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J J Wang, Y Y Xue, M Tang
With the rapid development of modern science and technology, the application of nanomaterial is ubiquitous in our daily life and medical field, in which the application related to nano-silver is more extensive. On one hand, it can make positive effects, such as anti-bacteria, anti-virus, anti-fungi, anti-parasitic infection and anti-tumor. In particular, its anti-bacterial activity in some acute or chronic treatment of infected wounds is more prominent. The application in diseases of gynecology, orthopedics, cardiovascular system, oral cavity, and ophthalmology is increasing...
October 20, 2016: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
Matthias Jacob, Daniel Chappell, Bernhard F Becker
Oxygen delivery to cells is the basic prerequisite of life. Within the human body, an ingenious oxygen delivery system, comprising steps of convection and diffusion from the upper airways via the lungs and the cardiovascular system to the microvascular area, bridges the gap between oxygen in the outside airspace and the interstitial space around the cells. However, the complexity of this evolutionary development makes us prone to pathophysiological problems. While those problems related to respiration and macrohemodynamics have already been successfully addressed by modern medicine, the pathophysiology of the microcirculation is still often a closed book in daily practice...
October 21, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Masahiro Ohgami, Masato Homma, Yoshiharu Suzuki, Kanako Naito, Motoko Yamada, Shoichi Mitsuhashi, Fumie Fujisawa, Hiroshi Kojima, Takayuki Kaburagi, Keiko Uchiumi, Yutaka Yamada, Hiroko Bando, Hisato Hara, Keiji Takei
BACKGROUND: Lapatinib and erlotinib are used for cancer treatment, showing large interindividual variability. Therapeutic drug monitoring may be useful for assessing the clinical outcomes and adverse events. A simple high-performance liquid chromatography ultraviolet method was developed for the determination of lapatinib and erlotinib in human plasma. METHODS: An aliquot of plasma sample spiked with IS was treated with acetonitrile to precipitate the proteins. Lapatinib and erlotinib were separated on an octadecylsilyl silica-gel column using a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile, methanol, water, and trifluoroacetic acid (26:26:48:0...
October 17, 2016: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
Tai-Heng Chen, Xia Tian, Pao-Lin Kuo, Hui-Ping Pan, Lee-Jun C Wong, Yuh-Jyh Jong
BACKGROUND: Fetal akinesia deformation sequence (FADS) refers to a broad spectrum of disorder with the absent fetal movement as the unifying feature. The etiology of FADS is heterogeneous and the majority remains unknown. Prenatal diagnosis of FADS due to neuromuscular origin has relied on clinical features and fetal muscle pathology, which can be unrevealing. The recent advance of next generation sequencing (NGS) can provide definitive molecular diagnosis effectively. METHODS AND RESULTS: An 18-week old fetus presented with akinesia and multiple contractures of joints...
October 20, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Raoyrin Chanavirut, Pattarapong Makarawate, Ian A Macdonald, Naruemon Leelayuwat
BACKGROUND: Imbalances of the autonomic nervous (ANS), the cardiovascular system, and ionics might contribute to the manifestation of The Brugada Syndrome (BrS). Thus, this study has aimed to investigate the cardio-respiratory fitness and the responses of the ANS both at rest and during a sub-maximal exercise stress test, in BrS patients and in gender-matched and age-matched healthy sedentary controls. METHODS: Eleven BrS patients and 23 healthy controls were recruited in Khon Kaen, Thailand...
October 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
Matthew D Parker, Lynette A Jones, Ian W Hunter, A J Taberner, M P Nash, P M F Nielsen
A triaxial force-sensitive microrobot was developed to dynamically perturb skin in multiple deformation modes, in vivo. Wiener static nonlinear identification was used to extract the linear dynamics and static nonlinearity of the force-displacement behavior of skin. Stochastic input forces were applied to the volar forearm and thenar eminence of the hand, producing probe tip perturbations in indentation and extension. Wiener static nonlinear approaches increased the variance accounted for by 0.1 % to 3.4 % over linear approaches, to 94 % to 97 %...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Davide Croci, Edin Nevzati, Hiroki Danura, Salome Schöpf, Javier Fandino, Serge Marbacher, Carl Muroi
BACKGROUND: In subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), occurrence of cerebral vasospasm (CVS) mediated by endothelin (ET)-1 might be a result of a compartmental inflammatory response with interleukin (IL)-6 release. We aim to investigate the relationship between ET-1 and IL-6 in association of CVS. METHODS: A total of 24 New Zealand white rabbits where randomly allocated into 3 groups: SAH (n=10), IL-6 (n=10), and sham (n=4). SAH was induced by a closed cranium extracranial-intracranial shunt model...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
Sanjay Bhandari, Thangam Venkatesan
Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a chronic functional gastrointestinal disorder that is characterized by episodic nausea and vomiting. Initially thought to only affect children, CVS in adults was often misdiagnosed with significant delays in therapy. Over the last decade, there has been a considerable increase in recognition of CVS in adults but there continues to be a lack of knowledge about management of this disorder. This paper seeks to provide best practices in the treatment of CVS and also highlight some novel therapies that have the potential in better treating this disorder in the future...
October 18, 2016: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
Lindsey J Anstine, Chris Bobba, Samir Ghadiali, Joy Lincoln
Risk factors of heart valve disease are well defined and prolonged exposure throughout life leads to degeneration and dysfunction in up to 33% of the population. While aortic valve replacement remains the most common need for cardiovascular surgery particularly in those aged over 65, the underlying mechanisms of progressive deterioration are unknown. In other cardiovascular systems, a decline in endothelial cell integrity and function play a major role in promoting pathological changes, and while similar mechanisms have been speculated in the valves, studies to support this are lacking...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Agne Ulyte, Nomeda Valeviciene, Darius Palionis, Simona Kundrotaite, Algirdas Tamosiunas
OBJECTIVE: In cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR), incidental pathological findings are frequently found outside the investigated cardiovascular system. Some of these findings might have clinical implications. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of incidental extracardiac findings (ECF) in CMR and their clinical significance. METHODS: A total of 4165 CMR reports from 2009-2012 were retrospectively reviewed for ECF. Two hundred-twenty reports with ECF were found...
September 22, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
Shuai Jiang, Yang Yang, Tian Li, Zhiqiang Ma, Wei Hu, Chao Deng, Chongxi Fan, Jianjun Lv, Yang Sun, Wei Yi
Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factor of the cap'n'collar (CNC) family that is present in various organs. The cardiovascular system (CVS) is susceptible to a spectrum of diseases that are strongly associated with increased risks of mortality and morbidity, and studies have demonstrated that Nrf2 has a pivotal role in protection against cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Areas covered: Nrf2 is a basic protective molecule that guards against CVD by attenuating oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and inflammation...
October 19, 2016: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
Masatsune Ogura, Hisashi Makino, Chizuko Kamiya, Jun Yoshimatsu, Handrean Soran, Ruth Eatough, Giuseppina Perrone, Mariko Harada-Shiba, Claudia Stefanutti
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: For patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH), atherogenic lipoprotein changes and increased stress on cardiovascular system during pregnancy may pose substantial risk for both the mother and her fetus. Although lipoprotein apheresis (LA) is reported as the most effective therapy to control LDL-C levels during pregnancy in HoFH patients, only case reports have been published, and there is no guidance for management. METHODS: We report twelve pregnancies and ten deliveries in seven patients with HoFH, and compare the clinical outcomes between patients who received LA during pregnancy and those who did not...
October 8, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Anna Paprocka-Lipińska
Significant recovery of discussion about the need for the formulation of criteria of death was provoked due to the progress of medicine. Development of anaesthesiology and intensive therapy, introduction of new resuscitation techniques and devices, which are increasingly better able to maintain and sometimes even replace functions of the respiratory or cardiovascular system, which are essential for the survival meant that existing for centuries, socially accepted classical criteria of death, based on cessation of breath and circulation, are no longer sufficient...
September 29, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Pier P Bassareo, Ines Monte, Claudia Romano, Martino Deidda, Alessandra Piras, Lucia Cugusi, Carmela Coppola, Francesca Galletta, Giuseppe Mercuro
Notwithstanding the steady progress in survival rates of children and adolescents suffering from cancer, the benefits associated with chemotherapy do not come without risks involving multiple organs and systems, including the cardiovascular apparatus. Anthracyclines-often administered in combination with radiation therapy and/or surgery-are the most used chemotherapeutic compounds in order to treat tumours and blood malignancies even in paediatric age. Being an important side-effect of anthracyclines, carduitoxicity may limit their efficacy during the treatment and induce long-term sequelae, observed even many years after therapy completion...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Nicola Maurea, Carmela Coppola, Giovanna Piscopo, Francesca Galletta, Gennaro Riccio, Emanuela Esposito, Claudia De Lorenzo, Michelino De Laurentiis, Paolo Spallarossa, Giuseppe Mercuro
The progress in cancer therapy and the increase in number of long-term survivors reveal the issue of cardiovascular side-effects of anticancer drugs. Cardiotoxicity has become a significant problem, and the risks of adverse cardiac events induced by systemic drugs need to be seriously considered. Potential cardiovascular toxicities linked to anticancer agents include arrhythmias, myocardial ischemia and infarction, hypertension, thromboembolism, left ventricular dysfunction, and heart failure. It has been shown that several anticancer drugs seriously affect the cardiovascular system, such as ErbB2 inhibitors, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors, multitargeted kinase inhibitors, Abelson murine leukemia viral oncogene homolog inhibitors, and others...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Liang Li, Wan-Jun Zhou, Ping Fang, Ze-Yan Zhong, Jian-Sheng Xie, Ti-Zhen Yan, Jian Zeng, Xu-Hui Tan, Xiang-Min Xu
BACKGROUND: Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is mainly caused by deletions in SMA-related genes. The objective of this study was to develop gene-dosage assays for diagnosing SMA. METHODS: A multiplex, quantitative PCR assay and a CNVplex assay were developed for determining the copy number of SMN1, SMN2, and NAIP. Reproducibility and specificity of the two assays were compared to a multiple ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) assay. To evaluate reproducibility, 30 samples were analyzed three times using the three assays...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Vladimir Totev Valkov, Maurizio Chiurazzi
The establishment of legumes crops with phenotypic traits that favour their persistence and competitiveness in mixed swards is a pressing task in sustainable agriculture. However, to fully exploit the potential benefits of introducing pasture-based grass-legume systems, an increased scientific knowledge of legume agronomy for screening of favourable traits is needed. We exploited a short-cut phenotypic screening as a preliminary step to characterize the growth capacity of three different Lotus corniculatus cvs cultivated in different nutritional conditions as well as the evaluation of their nodulation capacities...
October 13, 2016: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
Trefor Morgan
Central Systolic Blood Pressure is lower than brachial artery blood Pressure due to reflected waves and greater augmentation at the periphery. The relationship is not consistent during life and alters with aging of the blood vessels. Increasing stiffness means that a greater component of the reflected waves returns to the central aorta during systolic contraction causing more amplification and a higher systolic blood pressure. Diastolic blood pressure on the other hand is always higher in the aorta than at the periphery allowing blood flow...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Mohan Raizada
Hypertension (HTN) is the most prevalent modifiable risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and disorders directly influencing CVD (i.e. obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, obstructive sleep apnea, etc.). About one billion people worldwide have HTN, with American adults having 90% lifetime risk of developing HTN. Despite aggressive campaign for lifestyle changes and advances in drug therapy, HTN remains an immense health, emotional, and economic challenge. This is due, in part, to the fact that ∼50% of HTN patients' blood pressure remains uncontrolled and ∼20% of HTN patients are resistant to or require > antihypertensive drugs...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Lebo Gafane, Alta Schutte, Johannes Van Rooyen, Rudolph Schutte
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension, particularly in black populations is often accompanied by low renin levels, indicative of possible blood pressure (BP) dysregulation by the renin-angiotensin-system (RAS). The potential role of aldosterone in sympathetic nerve activation in the context of low renin warrants clarification. We therefore explored whether measures of sympathetic nerve activity (noradrenaline, 24-hour heart rate (HR) and % dipping in night-time HR) relate to renin, aldosterone and aldosterone-to-renin ratio (ARR) in low renin blacks and whites...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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