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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151260/the-first-case-of-locked-in-leaflet-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-in-a-patient-with-bicuspid-aortic-stenosis
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Nao Shibata, Kensuke Matsumoto, Takayoshi Toba, Shumpei Mori, Shinsuke Shimoyama, Hidekazu Tanaka, Toshiro Shinke, Ken-Ichi Hirata
This case report is about an 85-year-old woman with bicuspid aortic stenosis (AS). Although preoperative multimodality imaging showed challenging anatomical aspects, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) was selected to be performed as a less invasive alternative treatment approach, owing to her comorbidity. Postoperative transesophageal echocardiography and multidetector-row computed tomography revealed the presence of "locked-in leaflet" caused by stent distortion due to pinching by calcified native leaflets, with nodular calcification preventing the full expansion of the valve, which resulted in moderate perivalvular leakage...
November 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151242/a-qualitative-examination-of-increased-alcohol-use-after-bariatric-surgery-among-racially-ethnically-diverse-young-adults
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Christine E Spadola, Eric F Wagner, Leah M Varga, Jennifer L Syvertsen, Nestor F De La Cruz Munoz, Sarah E Messiah
INTRODUCTION: Mounting evidence suggests that bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery (WLS), patients might be vulnerable to developing post-operative alcohol use problems. While the majority of published research offers information concerning the prevalence of problematic alcohol use post-WLS, the literature lacks comprehensive, qualitative explorations examining why alcohol misuse might emerge after WLS. Such data-driven hypotheses are needed to effectively target this emerging concern...
November 19, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151238/predictability-of-hypoadrenalism-occurrence-and-duration-after-adrenalectomy-for-acth-independent-hypercortisolism
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V Morelli, L Minelli, C Eller-Vainicher, S Palmieri, E Cairoli, A Spada, M Arosio, I Chiodini
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if the parameters of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity could predict the occurrence and duration of post-surgical hypocortisolism (PSH) in patients with Cushing's syndrome (CS) and with adrenal incidentaloma (AI). METHODS: We studied 80 patients (54 females, age 53.3 ± 11 years), who underwent adrenalectomy for CS (17 patients) or for AI (53 patients). Before surgery, we measured adrenocorticotroph hormone (ACTH), urinary free cortisol (UFC) and serum cortisol after 1 mg dexamethasone suppression test (1 mg-DST) levels...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151105/eryptosis-the-neglected-cause-of-anemia-in-end-stage-renal-disease
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Florian Lang, Rosi Bissinger, Majed Abed, Ferruh Artunc
End stage renal disease (ESRD) invariably leads to anemia which has been mainly attributed to compromised release of erythropoietin from the defective kidneys with subsequent impairment of erythropoiesis. However, erythropoietin replacement only partially reverses anemia pointing to the involvement of additional mechanisms. As shown more recently, anemia of ESRD is indeed in large part a result of accelerated erythrocyte loss due to suicidal erythrocyte death or eryptosis, characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the cell surface...
October 23, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151089/capgras-syndrome-and-other-delusional-misidentification-syndromes
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Alain Barrelle, J-P Luauté
The delusional misidentification syndromes (DMS) are a group of disorders, characterized by patients mistaking the identity of people they know, although they recognize them physically. The term DMS is an umbrella term which may cover disorders whose definition extends to objects other than people, such as animals, places, or familiar material objects. The most common and best known DMS is Capgras syndrome. In this disorder, the misidentification leads to the delusional conviction that a close friend or relative has been replaced by an identical - or almost identical - "double," whose original has disappeared...
2018: Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151020/complications-of-regional-citrate-anticoagulation-accumulation-or-overload
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Antoine G Schneider, Didier Journois, Thomas Rimmelé
Regional citrate anticoagulation (RCA) is now recommended over systemic heparin for continuous renal replacement therapy in patients without contraindications. Its use is likely to increase throughout the world. However, in the absence of citrate blood level monitoring, the diagnosis of citrate accumulation, the most feared complication of RCA, remains relatively complex. It is therefore commonly mistaken with other conditions. This review aims at providing clarifications on RCA-associated acid-base disturbances and their management at the bedside...
November 19, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151017/neuroleptic-malignant-syndrome-following-bilateral-cemented-total-hip-replacements
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Usman Halim, Sanil Ajwani, Martyn Lovell
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a rare, serious complication caused by neuroleptic medications. It is characterized by rigidity, hyperthermia, tachycardia, leukocytosis, and an elevated creatine kinase (CK). We present a case of a 50-year-old male who underwent bilateral total hip replacements and subsequently developed NMS. This condition is typically triggered by the sudden introduction, omission, or change in dose of a neuroleptic; in contrast with previous case reports of post-surgical NMS, however, no such trigger was identifiable for our patient...
December 2017: Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151014/consent-in-elective-hip-arthroplasty-what-has-changed-over-the-last-15-years
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Rohit Singh, George Evans, Amit Patel, Richard Jones
PURPOSE: It is regular practice that patients undergoing orthopaedic procedures particularly those related to arthroplasty are given both verbal and written information prior to their surgery. The aim of this study was to complete a 15 year audit cycle by assessing the patient understanding of the consent process in elective orthopaedic surgery following the introduction of patient information booklets, DVDs, web links, and "joint school." METHODS: 150 patients (50 patients in each cycle of the study) undergoing primary total hip arthroplasty were counselled about the audit and prospectively enrolled...
December 2017: Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151013/decreasing-the-incidence-of-surgical-site-infections-following-joint-replacement-surgery
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Lorraine Hutzler, Jarrett Williams
OBJECTIVE: Despite the generalized use of prophylactic antibiotics in orthopaedic surgery, Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) are still a major source of morbidity, mortality, and hospital cost. This is due in part to the increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistant organisms. METHODS: A review of local epidemiology, the importance of an antibiotic stewardship program, patient optimization, and risk stratification options to reduce SSIs. RESULTS: The proportion of revisions due to infection is projected to rise rapidly over the next 25 years...
December 2017: Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151001/intravenous-fluid-therapy-for-hospitalized-and-critically-ill-children-rationale-available-drugs-and-possible-side-effects
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Thomas Langer, Rosamaria Limuti, Concezione Tommasino, Niels van Regenmortel, Els L I M Duval, Pietro Caironi, Manu L N G Malbrain, Antonio Pesenti
Human beings are constituted mainly of water. In particular, children's total body water might reach 75-80% of their body weight, compared to 60-70% in adults. It is therefore not surprising, that children, especially hospitalized newborns and infants, are markedly prone to water and electrolyte imbalances. Parenteral fluid therapy is a cornerstone of medical treatment and is thus of exceptional relevance in this patient population. It is crucial to appreciate the fact that intravenous fluids are drugs with very different characteristics, different indications, contraindications and relevant side effects...
November 18, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150957/randomized-controlled-clinical-two-center-study-using-xenogeneic-block-grafts-loaded-with-recombinant-human-bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-or-autogenous-bone-blocks-for-lateral-ridge-augmentation
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Daniel S Thoma, Michael Payer, Norbert Jakse, Stefan P Bienz, Jürg Hüsler, Patrick R Schmidlin, Ui-Won Jung, Christoph H F Hämmerle, Ronald E Jung
OBJECTIVES: to test whether or not the use of a xenogeneic block loaded with recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) results in different bone quantity and quality compared to an autogenous bone block. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 24 patients with insufficient bone volume for implant placement were randomly assigned to two treatment modalities: a xenogeneic bone block loaded with rhBMP-2 (test) or an autogenous bone block (control). The horizontal ridge width was evaluated prior to augmentation, after augmentation and at 4 months...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150935/generation-of-insulin-producing-cells-from-human-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-pva-scaffold-by-optimized-differentiation-protocol
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Seyed Ehsan Enderami, Masoud Soleimani, Yousef Mortazavi, Samad Nadri, Ali Salimi
The studies have been done on patient-specific human adipose-derived from mesenchymal stem cells (hADSCs) like a series of autologous growth factors and nanofibrous scaffolds (3D culture) will probably have many benefits for regenerative medicine in type 1 diabetes mellitus (TIDM) patients in the future. For this purpose, we established a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) scaffold and a differentiation protocol by adding platelet-rich plasma (PRP) that induces the hADSCs into insulin-producing cells (IPCs). The Characteristics of the derived IPCs in 3D culture were compared with conventional culture (2D) groups evaluated at the mRNA and protein levels...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150921/tgf-%C3%AE-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-when-a-friend-becomes-an-enemy
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Marco Arrese, Daniel Cabrera, Alejandra Hernandez, Luis Astete, Lisbell Estrada, Claudio Cabello-Verrugio
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the second most common cause of cancer death worldwide accounting for more than 700 thousand deaths per year. Most of the HCC develops in a cirrhotic liver, a microenvironment where fibrotic tissue replaces parenchymal cells. Thus, there is a close connection between fibrosis and HCC development. Understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in this process is a crucial step to advance in novel therapeutic or pharmacological strategies to prevent or improve the course of this malignancy...
November 16, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150875/treatment-of-acquired-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura-in-the-u-s-remains-heterogeneous-current-and-future-points-of-clinical-equipoise
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Marshall A Mazepa, Jay S Raval, Mark E Brecher, Yara A Park
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this survey was to describe current practices in the U.S. for treatment of acquired Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP), compare these with prior U.S. and current Canadian practices, and identify areas of clinical equipoise. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A research team member administered the survey by telephone. Questions included an estimate of the annual patient volume treated, apheresis and medical therapy practices for acquired TTP...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150810/liver-fibrosis-alleviation-after-co-transplantation-of-hematopoietic-stem-cells-with-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-patients-with-thalassemia-major
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Ardeshir Ghavamzadeh, Masoud Sotoudeh, Amir Pejman Hashemi Taheri, Kamran Alimoghaddam, Hossein Pashaiefar, Mahdi Jalili, Farhad Shahi, Mohammad Jahani, Marjan Yaghmaie
The aims of this study are to determine the replacement rate of damaged hepatocytes by donor-derived cells in sex-mismatched recipient patients with thalassemia major and to determine whether co-transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells and hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) can alleviate liver fibrosis. Ten sex-mismatched donor-recipient pairs who received co-transplantation of HSCs with mesenchymal stem cells were included in our study. Liver biopsy was performed before transplantation. Two other liver biopsies were performed between 2 and 5 years after transplantation...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150705/novel-polycondensed-biopolyamide-generated-from-biomass-derived-4-aminohydrocinnamic-acid
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Yukie Kawasaki, Nag Aniruddha, Hajime Minakawa, Shunsuke Masuo, Tatsuo Kaneko, Naoki Takaya
Biomass plastics are expected to contribute to the establishment of a carbon-neutral society by replacing conventional plastics derived from petroleum. The biomass-derived aromatic amine 4-aminocinnamic acid (4ACA) produced by recombinant bacteria is applied to the synthesis of high-performance biopolymers such as polyamides and polyimides. Here, we developed a microbial catalyst that hydrogenates the α,β-unsaturated carboxylic acid of 4ACA to generate 4-aminohydrocinnamic acid (4AHCA). The ability of 10 microbial genes for enoate and xenobiotic reductases expressed in Escherichia coli to convert 4ACA to 4AHCA was assessed...
November 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150639/in-vitro-maturation-and-in-vivo-integration-and-function-of-an-engineered-cell-seeded-disc-like-angle-ply-structure-daps-for-total-disc-arthroplasty
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J T Martin, S E Gullbrand, D H Kim, K Ikuta, C G Pfeifer, B G Ashinsky, L J Smith, D M Elliott, H E Smith, R L Mauck
Total disc replacement with an engineered substitute is a promising avenue for treating advanced intervertebral disc disease. Toward this goal, we developed cell-seeded disc-like angle ply structures (DAPS) and showed through in vitro studies that these constructs mature to match native disc composition, structure, and function with long-term culture. We then evaluated DAPS performance in an in vivo rat model of total disc replacement; over 5 weeks in vivo, DAPS maintained their structure, prevented intervertebral bony fusion, and matched native disc mechanical function at physiologic loads in situ...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150536/availability-sales-and-affordability-of-tobacco-cessation-medicines-in-kerala-india
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Smitha Sarma, Sivadasanpillai Harikrishnan, Abigail S Baldridge, Raji Devarajan, Aashna Mehta, Sakhtivel Selvaraj, Mohammed K Ali, Padinhare P Mohanan, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Mark D Huffman
BACKGROUND: India is the world's second largest consumer of tobacco, but tobacco cessation remains uncommon due, at least in part, to underutilization of cessation pharmacotherapy. We evaluated the availability, sales, and affordability of nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion, and varenicline in the South Indian state of Kerala to understand potential reasons for underutilization. METHODS AND RESULTS: From November 2016 to April 2017, we collected data on availability, inventory, and pricing of cessation medication through a cross-sectional survey of 199 public, semiprivate (Karunya), and private pharmacies across 5 districts in Kerala using World Health Organization/Health Action International methodology...
November 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150497/low-molecular-weight-thiols-and-thioredoxins-are-important-players-in-hg-ii-resistance-in-thermus-thermophilus-hb27
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J Norambuena, Y Wang, T Hanson, J M Boyd, T Barkay
Mercury (Hg), one of the most toxic and widely distributed heavy metals, has a high affinity for thiol groups. Thiol groups reduce and sequester Hg. Therefore, low molecular weight and protein thiols may be important cell components used in Hg resistance. To date, the role of low molecular weight thiols in Hg-detoxification remains understudied. The mercury resistance (mer) operon of Thermus thermophilus suggests an evolutionary link between Hg(II) resistance and low molecular weight thiol metabolism. This mer operon encodes for an enzyme involved in methionine biosynthesis, Oah...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150488/membrane-binding-of-and-a-self-inhibitory-interaction-within-nup155-are-required-for-nuclear-pore-complex-formation
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Paola De Magistris, Marianna Tatarek-Nossol, Manfred Dewor, Wolfram Antonin
Nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) are the gateways through the nuclear envelope. How they form into a structure containing three rings and integrate into the nuclear envelope remains a challenging paradigm for coordinated assembly of macro-complexes. In vertebrates, the cytoplasmic and nucleoplasmic rings of NPCs are mostly formed by multiple copies of the Nup107-Nup160 complex, whereas the central, or inner ring is composed of Nup53, Nup93, Nup155 and the two paralogues Nup188 and Nup205. Inner ring assembly is only partially understood...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
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