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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224120/spontaneous-cervical-artery-dissection-is-accompanied-by-a-hypercoagulable-state-and-simultaneous-inflammatory-condition
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Johann Otto Pelz, Kristian Harms, Michael Metze, Dominik Michalski
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous cervical artery dissections (sCAD) are often preceded by infections. However, existing data about inflammatory parameters remained inconsistent. Remarkably, concurrent information about the coagulation system, whose affection seems also reasonable to cause ischaemic events, are still lacking in sCAD patients. Thus, this study explores the association between the inflammatory and coagulation system in patients with sCAD. METHODS: The parameters leukocyte and thrombocyte count, C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, D-dimer, activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) and prothrombin time were extracted from hospital-based medical records of patients (n = 60) with sCAD and compared with those of a control group (n = 97) from a prospective observational stroke study...
December 9, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196306/perinatal-infratentorial-haemorrhage-a-rare-but-possibly-life-threatening-condition
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Bettina Cornelia Henzi, Bendicht Wagner, Rajeev Kumar Verma, Sandra Bigi
BACKGROUND: Perinatal infratentorial haemorrhage (PIH) is a rare birth complication associated with abnormal labour. CASE PRESENTATION: A baby boy was born by vacuum extraction at 41 weeks' gestational age. The pregnancy was uneventful and Apgar scores were 3/6/9. Following initial resuscitation, insufficient and irregular breathing, non-reactive pupils and absence of spontaneous movements were noted. A diagnosis of perinatal asphyxia with hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) was considered...
December 1, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180541/neonatal-brain-injuries-in-england-population-based-incidence-derived-from-routinely-recorded-clinical-data-held-in-the-national-neonatal-research-database
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Chris Gale, Yevgeniy Statnikov, Sena Jawad, Sabita N Uthaya, Neena Modi
OBJECTIVE: In 2015, the Department of Health in England announced an ambition to reduce 'brain injuries occurring during or soon after birth'. We describe the development of a pragmatic case definition and present annual incidence rates. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study using data held in the National Neonatal Research Database (NNRD) extracted from neonatal electronic patient records from all National Health Service (NHS) neonatal units in England, Wales and Scotland...
October 22, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170891/ampk-and-cardiac-remodelling
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REVIEW
Yenan Feng, Youyi Zhang, Han Xiao
Cardiac remodelling is generally accepted as a critical process in the progression of heart failure. Myocyte hypertrophy, inflammatory responses and cardiac fibrosis are the main pathological changes associated with cardiac remodelling. AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is known as an energy sensor and a regulator of cardiac metabolism under normal and ischaemic conditions. Additionally, AMPK has been shown to play roles in cardiac remodelling extending well beyond metabolic regulation. In this review, we discuss the currently defined roles of AMPK in cardiac remodelling and summarize the effects of AMPK on cardiac hypertrophy, inflammatory responses and fibrosis and the molecular mechanisms underlying these effects...
November 21, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167187/ischaemic-pituitary-tumour-apoplexy-and-concurrent-meningitis-a-diagnostic-dilemma
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Haris Hakeem, Shayan Sirat Maheen Anwar, Sarwar Jamil Siddiqui
Pituitary tumour apoplexy is a rare but potentially life threatening clinical syndrome that mostly results from haemorrhage in the pre-existent tumour. Pure ischaemic subtype of apoplexy is even rarer. The presentation can be hard to differentiate clinically from bacterial meningitis. Moreover, the presence of one does not necessarily exclude the other and early diagnosis of both conditions is imperative for timely management. We report a case of ischaemic pituitary tumour apoplexy that may have precipitated in the setting of bacterial meningitis...
November 21, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158247/predictive-values-of-referrals-for-transient-ischaemic-attack-from-first-contact-health-care-a-systematic-review
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Rebecca Kandiyali, Daniel S Lasserson, Penny Whiting, Alison Richards, Jonathan Mant
BACKGROUND: Over 150 000 cases of suspected transient ischaemic attack (TIA) are referred to outpatient clinics in England each year. The majority of referrals are made by GPs. AIM: This study aimed to identify how many patients referred to a TIA clinic actually have TIA (that is, calculate the positive predictive value [PPV] of first-contact healthcare referral) and to record the alternative diagnoses in patients without TIA, in order to determine the optimal service model for patients with suspected TIA...
November 20, 2017: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150201/nations-within-a-nation-variations-in-epidemiological-transition-across-the-states-of-india-1990-2016-in-the-global-burden-of-disease-study
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BACKGROUND: 18% of the world's population lives in India, and many states of India have populations similar to those of large countries. Action to effectively improve population health in India requires availability of reliable and comprehensive state-level estimates of disease burden and risk factors over time. Such comprehensive estimates have not been available so far for all major diseases and risk factors. Thus, we aimed to estimate the disease burden and risk factors in every state of India as part of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study 2016...
November 13, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147904/the-multifaceted-roles-of-dj-1-as-an-antioxidant
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Prahlad V Raninga, Giovanna Di Trapani, Kathryn F Tonissen
The DJ-1 protein was originally linked with Parkinson's disease and is now known to have antioxidant functions. The protein has three redox-sensitive cysteine residues, which are involved in its dimerisation and functional properties. A mildly oxidised form of DJ-1 is the most active form and protects cells from oxidative stress conditions. DJ-1 functions as an antioxidant through a variety of mechanisms, including a weak direct antioxidant activity by scavenging reactive oxygen species. DJ-1 also regulates a number of signalling pathways, including the inhibition of apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1)-induced apoptosis under oxidative stress conditions...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127226/risk-of-sudden-cardiac-death-in-relation-to-season-specific-cold-spells-a-case-crossover-study-in-finland
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Niilo R I Ryti, Elina M S Mäkikyrö, Harri Antikainen, Eeva Hookana, M Juhani Junttila, Tiina M Ikäheimo, Marja-Leena Kortelainen, Heikki V Huikuri, Jouni J K Jaakkola
OBJECTIVE: To test a priori hypothesis of an association between season-specific cold spells and sudden cardiac death (SCD). METHODS: We conducted a case-crossover study of 3614 autopsy-verified cases of SCD in the Province of Oulu, Finland (1998-2011). Cold spell was statistically defined by applying an individual frequency distribution of daily temperatures at the home address during the hazard period (7 days preceding death) and 50 reference periods (same calendar days of other years) for each case using the home coordinates...
November 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071437/effect-of-long-term-remote-ischemic-conditioning-in-patients-with-chronic-ischemic-heart-failure
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Kasper Pryds, Roni Ranghøj Nielsen, Anders Jorsal, Mona Sahlholdt Hansen, Steffen Ringgaard, Jens Refsgaard, Won Yong Kim, Annemette Krintel Petersen, Hans Erik Bøtker, Michael Rahbek Schmidt
Remote ischemic conditioning (RIC) protects against acute ischemia-reperfusion injury and may also have beneficial effects in patients with stable cardiovascular disease. We investigated the effect of long-term RIC treatment in patients with chronic ischaemic heart failure (CIHF). In a parallel group study, 22 patients with compensated CIHF and 21 matched control subjects without heart failure or ischemic heart disease were evaluated by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, skeletal muscle function testing, blood pressure measurement and blood sampling before and after 28 ± 4 days of once daily RIC treatment...
October 25, 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056588/neonatal-brain-injuries-in-england-population-based-incidence-derived-from-routinely-recorded-clinical-data-held-in-the-national-neonatal-research-database
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Chris Gale, Yevgeniy Statnikov, Sena Jawad, Sabita N Uthaya, Neena Modi
OBJECTIVE: In 2015, the Department of Health in England announced an ambition to reduce 'brain injuries occurring during or soon after birth'. We describe the development of a pragmatic case definition and present annual incidence rates. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study using data held in the National Neonatal Research Database (NNRD) extracted from neonatal electronic patient records from all National Health Service (NHS) neonatal units in England, Wales and Scotland...
October 22, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034749/screening-of-older-patients-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-general-practice-current-evidence-and-its-implications-for-future-practice
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Matthew R Fay, David A Fitzmaurice, Ben Freedman
BACKGROUND: Individuals with atrial fibrillation (AF) face a fivefold increased risk of ischaemic stroke compared with those without the condition. Recent studies suggest that individuals with asymptomatic AF also face an increased risk of ischaemic stroke, but their condition is often not recognized and diagnosed until an ischaemic stroke event has occurred. Identification of individuals with undiagnosed AF at increased risk for stroke is critical in promoting optimal intervention with anticoagulants...
December 2017: European Journal of General Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025962/therapeutic-hypothermia-in-acute-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
#13
James Collis
Therapeutic hypothermia is already widely acknowledged as an effective neuroprotective intervention, especially within the acute care setting in relation to conditions such as cardiac arrest and neonatal encephalopathy. Its multifactorial mechanisms of action, including lowering metabolic rate and reducing acute inflammatory cellular processes, ultimately provide protection for central nervous tissue from continuing injury following ischaemic or traumatic insult. Its clinical application within acute traumatic spinal cord injury would therefore seem very plausible, it having the potential to combat the pathophysiological secondary injury processes that can develop in the proceeding hours to days following the initial injury...
October 12, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018068/epidemiology-of-venous-thromboembolism-in-africa-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-protocol
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Celestin Danwang, Mazou N Temgoua, Valirie Ndip Agbor, Aurel T Tankeu, Jean Jacques Noubiap
INTRODUCTION: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is among the three major causes of cardiovascular diseases worldwide after ischaemic heart disease and stroke. Knowledge on the global epidemiology of this condition is deficient in Africa. Accurate data are needed to evaluate the burden of VTE in Africa to design effective preventive and treatment strategies. This systematic review and meta-analysis aims to summarise epidemiological data on VTE in Africa and to evaluate the use of prophylaxis in African patients at risk of VTE...
October 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28989807/red-blood-cell-distribution-width-and-ischaemic-stroke
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REVIEW
Gang-Hua Feng, Hai-Peng Li, Qiu-Li Li, Ying Fu, Ren-Bin Huang
The red blood cell distribution width (RDW) is a measure of red blood cell (RBC) size heterogeneity, which is easily calculated by dividing the SD of erythrocyte volumes for the mean corpuscular volume. Recent reporter suggested that, besides haematological diseases and anaemia, many human disorders may be closely associated with the elevated RDW. A literature review has revealed the RDW may be closely related to the development of ischaemic stroke, carotid artery atherosclerosis and cerebral embolism. Higher RDW could independently predict adverse outcomes in patients in these conditions...
September 2017: Stroke and Vascular Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28989805/migraine-and-stroke
#16
REVIEW
Yonghua Zhang, Aasheeta Parikh, Shuo Qian
Migraines are generally considered a relatively benign neurological condition. However, research has shown an association between migraines and stroke, and especially between migraine with aura and ischaemic stroke. Patients can also suffer from migrainous infarction, a subset of ischaemic stroke that often occurs in the posterior circulation of younger women. The exact pathogenesis of migrainous infarct is not known, but it is theorised that the duration and local neuronal energy level from cortical spreading depression may be a key factor...
September 2017: Stroke and Vascular Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986862/beyond-the-embolus-do-not-miss-diffusion-abnormalities-of-ischaemic-and-non-ischaemic-neurological-disease
#17
REVIEW
Vivek Yedavalli, Eric M Nyberg, Daniel S Chow, Ashesh A Thaker
Given the rapid evolution and technological advances in the diagnosis and treatment of acute ischaemic stroke (AIS), including the proliferation of comprehensive stroke centres and increasing emphasis on interventional stroke therapies, the need for prompt recognition of stroke due to acute large vessel occlusion has received significant attention in the recent literature. Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) is the gold standard for the diagnosis of acute ischaemic stroke, as images appear positive within minutes of ischaemic injury, and a high signal-to-noise ratio enables even punctate infarcts to be readily detected...
October 6, 2017: Insights Into Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984703/pathophysiology-of-ischaemic-heart-disease
#18
Mamatha O Pocock, Lucy Dorrell, Paola Cicconi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize recent findings in the pathogenesis of ischemic heart disease (IHD) in people living with HIV (PLWH). RECENT FINDINGS: PLWH have an elevated risk of IHD. Although incidence is declining, this condition still represents a major cause of non-AIDS-related mortality. The cause is likely multifactorial: traditional risk factors play an important role and IHD risk might be reduced with greater emphasis on primary prevention. The contribution of specific antiretroviral agents to IHD risk is changing as antiretroviral coverage increases globally and as safer agents have replaced drugs with well-described metabolic toxicities...
November 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969386/genetic-variants-influencing-elevated-myeloperoxidase-levels-increase-risk-of-stroke
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Chia-Ling Phuah, Tushar Dave, Rainer Malik, Miriam R Raffeld, Alison M Ayres, Joshua N Goldstein, Anand Viswanathan, Steven M Greenberg, Jeremiasz M Jagiella, Björn M Hansen, Bo Norrving, Jordi Jimenez-Conde, Jaume Roquer, Alexander Pichler, Christian Enzinger, Joan Montaner, Israel Fernandez-Cadenas, Arne Lindgren, Agnieszka Slowik, Reinhold Schmidt, Alessandro Biffi, Natalia Rost, Carl D Langefeld, Hugh S Markus, Braxton D Mitchell, Brad B Worrall, Steven J Kittner, Daniel Woo, Martin Dichgans, Jonathan Rosand, Christopher D Anderson
Primary intracerebral haemorrhage and lacunar ischaemic stroke are acute manifestations of progressive cerebral microvascular disease. Current paradigms suggest atherosclerosis is a chronic, dynamic, inflammatory condition precipitated in response to endothelial injury from various environmental challenges. Myeloperoxidase plays a central role in initiation and progression of vascular inflammation, but prior studies linking myeloperoxidase with stroke risk have been inconclusive. We hypothesized that genetic determinants of myeloperoxidase levels influence the development of vascular instability, leading to increased primary intracerebral haemorrhage and lacunar stroke risk...
October 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963293/thiazide-diuretics-and-the-risk-of-hip-fracture-after-stroke-a-population-based-propensity-matched-cohort-study-using-taiwan-s-national-health-insurance-research-database
#20
Shu-Man Lin, Shih-Hsien Yang, Hung-Yu Cheng, Chung-Chao Liang, Huei-Kai Huang
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the association between thiazide use and the risk of hip fracture after stroke. SETTING: A population-based, propensity-matched cohort study was conducted on the basis of Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database. PARTICIPANTS: Patients with newly diagnosed ischaemic stroke between 2000 and 2011 were included. After propensity score matching, 7470 patients were included, of whom 3735 received thiazides and 3735 did not...
September 27, 2017: BMJ Open
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