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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526687/ffa2-activation-combined-with-ulcerogenic-cox-inhibition-induces-duodenal-mucosal-injury-via-the-5-ht-pathway-in-rats
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Yasutada Akiba, Koji Maruta, Kazuyuki Narimatsu, Hyder Said, Izumi Kaji, Ayaka Kuri, Ken-Ichi Iwamoto, Atsukazu Kuwahara, Jonathan D Kaunitz
Serotonin (5-HT), predominantly synthesized and released by enterochromaffin cells, is implicated in gastrointestinal symptoms such as emesis, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Since luminal short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) release 5-HT from enterochromaffin cells, which express the SCFA receptor FFA2 in rat duodenum, we examined the effects of the selective FFA2 agonist phenylacetamide-1 (PA1) on duodenal 5-HT release with consequent bicarbonate secretion (DBS) and on indomethacin (IND)-induced enteropathy. Intestinal injury was induced by IND (10 mg/kg, sc) with or without PA1...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525557/retinal-vascular-branching-in-healthy-and-diabetic-subjects
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Ting Luo, Thomas J Gast, Tyler J Vermeer, Stephen A Burns
Purpose: To measure the effect of nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) on retinal branching. To compare vascular branching in healthy and diabetic subjects with established biophysical models. Methods: Vascular bifurcations in arteries and veins were imaged in 17 NPDR and 26 healthy subjects with the Indiana adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope (AOSLO). Vessel measurements were grouped according to parent vessel diameters into large (≤50 ∼ <100 μm) and small (≤20 ∼ <50 μm) sizes...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523345/endovenous-laser-ablation-therapy-in-children-applications-and-outcomes
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Premal A Patel, Alex M Barnacle, Sam Stuart, Joao G Amaral, Philip R John
BACKGROUND: Endovenous laser ablation is well recognized as the first-line treatment for superficial venous reflux with varicose veins in adults. It is not widely reported and is not an established practice in pediatric patients. OBJECTIVE: To illustrate a variety of pediatric venous conditions in which endovenous laser ablation can be utilized and to demonstrate its feasibility and safety in children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of endovenous laser ablation procedures performed between January 2007 and July 2014 at two large pediatric institutions...
May 18, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499055/sequential-sterile-intraocular-inflammation-associated-with-consecutive-intravitreal-injections-of-aflibercept-and-ranibizumab
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Dilraj S Grewal, Tayler Schwartz, Sharon Fekrat
The authors report the unique response of two patients treated for cystoid macular edema (CME) secondary to central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) who developed sequential episodes of likely sterile inflammatory responses following separate intravitreal injections of aflibercept (Eylea; Regeneron, Tarrytown, NY) and ranibizumab (Lucentis; Genentech, South San Francisco, CA) despite multiple previous uneventful injections for CME secondary to CRVO. Following the twenty-fifth aflibercept and seventh ranibizumab injection, two patients developed an acute inflammatory response, which was treated empirically with intravitreal antibiotics and topical and oral steroids (in Case 2)...
May 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474527/crossfire-for-two-photon-photodynamic-therapy-with-fluorinated-ruthenium-ii-photosensitizers
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Kangqiang Qiu, Jinquan Wang, Cuilan Song, Lili Wang, Hongyi Zhu, Huaiyi Huang, Juanjuan Huang, Hui Wang, Liangnian Ji, Hui Chao
Synergistic photodynamic therapy (PDT) that combines photosensitizers (PSs) to attack different key sites in cancer cells is very attractive. However, the use of multiple PSs may increase dark cytotoxicity. Additionally, realizing the multiple vein passage of several PSs through dosing could be a challenge in clinical treatment. To address these issues, a novel strategy that enables a single PS to ablate two key sites (i.e., cytomembranes on the outside and mitochondria on the inside) of cancer cells synergistically was proposed...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473680/bilateral-central-retinal-vein-occlusion-in-a-pregnant-lady
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M A Loh, S Abirami, M F Chong
We report a rare case of central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) in pregnancy. There was dramatic deterioration of vision in both eyes through pregnancy despite repeated attempts of laser treatment and systemically controlled diabetes. Significant improvement was noted postpartum. Pregnancy is an aggravated factor of bilateral CRVO.
April 2017: Medical Journal of Malaysia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466194/the-role-of-laser-power-and-pullback-velocity-in-the-endovenous-laser-ablation-efficacy-an-experimental-study
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N Yu Ignatieva, O L Zakharkina, C V Masayshvili, S V Maximov, V N Bagratashvili, V V Lunin
Endovenous laser ablation is an effective and minimally invasive alternative to surgical removal of incompetent veins. However, many controversies concerning optimal laser parameters usage in this procedure still remain. The purpose of this experimental study was to assess the adequate parameters required for vein wall destruction and to evaluate the role of fiber pullback velocity on vessel wall degradation. Varicose vein segments were treated with 1470-nm diode laser 3 to 9.5 W in power. The fiber moved through the vein at a velocity of 0...
May 2, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465773/treatment-patterns-and-outcomes-in-patients-with-varicose-veins
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Rajiv Mallick, Aditya Raju, Chelsey Campbell, Rashad Carlton, David Wright, Kimberly Boswell, Michael Eaddy
BACKGROUND: Approximately 24% of adults in the United States have visible varicose veins, and an estimated 6% have evidence of advanced chronic venous disease. The majority of individuals with varicose veins seek treatment because of symptoms, such as aching, throbbing, fatigue, pruritus, ankle swelling, and tenderness, rather than cosmetic reasons. Furthermore, varicose veins are a manifestation of chronic venous insufficiency, which can progress to leg pain, leg edema, chronic skin changes, and nonhealing ulcers...
November 2016: American Health & Drug Benefits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463182/hypoperfusion-induced-by-preconditioning-treadmill-training-in-hyper-early-reperfusion-after-cerebral-ischemia-a-laser-speckle-imaging-study
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Zhijie He, Hongyang Lu, Xiaojiao Yang, Li Zhang, Yi Wu, Wenxiu Niu, Li Ding, Guili Wang, Shanbao Tong, Jie Jia
Exercise preconditioning induces neuroprotective effects during cerebral ischemia and reperfusion, which involves the recovery of cerebral blood flow (CBF). Mechanisms underly-ing the neuroprotective effects of re-established CBF following ischemia and reperfusion are unclear. The present study investi-gated CBF in hyper-early stage of reperfusion by laser speckle contrast imaging, a full-field high-resolution optical imaging technique. Rats with or without treadmill training were subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion followed by reperfusion...
April 27, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455084/recipient-umbilical-artery-elongation-redundancy-in-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
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Roopali Donepudi, Lovepreet K Mann, Christoph Wohlmuth, Anthony Johnson, Michael W Bebbington, Kenneth J Moise, David S Boudreaux, Helena Gardiner, Ramesha Papanna
BACKGROUND: Chronic hypertension in adults causes arterial lengthening in major arteries, but the effects of early fetal hypertension on the twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) recipient's vascular architecture remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesize that arterial cord redundancy is related to recipient hypertension and subsequent heart failure. Our objectives were: 1) to establish a 3D color Doppler ultrasound method of measuring umbilical arterial (UA) length relative to its corresponding venous segment in the Umbilical cord using AV-angle, 2) to compare recipient AV-angle to gestational age-matched controls, and 3) to test the association of AV-angle with recipient heart failure...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441728/imaging-of-the-finger-vein-and-blood-flow-for-anti-spoofing-authentication-using-a-laser-and-a-mems-scanner
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Jaekwon Lee, Seunghwan Moon, Juhun Lim, Min-Joo Gwak, Jae Gwan Kim, Euiheon Chung, Jong-Hyun Lee
A new authentication method employing a laser and a scanner is proposed to improve image contrast of the finger vein and to extract blood flow pattern for liveness detection. A micromirror reflects a laser beam and performs a uniform raster scan. Transmissive vein images were obtained, and compared with those of an LED. Blood flow patterns were also obtained based on speckle images in perfusion and occlusion. Curvature ratios of the finger vein and blood flow intensities were found to be nearly constant, regardless of the vein size, which validated the high repeatability of this scheme for identity authentication with anti-spoofing...
April 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440254/combined-branch-retinal-vein-and-branch-retinal-artery-occlusion-clinical-features-systemic-associations-and-outcomes
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Sabyasachi Sengupta, Utsab Pan
PURPOSE: Retinal vascular occlusions affecting both the arterial and venous systems are rare events. Combined branch retinal artery (BRAO) and vein (BRVO) occlusion are exceedingly rare and not well characterized. METHODS: Six patients with combined BRAO and BRVO underwent a comprehensive eye examination, fundus fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography, and cardiovascular evaluation. RESULTS: Mean age at presentation was 54 ± 7...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432581/comparison-of-immediate-versus-deferred-intravitreal-bevacizumab-in-macular-oedema-due-to-branch-retinal-vein-occlusion-a-pilot-study
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M A Khan, Varakutti Mallika, Dattakiran Joshi
PURPOSE: To compare visual and anatomical recovery of immediate versus deferred intravitreal Bevacizumab for the treatment of macular oedema secondary to branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO). METHODS: In a pilot study, 40 treatment naïve patients of branch retinal vein occlusion with macular oedema and vision 6/12 or less presenting within one month of onset were randomised into 2 groups (20 each) to receive either immediate intravitreal Bevacizumab or deferred (after 3 months of observation)...
April 21, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427181/metformin-inhibits-alk1-mediated-angiogenesis-via-activation-of-ampk
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Ying Ying, Takashi Ueta, Shanshan Jiang, Hui Lin, Yuanyuan Wang, Demetrios Vavvas, Rong Wen, Ye-Guang Chen, Zhijun Luo
Anti-VEGF therapy has been proven to be effective in the treatment of pathological angiogenesis. However, therapy resistance often occurs, leading to development of alternative approaches. The present study examines if AMPK negatively regulates ALK1-mediated signaling events and associated angiogenesis. Thus, we treated human umbilical vein endothelial cells with metformin as well as other pharmacological AMPK activators and showed that activation of AMPK inhibited Smad1/5 phosphorylation and tube formation induced by BMP9...
May 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422819/gnaq-tt-695-694-gc-polymorphism-is-associated-with-increased-gq-expression-vascular-reactivity-and-myocardial-injury-after-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery
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Ulrich H Frey, Stefanie Klenke, Anna Mitchell, Tim Knüfermann, Heinz Jakob, Matthias Thielmann, Winfried Siffert, Jürgen Peters
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin II receptor type 1-mediated activation of the α-subunit of the heterotrimeric Gq protein evokes increased vasoconstriction and may promote hypertrophy-induced myocardial damage. The authors recently identified a TT(-695/-694)GC polymorphism in the human Gq promoter, the GC allele being associated with an increased prevalence of cardiac hypertrophy. In this article, the authors tested whether the TT(-695/-694)GC polymorphism is associated with differences in (1) myocardial Gq protein expression, (2) vascular reactivity, and (3) myocardial damage after coronary artery bypass grafting...
April 19, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416985/successful-pacemaker-lead-extraction-involving-an-ossified-thrombus-a-case-report
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Hideo Okamura, John S Van Arnam, Marie Christine Aubry, Paul A Friedman, Yong-Mei Cha
A 41-year-old woman who had been fitted with a pacemaker 18 years prior presented for lead extraction because of device infection. First, we tried laser sheath. However, it cannot cross the binding in the innominate vein. Then we switched to the rotating mechanical sheath. Although it crunched through binding tissue, the progress halted. We removed the sheath and found pieces of calcified tissue in the sheath lumen. After removing the calcified tissue, both leads were extracted using the laser sheath, without complications...
April 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413406/a-change-in-ocular-circulation-after-photocoagulation-for-retinopathy-of-prematurity-in-a-neonate
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Tadashi Matsumoto, Takashi Itokawa, Tomoaki Shiba, Kotaro Hine, Yuichi Hori
BACKGROUND: The dilation of veins and tortuosity of arteries that occur in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) are improved by therapy, and thus posttherapy changes in ocular circulation are also conceivable. We report a case of ROP in which we were able to measure the ocular circulation before and after photocoagulation therapy, using a laser speckle flowgraphy (LSFG) system that is modified for neonates. CASE REPORT: A female infant was born at 25 weeks' gestation with a birth weight of 808 g...
January 2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411700/association-between-antithrombotic-therapy-and-risk-of-postoperative-complications-among-patients-undergoing-endovenous-laser-ablation
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Kodai Takahashi, Hideto Ito, Toshio Katsube, Masatoshi Hashimoto, Kazuhito Mita, Hideki Asakawa, Takashi Hayashi, Keiichi Fujino
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to evaluate the clinical results and postoperative complications, especially recanalization or bleeding complications, in patients with saphenous varicose veins undergoing endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) while receiving antithrombotic therapy (ATT). METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included 1136 Japanese patients undergoing EVLA with a 980-nm diode laser between January 2012 and November 2015 at our institution. The patients were divided into two groups: ATT users (ATT group) and nonusers (control group)...
May 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411699/outcomes-of-a-single-center-experience-with-classification-and-treatment-of-endothermal-heat-induced-thrombosis-after-endovenous-ablation
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Lindsey M Korepta, Jennifer J Watson, M Ashraf Mansour, Christopher M Chambers, Robert F Cuff, Jason D Slaikeu, Peter Y Wong
OBJECTIVE: Endothermal heat-induced thrombosis (EHIT) is a known complication of endothermal venous ablation procedures. EHIT can lead to deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism, which cause significant disability and, rarely, death. Other studies have evaluated risk factors for EHIT. There is an accepted grading system for EHIT, but there is no consensus on treatment type, duration, or follow-up. We retrospectively evaluated all cases of EHIT after radiofrequency ablation or endovenous laser ablation at our institution during a 7-year period, focusing on classification, treatment, and outcomes of EHIT...
May 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411696/first-10-month-results-of-the-vascular-quality-initiative-varicose-vein-registry
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Andrea T Obi, Danielle C Sutzko, Jose I Almeida, Lowell Kabnick, Jack L Cronenwett, Nicholas H Osborne, Brajesh K Lal, Thomas W Wakefield
OBJECTIVE: The Vascular Quality Initiative Varicose Vein Registry (VQI VVR) represents a new Patient Safety Organization database launched in January 2015 as a collaborative effort between the American Venous Forum and the Society for Vascular Surgery. This study was undertaken to identify real-world trends among treatment choices and outcomes of varicose vein patients. METHODS: Registry data prospectively captured anatomic, procedural, and outcome data for patients with C2 or more severe disease undergoing intervention for venous varicosities from January to November 2015...
May 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
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