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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449305/c-reactive-protein-variability-is-associated-with-vascular-access-outcome-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Wei-Hung Kuo, Yueh-Ting Lee, Hwee-Yeong Ng, Chun-Yeh Wang, Chien-Hsing Wu, Chien-Te Lee
BACKGROUND: Hemodialysis (HD) vascular access failure is one of the most important causes of morbidity and contributes to the cost of dialysis care. There is paucity of data evaluating long-term monitoring of C-reactive protein (CRP) on outcome of HD vascular access. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study to investigate whether variability of serum CRP level was associated with vascular access failure rate over a 7-year period. A total of 318 HD patients were included...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448655/change-in-diabetic-retinopathy-through-2-years-secondary-analysis-of-a-randomized-clinical-trial-comparing-aflibercept-bevacizumab-and-ranibizumab
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Susan B Bressler, Danni Liu, Adam R Glassman, Barbara A Blodi, Alessandro A Castellarin, Lee M Jampol, Paul L Kaufman, Michele Melia, Harinderjit Singh, John A Wells
Importance: Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) therapy for diabetic macular edema (DME) favorably affects diabetic retinopathy (DR) improvement and worsening. It is unknown whether these effects differ across anti-VEGF agents. Objective: To compare changes in DR severity during aflibercept, bevacizumab, or ranibizumab treatment for DME. Design, Setting, and Participants: Preplanned secondary analysis of data from a comparative effectiveness trial for center-involved DME was conducted in 650 participants receiving aflibercept, bevacizumab, or ranibizumab...
April 27, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448267/endogenous-thymosin-%C3%AE-4-expression-in-sacrococcygeal-pilonidal-sinus-disease-a-retrospective-immunohistochemical-analysis-of-excisional-skin-biopsy-samples
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Sevinc Sahin
Thymosin beta 4 (Tβ4) is a peptide that has been shown in dermal, corneal, and cardiac preclinical injury models to potentially affect tissue protection, regeneration, and repair. Sacrococcygeal pilonidal sinus disease (SPSD) is a chronic inflammatory disorder associated with a high incidence of recurrence, chronic fistulation, and a challenging postoperative surgical wound healing process. Retrospectively, an immunohistochemical analysis was conducted to evaluate endogenous Tβ4 expression in excisional skin biopsies from patients with SPSD...
April 2017: Ostomy/wound Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447928/evaluation-of-three-dimensional-versus-conventional-laparoscopy-for-kidney-transplant-procedures-in-a-human-cadaveric-model
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Bulang He, Lingjun Mou, Ronald De Roo, Gabrielle C Musk, Jeffrey M Hamdorf
OBJECTIVES: There are increased reports that kidney transplant can be performed by laparoscopic surgery. The further development of this technique could revolutionize human kidney transplant surgery. However, laparoscopic kidney transplant demands a high level of skill for vascular anastomoses. The emerging technology of the three-dimensional, high-definition laparoscopic system may facilitate the application of this technique. Therefore, in this study, we evaluated this system in performing kidney transplant surgery versus the two-dimensional laparoscopic system...
April 27, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447587/appropriateness-of-duplex-ultrasound-assessment-on-venous-system-of-the-legs-a-two-month-preliminary-analysis
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Silvia Stegher, Maria Teresa Occhiuto, Daniela P Mazzaccaro, Paolo Carlo Righini, Alfredo Modafferi, Giovanni Malacrida, Giovanni Nano
AIM: The goal of this study is to evaluate the appropriateness to prescribe venous ultrasound of lower limbs. MATERIAL OF STUDY: Over a two months period, 1005 Duplex scans were performed by our Vascular Surgery Unit; out of the total, 225 exams were conducted on venous system of lower limbs. We retrospectively analyzed appropriateness of prescription (according to Lombardy District indications), urgency of prescription, time-lapse between application for the exams and its execution, positive or negative results, National Health System's sustained cost...
2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447487/tissue-engineered-vascular-grafts-current-state-of-the-field
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Chin Siang Ong, Xun Zhou, Chen Yu Huang, Takuma Fukunishi, Huaitao Zhang, Narutoshi Hibino
Conventional synthetic vascular grafts are limited by the inability to remodel, as well as issues of patency at smaller diameters. Tissue-engineered vascular grafts (TEVGs), constructed from biologically active cells and biodegradable scaffolds have the potential to overcome these limitations, and provide growth capacity and self-repair. Areas covered: This article outlines the TEVG design, biodegradable scaffolds, TEVG fabrication methods, cell seeding, drug delivery, strategies to reduce wait times, clinical trials, as well as a 5-year view with expert commentary...
April 27, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446653/vagotomy-and-parkinson-disease-a-swedish-register-based-matched-cohort-study
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Bojing Liu, Fang Fang, Nancy L Pedersen, Annika Tillander, Jonas F Ludvigsson, Anders Ekbom, Per Svenningsson, Honglei Chen, Karin Wirdefeldt
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether vagotomy decreases the risk of Parkinson disease (PD). METHODS: Using data from nationwide Swedish registers, we conducted a matched-cohort study of 9,430 vagotomized patients (3,445 truncal and 5,978 selective) identified between 1970 and 2010 and 377,200 reference individuals from the general population individually matched to vagotomized patients by sex and year of birth with a 40:1 ratio. Participants were followed up from the date of vagotomy until PD diagnosis, death, emigration out of Sweden, or December 31, 2010, whichever occurred first...
April 26, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443291/a-review-of-the-development-of-tumor-vasculature-and-its-effects-on-the-tumor-microenvironment
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REVIEW
Jake C Forster, Wendy M Harriss-Phillips, Michael Jj Douglass, Eva Bezak
BACKGROUND: The imbalance of angiogenic regulators in tumors drives tumor angiogenesis and causes the vasculature to develop much differently in tumors than in normal tissue. There are several cancer therapy techniques currently being used and developed that target the tumor vasculature for the treatment of solid tumors. This article reviews the aspects of the tumor vasculature that are relevant to most cancer therapies but particularly to vascular targeting techniques. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a review of identified experiments in which tumors were transplanted into animals to study the development of the tumor vasculature with tumor growth...
2017: Hypoxia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441704/a-study-of-alcohol-consumption-and-obesity-as-main-risk-factor-for-symptomatic-gallbladder-stone-a-case-control-study
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Byung Hyo Cha, Ban Seok Lee, Sang Hyub Lee, Seung Joo Kang, Min Jung Park
Background: Gallbladder stone (GBS) is a common gastrointestinal disease that can progress to severe cholecystitis and is a strong risk factor for gallbladder cancer (GBC). The present study was conducted to evaluate region-specific causes of GBS which was proved as major risk factor for GBC in Jeju Island, Korea. Methods: Age and sex match case-control study was performed among 171 pairs of case and controls. The cases were patients who were diagnosed with GBS, had definite clinical symptoms, and underwent a cholecystectomy in Cheju Halla General Hospital, Jeju, Korea during 2010-2014...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441325/the-effects-of-taekwondo-training-on-peripheral-neuroplasticity-related-growth-factors-cerebral-blood-flow-velocity-and-cognitive-functions-in-healthy-children-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Su-Youn Cho, Wi-Young So, Hee-Tae Roh
Although regular Taekwondo (TKD) training has been reported to be effective for improving cognitive function in children, the mechanism underlying this improvement remains unclear. The purpose of the present study was to observe changes in neuroplasticity-related growth factors in the blood, assess cerebral blood flow velocity, and verify the resulting changes in children's cognitive function after TKD training. Thirty healthy elementary school students were randomly assigned to control (n = 15) and TKD (n = 15) groups...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439270/cytokine-regulation-of-na-k-cl-cotransporter-1-and-cystic-fibrosis-transmembrane-conductance-regulator-potential-role-in-pulmonary-inflammation-and-edema-formation
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REVIEW
Sarah Weidenfeld, Wolfgang M Kuebler
Pulmonary edema, a major complication of lung injury and inflammation, is defined as accumulation of extravascular fluid in the lungs leading to impaired diffusion of respiratory gases. Lung fluid balance across the alveolar epithelial barrier protects the distal airspace from excess fluid accumulation and is mainly regulated by active sodium transport and Cl(-) absorption. Increased hydrostatic pressure as seen in cardiogenic edema or increased vascular permeability as present in inflammatory lung diseases such as the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) causes a reversal of transepithelial fluid transport resulting in the formation of pulmonary edema...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438762/etb-receptor-contribution-to-vascular-dysfunction-in-postmenopausal-women
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Megan M Wenner, Kelly N Sebzda, Andrew V Kuczmarski, Ryan T Pohlig, David G Edwards
Endothelin-1 (ET-1) contributes to age-related endothelial dysfunction in men via the ETA receptor. However, there are sex differences in the ET-1 system, and ETB receptors are modulated by sex hormones. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that ETB receptors contribute to impaired vasodilatory function in postmenopausal women (PMW). We measured flow-mediated dilation (FMD) using ultrasound, and cutaneous nitric oxide-mediated vasodilation during local heating (42°C) via laser Doppler flowmetry in 18 young (YW; 22±1 years) and 16 PMW (56±1 years)...
April 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436250/effect-of-treatment-dose-reductions-in-the-setting-of-hand-foot-syndrome-on-survival-outcomes-in-patients-with-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-treated-with-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-receptor-inhibitors
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Erin B Bailey, Joseph Merriman, Benjamin Maughan, Austin Poole, Srinivas K Tantravahi, Archana M Agarwal, Julia A Batten, Shiven B Patel, Sumanta K Pal, David D Stenehjem, Neeraj Agarwal
Purpose Hand-foot syndrome is a common dose limiting toxicity of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors used for treatment of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma. The effect of treatment dose reductions, in the context of hand-foot syndrome, on survival outcomes is reported. Methods This was a retrospective case series of patients receiving vascular endothelial growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors from 1 January 2004 to 31 October 2013. The main outcomes were progression-free and overall survival in these patients experiencing hand-foot syndrome and undergoing treatment dose reductions...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436167/placental-histopathology-associated-with-preeclampsia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Maria Letizia Falco, Janani Sivanathan, Arianna Laoreti, Basky Thilaganathan, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVES: Preeclampsia is associated with impaired trophoblast invasion and typical villous and vascular placental lesions. The primary aim was to conduct a systematic review in order to quantify the prevalence of placental histopathological lesions in pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia. METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE and CINAHL were searched electronically and relevant articles reporting placental histopathological lesions were assessed according to the following criteria: study design, number of pregnancies, type of preeclampsia and whether the pathologist was blinded to the clinical information...
April 23, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435257/effects-of-arginine-glycine-aspartic-acid-peptide-conjugated-quantum-dots-induced-photodynamic-therapy-on-pancreatic-carcinoma-in-vivo
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Ming-Ming Li, Jia Cao, Jia-Chun Yang, Yu-Jie Shen, Xiao-Lei Cai, Yuan-Wen Chen, Chun-Ying Qu, Yi Zhang, Feng Shen, Lei-Ming Xu
Quantum dots (QDs) conjugated with integrin antagonist arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) peptides (QDs-RGD) are novel nanomaterials with a unique optical property: a high molar extinction coefficient. Previously, we have shown that QDs-RGD demonstrate a photodynamic therapy (PDT) effect as new photosensitizers for the pancreatic cancer cell line SW1990 in vitro. Here, we investigate the application of QDs-RGD in mice bearing pancreatic tumors using PDT. To ensure that more photosensitizers accumulated in tumors, QDs-RGD were injected intratumorally...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434027/can-ultrasound-be-used-as-the-primary-imaging-in-children-with-suspected-crohn-disease
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Timothy L Tsai, Megan B Marine, Matthew R Wanner, Matthew L Cooper, Steven J Steiner, Fangqian Ouyang, S Gregory Jennings, Boaz Karmazyn
BACKGROUND: There is growing literature on the use of ultrasound (US) for evaluation of Crohn disease in adults, but few studies have been conducted on children. Several studies demonstrated high accuracy of US in the diagnosis of Crohn disease. Using US as the primary screening imaging modality for Crohn disease can reduce health care costs, the need for sedation and ionizing radiation exposure. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study is to determine if US can be used for screening evaluation of pediatric Crohn disease...
April 22, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433934/amino-acid-functionalized-gadofullerene-nanoparticles-with-superior-antitumor-activity-via-destruction-of-tumor-vasculature-in%C3%A2-vivo
#17
Yue Zhou, Ruijun Deng, Mingming Zhen, Jie Li, Mirong Guan, Wang Jia, Xue Li, Ying Zhang, Tong Yu, Toujun Zou, Zhigao Lu, Jun Guo, Lei Sun, Chunying Shu, Chunru Wang
Researchers have been puzzled of the therapy of malignant tumors and the current therapeutic strategies are always accompanied by toxicity or side effects. Developing efficient nanodrugs could reduce the dosage and greatly improve the therapeutic effects in cancer treatments. Here we initially reported a novel kind of gadofullerene nanoparticles functionalized with amino acid (β-alanine), which exhibited a superior antitumor activity in hepatoma H22 models via a novel therapeutic mechanism. The involvement of β-alanine improved the tumor inhibition rate up to 76...
April 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433656/impaired-endothelium-derived-hyperpolarization-type-relaxation-in-superior-mesenteric-arteries-isolated-from-female-otsuka-long-evans-tokushima-fatty-rats
#18
Takayuki Matsumoto, Shota Kobayashi, Makoto Ando, Shun Watanabe, Maika Iguchi, Kumiko Taguchi, Tsuneo Kobayashi
Endothelium-derived hyperpolarization (EDH) is an important signaling mechanism of endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation, and little attention has been paid to the EDH-type responses in female metabolic syndrome such as that observed with type-2 diabetes. We previously reported that EDH-type relaxation was impaired in superior mesenteric arteries from male Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty (OLETF) rat, a model of type-2 diabetes, however, the response was unclear in female OLETF rat. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine if EDH-type relaxation was altered in superior mesenteric arteries isolated from female OLETF rats compared to age-matched, control female Long-Evans Tokushima Otsuka (LETO) rats at age 50-59 weeks...
April 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433335/treatment-of-peripheral-arterial-disease-via-percutaneous-brachial-artery-access
#19
Randall W Franz, Christopher F Tanga, Joseph W Herrmann
OBJECTIVE: This review was conducted to evaluate the types of endovascular procedures that can be performed via brachial artery access, evaluate the access success rate, and determine the incidence of technical complications. METHODS: A retrospective 10-year record review at a tertiary facility from January 1, 2005, through June 30, 2015, was completed. Patients who underwent attempted brachial artery access were eligible for review. Outcomes intended to be evaluated included ability to access the vessel, reach an identified lesion, and perform an indicated procedure, while describing the incidence and type of complications that occurred to clarify the utility and safety of brachial artery access...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431032/neuropsychology-and-rehabilitation-services-in-the-united-states-brief-report-from-a-survey-of-clinical-neuropsychologists
#20
Cady Block, Octavio A Santos, Yvonne Flores-Medina, Diego Fernando Rivera Camacho, Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla
Objective: To provide a brief presentation of preliminary data on rehabilitation services provided by clinical neuropsychologists within the United States. Method: This survey utilized data extracted from a larger international research study conducted in 39 countries including N = 173 professionals who reported to engage in neuropsychological rehabilitative services within the past year (63.6% female, 44.36 ± 11.83 years of age) took part in the study. Results: Neuropsychologists providing rehabilitation services in the United States in the past year were more likely to provide individual versus group therapy, likely to employ technology (e...
May 1, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
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