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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934837/bromocriptine-for-the-treatment-of-peripartum-cardiomyopathy-a-multicentre-randomized-study
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Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner, Arash Haghikia, Dominik Berliner, Jens Vogel-Claussen, Johannes Schwab, Annegret Franke, Marziel Schwarzkopf, Philipp Ehlermann, Roman Pfister, Guido Michels, Ralf Westenfeld, Verena Stangl, Ingrid Kindermann, Uwe Kühl, Christiane E Angermann, Axel Schlitt, Dieter Fischer, Edith Podewski, Michael Böhm, Karen Sliwa, Johann Bauersachs
Aims: An anti-angiogenic cleaved prolactin fragment is considered causal for peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM). Experimental and first clinical observations suggested beneficial effects of the prolactin release inhibitor bromocriptine in PPCM. Methods and results: In this multicentre trial, 63 PPCM patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤35% were randomly assigned to short-term (1W: bromocriptine, 2.5 mg, 7 days) or long-term bromocriptine treatment (8W: 5 mg for 2 weeks followed by 2...
September 14, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934744/association-of-serum-amyloid-a-with-kidney-outcomes-and-all-cause-mortality-in-american-indians-with-type-2-diabetes
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Pierre-Jean Saulnier, Brad P Dieter, Stephanie K Tanamas, Sterling M McPherson, Kevin M Wheelock, William C Knowler, Helen C Looker, Rick L Meek, Robert G Nelson, Katherine R Tuttle
BACKGROUND: Serum amyloid A (SAA) induces inflammation and apoptosis in kidney cells and is found to be causing the pathologic changes that are associated with diabetic kidney disease (DKD). Higher serum SAA concentrations were previously associated with increased risk of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and death in persons with type 2 diabetes and advanced DKD. We explored the prognostic value of SAA in American Indians with type 2 diabetes without DKD or with early DKD. METHODS: SAA concentration was measured in serum samples obtained at the start of follow-up...
September 22, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934432/intestinal-damage-and-inflammatory-biomarkers-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv-exposed-and-hiv-infected-zimbabwean-infants
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Andrew J Prendergast, Bernard Chasekwa, Sandra Rukobo, Margaret Govha, Kuda Mutasa, Robert Ntozini, Jean H Humphrey
Background: Disease progression is rapid in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected infants. Whether intestinal damage and inflammation underlie mortality is unknown. Methods: We measured plasma intestinal fatty acid binding protein (I-FABP), soluble CD14 (sCD14), interleukin 6 (IL-6), and C-reactive protein (CRP) at 6 weeks and 6 months of age in 272 HIV-infected infants who either died (cases) or survived (controls), and in 194 HIV-exposed uninfected (HEU) and 197 HIV-unexposed infants...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934369/in-vivo-activation-of-latent-hiv-with-a-synthetic-bryostatin-analog-effects-both-latent-cell-kick-and-kill-in-strategy-for-virus-eradication
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Matthew D Marsden, Brian A Loy, Xiaomeng Wu, Christina M Ramirez, Adam J Schrier, Danielle Murray, Akira Shimizu, Steven M Ryckbosch, Katherine E Near, Tae-Wook Chun, Paul A Wender, Jerome A Zack
The ability of HIV to establish a long-lived latent infection within resting CD4+ T cells leads to persistence and episodic resupply of the virus in patients treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART), thereby preventing eradication of the disease. Protein kinase C (PKC) modulators such as bryostatin 1 can activate these latently infected cells, potentially leading to their elimination by virus-mediated cytopathic effects, the host's immune response and/or therapeutic strategies targeting cells actively expressing virus...
September 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934324/the-impact-of-community-based-palliative-care-on-acute-hospital-use-in-the-last-year-of-life-is-modified-by-time-to-death-age-and-underlying-cause-of-death-a-population-based-retrospective-cohort-study
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Katrina Spilsbury, Lorna Rosenwax, Glenn Arendts, James B Semmens
OBJECTIVE: Community-based palliative care is known to be associated with reduced acute care health service use. Our objective was to investigate how reduced acute care hospital use in the last year of life varied temporally and by patient factors. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of the last year of life of 12,763 Western Australians who died from cancer or one of seven non-cancer conditions. Outcome measures were rates of hospital admissions and mean length of hospital stays...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934233/cardiovascular-disease-and-mortality-after-breast-cancer-in-postmenopausal-women-results-from-the-women-s-health-initiative
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Na-Jin Park, Yuefang Chang, Catherine Bender, Yvette Conley, Rowan T Chlebowski, G J van Londen, Randi Foraker, Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Marcia L Stefanick, Lewis H Kuller
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among older postmenopausal women. The impact of postmenopausal breast cancer on CVD for older women is uncertain. We hypothesized that older postmenopausal women with breast cancer would be at a higher risk of CVD than similar aged women without breast cancer and that CVD would be a major contributor to the subsequent morbidity and mortality. METHODS: In a prospective Women's Health Initiative study, incident CVD events and total and cause-specific death rates were compared between postmenopausal women with (n = 4,340) and without (n = 97,576) incident invasive breast cancer over 10 years post-diagnosis, stratified by 3 age groups (50-59, 60-69, and 70-79)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934183/trends-in-cervical-cancer-screening-in-title-x-funded-health-centers-united-states-2005-2015
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Christina I Fowler, Mona Saraiya, Susan B Moskosky, Jacqueline W Miller, Julia Gable, Nancy Mautone-Smith
Cervical cancer screening is critical to early detection and treatment of precancerous cells and cervical cancer. In 2015, 83% of U.S. women reported being screened per current recommendations, which is below the Healthy People 2020 target of 93% (1,2). Disparities in screening persist for women who are younger (aged 21-30 years), have lower income, are less educated, are uninsured, lack a source of health care, or who self-identify as Asian or American Indian/Alaska Native (2). Women who are never screened or rarely screened are more likely to develop cancer and receive a cancer diagnosis at later stages than women who are screened regularly (3)...
September 22, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933993/gradual-physical-decline-characterises-the-illness-trajectories-of-care-home-residents
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Anne M Finucane, Barbara Stevenson, Scott A Murray
BACKGROUND: Three archetypal trajectories of physical decline have been identified: a short period of rapid decline; long-term limitations with intermittent acute periods; and a prolonged gradual decline. An understanding of illness trajectories can help clarify the evolving needs of people with progressive conditions, and inform the development of palliative care services to meet their needs. Many frail older people live and die in care homes; the present study is the first to explore the illness trajectories of residents in care home settings...
September 2, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933991/let-him-not-be-alone-perspectives-of-older-british-south-asian-minority-ethnic-patients-on-dying-in-acute-hospitals
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Munikumar Ramasamy Venkatasalu
AIM: To investigate older British South Asians' views on dying at acute hospitals. BACKGROUND: Older people, including those from ethnic minorities prefer 'home as a haven' for their last days of life; however, they are more likely to die in hospital. METHODS: Constructive grounded theory was used as a methodological approach that informed data collection to data analysis. Open meetings with 11 local South Asian community organisations enabled the researchers to recruit a total of 55 older South Asians in this study...
September 2, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933985/acn-1-a-c-elegans-homologue-of-ace-genetically-interacts-with-the-let-7-microrna-and-other-heterochronic-genes
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Chanatip Metheetrairut, Yuri Ahuja, Frank J Slack
The heterochronic pathway in C. elegans controls the relative timing of cell fate decisions during post-embryonic development. It includes a network of microRNAs (miRNAs), such as let-7, and protein-coding genes, such as the stemness factors, LIN-28 and LIN-41. Here we identified the acn-1 gene, a homologue of mammalian angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), as a new suppressor of the stem cell developmental defects of let-7 mutants. Since acn-1 null mutants die during early larval development, we used RNAi to characterize the role of acn-1 in C...
September 21, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933658/a-captive-a-wreck-a-piece-of-dirt-aging-anxieties-embodied-in-older-people-with-a-death-wish
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Els van Wijngaarden, Carlo Leget, Anne Goossensen, Robert Pool, Anne-Mei The
The aims of this present study were to explore the use and meaning of metaphors and images about aging in older people with a death wish and to elucidate what these metaphors and images tell us about their self-understanding and imagined feared future. Twenty-five in-depth interviews with Dutch older people with a death wish (median 82 years) were analyzed by making use of a phenomenological-hermeneutical metaphor analysis approach. We found 10 central metaphorical concepts: (a) struggle, (b) victimhood, (c) void, (d) stagnation, (e) captivity, (f) breakdown, (g) redundancy, (h) subhumanization, (i) burden, and (j) childhood...
January 1, 2017: Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933558/-oncology-secrets-of-suddenly-deceased-individuals
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Kateřina Stoklásková, Miroslav Ďatko, Eva Daňková, Milan Votava, Karel Schneller, Martin Zeman, Tomáš Vojtíšek, Michal Zelený
Malignant neoplasms represent the second most common cause of death in men and women in the Czech Republic after cardiovascular diseases. The incidence, prevalence and mortality is recorded in the Czech National Cancer Registry. The most recent data available is from 2013, in this year there were 81 541 patients newly diagnosed with cancer and 26 944 people died of cancer. From a long-term perspective, the incidence of neoplasms is increasing and the mortality is decreasing. In the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Brno there were 480 cases of newly reported malignant tumors during the period 2010-2015, which were not known before the autopsy...
2017: Soudní Lékarství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933508/-skills-lab-training-in-veterinary-medicine-effective-preparation-for-clinical-work-at-the-small-animal-clinic-of-the-university-for-veterinary-medicine-hannover-foundation-effektive-vorbereitung-auf-die-klinische-t%C3%A3-tigkeit-am-beispiel-der-kleintierklinik
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Simon Engelskirchen, Jan Ehlers, Ansgar T Kirk, Andrea Tipold, Marc Dilly
OBJECTIVE: During five and a half years of studying veterinary medicine, students should in addition to theoretical knowledge acquire sufficient practical skills. Considering animal welfare and ethical aspects, opportunities for hands-on learning on living animals are limited because of the high annual number of students. The first German veterinary clinical-skills lab, established in 2013 at the University for Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation (TiHo), offers opportunities for all students to learn, train and repeat clinical skills on simulators and models as frequently as they would like, until they feel sufficiently confident to transfer these skills to living animals...
September 20, 2017: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe K, Kleintiere/Heimtiere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933358/substrate-deprivation-therapy-to-reduce-glycosaminoglycan-synthesis-improves-aspects-of-neurological-and-skeletal-pathology-in-mps-i-mice
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Ainslie L K Derrick-Roberts, Matilda R Jackson, Carmen E Pyragius, Sharon Byers
Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I) is the most common form of the MPS group of genetic diseases. MPS I results from a deficiency in the lysosomal enzyme α-l-iduronidase, leading to accumulation of undegraded heparan and dermatan sulphate glycosaminoglycan (GAG) chains in patient cells. MPS children suffer from multiple organ failure and die in their teens to early twenties. In particular, MPS I children also suffer from profound mental retardation and skeletal disease that restricts growth and movement. Neither brain nor skeletal disease is adequately treated by current therapy approaches...
February 23, 2017: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933339/incidence-and-outcome-of-lupus-nephritis-in-french-polynesia%C3%A2
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Antoine Delarche, Catherine Lumbroso, Alain Fournier, Ronan Delaval, Jacques Pourrat, Pascale Testevuide, Sylvie Leou, Christophe Cordonnier, Dominique Chauveau, Stanislas Faguer
OBJECTIVE: Outcomes of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and lupus nephritis (LN) are highly heterogeneous among some populations because of interactions between genetic, epigenetic, environmental, and socioeconomic factors. A better characterization of social and ethnic disparities in mixed populations may thus help to develop individualized treatment regimens. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective observational study including all patients with LN diagnosed between January 1993 and January 2014 in the only Nephrology Department of French Polynesia...
September 21, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933234/risk-of-damage-and-mortality-in-sle-patients-fulfilling-the-acr-or-only-the-slicc-classification-criteria-a-10-year-inception-cohort-study
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L Inês, M Rodrigues, D Jesus, F P Fonseca, J A P Silva
Objective To compare damage and mortality, from inception up to 10-year follow-up, between SLE patients meeting at baseline the 1997 ACR criteria or only the 2012 SLICC classification criteria. Methods Patients fulfilling the ACR and/or the SLICC classification criteria for SLE were enrolled at inception and followed-up to 10 years at an academic lupus clinic. Damage was defined as SLICC Damage Index (SDI) score ≥1. We assessed with multivariate Cox models the damage and mortality outcomes, according to SLE classification status at inception, adjusting for potential baseline confounders...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933020/deriving-a-management-algorithm-for-emphysematous-pyelonephritis-can-we-rely-on-minimally-invasive-strategies-or-should-we-be-opting-for-earlier-nephrectomy
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Eve Boakes, Deepak Batura
PURPOSE: To analyse the incidence and management of emphysematous pyelonephritis (EPN) in North West London and examine factors that influence immediate and 6-month outcomes with the aim of guiding future management. METHODS: This work analyses EPN cases from the London North West Healthcare NHS Trust from October 2006 to July 2015 (population ≈ 850,000). Diagnosis and stage were confirmed by computed tomography (CT). Demographic, clinical, biochemical and microbiological characteristics were assessed...
September 20, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932999/prolonged-transport-and-cannibalism-of-mummified-infant-remains-by-a-tonkean-macaque-mother
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Arianna De Marco, Roberto Cozzolino, Bernard Thierry
Observations of animals' responses to dying or dead companions raise questions about their awareness of states of helplessness or death of other individuals. In this context, we report the case of a female Tonkean macaque (Macaca tonkeana) that transported the body of her dead infant for 25 days and cannibalized its mummified parts. The mother appeared agitated in the first 2 days after the birth. She then took care of her infant's corpse, which progressively dried and became mummified. In a third stage, the mother continued to transport the corpse as it started disintegrating, and she gnawed and consumed some parts of the remains...
September 20, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932979/tuberculous-meningitis-in-children-and-adults-new-insights-for-an-ancient-foe
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Alyssa Mezochow, Kiran Thakur, Christopher Vinnard
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Tuberculous meningitis is the most devastating manifestation of infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis and represents a medical emergency. Approximately one half of tuberculous meningitis patients die or suffer severe neurologic disability. The goal of this review will be to review the pathogenic, clinical, and radiologic features of tuberculous meningitis and to highlight recent advancements in translational and clinical science. RECENT FINDINGS: Pharmacologic therapy includes combination anti-tuberculosis drug regimens and adjunctive corticosteroids...
September 20, 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932722/the-first-year-after-colorectal-surgery-in-the-elderly
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Verena N N Kornmann, Jeroen L A van Vugt, Anke B Smits, Bert van Ramshorst, Djamila Boerma
PURPOSE: Surgery for colorectal malignancy is increasingly being performed in the elderly. Little is known about the impact of complications on late mortality. This study aimed to analyze whether a complicated postoperative course affects the 1-year survival in elderly patients. METHODS: All consecutive patients older than 75 years of age who underwent colorectal cancer surgery between January 2009 and April 2013 were included in this study. The main outcome was mortality at 1 year after surgery...
August 2017: Annals of Coloproctology
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