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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820374/use-of-blood-donor-screening-to-monitor-prevalence-of-hiv-and-hepatitis-b-and-c-viruses-south-africa
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Marion Vermeulen, Ronel Swanevelder, Dhuly Chowdhury, Charlotte Ingram, Ravi Reddy, Evan M Bloch, Brian S Custer, Edward L Murphy
Among 397,640 first-time blood donors screened in South Africa during 2012-2015, HIV prevalence was 1.13%, hepatitis B virus prevalence 0.66%, and hepatitis C virus prevalence 0.03%. Findings of note were a high HIV prevalence in Mpumalanga Province and the near absence of hepatitis C virus nationwide.
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811736/mentored-training-to-increase-diversity-among-faculty-in-the-biomedical-sciences-the-nhlbi-summer-institute-programs-to-increase-diversity-sipid-and-the-programs-to-increase-diversity-among-individuals-engaged-in-health-related-research-pride
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Treva K Rice, Donna B Jeffe, Josephine E A Boyington, Jared B Jobe, Victor G Dávila-Román, Juan E Gonzalez, Lisa de Las Fuentes, Levi H C Makala, Rita Sarkar, Gbenga G Ogedegbe, Anne L Taylor, Susan Czajkowski, Dabeeru C Rao, Betty S Pace, Girardin Jean-Louis, Mohamed Boutjdir
OBJECTIVE: To report baseline characteristics of junior-level faculty participants in the Summer Institute Programs to Increase Diversity (SIPID) and the Programs to Increase Diversity among individuals engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE), which aim to facilitate participants' career development as independent investigators in heart, lung, blood, and sleep research. DESIGN AND SETTING: Junior faculty from groups underrepresented in the biomedical-research workforce attended two, 2-3 week, annual summer research-education programs at one of six sites...
2017: Ethnicity & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797732/more-than-a-decade-follow-up-in-severe-or-difficult-to-treat-asthma-tenor-ii
#3
Bradley E Chipps, Tmirah Haselkorn, Brandee Paknis, Benjamin Ortiz, Eugene R Bleecker, Farid Kianifard, Aimee J Foreman, Stanley J Szefler, Robert S Zeiger
BACKGROUND: The Epidemiology and Natural History of Asthma: Outcomes and Treatment Regimens (TENOR I) study demonstrated high morbidity in patients with severe/difficult-to-treat asthma, despite standard-of-care treatment. OBJECTIVE: To determine the long-term natural history of disease and outcomes in patients in TENOR I, after more than a decade. METHODS: TENOR I was a multicenter, observational study (2001-2004) of 4756 patients with severe/difficult-to-treat asthma...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789576/association-between-tea-and-coffee-consumption-and-prevalence-of-metabolic-syndrome-in-poland-results-from-the-wobasz-ii-study-2013-2014
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Agnieszka Micek, Giuseppe Grosso, Maciej Polak, Krystyna Kozakiewicz, Andrzej Tykarski, Aleksandra Puch Walczak, Wojciech Drygas, Magdalena Kwaśniewska, Andrzej Pająk
The study aimed to assess a relationship between tea and coffee consumption and metabolic syndrome (MetS). Cross-sectional study of a random sample of total Polish population was done (The WOBASZ II Study), and the present analysis included 5146 participants at age 20 years and above. Tea and coffee consumption was assessed by 24-h recall method. MetS was defined according to IDF/NHLBI/AHA criteria. After adjustment for covariates, coffee consumption was related to blood pressure and HDL cholesterol, and moderate drinkers had 17% lower odds of MetS compared with non-drinkers (OR = 0...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736756/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
#5
Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, J Timothy Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts on June 2-3, 2016 in Bethesda Maryland to develop recommendations for the NHLBI aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MSC devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
June 2017: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708421/relationship-between-race-and-the-effect-of-fluids-on-long-term-mortality-after-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-secondary-analysis-of-the-nhlbi-fluid-and-catheter-treatment-trial
#6
Sarah E Jolley, Catherine L Hough, Gilles Clermont, Douglas Hayden, Suqin Hou, David Schoenfeld, Nicholas L Smith, Boyd Taylor Thompson, Gordon R Bernard, Derek C Angus
RATIONALE: Short-term follow up in the Fluid and Catheter Treatment Trial (FACTT) suggested differential mortality by race with conservative fluid management, but no significant interaction. OBJECTIVE: In a post-hoc analysis of FACTT including one-year follow up, we sought to estimate long-term mortality by race and test for an interaction between fluids and race. METHODS: Post-hoc analysis of FACTT and the Economic Analysis of Pulmonary Artery Catheters (EAPAC) study (included 655 of the 1000 FACTT patients with near complete one-year follow up)...
July 14, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689765/unanswered-questions-in-contemporary-heart-failure
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Lauren G Gilstrap, David Snipelisky, Omar AbouEzzeddine, Justin Vader, Lauren Cooper, Jacob Kelley, Antonio Perez, Kenneth Varian, Anuradha Lala, Monica Shah, Lynne W Stevenson
Background The epidemiology of heart failure (HF) is changing. This study aims to describe questions that arise during the routine care of heart failure (HF) patients that are unanswered by the current literature and describe how the type and focus of these questions has changed over time. Methods Investigators from the NHLBI-sponsored Heart Failure Apprentice Network collected and categorized questions from 5 academic hospitals over 12 months. A total of 174 unanswered questions were collected and analyzed...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687711/the-optimal-timing-of-stage-2-palliation-for-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-an-analysis-of-the-pediatric-heart-network-single-ventricle-reconstruction-trial-public-dataset
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James M Meza, Edward J Hickey, Eugene H Blackstone, Robert D B Jaquiss, Brett R Anderson, William G Williams, Sally Cai, Glen S Van Arsdell, Tara Karamlou, Brian W McCrindle
Background -In infants requiring three-stage single ventricle palliation for hypoplastic left heart syndrome, attrition after the Norwood procedure remains significant. The effect of the timing of stage-2-palliation (S2P), a physician-modifiable factor, on long term survival is not well understood. We hypothesized that an optimal interval between the Norwood and S2P that both minimizes pre-S2P attrition and maximizes post-S2P survival exists and is associated with individual patient characteristics. Methods -The NIH/NHLBI Pediatric Heart Network Single Ventricle Reconstruction Trial public dataset was used...
July 7, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636425/american-thoracic-society-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute-asthma-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-overlap-workshop-report
#9
Prescott G Woodruff, Maarten van den Berge, Richard C Boucher, Christopher Brightling, Esteban G Burchard, Stephanie A Christenson, MeiLan K Han, Michael J Holtzman, Monica Kraft, David A Lynch, Fernando D Martinez, Helen K Reddel, Don D Sin, George R Washko, Sally E Wenzel, Antonello Punturieri, Michelle M Freemer, Robert A Wise
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are highly prevalent chronic obstructive lung diseases with an associated high burden of disease. Asthma, which is often allergic in origin, frequently begins in infancy or childhood with variable airflow obstruction and intermittent wheezing, cough, and dyspnea. Patients with COPD, in contrast, are usually current or former smokers who present after the age of 40 years with symptoms (often persistent) including dyspnea and a productive cough. On the basis of age and smoking history, it is often easy to distinguish between asthma and COPD...
August 1, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634218/high-quality-statin-trials-support-the-2013-acc-aha-cholesterol-guidelines-after-hope-3-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Martin B Mortensen, Matthew J Budoff, Dong Li, Khurram Nasir, Michael J Blaha, Veit Sandfort, Carlos J Rodriguez, Pamela Ouyang, Erling Falk
The 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guideline on cholesterol treatment to prevent atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) has been criticized for lowering the risk thresholds for primary prevention with statin therapy. Although the ≥ 7.5% (class I) and ≥ 5% (class IIa) 10-year ASCVD risk thresholds were identified as new indications for treatment by extrapolating results obtained in randomized controlled trials (RCT) of statin therapy, results from population-based European cohorts indicate that >30% of individuals eligible for statin therapy by class I recommendations do not have RCT data supporting statin efficacy...
June 20, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633205/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
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EDITORIAL
Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, Timothy J Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts from June 2 to 3, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland, to develop NHLBI recommendations aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MCS devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622345/the-infection-staging-and-profile-of-genotypic-distribution-and-drug-resistance-mutation-among-the-human-immunodeficiency-virus-1-infected-blood-donors-from-five-chinese-blood-centers-2012-2014
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Peibin Zeng, Yu Liu, Miao He, Jingxing Wang, Sheila Keating, Wei Mao, Mei Huang, Hongli Ma, Weilan He, Xinhong Bi, Dan Liao, Michael Busch, Paul Ness, Jing Liu, Hua Shan
The increasing complexity and diversity of the human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infections challenge the disease control and anti-retrovirus treatment in China. The infection stages and molecular characteristics of HIV-1 from infected Chinese blood donors were examined to shed light on the HIV genotype distribution and the status of drug resistance mutations (DRMs) in the changing HIV epidemic in China. Western blot (WB) confirmed HIV-1 positive plasma samples were collected from blood donors at five Chinese blood centers from April 16, 2012, through June 30, 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614402/providing-researchers-with-online-access-to-nhlbi-biospecimen-collections-the-results-of-the-first-six-years-of-the-nhlbi-biolincc-program
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Carol A Giffen, Elizabeth L Wagner, John T Adams, Denise M Hitchcock, Lisbeth A Welniak, Sean P Brennan, Leslie E Carroll
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), within the United States' National Institutes of Health (NIH), established the Biologic Specimen and Data Repository Information Coordinating Center (BioLINCC) in 2008 to develop the infrastructure needed to link the contents of the NHLBI Biorepository and the NHLBI Data Repository, and to promote the utilization of these scientific resources by the broader research community. Program utilization metrics were developed to measure the impact of BioLINCC on Biorepository access by researchers, including visibility, program efficiency, user characteristics, scientific impact, and research types...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593401/external-validation-of-a-biomarker-and-clinical-prediction-model-for-hospital-mortality-in-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
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Zhiguo Zhao, Nancy Wickersham, Kirsten N Kangelaris, Addison K May, Gordon R Bernard, Michael A Matthay, Carolyn S Calfee, Tatsuki Koyama, Lorraine B Ware
PURPOSE: Mortality prediction in ARDS is important for prognostication and risk stratification. However, no prediction models have been independently validated. A combination of two biomarkers with age and APACHE III was superior in predicting mortality in the NHLBI ARDSNet ALVEOLI trial. We validated this prediction tool in two clinical trials and an observational cohort. METHODS: The validation cohorts included 849 patients from the NHLBI ARDSNet Fluid and Catheter Treatment Trial (FACTT), 144 patients from a clinical trial of sivelestat for ARDS (STRIVE), and 545 ARDS patients from the VALID observational cohort study...
August 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591755/a-novel-homozygous-missense-fshr-variant-associated-with-hypergonadotropic-hypogonadism-in-two-siblings-from-a-brazilian-family
#15
Monica M França, Antonio M Lerario, Mariana F A Funari, Mirian Y Nishi, Amanda M Narcizo, Maricilda P de Mello, Gil Guerra-Junior, Andrea T Maciel-Guerra, Berenice B Mendonça
Hypergonadotropic hypogonadism (HH) is defined by increased gonadotropin levels in men and women. Primary ovarian failure (POF) is a form of female infertility characterized by amenorrhea, hypoestrogenism, and elevated gonadotropin levels in women under the age of 40 years. Although several genes have been associated with POF, its causative genes remain to be identified. Here, we used whole-exome sequencing (WES) to study a consanguineous family with a 46,XX girl and a 46,XY man affected by HH. All exons of both siblings and their parents were captured and massively sequenced by WES, and the candidate variant was confirmed by Sanger sequencing...
2017: Sexual Development: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Endocrinology, Embryology, and Pathology of Sex Determination and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580435/the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute-small-business-program-a-comprehensive-ecosystem-for-biomedical-product-development
#16
Kurt W Marek
Small companies working to develop products in the cardiovascular space face numerous challenges, from regulatory, intellectual property, and reimbursement barriers to securing funds to keep the lights on and reach the next development milestone. Most small companies that spin out from universities have the scientific knowledge, but product development expertise and business acumen are also needed to be successful. Other challenges include reduced interest in early stage technologies (Pharma & Biotech 2015 in Review, EP Vantage) and limited deal flow for cardiovascular products (Gormley B...
December 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578331/whole-genome-sequence-identified-a-rare-homozygous-pathogenic-mutation-of-the-dsg2-gene-in-a-familial-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy-involving-both-ventricles
#17
Yubi Lin, Qianhuan Zhang, Zhi An Zhong, Zhe Xu, Siqi He, Fang Rao, Yang Liu, Jiaojiao Tang, Feng Wang, Hui Liu, Jiajun Xie, Hongmei Wu, Shuxia Wang, Xin Li, Zhixin Shan, Chunyu Deng, Zili Liao, Hai Deng, Hongtao Liao, Yumei Xue, Wanqun Chen, Xianzhang Zhan, Bin Zhang, Shulin Wu
BACKGROUND: This study was designed to identify the pathogenic mutation in a Chinese family with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D) using whole genome sequencing (WGS). METHODS AND RESULTS: Probands II:1 and II:2 underwent routine examinations for diagnosis. Genomic DNA was extracted from the peripheral blood of family members and analyzed using WGS. A total of 60,285 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) and 13,918 insertions/deletions (InDel) occurring in the exonic regions of genes and predisposing to cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias were identified...
2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567354/aortic-flow-conditions-predict-ejection-efficiency-in-the-nhlbi-sponsored-women-s-ischemia-syndrome-evaluation-wise
#18
Mark Doyle, Gerald M Pohost, C Noel Bairey Merz, Victor Farah, Leslee J Shaw, George Sopko, William J Rogers, Barry L Sharaf, Carl J Pepine, Diane V Thompson, Geetha Rayarao, Lindsey Tauxe, Sheryl F Kelsey, Robert W W Biederman
BACKGROUND: The Windkessel model of the cardiovascular system, both in its original wind-chamber and flow-pipe form, and in its electrical circuit analog has been used for over a century to modeled left ventricular ejection conditions. Using parameters obtained from aortic flow we formed a Flow Index that is proportional to the impedance of such a "circuit". We show that the impedance varies with ejection fraction (EF) in a manner characteristic of a resonant circuit with multiple resonance points, with each resonance point centrally located in a small range of EF values, i...
June 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542263/inflammatory-biomarkers-as-predictors-of-heart-failure-in-women-without-obstructive-coronary-artery-disease-a-report-from-the-nhlbi-sponsored-women-s-ischemia-syndrome-evaluation-wise
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Ahmed AlBadri, Kha Lai, Janet Wei, Sofy Landes, Puja K Mehta, Quanlin Li, Delia Johnson, Steven E Reis, Sheryl F Kelsey, Vera Bittner, George Sopko, Leslee J Shaw, Carl J Pepine, C Noel Bairey Merz
BACKGROUND: Women with signs and symptoms of ischemia, no obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (EF) often have diastolic dysfunction and experience elevated rates of major adverse cardiac events (MACE), including heart failure (HF) hospitalization with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). We evaluated the predictive value of inflammatory biomarkers for long-term HF hospitalization and all-cause mortality in these women. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional analysis to investigate the relationships between inflammatory biomarkers [serum interleukin-6 (IL-6), C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and serum amyloid A (SAA)] and median of 6 years follow-up for all-cause mortality and HF hospitalization among women with signs and symptoms of ischemia, non-obstructive CAD and preserved EF...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538842/-diagnostic-concordance-between-seven-definitions-of-metabolic-syndrome-in-overweight-and-obese-adults
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Eduardo Cabrera-Rode, Beatriz Stusser, Wenny Cálix, Neraldo Orlandi, Janet Rodríguez, Ileana Cubas-Dueñas, Ragmila Echevarría, Aimee Álvarez
Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine the level of diagnostic concordance between seven definitions of metabolic syndrome (MS) in a group of overweight and obese adults. Materials and Methods: 350 subjects aged from 19 to 70 years were recruited for study from a clinic for overweight and obese subjects. The definitions of MS used were those given by the WHO (World Health Organization), EGIR (European Group for the Study of Insulin Resistance), NCEP- ATPIII (Adult Treatment Panel), AHA/NHLBI (American Heart Association), IDF (International Diabetes Federation), and JIS (Joint Interim Statement) as well as the Szabo criteria...
January 2017: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
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