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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215516/aisf-position-paper-on-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-nafld-updates-and-future-directions
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Amedeo Lonardo, Fabio Nascimbeni, Giovanni Targher, Mauro Bernardi, Ferruccio Bonino, Elisabetta Bugianesi, Alessandro Casini, Amalia Gastaldelli, Giulio Marchesini, Fabio Marra, Luca Miele, Filomena Morisco, Salvatore Petta, Fabio Piscaglia, Gianluca Svegliati-Baroni, Luca Valenti, Stefano Bellentani
This review summarizes our current understanding of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a multi-factorial systemic disease resulting from a complex interaction between a specific genetic background and multiple environmental/metabolic "hits". The role of gut microbiota, lipotoxicity, inflammation and their molecular pathways is reviewed in-depth. We also discuss the epidemiology and natural history of NAFLD by pinpointing the remarkably high prevalence of NAFLD worldwide and its inherent systemic complications: hepatic (steatohepatitis, advanced fibrosis and cirrhosis), cardio-metabolic (cardiovascular disease, cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias and type 2 diabetes) and neoplastic (primary liver cancers and extra-hepatic cancers)...
January 23, 2017: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210975/alcohol-and-cardiovascular-disease-how-much-is-too-much
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REVIEW
Augustin Toma, Guillaume Paré, Darryl P Leong
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Previous research suggests that low-moderate alcohol consumption may have cardioprotective effects, while heavy or binge-pattern drinking is harmful. New evidence and research methodology may inform safe thresholds of alcohol use. This review examines recent evidence regarding alcohol's effect on cardiovascular disease, with a special consideration of pattern, drink type, and total quantity. RECENT FINDINGS: New epidemiologic research confirms the potential harmful cardiovascular effects of heavy episodic alcohol use and does not support the previous observation that low-moderate alcohol use protects against stroke...
March 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178390/metabolic-and-hemodynamic-effects-of-sodium-dependent-glucose-co-transporter-2-inhibitors-on-cardio-renal-protection-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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REVIEW
Atsunori Kashiwagi, Hiroshi Maegawa
The specific Na+/glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2 inhibitors) inhibit glucose reabsorption in proximal renal tubular cells, and both fasting and postprandial glucose significantly decrease due to urinary glucose loss. As a result, pancreatic β-cell function and peripheral insulin action significantly improve with relief from glucose toxicity. Furthermore, whole body energy metabolism changes to relative glucose deficiency and triggers increased lipolysis in fat cells, and fatty acid oxidation and then ketone body production in the liver during treatment with SGLT2 inhibitors...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164755/regulation-of-na-k-atpase-by-estradiol-and-igf-1-in-cardio-metabolic-diseases
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Milan Obradovic, Julijana Stanimirovic, Anastasija Panic, Nikola Bogdanovic, Emina Sudar-Milovanovic, Desanka Cenic-Milosevic, Esma R Isenovic
BACKGROUND: The sodium/potassium- adenosine- triphosphatase (Na+/K+-ATPase) is an important mediator in vasculature tone and contractility, and its abnormal regulation has been implicated in many diseases such as obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, and hypertension. Decreased Na+/K+-ATPase abundance and its altered isoform expression induce cardiomyocytes death and cardiac dysfunction, possibly leading to the development of myocardial dilation and heart failure. Therefore, the regulation of Na+/K+-ATPase activity/expression could be important in treatment and possible prevention of cardio-metabolic diseases...
February 3, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162956/exercise-and-ectopic-fat-in-type-2-diabetes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
A Sabag, K L Way, S E Keating, R N Sultana, H T O'Connor, M K Baker, V H Chuter, J George, N A Johnson
Ectopic adipose tissue surrounding the intra-abdominal organs (visceral fat) and located in the liver, heart, pancreas and muscle, is linked to cardio-metabolic complications commonly experienced in type 2 diabetes. A systematic review and meta-analysis was performed to determine the effect of exercise on ectopic fat in adults with type 2 diabetes. Relevant databases were searched to February 2016. Included were randomised controlled studies, which implemented≥4 weeks of aerobic and/or resistance exercise and quantified ectopic fat via magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy or muscle biopsy before and after intervention...
February 2, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161619/combination-of-metformin-with-chemotherapeutic-drugs-via-different-molecular-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Mei Peng, Kwame Oteng Darko, Ting Tao, Yanjun Huang, Qiongli Su, Caimei He, Tao Yin, Zhaoqian Liu, Xiaoping Yang
Metformin, a widely prescribed drug for treating type II diabetes, is one of the most extensively recognized metabolic modulators which has shown an important anti-cancer property. However, fairly amount of clinical trials on its single administration have not demonstrated a convincing efficiency yet. Thus, recent studies tend to combine metformin with clinical commonly used chemotherapeutic drugs to decrease their toxicity and attenuate their tumor resistance. These strategies have displayed promising clinical benefits...
January 23, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152766/outcome-analysis-of-breast-cancer-patients-treated-with-cardiotoxic-agents-in-the-community-setting-a-single-institution-experience
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Munthir Mansour, Todd W Gress, Maria R B Tria Tirona
: 213 Background: Anthracyclines and anti-Her-2 targeted therapy are commonly used effective breast cancer treatments. They are known to decrease Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (LVEF), which may increase patients' morbidity and mortality. There is currently no consensus on post treatment cardiac follow-up. Recent observations suggested that ACEI and B blocker drugs could have cardioprotective effects. We conducted a retrospective study to assess patients' cardiac outcome using post-treatment LVEF follow-up and effect of ACEI and B blocker on cardiac outcome for breast cancer patients who received cardiotoxic agents in our institution...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152638/are-vasopressors-useful-in-toxin-induced-cardiogenic-shock
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Cassandra A Skoog, Kristin M Engebretsen
OBJECTIVE: Overdoses with cardio-depressive medications can result in toxin-induced cardiogenic shock (TICS), a life-threatening condition characterized by severe hypotension and ineffective tissue perfusion. Vasopressors are often employed in the treatment of shock to increase heart rate and blood pressure. We sought to conduct a systematic review of the literature to evaluate the effectiveness of vasopressors in improving hemodynamic function and survival in the treatment of TICS. DATA SOURCES: We searched PubMed, EMBASE, TOXLINE, and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts...
February 3, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143438/medication-adherence-in-randomized-controlled-trials-evaluating-cardiovascular-or-mortality-outcomes-in-dialysis-patients-a-systematic-review
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Karumathil M Murali, Judy Mullan, Jenny H C Chen, Steven Roodenrys, Maureen Lonergan
BACKGROUND: Medication non-adherence is common among renal dialysis patients. High degrees of non-adherence in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) can lead to failure to detect a true treatment effect. Cardio-protective pharmacological interventions have shown no consistent benefit in RCTs involving dialysis patients. Whether non-adherence contributes to this lack of efficacy is unknown. We aimed to investigate how medication adherence and drug discontinuation were assessed, reported and addressed in RCTs, evaluating cardiovascular or mortality outcomes in dialysis patients...
January 31, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130427/nephron-number-hypertension-and-ckd-physiological-and-genetic-insight-from-humans-and-animal-models
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Xuexiang Wang, Michael R Garrett
The kidneys play a vital role in the excretion of waste products and the regulation of electrolytes, maintenance of acid-base balance, regulation of blood pressure, and production of several hormones. Any alteration in the structure of the nephron (basic functional unit of the kidney) can have a major impact on the kidney's ability to work efficiently. Progressive decline in kidney function can lead to serious illness and ultimately death if not treated by dialysis or transplantation. While there have been numerous studies that implicate lower nephron numbers as being an important factor in influencing susceptibility to develop hypertension and chronic kidney disease, a direct association has been difficult to establish because of three main limitations: (1) the large variation in nephron number observed in the human population; (2) no established reliable non-invasive methods to determine nephron complement; and (3) to-date, nephron measurements have been done after death which doesn't adequately account for potential loss of nephrons with age or disease...
January 27, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130202/sub-cellular-localization-specific-sumoylation-in-the-heart
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Nhat-Tu Le, James F Martin, Keigi Fujiwara, Jun-Ichi Abe
Although the majority of SUMO substrates are localized in the nucleus, SUMOylation is not limited to nuclear proteins and can be also detected in extra-nuclear proteins. In this review, we will highlight and discuss how SUMOylation in different cellular compartments regulate biological processes. First, we will discuss the key role of SUMOylation of proteins in the extra-nuclear compartment in cardiomyocytes, which is overwhelmingly cardio-protective. On the other hand, SUMOylation of nuclear proteins is generally detrimental to the cardiac function mainly because of the trans-repressive nature of SUMOylation on many transcription factors...
January 24, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124099/evidence-based-goals-in-ldl-c-reduction
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REVIEW
Handrean Soran, Ricardo Dent, Paul Durrington
The evidence from trials of statin therapy suggests that benefits in cardiovascular disease (CVD) event reduction are proportional to the magnitude of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering. The lack of a threshold at which LDL-C lowering is not beneficial, in terms of CVD prevention observed in these trials, is supported by epidemiological and genetic studies reporting the cardio-protective effects of lifelong low exposure to atherogenic cholesterol in a graded fashion. Providing that intensive LDL-C lowering is safe, these observations suggest that many individuals even at current LDL-C treatment targets could benefit...
January 25, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120715/hormonal-regulation-of-nitric-oxide-no-in-cardio-metabolic-diseases
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Emina Sudar-Milovanovic, Sonja Zafirovic, Aleksandra Jovanovic, Jovana Trebaljevac, Milan Obradovic, Desanka Cenic-Milosevic, Esma R Isenovic
BACKGROUND: Nitric oxide (NO) is a potential biochemical, cardio-metabolic risk marker. The production of NO is catalyzed by different isoforms of enzymes, NO synthases (NOS). An altered NO level is associated with obesity, insulin resistance (IR), diabetes and cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Activity of NOS and NO production are regulated by various hormones under physiological and pathophysiological condition. METHODS: Data used for this review were obtained by searching the electronic database [PUBMED/MEDLINE 1984 - May 2016]...
January 24, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101117/maternal-mortality-ratio-and-causes-of-death-in-iri-between-2009-and-2012
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Marzieh Vahiddastjerdy, Nasrin Changizi, Abas Habibollahi, Leila Janani, Zahra Farahani, Farah Babaee
Objective: The Maternal Mortality Ratio is an important health indicator. We presented the distribution and causes of maternal mortality in Islamic Republic of Iran. Materials and methods: After provision of an electronic Registry system for date entry, a descriptive-retrospective data collection had been performed for all maternal Deaths in March 2009- March 2012. All maternal deaths and their demographic characteristic were identified by using medical registries, death certificates, and relevant codes according to International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9) during pregnancy, labor, and 42 days after parturition...
September 2016: Journal of Family & Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088909/synergistic-interaction-between-heme-oxygenase-ho-and-nuclear-factor-e2-related-factor-2-nrf2-against-oxidative-stress-in-cardiovascular-related-diseases
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Joseph Fomusi Ndisang
BACKGROUND: Nuclear factor-erythroid related factor-2 (Nrf2) is a master regulator of transcriptional activation of anti-oxidants in cells. Similarly, heme oxygenase (HO) is a cytoprotective protein with anti-oxidant effects. This review article will shed more light on the interaction between Nrf2 and HO. METHODS AND RESULTS: A PubMed search was done for recent articles on Nrf2 and HO. These studies suggested that under normal physiological conditions, Nrf2 is bound within the cytoplasm to its repressor, Kelch-like ECH-associated protein (Keap1), an oxidative stress sensor...
January 13, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077503/european-association-for-cardio-thoracic-surgery-expert-consensus-statement-on-the-prevention-and-management-of-mediastinitis
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Yasir Abu-Omar, Gregor J Kocher, Paolo Bosco, Cristina Barbero, David Waller, Tomas Gudbjartsson, Miguel Sousa-Uva, Peter B Licht, Joel Dunning, Ralph A Schmid, Giuseppe Cardillo
Mediastinitis continues to be an important and life-threatening complication after median sternotomy despite advances in prevention and treatment strategies, with an incidence of 0.25-5%. It can also occur as extension of infection from adjacent structures such as the oesophagus, airways and lungs, or as descending necrotizing infection from the head and neck. In addition, there is a chronic form of 'chronic fibrosing mediastinitis' usually caused by granulomatous infections. In this expert consensus, the evidence for strategies for treatment and prevention of mediatinitis is reviewed in detail aiming at reducing the incidence and optimizing the management of this serious condition...
January 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059859/pro-inflammatory-cytokines-mediate-gpcr-dysfunction
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Maradumane L Mohan, Neelakantan T Vasudevan, Sathyamangla V Naga Prasad
Pro-inflammatory reaction by the body occurs acutely in response to injury that is considered primarily beneficial. However, sustained pro-inflammatory cytokines observed with chronic pathologies such as metabolic syndrome, cancer, and arthritis are detrimental and in many cases is a major cardio-vascular risk factor. Pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interleulin-1 (IL-1), IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) have long been implicated in cardiovascular risk and considered to be a major underlying cause for heart failure...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045689/racial-differences-in-response-to-tilt-table-testing-in-patients-refered
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Jameel Ahmed, Peerawut Deeprasertkul, Kevin M Monahan, Paul LeLorier
BACKGROUND: Syncope is a common problem in the general population and results in significant societal and patient costs. Several small studies have demonstrated differences in orthostatic response, and possibly tolerance, between blacks and whites. Based on these observations, we retrospectively reviewed results from our tilt table database to identify potential differences in response to tilt-table testing with regards to race, between black and white patients. METHODS: The reports of 446 tilt-table tests performed on adults, older than 18 years of age, at Boston Medical Center, an urban, tertiary-care, academic hospital, were reviewed...
November 2016: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043708/emerging-roles-of-sodium-glucose-cotransporter-2-inhibitors-in-cardiology
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REVIEW
Atsushi Tanaka, Koichi Node
The ultimate goal of treatment in people with diabetes mellitus is to prevent development of cardiovascular (CV) disease, resulting in prolongation of healthy life expectancy. Although impaired glycemic metabolism has a central role in its pathology, a number of studies have demonstrated that remedy for its imbalance cannot necessarily be accomplished as a therapeutic goal. A comprehensive medical approach against multi-factorial pathologies in diabetes, such as insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, and dyslipidemia, in addition to diet and exercise therapy should be rather performed in the routine clinical setting...
March 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041993/efficient-breathing-at-neonatal-ages-a-sex-and-epo-dependent-issue
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REVIEW
Pablo Iturri, Aida Bairam, Jorge Soliz
During postnatal life, the respiratory control system undergoes intense development and is highly responsive to stimuli emerging from the environment. In fact, interruption of breathing prevents gas exchange and results in systemic hypoxia that, if prolonged, can lead to cardio-respiratory failure or sudden infant death. Moreover, in newborns and infants, respiratory disorders related to neural control dysfunction show significant sexual dimorphism with a higher prevalence in males. To this day, the therapeutic tools available to alleviate these respiratory disorders remain limited...
December 29, 2016: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
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