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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324692/influence-of-graphene-oxide-and-reduced-graphene-oxide-on-the-activity-and-conformation-of-lysozyme
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Yitong Bai, Zhu Ming, Yuye Cao, Shicheng Feng, Hua Yang, Lingyun Chen, Sheng-Tao Yang
The dramatically different bio-effects of graphene and graphene oxide (GO) have been widely observed in diverse biological systems, which determine the applications and toxicity of graphene materials. To elucidate the mechanism at molecular level, it is urgent to investigate the enzyme-graphene interaction and its consequences. In this study, we comparatively studied the influence of GO and reduced GO (RGO) on the activity and conformation of lysozyme to provide better understandings of their different bio-effects...
March 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324597/the-burden-of-chronic-heart-failure-in-primary-care-in-italy
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Carlo Piccinni, Ippazio Cosimo Antonazzo, Monica Simonetti, Marco Giovanni Mennuni, Damiano Parretti, Claudio Cricelli, Delia Colombo, Mihaela Nica, Iacopo Cricelli, Francesco Lapi
INTRODUCTION: Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a major public health concern. From a public health perspective, the epidemiology of CHF needs to be distinguished from that of its related acute form. Data stemming from primary care are crucial to better know and update the prevalence and incidence rates of CHF. AIM: To update the epidemiology of CHF in an Italian primary care setting and to describe socio-demographic, lifestyle, and clinical characteristics of these patients...
March 21, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324215/surgical-treatment-of-osteoporotic-thoraco-lumbar-compressive-fractures-the-use-of-pedicle-screw-with-augmentation-pmma
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Massimo Girardo, P Cinnella, G Gargiulo, P Viglierchio, A Rava, S Aleotti
INTRODUCTION: The osteoporosis prevalence in population is age related. The aim of this single-center observational study was evaluate the middle- to long-term performance of cement (PMMA) augmented fenestrated pedicle screws in elderly patients with thoraco-lumbar compressive fractures by osteoporosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 2011 to 2015 we treated 52 patients (20 males and 32 females) suffering from somatic osteoporotic fractures (T10-L2). The average age was 73...
March 21, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324091/association-between-dabigatran-vs-warfarin-and-risk-of-osteoporotic-fractures-among-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Wallis C Y Lau, Esther W Chan, Ching-Lung Cheung, Chor Wing Sing, Kenneth K C Man, Gregory Y H Lip, Chung-Wah Siu, Joanne K Y Lam, Alan C H Lee, Ian C K Wong
Importance: The risk of osteoporotic fracture with dabigatran use in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) is unknown. Objective: To investigate the risk of osteoporotic fracture with dabigatran vs warfarin in patients with NVAF. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective cohort study using a population-wide database managed by the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. Patients newly diagnosed with NVAF from 2010 through 2014 and prescribed dabigatran or warfarin were matched by propensity score at a 1:2 ratio with follow-up until July 31, 2016...
March 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323922/fibrogenesis-imperfecta-ossium-and-response-to-human-growth-hormone-a-potential-novel-therapy
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Sanjay Kumar Bhadada, Vandana Dhiman, Soham Mukherjee, Sameer Aggarwal, Amanjit Bal, Suja P Sukumar, Ashwani Sood, Dinesh Chandra Sharma, Niranjan Khandelwal, Anil Bhansali, Wim Van Hul, Sudhaker D Rao
Context: Fibrogenesis imperfecta ossium (FIO) is a rare bone disease manifested by generalized bone pain, fragility fractures, progressive disability, and extensive mineralization defect on bone biopsy. The pathogenesis of the disease is unknown and currently there is no effective treatment. Objective: To report on the effect of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) therapy in FIO. Design: An observational study in two patients. Setting: Endocrinology Clinic in an Academic Institution Patients or Other Participants: Two siblings with FIO Intervention(s): rhGH was administered subcutaneously at a dose of 1U daily for one year...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323847/role-of-the-mapks-tgf-%C3%AE-1-traf6-signaling-pathway-in-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation
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Daoliang Zhang, Xiaoqing Chen, Qian Wang, Shaohui Wu, Yue Zheng, Xu Liu
OBJECTIVES: To explore the relationship between the MAPKs/TGF-β1/TRAF6 signaling pathway and atrial fibrosis in patients with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and its role in atrial fibrillation (AF) after cardiac surgery on the basis of our previous animal study of the MAPKs/TGF-β1/TRAF6 signaling pathway in atrial fibrosis. METHODS: A total of 57 patients with RHD without a history of AF consented to left atrial biopsy. Histopathology quantified the percentage of fibrosis, and real-time PCR and western blot assessed the mRNA and protein expression of TGF-β1, TRAF6, and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319471/early-secondary-prevention-after-initially-ineffective-revascularization-treatments-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-due-to-tandem-occlusion
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Stefano Forlivesi, Elia Pancheri, Giuseppe Moretto, Paolo Bovi, Manuel Cappellari
The most effective treatment of patients with stroke due to tandem occlusion is still unclear. We report the case of a man with stroke due to tandem internal carotid artery/middle cerebral artery occlusion, who underwent initially ineffective intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) and endovascular treatment. Early anticoagulation with apixaban was started after 48 h of IVT, given a newly diagnosed nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. Spontaneous partial recanalization of the cervical internal carotid artery was noted, and carotid endarterectomy was performed 72 h after IVT and 8 h after the last dose of apixaban...
March 17, 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319424/rivaroxaban-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-from-rocket-af-to-everyday-practice
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Gonzalo Barón-Esquivias, Francisco Marín, Marcelo Sanmartín
Registries and non-interventional studies offer relevant and complementary information to clinical trials, since they have a high external validity. Areas covered: The information regarding the efficacy and safety of rivaroxaban compared with warfarin, or rivaroxaban alone in clinical practice was reviewed in this manuscript. For this purpose, a search on MEDLINE and EMBASE databases was performed. The MEDLINE and EMBASE search included both medical subject headings (MeSH) and keywords including: atrial fibrillation (AF) OR warfarin OR clinical practice OR ROCKET AF AND rivaroxaban...
March 20, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319116/quenched-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-nmr-of-a-disease-relevant-a%C3%AE-1-42-amyloid-polymorph
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Marielle Aulikki Wälti, Julien Orts, Roland Riek
Alzheimer's disease is associated with the aggregation into amyloid fibrils of Aβ(1-42) and Aβ(1-40) peptides. Interestingly, these fibrils often do not obtain one single structure but rather show different morphologies, so-called polymorphs. Here, we compare quenched hydrogen-deuterium (H/D) exchange of a disease-relevant Aβ(1-42) fibril for which the 3D structure has been determined by solid-state NMR with H/D exchange previously determined on another structural polymorph. This comparison reveals secondary structural differences between the two polymorphs suggesting that the two polymorphisms can be classified as segmental polymorphs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318955/calcified-amorphous-tumor-causing-shower-embolism-to-the-brain-a-case-report-with-serial-echocardiographic-and-neuroradiologic-images-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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Takaomi Singu, Yuichiro Inatomi, Toshiro Yonehara, Yukio Ando
An 89-year-old woman with chronic atrial fibrillation, hypertension, chronic heart failure, and dementia was admitted to our hospital due to multiple small cerebral and cerebellar infarctions. Transthoracic echocardiogram revealed a floating calcified mass lesion arising from the endocardium of the posterior portion of the mitral annulus with mitral annular calcification. Furthermore, the mass had a heterogeneity of the echogenicity. The mass was diagnosed as a calcified amorphous tumor based on specific echocardiographic features...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318905/thermodynamic-properties-of-amyloid-fibrils-in-equilibrium
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Tomaz Urbic, Sara Najem, Cristiano L Dias
In this manuscript we use a two-dimensional coarse-grained model to study how amyloid fibrils grow towards an equilibrium state where they coexist with proteins dissolved in a solution. Free-energies to dissociate proteins from fibrils are estimated from the residual concentration of dissolved proteins. Consistent with experiments, the concentration of proteins in solution affects the growth rate of fibrils but not their equilibrium state. Also, studies of the temperature dependence of the equilibrium state can be used to estimate thermodynamic quantities, e...
March 7, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318874/metabolic-profile-provides-prognostic-value-better-than-galectin-3-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Chao-Hung Wang, Mei-Ling Cheng, Min-Hui Liu, Li-Tang Kuo, Ming-Shi Shiao
BACKGROUND: Metabolic profiles have been shown to provide prognostic information in patients with heart failure (HF). Galectin-3 (Gal-3), indicating cardiac fibrosis, is a documented biomarker of prognosis in HF. It is unknown whether metabolic profiles provide prognostic value better than Gal-3. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study analyzed 212 hospitalized HF patients, measuring metabolic score (composed by butyrylcarnitine, dimethylarginine/arginine ratio, spermidine, and total essential amino acids) and Gal-3...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318861/medical-comorbidities-impact-the-episode-of-care-reimbursements-of-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Samuel Rosas, Karim G Sabeh, Leonard T Buller, Tsun Yee Law, Martin W Roche, Victor H Hernandez
BACKGROUND: Total hip arthroplasty (THA) costs are a source of great interest in the currently evolving health care market. The initiation of a bundled payment system has led to further research into costs drivers of this commonly performed procedure. One aspect that has not been well studied is the effect of comorbidities on the reimbursements of THA. The purpose of this study was to determine if common medical comorbidities affect these reimbursements. METHODS: A retrospective, level of evidence III study was performed using the PearlDiver supercomputer to identify patients who underwent primary THA between 2007 and 2015...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318661/prevalence-of-cancer-in-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-short-and-long-term-outcome
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K Sattler, I El-Battrawy, S Lang, X Zhou, K Schramm, E Tülümen, F Kronbach, S Röger, M Behnes, J Kuschyk, M Borggrefe, I Akin
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy (TTC) is a transient disorder of ventricular wall dysfunction, mostly induced by physical or emotional stress. TTC may be associated with adverse cardiac events. The association of cancer and its clinical impact in TTC patients has not been described yet. METHODS: In 114 consecutive patients presenting with TTC between January 2003 and September 2015, we studied the frequency of cancer diagnosis, and compared the clinical course and the occurrence of a clinical endpoint of cancer and non-cancer patients during a follow up of 4...
February 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318659/cardiovascular-and-general-health-status-of-adults-with-trisomy-21
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Samuel A Hayes, Shelby Kutty, Joshua Thomas, Joyce T Johnson, Anji T Yetman
BACKGROUND: Patients with Trisomy 21 are now living well into adulthood. Little data exists to assist the cardiologist in the care of these patients. We sought to examine the cardiac and general health status of adults with Trisomy 21 undergoing cardiac evaluation. METHODS & RESULTS: A retrospective review of all affected adults >21years followed at 2 tertiary care institutions was performed. Of 193 patients identified, median age was 31 (range 21.1-60.5) years...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318656/clinical-characteristics-and-prognosis-of-patients-admitted-for-heart-failure-a-5-year-retrospective-study-of-african-patients
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Kwadwo Osei Bonsu, Isaac Kofi Owusu, Kwame Ohene Buabeng, Daniel D Reidpath, Amudha Kadirvelu
BACKGROUND: Mortality associated with heart failure (HF) remains high. There are limited clinical data on mortality among HF patients from African populations. We examined the clinical characteristics, long-term outcomes, and prognostic factors of African HF patients with preserved, mid-range or reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a retrospective longitudinal cohort study of individuals aged ≥18years discharged from first HF admission between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2013 from the Cardiac Clinic, Directorate of Medicine of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana...
March 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317635/a-depressed-heart-atrial-fibrillation-and-pulmonary-hypertension-in-severe-pectus-excavatum
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Sumit Som, Tatyana Danilov
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April 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317490/speculative-considerations-about-some-cardiology-enigmas
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Paulo Roberto Barbosa Evora, Andre Schmidt, Livia Arcêncio, José Antonio Marin-Neto
Write a review text or point-of-view that takes into account the interests, if not of all, but of most readers of a scientific journal is an arduous task. The editorial can be grounded in published articles, even in a single article of undeniable importance and, it can also represent a trend of specialty. Therefore, especially for the sake of the reader's motivation, the present text was freely designed to discuss some cardiology enigmas in the context of the heart valve and coronary artery disease (CAD). Concerning the CAD five well-known enigmas will be considered: 1) The absence of arteriosclerosis in intramyocardial coronary arteries; 2) The unique and always confirmed superior evolution of the left internal thoracic artery as a coronary graft; 3) The prophylactic left internal thoracic artery graft in mildly-stenosed coronary lesions, and; 4) The high incidence of perioperative atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with CAD, and; 5) The handling of disease-free saphenous vein graft at the time of reoperation...
March 17, 2017: Current Cardiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317461/hydroxy-methoxy-benzaldehyde-from-sesbania-grandilfora-inhibits-the-advanced-glycation-end-products-ages-mediated-fibrillation-in-hemoglobin
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G Prasanna, N Hari, N T Saraswathi
The present study was aimed to identify the active anti-glycation constituent from the leaves of Sesbania grandiflora. Characterization of the active constituent resulted in the identification of hydroxy methoxy benzaldehyde (HMB). The potential of HMB as anti-glycation lead was analyzed by fluorescence spectroscopy, fluorescence microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and molecular interaction studies. Our results suggested that HMB inhibited formation of early (HbA1c) and advanced glycation end products (AGEs)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317415/uninterrupted-dabigatran-versus-warfarin-for-ablation-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Hugh Calkins, Stephan Willems, Edward P Gerstenfeld, Atul Verma, Richard Schilling, Stefan H Hohnloser, Ken Okumura, Harvey Serota, Matias Nordaby, Kelly Guiver, Branislav Biss, Marc A Brouwer, Massimo Grimaldi
Background Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation is typically performed with uninterrupted anticoagulation with warfarin or interrupted non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant therapy. Uninterrupted anticoagulation with a non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant, such as dabigatran, may be safer; however, controlled data are lacking. We investigated the safety of uninterrupted dabigatran versus warfarin in patients undergoing ablation of atrial fibrillation. Methods In this randomized, open-label, multicenter, controlled trial with blinded adjudicated end-point assessments, we randomly assigned patients scheduled for catheter ablation of paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation to receive either dabigatran (150 mg twice daily) or warfarin (target international normalized ratio, 2...
March 19, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
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