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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228578/proof-of-concept-randomized-trial-of-the-monoclonal-antibody-gsk249320-versus-placebo-in-stroke-patients
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Steven C Cramer, Lori A Enney, Colleen K Russell, Monica Simeoni, Thomas R Thompson
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: One class of poststroke restorative therapy focuses on promoting axon outgrowth by blocking myelin-based inhibitory proteins such as myelin-associated glycoprotein. The purpose of the current study was to extend preclinical and clinical findings of GSK249320, a humanized monoclonal antibody to myelin-associated glycoprotein with disabled Fc region, to explore effects on motor outcomes post-stroke. METHODS: In this phase IIb double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, patients at 30 centers with ischemic stroke 24 to 72 hours prior and gait deficits were randomized to 2 IV infusions of GSK249320 or placebo...
February 22, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222941/diabetes-and-lifetime-risk-of-stroke-and-subtypes-in-an-urban-middle-aged-population
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Tanvir Chowdhury Turin, Tomonori Okamura, Nahid Rumana, Arfan Raheen Afzal, Makoto Watanabe, Aya Higashiyama, Yoko M Nakao, Michikazu Nakai, Misa Takegami, Kunihiro Nishimura, Yoshihiro Kokubo, Akira Okayama, Yoshihiro Miyamoto
AIMS: Lifetime risk (LTR) is defined as the cumulative probability of developing a disease in one's remaining lifetime from a given index age. The impact of diabetes on the LTR of stroke events in Asians, where stroke incidence is higher than for Westerners, has not been estimated yet. These estimates can be useful for diabetes knowledge translation activities. METHODS: All participants who were stroke-free at baseline in the Suita Study, a cohort study of cardiovascular diseases in Japan, were included in the study sample...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220463/can-we-improve-the-outcomes-of-multivessel-disease-using-modified-syntax-and-residual-syntax-scores
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REVIEW
Alfredo E Rodriguez, Carlos Fernandez-Pereira, Juan Mieres, Javier Mendoza, Florencia Sartori
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In spite of the benefits of drug eluting (DES), these advantages were not translated to better outcome when percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) were compared with coronary artery bypass surgery. PCI strategy allowing stent deployment in all intermediate lesions including small vessels together with DES design may be the reasons of these findings. RECENT FINDINGS: Recently randomized and observational studies demonstrated using functional flow reserve analysis, residual Syntax score risk, or residual ERACI score after PCI that a reasonably incomplete revascularization was associated with good long-term outcome and low events rate at follow-up...
March 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217297/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-and-preconditioning-for-ischemic-and-hemorrhagic-stroke
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REVIEW
Sheng-Li Hu, Hua Feng, Guo-Hua Xi
To date, the therapeutic methods for ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke are still limited. The lack of oxygen supply is critical for brain injury following stroke. Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO), an approach through a process in which patients breathe in 100% pure oxygen at over 101 kPa, has been shown to facilitate oxygen delivery and increase oxygen supply. Hence, HBO possesses the potentials to produce beneficial effects on stroke. Actually, accumulated basic and clinical evidences have demonstrated that HBO therapy and preconditioning could induce neuroprotective functions via different mechanisms...
October 2016: Medical Gas Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217296/anti-inflammatory-signaling-the-point-of-convergence-for-medical-gases-in-neuroprotection-against-ischemic-stroke
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REVIEW
Pei-Ying Li, Xin Wang, R Anne Stetler, Jun Chen, Wei-Feng Yu
Recent studies suggest that a variety of medical gases confer neuroprotective effects against cerebral ischemia, extending function beyond their regular clinical applications. The mechanisms underlying ischemic neuroprotection afforded by medical gases have been intensively studied over the past two decades. A number of signaling pathways have been proposed, among which anti-inflammatory signaling has been proven to be critical. Pursuit of the role for anti-inflammatory signaling may shed new light on the translational application of medical gas-afforded neuroprotection...
October 2016: Medical Gas Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217294/molecular-hydrogen-a-therapeutic-antioxidant-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Lei Huang
Molecular hydrogen (H2) medicine research has flourished since a landmark publication in Nature Medicine that revealed the antioxidant and cytoprotective effects of hydrogen gas in a focal stroke model. Emerging evidence has consistently demonstrated that molecular hydrogen is a promising therapeutic option for a variety of diseases and the underlying comprehensive mechanisms is beyond pure hydroxyl radicals scavenging. The non-toxicity at high concentrations and rapid cellular diffusion features of molecular hydrogen ensure the feasibility and readiness of its clinical translation to human patients...
October 2016: Medical Gas Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217291/paradigms-and-mechanisms-of-inhalational-anesthetics-mediated-neuroprotection-against-cerebral-ischemic-stroke
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REVIEW
Hailian Wang, Peiying Li, Na Xu, Ling Zhu, Mengfei Cai, Weifeng Yu, Yanqin Gao
Cerebral ischemic stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability and cognitive dysfunction. The high mortality and disability of cerebral ischemic stroke is urging the health providers, including anesthesiologists and other perioperative professioners, to seek effective protective strategies, which are extremely limited, especially for those perioperative patients. Intriguingly, several commonly used inhalational anesthetics are recently suggested to possess neuroprotective effects against cerebral ischemia...
October 2016: Medical Gas Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212842/pathophysiological-consequences-of-receptor-mistraffic-tales-from-the-platelet-p2y12-receptor
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Margaret R Cunningham, Riyaad Aungraheeta, Stuart J Mundell
Genetic variations in G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) genes can disrupt receptor function in a wide variety of human genetic diseases, including platelet bleeding disorders. Platelets are critical for haemostasis with inappropriate platelet activation leading to the development of arterial thrombosis, which can result in heart attack and stroke whilst decreased platelet activity is associated with an increased risk of bleeding. GPCRs expressed on the surface of platelets play key roles in regulating platelet activity and therefore function...
February 14, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211818/comparison-of-the-effects-of-bilateral-and-unilateral-training-after-stroke-a-meta-analysis
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Yejin Lee, Moon Young Kim, Ji-Hyuk Park, Hae Yean Park
BACKGROUND: The differential effects of bilateral and unilateral training on upper extremity (UE) function remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of bilateral and unilateral training on UE function and activities of daily living (ADL) after stroke. METHODS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were selected for inclusion by two reviewers after searching the following databases: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), and KoreaMed...
February 15, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196453/near-infrared-spectroscopy-in-gait-disorders
#10
Vera Gramigna, Giovanni Pellegrino, Antonio Cerasa, Simone Cutini, Roberta Vasta, Giuseppe Olivadese, Iolanda Martino, Aldo Quattrone
Walking is a complex motor behavior with a special relevance in clinical neurology. Many neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and stroke, are characterized by gait disorders whose neurofunctional correlates are poorly investigated. Indeed, the analysis of real walking with the standard neuroimaging techniques poses strong challenges, and only a few studies on motor imagery or walking observation have been performed so far. Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is becoming an important research tool to assess functional activity in neurological populations or for special tasks, such as walking, because it allows investigating brain hemodynamic activity in an ecological setting, without strong immobility constraints...
January 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195514/blood-brain-barrier-on-a-chip-microphysiological-systems-that-capture-the-complexity-of-the-blood-central-nervous-system-interface
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Duc Tt Phan, R Hugh F Bender, Jillian W Andrejecsk, Agua Sobrino, Stephanie J Hachey, Steven C George, Christopher Cw Hughes
The blood-brain barrier is a dynamic and highly organized structure that strictly regulates the molecules allowed to cross the brain vasculature into the central nervous system. The blood-brain barrier pathology has been associated with a number of central nervous system diseases, including vascular malformations, stroke/vascular dementia, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and various neurological tumors including glioblastoma multiforme. There is a compelling need for representative models of this critical interface...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194115/low-level-laser-application-in-the-early-myocardial-infarction-stage-has-no-beneficial-role-in-heart-failure
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Martha T Manchini, Ednei L Antônio, José Antônio Silva Junior, Paulo de Tarso C de Carvalho, Regiane Albertini, Fernando C Pereira, Regiane Feliciano, Jairo Montemor, Stella S Vieira, Vanessa Grandinetti, Amanda Yoshizaki, Marcio Chaves, Móises P da Silva, Rafael do Nascimento de Lima, Danilo S Bocalini, Bruno L de Melo, Paulo J F Tucci, Andrey J Serra
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been targeted as a promising approach that can mitigate post-infarction cardiac remodeling. There is some interesting evidence showing that the beneficial role of the LLLT could persist long-term even after the end of the application, but it remains to be systematically evaluated. Therefore, the present study aimed to test the hypothesis that LLLT beneficial effects in the early post-infarction cardiac remodeling could remain in overt heart failure even with the disruption of irradiations...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191775/noninvasive-assessment-of-an-engineered-bioactive-graft-in-myocardial-infarction-impact-on-cardiac-function-and-scar-healing
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Carolina Gálvez-Montón, Ramon Bragós, Carolina Soler-Botija, Idoia Díaz-Güemes, Cristina Prat-Vidal, Verónica Crisóstomo, Francisco M Sánchez-Margallo, Aida Llucià-Valldeperas, Paco Bogónez-Franco, Isaac Perea-Gil, Santiago Roura, Antoni Bayes-Genis
Cardiac tissue engineering, which combines cells and biomaterials, is promising for limiting the sequelae of myocardial infarction (MI). We assessed myocardial function and scar evolution after implanting an engineered bioactive impedance graft (EBIG) in a swine MI model. The EBIG comprises a scaffold of decellularized human pericardium, green fluorescent protein-labeled porcine adipose tissue-derived progenitor cells (pATPCs), and a customized-design electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) monitoring system...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188404/-direct-oral-anticoagulants-and-acute-stroke-insights-into-translational-research-studies
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C Foerch, J H Schäfer, W Pfeilschifter, F Bohmann
In recent years a considerable number of translational research studies on intracerebral hemorrhage and ischemic stroke have been published, which are characterized by a particular proximity to practical clinical questions. Animal research has provided insights into the pathophysiological processes and therapy effects, which have so far only been insufficiently investigated in clinical studies. This includes the effectiveness of a rapid reversal of anticoagulation in cases of anticoagulation-associated intracerebral hemorrhage and the safety of thrombolytic treatment in ischemic stroke occurring during treatment with anticoagulants...
February 10, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187718/an-education-programme-influencing-health-professionals-to-recommend-exercise-to-their-type-2-diabetes-patients-understanding-the-processes-a-case-study-from-oxfordshire-uk
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Anne Matthews, Natasha Jones, Alastair Thomas, Perdy van den Berg, Charlie Foster
BACKGROUND: Increasing levels of physical activity decreases the risk of premature mortality associated with chronic diseases e.g., coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke. Despite this, most adults in England do not meet physical activity guidelines. Physical activity advice and signposting offered to at-risk patients by primary care providers is recommended. However, exercise medicine education is sparse, leading to poor practitioner knowledge of the risk reduction evidence and strategies to implement effective patient behaviour change...
February 11, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186672/bladder-transplantation-of-amniotic-fluid-stem-cell-may-ameliorate-bladder-dysfunction-after-focal-cerebral-ischemia-in-rat
#16
Ching-Chung Liang, S W Steven Shaw, Yung-Hsin Huang, Yi-Hao Lin, Tsong-Hai Lee
The objective is to investigate whether human amniotic fluid stem cells (hAFSCs) grafting into the bladder may influence bladder functional and molecular changes in an animal stroke model. Female rats were divided into three groups: sham, middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) alone, and MCAO plus 1 × 10(6) hAFSCs transplanting into bladder wall. Bladder function was analyzed by cystometry at days 3 and 10 after MCAO. The expressions of bladder nerve growth factor (NGF), M2-muscarinic, M3-muscarinic, and P2X1 receptors were measured by immunohistochemistry and real-time polymerase chain reaction...
January 3, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182727/evolution-of-ischemic-damage-and-behavioural-deficit-over-6-months-after-mcao-in-the-rat-selecting-the-optimal-outcomes-and-statistical-power-for-multi-centre-preclinical-trials
#17
Sarah S J Rewell, Leonid Churilov, T Kate Sidon, Elena Aleksoska, Susan F Cox, Malcolm R Macleod, David W Howells
Key disparities between the timing and methods of assessment in animal stroke studies and clinical trial may be part of the reason for the failure to translate promising findings. This study investigates the development of ischemic damage after thread occlusion MCAo in the rat, using histological and behavioural outcomes. Using the adhesive removal test we investigate the longevity of behavioural deficit after ischemic stroke in rats, and examine the practicality of using such measures as the primary outcome for future studies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176157/barriers-and-strategies-for-recruitment-of-racial-and-ethnic-minorities-perspectives-from-neurological-clinical-research-coordinators
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Sean J Haley, Lauren E Southwick, Nina S Parikh, Jazmin Rivera, Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, Bernadette Boden-Albala
INTRODUCTION: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the gold standard within evidence-based research. Low participant accrual rates, especially of underrepresented groups (e.g., racial-ethnic minorities), may jeopardize clinical studies' viability and strength of findings. Research has begun to unweave clinical trial mechanics, including the roles of clinical research coordinators, to improve trial participation rates. METHODS: Two semi-structured focus groups were conducted with a purposive sample of 29 clinical research coordinators (CRCs) at consecutive international stroke conferences in 2013 and 2014 to gain in-depth understanding of coordinator-level barriers to racial-ethnic minority recruitment and retention into neurological trials...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170357/on-x-valve-the-next-generation-aortic-valve
#19
Rahul Chaudhary, Jalaj Garg, Parasuram Krishnamoorthy, Neeraj Shah, Bruce A Feldman, Matthew W Martinez, Ronald Freudenberger
The On-X valve is a newer generation mechanical bileaflet valve. Its key features include the use of pure pyrolytic carbon (devoid of silicon), a length-to-diameter ratio similar to a native valve, an inlet flared orifice, a leaflet opening up to 90 degrees, a shorter leaflet closing angle, a 2-point leaflet contact, and an actuated pivot. These features have translated into increased strength, improved valve hemodynamics, reduced hemolysis, and thrombogenicity. The 2014 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines for the management of patients with valvular heart disease recommend an international normalized ratio (INR) of 2...
March 2017: Cardiology in Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166680/opposing-roles-of-b-lymphocyte-subsets-in-atherosclerosis
#20
Tin Kyaw, Peter Tipping, Alex Bobik, Ban-Hock Toh
Atherosclerosis is initiated by cholesterol entry into arteries that triggers chronic immune-inflammatory lesions in the vessels. Early lesions are clinically insignificant but advanced complex lesions and vulnerable rupture prone lesions impact on quality of life and can be life threatening. Rupture of vulnerable atherosclerotic lesions initiates thrombotic occlusion of vital arteries precipitating heart attacks and strokes that remain major killers globally despite therapeutic use of statins to lower blood cholesterol levels...
February 2017: Autoimmunity
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