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Hypertension AND Neuropathy

Alexandre Karras
Cryoglobulins are immunoglobulins that undergo reversible precipitation at low temperatures. They can induce systemic vasculitis, characterized by purpuric cutaneous lesions, arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, hypocomplementemia and glomerular disease. Renal pathology reveals membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, with particularly intense mesangial cell proliferation and infiltration by macrophages, associated with intracapillary thrombi. This renal disease presents as a nephritic syndrome, with heavy proteinuria, haematuria severe hypertension and rapidly progressive kidney failure that can lead to end-stage renal disease...
March 12, 2018: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
Urmimala Raychaudhuri, J Cameron Millar, Abbot F Clark
Glaucoma is a vision threatening optic neuropathy that affects millions of people worldwide. In primary open angle, increased intraocular pressure (IOP) is the main risk factor for the development of this disease. Studies investigating the causes and mechanisms of increased IOP show fibrotic changes in the trabecular meshwork (TM) that are different from those of age-matched controls. Tissue transglutaminase (TGM2), an extracellular matrix (ECM) crosslinking enzyme, covalently crosslinks ECM proteins and causes excessive ECM protein deposition in the TM that could cause increased IOP...
March 10, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Karel Kostev, Alexander Lucas, Louis Jacob
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study was to analyze the frequency of blood pressure (BP) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) testing in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients followed in general and diabetological practices in Germany. METHODS: The study included individuals who had at least two concultations due to T2DM diagnosis (ICD-10: E11) between January and December 2016. Patients were followed in 557 general and diabetological practices. The primary outcome was the frequency of BP and eGFR testing in T2DM patients in 2016...
March 12, 2018: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
C Randall Harrell, Bojana Simovic Markovic, Crissy Fellabaum, Aleksandar Arsenijevic, Valentin Djonov, Vladislav Volarevic
BACKGROUND: Pericytes are multipotent cells present in every vascularized tissue in the body. Despite the fact that they are well-known for more than a century, pericytes are still representing cells with intriguing properties. This is mainly because of their heterogeneity in terms of definition, tissue distribution, origin, phenotype and multi-functional properties. The body of knowledge illustrates importance of pericytes in the regulation of homeostatic and healing processes in the body...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Science
Daisuke Matsutani, Masaya Sakamoto, Hiroyuki Iuchi, Souichirou Minato, Hirofumi Suzuki, Yosuke Kayama, Norihiko Takeda, Ryuzo Horiuchi, Kazunori Utsunomiya
BACKGROUND: It is presently unclear whether glycemic variability (GV) is associated with baroreflex sensitivity (BRS), which is an early indicator of cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy. The present study is the first to examine the relationships between BRS and GV measured using continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). METHODS: This was a multicenter, prospective, open-label clinical trial. A total of 102 patients with type 2 diabetes were consecutively recruited for this study...
March 7, 2018: Cardiovascular Diabetology
Atsushi Sato, Hiroshi Shibuya
The with no lysine (WNK) protein kinase family is conserved among many species. Some mutations in human WNK gene are associated with pseudohypoaldosteronism type II, a form of hypertension, and hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type 2A. In kidney, WNK regulates the activity of STE20/SPS1-related, proline alanine-rich kinase and/or oxidative-stress responsive 1, which in turn regulate ion co-transporters. The misregulation of this pathway is involved in the pathogenesis of pseudohypoaldosteronism type II...
2018: PloS One
Yukiko Hara, Kenichi Sakurai, Keita Adachi, Asako Fujiwara, Yoko Ono, Eiko Waga, Tomohiro Hirano, Katsuhisa Enomoto
We report a case of primary advanced breast cancer that was locally controlled by treatment with bevacizumab. A 69-yearold woman presented at our hospital complaining of left breast hemorrhage. Her left breast had a large mass with an ulcer, and there was bleeding. Breast ultrasonography showed a large tumor that involved the whole left breast, and some swollen axillary lymph nodes. Breast MRI showed a mass of 77mm and skin invasion around the medial area of the left breast. Histopathological examination indicated invasive ductal carcinoma, ER(+), PgR(+), HER2(-), Ki-67 20%...
February 2018: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Alexander Cohen, Jay Mandrekar, Erik K St Louis, Michael H Silber, Suresh Kotagal
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To assess comorbidities in a community-based cohort of narcolepsy. METHODS: A 2000-2014 community-based narcolepsy cohort was identified in Olmsted County, Minnesota. Records were reviewed by a certified sleep specialist for accuracy of diagnosis, and comorbidities were extracted and analyzed. Comorbidities in narcolepsy subjects, both at diagnosis and upon follow-up, were compared with those in unaffected and age- and sex-matched cohort using conditional logistic regression...
March 2018: Sleep Medicine
Jamal N Shillingford, Joseph L Laratta, Nana O Sarpong, Hasani Swindell, Meghan Cerpa, Ronald A Lehman, Lawrence G Lenke, Charla Fischer
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) morbidity and mortality (M&M) database. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate visual related complications in spinal deformity patients undergoing spine surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The SRS compiles surgeon-reported complications into an M&M database, tracking postoperative complications including visual loss, neurological deficits, infections, and death...
February 16, 2018: Spine
Azra Zafar, Majed Alabdali, Rizwana Shahid, Danah Aljaafari, Fahd A Al-Khamis, Aishah I Albakr, Saima Nazish, Abdulla A Al-Sulaiman, Alon Abraham
OBJECTIVE: To assess the burden and describe the pattern of neurological disorders requiring admissions in a teaching hospital of Al Khobar. METHODS: This is a retrospective, cross sectional study, carried out in the Neurology Department of King Fahd Hospital of the University from January 2009 to December 2016. Neurological disorders were grouped as ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, transient ischemic attack, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, seizure disorders, central nervous system infection, multiple sclerosis, neuropathies, myopathies, headache, dementia and miscellaneous group...
January 2018: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
Guanghong Jia, Michael A Hill, James R Sowers
Heart failure and related morbidity and mortality are increasing at an alarming rate, in large part, because of increases in aging, obesity, and diabetes mellitus. The clinical outcomes associated with heart failure are considerably worse for patients with diabetes mellitus than for those without diabetes mellitus. In people with diabetes mellitus, the presence of myocardial dysfunction in the absence of overt clinical coronary artery disease, valvular disease, and other conventional cardiovascular risk factors, such as hypertension and dyslipidemia, has led to the descriptive terminology, diabetic cardiomyopathy...
February 16, 2018: Circulation Research
Teresa Mammone, Glyn Chidlow, Robert J Casson, John P M Wood
BACKGROUND: Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness manifesting as an age-related, progressive optic neuropathy with associated retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss. Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs: p42/44 MAPK, SAPK/JNK, p38 MAPK) are activated in various retinal disease models and likely contribute to the mechanisms of RGC death. Although MAPKs play roles in the development of retinal pathology, their action in the optic nerve head (ONH), where the initial insult to RGC axons likely resides in glaucoma, remains unexplored...
February 2, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Victoria A Serhiyenko, Alexandr A Serhiyenko
Cardiac autonomic neuropathy (CAN) is a serious complication of diabetes mellitus (DM) that is strongly associated with approximately five-fold increased risk of cardiovascular mortality. CAN manifests in a spectrum of things, ranging from resting tachycardia and fixed heart rate (HR) to development of "silent" myocardial infarction. Clinical correlates or risk markers for CAN are age, DM duration, glycemic control, hypertension, and dyslipidemia (DLP), development of other microvascular complications...
January 15, 2018: World Journal of Diabetes
Daisuke Yamazaki, Hirofumi Hitomi, Akira Nishiyama
Chronic diabetic complications are classified as microvascular or macrovascular and contribute to mortality and loss of quality of life. Hyperglycemia plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of microvascular complications, such as diabetic retinopathy, incipient nephropathy, and neuropathy, while atherosclerosis contributes to the pathogenesis of macrovascular complications. Diabetes mellitus and hypertension are frequently present together. Among many microvascular diabetic complications, hypertension plays a predominant role in the progression of diabetic nephropathy by glomerular hyperfiltration...
January 22, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Thomas H Marwick, Rebecca Ritchie, Jonathan E Shaw, David Kaye
Heart failure is a complex clinical syndrome, the incidence and prevalence of which is increased in diabetes mellitus, pre-diabetes, and obesity. Although this may arise from underlying coronary artery disease, it often occurs in the absence of significant major epicardial coronary disease, and most commonly manifests as heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Despite epidemiological evidence linking diabetes to heart failure incidence and outcome, the presence of a distinct primary "diabetic" cardiomyopathy has been difficult to prove, because the link between diabetes and heart failure is confounded by hypertension, microvascular dysfunction, and autonomic neuropathy...
January 23, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
M Z Kanaan, A R Lorenzi, N Thampy, R Pandit, Margaret Dayan
A 75-year-old hypertensive female with stable idiopathic intermediate uveitis presented with bilateral sequential optic neuropathy with optic disc swelling. The optic neuropathy in the first affected eye (right) was thought to be due to non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (NAION). Asymptomatic left optic disc swelling was found at routine review 2 months later, and a diagnosis of giant cell arteritis (GCA) was sought. Temporal artery duplex ultrasound showed the "halo sign," but a subsequent temporal artery biopsy showed light-chain (AL) amyloidosis with no signs of giant cell arteritis...
December 2017: Neuro-ophthalmology
David S Siegel, Meletios A Dimopoulos, Heinz Ludwig, Thierry Facon, Hartmut Goldschmidt, Andrzej Jakubowiak, Jesus San-Miguel, Mihaela Obreja, Julie Blaedel, A Keith Stewart
Purpose In the ASPIRE study of carfilzomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone (KRd) versus lenalidomide plus dexamethasone (Rd) in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, progression-free survival was significantly improved in the carfilzomib group (hazard ratio, 0.69; two-sided P < .001). This prespecified analysis reports final overall survival (OS) data and updated safety results. Patients and Methods Adults with relapsed multiple myeloma (one to three prior lines of therapy) were eligible and randomly assigned at a one-to-one ratio to receive KRd or Rd in 28-day cycles until withdrawal of consent, disease progression, or occurrence of unacceptable toxicity...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Ying Chen, David R Lairson, Wenyaw Chan, Xianglin L Du
This study aims to examine the risks of adverse events associated with anti-multiple myeloma (MM) therapies in a large population-based cohort of elderly patients with MM. Patients diagnosed with advanced MM from 2005 through 2009 and receiving anti-MM therapy were identified from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare-linked data. We compared safety outcomes between novel agents (proteasome inhibitor (PI) and immunomodulatory drugs (IMiD)) and other therapies and between PI- or IMiD-based regimens and PI plus IMiD combination regimens...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Hematology
Shouyue Huang, Ping Huang, Zhongjing Lin, Xiaohong Liu, Xing Xu, Lei Guo, Xi Shen, Changwei Li, Yisheng Zhong
Glaucoma is a group of neurodegenerative eye diseases characterized by progressive impairment of visual function due to loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGC). As hydrogen sulfide (H2S) was reported to play a role in the process of glaucomatous neuropathy and improve RGC survival in experimental glaucoma, the authors aimed to investigate the anti-apoptosis effect of H2S supplement in a rat glaucoma model, and further tried to explore the involved factors in the neuroprotection. A chronic ocular hypertension (COH) rat model induced by intracameral injection of cross-linking hydrogel was employed to simulate glaucoma and 288 rats were subjected to experimental procedures in the present study...
January 8, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Najam A Sharif
Discovery ophthalmic research is centered around delineating the molecular and cellular basis of ocular diseases and finding and exploiting molecular and genetic pathways associated with them. From such studies it is possible to determine suitable intervention points to address the disease process and hopefully to discover therapeutics to treat them. An investigational new drug (IND) filing for a new small-molecule drug, peptide, antibody, genetic treatment, or a device with global health authorities requires a number of preclinical studies to provide necessary safety and efficacy data...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
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