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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813206/levamisole-in-illicit-trafficking-cocaine-seized-a-one-year-study
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Simona Martello, Massimo Pieri, Cristiano Ialongo, Stefano Pignalosa, Gianluca Noce, Francesca Vernich, Carmelo Russo, Federico Mineo, Sergio Bernardini, Luigi Tonino Marsella
Cocaine use is increasing around the world and its purity is frequently altered through dilution, substitution, contamination, and adulteration. Sugars, talc, starch, and carbonates represent the principal diluents of cocaine, while phenacetin, levamisole, caffeine, and lidocaine are its major adulterants in Europe. Levamisole is used because it is an odorless powder, with physical properties similar to cocaine, and it has reasonable cost and availability, being widely used in veterinary medicine. For this study, we analyzed 88 cocaine samples...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806347/pediatric-pseudotumor-cerebri-syndrome
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Paul H Phillips, Claire A Sheldon
Idiopathic intracranial hypertension, otherwise known as primary pseudotumor cerebri syndrome (PTCS), most frequently occurs in obese women of childbearing age. However, children may be affected as well. This review will address recent findings regarding demographics, diagnosis, and treatment of pediatric PTCS. Prepubertal children with primary PTCS have an equal sex distribution and less frequent obesity compared with adult patients. However, female gender and obesity are risk factors for primary PTCS in postpubertal children...
September 2017: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800199/intracranial-elastance-is-increased-in-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension
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Jason T Chisholm, Padmaja Sudhakar, Abdulnasser N Alhajeri, Jonathan H Smith
BACKGROUND: To date, no pathophysiologic model has sufficiently accounted for all the findings encountered in patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). Intracranial elastance is an index of volume-buffering capacity known to play a role in certain disorders of CSF dynamics, which has not been previously investigated in relation to IIH patients. METHODS: Single-center retrospective cohort study from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2016. We collected values for opening pressure (PO ), closing pressure (PC ), volume (V) of CSF removed, as well as demographic and clinical covariates...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774304/using-omics-approaches-to-understand-pulmonary-diseases
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REVIEW
Mengyuan Kan, Maya Shumyatcher, Blanca E Himes
Omics approaches are high-throughput unbiased technologies that provide snapshots of various aspects of biological systems and include: 1) genomics, the measure of DNA variation; 2) transcriptomics, the measure of RNA expression; 3) epigenomics, the measure of DNA alterations not involving sequence variation that influence RNA expression; 4) proteomics, the measure of protein expression or its chemical modifications; and 5) metabolomics, the measure of metabolite levels. Our understanding of pulmonary diseases has increased as a result of applying these omics approaches to characterize patients, uncover mechanisms underlying drug responsiveness, and identify effects of environmental exposures and interventions...
August 3, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768582/blind-overnight-a-case-of-fulminant-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension
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Janpreet Singh Bhandohal, Taimur Mirza
Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) is a syndrome seen predominantly in obese women of reproductive age group, characterized by signs and symptoms of increased intracranial pressure due to an unknown cause. Some individuals have a more malignant form of disease called fulminant idiopathic intracranial hypertension with rapid worsening of symptoms over days. We report a case of 33year-old obese female (BMI 36.9) who presented with a severe headache and blurred vision for one week, found to have idiopathic intracranial hypertension with rapid worsening of symptoms suggestive of a fulminant course of disease...
July 5, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768485/a-systematic-review-of-genetic-mutations-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Gerardo Garcia-Rivas, Carlos Jerjes-Sánchez, David Rodriguez, José Garcia-Pelaez, Victor Trevino
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a group of vascular diseases that produce right ventricular dysfunction, heart failure syndrome, and death. Although the majority of patients appear idiopathic, accumulated research work combined with current sequencing technology show that many gene variants could be an important component of the disease. However, current guidelines, clinical practices, and available gene panels focus the diagnosis of PAH on a relatively low number of genes and variants associated with the bone morphogenic proteins and transforming Growth Factor-β pathways, such as the BMPR2, ACVRL1, CAV1, ENG, and SMAD9...
August 2, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758206/the-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension-treatment-trial-a-review-of-the-outcomes
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Stacy V Smith, Deborah I Friedman
OBJECTIVE: The Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Treatment Trial (IIHTT) was the first large, randomized study on the use of acetazolamide and weight loss for treatment of idiopathic intracranial hypertension-associated vision loss. The multicenter trial also examined a number of secondary outcomes. This review summarizes all available results of the study published in the literature since 2014. BACKGROUND: Prior to the IIHTT, clinicians managed idiopathic intracranial hypertension based on data from small, unmasked trials, expert opinion, and clinical experience...
July 30, 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742639/idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension-progressing-to-venous-sinus-thrombosis-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-and-stroke
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Joshua S Hardin, Raghu H Ramakrishnaiah, John D Pemberton, Paul H Phillips, Joseph G Chacko
Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a syndrome characterized by increased intracranial pressure (ICP), the absence of structural lesions on neuroimaging, and normal cerebrospinal fluid composition. Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) is a common cause of increased ICP and can be differentiated from IIH with magnetic resonance venography. We describe a young woman with typical IIH who underwent lumbar puncture and was treated with a short course of high-dose corticosteroids followed by acetazolamide...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733756/glial-and-neuronal-antibodies-in-patients-with-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension
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Güneş Altıokka-Uzun, Ece Erdağ, Betül Baykan, John Tzartos, Duygu Gezen-Ak, Bedia Samancı, Erdinç Dursun, Paraskevi Zisimopoulou, Katerina Karagiorgou, Christos Stergiou, Erdi Şahin, Esme Ekizoğlu, Murat Kürtüncü, Erdem Tüzün
Headache and visual disturbances are the main presenting symptoms of idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) characterized by increased intracranial pressure (ICP) with an unknown cause. We aimed to investigate the antibodies against optic neuritis-associated glial antigens, aquaporin-4 (AQP4) and myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) and uncharacterized neuronal membrane antigens in IIH patients. Consecutive patients diagnosed according to Friedman revised diagnostic criteria and control subjects were included after their consent...
July 21, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732835/idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-clinical-behavior-and-aging-associated-comorbidities
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REVIEW
Ivette Buendía-Roldán, Mayra Mejía, Carmen Navarro, Moisés Selman
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive, irreversible and usually lethal lung disease of unknown etiology. Once considered as a relatively homogeneous, slowly progressive disease, is now recognized that the clinical behavior shows substantial heterogeneity, including an accelerated variant, and the presence of acute exacerbations. In addition, since IPF largely affects individuals over 60 years of age, the patients are at increased risk of several comorbidities that in turn have a remarkable clinical impact on the disease and increases mortality rate...
August 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728146/chronic-kidney-disease-predicts-survival-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Kohei Ikezoe, Tomohiro Handa, Kiminobu Tanizawa, Hideki Yokoi, Takeshi Kubo, Kensaku Aihara, Akihiko Sokai, Yoshinari Nakatsuka, Seishu Hashimoto, Kiyoshi Uemasu, Susumu Sato, Shigeo Muro, Sonoko Nagai, Motoko Yanagita, Kazuo Chin, Toyohiro Hirai, Yoshio Taguchi, Michiaki Mishima
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) increases with age as with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). OBJECTIVES: We assessed the prevalence of CKD (stages 3-5) and investigated the relationship of CKD to clinical features and outcomes in patients with IPF. METHODS: This study comprised 123 patients with IPF; 61 subjects with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which was reportedly associated with CKD, were also enrolled as a disease control...
July 21, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724375/bilateral-idiopathic-retinal-vasculitis-following-coxsackievirus-a4-infection-a-case-report
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Izumi Mine, Manzo Taguchi, Yutaka Sakurai, Masaru Takeuchi
BACKGROUND: Coxsackieviruses are members of a group of viruses called the enteroviruses, which may cause respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms, erythema, meningoencephalitis, myocarditis, pericarditis, and myositis. Unilateral acute idiopathic maculopathy caused by coxsackievirus A16 has been associated with hand, foot, and mouth disease, but only a few reports describe retinitis associated with coxsackievirus serotype B3 or B4. We report a case of bilateral multifocal obstructive retinal vasculitis that developed after coxsackievirus A4 infection...
July 19, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705908/importance-of-kynurenine-in-pulmonary-hypertension
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Bence M Nagy, Chandran Nagaraj, Andreas Meinitzer, Neha Sharma, Rita Papp, Vasile Foris, Bahil Ghanim, Grazyna Kwapiszewska, Gabor Kovacs, Walter Klepetko, Thomas R Pieber, Harald Mangge, Horst Olschewski, Andrea Oslchewski
The tryptophan metabolite kynurenine is significantly increased in pulmonary arterial hyper-tension (PAH) patients, and it is a potent vasodilator of systemic arteries. Our aim was to in-vestigate the role of kynurenine in the pulmonary circulation. Serum tryptophan, kynurenine and kynurenic-acid levels were measured in 20 idiopathic PAH (IPAH) patients, 20 healthy controls and 20 patients with chronic lung disease or meta-bolic syndrome without-PH. Laser-dissected pulmonary arteries from IPAH and control lungs were tested for the expression of IDO, the rate-limiting enzyme for the conversion from tryptophan to kynurenine...
July 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705815/sigmoid-sinus-diverticulum-dehiscence-and-venous-sinus-stenosis-potential-causes-of-pulsatile-tinnitus-in-patients-with-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension
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J A Lansley, W Tucker, M R Eriksen, P Riordan-Eva, S E J Connor
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Pulsatile tinnitus is experienced by most patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension. The pathophysiology remains uncertain; however, transverse sinus stenosis and sigmoid sinus diverticulum/dehiscence have been proposed as potential etiologies. We aimed to determine whether the prevalence of transverse sinus stenosis and sigmoid sinus diverticulum/dehiscence was increased in patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension and pulsatile tinnitus relative to those without pulsatile tinnitus and a control group...
July 13, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699986/diagnosis-and-management-of-primary-aldosteronism
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Leticia A P Vilela, Madson Q Almeida
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is the most common form of secondary hypertension (HTN), with an estimated prevalence of 4% of hypertensive patients in primary care and around 10% of referred patients. Patients with PA have higher cardiovascular morbidity and mortality than age- and sex-matched patients with essential HTN and the same degree of blood pressure elevation. PA is characterized by an autonomous aldosterone production causing sodium retention, plasma renin supression, HTN, cardiovascular damage, and increased potassium excretion, leading to variable degrees of hypokalemia...
May 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690220/-investigation-and-analysis-for-current-situation-and-pathogenesis-relevant-to-pulmonary-hypertension
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Si Lei, Doudou Tang, Nianru Xu, Shangjie Wu
To investigate the demographic characteristics and the causes for pulmonary hypertension (PH) in adult patients.
 Methods: A total of 2 508 adult patients diagnosed as PH, who came from the Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University from January 2010 to December 2014, were retrospectively investigated. All subjects underwent the clinical diagnosis, or the echocardiographic diagnosis, or thetraditional hemodynamic criteria by right heart catheterization (RHC). The patient's data including hospital numbers, gender, ages, primary diseases, etc, are collected and analyzed...
June 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688632/ecmo-support-in-lung-transplantation-a-contemporary-analysis-of-hospital-charges-in-the-united-states
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J W Awori Hayanga, Norihisa Shigemura, Jonathan K Aboagye, Chris Ensor, Mary Amanda Dew, Heather K Hayanga, Stephen A Esper, Kyla Joubert, Matthew R Morrell, Jonathan D'Cunha
BACKGROUND: There is little in the literature pertaining to cost associated with the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in lung transplantation. We sought to evaluate charges associated with the index hospitalization among recipients of a lung transplant who required ECMO to identify factors that increase hospital charges in these patients. METHODS: With the use of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, we reviewed data pertaining to patients who received a lung transplant between 2000 and 2011 and stratified them into ECMO and non-ECMO groups based on use of ECMO...
July 6, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688167/inhibition-of-hyaluronan-synthesis-attenuates-pulmonary-hypertension-associated-with-lung-fibrosis
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Scott D Collum, Ning-Yuan Chen, Adriana M Hernandez, Ankit Hanmandlu, Heather Sweeney, Tinne C J Mertens, Tingting Weng, Fayong Luo, Jose G Molina, Jonathan Davies, Ian P Horan, Nick W Morrell, Javier Amione-Guerra, Odeaa Al-Jabbari, Keith Youker, Wenchao Sun, Jayakumar Rajadas, Paul L Bollyky, Bindu H Akkanti, Soma Jyothula, Neeraj Sinha, Ashrith Guha, Harry Karmouty-Quintana
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Group III Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a highly lethal and widespread lung disorder that is a common complication in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) where it is considered to be the single most significant predictor of mortality. While increased levels of hyaluronan have been observed in IPF patients, hyaluronan-mediated vascular remodelling and the hyaluronan-mediated mechanisms promoting PH associated with IPF are not fully understood. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Explanted lung tissue from patients with IPF with and without a diagnosis of PH was used to identify increased levels of hyaluronan...
July 8, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679427/comparison-of-the-sagittal-sinus-cross-sectional-area-between-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-hydrocephalus-intracranial-hypertension-and-spontaneous-intracranial-hypotension-a-surrogate-marker-of-venous-transmural-pressure
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Grant A Bateman, Jeannette Lechner-Scott, Ross Copping, Christopher Moeskops, Swee Leong Yap
There is evidence that patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and hydrocephalus share some common pathophysiological mechanisms. Alterations in CSF pressure are known to affect cerebral venous sinus geometry. To further explore these mechanisms, we measured the superior sagittal sinus (SSS) cross-sectional area 3 cm above the torcular using T2 images in 20 MS, 10 spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH), 21 hydrocephalus and 20 idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) patients and compared with 20 matched controls...
July 6, 2017: Fluids and Barriers of the CNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678218/idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension-in-males
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Hissah K Al Abdulsalam, Abdulrazag M Ajlan
Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a neurological condition characterized by increased intracranial pressure without an underlying intracranial pathology. This condition is rarely encountered in men and it predominantly affects obese women of childbearing age. We present an interesting case of IIH in a male patient who presented with acute severe vision loss over 2 weeks and was successfully treated via surgery. Although IIH is less common in men than in women, men are more likely to develop vision loss, which is usually severe and less likely to respond to medical treatment...
July 2017: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
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