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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637329/health-benefits-associated-with-three-helping-behaviors-evidence-for-incident-cardiovascular-disease
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Jeffrey A Burr, Saehwang Han, Hyo Jung Lee, Jane L Tavares, Jan E Mutchler
Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between three helping behaviors and incident cardiovascular disease (CVD; heart attack, stroke; fatal and nonfatal), with an exploration of gender differences. The study is framed within the caregiving system model. Helping others is argued to be an evolved characteristic of humans that yields beneficial health effects. Methods: Data were taken from the 2004-2014 waves of the Health and Retirement Study...
June 16, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635339/methods-for-estimating-costs-in-patients-with-hyperlipidemia-experiencing-their-first-cardiovascular-event-in-the-united-kingdom
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Mark D Danese, Michelle Gleeson, Robert I Griffiths, David Catterick, Lucie Kutikova
AIMS: Methods for integrating external costs into clinical databases are not well-characterized. The purpose of this research was to describe and implement methods for estimating the cost of hospitalizations, prescriptions, and general practitioner and specialist visits used to manage hyperlipidemia patients experiencing cardiovascular (CV) events in the United Kingdom (UK). METHODS: This study was a retrospective cohort study using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink and Hospital Episode Statistics data...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633085/biotechnological-production-of-recombinant-tissue-plasminogen-activator-protein-reteplase-from-transplastomic-tobacco-cell-cultures
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Diego Hidalgo, Maryam Abdoli-Nasab, Mokhtar Jalali-Javaran, Roque Bru-Martínez, Rosa M Cusidó, Purificación Corchete, Javier Palazon
Transplastomic plants are a system of choice for the mass production of biopharmaceuticals due to the polyploidy of the plastid genome and the low risk of pollen-mediated outcrossing because of maternal inheritance. However, as field-grown plants, they can suffer contamination by agrochemicals and fertilizers, as well as fluctuations in yield due to climatic changes and infections. Tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA), a protein used to treat heart attacks, converts plasminogen into plasmine, which digests fibrin and induces the dissolution of fibrin clots...
June 13, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628774/a-segmentation-method-for-myocardial-ischemia-infarction-applicable-in-heart-photos
#4
Salety Ferreira Baracho, Daniel José Lins Leal Pinheiro, Carlos Marcelo Gurjão de Godoy, Regina Célia Coelho
The myocardial infarction, known as heart attack, is the ultimate result of a prolonged/untreated cardiac ischemia. The accurate segmentation of the myocardial infarction or ischemia in images obtained from diversified sources, such as Magnetic Resonance Images or Echocardiograph, is worthwhile for the medical area or the animal experimentation. An alternative image source for ischemia/infarction segmentation is the photo, which can depict the actual heart image. This work presents a method for ischemia segmentation in rat heart photos...
June 7, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626847/injury-intense-dust-exposure-and-chronic-disease-among-survivors-of-the-world-trade-center-terrorist-attacks-of-september-11-2001
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Howard E Alper, Shengchao Yu, Steven D Stellman, Robert M Brackbill
BACKGROUND: The World Trade Center attack of September 11, 2001 in New York City (9/11) exposed thousands of people to intense concentrations of hazardous materials that have resulted in reports of increased levels of asthma, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases along with psychological illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Few studies have discriminated between health consequences of immediate (short-term or acute) intense exposures versus chronic residential or workplace exposures...
December 2017: Injury Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625889/massive-attack-of-honeybee-on-macaws-ara-ararauna-and-ara-chloropterus-in-brazil-a-case-report
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Elisane Lenita Milbradt, Tarcísio Macedo Silva, Alessandre Hataka, Carlos Roberto Teixeira, Adriano Sakai Okamoto, Raphael Lucio Andreatti Filho
Three adult birds of the species Ara chloropterus and five of the species Ara ararauna from a conservation breeding facility suffered a massive attack by honeybees. The A. chloropterus birds presented swollen puncture lesions with stingers (mainly in the facial regions without feathers), swelling of the eyelids and subcutaneous tissue, and respiratory distress, and they were treated with intramuscular injections of 1.67 mg/kg of promethazine and 10 mg/kg of hydrocortisone followed by removal of the stingers...
June 15, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625380/factors-associated-with-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-for-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-outcomes-registry-for-better-informed-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation-ii-orbit-af-ii
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Benjamin A Steinberg, Peter Shrader, Laine Thomas, Jack Ansell, Gregg C Fonarow, Bernard J Gersh, Elaine Hylek, Peter R Kowey, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Emily C O'Brien, Daniel E Singer, Eric D Peterson, Jonathan P Piccini
BACKGROUND: Several non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOAC) alternatives to warfarin are available for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). We aimed to describe the factors associated with selection of NOACs versus warfarin in patients with new onset AF. METHODS: The ORBIT-AF II study is a national, US, prospective, observational, cohort study of anticoagulation treatment in patients with AF receiving NOACs or warfarin in the United States from 2013 to 2016...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624170/predictors-of-visit-to-visit-blood-pressure-variability-in-patients-with-hypertension-an-analysis-of-trials-with-an-amlodipine-treatment-arm
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Ji-Guang Wang, Duo Zhou, Barrett W Jeffers
We conducted a post hoc analysis of blood pressure (BP) data from long-term antihypertensive trials to identify predictors of visit-to-visit BP variability (BPV). BPV was defined as the within-subject coefficient of variation in systolic BP from week 12 onward. BP data from the Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial-Blood Pressure Lowering Arm, Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial, Comparison of Amlodipine Versus Enalapril to Limit Occurrences of Thrombosis, NY92011, and R-0510 trials were pooled and dichotomized into top 25th and bottom 75th percentiles because of positive skew...
May 29, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622955/age-specific-risks-severity-time-course-and-outcome-of-bleeding-on-long-term-antiplatelet-treatment-after-vascular-events-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Linxin Li, Olivia C Geraghty, Ziyah Mehta, Peter M Rothwell
BACKGROUND: Lifelong antiplatelet treatment is recommended after ischaemic vascular events, on the basis of trials done mainly in patients younger than 75 years. Upper gastrointestinal bleeding is a serious complication, but had low case fatality in trials of aspirin and is not generally thought to cause long-term disability. Consequently, although co-prescription of proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) reduces upper gastrointestinal bleeds by 70-90%, uptake is low and guidelines are conflicting...
June 13, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620607/metabolic-and-biochemical-stressors-in-diabetic-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Vasundhara Kain, Ganesh V Halade
Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) or diabetes-induced cardiac dysfunction is a direct consequence of uncontrolled metabolic syndrome and is widespread in US population and worldwide. Despite of the heterogeneous and distinct features of DCM, the clinical relevance of DCM is now becoming established. DCM progresses to pathological cardiac remodeling with the higher risk of heart attack and subsequent heart failure in diabetic patients. In this review, we emphasize lipid substrate quality and the phenotypic, metabolic, and biochemical stressors of DCM in the rodent and human pathophysiology...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620033/scissor-sisters-regulation-of-adam10-by-the-tspanc8-tetraspanins
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REVIEW
Alexandra L Matthews, Justyna Szyroka, Richard Collier, Peter J Noy, Michael G Tomlinson
A disintegrin and metalloprotease 10 (ADAM10) is a ubiquitously expressed transmembrane protein which is essential for embryonic development through activation of Notch proteins. ADAM10 regulates over 40 other transmembrane proteins and acts as a 'molecular scissor' by removing their extracellular regions. ADAM10 is also a receptor for α-toxin, a major virulence factor of Staphylococcus aureus Owing to the importance of its substrates, ADAM10 is a potential therapeutic target for cancer, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and prion diseases, bacterial infection and inflammatory diseases such as heart attack, stroke and asthma...
June 15, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619766/diagnostic-performance-of-an-automatic-blood-pressure-measurement-device-microlife-watchbp-home-a-for-atrial-fibrillation-screening-in-a-real-world-primary-care-setting
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Pak-Hei Chan, Chun-Ka Wong, Louise Pun, Yu-Fai Wong, Michelle Man-Ying Wong, Daniel Wai-Sing Chu, Chung-Wah Siu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of a UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence-recommended automatic oscillometric blood pressure (BP) measurement device incorporated with an atrial fibrillation (AF) detection algorithm (Microlife WatchBP Home A) for real-world AF screening in a primary healthcare setting. SETTING: Primary healthcare setting in Hong Kong. INTERVENTIONS: This was a prospective AF screening study carried out between 1 September 2014 and 14 January 2015...
June 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618727/analysis-of-epidemiology-and-risk-factors-for-mortality-in-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-attacks-in-intensive-care-unit-patients
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Ayşe But, Meltem Arzu Yetkin, Dilek Kanyilmaz, Halide Aslaner, Aliye Baştuğ, Adalet Aypak, Pınar Öngürü, Esragül Akinci, Nevzat Mehmet Mutlu, Hürrem Bodur
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the epidemiologic characteristics, the causative microorganisms and their antimicrobial susceptibility patterns, and the prognostic risk factors for mortality in critically ill patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective observational study, all the critically ill patients with VAP hospitalized in a medical/surgical intensive care unit (ICU) between January 2010 and June 2015 were evaluated...
June 12, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617849/protective-effect-of-hdl-on-nadph-oxidase-derived-super-oxide-anion-mediates-hypoxia-induced-cardiomyocyte-apoptosis
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Su-Ying Wen, Shanmugam Tamilselvi, Chia-Yao Shen, Cecilia Hsuan Day, Li-Chin Chun, Li-Yi Cheng, Hsiu-Chung Ou, Ray-Jade Chen, Vijaya Padma Viswanadha, Wei-Wen Kuo, Chih-Yang Huang
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death of death in Taiwan. Atherosclerosis can lead to serious problems, including heart attack, stroke, or even death. Coronary heart disease (CHD) occurs when plaque builds up in the coronary arteries to cause the ischemic heart disease which will enhance myocardial remodeling and also induce myocardial hypoxia. High density lipoprotein (HDL) has been proposed to have cardio-protective effects. Under hypoxic conditions (1%O2 for 24hr), in H9c2 cells, reactive oxygen species (ROS) is induced which leads to cardiomyocyte apoptosis and cardiac dysfunction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617703/using-self-reports-or-claims-to-assess-disease-prevalence-it-s-complicated
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Patricia St Clair, Étienne Gaudette, Henu Zhao, Bryan Tysinger, Roxanna Seyedin, Dana P Goldman
BACKGROUND: Two common ways of measuring disease prevalence include (1) using self-reported disease diagnosis from survey responses; (2) using disease-specific diagnosis codes found in administrative data. Because they do not suffer from self-report biases, claims are often assumed to be more objective. However, it is not clear that claims always produce better prevalence estimates. OBJECTIVE: Conduct an assessment of discrepancies between self-report and claims-based measures for 2 diseases in the US elderly to investigate definition, selection, and measurement error issues which may help explain divergence between claims and self-report estimates of prevalence...
June 14, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616898/smoking-and-the-eye-what-qu%C3%A3-bec-teenagers-know-and-fear
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Julie Brûlé, Benoît Tousignant, Stéphanie Marcotte, Marie-Christelle Moreau
BACKGROUND: Although most people associate smoking with lung cancer and heart disease, few are aware of the impact of smoking on ocular health. Studies have suggested a better knowledge of this association might promote higher quit rates, particularly in teenagers. The purpose of our study was to determine the knowledge of teenagers about the effects of smoking on ocular health and the fear associated with several tobacco-related health conditions. METHODS: A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to 180 high school students aged 14 to 17 years...
June 14, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615986/mortality-stroke-and-heart-failure-in-atrial-fibrillation-cohorts-after-ablation-versus-propensity-matched-cohorts
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Julian We Jarman, Tina D Hunter, Wajid Hussain, Jamie L March, Tom Wong, Vias Markides
BACKGROUND: We sought to determine from key clinical outcomes whether catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with increased survival. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using routinely collected hospital data, ablation patients were matched to two control cohorts using direct and propensity score methodology. Four thousand nine hundred ninety-one ablation patients were matched 1:1 with general AF controls without ablation. Five thousand four hundred seven ablation patients were similarly matched to controls who underwent cardioversion...
2017: Pragmatic and Observational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614214/a-rare-case-of-multiple-thrombi-in-a-giant-left-atrium
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Alfredo Intorcia, Marco A Perrone, Riccardo Morgagni, Domenico Sergi, Massimo Marchei, Mauro Borzi, Francesco Romeo
: Giant left atrium is frequently associated with rheumatic mitral valve disease. The incidence of left atrial thrombus among patients with mitral stenosis and atrial fibrillation varies from 7 to 38%. Anticoagulation therapy achieves a high rate of resolution of left atrial appendage (LAA) and left atrial cavity thrombi, but in selected patients surgical therapy must be considered. An 81-year-old woman presented to our emergency department with repeated episodes of transient ischemic attack. She had a history of carotid artery stenosis, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, rheumatic heart disease, and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613225/macular-degeneration-and-aspirin-use
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Kent W Small, Christine A Garabetian, Fadi S Shaya
PURPOSE: To review current literature of the benefits that aspirin provides for patients' cardiovascular health compared with the risk of AMD worsening. METHODS: We performed a review and critically analyzed six cardiovascular and four ophthalmological trials regarding risks and benefits of aspirin use. The prospective randomized cardiovascular trials had a cumulative 167,580 while the 3 smaller ophthalmological data sets had a cumulative 12,015 subjects. RESULTS: The reviewed meta-analysis literature demonstrated a statistically significant 32% reduction in the risk of nonfatal stroke with regular aspirin users...
January 23, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612910/percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-procedures-in-patients-with-heart-failure
#20
Magdalena Szymała, Witold Streb, Katarzyna Mitręga, Tomasz Podolecki, Grzegorz Mencel, Tomasz Kukulski, Zbigniew Kalarus
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common supraventricular tachyarrhythmia. The percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) may be considered for the stroke prophylaxis in patients with nonvalvular AF (NVAF), especially in contraindications for oral anticoagulants (OAC) or high risk of bleeding. The data about implantation, safety, efficacy and follow-up are limited. Moreover, there are no studies on patients with NVAF and heart failure with severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction (left ventricular ejection fraction - LVEF ≤ 35%)...
June 14, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
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