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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727739/survival-analysis-of-heart-failure-patients-a-case-study
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Tanvir Ahmad, Assia Munir, Sajjad Haider Bhatti, Muhammad Aftab, Muhammad Ali Raza
This study was focused on survival analysis of heart failure patients who were admitted to Institute of Cardiology and Allied hospital Faisalabad-Pakistan during April-December (2015). All the patients were aged 40 years or above, having left ventricular systolic dysfunction, belonging to NYHA class III and IV. Cox regression was used to model mortality considering age, ejection fraction, serum creatinine, serum sodium, anemia, platelets, creatinine phosphokinase, blood pressure, gender, diabetes and smoking status as potentially contributing for mortality...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727481/leucocyte-and-platelet-rich-fibrin-l-prf-as-a-regenerative-medicine-strategy-for-the-treatment-of-refractory-leg-ulcers-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Nelson R Pinto, Matias Ubilla, Yelka Zamora, Verónica Del Rio, David M Dohan Ehrenfest, Marc Quirynen
Chronic wounds (VLU: venous leg ulcer, DFU: diabetic foot ulcer, PU: pressure ulcer, or complex wounds) affect a significant proportion of the population. Despite appropriate standard wound care, such ulcers unfortunately may remain open for months or even years. The use of leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF) to cure skin ulcers is a simple and inexpensive method, widely used in some countries but unknown or neglected in most others. This auto-controlled prospective cohort study explored and quantified accurately for the first time the adjunctive benefits of topical applications of L-PRF in the management of such refractory ulcers in a diverse group of patients...
July 20, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723729/wnt-signaling-in-cardiovascular-disease-opportunities-and-challenges
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Austin Gay, Dwight A Towler
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardiometabolic diseases increasingly afflict our aging, dysmetabolic population. Complex signals regulating low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein (LRP) and frizzled protein family members - the plasma membrane receptors for the cadre of Wnt polypeptide morphogens - contribute to the control of cardiovascular homeostasis. RECENT FINDINGS: Both canonical (β-catenin-dependent) and noncanonical (β-catenin-independent) Wnt signaling programs control vascular smooth muscle (VSM) cell phenotypic modulation in cardiometabolic disease...
July 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722609/differences-in-mortality-and-clinical-manifestations-of-dengue-hemorrhagic-fever-in-taiwan-in-different-years-a-comparison-for-cases-in-2014-and-2015-epidemics
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Ko Chang, Chung-Hao Huang, Ing-Kit Lee, Po-Liang Lu, Chun-Yu Lin, Tun-Chieh Chen, Ping-Chang Lai, Hsiao-Cheng Hsieh, Hsin-Liang Yu, Chih-Hsing Hung, Meng-Chieh Wu, Yi-Ying Chin, Chun-Chi Huang, Deng-Chyang Wu, Yen-Hsu Chen
People in southern Taiwan experienced two major dengue outbreaks in 2014 and 2015. The mortality and clinical features were very different between these 2 years. Dengue virus serotype 1 (DENV-1) caused epidemic outbreak in 2014 and DENV-2 was predominant in 2015. The characteristics of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) cases in the 2 years was analyzed. We conducted a retrospective chart review to analyze the clinical and laboratory features of 206 adult patients with DHF in southern Taiwan in 2014 and 2015. The mortality rate of DHF cases in 2015 was higher than that of cases in 2014 (38...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721136/mean-platelet-volume-changes-before-and-after-glycated-hemoglobin-hba1c-improvement-in-a-large-study-population
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Yasar Sertbas, Meltem Sertbas, Nalan Okuroglu, Mehmet Akif Ozturk, Kerem Yigit Abacar, Ali Ozdemir
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disorder associated with both microvascular and macrovascular complications. Mean platelet volume (MPV) is a marker of platelet activity, which plays a major role in the development of vascular complications of DM. The aim of this study is to compare the MPV levels before and after the decrease of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels in a large diabetic population. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was a retrospective study conducted on type 2 diabetic patients from the outpatient clinic for 1 year between 2014 and 2015 with the participation of 595 diabetic patients...
June 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707602/ginkgo-biloba-extract-in-vascular-protection-molecular-mechanisms-and-clinical-applications
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Jinfan Tian, Yue Liu, Keji Chen
Background Leaves of Ginkgo biloba, a "living fossil," have been used as traditional herbal medicine for hundreds of years in China. Currently, its application in vascular protection is gaining much attention. Methods In this manuscript, preclinical studies were reviewed to discuss various mechanisms underlying the vascular protection by Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE). Additionally, we reviewed clinical studies to present the application of GBE in the ischaemic disease. Results GBE, a commonly used as a dietary supplement, has been shown to act as an antioxidant and free-radical scavenger, a membrane stabilizer, an inhibitor of the platelet-activating factor, a vasodilator, and a regulator of metabolism...
July 12, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699503/metabolic-syndrome-sex-related-cardiovascular-risk-and-therapeutic-approach
#7
Francesca Santilli, Damiano D'Ardes, Maria Teresa Guagnano, Giovanni Davi
The metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a cluster of risk factors for the development of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and type 2 diabetes (T2DM). According to several meta-analyses, it has been shown that the cardiovascular (CV) risk conferred by the MetS is higher in women in comparison with men . There are many possible reasons to explain a higher CV risk in women with MetS: the most important differences can be attributed to distribution of central adiposity, lipid profile and hormones, but also differences in platelet biology and biochemistry play an important role...
July 10, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696852/imaging-of-pregnancy-related-vascular-complications
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R Scooter Plowman, Cylen Javidan-Nejad, Constantine A Raptis, Douglas S Katz, Vincent M Mellnick, Sanjeev Bhalla, Patricia Cornejo, Christine O Menias
Pregnancy results in substantial hemodynamic and prothrombotic changes that form the foundation for downstream vascular complications, both during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. In addition, several important risk factors, including older patient age, diabetes, and smoking, can increase the risk for vascular-related pregnancy complications. Because radiologists often play an important role in evaluation of the pregnant patient, understanding the pathophysiology of vascular-related complications in pregnancy and their imaging appearances is essential for diagnostic accuracy...
July 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689209/association-between-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-in-chinese-hepatitis-b-virus-cirrhosis-patients-a-case-control-study
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Huixian Han, Han Deng, Tao Han, Haitao Zhao, Feifei Hou, Xingshun Qi
BACKGROUND Whether the presence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) increases the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in hepatitis B virus (HBV) cirrhosis patients is controversial. We conducted a retrospective case-control study to evaluate this issue. MATERIAL AND METHODS We considered all patients diagnosed with HBV-related liver cirrhosis at our hospital from July 2011 to June 2014. The case (n=91) and control (n=91) groups were HBV cirrhosis patients with and without T2DM, respectively. They were matched at a ratio of 1: 1 according to the individual age (±2 years) and same sex and Child-Pugh score...
July 9, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685960/platelet-derived-mitochondria-display-embryonic-stem-cell-markers-and-improve-pancreatic-islet-%C3%AE-cell-function-in-humans
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Yong Zhao, Zhaoshun Jiang, Elias Delgado, Heng Li, Huimin Zhou, Wei Hu, Marcos Perez-Basterrechea, Anna Janostakova, Qidong Tan, Jing Wang, Mao Mao, Zhaohui Yin, Ye Zhang, Ying Li, Quanhai Li, Jing Zhou, Yunxiang Li, Eva Martinez Revuelta, Jose Maria García-Gala, Honglan Wang, Silvia Perez-Lopez, Maria Alvarez-Viejo, Edelmiro Menendez, Thomas Moss, Edward Guindi, Jesus Otero
Diabetes is a major global health issue and the number of individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) increases annually across multiple populations. Research to develop a cure must overcome multiple immune dysfunctions and the shortage of pancreatic islet β cells, but these challenges have proven intractable despite intensive research effort more than the past decades. Stem Cell Educator (SCE) therapy-which uses only autologous blood immune cells that are externally exposed to cord blood stem cells adhering to the SCE device, has previously been proven safe and effective in Chinese and Spanish subjects for the improvement of T1D, T2D, and other autoimmune diseases...
July 7, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685623/cardiovascular-disease-prevention-strategies-for-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#11
Niki Katsiki, Francesco Purrello, Costas Tsioufis, Dimitri P Mikhailidis
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with several cardiovascular (CV) risk factors such as insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, dyslipidaemia, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease as well as platelet and haemostatic abnormalities increasing the risk of thrombosis. Therefore, T2DM patients are at an increased risk for CV disease (CVD). Areas covered: This narrative review discusses the treatment of T2DM. This includes lifestyle measures (diet, exercise and smoking cessation) as well as hypolipidaemic, antihypertensive, weight reducing, antiplatelet and glucose lowering drugs...
July 7, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681702/wound-healing-time-to-look-for-intelligent-natural-immunological-approaches
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Olivier Garraud, Wael N Hozzein, Gamal Badr
There is now good evidence that cytokines and growth factors are key factors in tissue repair and often exert anti-infective activities. However, engineering such factors for global use, even in the most remote places, is not realistic. Instead, we propose to examine how such factors work and to evaluate the reparative tools generously provided by 'nature.' We used two approaches to address these objectives. The first approach was to reappraise the internal capacity of the factors contributing the most to healing in the body, i...
June 21, 2017: BMC Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679528/moderate-alcohol-intake-induces-thermogenic-brown-beige-adipocyte-formation-via-elevating-retinoic-acid-signaling
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Bo Wang, Zhixiu Wang, Jeanene M de Avila, Mei-Jun Zhu, Faya Zhang, Noe Alberto Gomez, Liang Zhao, Qiyu Tian, Junxing Zhao, Joseph Maricelli, Hui Zhang, Buel D Rodgers, Min Du
Clinically, low and moderate alcohol intake improves human health with protection against metabolic syndromes, including type 2 diabetes; however, mechanisms that are associated with these effects remain to be elucidated. The aims of this study were to investigate the effects of moderate alcohol intake on thermogenic brown/beige adipocyte formation and glucose and lipid homeostasis, as well as the involvement of retinoic acid (RA) signaling in the entire process. C57BL6 male mice were supplemented with 8% (w/v) alcohol in water for 1 or 4 mo...
July 5, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675986/clinical-determinants-of-clopidogrel-responsiveness-in-a-heterogeneous-cohort-of-puerto-rican-hispanics
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Dagmar F Hernandez-Suarez, Stuart A Scott, Matthew I Tomey, Kyle Melin, Angel Lopez-Candales, Charlotte E Buckley, Jorge Duconge
BACKGROUND: Clopidogrel is by far the most prescribed platelet adenosine diphosphate (ADP) antagonist in Puerto Rico despite the advent of newer agents (prasugrel and ticagrelor). Given the paucity of data on clopidogrel responsiveness in Hispanics, we sought to determine the association between clinical characteristics and platelet reactivity in Puerto Rican patients on clopidogrel therapy. STUDY POPULATION: A total of 100 Puerto Rican patients on clopidogrel therapy were enrolled and allocated into two groups: Group I, without high on-treatment platelet reactivity (HTPR); and Group II, with HTPR...
July 1, 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672769/reference-intervals-and-longitudinal-changes-in-copeptin-and-mr-proadm-concentrations-during-pregnancy
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Annemiek M C P Joosen, Ivon J M van der Linden, Lianne Schrauwen, Alisia Theeuwes, Monique J M de Groot, Antonius A M Ermens
BACKGROUND: Vasopressin and adrenomedullin and their stable by-products copeptin and midregional part of proadrenomedullin (MR-proADM) are promising biomarkers for the development of preeclampsia. However, clinical use is hampered by the lack of trimester-specific reference intervals. We therefore estimated reference intervals for copeptin and MR-proADM in disease-free Dutch women throughout pregnancy. METHODS: Apparently healthy low risk pregnant women were recruited...
June 16, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663045/appropriateness-assessment-in-antiplatelet-therapy-apathy-registry-insight-from-current-clinical-practice
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Nazario Carrabba, Benedetta Bellandi, Guido Parodi, Emanuele Cecchi, Giorgio Baldereschi, Cristina Giglioli, Angela Migliorini, Renato Valenti, Serafina Valente, Rossella Marcucci, Niccolò Marchionni, David Antoniucci
BACKGROUND: In clinical practice there is a gap between guidelines recommendation and antiplatelet strategies used for acute coronary syndrome (ACS). We sought to evaluate appropriateness of antiplatelet strategies employed in a tertiary center. METHODS AND RESULTS: From January to June 2014, 430 ACS were treated with percutaneous coronary intervention by 3 groups of interventional cardiologists. Aspirin and clopidogrel (52%) were the most commonly used antiplatelet therapies, being prasugrel associated with aspirin in 110 (25...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650409/platelet-rich-fibrin-accelerates-skin-wound-healing-in-diabetic-mice
#17
Yinjia Ding, Lei Cui, Qiming Zhao, Weiqiang Zhang, Huafeng Sun, Lijun Zheng
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are associated with an increased risk of secondary infection and amputation. Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF), a platelet and leukocyte concentrate containing several cytokines and growth factors, is known to promote wound healing. However, the effect of PRF on diabetic wound healing has not been adequately investigated. The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of PRF on skin wound healing in a diabetic mouse model. Platelet-rich fibrin was prepared from whole blood of 8 healthy volunteers...
June 23, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645521/platelet-count-and-indoor-cold-exposure-among-elderly-people-a%C3%A2-cross-sectional-analysis-of-the-heijo-kyo-study
#18
Keigo Saeki, Kenji Obayashi, Norio Kurumatani
BACKGROUND: Excess mortality from cardiovascular disease during cold seasons is a worldwide issue. Although some physiologic studies suggests that platelet activation via cold exposure may cause an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease in winter, the influence of indoor cold exposure in real-life situations on platelet (PLT) count remains unclear. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 1095 elderly individuals. After obtaining a venous sample in the morning, indoor temperature of participants' home was measured every 10 min for 48 h...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641644/-clinical-significance-of-mean-platelet-volume-determination-in-multiple-myeloma
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Peng Gao, Zhong-Ping Xiao, Kun Fu, Mei Han
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical significance of mean platelet volume(MPV) in patients with multiple myeloma(MM). METHODS: The clinical data of 198 patients with MM admitted in our hospital from March 2008 to March 2015 were collected and analyzed. The clinical data included the Ig type, hemoglobin level, platelet count, creatinine, calciumion albumin, β2-MG, LDH, plasmocytes in bone marrow, MPV, complications such as diabetes, a history of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and arterial events such as coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, thrombosis and blood clotting...
June 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637879/platelets-express-activated-p2y12-receptor-in-patients-with-diabetes
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Liang Hu, Lin Chang, Yan Zhang, Lili Zhai, Shenghui Zhang, Zhiyong Qi, Hongmei Yan, Yan Yan, Xinping Luo, Si Zhang, Yiping Wang, Satya P Kunapuli, Hongying Ye, Zhongren Ding
Background -Platelets from patients with diabetes are hyperactive. Hyperactivated platelets may contribute to cardiovascular complications and inadequate responses to antiplatelet agents in the setting of diabetes. However, the underlying mechanism of hyperactivated platelets is not completely understood. Methods -We measured P2Y12 expression on platelets from patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and on platelets from rats with diabetes. We also assayed platelet P2Y12 activation by measuring cAMP and VASP phosphorylation...
June 21, 2017: Circulation
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