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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549630/-the-successful-saga-of-percutaneous-pulmonary-valvulation-in-congenital-heart-diseases
#1
Sophie Malekzadeh-Milani, Younes Boudjemline
With new surgical techniques, more and more complex congenital heart defects are treated requiring sometimes right ventricle to pulmonary artery conduit implantation. In order to extend RV to PA conduit lifespan, 15 years ago a valved stent was developed. The implantation technique was progressively standardized to decrease risks of procedural complications. Medium and long-term hemodynamic results of the stent were so good that indications were broadened to native or complex right ventricular outflow tracts...
May 23, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548194/-heritability-and-genetic-comorbidity-of-attention-deficit-disorder-with-hyperactivity
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Giannina Puddu, Paula Rothhammer, Ximena Carrasco, Francisco Aboitiz, Francisco Rothhammer
This review aims to summarize information about the genetic etiology of attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity (ADHD), with particular reference to the contributions of our research group. We also discuss the genetic comorbidity estimated from genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP´s) between ADHD and major psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia (E), major depressive disorder (MDD), bipolar disorder (BD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A high genetic comorbidity was found between E and BD (46%), a moderate comorbidity between MDD and E, MDD and BD and MDD and ADHD (18%, 22% and 10% respectively) and a low comorbidity between E and ASD (2...
March 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544841/transcatheter-valve-in-valve-implantation-failing-tricuspid-bioprosthesis-in-a-patient-with-ebstein%C3%A2-s-anomaly
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Pedro A Villablanca, Aman M Shah, David F Briceno, Ali N Zaidi, Mei Chau, Mario J Garcia, David Slovut, Cynthia Taub
Transcatheter valve-in-valve (VIV) implantation has been recently proposed as an alternative to surgical reoperative aortic valve replacement in patients with a failing aortic bioprosthesis. Experience with transcatheter VIV implantation at other valve positions is very limited. Herein is reported the case of an 18-year-old man with Ebstein's anomaly and severe tricuspid valve (TV) regurgitation status after bioprosthetic valve replacement, who developed new dyspnea on exertion three years after the initial valve replacement...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544658/the-evolution-of-stories-from-mimesis-to-language-from-fact-to-fiction
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REVIEW
Brian Boyd
Why a species as successful as Homo sapiens should spend so much time in fiction, in telling one another stories that neither side believes, at first seems an evolutionary riddle. Because of the advantages of tracking and recombining true information, capacities for event comprehension, memory, imagination, and communication evolved in a range of animal species-yet even chimpanzees cannot communicate beyond the here and now. By Homo erectus, our forebears had reached an increasing dependence on one another, not least in sharing information in mimetic, prelinguistic ways...
May 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542704/trabecular-and-cortical-bone-structure-of-the-talus-and-distal-tibia-in-pan-and-homo
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Zewdi J Tsegai, Matthew M Skinner, Andrew H Gee, Dieter H Pahr, Graham M Treece, Jean-Jacques Hublin, Tracy L Kivell
OBJECTIVES: Internal bone structure, both cortical and trabecular bone, remodels in response to loading and may provide important information regarding behavior. The foot is well suited to analysis of internal bone structure because it experiences the initial substrate reaction forces, due to its proximity to the substrate. Moreover, as humans and apes differ in loading of the foot, this region is relevant to questions concerning arboreal locomotion and bipedality in the hominoid fossil record...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541176/more-human-than-human
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David Lawrence
Within the literature surrounding nonhuman animals on the one hand and cognitively disabled humans on the other, there is much discussion of where beings that do not satisfy the criteria for personhood fit in our moral deliberations. In the future, we may face a different but related problem: that we might create (or cause the creation of) beings that not only satisfy but exceed these criteria. The question becomes whether these are minimal criteria, or hierarchical, such that those who fulfill them to greater degree should be afforded greater consideration...
July 2017: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics: CQ: the International Journal of Healthcare Ethics Committees
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541056/visible-spatial-contiguity-of-social-information-and-reward-affects-social-learning-in-brown-capuchins-sapajus-apella-and-children-homo-sapiens
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Lara A Wood, Andrew Whiten
Animal social learning is typically studied experimentally by the presentation of artificial foraging tasks. Although productive, results are often variable even for the same species. We present and test the hypothesis that one cause of variation is that spatial distance between rewards and the means of reward release causes conflicts for participants' attentional focus. We investigated whether spatial contiguity between a visible reward and the means of release would affect behavioral responses that evidence social learning, testing 21 brown capuchins (Sapajus apella), a much-studied species with variant evidence for social learning, and one hundred eighty 2- to 4-year-old human children (Homo sapiens), a benchmark species known for a strong social learning disposition...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Comparative Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540072/standard-imaging-techniques-in-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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REVIEW
Arash Salemi, Berhane M Worku
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has become a widely accepted therapeutic option for patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis at intermediate, high, or extreme risk for conventional surgery as determined through a heart team approach. Two valve prostheses are currently available and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved in the United States for TAVR: the self-expandable Medtronic CoreValve (Medtronic, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, USA) and the balloon-expandable Edwards Sapien Valve (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine CA, USA)...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537000/advances-in-clinical-cardiology-2016-a-summary-of-the-key-clinical-trials
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Alastair Gray, Conor McQuillan, Ian B A Menown
INTRODUCTION: The findings of many new cardiology clinical trials over the last year have been published or presented at major international meetings. This paper aims to describe and place in context a summary of the key clinical trials in cardiology presented between January and December 2016. METHODS: The authors reviewed clinical trials presented at major cardiology conferences during 2016 including the American College of Cardiology (ACC), European Association for Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EuroPCR), European Society of Cardiology (ESC), European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT), and the American Heart Association (AHA)...
May 23, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534180/the-c-terminal-kinesin-motor-kifc1-may-participate-in-nuclear-reshaping-and-flagellum-formation-during-spermiogenesis-of-larimichthys-crocea
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Dan-Dan Zhang, Xin-Ming Gao, Yong-Qiang Zhao, Cong-Cong Hou, Jun-Quan Zhu
Spermatogenesis is a highly ordered process in the differentiation of male germ cells. Nuclear morphogenesis is one of the most fundamental cellular transformations to take place during spermatogenesis. These striking transformations from spermatogonia to spermatozoa are a result of phase-specific adaption of the cytoskeleton and its association with molecular motor proteins. KIFC1 is a C-terminal kinesin motor protein that plays an essential role in acrosome formation and nuclear reshaping during spermiogenesis in mammals...
May 23, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533464/the-colours-of-humanity-the-evolution-of-pigmentation-in-the-human-lineage
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REVIEW
Nina G Jablonski, George Chaplin
Humans are a colourful species of primate, with human skin, hair and eye coloration having been influenced by a great variety of evolutionary forces throughout prehistory. Functionally naked skin has been the physical interface between the physical environment and the human body for most of the history of the genus Homo, and hence skin coloration has been under intense natural selection. From an original condition of protective, dark, eumelanin-enriched coloration in early tropical-dwelling Homo and Homo sapiens, loss of melanin pigmentation occurred under natural selection as Homo sapiens dispersed into non-tropical latitudes of Africa and Eurasia...
July 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533099/surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-following-early-sapien-xt-valve-failure-a-first
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Tanveer Ahmad, Prakash Ludhani, Ronen Gurvitch, John Goldblatt, James Tatoulis
BACKGROUND: Early degeneration of prosthetic aortic valve in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a rare complication. METHOD: We report the case of a 75-year-old woman who presented with severe calcific stenosis of Edwards SAPIEN-XT valve implanted only four years previously. She is a Jehovah's Witness and has background of Sjogren's syndrome with secondary cryoglobulinaemic vasculitis. She was not a suitable candidate for valve-in-valve TAVR in view of early prosthetic valve failure by calcification...
May 9, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531333/the-flaws-in-the-detail-of-an-observational-study-on-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-versus-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-in-intermediate-risks-patients
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Fabio Barili, Nick Freemantle, Thierry Folliguet, Claudio Muneretto, Michele De Bonis, Martin Czerny, Jean Francois Obadia, Nawwar Al-Attar, Nikolaos Bonaros, Jolanda Kluin, Roberto Lorusso, Prakash Punjabi, Rafael Sadaba, Piotr Suwalski, Umberto Benedetto, Andreas Böning, Volkmar Falk, Miguel Sousa-Uva, Pieter A Kappetein, Lorenzo Menicanti
The PARTNER group recently published a comparison between the latest generation SAPIEN 3 transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) system (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA, USA) and surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in intermediate-risk patients, apparently demonstrating superiority of the TAVI and suggesting that TAVI might be the preferred treatment method in this risk class of patients. Nonetheless, assessment of the non-randomized methodology used in this comparison reveals challenges that should be addressed in order to elucidate the validity of the results...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529699/evolution-immunity-and-the-emergence-of-brain-superautoantigens
#14
Serge Nataf
While some autoimmune disorders remain extremely rare, others largely predominate the epidemiology of human autoimmunity. Notably, these include psoriasis, diabetes, vitiligo, thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Thus, despite the quasi-infinite number of "self" antigens that could theoretically trigger autoimmune responses, only a limited set of antigens, referred here as superautoantigens, induce pathogenic adaptive responses. Several lines of evidence reviewed in this paper indicate that, irrespective of the targeted organ (e...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526288/the-association-between-mid-facial-morphology-and-climate-in-northeast-europe-differs-from-that-in-north-asia-implications-for-understanding-the-morphology-of-late-pleistocene-homo-sapiens
#15
Andrej A Evteev, Alla A Movsesian, Alexandra N Grosheva
The climate of northeastern Europe is likely to resemble in many ways Late Pleistocene periglacial conditions in Europe, but there have been relatively few studies exploring the association between climate and morphology in the mid-face of modern northeastern European populations. To fill this gap, we sampled 540 male skulls from 22 European and Near Eastern groups, including 314 skulls from 11 populations from northeastern Europe, to test for possible climate-morphology association at the continental scale...
June 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516954/histone-deacetylase-10-structure-and-molecular-function-as-a-polyamine-deacetylase
#16
Yang Hai, Stephen A Shinsky, Nicholas J Porter, David W Christianson
Cationic polyamines such as spermidine and spermine are critical in all forms of life, as they regulate the function of biological macromolecules. Intracellular polyamine metabolism is regulated by reversible acetylation and dysregulated polyamine metabolism is associated with neoplastic diseases such as colon cancer, prostate cancer and neuroblastoma. Here we report that histone deacetylase 10 (HDAC10) is a robust polyamine deacetylase, using recombinant enzymes from Homo sapiens (human) and Danio rerio (zebrafish)...
May 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511922/simultaneous-transseptal-para-ring-leak-closure-and-transcatheter-mitral-valve-implantation-for-the-treatment-of-surgical-mitral-repair-failure
#17
James Roy, Mehdi Eskandari, Mark Monaghan, Olaf Wendler, Jonathan Byrne, Philip MacCarthy
Repeat cardiac surgery in patients with a previous sternotomy is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. While transcatheter aortic valve implantation in high risk surgical patients is now well established, experience with transcatheter mitral valve replacement is still at an early stage. Although many successful reports of transcatheter mitral valve replacements now exist, the predominant approach has been via a transapical approach. It is likely that, as with the evolution of favoured access routes for transcatheter aortic therapies, future directions for transcatheter mitral valves will focus on smaller delivery systems favouring the transvenous transseptal approach where possible...
April 6, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509407/il-1%C3%AE-inhibits-osteogenesis-of-human-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-activating-foxd3-microrna-496-to-repress-wnt-signaling
#18
Jian Huang, Liang Chen
IL-1β, a major cytokine of pro-inflammatory response, has been implicated in bone loss. However, its effects on mesenchymal progenitor cells-associated bone regeneration remain elusive. Here, we investigated the role of microRNA for the regulation of osteogenesis by IL-1β in human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hBMMSC). Our data suggested homo sapiens (hsa)-miR-496 is induced by IL-1β in hBMMSC and mediates the decreased β-catenin expression. Reporter assays using the 3'-UTR of β-catenin demonstrated sequence-dependent gene suppression with hsa-miR-496...
May 16, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506330/edwards-valve-in-valve-implantation-in-tricuspid-position
#19
Maria Álvarez-Fuente, Nikolaus A Haas, Maria Jesus Del Cerro
We present two cases of percutaneous Sapien XT valve-in-valve implantation in the tricuspid position: a 20-year-old man with severe congenital pulmonary stenosis and percutaneous valvuloplasty, who required surgical implantation of two protheses, pulmonary and tricuspid, and a 12-year-old boy with CHD and a degenerated tricuspid prosthesis. We implanted three Sapien XT valve-in-valves, two in the tricuspid position and one in the pulmonic position. Sapien XT valve-in-valve implantation in the tricuspid position is feasible and can decrease the number of surgeries in CHD patients...
May 16, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500855/the-evolutionary-theory-of-depression
#20
Piotr Gałecki, Monika Talarowska
The evolutionary success of Homo sapiens is attributed to the following two factors: the upright body posture (which freed our hands and allowed unconstrained operation of various objects) and intensive development of the frontal lobes, mainly the Broca area of the brain. Underlining the uniqueness of the human brain, we often forget about the fact that the frontal lobes - the most developed part of the brain - are at the same time our greatest weakness, exposed to the action of damaging factors in our evolving environment...
May 13, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
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