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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530744/proteomic-analysis-of-prognostic-plasma-biomarkers-in-peripheral-arterial-occlusive-disease
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Cheng-San Yang, Yu-Shan Wei, Han-Lin Tsai, Ian-Seng Cheong, Shing-Jyh Chang, Hsiu-Chuan Chou, Ying-Ray Lee, Hong-Lin Chan
Peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD), one of the major manifestations of systemic atherosclerosis, causes intermittent claudication and rest pain. Patients with PAOD not only have reduced quality of life, but also have a substantial risk of cardiovascular morbidity and death. In this study, we adopted a proteomics-based approach using 2D-DIGE and MALDI-TOF MS to compare the differential plasma proteome between good and poor prognosis of PAOD. We identified 196 plasma proteins, which represent 42 unique gene products...
May 22, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529621/hoxa5-and-p53-cooperate-to-suppress-lung-cancer-cell-invasion-and-serve-as-good-prognostic-factors-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Chi-Jen Chang, Yen-Lin Chen, Chia-Hung Hsieh, Ya-Jung Liu, Sung-Liang Yu, Jeremy J W Chen, Chi-Chung Wang
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide and tumor metastasis is the major cause of cancer-related death. Our previous study suggested that Homeobox A5 (HOXA5) could inhibit lung cancer cell invasion via regulating cytoskeletal remodeling and involved in tumor metastasis. Recently, consensus HOX binding sites was found in the p53 gene promoter region. However, whether the HOXA5 could cooperate with p53 and contribute the inhibition of lung cancer cell invasion is still unclear. The aim of the current study is to elucidate the correlation of HOXA5 and p53 in tumor invasion and its prognostic influence in lung cancer patient specimens...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528146/prognostic-value-of-coronary-ct-angiography-with-selective-pet-perfusion-imaging-in-coronary-artery-disease
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Teemu Maaniitty, Iida Stenström, Jeroen J Bax, Valtteri Uusitalo, Heikki Ukkonen, Sami Kajander, Maija Mäki, Antti Saraste, Juhani Knuuti
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of sequential hybrid imaging strategy in which positron emission tomography (PET) perfusion imaging is performed selectively in patients with suspected obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) on coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). BACKGROUND: Coronary CTA is an accurate diagnostic test for excluding obstructive CAD. However, the positive predictive value is suboptimal. METHODS: We investigated 864 consecutive symptomatic patients with intermediate probability of CAD who adhered to the sequential imaging approach...
May 15, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526968/computer-aided-diagnosis-of-lung-nodules-in-computed-tomography-by-using-phylogenetic-diversity-genetic-algorithm-and-svm
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Antonio Oseas de Carvalho Filho, Aristófanes Corrêa Silva, Anselmo Cardoso de Paiva, Rodolfo Acatauassú Nunes, Marcelo Gattass
Lung cancer is pointed as the major cause of death among patients with cancer throughout the world. This work is intended to develop a methodology for diagnosis of lung nodules using images from the Image Database Consortium and Image Database Resource Initiative (LIDC-IDRI). The proposed methodology uses image processing and pattern recognition techniques. In order to differentiate between the patterns of malignant and benign nodules, we used phylogenetic diversity by means of particular indexes, that are: intensive quadratic entropy, extensive quadratic entropy, average taxonomic distinctness, total taxonomic distinctness, and pure diversity indexes...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526502/hemodynamic-parameters-predict-adverse-outcomes-following-biventricular-conversion-with-single-ventricle-palliation-takedown
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Melissa A Herrin, David Zurakowski, Christopher W Baird, Puja Banka, Jesse J Esch, Pedro J Del Nido, Sitaram M Emani
OBJECTIVE: Patients with a borderline left ventricular hypoplasia in the hypoplastic left heart syndrome variant or an unbalanced atrioventricular canal who undergo initial single-ventricle palliation may be candidates for biventricular (BiV) conversion following left ventricle (LV) recruitment procedures. We investigated associations among preoperative parameters and postoperative outcomes in patients undergoing BiV conversion. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of patients who underwent BiV conversion to determine variables associated with clinical outcomes...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520728/cost-effectiveness-of-hepatitis-c-treatment-using-generic-direct-acting-antivirals-available-in-india
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Rakesh Aggarwal, Qiushi Chen, Amit Goel, Nicole Seguy, Razia Pendse, Turgay Ayer, Jagpreet Chhatwal
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Availability of directly-acting antivirals (DAAs) has changed the treatment landscape of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The high price of DAAs has restricted their use in several countries. However, in some countries such as India, generic DAAs are available at much cheaper price. This study examined whether generic DAAs could be cost-saving and how long it would take for the treatment to become cost-saving/effective. METHODS: A previously-validated, mathematical model was adapted to the HCV-infected population in India to compare the outcomes of no treatment versus treatment with DAAs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520544/repair-of-complete-atrioventricular-septal-defects-with-decellularized-extracellular-matrix-initial-and-midterm-outcomes
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Adeel Ashfaq, Tyler Brown, Brian Reemtsen
OBJECTIVE: Since April 2010, our institution has repaired complete atrioventricular septal defects (CAVSDs) with a two-patch technique utilizing CorMatrix extracellular material. This material is potentially an attractive patch because of its theorized eventual integration with the host tissue. We sought to analyze initial outcomes of CAVSD repair with CorMatrix. METHODS: Data were collected on consecutive pediatric (age <18) patients receiving two-patch CAVSD repairs with CorMatrix at a single institution from April 2010 to July 2014...
May 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520537/anomalous-origin-of-right-coronary-artery-from-left-coronary-sinus-13-cases-treated-with-the-reimplantation-technique
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Alain Cubero, Alejandro Crespo, Gadah Hamzeh, Andrés Cortes, Daniel Rivas, José Ignacio Aramendi
OBJECTIVES: Anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery is uncommon but potentially clinically significant. Manifestations vary from asymptomatic patients to those who present with angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, heart failure, syncope, arrhythmias, and sudden death. We describe our experience with surgical reimplantation and results at midterm follow-up. METHODS: Between February 2003 and July 2016, a total of 13 patients with anomalous origin of the right coronary artery (RCA) from the left sinus underwent surgical reimplantation...
May 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516393/plasma-mmp2-timp4-ratio-at-follow-up-assessment-predicts-disease-progression-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Veronika Wetzl, Svenja Lena Tiede, Lothar Faerber, Norbert Weissmann, Ralph Theo Schermuly, Hossein Ardeschir Ghofrani, Henning Gall
PURPOSE: Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of MMPs (TIMPs) are of particular interest in the remodeling processes of pulmonary hypertension. The aim of this study was to investigate MMP/TIMP ratios of selected biomarkers (MMP2, MMP9, TIMP1, TIMP4) at follow-up examination (V2) and their prognostic value in patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (iPAH). METHODS: Blood samples were taken from iPAH patients during right heart catheterization at diagnosis (V1, from 2003 to 2012) and first follow-up examination (V2)...
May 17, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516243/clinical-characteristics-risk-factors-and-long-term-outcome-of-114-patients-with-folliculotropic-mycosis-fungoides
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Iris Wieser, Casey Wang, Silvia Alberti-Violetti, Genevieve Lyons, Casey Tran, Rakshandra Talpur, Madeleine Duvic
Folliculotropic mycosis fungoides (FMF) is a distinct variant of mycosis fungoides (MF) where atypical T-cells invade the hair follicles. The objective was to assess the clinical features, risk factors for progression, long-term outcome and response to treatment modalities in a large cohort of FMF patients. We, therefore, conducted a single-center retrospective study, reviewing 114 patients with FMF seen from 1987 to 2015 at the cutaneous T-cell lymphoma clinic of the MD Anderson Cancer Center. The mean age at diagnosis of FMF was 57...
May 17, 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515593/role-of-penumbra-mechanical-thrombectomy-device-in-acute-dural-sinus-thrombosis
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Suraj Mammen, Shyamkumar Nidugala Keshava, Vinu Moses, Sanjith Aaron, Munawwar Ahmed, George K Chiramel, Sunithi E Mani, Mathew Alexander
BACKGROUND: In dural venous sinus thrombosis (DVST), the mortality ranges 5-30%. Deep venous system involvement and septic dural sinus thrombosis have a higher mortality rate. In acute occlusion, collateral flow may not be established, which may result in significant edema and mass effect. Endovascular interventions may be considered as a treatment option in appropriate high-risk patients with DVST. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eight patients with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-confirmed dural sinus thrombosis, who did not respond to the conventional standard medical treatment, were subsequently treated with mechanical thrombectomy using the Penumbra System(®)...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515098/collagen-turnover-markers-in-relation-to-future-cardiovascular-and-noncardiovascular-disease-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Daniel A Duprez, Myron D Gross, Otto A Sanchez, Jorge R Kizer, Joachim H Ix, Joao Lima, Russell P Tracy, David R Jacobs
BACKGROUND: Sustained remodeling of extracellular matrix can compromise organs and tissues. Procollagen type III N-terminal propeptide (PIIINP) and collagen type I carboxy-terminal telopeptide (ICTP) reflect collagen synthesis and degradation. We studied their predictive value for future death and disease. METHODS: A total of 3068 men and women in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis who were free of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and in generally good health had a baseline blood sample taken for ICTP and PIIINP...
May 17, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514959/prevention-of-postpartum-haemorrhage-by-community-based-auxiliary-midwives-in-hard-to-reach-areas-of-myanmar-a-qualitative-inquiry-into-acceptability-and-feasibility-of-task-shifting
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Kyu Kyu Than, Yasmin Mohamed, Victoria Oliver, Theingi Myint, Thazin La, James G Beeson, Stanley Luchters
BACKGROUND: In Myanmar, postpartum haemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal mortality and contributes to around 30% of all maternal deaths. The World Health Organization recommends training and supporting auxiliary midwives to administer oral misoprostol for prevention of postpartum haemorrhage in resource-limited settings. However, use of misoprostol by auxiliary midwives has not formally been approved in Myanmar. Our study aimed to explore community and provider perspectives on the roles of auxiliary midwives and community-level provision of oral misoprostol by auxiliary midwives...
May 17, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508096/-off-label-biologic-therapy-of-anca-associated-and-non-anca-associated-small-vessel-vasculitis-efficacy-and-safety-analysis-of-a-national-registry-graid2
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N Venhoff, F Proft, H Schulze-Koops, J Holle, R E Voll, C Iking-Konert, A M Jacobi, J Henes, L Unger, O Kneitz, T Dörner, J Thiel
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of off-label biological therapies in patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) and non-ANCA-associated small-vessel vasculitis (nAAV) in clinical practice. METHODS: The German Registry in Autoimmune Diseases 2 (GRAID2) is a national, retrospective, non-interventional, multicentre observational study (August 2006 until December 2013) on patients with autoimmune diseases refractory to standard immunosuppressive therapy treated with off-label biologicals...
May 15, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506690/romidepsin-induces-caspase-dependent-cell-death-in-human-neuroblastoma-cells
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Shane V Hegarty, Katie L Togher, Eimear O'Leary, Franziska Solger, Aideen M Sullivan, Gerard W O'Keeffe
Neuroblastoma is the most common extracranial pediatric solid tumor, arising from the embryonic sympathoadrenal lineage of the neural crest, and is responsible for 15% of childhood cancer deaths. Although survival rates are good for some patients, those children diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma have survival rates as low as 35%. Thus, neuroblastoma remains a significant clinical challenge and the development of novel therapeutic strategies is essential. Given that there is widespread epigenetic dysregulation in neuroblastoma, epigenetic pharmacotherapy holds promise as a therapeutic approach...
May 12, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505271/development-and-psychometric-evaluation-of-a-persian-version-of-the-death-depression-scale-revised-a-cross-cultural-adaptation-for-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Hamid Sharif Nia, Saeed Pahlevan Sharif, Rebecca H Lehto, Christopher Boyle, Ameneh Yaghoobzadeh, Omolhoda Kaveh, Amir Hossein Goudarzian
Objective: The surfacing of thoughts and depressive affect associated with the prospect of death are prevalent among patients with advanced cancer. Because death cognitions and associated negative affect occur along an adaptive-less adaptive continuum, it is essential that valid and reliable instruments are available to measure death depression. The present study aimed to determine the psychometric properties of the Death Depression Scale among Iranian patients with advanced cancer. Methods: About 497 cancer patients completed a Persian version of the 21-item Death Depression Scale-Revised...
May 15, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505118/communicatively-constructing-the-bright-and-dark-sides-of-hope-family-caregivers-experiences-during-end-of-life-cancer-care
#17
Jody Koenig Kellas, Katherine M Castle, Alexis Johnson, Marlene Z Cohen
(1) Background: The communication of hope is complicated, particularly for family caregivers in the context of cancer who struggle to maintain hope for themselves and their loved ones in the face of terminality. In order to understand these complexities, the current study examines the bright and dark sides of how hope is communicated across the cancer journey from the vantage point of bereaved family caregivers; (2) Methods: We analyzed interviews with bereaved family caregivers using qualitative thematic and case oriented strategies to identify patterns in the positive and negative lived experiences when communicating about hope at the end of life; (3) Results: Two overarching patterns of hope emerged...
May 15, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504991/tablet-e-logbooks-four-thousand-clinical-cases-and-complications-e-logged-by-14-nondoctor-anesthesia-providers-in-nepal
#18
Shristi Shah, Oliver Ross, Stephen Pickering, Stephen Knoble, Indra Rai
BACKGROUND: To meet the need for essential surgery across rural Nepal, anesthesia at district level is delivered by nondoctor anesthetists. They require support to maintain confidence and competence, and upgraded professional registration to secure their status. To meet these needs, a distance-blended learning course was pioneered and delivered. A core course requirement was to log all clinical cases; these were logged on a new e-logbook. METHODS: Fourteen nondoctor anesthesia providers working in 12 different districts across Nepal were enrolled in the 1-year course...
May 11, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503927/infectious-complications-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-a-retrospective-analysis-single-institution-experience
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L Demitrovicova, E Mikuskova, I Oravcova, S Cingelova, L Drgona, B Mladosievicova
The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence of a variety of infectious complications in patients with CLL regarding the duration of CLL and the type of treatment. We present the retrospective analysis of patients with CLL treated at our institution in years 2004-2016. We collected data about the type of infection, pathogenes, treatment and severity of infections surpassed in connection with administration treatment. In the study one hundred and ten patients were evaluated. The average age of patients was 61...
2017: Neoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501673/chemotherapeutic-drug-photothermal-agent-co-self-assembling-nanoparticles-for-near-infrared-fluorescence-and-photoacoustic-dual-modal-imaging-guided-chemo-photothermal-synergistic-therapy
#20
Yang Li, Guihua Liu, Jinyuan Ma, Jinyan Lin, Huirong Lin, Guanghao Su, Dengyue Chen, Shefang Ye, Xiaoyuan Chen, Xuan Zhu, Zhenqing Hou
Multimodal imaging-guided synergistic combination therapy has shown great potential for cancer treatment. However, the nanocarrier-based theranostic systems suffer from batch-to-batch variation, complexity of multicomponent, poor drug loading, and carrier-related toxicity issues. To address these issues, herein we developed a novel carrier-free theranostic system with nanoscale characteristics for near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) and photoacoustic (PA) dual-modal imaging-guided synergistic chemo-photothermal therapy (PTT)...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
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