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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433665/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
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Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, J Timothy Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts on June 2-3, 2016 in Bethesda Maryland to develop recommendations for the NHLBI aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MSC devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433481/genetics-of-common-complex-diseases-a-view-from-iceland
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REVIEW
David O Arnar, Runolfur Palsson
In the past decade, large scale genotyping has led to discoveries of numerous sequence variants that confer increased risk of many common complex diseases. Interestingly, a substantial proportion of pioneering genetic work has originated from the small nation of Iceland and has been facilitated by an extensive genealogy database. We provide examples of relevant observations made so far in several major disease categories central to internal medicine practice. Some of these findings offer new mechanistic clues into the pathophysiology of common disorders and may suggest novel approaches in diagnosis and drug therapy...
April 19, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432351/early-measurement-of-il-10-predicts-the-outcomes-of-patients-with-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-receiving-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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Chia-Hsiung Liu, Shuenn-Wen Kuo, Wen-Je Ko, Pi-Ru Tsai, Shu-Wei Wu, Chien-Heng Lai, Chih-Hsien Wang, Yih-Sharng Chen, Pei-Lung Chen, Tze-Tze Liu, Shu-Chien Huang, Tzuu-Shuh Jou
Patients diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome are generally severely distressed and associated with high morbidity and mortality despite aggressive treatments such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support. To identify potential biomarker of predicting value for appropriate use of this intensive care resource, plasma interleukin-10 along with relevant inflammatory cytokines and immune cell populations were examined during the early and subsequent disease courses of 51 critically ill patients who received ECMO support...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431241/akt-pkb-signaling-navigating-the-network
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REVIEW
Brendan D Manning, Alex Toker
The Ser and Thr kinase AKT, also known as protein kinase B (PKB), was discovered 25 years ago and has been the focus of tens of thousands of studies in diverse fields of biology and medicine. There have been many advances in our knowledge of the upstream regulatory inputs into AKT, key multifunctional downstream signaling nodes (GSK3, FoxO, mTORC1), which greatly expand the functional repertoire of AKT, and the complex circuitry of this dynamically branching and looping signaling network that is ubiquitous to nearly every cell in our body...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431171/heritability-of-heart-rate-response-to-arousals-in-twins
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Xiaoling Gao, Ali Azarbarzin, Brendan T Keenan, Michele Ostrowski, Frances M Pack, Bethany Staley, Greg Maislin, Allan I Pack, Magdy Younes, Samuel T Kuna
Objectives: To determine if the large and highly reproducible inter-individual differences in arousal intensity and heart rate response to arousal (ΔHR) during non-REM sleep are heritable. Methods: Polysomnograms of 55 monozygotic (14 male and 41 female pairs) and 36 dizygotic (15 male and 21 female pairs) same-sex twin pairs were analyzed. Arousals were scored using the 2012 American Academy of Sleep Medicine criteria. Arousal intensity was scaled (between 0 and 9) using an automatic algorithm based on the change in EEG time and frequency characteristics...
April 18, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430550/round-table-on-malignant-hyperthermia-in-physically-active-populations-meeting-proceedings
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Yuri Hosokawa, Douglas J Casa, Henry Rosenberg, John F Capacchione, Emmanuel Sagui, Sheila Riazi, Luke N Belval, Patricia A Deuster, John F Jardine, Stavros A Kavouras, Elaine C Lee, Kevin C Miller, Sheila M Muldoon, Francis G O'Connor, Scott R Sailor, Nyamkhishig Sambuughin, Rebecca L Stearns, William M Adams, Robert A Huggins, Lesley W Vandermark
CONTEXT:   Recent case reports on malignant hyperthermia (MH)-like syndrome in physically active populations indicate potential associations among MH, exertional heat stroke (EHS), and exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER). However, an expert consensus for clinicians working with these populations is lacking. OBJECTIVE:   To provide current expert consensus on the (1) definition of MH; (2) history, etiology, and pathophysiology of MH; (3) epidemiology of MH; (4) association of MH with EHS and ER; (5) identification of an MH-like syndrome; (6) recommendations for acute management of an MH-like syndrome; (7) special considerations for physically active populations; and (8) future directions for research...
April 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430157/development-of-user-friendly-method-to-distinguish-subspecies-of-the-korean-medicinal-herb-perilla-frutescens-using-multiplex-pcr
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Yonguk Kim, Ah-Young Kim, Ara Jo, Hakjoon Choi, Seung-Sik Cho, Chulyung Choi
Perilla (Perilla frutescens) is an economically and culturally important plant in East Asia. Plant breeding between cultivars has enhanced the genetic diversity of perilla overall, but means that functionally diverse subspecies are more difficult to identify and distinguish. In this study, we developed gene-based DNA markers to distinguish between the Korean herbal medicinal perilla varieties. We identified informative simple sequence repeat (SSR) regions on the promoter regions of the Myb-P1 and dihydroflavonol 4-reductase (DFR) genes, as well as a large insertion-deletion (indel) region in the limonene synthase (LS) gene, and developed markers to characterize the distinct subspecies differences (PfMyb-P1pro, PfDFRpro, and PfLS, respectively)...
April 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429989/personalized-medicine-what-are-the-challenges-for-health-services
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Walter Ricciardi
Genetics and genomics, together with other biomedical sciences and digital technologies, have a vital role to play in transforming health services to become systems that can work for health in the 21st century in ways that are affordable and that respond to individuals' requirement for more autonomy. Health services should embrace this agenda and implement changes in the organization of care.
January 1, 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429694/the-rationale-and-design-of-the-national-familial-hypercholesterolemia-registries-in-turkey-a-hit1-and-a-hit2-studies
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Meral Kayıkçıoğlu, Lale Tokgözoğlu
OBJECTIVE: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a genetic disease characterized by extremely high levels of cholesterol, leading to premature atherosclerosis. Although many countries have already addressed the burden of FH by means of national registries, Turkey has no national FH registry or national screening program to detect FH. Creation of a series of FH registries is planned as part of Turkish FH Initiative endorsed by the Turkish Society of Cardiology to meet this need. This article provides detailed information on the rationale and design of the first 2 FH registries (A-HIT1 and A-HIT2)...
April 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427246/nanotechnology-and-diabetic-wound-healing-a-review
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Dinesh Kumar Chellappan, Yap Yenese, Chew Chian Wei, Gaurav Gupta
The incidence of diabetes has been on the rise and the rate of rise since the turn of this century has been phenomenal. One of the various battling issues faced by diabetics all over the globe is the management of diabetic wounds. Currently there are several management strategies to deal with the treatment of diabetic wounds. The conventional methods have several limitations. One of the major limitations is the rate and progression of healing of a diabetic wound when adopting a conventional diabetic wound management therapy...
April 21, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427119/-genetic-analysis-of-posterior-cranial-fossa-morphology-in-families-of-chiari-malformation-type-%C3%A2
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X X Yuan, Y Li, S F Sha, W X Sun, Y Qiu, Z Liu, W G Zhu, Z Z Zhu
Objective: To explore genetic characteristic of posterior cranial fossa morphology in families of Chiari malformation type Ⅰ (CMI). Methods: From April 2010 to May 2016, a total of 47 cases of CMI families (CMI group) and their 94 parents (CMI-P group)collected were retrospectively reviewed in Department of Spinal Surgery, Drum Tower Hospital, School of Medicine, Nanjing University.Another cohort of 50 asymptomatic adults was enrolled to serve as the control group.Patients with skull fracture or other diseases which can lead to secondary CMI were excluded...
April 18, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426952/plant-viruses-and-bacteriophages-for-delivery-in-medicine-and-biotechnology
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REVIEW
Anna E Czapar, Nicole F Steinmetz
There are a wide variety of synthetic and naturally occurring nanomaterials under development for nanoscale cargo-delivery applications. Viruses play a special role in these developments, because they can be regarded as naturally occurring nanomaterials evolved to package and deliver cargos. While any nanomaterial has its advantage and disadvantages, viral nanoparticles (VNPs), in particular the ones derived from plant viruses and bacteriophages, are attractive options for cargo-delivery as they are biocompatible, biodegradable, and non-infectious to mammals...
April 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426845/her2-specific-chimeric-antigen-receptor-modified-virus-specific-t-cells-for-progressive-glioblastoma-a-phase-1-dose-escalation-trial
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Nabil Ahmed, Vita Brawley, Meenakshi Hegde, Kevin Bielamowicz, Mamta Kalra, Daniel Landi, Catherine Robertson, Tara L Gray, Oumar Diouf, Amanda Wakefield, Alexia Ghazi, Claudia Gerken, Zhongzhen Yi, Aidin Ashoori, Meng-Fen Wu, Hao Liu, Cliona Rooney, Gianpietro Dotti, Adrian Gee, Jack Su, Yvonne Kew, David Baskin, Yi Jonathan Zhang, Pamela New, Bambi Grilley, Milica Stojakovic, John Hicks, Suzanne Z Powell, Malcolm K Brenner, Helen E Heslop, Robert Grossman, Winfried S Wels, Stephen Gottschalk
Importance: Glioblastoma is an incurable tumor, and the therapeutic options for patients are limited. Objective: To determine whether the systemic administration of HER2-specific chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-modified virus-specific T cells (VSTs) is safe and whether these cells have antiglioblastoma activity. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this open-label phase 1 dose-escalation study conducted at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Texas Children's Hospital, patients with progressive HER2-positive glioblastoma were enrolled between July 25, 2011, and April 21, 2014...
April 20, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425981/whole-exome-sequencing-on-deceased-fetuses-with-ultrasound-anomalies-expanding-our-knowledge-of-genetic-disease-during-fetal-development
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Carin L Yates, Kristin G Monaghan, Deborah Copenheaver, Kyle Retterer, Julie Scuffins, Cathlin R Kucera, Bethany Friedman, Gabriele Richard, Jane Juusola
PurposeThe aim of this study was to determine the diagnostic yield of whole-exome sequencing (WES) in fetuses with ultrasound anomalies that resulted in fetal demise or pregnancy termination. The results were also utilized to aid in the identification of candidate genes for fetal development and to expand the clinical phenotype of known genetic conditions.MethodsWES was performed on specimens from 84 deceased fetuses. Data were analyzed and final results were classified into one of four categories: positive, possible, negative, and candidate gene only...
April 20, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425754/immunotherapy-and-targeted-therapy-in-brain-metastases-emerging-options-in-precision-medicine
#15
Tyler Lazaro, Priscilla K Brastianos
Brain metastases (BM) continue to represent an unmet clinical need in oncology. Immunotherapy and targeted therapy hold great promise in the treatment of BM. Emerging data are confirming the activity of these agents in patients with BM. Genomic studies have confirmed that clinically actionable mutations are present in BM and they can be used in clinical studies to link targeted therapies with their genetic targets. Furthermore, as molecular signatures associated with sensitivity and resistance to immunotherapies are developed, we will better be able to select BM patients who will most benefit from these therapies...
April 2017: CNS Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425437/are-genetic-polymorphisms-in-the-renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-associated-with-essential-hypertension-evidence-from-genome-wide-association-studies
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REVIEW
L-D Ji, J-Y Li, B-B Yao, X-B Cai, Q-J Shen, J Xu
In candidate gene era, dozens of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) have been reported to be significantly associated with hypertension. However, the unbiased genome-wide association studies (GWAS) rarely identified the SNPs within RAAS were associated with hypertension or blood pressure (BP) traits. In order to figure out whether genetic polymorphisms of RAAS are really associated with hypertension, we systemically searched the GWAS Catalogue and identified all the known RAAS genes and relevant diseases/traits...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425136/molecularisation-and-metaphor
#17
David Armstrong
This article explores the molecularisation of medicine thesis by investigating reports on genetics and molecular medicine in the New England Journal of Medicine. While there has indeed been a large increase in the number of references to molecules in the context of genetics over the last few decades these are mostly embedded in a framework of explanatory metaphors, namely (gene) expressivity, penetrance, regulation and pathways. As most of these metaphors are drawn from the social world it would appear that the molecularisation thesis - that social life is becoming dominated by the molecular - needs to be tempered by the ways in which understanding of that molecular world is itself a reflection of social life...
April 20, 2017: Sociology of Health & Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424057/personalized-medicine-in-europe-not-yet-personal-enough
#18
Antonello Di Paolo, François Sarkozy, Bettina Ryll, Uwe Siebert
BACKGROUND: Personalized medicine has the potential to allow patients to receive drugs specific to their individual disease, and to increase the efficiency of the healthcare system. There is currently no comprehensive overview of personalized medicine, and this research aims to provide an overview of the concept and definition of personalized medicine in nine European countries. METHODS: A targeted literature review of selected health databases and grey literature was conducted to collate information regarding the definition, process, use, funding, impact and challenges associated with personalized medicine...
April 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423952/advances-in-the-research-of-celery-an-important-apiaceae-vegetable-crop
#19
Meng-Yao Li, Xi-Lin Hou, Feng Wang, Guo-Fei Tan, Zhi-Sheng Xu, Ai-Sheng Xiong
Celery (Apium graveolens L.), one of the most important vegetables in Apiaceae family, is cultivated worldwide and utilized in food and cosmetic industries because it is an excellent source of vitamins, phenolic compounds, volatile oils and other nutrients. Celery extracts possess various medicinal properties, such as antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and lowering blood glucose and serum lipid levels. With the rapid advancements in molecular biology and sequencing technology, studies on celery have been performed...
April 20, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421497/chapter-13-human-ovarian-tissue-vitrification
#20
Sherman Silber
Ovarian freezing and transplantation has garnered increasing interest as a potential way of preserving fertility in cancer patients as well as for women who just wish to delay childbearing. This chapter spells out our techniques of ovarian cortex vitrification and results for frozen compared to fresh ovarian cortex transplantation (in one single series from one center for the sake of consistency), as well as potentially provides insight into the mechanism behind ovarian follicle recruitment. This represents an effort to simplify and popularize an approach that has yielded favorable results (all cases recovered ovulation and 75% had successful spontaneous pregnancy) in one single, disciplined study...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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