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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102874/cardiorespiratory-hospitalisation-and-mortality-reductions-after-smoking-bans-in-switzerland
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Ana M Vicedo-Cabrera, Martin Röösli, Dragana Radovanovic, Leticia Grize, Fabienne Witassek, Christian Schindler, Laura Perez
INTRODUCTION: Smoking bans are considered one of the most effective policies to reduce population exposure to tobacco smoke and prevent adverse health outcomes. However, evidence on the effect of contextual variables on the effectiveness of smoking bans is still lacking. AIMS: The patchwork of cantonal smoke-free laws in Switzerland was used as a quasi-experimental setting to assess changes after their introduction in: hospitalisations and mortality due to cardiorespiratory diseases in adults; total hospitalisations and hospitalisations due to respiratory disorders in children; and the modifying effects of contextual factors and the effectiveness of the laws...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102546/ataluren-and-similar-compounds-specific-therapies-for-premature-termination-codon-class-i-mutations-for-cystic-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Aisha A Aslam, Colin Higgins, Ian P Sinha, Kevin W Southern
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis is a common life-shortening genetic disorder in the Caucasian population (less common in other ethnic groups) caused by the mutation of a single gene that codes for the production of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein. This protein coordinates the transport of salt (and bicarbonate) across cell surfaces and the mutation most notably affects the airways. In the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, defective protein results in a dehydrated surface liquid and compromised mucociliary clearance...
January 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101623/-102-patients-with-suspected-myocarditis-clinical-presentation-diagnostics-therapy-and-prognosis
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S Streuber, F Noack, D Stoevesandt, A Schlitt
INTRODUCTION: Myocarditis is a disease which is difficult to diagnose and which includes a risk of the development of dilated cardiomyopathy and sudden cardiac death. METHODS AND PATIENTS: In this study 102 patients were included from the time period 2003-2013 after diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of myocarditis in the department of internal medicine at the University Hospital Halle (Saale). RESULTS: Of the study participants 77.5% were male and the average age was 35...
January 18, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101459/venlafaxine-induced-cytotoxicity-towards-isolated-rat-hepatocytes-involves-oxidative-stress-and-mitochondrial-lysosomal-dysfunction
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Elham Ahmadian, Hossein Babaei, Alireza Mohajjel Nayebi, Aziz Eftekhari, Mohammad Ali Eghbal
Purpose: Depression is a public disorder worldwide. Despite the widespread use of venlafaxine in the treatment of depression, it has been associated with the incidence of toxicities. Hence, the goal of the current investigation was to evaluate the mechanisms of venlafaxine-induced cell death in the model of the freshly isolated rat hepatocytes. Methods: Collagenase-perfused rat hepatocytes were treated with venlafaxine and other agents. Cell damage, reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, lipid peroxidation, mitochondrial membrane potential decline, lysosomal damage, glutathione (GSH) level were analyzed...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101360/successful-treatment-of-anti-nmda-receptor-encephalitis-with-a-prompt-ovarian-tumour-removal-and-prolonged-course-of-plasmapheresis-a-case-report
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Elzbieta Rypulak, Michal Borys, Pawel Piwowarczyk, Magdalena Fijalkowska, Beata Potrec, Justyna Sysiak, Janusz Spustek, Alicja Bartkowska-Sniatkowska, Jan Kotarski, Waldemar A Turski, Konrad Rejdak, Miroslaw Czuczwar
Anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is an uncommon autoimmune disorder with a wide spectrum of neuropsychiatric symptoms. There is a great requirement to emphasize the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach in the process of diagnosis and treatment of the potentially fatal condition, including psychiatrists, neurologists, gynaecologists and intensivists. Physicians must be aware that psychiatric and neurological disorders, which are typical features for NMDAR encephalitis in young women with ovarian tumours, may progress into status epilepticus and respiratory insufficiency...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099776/understanding-the-connection-between-posttraumatic-stress-symptoms-and-respiratory-problems-contributions-of-anxiety-sensitivity
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Brittain L Mahaffey, Adam Gonzalez, Samantha G Farris, Michael J Zvolensky, Evelyn J Bromet, Benjamin J Luft, Roman Kotov
Respiratory problems and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are the signature health consequences associated with the September 11, 2001 (9/11), World Trade Center disaster and frequently co-occur. The reasons for this comorbidity, however, remain unknown. Anxiety sensitivity is a transdiagnostic trait that is associated with both PTSD and respiratory symptoms. The present study explored whether anxiety sensitivity could explain the experience of respiratory symptoms in trauma-exposed smokers with PTSD symptoms...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Traumatic Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099637/factors-associated-with-maternal-death-in-an-intensive-care-unit
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Suzanne Vieira Saintrain, Juliana Gomes Ramalho de Oliveira, Maria Vieira de Lima Saintrain, Zenilda Vieira Bruno, Juliana Lima Nogueira Borges, Elizabeth De Francesco Daher, Geraldo Bezerra da Silva
Objective: To identify factors associated with maternal death in patients admitted to an intensive care unit. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a maternal intensive care unit. All medical records of patients admitted from January 2012 to December 2014 were reviewed. Pregnant and puerperal women were included; those with diagnoses of hydatidiform mole, ectopic pregnancy, or anembryonic pregnancy were excluded, as were patients admitted for non-obstetrical reasons...
October 2016: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095804/pulmonary-manifestations-in-niemann-pick-type-c-disease-with-mutations-in-npc2-gene-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Jayesh Sheth, Jijo John Joseph, Krati Shah, Mamta Muranjan, Mehul Mistri, Frenny Sheth
BACKGROUND: Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is an inherited metabolic disorder; due to defect in cellular cholesterol trafficking. It is clinically a heterogeneous disease with variable age of onset with multiple organ systems being involved. NPC1 gene is involved in 95% cases where as remaining ~5% cases are linked with NPC2 gene. CASE PRESENTATION: Case-1, a 14-months-old female presented with recurrent respiratory distress, failure to thrive and hepatosplenomegaly...
January 17, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092604/replication-kinetics-of-neuropathogenic-and-non-neuropathogenic-equine-herpesvirus-type-1-ehv-1-strains-in-primary-murine-neurons-and-ed-cell-line
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J Cymerys, A Słońska, J Brzezicka, A Tucholska, A Chmielewska, J Rola, P Malik, M W Bańbura
Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) causes respiratory infections, abortion and neurological disorders in horses. Molecular epidemiology studies have demonstrated that a single-point mutation in DNA polymerase gene, resulting in an amino acid variation (N752/D752), is significantly associated with the neuropathogenic potential of EHV-1 strains. The aim of the study was to elucidate if there are any differences between neuropathogenic (EHV-1 26) and non-neuropathogenic (Jan-E and Rac-H) EHV-1 strains in their ability to infect neuronal cells...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092273/in-vivo-testing-of-extracorporeal-membrane-ventilators-ila-activve%C3%A2-vs-prototype-i-lung%C3%A2
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Sabine Kischkel, Stefan Bergt, Beate Brock, Johan von Grönheim, Anne Herbst, Marc-Jonas Epping, Georg Matheis, Esther Novosel, Joerg Schneider, Philipp Warnke, Andreas Podbielski, Jan P Roesner, Peter I Lelkes, Brigitte Vollmar
A side-by-side comparison of the decarboxylation efficacy of two pump-driven veno-venous extracorporeal lung assist devices, i.e. a first prototype of the new miniaturized ambulatory extracorporeal membrane ventilator, I-lung® versus the commercial system iLA-activve® over a period of 72 hours in a large animal model.Fifteen German Landrace pigs were anesthetized and underwent mechanical hypoventilation to induce severe hypercapnia. Decarboxylation was accomplished by either the I-lung® or the iLA-activve® via a double lumen catheter in the jugular vein...
January 4, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089799/positive-airway-pressure-therapies-and-hospitalization-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Monica M Vasquez, Leslie A McClure, Duane L Sherrill, Sanjay R Patel, Jerry Krishnan, Stefano Guerra, Sairam Parthasarathy
BACKGROUND: Hospitalization of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) places a huge healthcare burden. Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy is sometimes used in COPD patients, but the possible impact on hospitalization risk remains controversial. We studied the hospitalization risk of COPD patients before and after initiation of various PAP therapies in a "real-world" bioinformatics study. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of administrative claims data of hospitalizations in patients with COPD who received or did not receive PAP therapy - continuous PAP, bilevel PAP, and non-invasive positive pressure ventilation using a home ventilator (NIPPV)...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089419/risk-factors-for-respiratory-failure-of-motor-neuron-disease-in-a-multiracial-asian-population
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Xiao Deng, Ying Hao, Bin Xiao, Eng-King Tan, Yew-Long Lo
BACKGROUND: Motor neuron disease (MND) is a devastating degenerative disorder. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is the most common and severe form of MND. Respiratory failure arising from ventilator musculature atrophy is the most common cause of death for ALS patients. Exploring the factors correlated with respiratory failure can contribute to disease management. PURPOSE: To characterize the clinical features of MND and determine the factors that may affect respiratory failure of MND patients...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089178/hatchery-workers-igg-antibody-profiles-to-airborne-bacteria
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Paul Brauner, Silvana Gromöller, Yvonne Pfeifer, Gottfried Wilharm, Udo Jäckel
Occupational exposure to high concentrations of airborne bacteria in poultry production is related to an increased risk of respiratory disorders. However, etiology and in particular microorganisms' potential role in pathogenesis still needs to be elucidated. Thus, detection of specific antibodies against occupational microbial antigens may lead to identification of potentially harmful species. For the purpose of IgG titer determination, indirect immunofluorescence on various bacterial isolates from duck hatchery air was combined with image-based quantification of fluorescence intensity...
December 26, 2016: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088797/automated-interpretation-of-pulmonary-function-tests-in-adults-with-respiratory-complaints
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Marko Topalovic, Stefan Laval, Jean-Marie Aerts, Thierry Troosters, Marc Decramer, Wim Janssens
BACKGROUND: The use of pulmonary function tests is primarily based on expert opinion and international guidelines. Current interpretation strategies are using predefined cutoffs for the description of a typical pattern. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to explore the predicted disease outcome based on the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society (ATS/ERS) interpreting strategy. Subsequently, we investigated whether an unbiased machine learning framework integrating lung function with clinical variables may provide alternative decision trees resulting in a more accurate diagnosis...
January 12, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088395/lactate-and-lactate-pyruvate-ratio-in-the-diagnosis-and-outcomes-of-pediatric-acute-liver-failure
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Amy G Feldman, Ronald J Sokol, Regina M Hardison, Estella M Alonso, Robert H Squires, Michael R Narkewicz
OBJECTIVES: To assess the accuracy of blood lactate and lactate: pyruvate molar ratio (L:P) as a screen for mitochondrial, respiratory chain, or fatty acid oxidation disorders in children with pediatric acute liver failure (PALF); to determine whether serum lactate ≥ 2.5 mmol/L or L:P  ≥ 25 correlated with biochemical variables of clinical severity; and to determine whether lactate or L:P is associated with clinical outcome at 21 days. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review of demographic, clinical, laboratory, and outcome data for PALF study group participants who had lactate and pyruvate levels collected on the same day...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088365/stem-cells-for-als-an-overview-of-possible-therapeutic-approaches
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REVIEW
Joanna Czarzasta, Aleksandra Habich, Tomasz Siwek, Adam Czapliński, Wojciech Maksymowicz, Joanna Wojtkiewicz
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an unusual, fatal, neurodegenerative disorder leading to the loss of motor neurons. After diagnosis, the average lifespan ranges from 3 to 5 years, and death usually results from respiratory failure. Although the pathogenesis of ALS remains unclear, multiple factors are thought to contribute to the progression of ALS, such as network interactions between genes, environmental exposure, impaired molecular pathways and many others. The neuroprotective properties of neural stem cells (NSCs) and the paracrine signaling of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been examined in multiple pre-clinical trials of ALS with promising results...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087734/increased-mitophagy-in-the-skeletal-muscle-of-spinal-and-bulbar-muscular-atrophy-patients
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Doriana Borgia, Adriana Malena, Marco Spinazzi, Maria Andrea Desbats, Leonardo Salviati, Aaron P Russell, Giovanni Miotto, Laura Tosatto, Elena Pegoraro, Gianni Sorarù, Maria Pennuto, Lodovica Vergani
Spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) is a neuromuscular disorder caused by polyglutamine expansion in the androgen receptor (AR) and characterized by the loss of lower motor neurons. Here we investigated pathological processes occurring in muscle biopsy specimens derived from SBMA patients and, as controls, age-matched healthy subjects and patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and neurogenic atrophy. We detected atrophic fibers in the muscle of SBMA, ALS and neurogenic atrophy patients...
January 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087067/-successful-use-of-sugammadex-for-caesarean-section-in-a-patient-with-myasthenia-gravis
#18
Lokman Soyoral, Ugur Goktas, Muhammed Bilal Cegin, Volkan Baydi
Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder that is characterized by muscle weakness that fluctuates, worsening with exertion, and improving with rest. Diagnosis of myasthenia gravis is made following clinical and physical examination and is confirmed by serum immunoassays to measure autoantibody levels. Myasthenia gravis especially when associated with pregnancy is a high-risk disease, and its course is unpredictable. We described the second report about use of sugammadex after rocuronium for a caesarean delivery with myasthenia gravis, but, unlike our case that formerly was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, the patient was extubated on postoperative successfully and we did not encounter any respiratory problems...
January 10, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086891/measurement-of-electrocardiograms-in-a-bath-through-tap-water-utilizing-capacitive-coupling-electrodes-placed-outside-the-bathtub-wall
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Kosuke Motoi, Yasuhiro Yamakoshi, Takehiro Yamakoshi, Hiroaki Sakai, Naoto Tanaka, Ken-Ichi Yamakoshi
BACKGROUND: Taking a bath sometimes poses a risk for subjects with chronic cardiopulmonary disorders, due to the thermal effect and water pressure on his/her body. The ECG measurement would be helpful for the early recognition of abnormal cardiac beats and respiratory conditions. This paper describes a new attempt to improve on previous bathtub ECG measurement techniques that had electrodes placed inside the bathtub that were intrusive to the subjects' bathing experience. This study is concerned with the initial development of a method to measure an electrocardiogram (ECG) through tap water without conscious awareness of the presence of electrodes that are placed outside the bathtub wall...
January 11, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081336/the-factors-affecting-survival-in-patients-with-bronchiectasis
#20
Fatma Çiftçi, Elif Şen, Sevgi Behiye Saryal, Zeynep Pınar Önen, Banu Gülbay, Öznur Yıldız, Turan Acıcan, Gülseren Karabıyıkoğlu
BACKGROUND/AIM: There is limited information about the rate and modifiers of mortality in noncystic fibrosis bronchiectasis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study enrolled a total of 56 bronchiectasis patients. Patients' body mass index, smoking habit, previous therapies, comorbid disorders, history of vaccination, bronchiectasis type and radiological extent, arterial blood gas analysis, respiratory function tests, and laboratory results were recorded. RESULTS: After a follow-up of 65...
December 20, 2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
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