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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926602/autoimmune-disease-mouse-model-exhibits-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Koichi Sugimoto, Kazuhiko Nakazato, Akihiko Sato, Satoshi Suzuki, Akiomi Yoshihisa, Takeshi Machida, Shu-Ichi Saitoh, Hideharu Sekine, Yasuchika Takeishi
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension is often associated with connective tissue disease. Although there are some animal models of pulmonary hypertension, an autoimmune disease-based model has not yet been reported. MRL/lpr mice, which have hypergammaglobulinemia, produce various autoimmune antibodies, and develop vasculitis and nephritis spontaneously. However, little is known about pulmonary circulation in these mice. In the present study, we examined the pulmonary arterial pressure in MRL/lpr mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925907/atrial-fibrillation-ablation-increases-inflammation-chemokine-modulation-suppresses-activation-of-leukocytes-isolated-after-ablation
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Alexandra Lucas, Mohammad Al-Ani, Sriram Ambadapadi, Jordan R Yaron, Donghang Zheng, Adisson Fortunel, Maia Doroton-Guevara, Liying Liu, Sufi Morshed, Jay Fricker, William Miles, Matthew McKillop
AIMS: Atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation is associated with increased circulating markers of inflammation. Innate immune, or inflammation, pathways up-regulate mononuclear cell responses and may increase risk for recurrent arrhythmia. Chemokines and serine protease coagulation pathways both activate innate immune responses. Here, we measured inflammatory markers in peripheral blood samples from patients after cryoballoon and/or radiofrequency pulmonary vein isolation and assessed the capacity for inhibition of chemokine and serine protease pathways to block cell activation...
September 18, 2017: Cardiovascular & Hematological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923774/endotoxin-adsorption-direct-hemoperfusion-with-the-polymyxin-b-immobilized-fiber-column-pmx
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REVIEW
Tomoharu Shimizu, Toru Miyake, Naomi Kitamura, Masaji Tani, Yoshihiro Endo
Toraymyxin(®) is a medical device developed to adsorb circulating endotoxins in the blood using direct hemoperfusion therapy for patients with septic shock. In 1994, the Japanese National Health Insurance system approved the use of Toraymyxin for the treatment of endotoxemia and septic shock. Since then, Toraymyxin has been safely used in more than 100,000 cases in emergency and intensive care units in Japan. Toraymyxin is currently available for use in the clinical setting in 14 countries worldwide. In this study, we reviewed and introduced the development, clinical use, and efficacy of Toraymyxin and commented on its anticoagulant use and cartridge clotting issue in the treatment of severe sepsis and septic shock...
August 31, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918826/islamic-medicine-in-the-middle-ages
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EDITORIAL
Hawa Edriss, Brittany N Rosales, Connie Nugent, Christian Conrad, Kenneth Nugent
The Islamic culture flourished between the 9th and 13th centuries. Scholars from this era made significant contributions in mathematics, science and medicine. Caliphs and physicians built hospitals that provided universal care and the foundation for medical education. Physician-scientists made significant advances in medical care, surgery and pharmacology. Notable authorities include al-Razi (865-925 CE) who wrote the Kitab al-Hawi fi al-tibb (The Comprehensive Book on Medicine), a 23-volume textbook that provided the main medical curriculum for European schools into the 14th century...
September 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918235/identification-of-bluetongue-virus-serotypes-1-4-and-17-co-infections-in-sheep-flocks-during-outbreaks-in-brazil
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Lorena Lima Barbosa Guimarães, Júlio César Câmara Rosa, Ana Carolina Diniz Matos, Raquel Aparecida S Cruz, Maria Isabel Maldonado Coelho Guedes, Fernanda Alves Dorella, Henrique César Pereira Figueiredo, Saulo Petinatti Pavarini, Luciana Sonne, Zélia Inês Portela Lobato, David Driemeier
Bluetongue (BT) is a vector-borne viral disease caused by the Bluetongue virus (BTV), an Orbivirus from the Reoviridae family, affecting domestic and wild ruminants. BTV circulation in Brazil was first reported in 1978, and several serological surveys indicate that the virus is widespread, although with varied prevalence. In 2014, BT outbreaks affected sheep flocks in Rio Grande do Sul state, causing significant mortality (18.4%; 91/495) in BTV-infected sheep. In total, seven farms were monitored, and one or two sheep from each farm that died due to clinical signs of BT were necropsied...
September 5, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915527/palliative-therapies-for-congenital-heart-disease-with-ductus-dependent-pulmonary-circulation
#6
Shi-Min Yuan
In neonates, the management of ductus dependent pulmonary circulation is challenging. There have been three palliative therapies for this lesion: the modified Blalock-Taussig shunt, ductal stenting and prostaglandin E infusions, for maintaining the ductal patency before definite operations. Debates remain with regard to the indications and disadvantages of three palliative therapies. The aim of this article is to give a brief review of these three palliative therapies.
September 15, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Geburtshilfe und Neonatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915226/pulmonary-vascular-function-and-aerobic-exercise-capacity-at-moderate-altitude
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Vitalie Faoro, Gael Deboeck, Marco Vicenzi, Anne-Fleur Gaston, Bamodi Simaga, Grégory Doucende, Ilona Hapkova, Emma Roca, Enric Subirats, Fabienne Durand, Robert Naeije
PURPOSE: There has been suggestion that a greater "pulmonary vascular reserve" defined by a low pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) and a high lung diffusing capacity (DL) allow for a superior aerobic exercise capacity. How pulmonary vascular reserve might affect exercise capacity at moderate altitude is not known. METHODS: Thirty-eight healthy subjects underwent an exercise stress echocardiography of the pulmonary circulation, combined with measurements of DL for nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide (CO) and a cardiopulmonary exercise test at sea level and at an altitude of 2250 m...
October 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912263/hemodynamic-phenotyping-of-pulmonary-hypertension-in-left-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Robert Naeije, Mario Gerges, Jean-Luc Vachiery, Sergio Caravita, Christian Gerges, Irene M Lang
Increased pulmonary venous pressure secondary to left heart disease is the most common cause of pulmonary hypertension (PH). The diagnosis of PH due to left heart disease relies on a clinical probability assessment followed by the invasive measurements of a mean pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) ≥25 mm Hg and mean wedged PAP (PAWP) >15 mm Hg. A combination of mean PAP and mean PAWP defines postcapillary PH. Postcapillary PH is generally associated with a diastolic pulmonary pressure gradient (diastolic PAP minus mean PAWP) <7 mm Hg, a transpulmonary pressure gradient (mean PAP minus mean PAWP) <12 mm Hg, and pulmonary vascular resistance ≤3 Wood units (WU)...
September 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911829/influenza-in-older-adults
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REVIEW
H Keipp Talbot
Annually, influenza viruses cause significant disease in older adults, varying with the virulence of the circulating strain, prior exposure to circulating strain, and influenza vaccine effectiveness. Older adults often present atypically (eg, without fever) and with complications of influenza infection such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure exacerbations. Prevention methods include antiviral medications and vaccines. Current influenza vaccines have moderate effectiveness for the prevention of hospitalization, but newer more immunogenic vaccines designed for adults 65 years of age and older have been licensed...
September 12, 2017: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911510/long-term-prognostic-value-of-gasping-during-out-of-hospital-cardiac%C3%A2-arrest
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Guillaume Debaty, Jose Labarere, Ralph J Frascone, Marvin A Wayne, Robert A Swor, Brian D Mahoney, Robert M Domeier, Michael L Olinger, Brian J O'Neil, Demetris Yannopoulos, Tom P Aufderheide, Keith G Lurie
BACKGROUND: Gasping is a natural reflex that enhances oxygenation and circulation during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess the relationship between gasping during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and 1-year survival with favorable neurological outcomes. METHODS: The authors prospectively collected incidence of gasping on all evaluable subjects in a multicenter, randomized, controlled, National Institutes of Health-funded out-of-hospital cardiac arrest clinical trial from August 2007 to July 2009...
September 19, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911149/insulin-like-growth-factor-bioactivity-stanniocalcin-2-pregnancy-associated-plasma-protein-a-and-igf-binding-protein-4-in-pleural-fluid-and-serum-from-patients-with-pulmonary-disease
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Ulrick Skipper Espelund, Mette Bjerre, Rikke Hjortebjerg, Torben Riis Rasmussen, Anders Lundby, Andreas Hoeflich, Birgitte Holst Folkersen, Claus Oxvig, Jan Frystyk
Context: Members of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system are primarily produced in the liver and secreted into the circulation, but they are also produced, recruited, and activated locally in tissues. Objective: To compare activity and concentrations of IGF system components in pleural fluid and blood. Design: Pathological pleural fluid, secondary to lung cancer or nonmalignant disease, and matching blood samples were collected from 24 patients ages 66...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910912/-percutaneous-catheterization-for-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-a-retrospective-case-series
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X Y Li, H Y He, X Tang, R Wang, C Y Zhang, S Q Wang, B Sun, Z H Tong
Objective: To review the experience of percutaneous catheterization for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) by respiratory intensivists at a single institution. Methods: A retrospective review of 87 patients undergoing percutaneous catheterization for ECMO in Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine of Beijing Chaoyang Hospital from November 2009 to January 2017. Subject demographics, type of support, cannulation configuration, types of cannulas, use of imaging modalities, and complications were recorded and summarized...
September 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910816/mediastinal-and-subcutaneous-chest-fat-are-differentially-associated-with-emphysema-progression-and-clinical-outcomes-in-smokers
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Jon Grace, Joseph K Leader, Seyed M Nouraie, Jiantao Pu, Divay Chandra, Yingze Zhang, Frank C Sciurba, Jessica Bon
BACKGROUND: Studies have demonstrated both positive and negative effects of obesity on clinical outcomes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In other chronic diseases, fat location is differentially associated with disease outcomes; however, this relationship has not been well studied in COPD. OBJECTIVE: To determine if fat location explains the differential association of body mass index (BMI) with clinical outcome measures in smokers. METHODS: Baseline and 6-year chest computed tomography scans from 68 current and former smokers were used to quantify mediastinal and subcutaneous fat...
September 15, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910142/distinct-phenotypes-of-smokers-with-fixed-airflow-limitation-identi%C3%AF-ed-by-cluster-analysis-of-severe-asthma
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Satoshi Konno, Natsuko Taniguchi, Hironi Makita, Yuji Nakamaru, Kaoruko Shimizu, Noriharu Shijubo, Satoshi Fuke, Kimihiro Takeyabu, Mitsuru Oguri, Hirokazu Kimura, Yukiko Maeda, Masaru Suzuki, Katsura Nagai, Yoichi M Ito, Sally E Wenzel, Masaharu Nishimura
RATIONALE: Smoking may have multifactorial effects on asthma phenotypes, particularly in severe asthma. Cluster analysis has been applied to explore novel phenotypes, which are not based on any priori hypotheses. OBJECTIVE: To explore novel severe asthma phenotypes by cluster analysis when including smoking asthmatics. METHODS: We recruited a total of 127 subjects with severe asthma, including 59 current or ex-smokers, from our university hospital and its 29 affiliated hospitals/pulmonary clinics...
September 14, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901992/european-guidelines-on-perioperative-venous-thromboembolism-prophylaxis-surgery-in-the-elderly
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Sibylle Kozek-Langenecker, Christian Fenger-Eriksen, Emmanuel Thienpont, Giedrius Barauskas
: The risk for postoperative venous thromboembolism (VTE) is increased in patients aged more than 70 years and in elderly patients presenting with co-morbidities, for example cardiovascular disorders, malignancy or renal insufficiency. Therefore, risk stratification, correction of modifiable risks and sustained perioperative thromboprophylaxis are essential in this patient population. Timing and dosing of pharmacoprophylaxis may be adopted from the non-aged population. Direct oral anti-coagulants are effective and well tolerated in the elderly; statins may not replace pharmacological thromboprophylaxis...
September 9, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899350/epidemiological-profile-and-obstetric-outcomes-of-patients-with-peripartum-congestive-heart-failure-in-taiwan-a-retrospective-nationwide-study
#16
Ying-Jen Chang, Chung-Han Ho, Jen-Yin Chen, Ming-Ping Wu, Chia-Hung Yu, Jhi-Joung Wang, Chia-Ming Chen, Chin-Chen Chu
BACKGROUND: During pregnancy, the hyperdynamic physiology of circulation can exacerbate many cardiovascular disorders. Congestive heart failure (CHF) usually occurs during late pregnancy, which is significantly associated with a high level of maternal and neonatal morbidities and mortalities. The profile of women who develop peripartum CHF (PCHF) is unknown. We investigated the epidemiological profiles of PCHF. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, PCHF patients were identified using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes in Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database...
September 12, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895507/functional-impact-of-exercise-pulmonary-hypertension-in-patients-with-borderline-resting-pulmonary-arterial-pressure
#17
Rudolf K F Oliveira, Mariana Faria-Urbina, Bradley A Maron, Mario Santos, Aaron B Waxman, David M Systrom
Borderline resting mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) is associated with adverse outcomes and affects the exercise pulmonary vascular response. However, the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying exertional intolerance in borderline mPAP remain incompletely characterized. In the current study, we sought to evaluate the prevalence and functional impact of exercise pulmonary hypertension (ePH) across a spectrum of resting mPAP's in consecutive patients with contemporary resting right heart catheterization (RHC) and invasive cardiopulmonary exercise testing...
July 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893516/interleukin-6-is-independently-associated-with-right-ventricular-function-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#18
Kurt W Prins, Stephen L Archer, Marc Pritzker, Lauren Rose, E Kenneth Weir, Alok Sharma, Thenappan Thenappan
BACKGROUND: An elevated serum level of interleukin-6 (IL-6) in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients results in a greater symptom burden and increased mortality; however, the mechanisms underlying these observations remain unclear. Because both pre-clinical and clinical data associate elevated IL-6 levels with impaired cardiac function, we hypothesized that the adverse effects of IL-6 in PAH result, in part, from right ventricular (RV) dysfunction. METHODS: We analyzed the relationship between IL-6 and RV function in 40 patients with PAH identified in our institutional PAH registry...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893369/virulence-determinants-of-moraxella-catarrhalis-distribution-and-considerations-for-vaccine-development
#19
Luke V Blakeway, Aimee Tan, Ian R A Peak, Kate L Seib
Moraxella catarrhalis is a human-restricted opportunistic bacterial pathogen of the respiratory mucosa. It frequently colonizes the nasopharynx asymptomatically, but is also an important causative agent of otitis media (OM) in children, and plays a significant role in acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults. As the current treatment options for M. catarrhalis infection in OM and exacerbations of COPD are often ineffective, the development of an efficacious vaccine is warranted...
September 12, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890470/circulating-angptl2-levels-increase-in-humans-and-mice-exhibiting-cardiac-dysfunction
#20
Zhe Tian, Keishi Miyata, Jun Morinaga, Haruki Horiguchi, Tsuyoshi Kadomatsu, Motoyoshi Endo, Jiabin Zhao, Shunshun Zhu, Taichi Sugizaki, Michio Sato, Kazutoyo Terada, Takahiro Okumura, Toyoaki Murohara, Yuichi Oike
BACKGROUND: Recently, it was reported that angiopoietin-like protein 2 (ANGPTL2) secreted from a pathologically stressed heart accelerates cardiac dysfunction in an autocrine/paracrine manner, and that suppression of ANGPTL2 production in the heart restored cardiac function and myocardial energy metabolism, thereby blocking heart failure (HF) development. Interestingly, circulating ANGPTL2 concentrations reportedly increase in HF patients, suggesting a possible endocrine effect on cardiac dysfunction...
September 8, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
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