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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925329/fragmented-qrs-is-a-novel-risk-factor-for-ventricular-arrhythmic-events-after-receiving-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-in-non-ischemic-cardiomyopathy
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Miyako Igarashi, Hiroshi Tada, Hiro Yamasaki, Kenji Kuroki, Tomoko Ishizu, Yoshihiro Seo, Takeshi Machino, Nobuyuki Murakoshi, Yukio Sekiguchi, Yuichi Noguchi, Akihiko Nogami, Kazutaka Aonuma
INTRODUCTION: A fragmented QRS (fQRS) is reported to be associated with a poor prognosis or sudden cardiac death (SCD) in patients with Brugada syndrome or ischemic heart disease. However, no studies have clarified the impact of the presence of an fQRS on SCD or ventricular arrhythmic events in patients receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). This study aimed to clarify this point in patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study included 137 heart failure patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy who received CRT (NYHA functional class: II/III/IV = 25/84/28)...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925179/hepatoma-cell-functions-modulated-by-nek2-are-associated-with-liver-cancer-progression
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Sheng-Ming Wu, Syuan-Ling Lin, Kang-Yun Lee, Hsiao-Chi Chuang, Po-Hao Feng, Wan-Li Cheng, Chia-Jung Liao, Hsiang-Cheng Chi, Yang-Hsiang Lin, Chung-Ying Tsai, Wei-Jan Chen, Chau-Ting Yeh, Kwang-Huei Lin
NEK2 (NIMA-related expressed kinase 2) is a serine/threonine centrosomal kinase that acts as a critical regulator of centrosome structure and function. Aberrant NEK2 activities lead to failure in regulating centrosome duplication. NEK2 overexpression promotes tumorigenesis and is associated with poor prognosis in several cancers. Increased NEK2 expression during the late pathological stage has been detected in the Oncomine liver dataset and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) specimens. Elevated NEK2 protein is associated with poor overall survival in patients with HCC...
December 7, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925048/resting-energy-expenditure-in-critically-ill-patients-evaluation-methods-and-clinical-applications
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Ana Cláudia Soncini Sanches, Cassiana Regina de Góes, Marina Nogueira Berbel Bufarah, André Luiz Balbi, Daniela Ponce
Patients on intensive care present systemic, metabolic, and hormonal alterations that may adversely affect their nutritional condition and lead to fast and important depletion of lean mass and malnutrition. Several factors and medical conditions can influence the energy expenditure (EE) of critically ill patients, such as age, gender, surgery, serious infections, medications, ventilation modality, and organ dysfunction. Clinical conditions that can present with EE change include acute kidney injury, a complex disorder commonly seen in critically ill patients with manifestations that can range from minimum elevations in serum creatinine to renal failure requiring dialysis...
October 2016: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924832/impaired-receptivity-and-decidualization-in-dhea-induced-pcos-mice
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Shu-Yun Li, Zhuo Song, Min-Jie Song, Jia-Wen Qin, Meng-Long Zhao, Zeng-Ming Yang
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a complex endocrine disorder, is a leading cause of female infertility. An obvious reason for infertility in PCOS women is anovulation. However, success rate with high quality embryos selected by assisted reproduction techniques in PCOS patients still remain low with a high rate of early clinical pregnancy loss, suggesting a problem in uterine receptivity. Using a dehydroepiandrosterone-induced mouse model of PCOS, some potential causes of decreased fertility in PCOS patients were explored...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924685/occupational-risk-assessment-in-the-construction-industry-in-iran
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Hamid Reza Seifi Azad Mard, Ali Estiri, Parinaz Hadadi, Mahshid Seifi Azad Mard
Occupational accidents in the construction industry are more common compared to other fields and these accidents are more severe compared to the global average in developing countries especially in Iran. Therefore studies which lead to the source of these accidents and suggest solutions for them are valuable. In this study a combination of the failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) method and fuzzy theory is used as semi qualitative-quantitative method for analyzing risks and failure modes. The main causes of occupational accidents in this field were identified and analyzed based on three factors; severity, detection and occurrence...
December 7, 2016: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics: JOSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924645/cardiovascular-outcomes-and-tumour-necrosis-factor-antagonists-in-chronic-inflammatory-rheumatic-disease-a-focus-on-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Giuliano Tocci, Delia Goletti, Valentina Marino, Andrea Matucci, Giuseppe Maria Milano, Fabrizio Cantini, Raffaele Scarpa
Many chronic rheumatic diseases have an inflammatory etiology, leading to accelerated atherosclerosis and increased occurrence of vascular diseases. In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a reduction in cardiovascular (CV) events has been reported under treatments reducing systemic inflammation. Areas covered: Given the central role of tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) in chronic inflammatory conditions and in atherosclerosis, it has been suggested that TNFα-antagonists may reduce CV risk and mortality. Although there are no randomized controlled or head-to-head trials investigating the effect of specific anti-TNF-agents on CV outcomes, observational cohort studies, national registry data, and meta-analyses in RA have reported improved CV outcomes with anti-TNF therapy...
December 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924398/a-randomised-phase-i-ii-trial-to-evaluate-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-orally-administered-oxalobacter-formigenes-to-treat-primary-hyperoxaluria
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Bernd Hoppe, Patrick Niaudet, Rémi Salomon, Jérôme Harambat, Sally-Anne Hulton, William Van't Hoff, Shabbir H Moochhala, Georges Deschênes, Elisabeth Lindner, Anna Sjögren, Pierre Cochat
BACKGROUND: Primary hyperoxaluria (PH) is a rare, genetic disorder which involves the overproduction of endogenous oxalate, leading to hyperoxaluria, recurrent urolithiasis and/or progressive nephrocalcinosis and eventually resulting in kidney failure and systemic oxalosis. The aim of this trial was to investigate whether treatment involving an oxalate-metabolising bacterium (Oxalobacter formigenes) could reduce urinary oxalate excretion in PH patients. METHODS: The efficacy and safety of O...
December 6, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924226/questions-and-controversies-the-role-of-necroptosis-in-liver-disease
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Lily Dara, Zhang-Xu Liu, Neil Kaplowitz
Acute and chronic liver injury results in hepatocyte death and turnover. If injury becomes chronic, the continuous cell death and turnover leads to chronic inflammation, fibrosis and ultimately cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Controlling liver cell death both in acute injury, to rescue the liver from acute liver failure, and in chronic injury, to curb secondary inflammation and fibrosis, is of paramount importance as a therapeutic strategy. Both apoptosis and necrosis occur in the liver, but the occurrence of necroptosis in the liver and its contribution to liver disease is controversial...
2016: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924116/epistemic-benefits-of-elaborated-and-systematized-delusions-in-schizophrenia
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Lisa Bortolotti
In this article I ask whether elaborated and systematized delusions emerging in the context of schizophrenia have the potential for epistemic innocence. Cognitions are epistemically innocent if they have significant epistemic benefits that could not be attained otherwise. In particular, I propose that a cognition is epistemically innocent if it delivers some significant epistemic benefit to a given agent at a given time, and if alternative cognitions delivering the same epistemic benefit are unavailable to that agent at that time...
September 2016: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924061/the-relationship-between-serum-fibrosis-markers-and-restrictive-ventricular-filling-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-a-technetium-99m-radionuclide-ventriculography-study
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Yen-Tin Lin, Yen-Hung Lin, Xue-Ming Wu, Chi-Lun Ko, Ruoh-Fang Yen, Ying-Hsein Chen, Ron-Bin Hsu, Chi-Ming Lee, Shoei-Shen Wang, Ming-Fong Chen, Yen-Wen Wu
Myocardial fibrosis leads to a restrictive diastolic filling pattern of the left ventricle which is associated with a poor prognosis in patients with heart failure. We investigated the relationship between cardiac fibrosis and restrictive filling pattern of the left ventricle measured by Tc99m left ventriculography in patients with chronic symptomatic heart failure. Serum cardiac extracellular matrix markers including type I and III aminoterminal propeptide of procollagen (PINP and PIIINP), matrix metalloproteinase-2,9 (MMP-2,9), and tissue inhibitor of MMP-1 (TIMP-1) were analyzed...
December 4, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923792/the-fate-of-sulfate-in-chronic-heart-failure
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Anne Maria Koning, Wouter Meijers, Isidor Minović, Adrian Post, Martin Feelisch, Andreas Pasch, Henri Gd Leuvenink, Rudolf A de Boer, Stephan Jl Bakker, Harry van Goor
New leads to advance our understanding of heart failure (HF) pathophysiology are urgently needed. Previous studies have linked urinary sulfate excretion to a favourable cardiovascular risk profile. Sulfate is not only the end-product of hydrogen sulfide metabolism, but is also directly involved in various (patho)physiological processes, provoking scientific interest in its renal handling. This study investigates sulfate clearance in chronic HF (CHF) patients and healthy individuals and considers its relationship with disease outcome...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923231/congenital-absence-of-the-pericardium-a-systematic-approach-to-diagnosis-and-management
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Bo Xu, Jorge Betancor, Craig Asher, Adriana Rosario, Allan Klein
Congenital absence of the pericardium (CAP) is a rare condition. Failure to recognize the clinical features of this condition can lead to incorrect and delayed diagnosis. Limited data are available regarding the optimal approach to diagnose and manage patients with suspected CAP. Due to the rare nature of CAP, this condition can present diagnostic and management dilemmas for clinicians. Using 3 cases of CAP as a framework, a clinically focused review on the diagnosis and management of CAP is presented. Clinicians will be provided with a systematic approach to evaluating patients with suspected CAP, incorporating key history, examination, and multimodality cardiovascular imaging investigations...
December 7, 2016: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922811/the-number-of-recalled-leads-is-highly-predictive-of-lead-failure-results-from-the-pacemaker-and-implantable-defibrillator-leads-survival-study-paidless
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Daniel J Kersten, Jinju Yi, Alyssa M Feldman, Kunal Brahmbhatt, Wilbur J Asheld, Joseph Germano, Shahidul Islam, Todd J Cohen
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine if implantation of multiple recalled defibrillator leads is associated with an increased risk of lead failure. BACKGROUND: The authors of the Pacemaker and Implantable Defibrillator Leads Survival Study ("PAIDLESS") have previously reported a relationship between recalled lead status, lead failure, and patient mortality. This substudy analyzes the relationship in a smaller subset of patients who received more than one recalled lead...
December 2016: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922551/sphingosine-1-phosphate-s1p-a-potential-biomarker-and-therapeutic-target-for-endothelial-dysfunction-and-sepsis
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Martin S Winkler, Axel Nierhaus, Annika Poppe, Gillis Greiwe, Markus Gräler, Guenter Daum
Sepsis is an acute life-threatening multiple organ failure caused by a dysregulated host response to infection. Endothelial dysfunction, particularly barrier disruption leading to increased vascular permeability, edema and insufficient tissue oxygenation is critical to sepsis pathogenesis. Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is a signaling lipid that regulates important pathophysiological processes including vascular endothelial cell permeability, inflammation and coagulation. It is present at high concentrations in blood and lymph and at very low concentrations in tissues due to the activity of the S1P-degrading enzyme S1P-lyase in tissue cells...
December 2, 2016: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922176/dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitor-sitagliptin-reduces-inflammation-fibrosis-and-preserves-diastolic-function-in-a-rat-model-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Grazia Esposito, Donato Cappetta, Rosa Russo, Alessia Rivellino, Loreta Pia Ciuffreda, Fiorentina Roviezzo, Elena Piegari, L Liberato Berrino, Francesco Rossi, Antonella De Angelis, Konrad Urbanek
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a systemic syndrome driven by co-morbidities and its pathophysiology is poorly understood. Several studies suggesting that dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4) might be involved in the pathophysiology of heart failure prompted experimental and clinical investigations of DPP4 inhibitors on cardiovascular system. The aim of our study was to determine whether DPP4 inhibitor sitagliptin (SITA) affects the progression of HFpEF independently from the effects on glycaemia...
December 6, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921206/periacetabular-osteotomy-provides-higher-survivorship-than-rim-trimming-for-acetabular-retroversion
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Corinne A Zurmühle, Helen Anwander, Christoph E Albers, Markus S Hanke, Simon D Steppacher, Klaus A Siebenrock, Moritz Tannast
BACKGROUND: Acetabular retroversion can cause impaction-type femoroacetabular impingement leading to hip pain and osteoarthritis. It can be treated by anteverting periacetabular osteotomy (PAO) or acetabular rim trimming with refixation of the labrum. There is increasing evidence that acetabular retroversion is a rotational abnormality of the entire hemipelvis and not a focal overgrowth of the anterior acetabular wall, which favors an anteverting PAO. However, it is unknown if this larger procedure would be beneficial in terms of survivorship and Merle d'Aubigné scores in a midterm followup compared with rim trimming...
December 5, 2016: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921176/two-feet-on-the-membrane-uptake-of-clostridial-neurotoxins
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Andreas Rummel
The extraordinary potency of botulinum neurotoxins (BoNT) and tetanus neurotoxin (TeNT) is mediated by their high neurospecificity, targeting peripheral cholinergic motoneurons leading to flaccid and spastic paralysis, respectively, and successive respiratory failure. Complex polysialo gangliosides accumulate BoNT and TeNT on the plasma membrane. The ganglioside binding in BoNT/A, B, E, F, G, and TeNT occurs via a conserved ganglioside-binding pocket within the most carboxyl-terminal 25 kDa domain HCC, whereas BoNT/C, DC, and D display here two different ganglioside binding sites...
December 1, 2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921065/rapidly-progressive-muscle-paralysis-and-acute-respiratory-failure-following-endoscopic-botulinum-toxin-injection
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Geoffrey You, Ahmed Khan, Julia Shor, Gary P Forester
Botulism toxin injection (BTI) is a well-known and relatively safe endoscopic treatment for achalasia. We report a case of a 90-year-old female diagnosed with achalasia who subsequently underwent BTI with symptomatic relief. The therapy was complicated by systemic botulism, however, leading to progressive muscle paralysis with diaphragmatic involvement requiring mechanical ventilation support. This is the first reported case of BTI for achalasia causing systemic botulism.
August 2016: ACG Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921036/acute-kidney-injury-in-asia
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REVIEW
Li Yang
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common disorder and is associated with a high morbidity and mortality worldwide. The diversity of the climate and of the socioeconomic and developmental status in Asia has a great influence on the etiology and presentation of AKI in different regions. In view of the International Society of Nephrology's 0by25 initiative, more and more attention has been paid to AKI in Asian countries. SUMMARY: In this review, we summarize the recent achievements with regard to the prevalence and clinical patterns of AKI in Asian countries...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920841/wolffian-origin-of-vagina-unfolds-the-embryopathogenesis-of-ohvira-obstructed-hemivagina-and-ipsilateral-renal-anomaly-syndrome-and-places-ohvira-as-a-female-counterpart-of-zinner-syndrome-in-males
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Yashant Aswani, Ravi Varma, Pradeep Choudhary, Reeta B Gupta
BACKGROUND: The classical theory of Müllerian origin of upper vagina fails to explain complex urogenital malformations like OHVIRA syndrome; the Acien's hypothesis, however, unravels the hidden embryopathogenesis. As per Acien, Wolffian (mesonephric) ducts instead of Müllerian ducts and sinovaginal bulbs, give rise to the vagina. The new hypothesis, however, retains the concept of origin of the ureters (with ureters inducing renal development) by the former and the uterus by Müllerian ducts...
2016: Polish Journal of Radiology
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