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Liselotte C R Hensen, Kathleen Goossens, Tomaz Podlesnikar, Joris I Rotmans, J Wouter Jukema, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) have high risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD) and may benefit from implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). However, the risk for ICD-related complications is also high in this population. Therefore, there is an unmet need for accurate risk stratification tools to identify patients with CKD at risk for ventricular arrhythmias (VAs), who may benefit from ICD implantation. The aim of this hypothesis-generating study was to investigate the association between left ventricular (LV) mechanical dispersion and LV global longitudinal strain (GLS) measured using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography and VA and SCD in patients with CKD...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Yannick D Muller, John-David Aubert, Julien Vionnet, Samuel Rotman, Salima Sadallah, Vincent Aubert, Manuel Pascual
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 8, 2018: Transplantation
Ely L Steinberg, Yaniv Warschawski, Jacob Elis, Dani Rotman, Gil Rachevsky, Shai Factor, Moshe Salai, Tomer Ben-Tov
AIM: Older patients with proximal femoral fractures often undergo preoperative tests due to coexisting morbidities. Our aim was to evaluate these tests and their impact on patient outcome and medical expenses. METHODS: This retrospective study includes data on head computed tomography, carotid ultrasound, echocardiography and pulmonary functional tests calculated according to the type of surgery (osteosynthesis or hip arthroplasty) carried out on 2798 patients. Time-to-surgery, test repeated postoperatively, American Society of Anesthesiology Physical Status score, additional procedures, hospitalization time, 30-day mortality and associated medical expenses were evaluated...
March 7, 2018: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
Rizwan A Tahir, Lauren E Rotman, Matthew C Davis, Esther B Dupépé, Maximillian K Kole, Mahnaz Rehman, Celeste T Williams, Salpy V Pamboukian, Michael Bazydlo, Beverly C Walters
BACKGROUND: There is a dearth of literature regarding the management and outcomes of patients who develop intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) for advanced heart failure. Therefore, we conducted a multi-centered case series highlighting patient outcomes and prognostic factors to help clinicians better understand and care for these high-risk patients. METHODS: A case series from 2 large-volume institutions (defined as large by the Nationwide Inpatient Sample [NIS] hospital size, i...
March 3, 2018: World Neurosurgery
E d'Ersu, C Ribi, P Monney, G Vincenti, J Schwitter, S Rotman, R Hullin, J Regamey
This report summarises three cases of Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS) illustrating the diagnostic challenges associated with the cardiac manifestation of this disease. Here, we illustrate the role of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) for diagnosis and follow-up of CSS with a focus on new non-contrast T2 -weighted imaging sequences for quantification of myocardial scar tissue and quantitative T2 mapping techniques, which allow the detection of myocardial edema.
February 3, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Iris Hecht, Amir Toporik, Joseph R Podojil, Ilan Vaknin, Gady Cojocaru, Anat Oren, Elizabeta Aizman, Spencer C Liang, Ling Leung, Yosef Dicken, Amit Novik, Nadav Marbach-Bar, Aziza Elmesmari, Clare Tange, Ashley Gilmour, Donna McIntyre, Mariola Kurowska-Stolarska, Kay McNamee, Judith Leitner, Shirley Greenwald, Liat Dassa, Zurit Levine, Peter Steinberger, Richard O Williams, Stephen D Miller, Iain B McInnes, Eyal Neria, Galit Rotman
The B7-like protein family members play critical immunomodulatory roles and constitute attractive targets for the development of novel therapies for human diseases. We identified Ig-like domain-containing receptor (ILDR)2 as a novel B7-like protein with robust T cell inhibitory activity, expressed in immune cells and in immune-privileged and inflamed tissues. A fusion protein, consisting of ILDR2 extracellular domain with an Fc fragment, that binds to a putative counterpart on activated T cells showed a beneficial effect in the collagen-induced arthritis model and abrogated the production of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines in autologous synovial-like cocultures of macrophages and cytokine-stimulated T cells...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Joseph R Podojil, Iris Hecht, Ming-Yi Chiang, Ilan Vaknin, Inbal Barbiro, Amit Novik, Eyal Neria, Galit Rotman, Stephen D Miller
ILDR2 is a member of the Ig superfamily, which is implicated in tricellular tight junctions, and has a putative role in pancreatic islet health and survival. We recently found a novel role for ILDR2 in delivering inhibitory signals to T cells. In this article, we show that short-term treatment with ILDR2-Fc results in long-term durable beneficial effects in the relapsing-remitting experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis and NOD type 1 diabetes models. ILDR2-Fc also promotes transplant engraftment in a minor mismatch bone marrow transplantation model...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Liana Tripto-Shkolnik, Vanessa Rouach, Yonit Marcus, Pnina Rotman-Pikielny, Carlos Benbassat, Iris Vered
Denosumab (DMAB) efficacy for treatment of osteoporosis was demonstrated in a pivotal trial with a reduction in vertebral and hip fractures during 3 years, and fracture risk reduction was sustained up to 10 years in an extension study. DMAB causes potent yet reversible inhibition of bone resorption. Bone density declines rapidly upon discontinuation and bone turnover markers increase above baseline in a rebound fashion. Spontaneous multiple vertebral fractures after DMAB discontinuation were recently reported...
February 2, 2018: Calcified Tissue International
Lauren E Rotman, Bonita S Agee, Gustavo Chagoya, Matthew C Davis, James M Markert
OBJECTIVE: Procalcitonin, a blood stream inflammatory biomarker, has shown to be useful in the diagnosis of sepsis in critically ill patients treated in medical and surgical intensive care units. This study aims to further our understanding of procalcitonin levels in Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients. METHODS: Neurosurgical patients who underwent procalcitonin assay in the NICU over a two-year period were included. Procalcitonin equal to or above 0...
January 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Mario Rossi, Lu Zhu, Sara M McMillin, Sai Prasad Pydi, Shanu Jain, Lei Wang, Yinghong Cui, Regina J Lee, Amanda H Cohen, Hideaki Kaneto, Morris J Birnbaum, Yanling Ma, Yaron Rotman, Jie Liu, Travis J Cyphert, Toren Finkel, Owen P McGuinness, Jürgen Wess
An increase in hepatic glucose production (HGP) is a key feature of type 2 diabetes. Excessive signaling through hepatic Gs-linked glucagon receptors critically contributes to pathologically elevated HGP. Here, we tested the hypothesis that this metabolic impairment can be counteracted by enhancing hepatic Gi signaling. Specifically, we used a chemogenetic approach to selectively activate Gi-type G proteins in mouse hepatocytes in vivo. Unexpectedly, activation of hepatic Gi signaling triggered a pronounced increase in HGP and severely impaired glucose homeostasis...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Nir Tsabar, Yan Press, Johanna Rotman, Bracha Klein, Yonatan Grossman, Maya Vainshtein-Tal, Sophia Eilat-Tsanani
BACKGROUND: Too-low body mass index (BMI), HbA1c% or cholesterol levels predicts poor survival. This study investigates whether e-mails about these low values, improve health of people older than 75 years. METHODS: LIMIT - an open label randomized trial - compares usual care to the addition of an e-mail which alerts the family physicians and nurses to low metabolic indexes of a specific patient and advises on nutritional and medical changes. PARTICIPANTS: Clalit Health Services (CHS) patients in the Northern and Southern Districts, aged ≥75 years with any of the following inclusion criteria: a...
January 5, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Yaara Aharon-Rotman, John McEvoy, Zheng Zhaoju, Hui Yu, Xin Wang, Yali Si, Zhenggang Xu, Zeng Yuan, Wooseog Jeong, Lei Cao, Anthony D Fox
Extensive ephemeral wetlands at Poyang Lake, created by dramatic seasonal changes in water level, constitute the main wintering site for migratory Anatidae in China. Reductions in wetland area during the last 15 years have led to proposals to build a Poyang Dam to retain high winter water levels within the lake. Changing the natural hydrological system will affect waterbirds dependent on water level changes for food availability and accessibility. We tracked two goose species with different feeding behaviors (greater white-fronted geese Anser albifrons [grazing species] and swan geese Anser cygnoides [tuber-feeding species]) during two winters with contrasting water levels (continuous recession in 2015; sustained high water in 2016, similar to those predicted post-Poyang Dam), investigating the effects of water level change on their habitat selection based on vegetation and elevation...
December 2017: Ecology and Evolution
R Charles Nichols, Chen Hu, Jean-Paul Bahary, Kenneth L Zeitzer, Luis Souhami, Mark H Leibenhaut, Marvin Rotman, Elizabeth M Gore, Alexander G Balogh, David McGowan, Jeff Michalski, Adam Raben, Shari Rudoler, Christopher U Jones, Howard Sandler
Objectives: We reviewed testosterone changes for patients who were treated with radiation therapy (RT) alone on NRG oncology RTOG 9408. Methods and materials: Patients (T1b-T2b, prostate-specific antigen <20 ng/mL) were randomized between RT alone and RT plus 4 months of androgen ablation. Serum testosterone (ST) levels were investigated at enrollment, RT completion, and the first follow-up 3 months after RT. The Wilcoxon signed rank test was used to compare pre- and post-treatment ST levels in patients who were randomized to the RT-alone arm...
October 2017: Advances in Radiation Oncology
Bram M Voorzaat, Koen E A van der Bogt, Cynthia J Janmaat, Jan van Schaik, Friedo W Dekker, Joris I Rotmans
OBJECTIVES: Radiocephalic arteriovenous fistulas (RCAVF) are the preferred vascular access (VA) for hemodialysis (HD). Cohort studies from North America revealed that nonmaturation is a significant disadvantage of RCAVFs compared to other VAs. DESIGN: This present retrospective study describes the incidence of nonmaturation of AVFs and functional failure of arteriovenous grafts (AVG) in a multicentre cohort in the Netherlands and attempts to create a prediction model for nonmaturation of RCAVFs...
November 29, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
Liselotte C R Hensen, Kathleen Goossens, Victoria Delgado, Rachid Abou, Joris I Rotmans, J Wouter Jukema, Jeroen J Bax
AIMS: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have an excess of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, with heart failure (HF) being particularly frequent. Reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) defines left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction and is associated with poor prognosis. However, CKD patients may have HF symptoms with preserved LVEF. In this subgroup of patients, two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography can detect LV systolic dysfunction by analysing LV myocardial deformation...
November 21, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
Esther D Wilschut, Joris I Rotmans, Ernst Jan Bos, Daniëlle van Zoest, Daniël Eefting, Jaap F Hamming, Koen E A van der Bogt
BACKGROUND: Failure of maturation occurs in 30%-60% of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) creation for hemodialysis, with highest rates in distal radiocephalic fistulas. This is partly due to initial small blood vessel size with limited blood flow capacity. Forearm exercise has shown potential as stimulus for increasing blood vessel size in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and may promote maturation of AVFs in the upper limb when applied postoperatively. However, it is unknown if forearm exercise increases blood vessel size pre-operatively, which may contribute to more distal AVF creation and raise success rates of AVF surgery...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
Robert D Guber, Varun Takyar, Angela Kokkinis, Derrick A Fox, Hawwa Alao, Ilona Kats, Dara Bakar, Alan T Remaley, Stephen M Hewitt, David E Kleiner, Chia-Ying Liu, Colleen Hadigan, Kenneth H Fischbeck, Yaron Rotman, Christopher Grunseich
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence and features of fatty liver disease in spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA). METHODS: Two groups of participants with SBMA were evaluated. In the first group, 22 participants with SBMA underwent laboratory analysis and liver imaging. In the second group, 14 participants with SBMA were compared to 13 female carriers and 23 controls. Liver biopsies were done in 4 participants with SBMA. RESULTS: Evidence of fatty liver disease was detected by magnetic resonance spectroscopy in all participants with SBMA in the first group, with an average dome intrahepatic triacylglycerol of 27% (range 6%-66%, ref ≤5...
November 15, 2017: Neurology
S G Rotman, D W Grijpma, R G Richards, T F Moriarty, D Eglin, O Guillaume
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 10, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Jonathan Sobel, Luc Henry, Nicolas Rotman, Gianpaolo Rando
Next generation sequencing has radically changed research in the life sciences, in both academic and corporate laboratories. The potential impact is tremendous, yet a majority of citizens have little or no understanding of the technological and ethical aspects of this widespread adoption. We designed BeerDeCoded as a pretext to discuss the societal issues related to genomic and metagenomic data with fellow citizens, while advancing scientific knowledge of the most popular beverage of all. In the spirit of citizen science, sample collection and DNA extraction were carried out with the participation of non-scientists in the community laboratory of Hackuarium, a not-for-profit organisation that supports unconventional research and promotes the public understanding of science...
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