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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150698/surgical-techniques-for-left-atrial-appendage-exclusion
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Sacha P Salzberg, Maximilian Y Emmert, Etem Caliskan
The increasing prevalence of atrial fibrillation with the aging population and its associated major morbidity and mortality due to thromboembolic stroke have resulted in intensive research on stroke prevention or stroke risk reduction strategies. Several surgical techniques for left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion have evolved over the past decades. Surgeons have been using different techniques leading to highly variable and, in particular, poor data on outcomes. LAA closure is performed either as a concomitant procedure during open-heart surgery or as a stand-alone surgical procedure as part of minimally invasive (mini-thoracotomy or thoracoscopy) arrhythmia surgery...
November 17, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149933/nutrition-therapy-in-sepsis
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REVIEW
Paul E Wischmeyer
Sepsis is characterized by early massive catabolism, lean body mass (LBM) loss, and escalating hypermetabolism persisting for months to years. Early enteral nutrition should attempt to correct micronutrient/vitamin deficiencies, deliver adequate protein and moderated nonprotein calories, as well-nourished patients can generate reasonable endogenous energy. After resuscitation, increasing protein/calories are needed to attenuate LBM loss and promote recovery. Malnutrition screening is essential, and parenteral nutrition can be safely added when enteral nutrition is failing based on preillness malnutrition...
January 2018: Critical Care Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149414/role-of-tctp-for-cellular-differentiation-and-cancer-therapy
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Ean-Jeong Seo, Nicolas Fischer, Thomas Efferth
The translationally controlled tumor protein (TCTP) is a highly conserved protein that is regulated due to a high number of extracellular stimuli. TCTP has an important role for cell cycle and normal development. On the other side, tumor reversion and malignant transformation have been associated with TCTP. TCTP has been found among the 12 genes that are differentially expressed during mouse oocyte maturation, and an overexpression of this gene was reported in a wide variety of different cancer types. Its antiapoptotic effect is indicated by the interaction with several proapoptotic proteins of the Bcl-2 family and the p53 tumor suppressor protein...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147720/anticoagulation-in-atrial-fibrillation-current-evidence-and-guideline-recommendations
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J W Erath, S H Hohnloser
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequently encountered sustained arrhythmia with a prevalence of 0.5-10%, depending predominantly on age. The arrhythmia is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, mainly due to thromboembolic events including stroke and systemic embolisms. These complications can be effectively prevented with anticoagulation therapy either with vitamin K antagonists (VKA) or with non-vitamin K antagonists (NOAC). VKA therapy is effective in preventing strokes but these medications are difficult to use, are associated with significant bleeding risk, and have pharmacokinetic/dynamic properties that make their use cumbersome...
November 17, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147170/clinical-assessment-of-warfarin-therapy-in-patients-with-maintenance-dialysis-clinical-efficacy-risks-and-development-of-calciphylaxis
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Hajime Hasegawa
Recent years, multiple studies regarding clinical efficacy and risks of Warfarin therapy in dialysis patients have been reported, and not a few reports conclude that clinical advantage of Warfarin is questionable in dialysis patients. Conversely, its hemorrhagic risk might be a little more serious in dialysis patients comparing to non-dialysis patients. Basically, it is assumed that long-term administration of Warfarin accelerates the development of vascular athelosclerosis because of the abolished anti-calcification effect of Gla-protein activation by decreased vitamin K activity...
September 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145296/approach-to-the-patient-with-pregnancy-and-lactation-associated-osteoporosis-a-case-report-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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Min Zhang, Ping Chen, Bin Li, Juan Du, Ting Pan, Jingyan Chen
RATIONALE: Pregnancy and lactation-associated osteoporosis (PLO) is very rare, but it can cause severe vertebral compression fractures with disabling back pain. Although it is a rare, PLO must be kept in mind in the differential diagnosis in patients presenting with low back pain during or after pregnancy. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 23-year-old woman who suffered from lumbago and fractures in the vertebral column 1 month after delivery. DIAGNOSIS: Pregnancy and lactation-associated osteoporosis...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144808/osteoporotic-fractures-during-bisphosphonate-drug-holiday-fractures-bisphosphonate-drug-holidays
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Brittany Bindon, William Adams, Neelam Balasubramanian, Jasmin Sandhu, Pauline Camacho
OBJECTIVE: Bisphosphonate (BP) drug holidays are recommended to lower the risk of rare adverse events, such as atypical femoral fractures and osteonecrosis of the jaw. However, there are minimal data on the optimal duration of these holidays. Our aim was to determine the clinical and laboratory parameters associated with increased fracture risk in patients on BP drug holiday. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted of 401 patients with osteopenia or osteoporosis who began a BP drug holiday from 2004 to 2013...
November 16, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141977/vitamins-associated-with-brain-aging-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-disease-biomarkers-epidemiological-and-experimental-evidence-plausible-mechanisms-and-knowledge-gaps
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Michael Fenech
The key to preventing brain aging, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer disease (AD) via vitamin intake is first to understand molecular mechanisms, then to deduce relevant biomarkers, and subsequently to test the level of evidence for the impact of vitamins in the relevant pathways and their modulation of dementia risk. This narrative review infers information on mechanisms from gene and metabolic defects associated with MCI and AD, and assesses the role of vitamins using recent results from animal and human studies...
November 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141970/natural-forms-of-vitamin-e-as-effective-agents-for-cancer-prevention-and-therapy
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Qing Jiang
Initial research on vitamin E and cancer has focused on α-tocopherol (αT), but recent clinical studies on cancer-preventive effects of αT supplementation have shown disappointing results, which has led to doubts about the role of vitamin E, including different vitamin E forms, in cancer prevention. However, accumulating mechanistic and preclinical animal studies show that other forms of vitamin E, such as γ-tocopherol (γT), δ-tocopherol (δT), γ-tocotrienol (γTE), and δ-tocotrienol (δTE), have far superior cancer-preventive activities than does αT...
November 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141866/prostate-specific-membrane-antigen-cleavage-of-vitamin-b9-stimulates-oncogenic-signaling-through-metabotropic-glutamate-receptors
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Charalambos Kaittanis, Chrysafis Andreou, Haley Hieronymus, Ninghui Mao, Catherine A Foss, Matthias Eiber, Gregor Weirich, Palak Panchal, Anuradha Gopalan, Juan Zurita, Samuel Achilefu, Gabriela Chiosis, Vladimir Ponomarev, Markus Schwaiger, Brett S Carver, Martin G Pomper, Jan Grimm
Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) or folate hydrolase 1 (FOLH1) is highly expressed on prostate cancer. Its expression correlates inversely with survival and increases with tumor grade. However, the biological role of PSMA has not been explored, and its role in prostate cancer remained elusive. Filling this gap, we demonstrate that in prostate cancer, PSMA initiates signaling upstream of PI3K through G protein-coupled receptors, specifically via the metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR). PSMA's carboxypeptidase activity releases glutamate from vitamin B9 and other glutamated substrates, which activate mGluR I...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141199/disruption-of-mitochondrial-function-as-mechanism-for-anti-cancer-activity-of-a-novel-mitochondriotropic-menadione-derivative
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José Teixeira, Ricardo Amorim, Katia Santos, Pedro Soares, Sandipan Datta, Gino A Cortopassi, Teresa L Serafim, Vilma A Sardão, Jorge Garrido, Fernanda Borges, Paulo J Oliveira
Menadione, also known as vitamin K3, is a 2-methyl-1,4 naphthoquinone with a potent cytotoxic activity mainly resulting from its quinone redox-cycling with production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Although increased ROS generation is considered a relevant mechanism in cancer cell death, it may not be sufficiently effective to kill cancer cells due to phenotypic adaptations. Therefore, combining ROS-generating agents with other molecules targeting important cancer cell phenotypes can be an effective therapeutic strategy...
November 12, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141075/treatment-for-livedoid-vasculopathy-a-systematic-review
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Robert Micieli, Afsaneh Alavi
Importance: Livedoid vasculopathy is a painful, ulcerative condition of the lower extremities for which no established treatment exists. Current treatment paradigms rely on low levels of evidence, primarily case reports and case series. Objective: To systematically review the treatment for livedoid vasculopathy and synthesize the available clinical data. Evidence Review: A systematic review of the literature using Ovid MEDLINE (covering the period January 1, 1946, through June 9, 2017) and Ovid EMBASE (covering January 1, 1947, through June 9, 2017) databases was performed with a broad and inclusive search strategy along with a subsequent search of the references of retrieved articles...
November 15, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140875/bone-mineral-density-declines-twice-as-quickly-among-hiv-infected-women-compared-to-men
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Kristine M Erlandson, Jordan E Lake, Myung Sim, Julian Falutz, Carla M Prado, Ana Rita Domingues da Silva, Todd T Brown, Giovanni Guaraldi
BACKGROUND: Initial declines in bone mineral density (BMD) following antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation in HIV are well described, but data on long-term changes and risk factors for decline, particularly among women, are limited. METHODS: HIV-infected men and women in the Modena Metabolic Clinic underwent dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans every 6-12 months for up to 10 years (median 4.6 years). Mixed effect regression model in combined and sex-stratified models determined annual rates of decline and clinical factors associated with BMD...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139364/advanced-management-of-severe-keloids
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REVIEW
Thomas Hagele, Hoka Nyanda, Nishit Patel, Nicole Russell, George Cohen, Christopher Nelson
Keloids negatively impact the health and quality of life of many affected dermatologic patients. Treating keloids is often difficult, and suboptimal responses are frequent. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available to the clinician that may lead to improved clinical outcomes. We present a review of currently available therapeutic options. Intralesional steroid injection remains the first-line treatment for keloids. Imiquimod, direct interferon therapy, or intralesional 5-flurouracil may alleviate the need for excessive corticosteroid therapy...
2017: Skinmed
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139025/coagulopathy-in-zellweger-spectrum-disorders-a-role-for-vitamin-k
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Sara Zeynelabidin, Femke C C Klouwer, Joost C M Meijers, Monique H Suijker, Marc Engelen, Bwee Tien Poll-The, C Heleen van Ommen
INTRODUCTION: Zellweger spectrum disorders (ZSDs) are caused by an impairment of peroxisome biogenesis, resulting in multiple metabolic abnormalities. This leads to a range of symptoms, including hepatic dysfunction and coagulopathy. This study evaluated the incidence and severity of coagulopathy and the effect of vitamin K supplementation orally and IV in ZSD. METHODS: Data were retrospectively retrieved from the medical records of 30 ZSD patients to study coagulopathy and the effect of vitamin K orally on proteins induced by vitamin K absence (PIVKA-II) levels...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139019/pharmacists-confidence-when-providing-pharmaceutical-care-on-anticoagulants-a-multinational-survey
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John Papastergiou, Nadir Kheir, Katerina Ladova, Silas Rydant, Fabio De Rango, Sotiris Antoniou, Reka Viola, Maria Dolores Murillo, Stephane Steurbaut, Filipa Alves da Costa
Background Guidelines on the management of orally anticoagulated patients are continuously evolving, leading to an increased need for pharmacists to be fully integrated in care provision. Objective To identify self-reported gaps in confidence among practicing pharmacists in the area of anticoagulation. Setting Pharmacists in different work settings in different countries. Method Cross-sectional international survey from October 2015 till November 2016 among pharmacists working in different settings to assess their level of confidence when delivering anticoagulants as well as to identify possible educational needs regarding this medication class...
December 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137078/successful-treatment-of-ovarian-cancer-with-apatinib-combined-with-chemotherapy-a-case-report
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Mingzi Zhang, Zhongkai Tian, Yehong Sun
RATIONALE: The standard treatment for ovarian cancer is chemotherapy with 2 drugs (taxanes and platinum drugs). However, the traditional combination of the 2 drugs has many adverse effects (AEs) and the cancer cells will quickly become resistant to the drugs. Apatinib is a small-molecule antiangiogenic agent which has shown promising therapeutic effects against diverse tumor types, but it still remains unknown whether apatinib has an antitumor effect in patients with ovarian cancer. Herein, we present a successfully treated case of ovarian cancer using chemotherapy and apatinib, in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of this new combined regimen in ovarian cancer...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136138/calcific-aortic-valve-stenosis-hard-disease-in-the-heart-a-biomolecular-approach-towards-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Frederique E C M Peeters, Steven J R Meex, Marc R Dweck, Elena Aikawa, Harry J G M Crijns, Leon J Schurgers, Bas L J H Kietselaer
Calcific aortic valve stenosis (CAVS) is common in the ageing population and set to become an increasing economic and health burden. Once present, it inevitably progresses and has a poor prognosis in symptomatic patients. No medical therapies are proven to be effective in holding or reducing disease progression. Therefore, aortic valve replacement remains the only available treatment option. Improved knowledge of the mechanisms underlying disease progression has provided us with insights that CAVS is not a passive disease...
November 10, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135370/pharmacokinetics-based-adjusted-versus-standard-dose-of-ribavirin-does-not-improve-virologic-response-rates-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-genotype-4-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ibrahim H Altraif, Faisal Sanai, Mohammed A Babatin, Abduljaleel A Alalwan, Ayman A Abdo, Waleed Alhamoudi, Musthafa Peedikayil, Hamdan Alghamdi, Fahad Alsohaibani, Khalid A Alswat, Shazia Murtaza, Abdullah Alghamdi, Sara Altraif, Abdulrahman Aljumah, Fayaz A Handoo, Abdulkareem M AlBekairy, Hamad I Al-Ashgar, Mohammed Alquaiz, Mohammed A Alblawi, Waleed AlTamimi, Véronique Loustaud-Ratti, Pierre Marquett
Optimal doses of Ribavirin (RBV) for hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment are not known. To assess the safety and efficacy of PegIFNalfa-2a in combination with an adjusted (ADJ) RBV dose based on early pharmacokinetics versus a fixed standard (STD) dose of RBV in chronic HCV genotype (GT) 4-naive patients in a randomized trial. One hundred eighty-one patients were randomized. The baseline variables were similar in both arms and females were 50.3% of the patients, 76.5% had minimal-moderate fibrosis (F0-2). Sustained virologic response (SVR) was achieved in 99 (54...
November 2017: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134617/vascular-calcification-is-not-related-to-serum-fetuin-a-and-osteopontin-levels-in-hemodialysis-patients
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O Ulutas, M C Taskapan, A Dogan, T Baysal, H Taskapan
INTRODUCTION: Vascular calcification (VC) in hemodialysis (HD) patients is a sign of severe cardiovascular disease and can predict cardiovascular outcomes. Fetuin-A and osteopontin (OPN) inhibit VC. Serum fetuin-A levels are lower in patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) and in those who are on chronic HD therapy. However, there are limited data concerning OPN in patients who are on dialysis. The aim of our study was to determine VC in HD patients, the relationship between VC and 25-OH-vitamin D, fetuin-A, and OPN levels, and independent predictors of VC...
November 13, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
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