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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155976/description-of-a-mass-poisoning-in-a-rural-district-in-mozambique-the-first-documented-bongkrekic-acid-poisoning-in-africa
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Eduardo Samo Gudo, Kyla Cook, Amelia M Kasper, Alfredo Vergara, Cristolde Salomão, Fernanda Oliveira, Hamida Ismael, Cristovão Saeze, Carla Mosse, Quinhas Fernandes, Sofia Omar Viegas, Cynthia S Baltazar, Timothy J Doyle, Ellen Yard, Alaina Steck, Mayda Serret, Travis M Falconer, Sara E Kern, Jennifer L Brzezinski, James A Turner, Brian L Boyd, Ilesh V Jani
Background: On January 9, 2015, in a rural town in Mozambique, over 230 people became sick and 75 died from an illness linked to drinking pombe, a traditional alcoholic beverage. Methods: An investigation was conducted to identify cases and determine the cause of the outbreak. A case was defined as any resident of Chitima who developed any new or unexplained neurologic, gastrointestinal, or cardiovascular symptom from January 9 at 6:00 a.m. through January 12. We conducted medical record reviews; healthcare worker and community surveys; anthropological and toxicological investigations of local medicinal plants and commercial pesticides; and laboratory testing of the suspect and control pombe...
November 16, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155119/high-serum-bilirubin-is-associated-with-lower-prevalence-of-peripheral-arterial-disease-among-cardiac-patients
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Michishige Ozeki, Hideaki Morita, Masatoshi Miyamura, Tomohiro Fujisaka, Shu-Ichi Fujita, Takahide Ito, Kensaku Shibata, Suguru Tanaka, Koichi Sohmiya, Masaaki Hoshiga, Nobukazu Ishizaka
Several studies have shown that subjects with higher serum bilirubin may have a lower risk of cardiovascular disorders. We herein investigated whether serum bilirubin concentration is associated with lower extremity ischemia among cardiology patients. In total, 935 patients without a history of angioplasty or bypass surgery of the lower limb arteries and who had bilateral ankle-brachial index measurements were included in the study. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) was defined to be present when ABI of either or both sides was <0...
November 18, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154848/role-of-clinical-and-surgical-factors-for-the-prediction-of-immediate-early-and-late-functional-result-and-its-relatonship-with-cardivascular-outcome-after-partial-nephrectomy-results-from-the-prospective-multicenter-record-1-project
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Alessandro Antonelli, Andrea Mari, Nicola Longo, Giacomo Novara, Francesco Porpiglia, Riccardo Schiavina, Vincenzo Ficarra, Marco Carini, Andrea Minervini
PURPOSE: To determine the predictors of short and long-term renal function impairment after partial nephrectomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The clinical data of 769 consecutive patients submitted to partial nephrectomy were prospectively recorded in 19 urological Italian centers from 2009 to 2012 (RECORd1 Project). Of these, the clinical data of 708 patients alive, free from disease recurrence, and with a minimum 2-year functional follow-up were extracted. RESULTS: Patients underwent open (47...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154691/optimal-screening-methods-to-detect-cardiac-disorders-in-athletes-an-evidence-based-review
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Zachary K Winkelmann, Ashley K Crossway
Reference/Citation:  Harmon KG, Zigman M, Drezner JA. The effectiveness of screening history, physical exam, and ECG to detect potentially lethal cardiac disorders in athletes: a systematic review/meta-analysis. J Electrocardiol. 2015;48(3):329-338. CLINICAL QUESTION:   Which screening method should be considered best practice to detect potentially lethal cardiac disorders during the preparticipation physical examination (PE) of athletes? DATA SOURCES:   The authors completed a comprehensive literature search of MEDLINE, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, Embase, Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro), and SPORTDiscus from January 1996 to November 2014...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154226/short-term-exposures-to-pm2-5-and-cause-specific-mortality-of-cardiovascular-health-in-china
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Chen Chen, Pengfei Zhu, Li Lan, Lian Zhou, Ruicong Liu, Qinghua Sun, Jie Ban, Wentao Wang, Dandan Xu, Tiantian Li
BACKGROUND: Many multi-center epidemiological studies have robustly examined the acute health effects of exposure to low concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) on cardiovascular mortality in developed counties. However, data limitations have resulted in few related studies being conducted in developing counties with high levels of PM2.5 exposure. In recent years, people in China with a heavy cardiovascular disease burden have been exposed to particularly high levels of PM2...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153673/pregnancy-complications-and-later-vascular-ultrasound-measures-a-cohort-study
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Emily W Harville, Markus Juonala, Jorma S A Viikari, Mika Kähönen, Olli T Raitakari
OBJECTIVES: Pregnancy complications predict or even predispose to later cardiovascular disease in the mother. We examined whether pregnancy complications are associated with post-pregnancy measures of endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffness. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort; Data for 847 women female participants in the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns study were linked with the national birth registry. Preterm birth (<37weeks), low birthweight (<2500g), small-for-gestational-age (weight <10th percentile for gestational age), and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy were examined as predictors of later vascular measures...
October 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153020/-williams-beuren-syndrome-williams-syndrome-case-report
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Györgyi Miklós, György Fekete, Irén Haltrich, Miklós Tóth, Péter Reismann
Williams syndrome is a rare genetic disorder, that occurs equally in all ethnic groups and both sexes. The diagnosis might be missed during childhood in mild cases. However, establishing the diagnosis is important, not only to find the cause of intellectual disability but to look for cardiovascular, endocrine, psychiatry, urology and other conditions, which can occur at any age in the patients' lifetime. This case report presents the story of 47-year-old woman, who was admitted with haematemesis. During her stay on the ward, in the light of the distinctive facial features, mental retardation, and social behaviour patterns, the possibility of Williams syndrome emerged...
November 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152608/galectin-3-and-venous-thromboembolism-incidence-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-aric-study
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Oluwaseun E Fashanu, Susan R Heckbert, David Aguilar, Paul N Jensen, Christie M Ballantyne, Saonli Basu, Ron C Hoogeveen, Christopher deFilippi, Mary Cushman, Aaron R Folsom
Background: The inflammatory biomarker galectin-3 contributes to pathologic conditions such as heart failure and stimulates murine thrombogenesis. Its association with venous thromboembolism (VTE) has been sparsely studied. Objectives: To assess the prospective association of plasma galectin-3 and the LGALS3 rs4644 SNP with VTE incidence. Methods: We measured plasma galectin-3 in 9,916 participants in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study cohort in 1996 - 1998 and identified VTEs through 2013...
October 2017: Res Pract Thromb Haemost
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152440/risperidone-induced-amenorrhea-in-floridly-psychotic-female
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Shanila Shagufta, Faiza Farooq, Ali M Khan, Kamil Dar, Abdul Mohit
Despite the high prevalence of hyperprolactinemia in patients receiving antipsychotic medications, its side effects are often neglected. In patients receiving risperidone, the incidence of menstrual abnormalities is relatively small. Our patient was a 44-year-old, Haitian female whose total course of hospitalization was nine months, during most of which she remained floridly psychotic with low cognitive function with waxing and waning symptoms. She developed hyperprolactinemia and amenorrhea on risperidone...
September 13, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152426/an-overview-of-infant-mortality-trends-in-qatar-from-2004-to-2014
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Mohammed Al-Thani, Al-Anoud Al-Thani, Amine Toumi, Shams Eldin Khalifa, Hammad Akram
Background Infant mortality is an important health indicator that estimates population well-being. Infant mortality has declined globally but is still a major public health challenge. This article provides the characteristics, causes, burden, and trends of infant mortality in Qatar. Methods Frequencies, percentages, and rates were calculated using data from birth-death registries over 2004-2014 to describe infant mortality by nationality, gender, and age group. We calculated the relative risks of the top causes of infant mortality among subgroups according to the 10(th) Revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10, Version 2016)...
September 9, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151307/quality-of-life-and-fall-risk-in-frail-hospitalized-elderly-patients
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Zeynel Abidin Öztürk, Sedat Özdemir, İbrahim Halil Türkbeyler, Zeynep Demir
Background/aim: Frailty is a complex, multifactorial, and important geriatric syndrome characterized by decline in physiological reserves and functional deficiency in multiple systems. The aim of the current study is to investigate the prevalence of frailty and to determine the correlation between quality of life (QoL) and falling risk in geriatric hospitalized patients. Materials and methods: A total of 420 patients, aged 65 years and above, were enrolled in the study. All participants were hospitalized at a university hospital in the internal medicine clinics...
November 13, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151042/patient-centered-assessment-on-disease-burden-quality-of-life-and-treatment-satisfaction-associated-with-acromegaly
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Shuqian Liu, Daphne T Adelman, Yaping Xu, Jillone Sisco, Susan M Begelman, Susan M Webb, Xavier Badia, Tina K Thethi, Vivian Fonseca, Lizheng Shi
The study aimed to assess the economic burden, health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and acromegaly treatment satisfaction in the USA. A web-based, cross-sectional survey was distributed to members of Acromegaly Community. Data related to comorbidities, treatment patterns, and treatment satisfaction were collected. The costs over the past 3 months included out-of-pocket cost, sick leave, leave of absence, direct loss of job due to acromegaly, unemployment, assistance to perform household chores, and family member loss of income...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150535/disparities-in-management-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-rural-south-africa-data-from-the-haalsi-study-health-and-aging-in-africa-longitudinal-studies-of-international-network-for-the-demographic-evaluation-of-populations-and-their-health-communities
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Thiago Veiga Jardim, Sheridan Reiger, Shafika Abrahams-Gessel, Nigel J Crowther, Alisha Wade, F Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Joshua Salomon, Stephen Tollman, Thomas A Gaziano
BACKGROUND: Optimal secondary prevention is critical for the reduction of repeated cardiovascular events, and the control of cardiovascular risk factors in this context is essential. Data on secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in sub-Saharan Africa are needed to inform intervention strategies with a particular focus on local disparities. The aim of this study was to assess CVD management in a rural community in northeast South Africa. METHODS AND RESULTS: We recruited adults aged ≥40 years residing in the Agincourt subdistrict of Mpumalanga province...
November 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150171/similar-pro-nt-and-pro-rlx2-levels-after-preeclampsia-and-after-uncomplicated-pregnancy
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G A Gerbrand Zoet, B B Bas van Rijn, M Miriam Rehfeldt, A Arie Franx, A H E M Angela Maas
OBJECTIVE: Women are at increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) after preeclampsia. Proneurotensin 1-117 (pro-NT) and prorelaxin 2 connecting peptide (pro-RLX2) have recently emerged as potential biomarkers for CVD risk in women. We assessed pro-NT and pro-RLX2 levels in women with and without a history of preeclampsia. STUDY DESIGN: 339 women with a history of early-onset preeclampsia and 327 women with an uncomplicated pregnancy underwent cardiovascular screening 10 years after delivery (the Preeclampsia Risk EValuation in FEMales (PREVFEM) cohort)...
December 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149953/myocardial-perfusion-scans-and-mortality-in-asymptomatic-patients-awaiting-renal-transplantation
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A Jauhal, S Harenberg, J J Crawford, I Bare, B Prasad, L Zahorski, G Ollenberger, V Trivedi, V Chopra, A Shoker, A Lavoie, P Dehghani
Cardiac risk assessment for asymptomatic patients awaiting renal transplantation is controversial. Patients awaiting renal transplantation in Southern Saskatchewan from 2005 to 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients underwent cardiac risk stratification with stress myocardial perfusion scan. Baseline clinical characteristics, nuclear scan results, all-cause mortality, and cardiovascular events were analyzed. Abnormal scans were defined as studies with reversible defects, wall motion abnormalities, lung uptake, or transient ischemic dilation...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148633/clinical-assessment-of-cardiovascular-disease-associated-risk-factors-in-jimmatown-southwest-ethiopia-a-community-based-cross-%C3%A2-sectional-study
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Hailemichael Desalegn, Sintayehu Fekadu, Amare Deribew
Introduction: Cardiovascular disease has been identified as emerging epidemic in developing world and Sub-saharan Africa. The prevalence of risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease is not clearly established in our country. We conducted this study to determine the prevalence of cardiovascular disease associated risk factors in Jimma town. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in sampled adults in Jimma town. Multi-stage sampling was used by combining simple random sampling to select kebeles of Jimma town and then systematic random sampling to select the house hold ...
January 2017: Ethiopian Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148208/comparison-of-long-term-outcome-in-anthracycline-related-versus-idiopathic-dilated-cardiomyopathy-a-single-centre-experience
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Alessandra Fornaro, Iacopo Olivotto, Luigi Rigacci, Mauro Ciaccheri, Benedetta Tomberli, Cecilia Ferrantini, Raffaele Coppini, Francesca Girolami, Francesco Mazzarotto, Marco Chiostri, Massimo Milli, Niccolò Marchionni, Gabriele Castelli
AIMS: Cardiac dysfunction is a severe complication of anthracycline-containing anticancer therapy. The outcome of anthracycline-induced cardiomyopathy (AICM) compared with other non-ischaemic causes of heart failure (HF), such as idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDCM), is unresolved. The aim of this study was to compare the survival of AICM patients with an IDCM cohort followed at our centre from 1990 to 2016. METHODS AND RESULTS: We included 67 patients (67% female, 50 ± 15 years) with AICM, defined as onset of otherwise unexplained left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤50% following anthracycline therapy, and 488 IDCM patients (28% female, 55 ± 12 years)...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148144/systolic-blood-pressure-and-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-an-analysis-of-the-topcat-trial
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Senthil Selvaraj, Brian Claggett, Sanjiv J Shah, Inder Anand, Jean L Rouleau, Akshay S Desai, Eldrin F Lewis, Bertram Pitt, Nancy K Sweitzer, Marc A Pfeffer, Scott D Solomon
AIMS: Recent guidelines have advocated for stricter systolic blood pressure (SBP) control in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), though data regarding the optimal SBP in HFpEF are sparse. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analysed participants from the Americas from the Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure with an Aldosterone Antagonist (TOPCAT) study with available baseline and 8-week visit SBP data (n = 1645). We related baseline SBP to several efficacy and safety outcomes...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146657/a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-a-duodenal-jejunal-bypass-sleeve-device-endobarrier-compared-with-standard-medical-therapy-for-the-management-of-obese-subjects-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Michael Alan Glaysher, Aruchuna Mohanaruban, Christina Gabriele Prechtl, Anthony P Goldstone, Alexander Dimitri Miras, Joanne Lord, Navpreet Chhina, Emanuela Falaschetti, Nicholas Andrew Johnson, Werd Al-Najim, Claire Smith, Jia V Li, Mayank Patel, Ahmed R Ahmed, Michael Moore, Neil Poulter, Stephen Bloom, Ara Darzi, Carel Le Roux, James P Byrne, Julian P Teare
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of obesity and obesity-related diseases, including type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), is increasing. Exclusion of the foregut, as occurs in Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, has a key role in the metabolic improvements that occur following bariatric surgery, which are independent of weight loss. Endoscopically placed duodenal-jejunal bypass sleeve devices, such as the EndoBarrier (GI Dynamics, Lexington, Massachusetts, USA), have been designed to create an impermeable barrier between chyme exiting the stomach and the mucosa of the duodenum and proximal jejunum...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145263/ldl-cholesterol-goal-attainment-under-persistent-lipid-lowering-therapy-in-northeast-china-subgroup-analysis-of-the-dyslipidemia-international-study-of-china-dysis-china
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Wen Zheng, Yu-Jiao Zhang, Xiang-Ting Bu, Xin-Zhu Guo, Da-Yi Hu, Zhan-Quan Li, Jian Sun
Lipid-lowering therapy with statins reduces the risk of cardiovascular events, but the efficacy of persistent treatment in a real-world setting may vary from regions. Routine lipid-lowering therapy in the region with a high prevalence of cardiovascular disease may lead to more failures of goal attainment. We therefore performed a study to observe different lipid-lowering strategies in northeast (NE) China with respect to low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) reduction and goal attainments.A cross-sectional study (DYSIS-China) was conducted in 2012, involving 25,317 patients from 122 centers across China who were diagnosed with hyperlipidemia and treated with lipid-lowering therapy for at least 3 months...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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