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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640714/an-unexplored-brain-gut-microbiota-axis-in-stroke
#1
Shu Wen Wen, Connie H Y Wong
Microbiota research, in particular that of the gut, has recently gained much attention in medical research owing to technological advances in metagenomics and metabolomics. Despite this, much of the research direction has focused on long-term or chronic effects of microbiota manipulation on health and disease. In this addendum, we reflect on our recent publication that reported findings addressing a rather unconventional hypothesis. Bacterial pneumonia is highly prevalent and is one of the leading contributors to stroke morbidity and mortality worldwide...
June 22, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631764/-hemodynamic-effects-of-positive-end-expiratory-pressure
#2
Marco Marini, Giorgio Caretta, Fabio Vagnarelli, Fabiana Lucà, Emilia Biscottini, Alberto Lavorgna, Vincenza Procaccini, Letizia Riva, Gabriele Vianello, Nadia Aspromonte, Andrea Mortara, Renata De Maria, Piera Capasso, Serafina Valente, Michele Massimo Gulizia
The application of a positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP), the cornerstone of noninvasive ventilation (NIV), causes hemodynamic changes in the cardiovascular system. To understand the benefits of NIV it is necessary to resume concepts of cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology about cardiac function determinants, venous return, ventricular interdependence and heart-lung interaction, and to understand how PEEP interacts with them. The hemodynamic effects of PEEP are mediated by the increase in transpulmonary pressure, which results in increased pulmonary vascular resistance and in an attending small reduction of venous return in conditions of euvolemia, in a substantial reduction of left ventricular afterload and a potential positive effect on left ventricular stroke volume...
June 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625637/a-randomized-phase-2-evaluation-of-the-chk1-inhibitor-ly2603618-administered-in-combination-with-pemetrexed-and-cisplatin-in-patients-with-advanced-nonsquamous-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#3
Thomas Wehler, Michael Thomas, Christian Schumann, Joaquim Bosch-Barrera, Nuria Viñolas Segarra, Nicolas J Dickgreber, Klaus Dalhoff, Martin Sebastian, Jesus Corral Jaime, Miriam Alonso, Scott M Hynes, Ji Lin, Karla Hurt, Aimee Bence Lin, Emiliano Calvo, Luis Paz-Ares
This phase 2 portion of a phase 1/2 study examined the efficacy and safety of LY2603618, a selective checkpoint kinase 1 inhibitor, combined with pemetrexed and cisplatin (LY+Pem+Cis) in patients with advanced nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This multicenter, randomized, controlled, open-label study (NCT01139775) enrolled patients with stage IV nonsquamous NSCLC and an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status ≤1. Patients were randomized (2:1) to LY+Pem+Cis or pemetrexed and cisplatin (Pem+Cis)...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625126/enhanced-risk-for-specific-somatic-myeloproliferative-neoplastic-mutations-in-patients-with-stroke
#4
Chih-Cheng Chen, Chia-Chen Hsu, Cih-En Huang, Yi-Yang Chen, Jrhau Lung, Hsing-Ying Ho, Chian-Pei Li, Jiann-Der Lee
BACKGROUND: Somatic mutations of Janus kinase 2 (JAK2V617F), calreticulin (CALR), and myeloproliferative leukemia virus oncogene (MPL) are the major clonal molecules that drive the pathogenesis of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN). It is well recognized that MPN patients carry an excessive risk of thrombohemorrhagic complications. However, little is known about the prevalence of these clonal markers in patients with cerebral vascular disease. METHODS: To address this issue, 153 consecutive stroke patients in Taiwan were enrolled in the study...
June 18, 2017: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616085/helicobacter-pylori-infection-old-and-new
#5
REVIEW
S Diaconu, A Predescu, A Moldoveanu, C S Pop, C Fierbințeanu-Braticevici
Helicobacter pylori is a spiral-shaped bacterium that grows in the digestive tract and may be present in more than half of the world's population. The clinical features of Helicobacter pylori range from asymptomatic gastritis to gastrointestinal malignancy. Mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma is a low-grade B-cell marginal zone lymphoma and Helicobacter pylori has been detected in more than 75% of the patients with MALT lymphoma. Many tests for the detection of Helicobacter pylori are available, including antibody tests, urea breath tests, stool antigen tests and endoscopic biopsies...
April 2017: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612540/-prevalence-and-associated-factors-of-arthritis-in-middle-and-old-aged-populations-in-china
#6
Pei-Ya Cao, Kan Wu, Jia-Hui Qian, Hui-Qiang Luo, Xiao-Hui Ren
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of arthritis in middle- and old-aged populations in China and associated factors. METHODS: Data were drawn from the 2013 China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS). Binary logistic regression analyses were performed to examine the associations of arthritis with social economic status (age, gender, areas, education), comorbidity (hypertension, dyslipidaemia, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, liver disease, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, digestive disease, asthma), lifestyle (smoking, drinking, sleeping) and mental health (depression symptoms)...
March 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611637/a-case-of-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-induced-by-cisplatin-pemetrexed-chemotherapy-for-lung-cancer
#7
Masashi Ishihara, Noriyuki Matsutani, Shuji Ota, Nobuhiko Seki
This report presents the case of a 60-year-old woman who was diagnosed with stage IV lung adenocarcinoma with asymptomatic brain metastases and commenced chemotherapy with cisplatin/pemetrexed (CDDP/Pem). She experienced tonic-clonic convulsions on day 9 of the first cycle, which were accompanied by increased blood pressure (173/69 mm Hg) and headache. Therefore, brain MRI was performed to check for stroke or progression of brain metastatic foci. T2-weighted, FLAIR, and ADC map images showed high-intensity areas in the subcortical region of the bilateral parieto-occipital lobes, leading to a diagnosis of posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES)...
January 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607332/massive-ischemic-stroke-due-to-pulmonary-barotrauma-and-cerebral-artery-air-embolism-during-commercial-air-travel
#8
Sara Farshchi Zarabi, Matteo Parotto, Rita Katznelson, James Downar
BACKGROUND Air embolism into the systemic arterial circulation secondary to pulmonary barotrauma has rarely been reported. Herein, we report the clinical course of an extremely rare presentation of cerebral air embolism likely due to ruptured pulmonary bullae during commercial air travel. CASE REPORT A 65-year-old man suddenly became unconscious during an airplane descent. Upon landing, he was immediately transferred to the nearest emergency department where he was intubated for airway protection. His head CT angiogram showed multiple air pockets in the right parietal lobe suspicious for multiple air emboli...
June 13, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606676/burden-and-impact-of-congenital-syndromes-and-comorbidities-among-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Isabelle Bracher, Maria Padrutt, Francesca Bonassin, Bruno Santos Lopes, Christiane Gruner, Simon F Stämpfli, Angela Oxenius, Gabriella De Pasquale, Theresa Seeliger, Thomas F Lüscher, Christine Attenhofer Jost, Matthias Greutmann
BACKGROUND: Our aim was to assess the overall burden of congenital syndromes and non-cardiac comorbidities among adults with congenital heart disease and to assess their impact on circumstances of living and outcomes. METHODS: Within a cohort of 1725 adults with congenital heart defects (65% defects of moderate or great complexity) followed at a single tertiary care center, congenital syndromes and comorbidities were identified by chart review. Their association with arrhythmias, circumstances of living and survival was analyzed...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606649/accuracy-of-lung-ultrasound-in-patients-with-acute-dyspnea-the-influence-of-age-multimorbidity-and-cognitive-and-motor-impairment
#10
Luca Vizioli, Paola Forti, Elena Bartoli, Marco Giovagnoli, Guerino Recinella, Davide Bernucci, Marco Masetti, Elena Martino, Gian Luca Pirazzoli, Marco Zoli, Giampaolo Bianchi
Discriminating between causes of dyspnea may be difficult, particularly in the elderly. The aim of this retrospective study of 83 inpatients with acute dyspnea was to assess the influence of age, multimorbidity and cognitive or motor impairment on the diagnostic accuracy of lung ultrasound (LUS) in discriminating acute heart failure (AHF) from noncardiogenic dyspnea (NCD). Univariate analysis indicates that LUS misdiagnosis was associated with the following parameters: history of stroke (p = 0.037), lower activity of daily living (p = 0...
June 9, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603431/hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia-and-pregnancy-potential-adverse-events-and-pregnancy-outcomes
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REVIEW
Omar Bari, Philip R Cohen
Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is an autosomal dominant condition with a prevalence of ~1 in 5,000 individuals. The pathophysiology of this condition centers on the lack of capillary beds between arterioles and venules, leading to direct contact between these vessels. This results in telangiectases on characteristic locations such as the face, fingers, mouth, and nasal mucosa. Visceral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are also observed in many patients, and these are most commonly seen in the brain, gastrointestinal tract, and lungs...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601355/yogic-breathing-practices-improve-lung-functions-of-competitive-young-swimmers
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Chirag Sunil Hakked, Ragavendrasamy Balakrishnan, Manjunath Nandi Krishnamurthy
BACKGROUND: Resistive breathing practices are known to improve endurance and performance in competitive swimmers. However, the effect of Pranayama or Yogic Breathing Practices (YBP) in improving respiratory endurance and performance of competitive swimmers remains un-investigated. OBJECTIVES: To study effects of yogic breathing practices on lung functions of swimmers. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty seven national and international competitive swimmers of the age range 13-20 years, with 8...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599888/cardiopulmonary-effects-of-pleural-insufflation-with-co2-during-two-lung-ventilation-in-dorsally-recumbent-anesthetized-horses
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Kaylee S Bohaychuk-Preuss, M Valentina Carrozzo, Tanya Duke-Novakovski
OBJECTIVE: To record the cardiopulmonary effects of pleural CO2 positive pressure insufflation in anesthetized horses. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective study. ANIMALS: Seven horses (mean ± standard deviation, 530.9 ± 68.1 kg) undergoing terminal surgery. METHODS: Horses were sedated with xylazine. Anesthesia was induced with ketamine-propofol and maintained with isoflurane, positive pressure ventilation, detomidine infusion, and butorphanol with the horses in dorsal recumbency...
January 10, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599584/aging-in-puerto-rico-a-comparison-of-health-status-among-island-puerto-rican-and-mainland-u-s-older-adults
#14
Catherine Pérez, Jennifer A Ailshire
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the health status of older island Puerto Ricans, a segment of the U.S. population that has been largely overlooked in aging research. METHOD: Data from the 2002 Puerto Rican Elderly Health Conditions Project and the 2002 Health and Retirement Study are used to examine differences in disease, disability, and self-rated health among island Puerto Ricans and the mainland U.S.-born older adult population. Differences are further examined by gender...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Aging and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597758/longitudinal-change-in-pulmonary-arterial-capacitance-as-an-indicator-of-prognosis-and-response-to-therapy-and-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#15
Sarah K Medrek, Chad Kloefkorn, Duc T M Nguyen, Edward A Graviss, Adaani E Frost, Zeenat Safdar
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a chronic progressive disease that leads to right heart failure and death. Pulmonary arterial capacitance (PAC), defined as stroke volume divided by the pulmonary pulse pressure, has been identified as a prognostic factor in PAH. The impact of changes in PAC over time, however, is unclear. We evaluated changes in PAC over time to determine if such changes predicted transplant-free survival. A single-center retrospective study of consecutive group 1 PAH patients who had two or more right heart catheterizations (RHC) between January 2007 and June 2016 was undertaken...
April 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588676/xuebijing-injection-attenuates-pulmonary-injury-by-reducing-oxidative-stress-and-proinflammatory-damage-in-rats-with-heat-stroke
#16
Yi Chen, Huasheng Tong, Zhiguo Pan, Dongxin Jiang, Xinqin Zhang, Junming Qiu, Lei Su, Minzhou Zhang
The present study aimed to investigate the protective effect of Xuebijing injection (XBJ) on lung injury in heat-stroke rats and the underlying mechanisms. In total, 54 rats were randomly assigned to non-thermal, saline vehicle and XBJ groups. The rectal temperature (Tc), mean arterial pressure (MAP) and respiratory rate (RR) of the rats were recorded. The time-point of heat stroke and the time of survival were assessed, and indicators of arterial blood gas were regularly measured from 0 to 60 min. The concentration of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and IL-10 was also determined...
June 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587251/pharmacokinetics-and-tissue-distribution-kinetics-of-puerarin-in-rats-using-indirect-competitive-elisa
#17
Hui Kong, Xueqian Wang, Rongfeng Shi, Yan Zhao, Jinjun Cheng, Xin Yan, Xiaoman Liu, Yongzhi Wang, Meiling Zhang, Qingguo Wang, Huihua Qu
Puerarin (PUE) is a compound isolated from the roots of Pueraria lobata. We studied the pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution kinetics of PUE in Sprague-Dawley rats following intraperitoneal administration of three concentrations. Indirect competitive ELISA based on an anti-PUE monoclonal antibody was used to determine the concentration of PUE in the blood, heart, liver, spleen, lung, kidney, hippocampus, cerebral cortex, and striatum. The plasma and tissue distribution kinetic characteristics following a single injection of PUE (20, 40 and 80 mg/kg) were calculated using a non-compartment model...
June 5, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584492/prevalence-of-exposure-to-secondhand-smoke-among-higher-secondary-school-students-in-ernakulam-district-kerala-southern-india
#18
P S Rakesh, Jishnu Satheesh Lalu, K Leelamoni
INTRODUCTION: The association between secondhand smoke and health outcomes, such as frequent respiratory infections, ischemic heart disease, lung cancer, asthma, and stroke, has long been established. The study aimed to estimate the prevalence of secondhand smoking exposure among higher secondary school students in Ernakulam district, Kerala, Southern India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A structured questionnaire was administered to all students from four randomly selected higher secondary schools in Ernakulam district...
January 2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580558/-the-determinants-of-dysphagia-in-patients-with-stroke-during-hospitalized-rehabilitation
#19
Li-Yun Szu, Suh-Ing Hsieh, Su-Mei Tseng, Tzu-Hsin Huang
BACKGROUND: Stroke was the third leading cause of death in Taiwan in 2014. A study found that 53.61% of stroke patients suffered from dysphagia disorder during the rehabilitation phase, which may result in lung aspiration and death. The determinants of dysphagia among nationally hospitalized-rehabilitation stroke patients have not been explored comprehensively. PURPOSE: To explore the incidence of dysphagia among hospitalized-rehabilitation stroke patients and the related determinants of dysphagia...
June 2017: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575331/oesophageal-doppler-guided-goal-directed-haemodynamic-therapy-in-thoracic-surgery-a-single-centre-randomized-parallel-arm-trial
#20
K B Kaufmann, L Stein, L Bogatyreva, F Ulbrich, J T Kaifi, D Hauschke, T Loop, U Goebel
Background: Postoperative pulmonary and renal complications are frequent in patients undergoing lung surgery. Hyper- and hypovolaemia may contribute to these complications. We hypothesized that goal-directed haemodynamic management based on oesophageal Doppler monitoring would reduce postoperative pulmonary complications in a randomized clinical parallel-arm trial. Methods: One hundred patients scheduled for thoracic surgery were randomly assigned to either standard haemodynamic management (control group) or goal-directed therapy (GDT group) guided by an oesophageal Doppler monitoring-based algorithm...
June 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
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