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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804232/acute-beneficial-effects-of-muscular-counterpulsation-in-patients-with-coronary-heart-diseases
#1
Larry V Lapanashvili, Michael D Alshibaya, Julia Veselova, Leo A Bockeria
This prospective pilot study was designed to investigate the acute hemodynamic effects and clinical applicability of muscular counterpulsation (MCP), a one-shot procedure for biomechanical circulatory support. The study included 17 consecutive patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) and impaired ejection fraction (EF ≤45%) who underwent elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Patients were divided into control ( n  = 7) and treatment ( n  = 10) groups. MCP was applied through adhesive skin electrodes to the thighs and calves with a battery-powered, portable, ECG-triggered device for 15 minutes prior to general anesthesia...
September 2017: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803924/differential-regulation-of-the-tlr4-signalling-pathway-in-post-mortem-prefrontal-cortex-and-cerebellum-in-chronic-schizophrenia-relationship-with-sp-transcription-factors
#2
Karina S MacDowell, Raquel Pinacho, Juan C Leza, Joan Costa, Belén Ramos, Borja García Bueno
Alterations in innate immunity may underlie the pathophysiology of schizophrenia (SZ). Toll-like receptor-4 (TLR4) is a master element of innate immunity. The specificity proteins (SPs), transcription factors recently implicated in SZ, are putative regulatory agents of this. This work was aimed at describing alterations in the TLR4 signalling pathway in postmortem brain prefrontal cortex (PFC) and cerebellum (CB) of 16 chronic SZ patients and 14 controls. The possible association of TLR4 pathway with SP1 and SP4 and SZ negative symptomatology is explored...
August 10, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797572/hyperosmolar-metabolic-acidosis-in-burn-patients-exposed-to-glycol-based-topical-antimicrobials-a-systematic-review
#3
REVIEW
Tom Leibson, Paige Davies, Cheri Nickel, Gideon Koren
BACKGROUND: The well documented susceptibility of burn patients to acquired infections via damaged skin mandates application of antimicrobial agents. These agents are dissolved in various vehicles that augment skin absorption thus allowing greater efficacy. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) and Propylene glycol (PropG) are among the most commonly used vehicles, and both have been used in numerous medications and cosmetic products over the past few decades. Rarely, burn patients treated with agents containing these glycols present with a life threatening systemic toxidrome of hyperosmolar metabolic acidosis...
August 7, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794106/flow-mediated-dilation-and-peripheral-arterial-tonometry-are-disturbed-in-pre-eclampsia-and-reflect-different-aspects-of-endothelial-function
#4
Dominique Mannaerts, Ellen Faes, Inge Goovaerts, Tibor Stoop, Jerome Cornette, Wilfried Jozef Gyselaers, Marc E A Spaanderman, Emeline M Van Craenenbroeck, Yves Jacquemyn
BACKGROUND: Endothelial function and arterial stiffness are known to be altered in pre-eclamptic pregnancies. Previous studies have shown conflicting results regarding the best technique for assessing vascular function in pregnancy. In this study, we made a comprehensive evaluation of in vivo vascular function (including flow-mediated dilatation (FMD), peripheral arterial tonometry (PAT), and arterial stiffness) in pre-eclamptic patients and compared them to normal pregnancies. In addition, we assessed the relation between vascular function and systemic inflammation...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774248/thumb-function-and-electromyography-result-after-modified-camitz-tendon-transfer
#5
Claire Marie Durban, Bernard Antolin, Chung Ying Sau, Sheung Wai Li, Wing Yuk Ip
BACKGROUND: Various techniques of opponensplasty have been developed with the aim of restoring the thumb function. The modified Camitz opponensplasty is a simple technique done together with an open carpal tunnel release. It restores thumb palmar abduction soon after the procedure, during such time that the abductor pollicis brevis (APB) is still recovering. The aim of this study was to assess the recovery and level of activity of the abductor pollicis brevis and palmaris longus (PL) muscles during thumb opposition and abduction after performing the modified Camitz opponensplasty...
September 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery Asian-Pacific Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771821/lessons-learned-from-the-management-of-adults-who-have-undergone-augmentation-for-spina-bifida-and-bladder-exstrophy-incidence-and-management-of-the-non-lethal-complications-of-bladder-augmentation
#6
REVIEW
Douglas A Husmann
The present review provides clinical insights and makes recommendations regarding patient management garnered by the long-term follow up of patients undergoing enteric bladder augmentation for the management of congenital anomalies. A prospectively maintained database on 385 patients that have experienced an enteric bladder augmentation, using either the ileum or colon, was reviewed. Evaluations included methods used to prevent bladder calculi formation and recurrence, the incidence and etiology of renal calculi development, the incidence and treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency, and the complications and need for surgical revisions for continent catheterizable stomas...
August 3, 2017: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768612/short-term-efficacy-of-an-innovative-mobile-phone-technology-based-intervention-for-weight-management-for-overweight-and-obese-adolescents-pilot-study
#7
Jyu-Lin Chen, Claudia M Guedes, Bruce A Cooper, Audrey E Lung
BACKGROUND: In the United States, approximately one-third of adolescents are now overweight or obese, and one in six is obese. This financial cost and the larger nonfinancial costs of obesity make obesity prevention and management for adolescents imperative for the health of the nation. However, primary care visits are typically brief, and primary care providers may lack adequate resources to help overweight or obese adolescents to manage weight issues. To augment the efficacy of primary care visits for adolescent weight management, mobile phone technology can be used as an adjunct treatment that provides additional opportunities for encouraging improvement in lifestyle, attainment, and maintenance of healthy weight...
August 2, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763811/-ribeiro-technique-in-gigantomastia-review-of-294-reduction-mammaplasties-in-8-years
#8
Andreas Wolter, Naja Pluto, Till Scholz, Jens Diedrichson, Andreas Arens-Landwehr, Jutta Liebau
Introduction Reduction mammaplasty in patients with gigantomastia is challenging even to very experienced plastic surgeons. Extremely elongated pedicles impair the vascular supply of the nipple-areola complex. Breast shaping and effective reduction are difficult due to the severely stretched skin envelope. The Ribeiro technique is the standard technique for reduction mammaplasty in our clinic. The aim of this study is to review our approach in patients with gigantomastia in comparison to the current literature...
August 1, 2017: Handchirurgie, Mikrochirurgie, Plastische Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762933/-optimization-of-bp-control-and-arterial-elasticity-with-fixed-combination-therapy-perindopril-and-amlodipine-in-patients-with-arterial-hypertension-and-increased-pulse-wave-velocity
#9
S V Nedogoda, A O Konradi, N E Zvartau, E V Chumachek, A A Ledyaeva, V V Tsoma, A S Salasyuk, J S Judina, V O Smirnova, V J Khripaeva, R V Palashkin
The aim of the study was to assess the possibility of fixed combination perindopril+amlodipine to improve arterial elesticity in patients with hypertension and high pulse wave velocity, despite previous combination antihypertensive therapy. In an open, multicenter, observational study duration of 24 weeks 80 patients were included, divided into 4 equal-sized groups, depending on initial antihypertensive therapy: Group 1 - the combination of ACE inhibitor and diuretic, Group 2 - the combination of ACE inhibitor and calcium channel blocker, Group 3 - the combination of diuretic and angiotensin receptor blocker, Group 4 - the combination of angiotensin receptor blocker and calcium antagonist...
March 2017: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759844/circulating-soluble-receptor-for-advanced-glycation-end-product-cross-sectional-associations-with-cardiac-markers-and-subclinical-vascular-disease-in-older-men-with-and-without-diabetes
#10
S Goya Wannamethee, Paul Welsh, Olia Papacosta, Elizabeth A Ellins, Julian P J Halcox, Peter H Whincup, Naveed Sattar
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The soluble receptor for advanced glycation end products (sRAGE) has been implicated in diabetic vascular complications. We have examined the association between sRAGE and cardiac markers [NT-proBNP and cardiac troponin T (cTnT)] and subclinical vascular markers in older men with and without diabetes. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study of 1159 men aged 71-92 years with no history of cardiovascular disease (myocardial infarction, stroke, heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft operation or angioplasty)...
July 12, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758085/neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-and-strength-recovery-of-postnatal-diastasis-recti-abdominis-muscles
#11
Dalia M Kamel, Amel M Yousif
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) on the recovery of abdominal muscle strength in postnatal women with diastasis of recti abdominis muscles (DRAM). METHODS: Sixty women, 2 months postnatal, participated in this study. They were divided randomly into two equal groups. Group A received NMES in addition to abdominal exercises; group B received only abdominal exercises. The intervention in both groups was for three times per week for 8 weeks...
June 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757528/vitamin-d-insufficiency-predicts-elevated-levels-of-complement-3-independent-of-insulin-resistance-and-bmi
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Reem M Al Haj Ahmad, Hayder A Al-Domi
This study was to determine serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), the complement 3 (C3), and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, and their association with the risk of insulin resistance (IR). A case-control study was carried out among 134 participants with body mass index (BMI) ≥30 kg/m(2) and BMI=18.5-24.99 kg/m(2). Anthropometric and body composition indicators were measured. Serum levels of C3, CRP, 25(OH)D, insulin, and glucose were also measured. IR was assessed by the homeostasis model assessment (HOMA-IR)...
2017: Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756044/association-between-arterial-stiffness-and-peripheral-artery-disease-as-measured-by-radial-artery-tonometry
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Greg J Zahner, Magdalena A Gruendl, Kimberly A Spaulding, Melinda S Schaller, Nancy K Hills, Warren J Gasper, S Marlene Grenon
OBJECTIVE: Arterial stiffness and peripheral artery disease (PAD) are both associated with an elevated risk of major adverse cardiac events; however, the association between arterial stiffness and PAD is less well characterized. The goal of this study was to examine the association between parameters of radial artery tonometry, a noninvasive measure of arterial stiffness, and PAD. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study of 134 vascular surgery outpatients (controls, 33; PAD, 101) using arterial applanation tonometry...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753657/evolution-of-aortic-pressure-during-normal-ageing-a-model-based-study
#14
Stamatia Pagoulatou, Nikolaos Stergiopulos
BACKGROUND: The age-related increase in pulse pressure (PP) and systolic blood pressure (SBP) is often attributed to alterations in the wave reflection profile and augmented contributions of the reflected waves. However, clinical evidence shows that the stiffening of the proximal aorta with age and the consequent augmentation of the forward pressure wave plays an equally important role. The relative importance of the forward and reflected wave components in essential hypertension has not yet been fully elucidated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751867/defects-in-vascular-mechanics-due-to-aging-in-rats-studies-on-arterial-wave-properties-from-a-single-aortic-pressure-pulse
#15
Chun-Yi Chang, Ru-Wen Chang, Shu-Hsien Hsu, Ming-Shiou Wu, Ya-Jung Cheng, Hsien-Li Kao, Liang-Chuan Lai, Chih-Hsien Wang, Kuo-Chu Chang
Changes in vascular mechanics due to aging include elevated vascular impedance, diminished aorta distensibility, and an accelerated return of pulse wave reflection, which may increase the systolic workload on the heart. Classically, the accurate measurement of vascular mechanics requires the simultaneous recording of aortic pressure and flow signals. In practice, it is feasible to estimate arterial wave properties in terms of wave transit time (τw) and wave reflection index (RI) by using aortic pressure signal alone...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750552/human-skin-gene-expression-natural-trans-resveratrol-versus-five-resveratrol-analogs-for-dermal-applications
#16
Edwin D Lephart, Merritt B Andrus
Resveratrol (RV) is a polyphenolic compound naturally produced by plants. Polyphenolic compounds incorporated into medicinal products are beneficial but, RV is rapidly metabolized with an associated decline in biological activity. This study tested RV as the standard and compared five structurally modified RV analogs: butyrate, isobutyrate, palmitoate, acetate, and diacetate (to improve functionality) at 1% concentration(s) for 24 h in epiderm full thickness cultures by gene array/qPCR mRNA analysis. When silent mating type information regulation 2 homolog 1, extracellular elements (collagen1A1, 3A1, 4A1; elastin, tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase 1, fibrillin 1 laminin beta1 and matrix metalloproteinase 9), anti-aging and aging genes, inflammatory biomarkers (interleukin-1A [IL1A], IL1R2, IL-6 and IL-8), nerve growth factor, and the antioxidants (proliferating cell nuclear antigen, catalase, superoxide dismutase and metallothionein 1H/2H) were evaluated, ranking each from highest-to-lowest for gene expression: butyrate > isobutyrate > diacetate > acetate > palmitoate...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750481/aqueous-shunts-for-glaucoma
#17
REVIEW
Victoria L Tseng, Anne L Coleman, Melinda Y Chang, Joseph Caprioli
BACKGROUND: Aqueous shunts are employed to control intraocular pressure (IOP) for people with primary or secondary glaucomas who fail or are not candidates for standard surgery. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of aqueous shunts for reducing IOP in glaucoma compared with standard surgery, another type of aqueous shunt, or modification to the aqueous shunt procedure. SEARCH METHODS: We searched CENTRAL (which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Trials Register) (2016, Issue 8), MEDLINE Ovid (1946 to August 2016), Embase...
July 28, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750006/the-impact-of-repetitive-long-duration-water-immersion-on-vascular-function
#18
Erin E Simmons, Elizabeth R Bergeron, John P Florian
While physiological responses to water immersion (WI) are well-studied, the vascular responses after WI are less understood. Fifteen male subjects performed six-hour resting thermoneutral water immersions (WI) at 1.35 atmospheres absolute for four consecutive days, with follow-up on the fifth day. Measurements included peripheral endothelial function and augmentation index (PAT, peripheral arterial tonometry), beat-to-beat blood pressure (BP, photoplethysmography), heart rate (HR), and plasma volume (PV) calculated from changes in hemoglobin and hematocrit...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748705/the-comprehensive-glucose-pentagon-a-glucose-centric-composite-metric-for-assessing-glycemic-control-in-persons-with-diabetes
#19
Robert A Vigersky, John Shin, Boyi Jiang, Thorsten Siegmund, Chantal McMahon, Andreas Thomas
BACKGROUND: Composite metrics have the potential to provide more complete and clinically useful information about glycemic control than traditional individual metrics such as hemoglobin A1C, %/time/area under curve of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. METHODS: Using five key metrics that are derived from continuous glucose monitoring, we developed a new, multicomponent composite metric, the Comprehensive Glucose Pentagon (CGP) that demonstrates glycemic control both numerically and visually...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748188/arterial-stiffness-in-symptomatic-smokers-with-normal-lung-function
#20
Nicola Scichilone, Antonino Tuttolomondo, Carlo Maida, Alida Benfante, Jessica Peluso, Anna Cirrincione, Valerio Vassallo, Antonio Pinto
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Arterial stiffness and endothelial dysfunction index are validated surrogate cardiovascular markers and are increased in subjects with COPD. We tested whether increased arterial stiffness and endothelial dysfunction occur in symptomatic smokers with no evidence of bronchial obstruction. Clinical and lung functional assessments were conducted in smoker subjects with chronic respiratory symptoms and in COPD patients...
July 2017: ERJ Open Research
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