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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778999/idiopathic-nodular-glomerulosclerosis-ing-in-an-african-american-aa-man-with-hepatitis-c
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Nirmal K Onteddu, Jayasri Duggirala, Anand C Reddy
Idiopathic nodular glomerulosclerosis (ING) in a non-diabetic patient is uncommon. Nodular glomerulosclerosis is hallmark sign of diabetic nephropathy. ING is a very rare clinicopathological disease associated with smoking, obesity and hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and metabolic syndrome. A 68-year-old non-obese African American man with hypertension, smoking and history of hepatitis C presented to the clinic with progressive worsening of lower extremity oedema and declining renal function over few months...
May 18, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778822/formulation-techniques-for-high-dose-dry-powders
#2
Ashlee D Brunaugh, Hugh D C Smyth
Delivery of drugs to the lungs via dry powder inhaler (DPI) is a promising approach for the treatment of both local pulmonary conditions and systemic diseases. Though DPIs are widely used for the pulmonary deposition of potent bronchodilators, anticholinergics, and corticosteroids, there is growing interest in the utilization of this delivery system for the administration of high drug doses to the lungs, as made evident by recent regulatory approvals for anti-microbial, anti-viral and osmotic agents. However, the formulation of high dose DPIs carries several challenges from both a physiological and physicochemical standpoint...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778457/treatment-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-in-the-primary-care-setting-how-can-we-achieve-more-for-our-patients
#3
Barbara Yawn, Barry Make
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a debilitating and progressive disease that is both under-diagnosed and under-treated, affecting up to 1 in 10 older adults. Common symptoms, including dyspnea, productive cough, chest tightness, and fatigue, can reduce quality of life, ability to participate in all types of activities, and overall health status in patients. Minimizing the impact of symptoms on patients' quality of life should be a key goal for physicians and modest changes in current practice could make improvements in patients' lives...
May 17, 2018: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778456/the-challenge-of-controlling-the-copd-epidemic-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-unmet-needs
#4
Francesca Polverino, Bartolome Celli
Many unmet needs still remain in the assessment and treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), particularly in relation to its under- and misdiagnosis, which lead to under- and mistreatment. This paucity of knowledge about the importance and presence of COPD, as well as its treatment, is seen with patients and carers as well as healthcare providers. This review considers the areas of key educational need, including the clinical characteristics of COPD, factors contributing to the disease, effective diagnosis, and clinical management of patients, and the implementation of treatment guidelines...
May 17, 2018: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778312/biomarker-signatures-of-sickle-cell-disease-severity
#5
Mengtian Du, Sarah Van Ness, Victor Gordeuk, Sayed M Nouraie, Sergei Nekhai, Mark Gladwin, Martin H Steinberg, Paola Sebastiani
Identifying sickle cell disease patients at high risk of complications could lead to personalized treatment and better prognosis but despite many advances prediction of the clinical course of these patients remains elusive. We propose a system-type approach to discover profiles of multiple, common biomarkers that correlate with morbidity and mortality in sickle cell disease. We used cluster analysis to discover 17 signatures of 17 common circulating biomarkers in 2320 participants of the Cooperative Study of Sickle Cell Disease, and evaluated the association of these signatures with risk for stroke, pain, leg ulceration, acute chest syndrome, avascular necrosis, seizure, death, and trend of fetal hemoglobin and hemolysis using longitudinally collected data...
May 16, 2018: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777923/diagnosis-and-management-of-pulmonary-infection-due-to-rhodococcus-equi
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Weijie V Lin, Robert L Kruse, Katharine Yang, Daniel M Musher
BACKGROUND: Rhodococcus equi is a recognized cause of disease in humans, especially in patients who are immunocompromised. Because diphtheroids are regarded as part of normal respiratory flora, the importance of R. equi as a pulmonary pathogen may not be fully appreciated and its prevalence underestimated. Most treatment recommendations for R. equi infection were established before antiretroviral drugs became available for HIV/AIDS therapy, and therapeutic strategies may need to be updated...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777867/antibiotic-exposure-prior-to-respiratory-viral-infection-is-associated-with-progression-to-lower-respiratory-tract-disease-in-allogeneic-hematopoietic-cell-transplant-recipients
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Chikara Ogimi, Elizabeth M Krantz, Jonathan L Golob, Alpana Waghmare, Catherine Liu, Wendy M Leisenring, Christopher R Woodard, Sara Marquis, Jane M Kuypers, Keith R Jerome, Steven A Pergam, David N Fredricks, Mohamed L Sorror, Janet A Englund, Michael Boeckh
INTRODUCTION: Recent publications note an association between antibiotic exposure and respiratory viral infections (RVIs). Antibiotics affect microbiota and impair immune response against RVIs in mice, and low microbiome diversity is associated with pulmonary complications including viral lower respiratory tract disease (LRTD) in hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) recipients. In this study, we examined whether antibiotic exposure was associated with increased risk of disease progression in RVIs post-transplantation...
May 16, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777661/impact-of-co-morbidities-on-the-treatment-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#8
Chris Garvey, Gerard J Criner
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) frequently exists alongside other chronic diseases. Co-morbidities can exert a significant influence on COPD disease course, affecting disease-related symptoms and increasing morbidity and mortality in patients. Studies indicate that management of co-morbid COPD can be improved by engaging in a multidisciplinary team-based approach. A collaborative effort from different disease specialists and healthcare professionals, together with disease self-management and management programs, could improve patient outcomes of co-morbid COPD...
May 16, 2018: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777660/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-exacerbations-a-need-for-action
#9
Antonio Anzueto, Marc Miravitlles
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, with exacerbations contributing strongly to the overall severity and burden of disease at the individual level. Many patients with COPD are managed predominantly in the primary care setting; therefore, primary care physicians (PCPs) must have awareness and understanding of the causes, effects, and management of exacerbations in COPD. This review offers practical information regarding how exacerbations are defined in the treatment setting, pathogenic and environmental causes, options for exacerbation treatment and prevention, and suggestions for improving care in the clinic...
May 16, 2018: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777655/long-term-outcomes-in-systemic-sclerosis-associated-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-from-the-pulmonary-hypertension-assessment-and-recognition-of-outcomes-in-scleroderma-registry-pharos
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Kathleen D Kolstad, Shufeng Li, Virginia Steen, Lorinda Chung
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a leading cause of death in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). The purpose of this study was to assess long-term outcomes in patients with SSc-PAH. METHODS: Pulmonary Hypertension Assessment and Recognition of Outcomes in Scleroderma is a prospective registry of SSc patients at high risk for or with incident pulmonary hypertension based on right heart catheterization (RHC). Incident World Health Organization Group I PAH patients were analyzed...
May 16, 2018: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777409/hemodynamic-heterogeneity-of-connective-tissue-disease-patients-with-borderline-mean-pulmonary-artery-pressure-and-its-distinctive-characters-from-those-with-normal-pulmonary-artery-pressure-a-retrospective-study
#11
Yusa Asari, Yoshioki Yamasaki, Kosei Tsuchida, Kengo Suzuki, Yoshihiro J Akashi, Takahiro Okazaki, Shoichi Ozaki, Hidehiro Yamada, Kimito Kawahata
To clarify whether patients with connective tissue disease (CTD)-associated borderline mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) have distinctive hemodynamic characteristics from those with normal mPAP and whether pathogenesis is as heterogeneous as manifest pulmonary hypertension (PH). Seventy-five CTD patients who underwent right heart catheterization (RHC) from 2008 through 2016 were retrospectively analyzed. We compared between-group differences in clinical and hemodynamic findings: normal mPAP (n = 35), borderline mPAP (n = 15), and PH (n = 25)...
May 18, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777373/safety-and-feasibility-of-pulmonary-artery-pressure-guided-heart-failure-therapy-rationale-and-design-of-the-prospective-cardiomems-monitoring-study-for-heart-failure-mems-hf
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Christiane E Angermann, Birgit Assmus, Stefan D Anker, Johannes Brachmann, Georg Ertl, Friedrich Köhler, Stephan Rosenkranz, Carsten Tschöpe, Philip B Adamson, Michael Böhm
BACKGROUND: Wireless monitoring of pulmonary artery (PA) pressures with the CardioMEMS HF™ system is indicated in patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III heart failure (HF). Randomized and observational trials have shown a reduction in HF-related hospitalizations and improved quality of life in patients using this device in the United States. OBJECTIVE: MEMS-HF is a prospective, non-randomized, open-label, multicenter study to characterize safety and feasibility of using remote PA pressure monitoring in a real-world setting in Germany, The Netherlands and Ireland...
May 19, 2018: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777329/population-pharmacokinetics-of-theophylline-in-adult-chinese-patients-with-asthma-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Yanjiao Ma, Ling Xue, Xin Chen, Yingbo Kang, Yong Wang, Liqing Wang
Background Theophylline has a narrow therapeutic range and large interindividual variability in blood levels, so a thorough understanding of its pharmacokinetic characteristics is essential. Population pharmacokinetic (PPK) approaches could achieve it and many PPK studies of theophylline have been reported in infants. However, none was conducted in Chinese adults and none has explored the effect of CYP1A2 genotypes on the PPK characteristics of theophylline in adults. Objective To evaluate the PPK characteristics of theophylline and to assess the possible influence of covariates, including CYP1A2 genotypes, on theophylline clearance in Chinese adult patients...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777306/respiratory-manifestations-in-lps-responsive-beige-like-anchor-lrba-protein-deficient-patients
#14
Oded Shamriz, Bella Shadur, Adeeb NaserEddin, Irina Zaidman, Natalia Simanovsky, Orly Elpeleg, Eitan Kerem, Joel Reiter, Polina Stepensky
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-responsive beige-like anchor (LRBA) protein deficiency is a rare syndrome of primary immune deficiency and immune dysregulation. In this study, we sought to summarize our experience with respiratory manifestations in LRBA-deficient patients. We conducted a retrospective analysis of the medical records of LRBA-deficient patients treated at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel. Data retrieved included pulmonary workup, disease course, treatment, and outcome. Ten patients were included...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777282/ambulatory-intravenous-inotropic-support-and-or-levosimendan-in-pediatric-and-congenital-heart-failure-safety-survival-improvement-or-transplantation
#15
Sotiria C Apostolopoulou, George A Vagenakis, Alexandros Tsoutsinos, Felicia Kakava, Spyridon Rammos
End-stage heart failure (HF) frequently needs continuous inotropic support in hospital and has high morbidity and mortality in absence of heart transplantation. This study reports outcome, efficacy, and safety of continuous ambulatory inotropes (AI) and/or periodic levosimendan (LS) infusions in pediatric HF patients. The study included 27 patients, median age 9.4 (0.1-26.1) years, with severe HF (6 myocarditis, 13 dilated cardiomyopathy, 2 restrictive cardiomyopathy, 6 repaired congenital heart disease). Dobutamine and milrinone AI were administered in 21 patients through a permanent central catheter for median duration 1...
May 18, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777005/predictors-of-survival-in-211-patients-with-stage-iv-pulmonary-and-gastroenteropancreatic-mibg-positive-neuroendocrine-tumors-treated-with-i-131-mibg
#16
Ari Kane, Matthew P Thorpe, Jorge D Oldan, Brandon A Howard, Jason Zhu, Michael A Morse, Terence Wong, Neil A Petry, Robert Reiman, Salvador Borges-Neto
Purpose: This retrospective analysis identifies predictors of survival in a cohort of patients with mIBG positive stage IV pulmonary and gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (P/GEP-NET) treated with I-131 mIBG therapy, in order to inform treatment selection and post-treatment monitoring. Methods: Survival, symptoms, imaging, and biochemical response were extracted via chart review from n = 211 P/GEP-NET patients treated with mIBG between 1991-2014. For patients with computed tomography (CT) follow up ( n = 125), imaging response was assessed by Response Evaluation Criteria on Solid Tumors (RECIST) 1...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776964/arrhythmias-in-adult-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease-and-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#17
Maria Drakopoulou, Heba Nashat, Aleksander Kempny, Rafael Alonso-Gonzalez, Lorna Swan, Stephen J Wort, Laura C Price, Colm McCabe, Tom Wong, Michael A Gatzoulis, Sabine Ernst, Konstantinos Dimopoulos
OBJECTIVES: Approximately 5%-10% of adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) develop pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), which affects life expectancy and quality of life. Arrhythmias are common among these patients, but their incidence and impact on outcome remains uncertain. METHODS: All adult patients with PAH associated with CHD (PAH-CHD) seen in a tertiary centre between 2007 and 2015 were followed for new-onset atrial or ventricular arrhythmia. Clinical variables associated with arrhythmia and their relation to mortality were assessed using Cox analysis...
May 18, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776936/ethambutol-and-isoniazid-induced-severe-neurotoxicity-in-a-patient-undergoing-continuous-ambulatory-peritoneal-dialysis
#18
Meijun Si, Huiqun Li, Yanru Chen, Hui Peng
Ethambutol (EMB) and isoniazid (INH) are the first-line antituberculosis (anti-TB) drugs. However, their neurotoxicity could cause adverse effect and the patients with end-stage renal disease are especially vulnerable due to the reduction in renal drug clearance. Here, we report a 36-year-old man receiving peritoneal dialysis developed progressive paralysis in lower extremities, vision loss and hoarseness 4 months after anti-TB treatment with INH, EMB and rifapentine because of concomitant pulmonary tuberculosis...
May 18, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776621/relationship-between-sleep-duration-and-self-reported-health-related-quality-of-life-among-us-adults-with-or-without-major-chronic-diseases-2014
#19
Yong Liu, Anne G Wheaton, Janet B Croft, Fang Xu, Timothy J Cunningham, Kurt J Greenlund
OBJECTIVES: To assess the association between sleep duration and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among adults with or without chronic conditions. METHODS: Using the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, we analyzed self-reported data from adult respondents aged ≥18 years with (n=277,757, unhealthy group) and without (n=172,052. healthy group) reported history of any of nine chronic conditions (coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, depression, chronic kidney disease)...
June 2018: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776440/radiological-pleuroparenchymal-fibroelastosis-associated-to-limited-cutaneous-systemic-sclerosis-a-case-report
#20
D Hassoun, S Dirou, P P Arrigoni, C Durant, M Hamidou, A Néel, C Agard
BACKGROUND: Pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis (PPFE) is a very rare interstitial lung disease (ILD) characterized by progressive fibrotic lesions of the visceral pleura and the sub-pleural parenchyma, affecting predominantly the upper lobes. PPFE may occur in different contextes like bone marrow or lung transplantations, but also in the context of telomeropathy with mutations of telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT), telomerase RNA component (TERC) or regulator of telomere elongation helicase 1 (RTEL1) genes...
May 18, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
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