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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923198/detoxification-with-titration-and-tapering-in-gamma-hydroxybutyrate-ghb-dependent-patients-the-dutch-ghb-monitor-project
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Boukje A G Dijkstra, Rama Kamal, Martijn S van Noorden, Hein de Haan, Anton J M Loonen, Cor A J De Jong
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) detoxification procedures have been insufficiently studied for effectiveness and safety. Based on case reports, benzodiazepines are generally regarded as first-choice agents in GHB detoxification. Detoxification by titration and tapering (DeTiTap) with pharmaceutical GHB in an open-label consecutive case series of 23 GHB-dependent patients showed to be feasible, effective and safe. This study further explored the feasibility, effectiveness and safety of this detoxification procedure in a large group of patients...
November 21, 2016: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923154/socioeconomic-position-john-henryism-and-incidence-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-finnish-men
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Mahasin S Mujahid, Sherman A James, George A Kaplan, Jukka T Salonen
Previous cross-sectional studies examining whether John Henryism (JH), or high-effort coping with socioeconomic adversity, potentiates the inverse association between socioeconomic position (SEP) and cardiovascular health have focused mainly on hypertension in African Americans. We conducted the first longitudinal test of this hypothesis on incident acute myocardial infarction (AMI) using data from the Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study in Finland (N = 1405 men, 42-60 years). We hypothesized that the expected inverse gradient between SEP and AMI risk would be stronger for men scoring high on JH than for those scoring low...
November 25, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922855/liver-stiffness-predicts-variceal-bleeding-in-hiv-hcv-coinfected-patients-with-compensated-cirrhosis
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Nicolás Merchante, Antonio Rivero-Juárez, Francisco Téllez, Dolores Merino, Maria José Ríos-Villegas, Guillermo Ojeda-Burgos, Mohamed Omar, Juan Macías, Antonio Rivero, Monserrat Pérez-Pérez, Miguel Raffo, Inmaculada López-Montesinos, Manuel Márquez-Solero, Maria Amparo Gómez-Vidal, Juan A Pineda
BACKGROUND: A liver stiffness (LS) < 21 kPa has a high negative predictive value (NPV) to exclude the presence of esophageal varices (EV) at risk of bleeding in HIV/HCV-coinfected patients. Consequently, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (UGE) for the screening of EV could be avoided in these patients. However, this strategy has not been widely accepted due to concerns about its safety. OBJECTIVE: To assess the ability of LS to predict the risk of portal hypertensive gastrointestinal bleeding (PHGB) in HIV/HCV-coinfected patients with compensated cirrhosis...
December 5, 2016: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922849/renal-denervation-for-uncontrolled-hypertension-critical-review-of-the-evidence
#4
Chongjia Chen, Ashish Upadhyay
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hypertension (HTN) is a major global public health problem. Endovascular catheter-based radiofrequency ablation of renal sympathetic nerve endings (renal denervation) is a novel treatment option for uncontrolled HTN. RECENT FINDINGS: Early clinical studies primarily in Australia and Europe established renal denervation as a well tolerated and feasible procedure that resulted in a sustained reduction in blood pressure among individuals with severe resistant HTN...
December 2, 2016: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922752/abnormal-glucose-metabolism-and-high-energy-expenditure-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Gustavo A Heresi, Steven K Malin, Jarrod W Barnes, Liping Tian, John P Kirwan, Raed A Dweik
RATIONALE: Insulin resistance has emerged as a potential mechanism related to the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH). However, direct measurements of insulin and glucose metabolism have not been performed in IPAH patients to date. OBJECTIVES: To perform comprehensive metabolic phenotyping on humans with IPAH. METHODS: We assessed plasma insulin and glucose using an oral glucose tolerance test and estimated insulin resistance and beta-cell function in 14 IPAH patients and 14 controls matched for age, sex, blood pressure, and body mass index (BMI),...
December 6, 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922586/hyperuricemia-as-a-risk-factor-for-cardiovascular-disease-clinical-review
#6
REVIEW
Álvaro Gudiño Gomezjurado
Cardiovascular diseases are one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Several risk factors have been associated with the development of these pathologies. However, there is controversy about whether hyperuricemia is an independent risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease. To answer this question, we performed a recent literature review of relevant published material to assess the association of hyperuricemia with four major cardiovascular diseases: hypertension, coronary heart disease, heart failure and atrial fibrillation...
November 15, 2016: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922486/the-post-transplant-course-of-patients-undergoing-liver-transplantation-for-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-versus-cryptogenic-cirrhosis-a-retrospective-case-control-study
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Lukas W Unger, Merima Herac, Katharina Staufer, Andreas Salat, Gerd Silberhumer, Michael Hofmann, Michael Trauner, Susanne Rasoul-Rockenschaub, Thomas Soliman, Thomas Reiberger, Gabriela A Berlakovich
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) can be considered the hepatic manifestation of the metabolic syndrome with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) as its progressive form. With increasing prevalence of the metabolic syndrome, NASH cirrhosis is becoming a leading cause for liver transplantation. Some cases of orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) due to cryptogenic cirrhosis (CC) might show typical features of NASH cirrhosis. Therefore, our aim was to assess recurrence of liver fibrosis in patients transplanted for NASH versus CC after OLT...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
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/27922121/sex-differences-in-prevalence-of-and-risk-factors-for-carotid-plaque-among-adults-a-population-based-cross-sectional-study-in-rural-china
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Wei Zhao, Yanan Wu, Min Shi, Lingling Bai, Jun Tu, Zaiyu Guo, Rongcai Jiang, Jianning Zhang, Xianjia Ning, Jinghua Wang
Although the associations between carotid plaque and cardiovascular disease risk factors have been identified in previous studies, there is limited information on sex-related differences in factors associated with the development of carotid plaque. We aimed to determine sex differences in the prevalence of carotid plaque and associated risk factors in rural China. A total of 3,789 subjects aged ≥45 years without history of stroke or cardiovascular disease were recruited to the study. B-mode ultrasonography was performed to determine the presence of carotid plaque...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922020/efficacy-of-losartan-in-the-management-of-post-dialysis-euvolemic-hypertension-held-trial-a-single-blind-randomized-control-trial
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Raja Ahsan Aftab, Amer Hayat Khan, Azreen Syazril Adnan, Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, Tahir Mehmood Khan
To assess the effectiveness of losartan 50 mg on post dialysis euvolemic hypertensive patients against standard antihypertensive pharmacotherapy. A multicentre, prospective, randomized, single-blind trial was conducted to assess the effect of losartan 50 mg every other day (EOD), once a morning (OM) among post-dialysis euvolemic hypertensive patients. Covariate-adaptive randomization was used to allocate participants to a standard or treatment arm, and they were followed up for eight weeks. Pre-, intra- and post-dialysis session blood pressure (BP) measurements were recorded along with any adverse events...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921256/impact-of-bridging-income-generation-with-group-integrated-care-bigpic-on-hypertension-and-diabetes-in-rural-western-kenya
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Sonak D Pastakia, Simon M Manyara, Rajesh Vedanthan, Jemima H Kamano, Diana Menya, Benjamin Andama, Cleophas Chesoli, Jeremiah Laktabai
BACKGROUND: Rural settings in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) consistently report low participation in non-communicable disease (NCD) treatment programs and poor outcomes. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to assess the impact of the implementation of a patient-centered rural NCD care delivery model called Bridging Income Generation through grouP Integrated Care (BIGPIC). DESIGN: The study prospectively tracked participation and health outcomes for participants in a screening event and compared linkage frequencies to a historical comparison group...
December 5, 2016: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921207/pattern-of-venous-collateral-development-after-splenic-vein-occlusion-in-an-extended-whipple-procedure-whipple-at-the-splenic-artery-and-long-term-results
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Ismael Dominguez Rosado, Sanjeev Bhalla, Luis A Sanchez, Ryan C Fields, William G Hawkins, Steven M Strasberg
BACKGROUND: Extended Whipple procedures may require division of the splenic vein (SV). Controversy exists regarding the risk of sequelae of sinistral portal hypertension when the SV is ligated without reimplantation. The aim of this study was to identify postoperative venous collateral patterns and sequelae of SV ligation, as well as long-term results in an extended Whipple procedure. STUDY DESIGN: Patients who had an extended Whipple procedure (Whipple at the Splenic Artery or WATSA) were entered in an institutional database...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921045/clinical-scenario-of-the-metabolic-syndrome
#13
REVIEW
Swantje Brede, Georg Serfling, Johanna Klement, Sebastian M Schmid, Hendrik Lehnert
The term metabolic syndrome (MeS) refers to a cluster of associated symptoms composed of impaired fasting glucose, abdominal obesity, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. MeS is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and diabetes-associated morbidity and mortality. The increased amount of visceral fat together with a chronic inflammatory state predisposes to the development of arteriosclerosis. Furthermore, insulin resistance (IR) and dyslipidemia are associated with fatty liver disease. In addition, MeS is linked to non-cardiovascular diseases such as cancer as well as psychiatric or endocrine disorders...
October 2016: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921043/metabolic-vascular-syndrome-new-insights-into-a-multidimensional-network-of-risk-factors-and-diseases
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REVIEW
Gerhard H Scholz, Markolf Hanefeld
BACKGROUND: Since 1981, we have used the term metabolic syndrome to describe an association of a dysregulation in lipid metabolism (high triglycerides, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, disturbed glucose homeostasis (enhanced fasting and/or prandial glucose), gout, and hypertension), with android obesity being based on a common soil (overnutrition, reduced physical activity, sociocultural factors, and genetic predisposition). We hypothesized that main traits of the syndrome occur early and are tightly connected with hyperinsulinemia/insulin resistance, procoagulation, and cardiovascular diseases...
October 2016: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921039/clinical-manifestation-and-management-of-adpkd-in-western-countries
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REVIEW
Claudia Sommerer, Martin Zeier
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common hereditary kidney disease in Western countries. The prevalence is between 2.4/10,000 and 3.9/10,000. ADPKD represents a systemic disease resulting in deterioration in renal function. Until now, mutations in two genes (PKD1 and PKD2) have been identified. Recently, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of the vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist tolvaptan to slow the progression of cyst development and renal insufficiency connected with ADPKD in adult patients with chronic kidney disease stages 1-3 at initiation of treatment with evidence of rapidly progressing disease...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921038/the-clinical-manifestation-and-management-of-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-in-china
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REVIEW
Cheng Xue, Chen-Chen Zhou, Ming Wu, Chang-Lin Mei
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common monogenic hereditary kidney disease characterized by progressive enlargement of renal cysts. The incidence is 1-2‰ worldwide. Mutations in two genes (PKD1 and PKD2) cause ADPKD. Currently, there is no pharmaceutical treatment available for ADPKD patients in China. Summary: This review focused on advances in clinical manifestation, gene diagnosis, risk factors, and management of ADPKD in China. There is an age-dependent increase in total kidney volume (TKV) and decrease in renal function in Chinese ADPKD patients...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920863/balloon-occluded-retrograde-transvenous-obliteration-for-treatment-of-bleeding-gastric-varices-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#17
Sana Basseri, Christopher B Lightfoot
Gastric variceal bleeding is a major complication of portal hypertension and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. While esophageal varices are more common, gastric varices are often more challenging to treat. Balloon-Occluded Retrograde Transvenous Obliteration is an interventional procedure whereby the portosystemic gastrorenal shunt is accessed via the left renal vein and the gastric varix outflow tract obliterated using direct sclerotherapy. Herein, we present a case of a 68-year-old female patient with cirrhosis who presented with bleeding gastric varices and successfully treated...
December 2016: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920772/streptococcus-thermophilus-apc151-strain-is-suitable-for-the-manufacture-of-naturally-gaba-enriched-bioactive-yogurt
#18
Daniel M Linares, Tom F O'Callaghan, Paula M O'Connor, R P Ross, Catherine Stanton
Consumer interest in health-promoting food products is a major driving force for the increasing global demand of functional (probiotic) dairy foods. Yogurt is considered the ideal medium for delivery of beneficial functional ingredients. Gamma-amino-butyric acid has potential as a bioactive ingredient in functional foods due to its health-promoting properties as an anti-stress, anti-hypertensive, and anti-diabetic agent. Here, we report the use of a novel Streptococcus thermophilus strain, isolated from the digestive tract of fish, for production of yogurt naturally enriched with 2 mg/ml of gamma-amino-butyric acid (200 mg in a standard yogurt volume of 100 ml), a dose in the same range as that provided by some commercially available gamma-amino-butyric acid supplements...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920646/successful-treatment-of-small-intestinal-bleeding-in-a-crohn-s-patient-with-noncirrhotic-portal-hypertension-by-transjugular-portosystemic-shunt-placement-and-infliximab-treatment
#19
Benjamin Heimgartner, Heather Dawson, Andrea De Gottardi, Reiner Wiest, Jan Hendrik Niess
Small intestinal bleeding in Crohn's disease patients with noncirrhotic portal hypertension and partial portal and superior mesenteric vein thrombosis is a life-threatening event. Here, a case is reported in which treatment with azathioprine may have resulted in nodular regenerative hyperplasia, portal hypertension and portal vein thrombosis. The 56-year-old patient with Crohn's disease developed nodular regenerative hyperplasia under treatment with azathioprine. He was admitted with severe bleeding. Gastroscopy showed small esophageal varices without bleeding stigmata...
September 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920514/usefulness-of-the-6-minute-walk-test-as-a-screening-test-for-pulmonary-arterial-enlargement-in-copd
#20
Yutaro Oki, Masahiro Kaneko, Yukari Fujimoto, Hideki Sakai, Shogo Misu, Yuji Mitani, Takumi Yamaguchi, Hisafumi Yasuda, Akira Ishikawa
PURPOSE: Pulmonary hypertension and exercise-induced oxygen desaturation (EID) influence acute exacerbation of COPD. Computed tomography (CT)-detected pulmonary artery (PA) enlargement is independently associated with acute COPD exacerbations. Associations between PA to aorta (PA:A) ratio and EID in patients with COPD have not been reported. We hypothesized that the PA:A ratio correlated with EID and that results of the 6-minute walk test (6MWT) would be useful for predicting the risk associated with PA:A >1...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
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