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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101777/comorbidities-in-down-syndrome-livebirths-and-health-care-intervention-an-initial-experience-from-the-birth-defects-registry-in-southern-thailand
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Somchit Jaruratanasirikul, Wannee Limpitikul, Pathikan Dissaneevate, Paveena Booncharoen, Pongsak Tantichantakarun
BACKGROUND: Down syndrome (DS) is the most common chromosomal disorder causing mental retardation with a worldwide average prevalence of 1-2 cases per 1000 births. This study aimed to determine the comorbidities associated with DS and the coverage of health care services and developmental interventions for DS livebirths in southern Thailand. METHODS: A total of 149 livebirth DS infants, recruited through the prospective birth defects registry system during 2009-2013 in 3 provinces in southern Thailand, were regularly followed-up every 3-6 months...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100981/isolated-left-subclavian-artery-complete-atrioventricular-block-and-tricuspid-atresia-in-a-neonate
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Kanupriya Chaturvedi, Deepa Prasad, Ravi Ashwath, James P Strainic, Christopher S Snyder
Isolated left subclavian artery is one of the rarer aortic arch anomalies. It has been associated with other congenital heart diseases, typically tetralogy of Fallot, double-outlet right ventricle, and atrial and ventricular septal defects. Its significant clinical implications include a left-to-right shunt from the vertebrobasilar system, which causes pulmonary overcirculation and subclavian steal. We present an unusual case of a premature infant who was diagnosed prenatally with congenital complete atrioventricular block and tricuspid atresia and was found to have an isolated left subclavian artery postnatally...
December 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100783/dual-functional-roles-of-molecular-beacon-a-microrna-detector-and-inhibitor
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Wai Ming Li, Ching-Man Chan, Andrew L Miller, Chow H Lee
MicroRNAs are essential in many cellular processes. The ability to detect microRNAs is important for understanding its function and biogenesis. This study is aimed at using a molecular beacon to detect miR-430 in developing zebrafish embryos as a proof of principle. miR-430 is crucial for the clearance of maternal mRNA during maternal zygotic transition (MZT) in embryonic development. Despite its known function, the temporal and spatial expression of miR-430 remains unclear. We used various imaging techniques, including laser scanning confocal microscopy, spinning disk and lightsheet microscopy, to study the localization of miR-430 and any developmental defects possibly caused by the molecular beacon...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100569/multiple-pregnancy-in-a-primigravida-with-uncorrected-pentalogy-of-fallot
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Pamela Partana, Jarrod Kah Hwee Tan, Ju Le Tan, Lay Kok Tan
Pentalogy of Fallot is a cyanotic congenital heart disease that has guarded prognosis without surgical intervention in infancy. Women with uncorrected defects rarely survive into childbearing age and pregnancy in this group is associated with a high rate of perinatal loss. Physiological cardiovascular changes in pregnancy can lead to maternal haemodynamic instability with subsequent adverse cardiac sequelae with or without fetal decompensation. Optimum management and pregnancy outcomes in mother with uncorrected Pentalogy of Fallot and twin pregnancy have not been described in the literature...
January 18, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100381/-trend-of-mortality-of-congenital-malformation-in-children-aged-5-years-in-beijing-2006-2015
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J Wang, D Y Li, W X Zhang, Y C Li, J Wang
Objective: To investigate the change in mortality of congenital malformation in children aged <5 years in Beijing from 2006 to 2015. Methods: Using the death surveillance data in children aged <5 years in Beijing from 2006 to 2015, which was collected from the real-time surveillance network, we calculated the area and age distributions of the mortality of congenital malformation in children aged <5 years in Beijing. Meanwhile, the variations of age, time and space in the causes of deaths were discussed...
January 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097683/echocardiographic-estimates-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-do-not-predict-the-clinical-course-in-elderly-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-atrial-septal-defect-closure-impact-of-early-diastolic-mitral-annular-velocity
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Yoichi Takaya, Teiji Akagi, Yasufumi Kijima, Koji Nakagawa, Nobuhisa Watanabe, Hiroki Oe, Manabu Taniguchi, Hiroshi Ito
OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the effect of echocardiographic left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction on acute congestive heart failure after transcatheter atrial septal defect (ASD) closure in elderly patients. BACKGROUND: Although there is concern that LV diastolic dysfunction develops acute congestive heart failure after ASD closure, limited information is available regarding the influence, especially in elderly patients with severe LV diastolic dysfunction...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096865/cardiac-hydatid-cyst-without-liver-involvement-a-case-report
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Maryam Shojaeifard, Saeid Hosseini, Sarah Hosseini, Hamidreza Pouraliakbar, Hossein Dehghani, Feridoun Noohi
Hydatid disease is a rare parasitic disease, which mainly involves liver then lung tissues. Cardiac involvement is very rare, especially when there is not hepatic involvement. We describe a 47-year-old woman with a history of a lung hydatid cyst who was referred to Rajaei Heart Center, Tehran, Iran in 2012. Her chest computed tomographic scan showed a cardiac mass. Echocardiographic examination illustrated a large, well-defined heterogeneous mass (4.5 × 2.5 cm) in the roof of the right atrium with attachment to the crista terminalis without compressive effect on the inferior and superior venae cavae...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096472/myosin-vi-facilitates-connexin-43-gap-junction-accretion
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Bennett Waxse, Prabuddha Sengupta, Geoffrey G Hesketh, Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Folma Buss
In this study, we demonstrate myosin VI enrichment at Cx43 gap junctions in heart tissue, primary cardiomyocytes and cell culture models. The loss of myosin VI via siRNA-mediated knock down or isolation of primary cardiac tissue and fibroblasts from the myosin VI-null mouse results in reduced GJ plaque size with a concomitant reduction in intercellular communication as shown by FRAP and a new method of selective calcein administration. Analysis of the molecular role of myosin VI in Cx43 trafficking indicates that myosin VI is dispensable in the delivery of Cx43 to the cell surface and connexon movement in the plasma membrane...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096325/saphenous-vein-patch-for-correction-of-anomalous-origin-of-the-right-coronary-artery-from-the-left-main-coronary-artery
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Obadah F AlQuadan, Moaath M AlSmady, Suhayl S Saleh, Raed A Aqel, Eman T Al-Antary
Anomalous origin of the coronary arteries is a rare congenital heart defect that may lead to disturbed life style, myocardial infarction and sudden death. This report describes a young lady with the right coronary artery arising from the left main coronary artery, which was confirmed by coronary angiography and corrected surgically using saphenous vein patch.
January 17, 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096041/advance-care-planning-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease-a-patient-priority
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Lisa X Deng, Lacey P Gleason, Abigail M Khan, David Drajpuch, Stephanie Fuller, Leah A Goldberg, Christopher E Mascio, Sara L Partington, Lynda Tobin, Yuli Y Kim, Adrienne H Kovacs
BACKGROUND: Adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patients with moderate or great defect complexity are at risk for premature death. Although early engagement in advance care planning (ACP) is recommended, previous research suggests that it seldom occurs. METHODS: This study investigated ACHD patient preferences for ACP and factors that impact preferences. ACHD patients completed an ACP preferences questionnaire, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale and a measure of attachment styles...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093089/atrial-septal-defect-with-right-to-left-shunt-in-the-absence-of-pulmonary-hypertension
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Devi A Manuel, Gopal C Ghosh, Anoop G Alex
We describe the case of a 27-year-old gentleman who developed late-onset clubbing and cyanosis. Transoesophageal echocardiography revealed a 27-mm ostium secundum atrial septal defect and a large, floppy Eustachian valve directing right atrial blood to the left side of the heart.
January 17, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092429/residents-understanding-of-adult-congenital-heart-disease
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Paul Cooper, Morgan Hindes, Timothy M Maul, Stephen C Cook
OBJECTIVE: Medical residents are exposed to increasing numbers of adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD). While inadequate ACHD knowledge may lead to inappropriate practice, this educational deficit has not been investigated. Our aim was to analyze residents' attitudes, perceived ability, and knowledge of ACHD medicine. DESIGN, METHODS, OUTCOME MEASURES: A single center, multiprogram cross-sectional study was conducted in 2015 using an electronic survey to assess 472 medical residents' perceived knowledge and self-assessed skills related to ACHD medicine...
January 16, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091778/hospital-based-surveillance-of-congenital-rubella-syndrome-in-indonesia
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Elisabeth Siti Herini, Gunadi, Agung Triono, Asal Wahyuni Erlin Mulyadi, Niprida Mardin, Rusipah, Yati Soenarto, Susan E Reef
: Congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) has serious consequences, such as miscarriage, stillbirth, and severe birth defects in infants, resulting from rubella virus infection during pregnancy. However, rubella vaccine has not yet been implemented in Indonesia. This study aimed (1) to estimate the incidence of CRS in Indonesia, (2) describe the clinical features of CRS at our referral hospital, and (3) pilot a CRS surveillance system to be extended to other hospitals. We conducted a 4-month prospective surveillance study of infants aged <1 year with suspected CRS in 2013 at an Indonesian hospital...
January 13, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091535/visualization-of-the-role-of-host-heme-on-the-virulence-of-the-heme-auxotroph-streptococcus-agalactiae
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Laetitia Joubert, Jean-Baptiste Dagieu, Annabelle Fernandez, Aurélie Derré-Bobillot, Elise Borezée-Durant, Isabelle Fleurot, Alexandra Gruss, Delphine Lechardeur
Heme is essential for several cellular key functions but is also toxic. Whereas most bacterial pathogens utilize heme as a metabolic cofactor and iron source, the impact of host heme during bacterial infection remains elusive. The opportunist pathogen Streptococcus agalactiae does not synthesize heme but still uses it to activate a respiration metabolism. Concomitantly, heme toxicity is mainly controlled by the HrtBA efflux transporter. Here we investigate how S. agalactiae manages heme toxicity versus benefits in the living host...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086762/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-congenital-heart-defects-among-live-births-a-population-based-cross-sectional-survey-in-shaanxi-province-northwestern-china
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Leilei Pei, Yijun Kang, Yaling Zhao, Hong Yan
BACKGROUND: Nearly half of the population of Northwest China live in Shaanxi province, but population-based data on the epidemiologic characteristics of congenital heart defects (CHD) in this population is limited. The study aimed to investigate the prevalence and epidemiologic characteristics of the CHD among infants born between 2010 and 2013 in Shaanxi province. METHODS: Infants born between 2010 and 2013 in Shaanxi province were surveyed using a stratified multi-stage sampling method...
January 13, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081210/mutations-in-hyal2-encoding-hyaluronidase-2-cause-a-syndrome-of-orofacial-clefting-and-cor-triatriatum-sinister-in-humans-and-mice
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Martina M A Muggenthaler, Biswajit Chowdhury, S Naimul Hasan, Harold E Cross, Brian Mark, Gaurav V Harlalka, Michael A Patton, Miho Ishida, Elijah R Behr, Sanjay Sharma, Kenneth Zahka, Eissa Faqeih, Brian Blakley, Mike Jackson, Melissa Lees, Vernon Dolinsky, Leroy Cross, Philip Stanier, Claire Salter, Emma L Baple, Fowzan S Alkuraya, Andrew H Crosby, Barbara Triggs-Raine, Barry A Chioza
Orofacial clefting is amongst the most common of birth defects, with both genetic and environmental components. Although numerous studies have been undertaken to investigate the complexities of the genetic etiology of this heterogeneous condition, this factor remains incompletely understood. Here, we describe mutations in the HYAL2 gene as a cause of syndromic orofacial clefting. HYAL2, encoding hyaluronidase 2, degrades extracellular hyaluronan, a critical component of the developing heart and palatal shelf matrix...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079110/left-ventricular-noncompaction-cardiomyopathy-cardiac-neuromuscular-and-genetic-factors
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Josef Finsterer, Claudia Stöllberger, Jeffrey A Towbin
Left ventricular hypertrabeculation (LVHT) or noncompaction is a myocardial abnormality of unknown aetiology, frequently associated with monogenic disorders, particularly neuromuscular disorders, or with chromosomal defects. LVHT is diagnosed usually by echocardiography by the presence of a bilayered myocardium consisting of a thick, spongy, noncompacted endocardial layer and a thin, compacted, epicardial layer. The pathogenesis of LVHT is unsolved, and the diagnostic criteria, prognosis, and optimal treatment of patients with LVHT are under debate...
January 12, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077904/regadenoson-in-myocardial-perfusion-study-first-institutional-experiences-in-bosnia-and-herzegovina
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Nermina Beslic, Renata Milardovic, Amera Sadija, Sejla Ceric, Zeljka Raic
INTRODUCTION: Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is widely used in the evaluation of known and suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). Imaging of heart in stress and rest enables the comparison of myocardial uptake of radiotracer in proportion to the needs and coronary flow, which is used for detection of perfusion defects. Exercise stress and pharmacologic agents are used for the stressing purpose. Novel pharmacologic stressor regadenoson is A2A selective adenosine agonist, which selectively binds to the adenosine receptors in coronary arteries causing coronary dilatation...
December 2016: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077597/muscle-developmental-defects-in-heterogeneous-nuclear-ribonucleoprotein-a1-knockout-mice
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Ting-Yuan Liu, Yu-Chia Chen, Yuh-Jyh Jong, Huai-Jen Tsai, Chien-Chin Lee, Ya-Sian Chang, Jan-Gowth Chang, Yung-Fu Chang
Heterogeneous ribonucleoprotein A1 (hnRNP A1) is crucial for regulating alternative splicing. Its integrated function within an organism has not, however, been identified. We generated hnRNP A1 knockout mice to study the role of hnRNP A1 in vivo The knockout mice, hnRNP A1(-/-), showed embryonic lethality because of muscle developmental defects. The blood pressure and heart rate of the heterozygous mice were higher than those of the wild-type mice, indicating heart function defects. We performed mouse exon arrays to study the muscle development mechanism...
January 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076624/quadricuspid-aortic-valve-a-comprehensive-review
#20
Shi-Min Yuan
Quadricuspid aortic valve (QAV) is a rare congenital heart disease. The functional status of QAV is predominantly a pure aortic regurgitation. Clinical manifestations of patients with a QAV depend on the functional status of the QAV and the associated disorders. Significant valvular regurgitation and (or) stenosis is often present with subsequent operation performed at the fifth to sixth decade of life. The functional status of QAV is predominantly regurgitant; whereas pure stenotic QAV can be as few as in only 0...
November 2016: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
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