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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551926/-the-failure-modes-and-effects-analysis-facilitates-a-safe-time-and-money-saving-open-access-colonoscopy-service
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Rachel Gingold-Belfer, Yaron Niv, Nehama Horev, Shuli Gross, Nadav Sahar, Ram Dickman
BACKGROUND: Failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) is used for the identification of potential risks in health care processes. We used a specific FMEA - based form for direct referral for colonoscopy and assessed it for procedurerelated perforations. METHODS: Ten experts in endoscopy evaluated and computed the entire referral process, modes of preparation for the endoscopic procedure, the endoscopic procedure itself and the discharge process. We used FMEA assessing for likelihood of occurrence, detection and severity and calculated the risk profile number (RPN) for each of the above points...
April 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551923/-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-israel-6-5-years-of-experience-at-the-largest-ecmo-treatment-center-in-israel
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Philip Biderman, Uri Carmi, Michael Fainblut, Oren Bachar, Benny Medallion, Dan Aravot
AIMS: The primary purpose of the study is to evaluate the characteristics of the population treated with ECMO at Beilinson Hospital, the treatment results and a comparison of results with ECMO centers in the world. The treatment outcomes relative to the experience of the team during the years 2008-2014 were also examined. The secondary purpose of this article is to increase the awareness of the medical staff to ECMO as a treatment option for patients with appropriate indications, where indications have increased in recent years...
April 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551915/-characteristics-of-large-pericardial-effusion-in-a-well-defined-geographical-region
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Moanis Serhan, Ruhi Abdallah, Shaul Atar
BACKGROUND: Pericardial effusion can occur as a result of primary pericardial disease or secondary to systemic disease. Analysis of the features of pericardial effusion in correlation with clinical and demographic findings can help clinicians to determine the correct diagnosis and to choose the appropriate treatment and reduce patient mortality and morbidity. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of the characteristics of pericardial effusion and the prevalence of the different etiologies and their correlation with demographics, clinical characteristics and medical history in 86 patients admitted to Galilee Medical Center from 2001 to 2010 who underwent pericardiocentesis or pericardial window...
May 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551910/-level-and-oxidation-of-beta-2-microglobulin-in-hemodialysis-patients-treated-with-intravenous-iron-during-dialysis-with-high-flux-compared-to-low-flux-dialyzers
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Regina Michelis, Shifra Sela, Alexander Lanzmann, Olga Tanchilevski, Revital Shurtz-Swirski, Batya Kristal
INTRODUCTION: Serum levels of β2-microglobulin (b2M) are significantly higher in patients with end stage renal failure undergoing hemodialysis (HD) and its accumulation accelerates Dialysis Related Amyloidosis (DRA). In HD patients low-flux dialysis, intravenous (IV) iron (administered for the treatment of anemia) affects ß2M removal during dialysis. IV iron also affects the oxidation of plasma proteins, including b2M. AIMS: To examine the effect of intravenous iron therapy on ß2M levels and oxidation in HD patients treated with high-flux compared with low-flux dialyzers...
May 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551825/necroptosis-and-ferroptosis-are-alternative-cell-death-pathways-that-operate-in-acute-kidney-failure
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Tammo Müller, Christin Dewitz, Jessica Schmitz, Anna Sophia Schröder, Jan Hinrich Bräsen, Brent R Stockwell, James M Murphy, Ulrich Kunzendorf, Stefan Krautwald
Ferroptosis is a recently recognized caspase-independent form of regulated cell death that is characterized by the accumulation of lethal lipid ROS produced through iron-dependent lipid peroxidation. Considering that regulation of fatty acid metabolism is responsible for the membrane-resident pool of oxidizable fatty acids that undergo lipid peroxidation in ferroptotic processes, we examined the contribution of the key fatty acid metabolism enzyme, acyl-CoA synthetase long-chain family member 4 (ACSL4), in regulating ferroptosis...
May 27, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551820/cd147-expression-in-peritoneal-injury
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Harald Seeger, Joerg Latus, Daniel Kitterer, M Dominik Alscher, Dagmar Biegger, Jin Chen, Ilka Edenhofer, Rudolf P Wüthrich, Stephan Segerer
BACKGROUND: Peritoneal injury is an important cause of technical failure of long-term peritoneal dialysis (PD). Encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS) is a severe complication of long-term PD with potentially life threatening consequences. CD147 is a glycoprotein with diverse functions including modulation of extracellular matrix via induction of matrix metalloproteinases, cell adhesion, and regulation of immune reactions. We hypothesized that CD 147 plays a role in the peritoneal cavity...
May 27, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551808/mitochondrial-heteroplasmy
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George B Stefano, Christina Bjenning, Fuzhou Wang, Nan Wang, Richard M Kream
Genetic polymorphisms, in concert with well-characterized etiology and progression of major pathologies, plays a significant role in aberrant processes afflicting human populations. Mitochondrial heteroplasmy represents a dynamically determined co-expression of inherited polymorphisms and somatic pathology in varying ratios within individual mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) genomes with repetitive patterns of tissue specificity. The ratios of the MtDNA genomes represent a balance between healthy and pathological cellular outcomes...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551797/peripheral-blood-mitochondrial-dna-and-myocardial-function
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Tatiana Kuznetsova, Judita Knez
Heart failure is a complex progressive clinical syndrome which is initiated by risk factors (e.g., hypertension, obesity, and diabetes), then proceeds to asymptomatic maladaptive left ventricular remodeling and dysfunction, and finally evolves into clinically overt, symptomatic heart failure, disability, and death. The progression of left ventricular dysfunction is associated with changes in cardiac energy metabolism. Mitochondria play a central role in a variety of cardiomyocytes functions, including oxidative energy production, storage of calcium ions, and programmed cell death...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551793/mitochondria-in-structural-and-functional-cardiac-remodeling
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Natalia Torrealba, Pablo Aranguiz, Camila Alonso, Beverly A Rothermel, Sergio Lavandero
The heart must function continuously as it is responsible for both supplying oxygen and nutrients throughout the entire body, as well as for the transport of waste products to excretory organs. When facing either a physiological or pathological increase in cardiac demand, the heart undergoes structural and functional remodeling as a means of adapting to increased workload. These adaptive responses can include changes in gene expression, protein composition, and structure of sub-cellular organelles involved in energy production and metabolism...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551792/mechanistic-role-of-thioredoxin-2-in-heart-failure
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Chaofei Chen, Haixuan Chen, Huanjiao Jenny Zhou, Weidong Ji, Wang Min
Thioredoxin 2 (Trx2) is a pivotal mitochondrial protein that regulates redox signaling. The mitochondrial Trx2 is expressed ubiquitously, but it is found at the highest levels in metabolically active tissues like the heart. Global gene knockout of Trx2 results in embryonic lethality, likely due to the increased cellular oxidative stress. Moreover, mice with cardiac-specific Trx2 deletion develop spontaneous dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), correlating with increased apoptosis stress kinase-1 (ASK1) signaling and increased cardiomyocyte apoptosis...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551791/mitochondrial-mechanosensor-microdomains-in-cardiovascular-disorders
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Michele Miragoli, Aderville Cabassi
The cardiomyocytes populating the 'working myocardium' are highly organized and such organization ranges from macroscale (e.g. the geometrical rod shape) to microscale (dyad/t-tubules) domains. This meticulous level of organization is imperative for assuring the normal and physiological pump-function of the heart. In the pathological cardiac tissue, the domains-related architecture is partially lost, resulting in morphological, electrical and metabolic remodeling and promoting cardiovascular diseases including heart failure and arrhythmias...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551790/connexin-43-and-mitochondria-in-cardiovascular-health-and-disease
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Kerstin Boengler, Rainer Schulz
Connexin 43 (Cx43) is the major connexin protein in ventricular cardiomyocytes. Six Cx43 proteins assemble into so-called hemichannels at the sarcolemma and opposing hemichannels form gap junctions, which allow the passage of small molecules and electrical current flow between adjacent cells. Apart from its localization at the plasma membrane, Cx43 is also present in cardiomyocyte mitochondria, where it is important for mitochondrial function in terms of oxygen consumption and potassium fluxes. The expression of gap junctional and mitochondrial Cx43 is altered under several pathophysiological conditions among them are hypertension, hypertrophy, hypercholesterolemia, ischemia/reperfusion injury, post-infarction remodeling, and heart failure...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551789/mitochondria-and-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Heberty di Tarso Fernandes Facundo, Robert Eli Brainard, Francisco Rodrigo de Lemos Caldas, Aline Maria Brito Lucas
Cardiac tissue responds to long-term hemodynamic load through initiation of a hypertrophic remodeling program. Importantly, if not counteracted this response will eventually lead to organ failure. Cardiac hypertrophic adaptations are complex, and involve multiple cellular events and the mechanisms underlying the development of cardiac hypertrophy are not well understood. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been indicated as a potential and important player in the development of cardiac hypertrophy. Additionally, substantial evidence shows that a significant portion of mitochondrial processes, necessary for normal cardiomyocyte physiology, are impacted by these hypertrophic changes...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551784/mitochondrial-function-in-non-ischemic-heart-failure
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Anisha A Gupte, Dale J Hamilton
Provision for the continuous demand for energy from the beating heart relies heavily on efficient mitochondrial activity. Non-ischemic cardiomyopathy in which oxygen supply is not limiting results from etiologies such as pressure overload. It is associated with progressive development of metabolic stress culminating in energy depletion and heart failure. The mitochondria from the ventricular walls undergoing non-ischemic cardiomyopathy are subjected to long periods of adaptation to support the changing metabolic milieu, which has been described as mal-adaptation since it ultimately results in loss of cardiac contractile function...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551783/mitochondrial-mutations-in-cardiac-disorders
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Sung Ryul Lee, Jin Han
Mitochondria individually encapsulate their own genome, unlike other cellular organelles. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is a circular, double-stranded, 16,569-base paired DNA containing 37 genes: 13 proteins of the mitochondrial respiratory chain, two ribosomal RNAs (rRNAs; 12S and 16S), and 22 transfer RNAs (tRNAs). The mtDNA is more vulnerable to oxidative modifications compared to nuclear DNA because of its proximity to ROS-producing sites, limited presence of DNA damage repair systems, and continuous replication in the cell...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551782/mitochondrial-bioenergetics-and-dysfunction-in-failing-heart
#16
Freya L Sheeran, Salvatore Pepe
Energy insufficiency has been recognized as a key feature of systolic heart failure. Although mitochondria have long been known to sustain myocardial work energy supply, the capacity to therapeutically target mitochondrial bioenergetics dysfunction is hampered by a complex interplay of multiple perturbations that progressively compound causing myocardial failure and collapse. Compared to non-failing human donor hearts, activity rates of complexes I and IV, nicotinamide nucleotide transhydrogenase (NADPH-transhydrogenase, Nnt) and the Krebs cycle enzymes isocitrate dehydrogenase, malate dehydrogenase and aconitase are markedly decreased in end-stage heart failure...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551771/synergistic-effects-of-chuanxiong-chishao-herb-pair-on-promoting-angiogenesis-at-network-pharmacological-and-pharmacodynamic-levels
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Yan Wang, Gang Guo, Bin-Rui Yang, Qi-Qi Xin, Qi-Wen Liao, Simon Ming-Yuen Lee, Yuan-Jia Hu, Ke-Ji Chen, Wei-Hong Cong
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the synergistic effects of Chuanxiong-Chishao herb-pair (CCHP) on promoting angiogenesis in silico and in vivo. METHODS: The mechanisms of action of an herb-pair, Chuanxiong- Chishao, were investigated using the network pharmacological and pharmacodynamic strategies involving computational drug target prediction and network analysis, and experimental validation. A set of network pharmacology methods were created to study the herbs in the context of targets and diseases networks, including prediction of target profiles and pharmacological actions of main active compounds in Chuanxiong and Chishao...
May 27, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551735/primary-headaches-and-school-performance-is-there-a-connection
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REVIEW
J Genizi, V Guidetti, M A Arruda
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Headache is a common complaint among children and adolescents. School functioning is one of the most important life domains impacted by chronic pain in children. This review discusses the epidemiological and pathophysiological connections between headaches and school functioning including a suggested clinical approach. RECENT FINDINGS: The connection between recurrent and chronic headache and learning disabilities might be psychosocial (fear of failure) or anatomical (malfunctioning of the frontal and prefrontal areas)...
July 2017: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551611/-68-ga-psma-pet-ct-has-a-role-in-detecting-prostate-cancer-lesions-in-patients-with-recurrent-disease
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REVIEW
Claire Fitzpatrick, Olwyn Lynch, Laure Marignol
BACKGROUND/AIM: Early detection of recurrent πrostate cancer (PCa) lesions is paramount to allow patients to avail of localised salvage therapy options. The most significant reason for failure of salvage therapy is undetected metastatic disease. This demonstrates the need for a more accurate monitoring tool. The prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) is increasingly investigated as a novel tracer for gallium 68 PET/CT to detect PCa lesions in patients with recurrent disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Embase, Pubmed and the Cochrane databases were searched to identify studies investigating the accuracy of (68)Ga-PSMA-PET/CT in detecting PCa lesions...
June 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551597/clozapine-re-exposure-after-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Mariëtte Nederlof, Theo Wj Benschop, Cornelia Adriana de Vries Feyens, Eibert Roelof Heerdink
A 63-year-old woman with diabetes type II and a history of breast cancer was treated with clozapine for her refractory schizophrenia. She developed a dilated cardiomyopathy with an ejection fraction of 25%, a life-threatening event. The cause of heart failure could be multifactorial, with clozapine, family history, chemotherapy, diabetes type II and/or lithium as possible contributing risk factors. Clozapine was discontinued and the patient was referred to a hospice. Two weeks later, her heart failure slowly improved...
May 27, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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