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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913484/cold-agglutinin-disease
#1
Sigbjørn Berentsen
Primary chronic cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is a well-defined clinicopathologic entity in which a specific, clonal lymphoproliferative B-cell bone marrow disorder results in autoimmune hemolytic anemia. The immune hemolysis is entirely complement-dependent, predominantly mediated by activation of the classical pathway and phagocytosis of erythrocytes opsonized with complement protein C3b. Typical clinical features in CAD have diagnostic and therapeutic implications. Pharmacologic treatment should be offered to patients with symptom-producing anemia or disabling circulatory symptoms...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912962/the-influence-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-constitutions-on-the-potential-repair-capacity-after-osteonecrosis-of-the-femoral-head
#2
Tong Yu, Zhennan Zhang, Limin Xie, Xun Ke, Yang Liu
OBJECTIVES: To explore the effects of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) constitutions on repair capacity after osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH). DESIGN AND SETTING: Ninety-six patients with TCM constitutions of yang-deficiency, dampness-heat and/or blood-stasis were recruited from the orthopedic outpatient clinic of the Guang'anmen Hospital of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Science. Each patient underwent computed tomography (CT) examination of the hips, and CAD software was used to estimate proximal sclerosis ratios based on the CT images...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912204/incremental-diagnostic-value-of-combined-quantitative-and-qualitative-parameters-of-magnetocardiography-to-detect-coronary-artery-disease
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Eun-Seok Shin, Yat-Yin Lam, Ae-Young Her, Johannes Brachmann, Friedrich Jung, Jai-Wun Park
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Magnetocardiography (MCG) has been proposed as a non-invasive and functional technique with high accuracy for diagnosis of myocardial ischemia. This study sought to investigate the incremental diagnostic value of combined quantitative and qualitative parameters of MCG to detect coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Ninety six patients with suspected CAD who underwent coronary angiography were enrolled in the analysis to test the diagnostic accuracy of 2 MCG parameters (a quantitative parameter of the percent change of ST-segment fluctuation score and a qualitative parameter of non-dipole phenomenon)...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912198/usefulness-of-chads2-score-for-prognostic-stratification-of-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-cohort-studies
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Xiaobo Zhou, Kaiwu Cao, Shuangqing Kou, Shencheng Qu, Hongling Li, Ying Yu, Cong Wang, Yu Liu, Pengying Li, Dan Li
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the role of CHADS2 score on predicting ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and death in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), irrespective of the presence or absence of atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: We searched for cohort studies that reported risk estimates for incidence of ischaemic stroke/TIA or mortality by levels of CHADS2 score in Medline/PubMed and Embase. Random effects models were used to calculate pooled risk ratios (RRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs)...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911353/computer-aided-classification-of-mammographic-masses-using-visually-sensitive-image-features
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Yunzhi Wang, Faranak Aghaei, Ali Zarafshani, Yuchen Qiu, Wei Qian, Bin Zheng
PURPOSE: To develop a new computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) scheme that computes visually sensitive image features routinely used by radiologists to develop a machine learning classifier and distinguish between the malignant and benign breast masses detected from digital mammograms. METHODS: An image dataset including 301 breast masses was retrospectively selected. From each segmented mass region, we computed image features that mimic five categories of visually sensitive features routinely used by radiologists in reading mammograms...
November 30, 2016: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910999/relationship-between-serum-cytokines-receptors-and-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-levels-and-coronary-artery-disease
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Seyed Reza Mirhafez, Amir Avan, Mohammad Tajfard, Shabnam Mohammadi, Mohsen Moohebati, Arash Fallah, Hamed Ghazavi, Hossein Savadi, Majid Ghayour Mobarhan
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) is increasing globally, supporting the need for the identification of novel biomarkers. Therefore in the present study, we have explored the association of SIL2A, SIL6R, STNFRI, STNFRII, and MMP9 in CAD patients. METHODS: Twenty one patients with angiographically defined CAD with more than 50% occlusion, at least, in one coronary artery and twenty healthy subjects (n=20) without the history of cardiovascular symptoms were enrolled...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910804/sudden-cardiac-death-a-nationwide-cohort-study-among-the-young
#7
Bjarke Risgaard
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a tragic event affecting millions of individuals worldwide. Although several studies have investigated the epidemiology of SCD, these studies may have been affected by reporting and referral biases, which are reflected in the very different incidence rates and causes of deaths that have previously been reported. Among SCD victims aged < 36 years, inherited cardiac diseases are well known to play an important role. However, the extent to which inherited cardiac diseases also play a role in SCD victims aged < 50 years has not been completely described...
December 2016: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910111/cystatin-c-and-epicardial-adipose-tissue-as-noninvasive-predictors-of-cardiovascular-risk-in-acromegaly
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Anna Aulinas, Iris Crespo, David Viladés, Ruben Leta, Eulàlia Urgell, Betina Biagetti, Susan M Webb, Elena Valassi
BACKGROUND: Acromegaly (ACRO) is associated with elevated cardiovascular risk, although the prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) is unclear. Increased epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) and elevated cystatin-C (Cys-C) levels are cardiovascular risk factors, also related to the progression of CAD in several populations. AIMS: To measure the severity and extent of CAD in patients with ACRO and to determine whether either EAT or Cys-C reflect higher cardiovascular risk in patients with ACRO than in healthy controls...
November 7, 2016: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908505/diagnostic-advantage-of-stress-computed-tomography-myocardial-perfusion-over-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-for-the-assessment-of-myocardial-ischemia
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Yasushi Ueki, Atsushi Izawa, Daisuke Kashiwagi, Shigeki Nishiyama, Shinichi Aso, Chihiro Suzuki, Shumpei Sakurai, Kazuhiro Oguchi, Yoshikazu Yazaki, Uichi Ikeda, Koichiro Kuwahara
BACKGROUND: This study compared adenosine stress computed tomography myocardial perfusion (CTP) with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in the diagnosis of functionally significant coronary artery stenosis using fractional flow reserve (FFR) as reference standard. METHODS: We included a total of 93 coronary arteries from 31 patients in whom at least one vessel with ≥50% stenosis was detected with computed tomography coronary angiography. All patients underwent both SPECT and adenosine stress CTP, followed by invasive coronary angiography (ICA) and FFR...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908388/the-unknown-association-of-ppis-with-chest-pain-in-patients-with-known-treated-coronary-artery-disease-a-diagnostic-dilemma
#10
Fahad Javed, Stephen Ramee
Patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) are destined to lifelong antiplatelet therapy in form of aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) alone, or in combination with other P2Y2 inhibitors. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are the preferred agents for the treatment and prophylaxis of gastrointestinal injury associated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or acetylsalicylic acid or both,(1) but recent data has raised questions about their association with negative cardiovascular events. We report 2 cases of patients with known CAD presented with chest pain mimicking angina pectoris that successfully resolved on discontinuation of the PPIs...
July 2016: Current Problems in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908171/automated-detection-of-white-matter-hyperintensities-of-all-sizes-in-cerebral-small-vessel-disease
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Mohsen Ghafoorian, Nico Karssemeijer, Inge W M van Uden, Frank-Erik de Leeuw, Tom Heskes, Elena Marchiori, Bram Platel
PURPOSE: White matter hyperintensities (WMH) are seen on FLAIR-MRI in several neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis, dementia, Parkinsonism, stroke and cerebral small vessel disease (SVD). WMHs are often used as biomarkers for prognosis or disease progression in these diseases, and additionally longitudinal quantification of WMHs is used to evaluate therapeutic strategies. Human readers show considerable disagreement and inconsistency on detection of small lesions. A multitude of automated detection algorithms for WMHs exists, but since most of the current automated approaches are tuned to optimize segmentation performance according to Jaccard or Dice scores, smaller WMHs often go undetected in these approaches...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908154/mass-detection-in-digital-breast-tomosynthesis-deep-convolutional-neural-network-with-transfer-learning-from-mammography
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Ravi K Samala, Heang-Ping Chan, Lubomir Hadjiiski, Mark A Helvie, Jun Wei, Kenny Cha
PURPOSE: Develop a computer-aided detection (CAD) system for masses in digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) volume using a deep convolutional neural network (DCNN) with transfer learning from mammograms. METHODS: A data set containing 2282 digitized film and digital mammograms and 324 DBT volumes were collected with IRB approval. The mass of interest on the images was marked by an experienced breast radiologist as reference standard. The data set was partitioned into a training set (2282 mammograms with 2461 masses and 230 DBT views with 228 masses) and an independent test set (94 DBT views with 89 masses)...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904659/advances-in-myocardial-ct-perfusion-imaging-technology
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REVIEW
Yan Yi, Zheng-Yu Jin, Yi-Ning Wang
With the booming development of CT technology, CT-based myocardial perfusion imaging (CTP) has begun to mature and has exhibited great advantages and application prospects as a complete evaluation method of anatomy and function for CAD. This article summarizes the CTP technology progress and analytical methods of CTP in recent years, briefly reviews the clinical relevance, and subsequently discusses the limitation and future development.
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904032/coronary-microvascular-dysfunction%C3%A3-epidemiology-pathogenesis-prognosis-diagnosis-risk-factors-and-therapy
#14
Cheng Chen, Janet Wei, Ahmed AlBadri, Parham Zarrini, C Noel Bairey Merz
Angina has traditionally been thought to be caused by obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). However, a substantial number of patients with angina are found to not have obstructive CAD when undergoing coronary angiography. A significant proportion of these patients have coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD), characterized by heightened sensitivity to vasoconstrictor stimuli and limited microvascular vasodilator capacity. With the advent of non-invasive and invasive techniques, the coronary microvasculature has been more extensively studied in the past 2 decades...
November 29, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903229/an-overview-of-neolignans-of-the-genus-piper-l-isolation-methods-and-biological-activities
#15
Arthur Ladeira Macedo, Thais Carvalho Costa Dos Santos, Alessandra Leda Valverde, Davyson de Lima Moreira, Thatyana Rocha Alves Vasconcelos
The genus Piper L. has the shikimic acid pathway predominantly expressed, biosynthesizing many cinnamic acid derivatives (CAD). Neolignans comprise an important class of CAD that exhibit a wide range of pharmacological properties such as antibacterial, antitumor, insecticidal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, smooth muscle relaxant, neuroprotective, antiprotozoal and against platelet aggregation factor. These substances have been extracted and isolated from Piper species using different technics. The present review aims to summarize extraction and isolation methods and biological activities of the different types of neolignans covering the period from 1968 to January 2016...
November 29, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902619/association-between-plasma-adamts-7-levels-and-severity-of-disease-in-patients-with-stable-obstructive-coronary-artery-disease
#16
Jie Yu, Boda Zhou, Haiyi Yu, Jiangli Han, Ming Cui, Fuchun Zhang, Guisong Wang, Lijun Guo, Wei Gao
The metalloproteinase family of a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs-7 (ADAMTS-7) was reported to be a novel locus associated with human coronary artery disease. This study aimed to investigate plasma ADAMTS-7 levels in stable obstructive CAD patients and elucidate the relationship between plasma ADAMTS-7 levels and the severity of CAD assessed by the Syntax score.This was a single center cross-sectional study performed in 182 CAD patients. ELISA was used to measure plasma ADAMTS-7 levels...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901333/fractional-flow-reserve-lessons-from-platform-and-future-perspectives
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Gianluca Pontone, Patrizia Carità, Massimo Verdecchia, Dario Buccheri, Daniele Andreini, Andrea I Guaricci, Mark Rabbat, Mauro Pepi
In the treatment of stable coronary artery disease (CAD) the identification of patients who may gain the highest benefit from further invasive treatments is of pivotal importance for the healthcare system. In this setting, it has been established that an ischemia-guided revascularization strategy yields improved clinical outcomes in a cost- effective fashion compared with anatomy-guided revascularization alone. Invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) is considered the gold standard, especially in the intermediate-range atherosclerotic lesions, for assessing lesion specific ischemia at the time of invasive coronary angiography and has now become the standard of reference for studies assessing the diagnostic performance of the various non-invasive stress tests...
November 30, 2016: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901035/homocysteine-reducing-b-vitamins-and-ischemic-heart-disease-a-separate-sample-mendelian-randomization-analysis
#18
J V Zhao, C M Schooling
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Observationally, homocysteine is positively associated with ischemic heart disease (IHD) and unhealthy lipids; folate and vitamin B12, which reduce homocysteine, are associated with lower IHD risk and healthy lipids. Randomized controlled trials have shown no benefits of folate and vitamin B12 for IHD. To clarify the role of these potential targets of intervention in IHD we assessed how genetically determined homocysteine, folate and vitamin-B12-affected IHD and lipids...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900989/negative-association-of-circulating-microrna-126-with-high-sensitive-c-reactive-protein-and-vascular-cell-adhesion-molecule-1-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-following-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
#19
Jun-Nan Wang, You-You Yan, Zi-Yuan Guo, Ya-Juan Jiang, Lu-Lu Liu, Bin Liu
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) causes endothelial damage, resulting in an inflammatory response with elevation of markers such as high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), which are associated with restenosis after PCI. Evidence suggests that microRNA-126 (miR-126) plays an important role in vascular inflammation, but its correlation with PCI-mediated inflammation has not been investigated. In this study, we investigated the effect of PCI on circulating miR-126 and inflammation markers such as hs-CRP and VCAM-1...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899944/epidemiology-and-genetics-of-ventricular-fibrillation-during-acute-myocardial-infarction
#20
REVIEW
Charlotte Glinge, Stefan Sattler, Reza Jabbari, Jacob Tfelt-Hansen
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) from ventricular fibrillation (VF) during coronary artery disease (CAD) is a leading cause of total and cardiovascular mortality, and in more than half of SCD cases VF occurs as the first symptom of CAD. Several epidemiological studies have shown that sudden death of a family member is a risk factor for SCD and VF during acute myocardial infarction (MI), independent of traditional risk factors including family history of MI, suggesting a genetic component in the susceptibility to VF...
September 2016: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
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