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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646938/a-survey-of-patient-preferences-regarding-medical-expulsive-therapy-following-the-suspend-trial
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John Roger Bell, Kristina L Penniston, Sara L Best, Stephen Y Nakada
INTRODUCTION: Several recent trials have reported limited benefit for medical expulsive therapy (MET) in terms of stone passage rates, analgesic requirements, or need for intervention. We evaluated patient attitudes regarding MET after explaining these new findings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Over a 12 week period, an investigator-designed survey was offered to sequential patients during routine appointments in our urologic clinic. A brief summary of the conflicting data for MET was provided...
June 2017: Canadian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643820/does-wealth-make-health-cherchez-la-renal-replacement-therapy
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COMMENT
Maria D Sanchez-Niño, Alberto Ortiz
In this issue of CKJ, McQuarrie et al. have explored the relationship between socioeconomic status and outcomes among Scottish patients with a renal biopsy diagnosis of primary glomerulonephritis. Patients in the lower socioeconomic category had a twofold higher risk of death. No significant differences were observed on progression to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT), suggesting that overall medical management was appropriate for all socioeconomic categories. The findings are significant since they come from an ethnically homogeneous population with free access to healthcare; they also relate to a specific aetiology of chronic kidney disease (CKD) expected to be less dependent on unhealthy lifestyles than other more frequent aetiologies that dominate studies of CKD in general, such as diabetic or hypertensive nephropathy...
February 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642999/continually-improving-standards-of-care-the-uk-renal-registry-as-a-translational-public-health-tool
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REVIEW
Lucy A Plumb, Alexander J Hamilton, Carol D Inward, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Fergus J Caskey
A disease registry uses observational study methods to collect defined data on patients with a particular condition for a predetermined purpose. By providing comprehensive standardised data on patients with kidney disease, renal registries aim to provide a 'real world' representation of practice patterns, treatment and patient outcomes that may not be captured accurately by other methods, including randomised controlled trials. Additionally, using registries to measure variations in outcomes and audit care against standards is crucial to understanding how to improve quality of care for patients in an efficacious and cost-effective manner...
June 22, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574903/hsct-based-approaches-for-tolerance-induction-in-renal-transplant
#4
Anita Y Chhabra, Joseph Leventhal, Andrea R Merchak, Suzanne Ildstad
Renal transplantation has become the preferred treatment for end stage kidney failure. Although short-term graft survival has significantly improved as advances in immunosuppression have occurred, long term patient and graft survival have not. Approximately only 50% of renal transplant recipients are alive at 10 years due to the toxicities of immunosuppression and alloimmunity. Emerging research on cell-based therapies is opening a new door for patients to receive the organs they need without sacrificing quality of life and longevity because of drug based immunosuppression...
June 1, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570536/isolation-of-intermediate-filament-proteins-from-multiple-mouse-tissues-to-study-aging-associated-post-translational-modifications
#5
Rachel A Battaglia, Parijat Kabiraj, Helen H Willcockson, Melinda Lian, Natasha T Snider
Intermediate filaments (IFs), together with actin filaments and microtubules, form the cytoskeleton - a critical structural element of every cell. Normal functioning IFs provide cells with mechanical and stress resilience, while a dysfunctional IF cytoskeleton compromises cellular health and has been associated with many human diseases. Post-translational modifications (PTMs) critically regulate IF dynamics in response to physiological changes and under stress conditions. Therefore, the ability to monitor changes in the PTM signature of IFs can contribute to a better functional understanding, and ultimately conditioning, of the IF system as a stress responder during cellular injury...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566572/importance-of-reverse-translational-research-rtr
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Yuichi Sugiyama
 When events lead to clinical problems, the mechanisms involved often remain unclear. This is true for medications and therapies, in addition to problems inherent in an underlying disease. However, the recent development of modeling and metric methods makes it possible to estimate the relationship between side effects and various factors to explain inter-individual differences, such as genetic polymorphisms, co-administered drugs, age, gender, dysfunction of the liver/kidney based upon the database for side effects [such as Food and Drug Administration-Adverse Event Reporting System (FDA-AERS)] and the database in a patient's medical records...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533908/ascites-refractory-ascites-and-hyponatremia-in-cirrhosis
#7
Brett Fortune, Andres Cardenas
Ascites is the most common complication related to cirrhosis and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Ascites is a consequence of the loss of compensatory mechanisms to maintain the overall effective arterial blood volume due to worsening splanchnic arterial vasodilation as a result of clinically significant portal hypertension. In order to maintain effective arterial blood volume, vasoconstrictor and antinatriuretic pathways are activated, which increase overall sodium and fluid retention...
May 2017: Gastroenterology Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521678/ipgk-pseaac-identify-lysine-phosphoglycerylation-sites-in-proteins-by-incorporating-four-different-tiers-of-amino-acid-pairwise-coupling-information-into-the-general-pseaac
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Li-Ming Liu, Yan Xu, Kuo-Chen Chou
BACKGROUND: Occurring at Lys residues, the PGK (lysine phosphoglycerylation) is a special kind of post-translational modification (PTM). It may invert the charge potential of the modified residue and change the protein structures and functions, causing various diseases in liver, brain, and kidney. OBJECTIVE: From the angles of both basic research and drug development, we are facing a critical challenging problem: for an uncharacterized protein sequence containing many Lys residues, which ones can be of phosphoglycerylation, and which ones cannot? METHOD: To address this problem, we have developed a predictor called iPGK-PseAAC by incorporating into the general PseAAC (pseudo amino acid composition) with four different tiers of amino acid pairwise coupling information, where tiers 1, 2, 3, and 4 refer to the amino acid pairwise couplings between all the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th most contiguous residues along a protein segment, respectively...
May 15, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514126/-haptoglobin-polymorphism-as-an-independent-predictor-of-diabetic-nephropathy-and-retinopathy
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Inbal Dahan, Nadia Thauho, Farid Nakhoul, Nakhoul Nakhoul, Hanin Jabaly, Evgeny Farber
The antioxidant protein haptoglobin (Hp) plays a major role in the development of diabetic complications such as diabetic nephropathy and retinopathy. In humans, two alleles of Hp were identified: 1 and 2 with three possible genotypes: 1-1, 2-1, and 2-2. The Hp protein products differ in their biochemical and biophysical properties, such as their antioxidant capacity. The Hp1 protein is superior to the Hp2 protein in binding to free hemoglobin and neutralizing its oxidative potential and the accompanying renal and retinal injury...
July 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499025/pro-risk-scores-for-chronic-kidney-disease-progression-are-robust-powerful-and-ready-for-implementation
#10
Navdeep Tangri, Thomas Ferguson, Paul Komenda
Accurate risk prediction for chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression can inform the patient-provider dialogue, and provide actionable thresholds for key clinical decisions. In 2011, we developed the kidney failure risk equations (KFREs) to predict the risk of kidney failure requiring dialysis or transplant in patients with CKD. Subsequently, the KFREs have been extensively validated, and have now been proven accurate in multiple continents, ethnicities and disease-specific subpopulations. They can discriminate progressors from non-progressors, and are well calibrated and easy to use...
May 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492401/renal-function-follow-up-and-renal-recovery-after-acute-kidney-injury-in-critically-ill-children
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Erin Hessey, Rami Ali, Marc Dorais, Geneviève Morissette, Michael Pizzi, Nikki Rink, Philippe Jouvet, Jacques Lacroix, Véronique Phan, Michael Zappitelli
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate factors associated with renal recovery from acute kidney injury in critically ill children and the extent to which serum creatinine is measured before discharge. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Two PICUs at tertiary centers in Montreal, QC, Canada. PATIENTS: Children (< 18 yr old) admitted to the PICU between 2003 and 2005. Patients with end-stage renal disease, no healthcare number, died during admission, or admitted postcardiac surgery were excluded...
May 10, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491336/opportunities-for-engaging-patients-in-kidney-research
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REVIEW
Maryam N Demian, Ngan N Lam, Fabrice Mac-Way, Ruth Sapir-Pichhadze, Nicolas Fernandez
PURPOSE: The purpose of this review is to provide a summary of the rationale for engaging patients in research as well as to review the established and envisioned advantages and strategies for patient-researcher partnerships. The authors of this article, which include a patient and 4 researchers in kidney disease, discuss the expected benefits and opportunities for patient engagement in their respective research programs. The 4 research programs span the spectrum of kidney disease and focus on enhancing bone health, increasing living donor kidney transplants, improving medication adherence, and preventing kidney transplant rejection...
2017: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487457/do-outcomes-after-kidney-transplantation-differ-for-black-patients-in-england-versus-new-york-state-a-comparative-population-cohort-analysis
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Sanna Tahir, Holly Gillott, Francesca Jackson-Spence, Jay Nath, Jemma Mytton, Felicity Evison, Adnan Sharif
OBJECTIVES: Inferior outcomes for black kidney transplant recipients in the USA may not be generalisable elsewhere. In this population cohort analysis, we compared outcomes for black kidney transplant patients in England versus New York State. DESIGN: Retrospective, comparative, population cohort study utilising administrative data registries. SETTINGS AND PARTICIPANTS: English data were derived from Hospital Episode Statistics, while New York State data were derived from Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System...
May 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484983/ischemic-preconditioning-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Maranatha Ayodele, Sebastian Koch
Preconditioning is the premise that controlled preemptive exposure to sub-lethal doses of a stressor and can condition an organism or organ to later withstand a lethal dose. This process relies on marshaling endogenous survival resources that have evolved as part of an organism's evolutionary struggle to overcome at times harsh environmental conditions. This preconditioning response occurs through activation of myriad complex mechanisms that run the gamut from alterations in gene expression to the de novo synthesis and post-translational modification of proteins, and it may occur across exposure to a wide variety of stressors (i...
June 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473971/design-and-implementation-of-the-hepatorenal-fibrocystic-disease-core-center-clinical-database-a-centralized-resource-for-characterizing-autosomal-recessive-polycystic-kidney-disease-and-other-hepatorenal-fibrocystic-diseases
#15
Bakri Alzarka, Hiroki Morizono, John W Bollman, Dongkyu Kim, Lisa M Guay-Woodford
Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) and other hepatorenal fibrocystic diseases (HRFD) are relatively rare recessive disorders that constitute an important set of childhood nephropathies. Little is known about fundamental pathogenesis, and advances toward clinical trials will require well-characterized patient cohorts and the development of predictive and prognostic biomarkers. Such studies in rare diseases require greater collaboration than the efforts in common diseases where large patient repositories can be built at a single site...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460645/statin-use-and-hip-fractures-in-u-s-kidney-transplant-recipients
#16
Chandan Vangala, Colin R Lenihan, Maria E Montez-Rath, Sumi Sukumaran Nair, Sankar D Navaneethan, Venkat Ramanathan, Wolfgang C Winkelmayer
BACKGROUND: Basic and translational research supports beneficial effects of statins on bone metabolism. Clinical studies suggest that statin use may reduce the risk of hip fractures in the general population. Whether statin use is associated with hip fracture risk in kidney transplant recipients, a particularly high-risk group for this outcome, is unknown. METHODS: From the U.S. Renal Data System (2007-2011), we identified all hip fracture events recorded in Medicare billing claims of first-time kidney transplant recipients...
May 1, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440993/-training-of-institutional-research-networks-as-a-strategy-of-improvement
#17
María Eugenia Galván-Plata, Eduardo Almeida-Gutiérrez, Fabio Abdel Salamanca-Gómez
The Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) through the Coordinación de Investigación en Salud (Health Research Council) has promoted a strong link between the generation of scientific knowledge and the clinical care through the program Redes Institucionales de Investigación (Institutional Research Network Program), whose main aim is to promote and generate collaborative research between clinical, basic, epidemiologic, educational, economic and health services researchers, seeking direct benefits for patients, as well as to generate a positive impact on institutional processes...
May 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433992/the-aachen-minipig-phenotype-genotype-hematological-and-biochemical-characterization-and-comparison-to-the-g%C3%A3-ttingen-minipig
#18
Kerstin Pawlowsky, Lisa Ernst, Julia Steitz, Thaddäus Stopinski, Babette Kögel, Anna Henger, Reinhart Kluge, René Tolba
BACKGROUND: The pig is one of the most frequently used large animal models for biomedical research, especially in the field of translational research and surgical models. While standard livestock breeds are used in short-term and acute studies, minipig breeds are the preferred breeds in long-term and chronic studies due to their limited growth and body weight. OBJECTIVE: In consideration of the 3R principle (refinement, reduction, replacement) and the increasing demand, the aim of this study was to generate a new, robust, non-specific-pathogen-free minipig breed, the Aachen minipig...
April 22, 2017: European Surgical Research. Europäische Chirurgische Forschung. Recherches Chirurgicales Européennes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410618/liquid-biopsy-a-step-forward-towards-precision-medicine-in-urologic-malignancies
#19
REVIEW
Ashley Di Meo, Jenni Bartlett, Yufeng Cheng, Maria D Pasic, George M Yousef
There is a growing trend towards exploring the use of a minimally invasive "liquid biopsy" to identify biomarkers in a number of cancers, including urologic malignancies. Multiple aspects can be assessed in circulating cell-free DNA, including cell-free DNA levels, integrity, methylation and mutations. Other prospective liquid biopsy markers include circulating tumor cells, circulating RNAs (miRNA, lncRNAs and mRNAs), cell-free proteins, peptides and exosomes have also emerged as non-invasive cancer biomarkers...
April 14, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407121/urea-and-chronic-kidney-disease-the-comeback-of-the-century-in-uraemia-research
#20
Raymond Vanholder, Tessa Gryp, Griet Glorieux
Urea, a marker of uraemic retention in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and of adequacy of intradialytic solute removal, has traditionally been considered to be biologically inert. However, a number of recent experimental data suggest that urea is toxic at concentrations representative for CKD. First of all, at least five studies indicate that urea itself induces molecular changes related to insulin resistance, free radical production, apoptosis and disruption of the protective intestinal barrier. Second, urea is at the origin of the generation of cyanate, ammonia and carbamylated compounds, which as such all have been linked to biological changes...
April 12, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
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