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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776654/defining-and-measuring-a-standard-set-of-patient-relevant-outcomes-in-coronary-artery-disease
#1
Edgar J Daeter, Marijke J C Timmermans, Alexander Hirsch, Eric Lipsic, Saskia Houterman, Dennis van Veghel, Paul B van der Nat
Systematic outcome measurement enables to continuously improve treatment results and stimulates dissemination of best practices. For patients with coronary artery disease, no examples yet exist of standard sets of patient-relevant outcome measures that have already been fully implemented at a large scale in clinical care. The aim of this paper is twofold: (1) to share the standard set of outcome measures as developed by Meetbaar Beter, and (2) to show how the standard set is presented and published to support improvement of cardiac care...
April 20, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774198/a-rare-cause-of-thoracic-spinal-cord-compression-by-multiple-large-tarlov-cysts
#2
Ahmed-Salem Kleib, Sidi-Mohamed Salihy, Hussein Hamdi, Romain Carron, Outouma Soumaré
Spinal extradural arachnoid cyst (SEAC) is a rare cause of spinal cord compression. Bifocal location of thoracic and sacral SEACs is rarely reported in the literature. We report a case of thoracic spinal cord compression by SEAC associated with asymptomatic multiple sacral Tarlov cysts (TC). The surgical management and postoperative outcome of the patient are discussed. A 34-year-old woman was referred to the hospital for acute thoracic pain with a history of chronic long-standing back pain. She complained of walking difficulties...
April 2018: Korean Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773404/large-tibial-geode-which-developed-several-years-after-a-left-medial-oxford-unicondylar-knee-arthroplasty-treated-with-curettage-and-bone-grafting
#3
Matthew K Curran, James R Murray
BACKGROUND: Tibial geodes are rare, and usually reported in association with rheumatoid arthritis. This case study reported the rare occurrence of a tibial geode in association with a left unicondylar knee arthroplasty (UKA). The patient, a 55-year-old male, was initially pleased with his UKA, which was performed at another institution. However, just over one year after the operation he began experiencing pain and discomfort. He did not present to the current institution until he was six years after UKA...
May 14, 2018: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773082/no-detectable-differential-microrna-expression-between-non-atherosclerotic-arteries-of-type-2-diabetic-patients-treated-or-untreated-with-metformin-and-non-diabetic-patients
#4
Lasse Bach Steffensen, Søren Feddersen, Simone Rørdam Preil, Lars Melholt Rasmussen
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is an independent risk factor of cardiovascular disease (CVD), however, the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Using non-atherosclerotic internal thoracic arteries (ITAs) obtained from coronary artery bypass grafting, we previously identified a distinct elevation in the level of proteins comprising the arterial basement membrane in T2DM patients not treated with metformin. Altered transcription of genes encoding these proteins has not been observed, indicating alternative mechanisms of dysregulation...
May 17, 2018: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772322/free-omental-flap-for-tissue-defect-coverage-after-resection-of-complicated-venous-malformation-in-the-area-of-the-knee
#5
Nicla Settembre, Mario D'Oria, Lucie DekerlE, Charbel Saba, Zakariyae Bouziane, Serguei Malikov
Venous malformations are the most common slow-flow vascular malformations; they are not prone to volume decrease over time and invasive treatment is usually required. There are two main techniques to address the definitive therapy of these lesions: sclerotherapy and surgical excision, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. We report the case of a 56 year-old man who came to our attention with persistent pain after multiple unsuccessful attempts to treat a large venous malformation located in the area of the right knee...
May 14, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772318/endovascular-management-of-a-large-persistent-sciatic-artery-aneurysm
#6
Tazo Inui, Andrew Picel, Andrew Barleben, John S Lane
The persistent sciatic artery (PSA) is a remnant of the fetal circulatory system that is preserved in less than 0.1% of the population. Up to 60% of patients with this vascular anomaly will go on to development of a PSA aneurysm (PSAA), which can produce a variety of symptoms including neuropathy, claudication, and acute limb-threatening ischemia. Historical management is by open operation and interposition grafting, which can be highly morbid. We describe successful management of a large, symptomatic PSAA by endovascular stent-grafting with intermediate term follow-up...
May 14, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770702/characterization-of-potentially-unsafe-ambulatory-antibiotic-use-and-associated-outcomes-in-an-adult-kidney-transplant-population
#7
Lindsay M Avery, Cory E Fominaya, Rena C Crawford, Katherine P Pleasants, David J Taber
BACKGROUND: Antibiotics are frequently prescribed to kidney transplant (KTX) recipients in the outpatient setting, but there are limited data assessing the safety and outcomes associated with this practice. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this study was to describe ambulatory antibiotic prescribing in a large cohort of adult KTX recipients. The secondary objective was to assess the outcomes associated with potentially unsafe antibiotic use in this population...
May 1, 2018: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770600/how-does-glucagon-like-peptide-1-stimulate-human-%C3%AE-cell-proliferation-a-lesson-from-islet-graft-experiments
#8
Yoshio Fujitani
The incidence of type 2 diabetes increases with age. The age-dependent decline in functional β-cell mass contributes to the increased risk of onset of diabetes, reflecting the central role of pancreatic β cells in glucose homeostasis. Indeed, the replication rate of human and rodent β cells is known to decline sharply with age, and such a characteristic of β cells may explain the increased onset of type 2 diabetes in the older population. The molecular mechanism involved in the age-dependent decline of β-cell proliferation has been extensively studied, mainly using rodents and in vitro culture systems, but its molecular basis is still largely unknown...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769146/finite-element-analysis-of-the-tibial-bone-graft-in-cementless-total-knee-arthroplasty
#9
Koji Totoribe, Etsuo Chosa, Go Yamako, Hiroaki Hamada, Koki Ouchi, Shutaro Yamashita, Gang Deng
BACKGROUND: Achieving stability of the tibial implant is essential following cementless total knee arthroplasty with bone grafting. We investigated the effects of bone grafting on the relative micromotion of the tibial implant and stress between the tibial implant and adjacent bone in the immediate postoperative period. METHODS: Tibial implant models were developed using a nonlinear, three-dimensional, finite element method. On the basis of a preprepared template, several bone graft models of varying sizes and material properties were prepared...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769027/immune-monitoring-after-pediatric-liver-transplantation-the-prospective-chilsfree-cohort-study
#10
Imeke Goldschmidt, André Karch, Rafael Mikolajczyk, Frauke Mutschler, Norman Junge, Eva Doreen Pfister, Tamara Möhring, Lorenzo d'Antiga, Patrick McKiernan, Deirdre Kelly, Dominique Debray, Valérie McLin, Joanna Pawlowska, Loreto Hierro, Kerstin Daemen, Jana Keil, Christine Falk, Ulrich Baumann
BACKGROUND: Although trough levels of immunosuppressive drugs are largely used to monitor immunosuppressive therapy after solid organ transplantation, there is still no established tool that allows for a validated assessment of functional degree of immunosuppression or the identification of clinically relevant over- or under-immunosuppression, depending on graft homeostasis. Reliable non-invasive markers to predict biopsy proven acute rejection (BPAR) do not exist. Literature data suggest that longitudinal measurements of immune markers might be predictive of BPAR, but data in children are scarce...
May 16, 2018: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768685/post-formation-copper-nitrogen-species-on-carbon-black-their-chemical-structures-and-active-sites-for-oxygen-reduction-reaction
#11
Xin Xie, Jingjun Liu, Tuanfeng Li, Ye Song, Feng Wang
Note that 3d transition metal and nitrogen co-doped carbon materials (TM-N-C) are considered as the most promising next-generation electrocatalysts alternative to precious Pt for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Herein, we have fabricated a Cu-N-C catalyst through directly grafting copper-nitrogen complexes composed by cuprous chloride and ammonia water onto the surface of an industrial carbon black at 500℃. In an alkaline environment, the synthesized catalyst exhibits excellent ORR catalytic activity, which is comparable to the state-of-the-art Pt/C catalyst but far exceeding that obtained by the original carbon...
May 16, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768259/precise-intradermal-injection-of-nanofat-derived-stromal-cells-combined-with-platelet-rich-fibrin-improves-the-efficacy-of-facial-skin-rejuvenation
#12
Zhi-Jie Liang, Xiang Lu, De-Quan Li, Yi-Dan Liang, Dan-Dan Zhu, Fang-Xiao Wu, Xiao-Lin Yi, Ning He, Yan-Qing Huang, Chao Tang, Hong-Mian Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The rejuvenation properties of nanofat grafting have been described in recent years. However, it is not clear whether the clinical efficacy of the procedure is attributable to stem cells or linked to other components of adipose tissue. In this study we isolated nanofat-derived stem cells (NFSCs) to observe their biological characteristics and evaluate the efficacy of precise intradermal injection of nanofat combined with platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) in patients undergoing facial rejuvenation treatment...
May 11, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768188/micropatterned-biodegradable-polyesters-clicked-with-cqaasikvav-promote-cell-alignment-directional-migration-and-neurite-outgrowth
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Deteng Zhang, Sai Wu, Jianyong Feng, Yiyuan Duan, Dongming Xing, Changyou Gao
The interplay of microstructures and biological cues is critical to regulate the behaviors of Schwann cells (SCs) in terms of cellular spatial arrangement and directional migration as well as neurite orientation for bridging the proximal and distal stumps of the injured peripheral nervous system. In this study, stripe micropatterns having ridges/grooves of width 20/20 and 20/40 μm were fabricated on the surface of maleimide-functionalized biodegradable poly(ester carbonate) (P(LLA-MTMC)) films by the polydimethylsiloxane mold-pressing method, respectively...
May 13, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766258/treatment-of-osteochondral-defects-with-a-combination-of-bone-grafting-and-amic-technique
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Arnd Hoburg, Julia Marcella Leitsch, Gerd Diederichs, Rex Lehnigk, Carsten Perka, Roland Becker, Sven Scheffler
INTRODUCTION: Osteochondral defects of the knee may cause functional impairment of young and sportively active patients. Different surgical treatment options have been proposed using either one or two step procedures. The aim of the current study was to evaluate mid-term outcomes of combined bone grafting with autologous matrix-associated chondrogenesis (AMIC) for the treatment of large osteochondral defects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 15 Patients with osteochondrosis dissecans of the medial femoral condyle grade III or IV according to ICRS classification were treated with a single step surgical procedure combining bone grafting and the AMIC procedure...
May 15, 2018: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764709/influence-of-proximal-aortic-neck-diameter-on-durability-of-aneurysm-sealing-and-overall-survival-in-patients-undergoing-endovascular-aneurysm-repair-real-world-data-from-the-gore-global-registry-for-endovascular-aortic-treatment-great
#15
Dominic P J Howard, Conor D Marron, Ediri Sideso, Phillip J Puckridge, Eric L G Verhoeven, James I Spark
OBJECTIVES: Aortic neck diameter is an independent anatomical feature that is poorly understood, yet potentially linked to proximal seal failure and adverse outcome following standard EVAR. The aim of this study was to assess whether large proximal aortic neck (LAN) diameter is associated with adverse outcome using prospectively collected individual patient data from The Global Registry for Endovascular Aortic Treatment (GREAT). METHODS: A total of 3166 consecutive patients, from 78 global centres, receiving Gore Excluder stent grafts for infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm repair between 2011 and 2017 were included...
May 12, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762936/bentall%C3%A2-s-procedure-in-pediatric-mixed-connective-tissue-disease-syndrome-management-of-pediatric-aortic-aneurysm-a-brief-review
#16
Krithika Ramaprabhu, Om Prakash, Noveen Davidson, Sanjay Bhalero, Satish Radhakrishnan, Robert Coelho
Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) syndrome in children may lead to large aortic aneurysms, which in turn pose a difficult surgical problem. Valve-sparing root replacement is not always a viable option as the disease process invariably affects the aortic valve leaflets. Among pediatric patients, the Ross procedure is contraindicated on account of weakness of the pulmonary root, while Bentall surgery is the 'gold standard' treatment of aortic aneurysm, with reproducible and excellent long-term results. The case is presented of a three-year-old girl with a large thoracic aortic aneurysm in whom Bentall's surgery was performed, with a good result...
September 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762487/simple-low-cost-fabrication-of-highly-uniform-and-reproducible-sers-substrates-composed-of-ag%C3%A2-pt-nanoparticles
#17
Tao Wang, Juhong Zhou, Yan Wang
Ag⁻Pt nanoparticles, grafted on Ge wafer, were synthesized by the galvanic replacement reaction based on their different potentials. Detailed characterization through scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) and X-ray photo-elelctron spectroscopy (XPS) proved that Ag⁻Pt nanoparticles are composed of large Ag nanoparticles and many small Pt nanoparticles instead of an Ag⁻Pt alloy. When applied as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates to detect Rhodamine 6G (1 × 10-8 M) or Crystal violet (1 × 10-7 M) aqueous solution in the line mapping mode, all of the obtained relative standard deviation (RSD) values of the major characteristic peak intensities, calculated from the SERS spectra of 100 serial spots, were less than 10%...
May 15, 2018: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762323/reinforcement-of-lower-lateral-cartilage-using-sliced-costal-periphery-to-reconfigure-nasal-tip-in-asian-rhinoplasty
#18
Lin Wang, Yonggan Niu, Hui Zhang, Baokai Li
BACKGROUND: Reinforcement of lower lateral crura (LLC) is an imperative prophylaxis against the secondary deformity of alar and nasal tip in Asian rhinoplasty. The common limitation of the existing techniques is loss of nasal tip's mobility to a large degree in exchange for structural stability. In search for a natural and animated postoperative nasal tip, the elasticity and rigidity of coastal periphery was taken into account. METHOD: Two pieces of sliced costal periphery (SCP) were used to reinforce the LLC...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760372/a-review-of-induction-with-rabbit-antithymocyte-globulin-in-pediatric-heart-transplant-recipients
#19
Martin Schweiger, Andreas Zuckermann, Andres Beiras-Fernandez, Michael Berchtolld-Herz, Udo Boeken, Jens Garbade, Stephan Hirt, Manfred Richter, Arjang Ruhpawar, Jan Dieter Schmitto, Felix Schönrath, Rene Schramm, Uwe Schulz, Markus J Wilhelm, Markus J Barten
Pediatric heart transplantation (pHTx) represents only a small proportion of cardiac transplants. Due to these low numbers, clinical data relating to induction therapy in this special population are far less extensive than for adults. Induction is used more widely in pHTx than in adults, mainly because of early steroid withdrawal or complete steroid avoidance. Antithymocyte globulin (ATG) is the most frequent choice for induction in pHTx, and rabbit antithymocyte globulin (rATG, Thymoglobulin®) (Sanofi Genzyme) is the most widely-used ATG preparation...
May 15, 2018: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756517/local-controlled-release-in-vivo-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-within-a-subcutaneous-scaffolded-islet-implant-reduces-early-islet-necrosis-and-improves-performance-of-the-graft
#20
John A Gebe, Anton Preisinger, Michel D Gooden, Leonard A D'Amico, Robert B Vernon
Islet transplantation remains the only alternative to daily insulin therapy for control of type 1 diabetes (T1D) in humans. To avoid the drawbacks of intrahepatic islet transplantation, we are developing a scaffolded islet implant to transplant islets into nonhepatic sites. The implant test bed, sized for mice, consists of a limited (2-mm) thickness, large-pore polymeric sponge scaffold perforated with peripheral cavities that contain islets suspended in a collagen hydrogel. A central cavity in the scaffold holds a 2-mm diameter alginate sphere for controlled release of the angiogenic cytokine vascular endothelial growth factor ( VEGF)...
January 1, 2018: Cell Transplantation
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