published Cochrane Review. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of hydroxyurea therapy in people with SCD (all genotypes), of any age, regardless of setting...
April 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424766/the-need-for-hematology-nurse-education-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-community-case-study-in-tanzania
#15
Julie M Buser
Hematology-related diseases, such as anemia, malaria, sickle cell disease (SCD), and blood cancers, have differing rates of survival between high-income and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Nurses in LMICs have an unmet need for specialty training and education to address hematology and hemato-oncology disorders. A gap in the literature exists about hematology nurse education and clinical service demands in LMICs. This community case study documents a collaborative hematology and basic hemato-oncology education program to sustainably strengthen nurse capacity at a national referral hospital and university in Tanzania...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423934/estimating-dementia-and-receipt-of-informal-care-using-behavioral-risk-factor-surveillance-system-data
#16
Mary Adams
INTRODUCTION: Estimates of US adults with dementia differ widely and don't distinguish adults living in the community. METHODS: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data from 120 485 households in 21 states that used a cognitive decline module in 2011 were used. Data for both respondents and other adults with subjective cognitive decline (SCD) were included through proxy responses. Using responses to questions about the receipt of informal care for their SCD and diagnosed dementia, estimates were made for each state...
May 2017: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422144/risk-and-prediction-of-sudden-cardiac-death-and-ventricular-arrhythmias-for-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-nationwide-cohort-study
#17
Tze-Fan Chao, Chia-Jen Liu, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Su-Jung Chen, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Gregory Y H Lip, Shih-Ann Chen
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the most devastating manifestation of ventricular arrhythmias (VAs), and is the leading cause of mortality among atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. The goal of the present study was to investigate the incidence of SCD/VAs amongst patients with and without AF. We also aimed to identify important risk factors of SCD/VAs among AF patients. Using the "National Health Insurance Research Database" in Taiwan, a total of 352,656 AF and 352,656 non-AF patients without antecedent SCD/VAs were identified...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416467/early-repolarization-is-associated-with-significantly-increased-risk-for-ventricular-arrhythmias-and-sudden-cardiac-death-in-patients-with-structural-heart-diseases
#18
Yun-Jiu Cheng, Zhu-Yu Li, Feng-Juan Yao, Xiong-Jun Xu, Cheng-Cheng Ji, Xu-Miao Chen, Li-Juan Liu, Xiao-Xiong Lin, Hao Yao, Su-Hua Wu
BACKGROUND: Early repolarization pattern (ERP) has been proved to increase risk of arrhythmia death in the general population, but its prognostic significance in subjects with structural heart disease (SHD) is controversial. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a meta-analysis of studies assessing the association between ERP and risk of ventricular arrhythmias (VTAs) and sudden cardiac death (SCD) in patients with SHD. METHODS: We performed a literature search using MEDLINE (January 1, 1966 to September25, 2016) and EMBASE (January 1, 1980 to September25, 2016) with no restrictions...
April 14, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409313/extracellular-regulation-of-the-mitotic-spindle-and-fate-determinants-driving-asymmetric-cell-division
#19
Prestina Smith, Mark Azzam, Lindsay Hinck
Stem cells use mode of cell division, symmetric (SCD) versus asymmetric (ACD), to balance expansion with self-renewal and the generation of daughter cells with different cell fates. Studies in model organisms have identified intrinsic mechanisms that govern this process, which involves partitioning molecular components between daughter cells, frequently through the regulation of the mitotic spindle. Research performed in vertebrate tissues is revealing both conservation of these intrinsic mechanisms and crucial roles for extrinsic cues in regulating the frequency of these divisions...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409151/temporal-changes-in-gene-expression-profile-during-mature-adipocyte-dedifferentiation
#20
Julie Anne Côté, Frédéric Guénard, Julie Lessard, Marc Lapointe, Simon Biron, Marie-Claude Vohl, André Tchernof
Objective. To characterize changes in gene expression profile during human mature adipocyte dedifferentiation in ceiling culture. Methods. Subcutaneous (SC) and omental (OM) adipose tissue samples were obtained from 4 participants paired for age and BMI. Isolated adipocytes were dedifferentiated in ceiling culture. Gene expression analysis at days 0, 4, 7, and 12 of the cultures was performed using Affymetrix Human Gene 2.0 STvi arrays. Hierarchical clustering according to similarity of expression changes was used to identify overrepresented functions...
2017: International Journal of Genomics
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