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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920275/hypermethylation-of-brain-natriuretic-peptide-bnp-gene-is-associated-with-the-risk-of-rheumatic-heart-disease
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Ni Li, Dawei Zheng, Lebo Sun, Huoshun Shi, Xiuying Zhu, Guodong Xu, Qinning Wang, Caimin Zhu, Guofeng Shao
To investigate the contribution of BNP promoter DNA methylation to the risk of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and the influence of warfarin anticoagulant therapy on BNP methylation levels for RHD patients after surgery.BNP methylation levels were determined by bisulfite pyrosequencing from plasma samples of RHD patients compared with healthy controls. Several factors influencing the RHD patients were included age, smoking, and cholesterol levels. A fragment of 5 CG sites (CpG1-5) in the promoter region of BNP gene was measured...
December 5, 2016: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918954/interleukin-10-role-in-increasing-susceptibility-and-pathogenesis-of-rheumatic-fever-rheumatic-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Neha Sharma, Devinder Toor
Streptococcus pyogenes (group A streptococcus) causes rheumatic fever (RF) which later progresses towards rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in the susceptible individuals. RF and RHD both contribute towards increasing global burden of disease, especially in developing countries. RHD is one of the most common acquired heart diseases causing permanent damage to heart valves which ultimately leads to heart failure. In RHD, heart valve lesions are formed which are mediated by autoimmune reaction between streptococcal antigens (M protein and group A carbohydrate epitope GlcNAc) and heart tissues...
December 2, 2016: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917637/-cardiovascular-risk-in-rheumatic-diseases
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Sabína Oreská, Michal Tomčík
Cardiovascular diseases, as a result of atherosclerosis, are the leading cause of mortality in the world. Atherosclerosis used to be considered as a degenerative impairment of the artery wall. Nevertheless, it is presently rather regarded as an autoimmune process with the involvement of both innate and adaptive immunity. Recently, it was demonstrated that the cardiovascular risk is increased in autoimmune diseases.In the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis in chronic inflammatory diseases both traditional and non-traditional risk factors are important...
2016: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917633/-differential-diagnosis-of-monoarthritis
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Kateřina Zegzulková, Šárka Forejtová
Making the diagnosis of monoarthritis can be quite difficult, because in contrast with polyarthritis just a few clinical data is available and wide diagnostic spectrum is present.The diagnosis of inflammatory rheumatic disease is usually in responsibility of a rheumatologist, but we know from experience that is necessary to carry out the basal differential diagnostic assessment as soon as possible to begin the optimal therapy. General practitioners and orthopaedists are usually first to face this problem.Monoarthritis can be divided into non-inflammatory arthritis where activated osteoarthritis and trauma belongs and inflammatory arthritis, which include gouty arthritis, chondrocalcinosis, infectious arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, spondylitis, incipient rheumatoid arthritis and many others...
2016: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917632/-early-diagnosis-of-spondyloarthritis
#5
Kristýna Grobelná, Heřman Mann
Spondyloarthritides are chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases which affect the axial skeleton and/or peripheral joints and have a strong association with HLA-B27 antigen. According to the prevailing symptoms spondyloarthritis can be further divided into predominantly axial or peripheral form.This disease can gradually destroy affected joints with increasing delay between the onset of first symptoms and treatment commencement, therefore early diagnosis and treatment are necessary. Thus, we need to create simple reference strategies to enable primary care physicians effectively identify and refer these patients to a rheumatologist...
2016: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917631/-15-years-experience-with-biological-therapy-of-inflammatory-rheumatic-diseases-in-czech-national-register-attra
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Karel Pavelka, Liliana Šedová, Karel Hejduk, Ladislav Dušek
The publication is summarizing application of biological DMARDs in autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases.Up to now conventional therapy, which for example in rheumatoid arthritis was application of methotrexate (MTx) in combination with glucocorticoids, was effective, but the remission as a target was achieved in small proportion of patients and also there was little effect on structural progression of diseases. Biological therapy was great advance because response was achieved in ¾ patients who failed MTx...
2016: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914804/nutrition-and-chronic-inflammatory-rheumatic-disease
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Luca Semerano, Chantal Julia, Ouidade Aitisha, Marie-Christophe Boissier
Nutrition is a major environmental influence on human health. Epidemiological and interventional studies suggest a pathophysiological or therapeutic role, respectively, for nutrition in inflammatory rheumatic diseases (IRDs). Nevertheless, the associations between nutrition and IRDs are often weak and inconsistent, and the available clinical trials on nutrition are methodologically flawed. Experimental evidence is accumulating that micronutrients in the diet may influence intestinal and systemic immune responses via complex interactions involving the gut microbiota...
November 30, 2016: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914688/systematic-review-of-rheumatic-disease-epidemiology-in-the-indigenous-populations-of-canada-the-united-states-australia-and-new-zealand
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REVIEW
Cairistin McDougall, Kelle Hurd, Cheryl Barnabe
OBJECTIVE: Past publications have highlighted an excess rheumatic disease incidence and prevalence in indigenous populations of Canada (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis), and the United States of America (Alaska Native and American Indian). We have updated these reviews and expanded the scope to include New Zealand (Maori) and Australia (Aborigine) indigenous populations. METHODS: We performed a broad search using medical literature databases, indigenous specific online indexes, and government websites to identify publications reporting the incidence and/or prevalence of arthritis conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, gout, osteoarthritis, systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis) in the indigenous populations of Canada, America, New Zealand, and Australia...
November 1, 2016: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914593/systemic-and-localized-infection-by-candida-species-in-patients-with-rheumatic-diseases-receiving-anti-tnf-therapy
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Nadia E Aikawa, Daniela T A Rosa, Gilda M B Del Negro, Julio C B Moraes, Ana C M Ribeiro, Carla Gonçalves Saad, Clovis A Silva, Eloisa Bonfá
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prevalence of systemic and localized infection by Candida species and its possible association with demographic, clinical and laboratory manifestations and therapy in patients with rheumatic diseases taking TNF blockers. METHODS: Consecutive patients with rheumatic diseases receiving anti-TNF agents were included. The following risk factors up to four weeks prior to the study were analyzed: use of antibiotics, immunosuppressant drugs, hospitalization and invasive procedures...
November 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912794/a-genetic-risk-score-composed-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-risk-alleles-hla-drb1-haplotypes-and-response-to-tnfi-therapy-results-from-a-swedish-cohort-study
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Xia Jiang, Johan Askling, Saedis Saevarsdottir, Leonid Padyukov, Lars Alfredsson, Sebastien Viatte, Thomas Frisell
BACKGROUND: To prevent debilitating and irreversible joint damage, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is often treated with tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi), but many patients do not respond to this costly therapy. Few predictors for response are known, and it has been proposed that genetic factors which influence the development of RA may also influence disease severity and response to therapy. Several previous studies have attempted to confirm this but results remain inconclusive. We expand on previous studies by including more RA risk alleles, and maximize power by combining them into a genetic risk score...
December 3, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912150/calea-uniflora-less-attenuates-the-inflammatory-response-to-carrageenan-induced-pleurisy-in-mice
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Julia Salvan da Rosa, Silvana Virginia Gagliotti Vigil de Mello, Geison Vicente, Yeo Jim K Moon, Felipe Perozzo Daltoé, Tamires Cardoso Lima, Rafaela de Jesus Souza, Maique Weber Biavatti, Tânia Silvia Fröde
Calea uniflora Less. (family Asteraceae), also named "arnica" and "erva-de-lagarto", is a native plant to the South and Southeast of Brazil. This species was used to treat rheumatism, respiratory diseases, and digestive problems in Brazilian folk medicine. In vitro studies have shown the important biological effects of C. uniflora. However no studies have focused on the mechanism of action of anti-inflammatory activity of C. uniflora. The aim of this study was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory effects of the crude extract, its fractions, and isolated compounds obtained from of C...
November 29, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910004/dabigatran-overdose-a-case-report-of-acute-hepatitis-extracorporeal-treatment
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Mariagrazia Porru, Antonella Mameli, Maria E Cianchetti, Mario Musu, Paola Schirru, Maria F Ruberto, Doris Barcellona, Francesco Marongiu
Dabigatran is an oral, direct thrombin inhibitor approved by international regulatory agencies for stroke prevention in patients with paroxysmal or persistent non-rheumatic atrial fibrillation (AF). The benefits of dabigatran are widely described, but its use in the geriatric population is not without risk. Chronic kidney disease is a common comorbidity with AF, and thus frequent checks of renal function in elderly patients are recommended. We report a case of dabigatran intoxication in an elderly man affected by heart failure and worsening renal function, who developed acute hepatitis and coma, which was successfully treated with continuous veno-venous hemodiafiltration...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909083/continual-maintenance-of-remission-defined-by-the-acr-eular-criteria-in-daily-practice-leads-to-better-functional-outcomes-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Kumi Shidara, Ayako Nakajima, Eisuke Inoue, Daisuke Hoshi, Naoki Sugimoto, Yohei Seto, Eiichi Tanaka, Shigeki Momohara, Atsuo Taniguchi, Hisashi Yamanaka
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate longterm functional outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) based on the number of times that the American College of Rheumatology (ACR)/European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) or the 28-joint Disease Activity Score (DAS28) remission criteria were fulfilled. METHODS: Patients with RA who participated in all 6 data collections in an observational cohort from 2008 to 2010 and who fulfilled the DAS28 remission criteria at baseline were studied...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908608/a-hospital-based-survey-of-patients-with-severe-valvular-heart-disease-in-china
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Po Hu, Xian-Bao Liu, Jie Liang, Qi-Feng Zhu, Chao-Xia Pu, Meng-Yao Tang, Jian-An Wang
OBJECTIVES: Due to increasing aging, the epidemiology of VHD may have changed in China. This study aimed to provide contemporary information on the prevalence, distribution patterns, and etiology of severe VHD in China. METHODS: This was a retrospective survey at Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University, which included all consecutive patients between 2010 and 2015. RESULTS: In all, 139,496 patients were enrolled. Among severe valve diseases, MR was the most frequent (n=946, 0...
November 25, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906058/vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-levels-and-rheumatic-diseases-of-the-elderly
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Perrine Smets, Valérie Devauchelle-Pensec, Paul-Olivier Rouzaire, Bruno Pereira, Marc Andre, Martin Soubrier
BACKGROUND: Increasing vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) has been reported in remitting symmetrical seronegative synovitis with pitting edema (RS3PE) syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA). The aim of this study was to compare VEGF levels in patients over 60 years of age who have RS3PE, RA, PMR or GCA so as to determine whether elevated VEGF is specific for a rheumatic disease, the inflammation or edema that occurs with these pathological conditions...
December 1, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906042/what-is-the-impact-of-biologic-therapies-on-common-co-morbidities-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#16
REVIEW
Jenny Humphreys, Kimme Hyrich, Deborah Symmons
Biologic therapies have revolutionised disease control in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Theoretically, they have the potential to influence co-morbid disease associated with RA through better control of systemic inflammation. Conversely, co-morbidity may occur as an adverse effect of the drugs. The latest evidence from observational data shows an increased risk of infection in the first 6 months of treatment with tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) therapies and potentially other biologic therapies...
December 1, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904996/-methodological-approaches-in-the-development-of-clinical-guidelines
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REVIEW
K Albrecht
Practical guidelines assist the clinical decision-making process in modern medicine. In rheumatology the number of practical guidelines dealing with diagnostics and therapy of rheumatic diseases is also constantly increasing. Methodological standards for guidelines ensure adequate development under consideration of precisely defined structures. Expert recommendations for action (S1) are distinguished from consensus (S2k) or evidence-based (S2e) as well as consensus and evidence-based (S3) guidelines. Levels of evidence categorize available studies by study design...
November 30, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904843/cardiac-surgery-in-africa-a-thirty-five-year-experience-on-open-heart-surgery-in-cote-d-ivoire
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Koffi Herve Yangni-Angate, Christophe Meneas, Florent Diby, Manga Diomande, Anicet Adoubi, Yves Tanauh
BACKGROUND: Few centers for open heart surgery (OHS) are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Lack of OHS results is also noted. By reporting our African experience on OHS, the aim of this study was to fill the gap. METHODS: It is a retrospective study on 2,612 patients who were subject to an OHS between 1978 and 2013. Data were collected from demographical, clinical, investigative studies, surgical and outcomes parameters. RESULTS: There were 1,475 cases of rheumatic heart diseases (RHD), 126 endomyocardial fibrosis (EMF), 741 congenital heart diseases (CHDs) and 270 various affections...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904841/the-rebirth-of-cardiac-surgery-in-sudan
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Ahmed ElSayed, Elamin Elawad Elnur
BACKGROUND: Cardiac surgery is nowadays an integral part of a complete national health service. METHODS: In this paper the rebirth of cardiac surgery in Sudan from 1998 till 2007 is given by means of a literature search, personal interviews and searching hospital records. RESULTS: A summary of the initial birth of these services in 1959 till its demise in 1993 is first mentioned to set the stage for the subsequent period of sustainable growth...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904144/causes-and-consequences-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-rheumatic-disease
#20
REVIEW
Fatemeh Navid, Robert A Colbert
Rheumatic diseases represent a heterogeneous group of inflammatory conditions, many of which involve chronic activation of both innate and adaptive immune responses by multiple genetic and environmental factors. These immune responses involve the secretion of excessive amounts of cytokines and other signalling mediators by activated immune cells. The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is the cellular organelle that directs the folding, processing and trafficking of membrane-bound and secreted proteins, including many key components of the immune response...
December 1, 2016: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
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