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Konstadinos Plestis, Oleg Orlov, Vishal N Shah, Joshua Wong, Matthew Thomas, Alon Aharon, Cinthia Orlov, Georgia Panagopoulos, Scott Goldman
OBJECTIVES: Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) can be technically demanding and may lead to prolonged operative time. We evaluated the intraoperative and postoperative patient outcomes following implementation of 2 facilitating technologies (FT) in MIAVR: the Cor-Knot titanium fastener and Custodiol-histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate solution. METHODS: A total of 299 patients underwent MIAVR from 2008 to 2016; 172 (57.5%) patients were included in the FT group and 127 (42...
March 14, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Tristan Pascart, Frédéric Lioté
This review article summarizes the relevant English literature on gout from 2010 through April 2017. It emphasizes that the current epidemiology of gout indicates a rising prevalence worldwide, not only in Western countries but also in Southeast Asia, in close relationship with the obesity and metabolic syndrome epidemics. New pathogenic mechanisms of chronic hyperuricaemia focus on the gut (microbiota, ABCG2 expression) after the kidney. Cardiovascular and renal comorbidities are the key points to consider in terms of management...
March 13, 2018: Rheumatology
Keisuke Handa, Syouta Abe, V Venkata Suresh, Yoshiyasu Fujieda, Masaki Ishikawa, Ai Orimoto, Yoko Kobayashi, Satoru Yamada, Satoko Yamaba, Shinya Murakami, Masahiro Saito
OBJECTIVE: Marfan syndrome (MFS) is a systemic connective tissue disorder caused by insufficient fibrillin-1 (FBN-1), a major component of microfibrils that controls the elasticity and integrity of connective tissues. FBN-1 insufficiency in MFS leads to structural weakness, which causes various tissue disorders, including cardiovascular and periodontal disease. However, the role of FBN-1 insufficiency in the destruction and regeneration of connective tissue has not yet been clarified...
March 6, 2018: Archives of Oral Biology
Maroua Eid, Olivier Fouquet, Cédric Darreau, Marc Pierrot, Achille Kouatchet, Alain Mercat, Christophe Baufreton
INTRODUCTION: Necrotizing fasciitis represents a life-threatening infectious condition that causes spreading necrotisis of superficial fascia and subcutaneous cellular tissues. We describe the case of a patient diagnosed with septic and toxic shocks leading to multiple organ failure successfully treated with a combination of extracorporeal life support, continuous renal replacement therapy, and a hemoadsorption device. METHODS: A 41-year-old patient presented with necrotizing fasciitis and multi-organ failure...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Prashant Rao, Jack B Keenan, Taufiek K Rajab, Samuel Kim, Richard Smith, Orazio Amabile, Zain Khalpey
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular complications represent the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with Marfan syndrome. Here, we describe a unique case where a total artificial heart was implanted in a young Marfan syndrome woman. METHODS: A 22-year-old postpartum African American female with Marfan syndrome developed multiple severe valve dysfunction and biventricular failure that was refractory to medical management. She previously had a Bentall procedure for Type A aortic dissection and repair of a Type B dissection...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Napatt Kanjanahattakij, Benjamin Horn, Basma Abdulhadi, Nicha Wongjarupong, Kenechukwu Mezue, Pattara Rattanawong
Cerebrovascular accident (CVA) is one of the major complications and a leading cause of death in patients with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Multiple studies of have shown that patients with blood stream infection (BSI) are more likely to develop CVA compared to patients without BSI. However, there is no meta-analysis to confirm this association. Studies were systematically acquired from MEDLINE and EMBASE electronic databases. Included studies assessed patients with heart failure requiring LVAD and reported the number of patients who had BSI post LVAD, incidence of ischemic CVA, hemorrhagic CVA, or any CVA...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
Te-Sha Tsai, Sonika Tyagi, Justin C St John
STUDY QUESTION: What are the molecular differences between mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)-deficient and mtDNA-normal oocytes and how does mitochondrial supplementation alter these? SUMMARY ANSWER: Changes to DNA methylation in a 5' cytosine-phosphate-guanine 3' (CpG) island in the mtDNA-specific replication factor (DNA polymerase gamma (POLG)) of mtDNA-deficient oocytes mediates an increase in mtDNA copy number by the 2-cell stage that positively modulates the expression of nuclear genes, which affect cellular and metabolic processes, following autologous mitochondrial supplementation...
March 13, 2018: Human Reproduction
Luís P Carmo, Liza R Nielsen, Lis Alban, Paulo M da Costa, Gertraud Schüpbach-Regula, Ioannis Magouras
Reducing antimicrobial use (AMU) in livestock is requested by Public Health authorities. Ideally, this should be achieved without jeopardizing production output or animal health and welfare. Thus, efficient measures must be identified and developed to target drivers of AMU. Veterinarians play a central role in the identification and implementation of such efficient interventions. Sixty-seven veterinarians with expertise in livestock production in Denmark, Portugal, and Switzerland participated in an expert opinion study aimed at investigating experiences and opinions of veterinarians about the driving forces and practices related to AMU in the main livestock sectors (broiler, dairy cattle, fattening/veal calf, and pig industry) of the aforementioned countries...
2018: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Xueliang Yang, Yunru Chen, Jian Zhang, Tiantian Tang, Ying Kong, Feng Ye, Xi Zhang, Xiaojing Liu, Shumei Lin
The present study aimed to evaluate whether thymosin α1 (Tα1) increases survival rates through the improvement of immunofunction and inhibition of hepatocyte apoptosis in rats with acute liver failure (ALF). A total of 25 rats were randomly divided into the control group (CG), the model group (MG) and the treatment group (TG). The CG received an intraperitoneal injection of saline (2 ml). The ALF rat model was established by the intraperitoneal injection of D-galactosamine (700 mg/kg) and lipopolysaccharide (10 µg/kg)...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Xueying Wang, Ksenia V Kastanenka, Michal Arbel-Ornath, Caitlin Commins, Akira Kuzuya, Amanda J Lariviere, Grant A Krafft, Franz Hefti, Jasna Jerecic, Brian J Bacskai
Soluble amyloid β oligomers (AβOs) are widely recognized neurotoxins that trigger aberrant signaling in specific subsets of neurons, leading to accumulated neuronal damage and memory disorders in Alzheimer's disease (AD). One of the profound downstream consequences of AβO-triggered events is dysregulation of cytosolic calcium concentration ([Ca2+ ]i ), which has been implicated in synaptic failure, cytoskeletal abnormalities, and eventually neuronal death. We have developed an in vitro/in vivo drug screening assay to evaluate putative AβO-blocking candidates by measuring AβO-induced real-time changes in [Ca2+ ]i ...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Justin S Merkow, Erik J Nelson
BACKGROUND Providing anesthesia to immunocompromised patients introduces unique challenges, including difficulty in detecting respiratory infections. Detailed preoperative evaluation and preparation for perioperative complications is crucial. Human metapneumovirus is a common but lesser known respiratory virus that can lead to pneumonia and respiratory compromise and is challenging to detect in the immunocompromised patient. CASE REPORT We present a case of an immunocompromised individual scheduled for umbilical hernia repair who developed severe bronchospasm and intraoperative respiratory failure after induction of general anesthesia...
March 16, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Benedikt Schrage, Daniel Kalbacher, Michael Schwarzl, Nicole Rübsamen, Christoph Waldeyer, Peter Moritz Becher, Eike Tigges, Daniel Burkhoff, Stefan Blankenberg, Edith Lubos, Ulrich Schäfer, Dirk Westermann
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous mitral valve edge-to-edge repair (pMVR) with a MitraClip is beneficial for the clinical symptoms of patients irrespective of the ejection fraction (EF). Nevertheless, the consequences on hemodynamics are poorly understood. Therefore, we used data from noninvasive pressure-volume loops to investigate the left ventricular (LV) remodeling of patients after pMVR dependent on their baseline EF. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 130 patients with successful pMVR, the end-diastolic pressure-volume relationship (EDPVR) and end-systolic pressure-volume relationship were estimated noninvasively from echocardiographic data...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
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
Yimin Niu, Jianhua Zhu, Yang Li, Huihui Shi, Yaxiang Gong, Rui Li, Qiang Huo, Tao Ma, Yang Liu
The penetration of nanomedicine into solid tumor still constitutes a great challenge for cancer therapy, which lead to the failure of thorough clearance of tumor cells. Aiming at solving this issue, lots of encouraging progress has been made in the development of multistage nanoparticles triggered by various stimuli in the past few years. Besides, the therapeutical effects of nanoagents are also greatly impacted by the complex tumor microenvironment, and remodeling tumor microenvironment has become another important approach for promoting nanoparticles penetration...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Arnav Srivastava, Gregory A Joice, Hiten D Patel, Madeleine G Manka, Nikolai A Sopko, E James Wright
BACKGROUND: Up to 50% of patients receiving an artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) require surgical revision after initial placement. However, the literature is heterogeneous regarding the leading causes of AUS failure and appropriate surgical management. OBJECTIVE: To inform a revision approach by tabulating the causes of AUS failure, assessing AUS component survival, and examining the single-component revision efficacy. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: We retrospectively reviewed 168 patients receiving AUS placements carried out by a single surgeon from 2008 to 2016 at a high-volume academic institution...
March 12, 2018: European Urology Focus
S Arques
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. Conceptually, endothelial dysfunction, inflammatory status and oxidative stress are at the forefront in the onset and development of most cardiovascular diseases, particularly coronary artery disease and heart failure. Serum albumin, the most abundant plasma protein, has many physiological properties, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiplatelet aggregation activity. It also plays an essential role in the fluid exchange across the capillary membrane...
March 12, 2018: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
Hiroyuki Takahama, Seiji Takashio, Toshio Nishikimi, Tomohiro Hayashi, Chiaki Nagai-Okatani, Yasuaki Nakagawa, Makoto Amaki, Takahiro Ohara, Takuya Hasegawa, Yasuo Sugano, Hideaki Kanzaki, Satoshi Yasuda, Kenji Kangawa, Naoto Minamino, Toshihisa Anzai
BACKGROUND: A recent study showed that both glycosylation of pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and the proBNP/total BNP ratio are decreased in acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). However, the following points regarding the proBNP/total BNP ratio have not been determined in patients with ADHF: 1) the relationship with the severity of ADHF, 2) the changes in the ratio during treatment, and 3) the relationship with cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)-generating activity. METHODS: Plasma proBNP and total BNP (proBNP+mature BNP) were measured in patients with ADHF (n=154)...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Gregory S Keenan, Louise Childs, Peter J Rogers, Marion M Hetherington, Jeffrey M Brunstrom
Large portion sizes lead to increased intake. Some studies suggest that individuals are unaware that they consume more when served larger portions. In a between-subjects design we asked female participants (N = 48) how much pasta and tomato sauce they intended to consume for lunch prior to eating. We then provided a smaller or a larger portion of the same food and invited participants to self-serve a portion into a second bowl (same size in both conditions). After eating until comfortably full, participants were shown an image of the amount they had selected at the beginning of the meal...
March 12, 2018: Appetite
Patrizia Limonta, Marina Montagnani Marelli, Roberta Moretti, Monica Marzagalli, Fabrizio Fontana, Roberto Maggi
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is recognized as the central regulator of the functions of the pituitary-gonadal axis. The increasing knowledge on the mechanisms controlling the development and the function of GnRH-producing neurons is leading to a better diagnostic and therapeutic approach for hypogonadotropic hypogonadisms and for alterations of the puberty onset. During female life span, the function of the GnRH pulse generator may be affected by a number of inputs from other neuronal systems, offering alternative strategies for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions...
2018: Vitamins and Hormones
Volkmar Müller, Michael Clemens, Jacek Jassem, Nedal Al-Sakaff, Petra Auclair, Eveline Nüesch, Debbie Holloway, Mona Shing, Yung-Jue Bang
BACKGROUND: Trastuzumab (Herceptin® [H]) is the standard of care for HER2-positive locally advanced/metastatic breast cancer and gastric/gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) cancer. However, there is a paucity of data available on long-term H treatment of patients. The Rollover Protocol (ROP) Study was conducted to report safety data for patients with HER2-positive locally advanced/metastatic breast and gastric/GEJ cancer who have received long-term H therapy (≥ 5 years and ≥ 3 years for breast and gastric/GEJ cancer, respectively)...
March 15, 2018: BMC Cancer
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