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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524624/pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-progress-in-understanding-the-disease-and-prioritizing-strategies-for-drug-development
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REVIEW
P Ghataorhe, C J Rhodes, L Harbaum, M Attard, J Wharton, M R Wilkins
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), at one time a largely overlooked disease, is now the subject of intense study in many academic and biotech groups. The availability of new treatments has increased awareness of the condition. This in turn has driven a change in the demographics of PAH, with an increase in the mean age at diagnosis. The diagnosis of PAH in more elderly patients has highlighted the need for careful phenotyping of patients and for further studies to understand how best to manage pulmonary hypertension associated with, for example, left heart disease...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523130/the-development-of-uniportal-video-assisted-thoracoscopic-surgery-in-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-from-diagnosis-to-lobectomy
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Alexandre de Oliveira, Thais Amarante P P Couto
BACKGROUND: The use of uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has been increasing worldwide. Our main goal was to describe the evolution of uniportal surgery in the biggest private hospital in Latin America that is located in São Paulo, Brazil. METHODS: This descriptive and retrospective study included patients who underwent uniportal VATS in the thoracic surgical department of Beneficencia Portuguesa Hospital, after being referred to our team to undergo the aforementioned procedure within the period from February 2012 to March 2016...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494541/-new-therapeutic-paradigm-and-concepts-for-patients-with-cirrhotic-refractory-ascites
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S Z Wang, H G Ding
The activation of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-vasopressin system is a key factor in the formation of ascites due to splanchnic vasodilation in cirrhosis. In theory, aldosterone antagonists, contraction of blood vessels, vasopressin V2 receptor, and angiotensin receptor antagonists are important targets for the prevention and treatment of cirrhotic ascites. The 15%-20% of patients with cirrhotic ascites that show no response to at least one week's treatment with potent diuretics (spironolactone 160 mg/d combined with furosemide 80 mg/d) are considered to have refractory ascites...
April 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492561/-sacubitril-valsartan-a-new-and-effective-treatment-for-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
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Michele Senni, Bruno Trimarco, Michele Emdin, Luciano De Biase
Despite significant therapeutic advances, patients with chronic heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) remain at high risk for heart failure progression and death. The PARADIGM-HF study, the largest outcome trial in HFrEF, has shown improved cardiovascular outcomes with sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto®, Novartis), previously known as LCZ696, compared with angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor therapy, possibly leading us to a new era for heart failure treatment. Sacubitril/valsartan represents a first-in-class drug acting through inhibition of angiotensin receptor and neprilysin, thus modulating the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and vasoactive substances such as natriuretic peptides...
January 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473666/the-palmitoylation-of-the-n-terminal-extracellular-cys37-mediates-the-nuclear-translocation-of-vpac1-contributing-to-its-anti-apoptotic-activity
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Rongjie Yu, Hongyu Liu, Xinhe Peng, Yue Cui, Suqin Song, Like Wang, Huahua Zhang, An Hong, Tianhong Zhou
VPAC1 is class B G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) shared by pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP). The first cysteine (Cys37) in the N-terminal extracellular domain of mature VPAC1 is a free Cys not involved in the formation of conserved intramolecular disulfide bonds. In order to investigate the biological role of this Cys37 in VPAC1, the wild-type VPAC1 and Cys37/Ala mutant (VPAC1-C37/A) were expressed stably as fusion proteins with enhanced yellow fluorescent protein (EYFP) respectively in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells...
April 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469668/anesthetic-considerations-for-patients-with-acute-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Fang-Ping Bao, Hong-Gang Zhang, Sheng-Mei Zhu
Anesthesiologists work to prevent or minimize secondary injury of the nervous system and improve the outcome of medical procedures. To this end, anesthesiologists must have a thorough understanding of pathophysiology and optimize their skills and equipment to make an anesthesia plan. Anesthesiologists should conduct careful physical examinations of patients and consider neuroprotection at preoperative interviews, consider cervical spinal cord movement and compression during airway management, and suggest awake fiberoptic bronchoscope intubation for stable patients and direct laryngoscopy with manual in-line immobilization in emergency situations...
March 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460540/drugs-in-preclinical-to-phase-ii-clinical-development-for-the-treatment-of-erectile-dysfunction
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Li Smith-Harrison, Nathan R Starke, Ryan P Smith, Jason R Kovac
Erectile function is an important aspect in the quality of life of many men. For men with erectile dysfunction (ED), a spectrum of treatment options exists. Novel therapies for ED are currently being developed in order to delay surgical placement of a penile prosthesis - the final step in the management of treatment-refractory ED. Areas covered: This review examines innovative treatments such as alternative vasoactive agents, trophic factors and bio-compounds as well as gene and stem cell therapy. All therapies are currently in some phase of development for the management of ED...
May 5, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460120/post-neonatal-tetanus-in-a-picu-of-a-developing-economy-intensive-care-needs-outcome-and-predictors-of-mortality
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Suresh Kumar Angurana, Muralidharan Jayashree, Arun Bansal, Sunit Singhi, Karthi Nallasamy
Objectives: To evaluate pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) needs, outcome and predictors of mortality in post-neonatal tetanus. Materials and methods: Review of 30 consecutive post-neonatal tetanus cases aged 1 months to 12 years admitted to a PICU in north India over a period of 10 years (January 2006 to December 2015). Results: Chronic suppurative otitis media was the commonest portal of entry. All received tetanus toxoid, human tetanus immunoglobulin (HTIG) and appropriate antibiotics; 7 (23...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457405/diaphragm-muscle-surface-electromyography-in-patients-submitted-to-liver-transplant-and-eligible-for-extubation
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R P Duarte, A C Sentanin, A M O da Silva, R M Tonella, G L Duarte, L S R Ratti, I F S F Boin
INTRODUCTION: Liver disease induces many organic and metabolic changes, leading to malnutrition and weight and muscular function loss. Surface electromyography is an easily applicable, noninvasive study, through which the magnitudes of the peaks on the charts depict voluntary muscle activity. AIM: To evaluate the diaphragmatic surface electromyography of postoperative liver transplantation subjects. METHODS: Subjects were patients who underwent liver transplantation and extubation in the Clinical Hospital of State University of Campinas...
May 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456915/reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-recognition-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Cecilia Cappelen-Smith, Zeljka Calic, Dennis Cordato
Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is a rare but increasingly recognized disorder with over 500 cases published in the literature. The condition is characterized by recurrent severe thunderclap headaches with or without other neurological symptoms and diffuse segmental narrowing of the cerebral arteries which is reversible within 3 months. RCVS may occur spontaneously but in over 50% of cases, it is associated with various other conditions, including vasoactive medications or illicit drugs and the post-partum state...
June 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453594/-shock-as-an-adverse-reaction-to-rituximab-case-report
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Estefanía Palma, Vicente González, Daniela Grünholz, María Landaeta, María Mallea, José Pérez, Tomás Armstrong
Rituximab is a plausible alternative first-line treatment of ANCA-associated vasculitis. Adverse effects related to its infusion are common and usually have a benign course. However, there have been reports of refractory cardiogenic shock simulating septic shock. We report an 81-year-old male with the diagnosis of ANCA associated vasculitis. Rituximab 500 mg was administered intravenously for a relapse. The infusion proceeded without incident. However, 24 hours after its administration the patient began with fever, chills, coughing and strong malaise...
February 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434805/pressure-ulcers-in-icu-patients-incidence-and-clinical-and-epidemiological-features-a-multicenter-study-in-southern-brazil
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Delmiro Becker, Tatiane Cristiana Tozo, Saionara Savaris Batista, Andréa Luciana Mattos, Mirian Carla Bortolamedi Silva, Sabrina Rigon, Rosane Lucia Laynes, Edilaine C Salomão, Karina Drielli Gonçalves Hubner, Silvia Garcia Barros Sorbara, Péricles A D Duarte
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the incidence and risk factors of pressure ulcers (PU) in adult patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs), as well as the outcome (including ICU and hospital mortality) of these patients. METHODS: Epidemiological cohort multicenter prospective study, evaluating patients admitted for a period of 31days (June 01 to July 01, 2015) until hospital discharge. Epidemiological and clinical data were collected daily until ICU discharge, as was the incidence of PU, either new or present on admission...
April 20, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427403/preoperative-carbohydrate-load-and-intraoperatively-infused-omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-positively-impact-nosocomial-morbidity-after-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-a-double-blind-controlled-randomized-trial
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Gibran Roder Feguri, Paulo Ruiz Lúcio de Lima, Danilo de Cerqueira Borges, Laura Ramos Toledo, Larissa Nadaf Batista, Thaís Carvalho E Silva, Neuber José Segri, José Eduardo de Aguilar-Nascimento
BACKGROUND: A strategy of limited preoperative fasting, with carbohydrate (CHO) loading and intraoperative infusion of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω-3 PUFA), has seldom been tried in cardiovascular surgery. Brief fasting, followed by CHO intake 2 h before anesthesia, may improve recovery from CABG procedures and lower perioperative vasoactive drug requirements. Infusion of ω-3 PUFA may reduce occurrences of postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) and shorten hospital stays...
April 20, 2017: Nutrition Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408236/unintentional-pediatric-cocaine-exposures-result-in-worse-outcomes-than-other-unintentional-pediatric-poisonings
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Patil Armenian, Michelle Fleurat, George Mittendorf, Kent R Olson
BACKGROUND: Unintentional pediatric cocaine exposures are rare but concerning due to potentially serious complications such as seizures, dysrhythmias, and death. OBJECTIVES: The objectives were to assess the demographic and clinical characteristics of pediatric cocaine exposures reported to the California Poison Control System. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of all confirmed pediatric (< 6 years of age) cocaine exposures reported to the California Poison Control System from January 1, 1997-September 30, 2010...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403995/comparative-efficacy-of-pharmacological-strategies-for-management-of-type-1-hepatorenal-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
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Antonio Facciorusso, Apoorva K Chandar, M Hassan Murad, Larry J Prokop, Nicola Muscatiello, Patrick S Kamath, Siddharth Singh
BACKGROUND: Several drugs have been studied to improve outcomes for patients with hepatorenal syndrome, but trials have reported variable efficacy. We aimed to compare the efficacy of different management strategies for type 1 hepatorenal syndrome. METHODS: For this systematic review and network meta-analysis, we searched Ovid MEDLINE In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations, Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid Embase, Ovid Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Scopus, and Web of Science for papers published up to June 9, 2016...
February 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403121/pheochromocytoma-crisis-in-icu-a-french-multicenter-cohort-study-with-emphasis-on-rescue-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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Bertrand Sauneuf, Nicolas Chudeau, Benoit Champigneulle, Claire Bouffard, Marion Antona, Nicolas Pichon, David Marrache, Romain Sonneville, Antoine Marchalot, Camille Welsch, Antoine Kimmoun, Bruno Bouchet, Elmi Messai, Sylvie Ricome, David Grimaldi, Jonathan Chelly, Jean-Luc Hanouz, Alain Mercat, Nicolas Terzi
OBJECTIVES: To describe the characteristics, management, and outcome of patients admitted to ICUs for pheochromocytoma crisis. DESIGN: A 16-year multicenter retrospective study. SETTING: Fifteen university and nonuniversity ICUs in France. PATIENTS: Patients admitted in ICU for pheochromocytoma crisis. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENT AND MAIN RESULTS: We included 34 patients with a median age of 46 years (40-54 yr); 65% were males...
April 11, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402925/time-delays-associated-with-vasoactive-medication-preparation-and-delivery-in-simulated-patients-at-risk-of-cardiac-arrest
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P G Brindley, D O'Dochartaigh, C Volney, S Ryan, M J Douma
PURPOSE: To compare, quantify, and describe the time-delays associated with four common methods of adrenaline administration in the simulated setting of impending cardiac arrest. METHODS: Using sham medication and a high-fidelity simulator, experienced Nurses prepared, then delivered, adrenaline by: i) bolus, ii) lower-concentration infusion iii) higher-concentration infusion, and iv) higher-concentration infusion plus carrier-line. We recorded medication preparation and delivery time, plus administration errors and self-reported competence...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379598/sildenafil-associated-hepatoxicity-a-review-of-the-literature
#18
S Graziano, A Montana, S Zaami, M C Rotolo, A Minutillo, F P Busardò, E Marinelli
Sildenafil citrate (Viagra®) is a vasoactive agent available worldwide since 1998 for the treatment of male erectile dysfunction. It is a selective phosphodiesterase type 5-enzyme inhibitor able to potentiate the downstream effects of nitric oxide on smooth muscle relaxation and vasodilation through its effects on the cyclic guanosine monophosphate (c-GMP) pathway in the erectile tissue of the penis. When sildenafil is orally administered, it is rapidly absorbed with a maximum plasma concentration achieved within 1 h and has a terminal half-life of between 3 to 6 h...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379296/relaxin-treatment-reduces-angiotensin-ii-induced-vasoconstriction-in-pregnancy-and-protects-against-endothelial-dysfunction%C3%A2
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Sarah A Marshall, Chen Huei Leo, Jane E Girling, Marianne Tare, Sally Beard, Natalie J Hannan, Laura J Parry
The peptide relaxin has gained considerable attention as a new vasoactive drug, largely through its beneficial therapeutic effects in cardiovascular disease. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that relaxin treatment alleviates systemic vascular dysfunction characteristic of hypertensive diseases of pregnancy. We investigated vascular effects and mechanisms of relaxin action in (i) pregnant relaxin-deficient (Rln-/-) mice with enhanced responses to angiotensin II (AngII) and (ii) arteries pre-incubated ex vivo in trophoblast conditioned media (TCM) to induce endothelial dysfunction...
April 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364303/acute-kidney-injury-in-sepsis
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REVIEW
Rinaldo Bellomo, John A Kellum, Claudio Ronco, Ron Wald, Johan Martensson, Matthew Maiden, Sean M Bagshaw, Neil J Glassford, Yugeesh Lankadeva, Suvi T Vaara, Antoine Schneider
Acute kidney injury (AKI) and sepsis carry consensus definitions. The simultaneous presence of both identifies septic AKI. Septic AKI is the most common AKI syndrome in ICU and accounts for approximately half of all such AKI. Its pathophysiology remains poorly understood, but animal models and lack of histological changes suggest that, at least initially, septic AKI may be a functional phenomenon with combined microvascular shunting and tubular cell stress. The diagnosis remains based on clinical assessment and measurement of urinary output and serum creatinine...
March 31, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
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