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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528519/il-6-blockade-in-the-management-of-non-infectious-uveitis
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Giuseppe Lopalco, Claudia Fabiani, Jurgen Sota, Orso Maria Lucherini, Gian Marco Tosi, Bruno Frediani, Florenzo Iannone, Mauro Galeazzi, Rossella Franceschini, Donato Rigante, Luca Cantarini
Several pathogenetic studies have paved the way for a newer more rational therapeutic approach to non-infectious uveitis, and treatment of different forms of immune-driven uveitis has drastically evolved in recent years after the advent of biotechnological drugs. Tumor necrosis factor-α targeted therapies, the first-line recommended biologics in uveitis, have certainly led to remarkable results in patients with non-infectious uveitis. Nevertheless, the decision-making process turns out to be extremely difficult in anti-tumor necrosis factor or multidrug-resistant cases...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528351/the-influence-of-critical-shoulder-angle-on-secondary-rotator-cuff-insufficiency-following-shoulder-arthroplasty
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Simone Cerciello, Andrew Paul Monk, Enrico Visonà, Stefano Carbone, Thomas Bradley Edwards, Nicola Maffulli, Gilles Walch
INTRODUCTION: Secondary cuff failure after shoulder replacement is disabling and often requires additional surgery. Increased critical shoulder angle (CSA) has been found in patients with cuff tear compared to normal subjects. The interobserver reliability of the CSA and the relationship between CSA and symptomatic secondary cuff failure after shoulder replacement were investigated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nineteen patients with symptomatic cuff failure after anatomic shoulder replacement (mean FU 45 months) were compared to a control group of 29 patients showing no signs of symptomatic cuff failure (mean FU 105...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528347/discriminative-accuracy-of-physician-and-nurse-predictions-for-survival-and-functional-outcomes-6-months-after-an-icu-admission
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Michael E Detsky, Michael O Harhay, Dominique F Bayard, Aaron M Delman, Anna E Buehler, Saida A Kent, Isabella V Ciuffetelli, Elizabeth Cooney, Nicole B Gabler, Sarah J Ratcliffe, Mark E Mikkelsen, Scott D Halpern
Importance: Predictions of long-term survival and functional outcomes influence decision making for critically ill patients, yet little is known regarding their accuracy. Objective: To determine the discriminative accuracy of intensive care unit (ICU) physicians and nurses in predicting 6-month patient mortality and morbidity, including ambulation, toileting, and cognition. Design, Setting, and Participants: Prospective cohort study conducted in 5 ICUs in 3 hospitals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and enrolling patients who spent at least 3 days in the ICU from October 2013 until May 2014 and required mechanical ventilation, vasopressors, or both...
May 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528324/new-role-for-interleukin-13-receptor-%C3%AE-1-in-myocardial-homeostasis-and-heart-failure
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Uri Amit, David Kain, Allon Wagner, Avinash Sahu, Yael Nevo-Caspi, Nir Gonen, Natali Molotski, Tal Konfino, Natalie Landa, Nili Naftali-Shani, Galia Blum, Emmanuelle Merquiol, Danielle Karo-Atar, Yariv Kanfi, Gidi Paret, Ariel Munitz, Haim Y Cohen, Eytan Ruppin, Sridhar Hannenhalli, Jonathan Leor
BACKGROUND: The immune system plays a pivotal role in myocardial homeostasis and response to injury. Interleukins-4 and -13 are anti-inflammatory type-2 cytokines, signaling via the common interleukin-13 receptor α1 chain and the type-2 interleukin-4 receptor. The role of interleukin-13 receptor α1 in the heart is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed myocardial samples from human donors (n=136) and patients with end-stage heart failure (n=177). We found that the interleukin-13 receptor α1 is present in the myocardium and, together with the complementary type-2 interleukin-4 receptor chain Il4ra, is significantly downregulated in the hearts of patients with heart failure...
May 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528288/cancer-atrial-fibrillation-and-stroke
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REVIEW
Tess Fitzpatrick, Marc Carrier, Grégoire Le Gal
Cancer patients appear to be at increased risk for atrial fibrillation. Although surgery and chemotherapy exacerbate this risk, this association is observed even in the absence of any cancer-specific treatment. The underlying mechanism of this is likely multifactorial, but systemic inflammation and autonomic dysregulation are hypothesized to play critical roles. Cancer and atrial fibrillation are both independent risk factors for ischemic stroke; however, it is not clear whether this translates to an increased risk of stroke in patients with both comorbidities...
May 9, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528282/management-options-in-the-treatment-of-femoral-pseudoaneurysms-secondary-to-intravenous-drug-abuse-a-case-series
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James Rammell, Nisheeth Kansal, Vish Bhattacharya
INTRODUCTION: Infected femoral pseudoaneurysms are a common presentation in intravenous drug users with little consensus as to the optimum management of these patients. Whilst emergency revascularisation options are available, excision and ligation of the femoral artery remains the most common operative intervention but risks leaving the patient with critical ischaemia or intermittent claudication. This case series reviewed the outcomes of 4 patients who underwent excision-ligation without revascularisation of an infected femoral pseudoaneurysm at a district general hospital...
May 5, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528268/optimistic-honesty-understanding-surgeon-and-patient-perspectives-on-hopeful-communication-in-pancreatic-cancer-care
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Kim Blakely, Paul J Karanicolas, Frances C Wright, Lesley Gotlib Conn
BACKGROUND: Prognosis conversations between surgical oncologists and patients with pancreatic cancer are critically important and challenging. Surgeons and their patients often have discrepant understandings of prognosis despite extensive conversations. Little is known about how surgeons approach prognosis conversations with these patients; patients' experiences with these conversations are also not well understood. This qualitative study sought to better understand surgeon and patient perspectives on communication in pancreatic cancer care with a view toward improvement...
May 17, 2017: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527930/outcomes-of-open-and-endovascular-lower-extremity-revascularization-in-active-smokers-with-advanced-peripheral-arterial-disease
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Samuel L Chen, Matthew D Whealon, Nii-Kabu Kabutey, Isabella J Kuo, Michael D Sgroi, Roy M Fujitani
OBJECTIVE: Concern over perioperative and long-term durability of lower extremity revascularizations among active smokers is a frequent deterrent for vascular surgeons to perform elective lower extremity revascularization. In this study, we examined perioperative outcomes of lower extremity endovascular (LEE) revascularization and open lower extremity bypass (LEB) in active smokers with intermittent claudication (IC) and critical limb ischemia (CLI). METHODS: Active smokers undergoing LEE or LEB from 2011 to 2014 were identified in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) targeted vascular data set...
June 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527880/intensive-monitoring-of-urine-output-is-associated-with-increased-detection-of-acute-kidney-injury-and-improved-outcomes
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Kui Jin, Raghavan Murugan, Florentina E Sileanu, Emily Foldes, Priyanka Priyanka, Gilles Clermont, John A Kellum
BACKGROUND: Urine output (UO) is a vital sign for critical ill patients but standards for monitoring and reporting vary widely between ICUs. Careful monitoring of UO could lead to earlier recognition of acute kidney injury (AKI) and better fluid management. We sought to determine if intensity of UO monitoring is associated with outcomes in patients with and without AKI. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study including 15,724 adults admitted to ICUs from 2000-2008. Intensive UO monitoring was defined as hourly recordings and no gaps >3 hours for the first 48 hours after ICU admission...
May 17, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527566/abnormalities-in-high-energy-phosphate-metabolism-in-first-episode-bipolar-disorder-measured-using-31-p-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy
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Fei Du, Cagri Yuksel, Virginie-Anne Chouinard, Polly Huynh, Kyle Ryan, Bruce M Cohen, Dost Öngür
BACKGROUND: Brain energy metabolism is critical for supporting synaptic function and information processing. A growing body of evidence suggests abnormalities in brain bioenergetics in psychiatric disorders, including both bipolar disorder (BD) and schizophrenia. (31)P magnetic resonance spectroscopy provides a noninvasive window into these processes in vivo. Using this approach, we previously showed that patients with BD show normal adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and phosphocreatine levels at rest but cannot maintain normal ATP levels in the visual cortex during times of high energy demand (photic stimulation)...
April 7, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527498/electronic-health-record-transition-considerations
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REVIEW
Louis E Penrod
After an initial phase of electronic health record (EHR) solutions for both independent practices and larger health care organizations, we are now entering a period in which transitioning between EHRs is becoming more common. Many of the decisions and implementation processes for an EHR transition are similar to those encountered during the transition from paper records to an EHR. Detailed project planning and management are essential to keep the effort on track and within budget to a successful conclusion...
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527350/bi-dimensional-variational-mode-decomposition-of-laser-speckle-contrast-imaging-data-a-clinical-approach-to-critical-limb-ischemia
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Anne Humeau-Heurtier, Pierre Abraham, Samir Henni
The number of patients suffering from peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) is growing worldwide. PAOD corresponds to an impairment of perfusion in the distal portion of some arteries that can generate critical limb ischemia. For some patients, the pathology leads to the necessity of amputation. PAOD may be diagnosed and studied with transcutaneous oxygen (tcpO2) measurements. However, the tcpO2 technique is a contact technique: probes have to be positioned on the limb, which may be impossible in case of ulcers and can lead to infection risks...
May 13, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527066/community-pharmacies-as-epidemiological-sentinels-of-headache-first-experience-in-italy
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Paola Brusa, Marco Parente, Gianni Allais, Sara Rolando, Giuseppe Costa, Roberto Gnavi, Teresa Spadea, Mario Giaccone, Andrea Mandelli, Massimo Mana, Francesca Baratta, Chiara Benedetto, Gennaro Bussone
Migraine is a disabling neurovascular syndrome which affects 12-15% of the global population and it represents the third cause in years lived with disability in both males and females aged 15-49 years. Among migraineurs, the symptomatic drug abuse may be a risk factor in the development of medication overuse headache (MOH). Detecting cases of MOH is not straightforward; community pharmacists may, therefore, be in a strategic position to identify individuals who self-medicate, particularly with respect to prevent the development of MOH...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527029/critical-flicker-fusion-frequency-in-demyelinating-and-ischemic-optic-neuropathies
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Matthew T Young, Puneet S Braich, Scott R Haines
PURPOSE: Critical flicker fusion (CFF) frequency is a well-studied test for evaluating demyelinating optic neuritis (ON). Its use in evaluating other optic neuropathies is not well established. The purpose of this study was to compare CFF in ON and non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION). METHODS: We performed a retrospective review to compare multiple variables for eyes with ON or NAION using two-sided T tests and Chi-square tests. A multivariate linear regression was performed for the dependent variable CFF...
May 19, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526862/significant-clinical-factors-associated-with-long-term-mortality-in-critical-cancer-patients-requiring-prolonged-mechanical-ventilation
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Li-Ta Keng, Kuei-Pin Chung, Shu-Yung Lin, Sheng-Kai Liang, Jui-Chen Cheng, I-Chun Chen, Yen-Fu Chen, Hou-Tai Chang, Chia-Lin Hsu, Jih-Shuin Jerng, Hao-Chien Wang, Ping-Hung Kuo, Huey-Dong Wu, Jin-Yuan Shih, Chong-Jen Yu
Studies about prognostic assessment in cancer patients requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation (PMV) for post-intensive care are scarce. We retrospectively enrolled 112 cancer patients requiring PMV support who were admitted to the respiratory care center (RCC), a specialized post-intensive care weaning facility, from November 2009 through September 2013. The weaning success rate was 44.6%, and mortality rates at hospital discharge and after 1 year were 43.8% and 76.9%, respectively. Multivariate logistic regression showed that weaning failure, in addition to underlying cancer status, was significantly associated with an increased 1-year mortality (odds ratio, 6...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526816/delineation-of-b-cell-epitopes-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhi-hemolysin-e-potential-antibody-therapeutic-target
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Chai Fung Chin, Jing Yi Lai, Yee Siew Choong, Amy Amilda Anthony, Asma Ismail, Theam Soon Lim
Hemolysin E (HlyE) is an immunogenic novel pore-forming toxin involved in the pathogenesis of typhoid fever. Thus, mapping of B-cell epitopes of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi (S. Typhi) is critical to identify key immunogenic regions of HlyE. A random 20-mer peptide library was used for biopanning with enriched anti-HlyE polyclonal antibodies from typhoid patient sera. Bioinformatic tools were used to refine, analyze and map the enriched peptide sequences against the protein to identify the epitopes. The analysis identified both linear and conformational epitopes on the HlyE protein...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526642/-asleep-deep-brain-stimulation-surgery-a-critical-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Tsinsue Chen, Zaman Mirzadeh, Francisco A Ponce
OBJECTIVE: Although performing deep brain stimulation (DBS) with the patient under general anesthesia without microelectrode recording (MER) or intraoperative test stimulation (ITS) for movement disorders ("asleep" DBS) has become increasingly popular, its feasibility is based on the untested assumption that stereotactic accuracy correlates with positive clinical outcomes. To investigate outcomes after asleep DBS without MER or neurophysiological testing, we reviewed the medical literature on the topic...
May 16, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526591/macrophage-based-therapeutic-strategies-in-regenerative-medicine
#18
Kara L Spiller, Timothy J Koh
Mounting evidence suggests that therapeutic cell and drug delivery strategies designed to actively harness the regenerative potential of the inflammatory response have great potential in regenerative medicine. In particular, macrophages have emerged as a primary target because of their critical roles in regulating multiple phases of tissue repair through their unique ability to rapidly shift phenotypes. Herein, we review macrophage-based therapies, focusing on the translational potential for cell delivery of ex vivo-activated macrophages and delivery of molecules and biomaterials to modulate accumulation and phenotype of endogenous macrophages...
May 16, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526374/impact-of-high-dose-vitamin-d3-on-plasma-free-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-concentrations-and-antimicrobial-peptides-in-critically-ill-mechanically-ventilated-adults
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Jenny E Han, Jessica A Alvarez, Jennifer L Jones, Vin Tangpricha, Mona A Brown, Li Hao, Lou Ann S Brown, Greg S Martin, Thomas R Ziegler
OBJECTIVES: High-dose vitamin D3 increases plasma total 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] in critically ill, ventilated patients; however, to our knowledge, the effect on plasma levels of free (nonprotein-bound) 25(OH)D has not been investigated in critical illness. Moreover, the relationship of free 25(OH)D and the regulation of endogenous antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) remains unknown. The aims of this study were to determine in critically ill adults with respiratory failure the effect of previous high-dose regimens of vitamin D3 on free 25(OH)D concentrations, the relationship of free 25(OH)D with circulating cathelicidin (LL-37) and human beta-defensin-2 (hBD-2), and the associations between plasma levels of free 25(OH)D and these AMPs to alveolar macrophage phagocytosis function...
June 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526246/impaired-mitophagy-facilitates-mitochondrial-damage-in-danon-disease
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Sherin I Hashem, Anne N Murphy, Ajit S Divakaruni, Matthew L Klos, Bradley C Nelson, Emily C Gault, Teisha J Rowland, Cynthia N Perry, Yusu Gu, Nancy D Dalton, William H Bradford, Eric J Devaney, Kirk L Peterson, Kenneth L Jones, Matthew R G Taylor, Ju Chen, Neil C Chi, Eric D Adler
RATIONALE: Lysosomal associated membrane protein type-2 (LAMP-2) is a highly conserved, ubiquitous protein that is critical for autophagic flux. Loss of function mutations in the LAMP-2 gene cause Danon disease, a rare X-linked disorder characterized by developmental delay, skeletal muscle weakness, and severe cardiomyopathy. We previously found that human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) from Danon patients exhibited significant mitochondrial oxidative stress and apoptosis...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
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