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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639200/treatment-of-liver-cancer-by-c-ebpa-sarna
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Xiaoyang Zhao, Jon Voutila, Stephanos Ghobrial, Nagy A Habib, Vikash Reebye
The prognosis for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains poor and has not improved in over two decades. Most patients with advanced HCC who are not eligible for surgery have limited treatment options due to poor liver function or large, unresectable tumors. Although sorafenib is the standard-of-care treatment for these patients, only a small number respond. For the remaining, the outlook remains bleak. A better approach to target "undruggable" molecular pathways that reverse HCC is therefore urgently needed...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639095/knowledge-awareness-and-prevention-of-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-among-korean-american-parents
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Sarah Hyun, Seulgi Lee, William R Ventura, Joseph McMenamin
Hepatitis B (HB) affects 240 million people around the world, and children and young adults make up a large proportion of the infected population. Approximately 1 million people die from HB each year. Despite the seriousness of HB and its complications, many are poorly linked to clinical care. A lack of health literacy may be a critical barrier hindering access to HB care for adults as well as children in these populations. We, therefore, performed a survey to assess the level of knowledge of HB among Korean American parents...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602965/-67-ga-labeled-deferoxamine-derivatives-for-imaging-bacterial-infection-preparation-and-screening-of-functionalized-siderophore-complexes
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Joseph A Ioppolo, Deanna Caldwell, Omid Beiraghi, Lisset Llano, Megan Blacker, John F Valliant, Paul J Berti
INTRODUCTION: Deferoxamine (DFO) is a siderophore that bacteria use to scavenge iron and could serve as a targeting vector to image bacterial infection where current techniques have critical limitations. [(67)Ga]-DFO, which is a mimetic of the corresponding iron complex, is taken up by bacteria in culture, however in vivo it clears too rapidly to allow for imaging of infection. In response, we developed several new DFO derivatives to identify those that accumulate in bacteria, and at sites of infection, and that could potentially have improved pharmacokinetics...
June 1, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601828/colorectal-cancer-with-synchronous-liver-limited-metastases-the-protocol-of-an-inception-cohort-study-cosmic
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Ajith K Siriwardena, Anthony K C Chan, Agnieszka M Ignatowicz, James M Mason
INTRODUCTION: Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and an important cause of cancer-related death. In 20% of patients, there is metastasis to the liver or beyond at the time of diagnosis. The management of synchronous disease is complex. Conventional surgery removes the colorectal primary first, followed by chemotherapy, with resection of liver metastases as a final step. Advances in the availability and safety of liver surgery, anaesthesia and critical care have made two alternative options feasible...
June 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588245/retinol-binding-protein-4-expression-marks-the-short-term-mortality-of-critically-ill-patients-with-underlying-liver-disease-lipid-but-not-glucose-matters
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Wei-Ting Chen, Mu-Shien Lee, Chia-Lin Chang, Cheng-Tang Chiu, Ming-Ling Chang
The implications of retinol-binding protein-4 (RBP4) expression in critically ill patients with underlying liver diseases remain unclear. A prospective cohort study involving 200 liver intensive care unit (ICU) patients was conducted, with 274 blood donors as controls. Patient outcomes were assessed using Cox and Kaplan-Meier analyses. Of the 200 ICU patients (mean age: 56.0 yrs), 79.5% were male, 72.5% were cirrhotic, 62% were septic, 29.5% were diabetic, and 29% expired in the ICU (median admission: 7.5 days)...
June 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582484/comparison-of-three-methods-for-measuring-workload-in-surgical-pathology-and-cytopathology
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Daniel Cloetingh, Rodney A Schmidt, Christina S Kong
Objectives: Pathologist workload in the United States has traditionally been measured by relative value units (RVUs), which is often criticized for providing an inaccurate estimate of actual work. This study compares three methods for measuring workload. Methods: Surgical pathology and cytopathology workload for 1 representative month at Stanford Health Care was assessed using three different methods: RVUs, Royal College of Pathologists (RCP) point system, and University of Washington-Seattle (UW) slide count method...
June 5, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574107/continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-forty-year-anniversary
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Claudio Ronco
In 1977 Peter Kramer performed the first CAVH (continuous arteriovenous hemofiltration) treatment in Gottingen, Germany. CAVH soon became a reliable alternative to hemo- or peritoneal dialysis in critically ill patients. The limitations of CAVH spurred new research and the discovery of new treatments such as CVVH and CVVHD (continuous veno-venous hemofiltration and continuous veno-venous hemodialysis). The alliance with industry led to development of new specialized equipment with improved accuracy and performance in delivering continuous renal replacement therapies (CRRTs)...
May 31, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561253/obstetric-disorders-in-the-icu
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Daniela N Vasquez, Lauren Plante, María N Basualdo, Gustavo G Plotnikow
Pregnant and postpartum patients represent a challenge to critical care physicians, as two patients in one have to be cared for and because specific obstetric disorders, not universally covered in formal critical care training, need to be managed. Pregnancy also alters physiologic norms, so that the critical care physician may either fail to recognize a value as abnormal in pregnancy or mistakenly identify as abnormal a value within the normal range for a pregnant woman. In this article, we will review the most frequent obstetric causes of admission of pregnant/postpartum patients to the intensive care unit (hypertensive disease of pregnancy, obstetric hemorrhage, and obstetric sepsis) along with their diagnostic criteria, clinical presentation, and recommended treatment...
April 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554928/epidural-analgesia-in-critically-ill-patients-with-acute-pancreatitis-the-multicentre-randomised-controlled-epipan-study-protocol
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Stéphanie Bulyez, Bruno Pereira, Elodie Caumon, Etienne Imhoff, Laurence Roszyk, Lise Bernard, Leo Bühler, Claudia Heidegger, Samir Jaber, Jean-Yves Lefrant, Russell Chabanne, Pierre-Marie Bertrand, Pierre-François Laterre, Philippe Guerci, Pierre-Eric Danin, Etienne Escudier, Achille Sossou, Dominique Morand, Vincent Sapin, Jean-Michel Constantin, Matthieu Jabaudon
BACKGROUND: Acute pancreatitis (AP) is associated with high morbidity and mortality in its most severe forms. Most patients with severe AP require intubation and invasive mechanical ventilation, frequently for more than 7 days, which is associated with the worst outcome. Recent increasing evidence from preclinical and clinical studies support the beneficial effects of epidural analgesia (EA) in AP, such as increased gut barrier function and splanchnic, pancreatic and renal perfusion, decreased liver damage and inflammatory response, and reduced mortality...
May 29, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545533/food-beliefs-and-practices-among-the-kalenjin-pregnant-women-in-rural-uasin-gishu-county-kenya
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Roselyter Monchari Riang'a, Jacqueline Broerse, Anne Kisaka Nangulu
BACKGROUND: Understanding food beliefs and practices is critical to the development of dietary recommendations, nutritional programmes, and educational messages. This study aimed to understand the pregnancy food beliefs and practices and the underlying reasons for these among the contemporary rural Kalenjin communities of Uasin Gishu County, Kenya. METHODS: Through semi-structured interviews, data was collected from 154 pregnant and post-natal Kalenjin women about restricted and recommended foods, and why they are restricted or recommended during pregnancy...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542272/factors-associated-with-poor-outcomes-of-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy
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Chih-Chin Kao, Ju-Yeh Yang, Likwang Chen, Chia-Ter Chao, Yu-Sen Peng, Chih-Kang Chiang, Jenq-Wen Huang, Kuan-Yu Hung
Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is one of the dialysis modalities for critically ill patients. Despite intensive dialysis care, a high mortality rate is found in these patients. Our objective was to investigate the factors associated with poor outcomes in these patients. We conducted a retrospective cohort study using the National Health Insurance Research Database. Records of critically ill patients who received CRRT between 2007 and 2011 were retrieved, and the patients were categorized into two groups: those with acute kidney injury (AKI) and those with history of end-stage renal disease (ESRD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514463/pediatric-psoriasis-comorbidity-screening-guidelines
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Emily Osier, Audrey S Wang, Megha M Tollefson, Kelly M Cordoro, Stephen R Daniels, Andrew Eichenfield, Joel M Gelfand, Alice B Gottlieb, Alexa B Kimball, Mark Lebwohl, Nehal N Mehta, Amy S Paller, Jeffrey B Schwimmer, Dennis M Styne, Abby S Van Voorhees, Wynnis L Tom, Lawrence F Eichenfield
Importance: Psoriasis is a complex inflammatory skin condition associated with serious medical comorbidities in adults, including obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes mellitus, psoriatic arthritis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, depression, anxiety, and decreased quality of life. Because psoriasis begins in childhood in almost one-third of patients, early identification of risk may be critical to minimizing effects on future health. Objective: To develop the first set of guidelines for comorbidity screening for patients with pediatric psoriasis based on current evidence...
May 17, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513820/intra-abdominal-hypertension-and-abdominal-compartment-syndrome-in-acute-pancreatitis-hepato-pancreato-biliary-operations-and-liver-transplantation
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Alexsander K Bressan, Chad G Ball
Intra-abdominal hypertension, even preceding the onset of abdominal compartment syndrome, is still recognized as an adverse prognostic factor. Unfortunately, most of the current supporting evidence within the critical care environment remains observational in nature. In acute pancreatitis, an active role for intra-abdominal hypertension early in the disease process follows a strong intuitive basis, and it is corroborated by preliminary evidence from animal models. Additional studies are needed to better characterize the optimal fluid resuscitation strategy, as well as the importance of intra-abdominal hypertension as an early therapeutic target...
May 17, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468010/nutrition-and-liver-health
#14
Alan A Jackson
Good clinical practice is based on a secure and accurate diagnosis. Poor nutrition is frequently associated with disorders of the liver, and a specific nutrition diagnosis is needed for providing best care and experiencing successful outcome. There is opportunity for better-structured approaches to making secure and consistent nutritional diagnoses in patients with liver disease. Nutrition is the set of integrated processes by which cells, tissues, organs and the whole body acquire the energy and nutrients to retain normal structure and perform the required functions...
2017: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467181/pre-clinical-and-clinical-investigations-of-metabolic-zonation-in-liver-diseases-the-potential-of-microphysiology-systems
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Alejandro Soto-Gutierrez, Albert Gough, Lawrence A Vernetti, D L Taylor, Satdarshan P Monga
The establishment of metabolic zonation within a hepatic lobule ascribes specific functions to hepatocytes based on unique, location-dependent gene expression patterns. Recently, there have been significant developments in the field of metabolic liver zonation. A little over a decade ago, the role of β-catenin signaling was identified as a key regulator of gene expression and function in pericentral hepatocytes. Since then, additional molecules have been identified that regulate the pattern of Wnt/β-catenin signaling within a lobule and determine gene expression and function in other hepatic zones...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466289/-personalised-pharmacotherapy-in-intensive-care-unit-patients
#16
R Bellmann
Critically ill patients need fast, effective and safe pharmacotherapy. The pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the administered drugs are influenced by numerous individual conditions. Genetic factors mainly determines drug metabolism. However, therapeutic decisions are not yet guided by genetic analyses. In elderly patients, the volume of distribution can be altered and renal elimination may be delayed. Drug-drug interactions involving current medications can increase the incidence of adverse effects from treatment in the intensive care unit...
May 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457370/carbapenem-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-infections-early-after-liver-transplantation-a-single-center-experience
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E Mazza, M Prosperi, M F Panzeri, R Limuti, M Nichelatti, A De Gasperi
The aims of this study were to define in a cohort of 310 liver transplant recipients, the incidence of post-liver transplantation (LT) non-carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) and CRKP infections, pre- and post-LT CRKP colonization, CRKP-associated mortality, and risk factors for non-CRKP and CRKP infections. Every patient was screened for CRKP immediately before and after LT. The 6-month survival rate was 95%. Fifty-two patients became infected (16.5%): 8 by CRKP (2.5%) and 44 (14%) by a non-CRKP micro-organism...
May 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444411/-acute-liver-failure
#18
A Koch, C Trautwein, F Tacke
Acute liver failure (ALF) is a rare, but life-threatening disease that is characterized by the acute onset of jaundice, coagulopathy, and hepatic encephalopathy (HE) in patients without pre-existing liver disease. Main causes in Germany are drug toxicity, acetaminophen overdose, and viral hepatitis (A, B, E). For the initial assessment of patients with ALF and the diagnostic algorithm, the early detection of HE, exclusion of liver cirrhosis, immediate diagnosis of the underlying etiology, and evaluation for the necessity of liver transplantation (LT) are critical...
May 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422408/prevention-of-the-osmotic-demyelination-syndrome-after-liver-transplantation-a-multidisciplinary-perspective
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J F Crismale, K A Meliambro, S DeMaria, D B Bronster, S Florman, T D Schiano
The osmotic demyelination syndrome (ODS) is a serious neurologic condition that occurs in the setting of rapid correction of hyponatremia. It presents with protean manifestations, from encephalopathy to the "locked-in" syndrome. ODS can complicate liver transplantation (LT), and its incidence may increase with the inclusion of serum sodium as a factor in the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease score. A comprehensive understanding of risk factors for the development of ODS in the setting of LT, along with recommendations to mitigate the risk of ODS, are necessary...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420865/a-novel-variant-t-1-22-translocation-ins-22-1-q13-p13p31-in-a-child-with-acute-megakaryoblastic-leukemia
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Elizabeth Margolskee, Jad Saab, Julia T Geyer, Alexander Aledo, Susan Mathew
BACKGROUND The reciprocal translocation t(1;22)(p13;q13) involving the RBM15 and MKL1 genes is an uncommon abnormality that occurs in a subset of acute myeloid leukemia with megakaryocytic differentiation (AMKL). Variant translocations have been infrequently described in this subtype of leukemia. CASE REPORT We describe the case of a 3-month-old girl who presented with progressive abdominal distension, vomiting, and fever. Although there was no morphologic evidence of leukemia in the bone marrow, cytogenetic and metaphase fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis identified an insertion of p13p31 bands of chromosome 1 onto the long arm of chromosome 22, resulting in the karyotype: 46,XX,ins(22;1)(q13;p13p31)...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
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