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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101569/resveratrol-inhibits-adventitial-fibroblast-proliferation-and-induces-cell-apoptosis-through-the-sirt1-pathway
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Lin Ling, Shaohua Gu, Yan Cheng
Atherosclerosis is one of the most important causes of cardiovascular disease and studies have showed that adventitial fibroblasts, which are considered to be the most common cell type of the vascular adventitia, are involved in the development of early atherosclerotic plaques. Resveratrol is a plant polyphenolic compound confirmed to have anti‑atherosclerotic and cardioprotective effects. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of resveratrol on adventitial fibroblasts in vitro and to clarify the underlying mechanism...
February 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101170/extramedullary-hematopoiesis-a-report-of-two-cases
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Huan-Zhu Zhang, Ying Li, Xin Liu, Bao-Rong Chen, Guo-Hua Yao, Yu-Na Peng
Extramedullary hematopoiesis (EMH) is defined as hematopoiesis occurring in organs outside of the bone marrow. The present report describes two cases of thalassemic patients with paraspinal medullary hematopoiesis and analyzes the clinical manifestations, imaging, pathology, diagnosis and treatment of EMH. In addition, a supplementary review of previously published cases is provided along with a review of the related literature. Computed tomography (CT) of the first case revealed multiple paraspinal masses, and the largest was 6...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100704/frequency-of-abnormal-pulmonary-computed-tomography-findings-in-asylum-seeking-refugees-in-turkey
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Levent Soydan, Ali Aslan Demir, Atadan Tunaci
BACKGROUND: Lungs are particularly vulnerable to both acute infections, including TB, and chronic diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as to malignancies, all of which require particular attention during war times in which health conditions are far from optimal. METHODS: This retrospective cross-sectional study included 1149 refugees that underwent thoracic computed tomography (CT) for respiratory symptoms between March 2013 and February 2015 in Turkey...
January 18, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099323/anesthesia-and-databases-pediatric-cardiac-disease-as-a-role-model
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David F Vener, Sara K Pasquali, Emad B Mossad
Large data sets have now become ubiquitous in clinical medicine; they are particularly useful in high-acuity, low-volume conditions such as congenital heart disease where data must be collected from many centers. These data fall into 2 categories: administrative data arising from hospital admissions and charges and clinical data relating to specific diseases or procedures. In congenital cardiac diseases, there are now over a dozen of these data sets or registries focusing on various elements of patient care...
February 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099179/traditional-sternotomy-versus-minimally-invasive-aortic-valve-replacement-in-patients-stratified-by-ejection-fraction
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Tom C Nguyen, Vinod H Thourani, Justin Q Pham, Yelin Zhao, Matthew D Terwelp, Prakash Balan, Daniel Ocazionez, Catalin Loghin, Richard W Smalling, Anthony L Estrera, Joseph Lamelas
OBJECTIVE: Low ejection fraction (EF < 40%) portends adverse outcomes in patients undergoing valvular heart surgery. The role of traditional median sternotomy aortic valve replacement (SAVR) compared with minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) in this cohort remains incompletely understood. METHODS: A multi-institutional retrospective review of 1503 patients who underwent SAVR (n = 815) and MIAVR via right anterior thoracotomy (n = 688) from 2011 to 2014 was performed...
January 17, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099082/therapeutics-targeting-drivers-of-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms-and-acute-aortic-dissections-insights-from-predisposing-genes-and-mouse-models
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Dianna M Milewicz, Siddharth K Prakash, Francesco Ramirez
Thoracic aortic diseases, including aneurysms and dissections of the thoracic aorta, are a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Risk factors for thoracic aortic disease include increased hemodynamic forces on the ascending aorta, typically due to poorly controlled hypertension, and heritable genetic variants. The altered genes predisposing to thoracic aortic disease either disrupt smooth muscle cell (SMC) contraction or adherence to an impaired extracellular matrix, or decrease canonical transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) signaling...
January 14, 2017: Annual Review of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097194/the-mystery-of-the-z-score
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REVIEW
Alexander E Curtis, Tanya A Smith, Bulat A Ziganshin, John A Elefteriades
Reliable methods for measuring the thoracic aorta are critical for determining treatment strategies in aneurysmal disease. Z-scores are a pragmatic alternative to raw diameter sizes commonly used in adult medicine. They are particularly valuable in the pediatric population, who undergo rapid changes in physical development. The advantage of the Z-score is its inclusion of body surface area (BSA) in determining whether an aorta is within normal size limits. Therefore, Z-scores allow us to determine whether true pathology exists, which can be challenging in growing children...
August 2016: Aorta (Stamford, Conn.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097184/kif6-719arg-genetic-variant-and-risk-for-thoracic-aortic-dissection
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Olga A Iakoubova, Carmen H Tong, Joseph Catanese, Charles M Rowland, May M Luke, Maryann Tranquilli, John A Elefteriades
BACKGROUND: Carriers of the 719Arg variant in KIF6, compared with noncarriers, have been reported to be at greater risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) in six prospective studies. Because CHD, thoracic aortic dissection, and nondissection thoracic aortic aneurysm share some risk factors and aspects of pathophysiology, we investigated whether carriers of the 719Arg variant also have greater odds of thoracic aortic dissection or nondissected thoracic aortic aneurysm than noncarriers. METHODS: We genotyped 140 thoracic aortic dissection cases, 497 nondissection thoracic aortic aneurysm cases, and 275 disease-free controls collected in the United States, Hungary, and Greece and investigated the association between KIF6 719Arg carrier status and thoracic aortic dissection, and between KIF6 719Arg carrier status and nondissection thoracic aortic aneurysm, using logistic regression models adjusted for age, sex, hypertension, smoking, and country...
June 2016: Aorta (Stamford, Conn.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096827/lung-exposure-during-simultaneous-myocardial-revascularization-and-lung-surgery-through-median-sternotomy
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Dariusz Jagielak, Radoslaw Kozaryn, Rafal Pawlaczyk, Piotr Siondalski, Witold Rzyman, Jan Rogowski
Coronary artery disease is a frequent comorbidity in patients undergoing major thoracic surgery. Simultaneous operations eliminate the necessity of a second operation and, more importantly, minimize the delay in compulsory postoperative oncological therapy. We describe a relaxing incision in the contralateral pericardium, which allows for simple displacement of the heart. This maneuver improves exposure of the pulmonary hilum and middle mediastinum on the side of resection.
December 2016: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096616/intravenous-administration-of-puppy-deciduous-teeth-stem-cells-in-degenerative-valve-disease
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Soontaree Petchdee, Sarunya Sompeewong
AIM: The objective of this study is to investigate the improvement of heart function in dogs with chronic valvular heart disease after puppy deciduous teeth stem cells (pDSCs) administration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 20 client-owned dogs with degenerative valvular heart disease underwent multiple intravenous injections of allogeneic pDSCs. Dogs were randomly assigned to two groups: (i) Control group (n=10) with standard treatment for heart failure and (ii) group with standard treatment and multiple administrations of pDSCs (n=10)...
December 2016: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095982/what-is-the-optimal-radiotherapy-schedule-for-limited-stage-small-cell-lung-cancer
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EDITORIAL
Ben Slotman
Thoracic radiotherapy plays an important role in the treatment of limited disease SCLC. Best results are obtained with twice daily (BID) radiotherapy, starting early and given concurrently with chemotherapy. At ASCO, 2016, Faivre-Finn and colleagues presented the results of the CONVERT trial, comparing such a scheme with once daily radiotherapy to a higher dose. There was no statistically significant difference in survival between the two arms. Although the publication of the study is still awaited, this editorial puts the available data in perspective and draws some important conclusions...
January 4, 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095804/pulmonary-manifestations-in-niemann-pick-type-c-disease-with-mutations-in-npc2-gene-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Jayesh Sheth, Jijo John Joseph, Krati Shah, Mamta Muranjan, Mehul Mistri, Frenny Sheth
BACKGROUND: Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is an inherited metabolic disorder; due to defect in cellular cholesterol trafficking. It is clinically a heterogeneous disease with variable age of onset with multiple organ systems being involved. NPC1 gene is involved in 95% cases where as remaining ~5% cases are linked with NPC2 gene. CASE PRESENTATION: Case-1, a 14-months-old female presented with recurrent respiratory distress, failure to thrive and hepatosplenomegaly...
January 17, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094481/influence-of-the-thoracic-epidural-anesthesia-on-the-left-ventricular-function-an-echocardiographic-study
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Miguel Miró, Filippo Sanfilippo, Fátima Pérez, Santiago García Del Valle, Juan I Gómez-Arnau
BACKGROUND: Thoracic epidural anesthesia (TEA) is widely used for major surgery, but studies assessing its impact on left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function are limited, and such studies have assessed patients already under general anesthesia and/or receiving volume expansion between examinations. METHODS: Observational study at a secondary university hospital including consecutive awake patients undergoing major abdominal surgery without significant pre-existing cardiac disease...
January 17, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094068/-large-vessel-vasculitis-with-myelodysplastic-syndrome-a-rare-association
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J Galland, H Kawski, J-F Guichard, F Maurier
INTRODUCTION: The vasculitis can be the consequence of malignancy: most often hematologic rather than solid tumors. The association between large vessels vasculitis and myelodysplastic syndrome is rare. CASE REPORT: A 55-year-old man experienced asthenia, fever, polyarthritis and inflammatory syndrome. Haematological investigations found a type 2 refractory anemia with excess blasts (RAEB-2) with discovery of severe anemia (Hb: 7,8g/dl) and thrombopenia (platelets: 40,000/mm(3))...
January 13, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089762/long-terms-results-of-a-trial-of-concurrent-chemotherapy-and-escalating-doses-of-radiation-for-unresectable-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-ncctg-n0028-alliance
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Steven E Schild, Shauna L Hillman, Angelina D Tan, Helen J Ross, William L McGinnis, Yolanda A Garces, David L Graham, Alex A Adjei, James R Jett
INTRODUCTION OR HYPOTHESIS: This phase I/II trial was originally designed to determine the maximally tolerated dose(MTD) of thoracic radiotherapy(TRT) as part of a combined modality approach. This report includes the long-term outcome of patients treated on this study. The phase II portion was never completed as RTOG-0617 opened before it was concluded. METHODS: The MTD was defined as 74Gy in 37 fractions in this study. Twenty-five patients with unresectable non-small cell lung cancer(NSCLC) were treated with 2Gy daily fractions and concurrent weekly carboplatin and paclitaxel...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088955/-effect-of-kr%C3%A3-ppel-like-zinc-finger-transcription-factor-2-on-%C3%AE-glutamylcysteine-synthetase-in-bronchial-epithelial-cells-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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J Li, A G Dai, C Y Huang, R C Hu
Objective: To research the regulation effects of Krüppel like zinc finger transcription factor 2 (KLF2) on γ-glutamylcysteine synthetase (γ-GCS) in airway epithelial cells of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Methods: (1) Human specimen experiment: lung tissue of pulmonary lobectomy patients with lung cancer with or without COPD was collected from Department of Thoracic Surgery of Hunan Cancer Hospital from December 2008 to December 2009. The patients were divided into COPD group and control group without COPD...
January 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088797/automated-interpretation-of-pulmonary-function-tests-in-adults-with-respiratory-complaints
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Marko Topalovic, Stefan Laval, Jean-Marie Aerts, Thierry Troosters, Marc Decramer, Wim Janssens
BACKGROUND: The use of pulmonary function tests is primarily based on expert opinion and international guidelines. Current interpretation strategies are using predefined cutoffs for the description of a typical pattern. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to explore the predicted disease outcome based on the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society (ATS/ERS) interpreting strategy. Subsequently, we investigated whether an unbiased machine learning framework integrating lung function with clinical variables may provide alternative decision trees resulting in a more accurate diagnosis...
January 12, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087132/practice-patterns-of-thoracic-radiotherapy-for-extensive-stage-small-cell-lung-cancer-survey-of-us-academic-thoracic-radiation-oncologists
#18
Carl M Post, Vivek Verma, Timur Mitin, Charles B Simone
PURPOSE: Despite the recent CREST trial demonstrating a survival benefit to thoracic radiotherapy (TRT) for patients with extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC) with response to chemotherapy, as well as endorsement by current National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines, TRT may not be uniformly delivered in clinical practice across all circumstances. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We surveyed US academic thoracic radiation oncologists regarding their practice patterns for TRT and assessed conditions in which withholding TRT could be warranted...
December 22, 2016: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079847/relationship-between-abnormalities-on-high-resolution-computerized-tomography-pulmonary-function-and-bronchoalveolar-lavage-in-progressive-systemic-sclerosis
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Gulfidan Cakmak, Tuba Selcuk Can, Sule Gundogdu, Canan Akman, Hande Ikitimur, Benan Musellim, Gul Ongen
:  Introduction and aim: Progressive systemic sclerosis (pSS) is a multisystemic connective tissue disease characterized by fibrosis of the skin and internal organs including lung. The mechanisms that leads to progressive lung fibrosis in scleroderma remain obscure. In this study, we aimed to investigate the correlation between HRCT findings and patients' clinical and functional status and the degree of alveolitis based on the BAL resultsMaterials and methods: 65 patients with pSS were evaluated...
December 23, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079597/histologic-findings-of-severe-therapy-resistant-asthma-from-video-assisted-thoracoscopic-surgery-biopsies
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Humberto E Trejo Bittar, Daniel Doberer, Mitra Mehrad, Diane C Strollo, Joseph K Leader, Sally Wenzel, Samuel A Yousem
The histologic changes occurring in severe/therapy-resistant asthma (SA) as defined by the European Respiratory Society/American Thoracic Society guidelines, particularly at the level of the distal airways are unknown. This study describes the clinical, radiologic, and histologic characteristics of 29 SA patients who underwent video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery lung biopsy. Pathologic observations were correlated with clinical features, especially the presence of autoimmune disease (AID) (15/29, 51.7%). Ten biopsies (10/29, 34...
February 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
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