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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933671/causal-inference-in-obesity-research
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REVIEW
P W Franks, N Atabaki-Pasdar
Obesity is a risk factor for a plethora of severe morbidities and premature death. Most supporting evidence comes from observational studies that are prone to chance, bias and confounding. Even data on the protective effects of weight loss from randomized controlled trials will be susceptible to confounding and bias if treatment assignment cannot be masked, which is usually the case with lifestyle and surgical interventions. Thus, whilst obesity is widely considered the major modifiable risk factor for many chronic diseases, its causes and consequences are often difficult to determine...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933648/ecg-gated-pulmonary-artery-cta-for-evaluation-of-right-ventricular-function-in-patients-with-acute-pulmonary-embolism
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Hong-Wei Liang, De-Li Zhao, Xin-Ding Liu, Peng Chen, Hai-Ting Zhou, Cheng-Lei Zhao, Guo-Kun Wang, Mei-Ling Xu, Jin-Ling Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate right ventricular function in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (APE) using electrocardiogram-gated CTA and to discuss the clinical value of pulmonary artery CTA PATIENTS AND METHODS: Based on death risk evaluation, 86 APE patients were divided into high-risk group (n=46) and non-high-risk group (n=40). The CT pulmonary embolism (PE) index and parameters of right ventricular function were analyzed from the CTPA images and compared between the two groups. Potential correlation between the two was also discussed...
December 9, 2016: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933569/decision-making-in-clinical-practice-oral-anticoagulant-therapy-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-and-a-single-additional-stroke-risk-factor
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REVIEW
Tatjana S Potpara, Nikolaos Dagres, Nebojša Mujović, Dragan Vasić, Milika Ašanin, Milan Nedeljkovic, Francisco Marin, Laurent Fauchier, Carina Blomstrom-Lundqvist, Gregory Y H Lip
Approximately 1 in 3-4 patients presenting with an ischemic stroke will also have atrial fibrillation (AF), and AF-related strokes can be effectively prevented using oral anticoagulant therapy (OAC), either with well-controlled vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) or non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs). In addition, OAC use (both VKAs and NOACs) is associated with a 26% reduction in all-cause mortality (VKAs) or an additional 10% mortality reduction with NOACs relative to VKAs. The decision to use OAC in individual AF patient is based on the estimated balance of the benefit from ischemic stroke reduction against the risk of major OAC-related bleeding [essentially intracranial hemorrhage (ICH)]...
December 8, 2016: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933413/investigation-on-genetic-thrombophilic-factors-in-ffpe-autopsy-tissue-from-subjects-who-died-from-pulmonary-embolism
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Francesco Brandimarti, Federica Alessandrini, Mauro Pesaresi, Chiara Catalani, Letizia De Angelis, Roberta Galeazzi, Simona Giovagnetti, Rosaria Gesuita, Elisa Righi, Raffaele Giorgetti, Adriano Tagliabracci
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a multifactorial disease determined by a combination of inherited and acquired factors. Inherited factors include mutations in the genes coding for coagulation factors, some of which seem to exert a differential influence on the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). In post-mortem studies of subjects who have died from pulmonary embolism (PE), the analysis of the factors that may have augmented the VTE risk is often limited to acquired factors...
December 9, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933238/high-particulate-matter-emission-from-additive-free-natural-american-spirit-cigarettes
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Yvonne Iffland, Ruth Müller, David Groneberg, Alexander Gerber
BACKGROUND: Involuntary exposure to health-threatening environmental tobacco smoke (Combined Mainstream and Side-stream Smoke, CMSS) is a worldwide problem, causing premature death of thousands of people. CMSS consists of particulate matter (PM), one of the main sources of indoor air pollution. PM constitutes a considerable health risk for passive smokers. It is important to inform the public about brand-specific differences in CMSS-associated PM, especially in the case of brands without additives, which are therefore promoted as natural and less health-threatening...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933037/blad-containing-oligomer-fungicidal-activity-on-human-pathogenic-yeasts-from-the-outside-to-the-inside-of-the-target-cell
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Ana M Pinheiro, Alexandra Carreira, Filipe Rollo, Rui Fernandes, Ricardo B Ferreira, Sara A Monteiro
Blad polypeptide comprises residues 109-281 of Lupinus albus β-conglutin precursor. It occurs naturally as a major subunit of an edible, 210 kDa oligomer which accumulates to high levels, exclusively in the cotyledons of Lupinus seedlings between the 4th and 14th day after the onset of germination. Blad-containing oligomer (BCO) exhibits a potent and broad spectrum fungicide activity toward plant pathogens and is now on sale in the US under the tradename Fracture(TM). In this work we demonstrate its antifungal activity toward human pathogens and provide some insights on its mode of action...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932786/state-medicaid-expansion-tobacco-cessation-coverage-and-number-of-adult-smokers-enrolled-in-expansion-coverage-united-states-2016
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Anne DiGiulio, Meredith Haddix, Zach Jump, Stephen Babb, Anna Schecter, Kisha-Ann S Williams, Kat Asman, Brian S Armour
In 2015, 27.8% of adult Medicaid enrollees were current cigarette smokers, compared with 11.1% of adults with private health insurance, placing Medicaid enrollees at increased risk for smoking-related disease and death (1). In addition, smoking-related diseases are a major contributor to Medicaid costs, accounting for about 15% (>$39 billion) of annual Medicaid spending during 2006-2010 (2). Individual, group, and telephone counseling and seven Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications are effective treatments for helping tobacco users quit (3)...
December 9, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932667/lymph-node-yield-is-an-independent-predictor-of-survival-in-rectal-cancer-regardless-of-receipt-of-neoadjuvant-therapy
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Zhaomin Xu, Mariana E Berho, Adan Z Becerra, Christopher T Aquina, Bradley J Hensley, Reza Arsalanizadeh, Katia Noyes, John R T Monson, Fergal J Fleming
AIMS: Lymph node yield (LNY) is used as a marker of adequate oncological resection. The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) currently recommends that at least 12 nodes are necessary to confirm node-negative disease for rectal cancer. A LNY of 12 is not always achieved, particularly in patients who have undergone neoadjuvant treatment. This study attempts to examine factors associated with LNY and its prognostic impact following neoadjuvant chemoradiation in rectal cancer. METHODS: The 2006-2011 National Cancer Data Base was queried for patients with clinical stage I-III rectal cancer who underwent a proctectomy...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932487/mortality-risk-among-workers-with-exposure-to-dioxins
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J J Collins, K M Bodner, L L Aylward, T J Bender, S Anteau, M Wilken, C M Bodnar
BACKGROUND: In several studies, dioxin exposure has been associated with increased risk from several causes of death. AIMS: To compare the mortality experience of workers exposed to dioxins during trichlorophenol (TCP) and pentachlorophenol (PCP) production to that of the general population and to examine mortality risk by estimated exposure levels. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study which followed up workers' vital status from 1940 to 2011, with serum surveys to support estimation of historical dioxin exposure levels...
December 7, 2016: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932413/biomarkers-and-coronary-lesions-predict-outcomes-after-revascularization-in-non-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Daniel Lindholm, Stefan K James, Maria Bertilsson, Richard C Becker, Christopher P Cannon, Evangelos Giannitsis, Robert A Harrington, Anders Himmelmann, Frederic Kontny, Agneta Siegbahn, Philippe Gabriel Steg, Robert F Storey, Matthijs A Velders, W Douglas Weaver, Lars Wallentin
BACKGROUND: Risk stratification in non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) is currently mainly based on clinical characteristics. With routine invasive management, angiography findings and biomarkers are available and may improve prognostication. We aimed to assess if adding biomarkers [high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (cTnT-hs), N-terminal probrain-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15)] and extent of coronary artery disease (CAD) might improve prognostication in revascularized patients with NSTE-ACS...
December 8, 2016: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932364/mortality-in-the-hertfordshire-ageing-study-association-with-level-and-loss-of-hand-grip-strength-in-later-life
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Holly Emma Syddall, Leo David Westbury, Richard Dodds, Elaine Dennison, Cyrus Cooper, Avan Aihie Sayer
BACKGROUND: weak hand grip strength in later life is a risk factor for disability, morbidity and mortality and is central to definitions of sarcopenia and frailty. It is unclear whether rate of change in grip strength adds to level of grip strength as a risk factor for poor ageing outcomes. METHODS: study participants were 292 community-dwelling men and women whose grip strength was measured during the 1994/5 (average age 67) and 2003/5 (average age 76) phases of the Hertfordshire Ageing Study, UK...
December 7, 2016: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932362/predicting-functional-decline-in-older-emergency-patients-the-safe-elderly-emergency-discharge-seed-project
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Judy A Lowthian, Lahn D Straney, Caroline A Brand, Anna Barker, P de Villiers Smit, Harvey Newnham, Peter Hunter, Cathie Smith, Peter A Cameron
OBJECTIVE: to profile the trajectory of, and risk factors for, functional decline in older patients in the 30 days following Emergency Department (ED) discharge. METHODS: prospective cohort study of community-dwelling patients aged ≥65 years, discharged home from a metropolitan Melbourne ED, 31 July 2012 to 30 November 2013. The primary outcome was functional decline, comprising either increased dependency in personal activities of daily living (ADL) or in skills required for living independently instrumental ADL (IADL), deterioration in cognitive function, nursing home admission or death...
December 7, 2016: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932184/intrapancreatic-splenule-in-a-pancreas-allograft-case-report
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K Yadav, O K Serrano, R Kandaswamy
A 16-year-old white man was involved in a motor vehicle collision and suffered head, chest, and abdominal trauma. Despite initial resuscitative efforts, he progressed to brain death and was designated to be an organ donor by his family. He had no earlier medical or surgical history and no high-risk behaviors. Blood work revealed normal creatinine, liver function tests, lipase, and amylase. Viral serologies were negative except for cytomegalovirus IgG and Epstein-Barr virus nucleic acid. Imaging revealed a right kidney contusion, a manubrial fracture, and fractures of right first rib and bilateral scapulae...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932147/case-report-demonstrating-the-safe-and-effective-means-of-expanding-the-donor-pool-with-livers-recovered-from-brain-dead-donors-after-ethylene-glycol-toxicity
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M H Fujii, J Gierlach, S Alami, C Ericksen, R Kashyap, M S Orloff, C E Marroquin
The growing disparity between organ supply and demand has become the greatest hurdle facing transplant professionals and life-saving transplants. Because the organ shortage has become the rate-limiting step to effective transplants, it is critical for the transplant community to identify viable mechanisms to expand the donor pool and use every available allograft. Although using kidneys from deceased donors whose demise was secondary to ethylene glycol (EG) toxicity requires great deliberation and precise timing as described by Barbas et al [5], using hepatic allografts in this setting involves far less risk...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932141/validation-of-the-pancreatic-donor-risk-index-in-simultaneous-pancreas-kidney-transplantation-performed-in-c%C3%A3-rdoba-hospital-from-2000-to-2015
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J J Salamanca-Bustos, J P Campos-Hernandez, J M Sánchez-Hidalgo, A Arjona-Sánchez, A Sánchez-González, A J Arenas-Bonilla, J Ruiz-Rabelo, J Carrasco-Valiente, J Ruiz-García, J C Regueiro-López, J Briceño-Delgado, M J Requena-Tapia
BACKGROUND: The Pancreatic Donor Risk Index (PDRI) was developed in 2010 in the United States to predict graft survival after pancreas transplantation, based on donor characteristics and logistical and technical conditions. The aim of the study was to validate the utility of PDRI as a pancreas allograft survival predictor in simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation (SPK) transplants performed in our hospital between 2000 and 2015. METHODS: This retrospective analysis of 126 SPK transplants was performed by the same surgical team from the years 2000 to 2015...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932127/recurrent-hepatocellular-carcinoma-after-liver-transplantation-analysis-of-risk-factors
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E Perea Del Pozo, C Bernal Bellido, M Sendín Matín, C Cepeda Franco, J M Álamo Martínez, G Suarez Artacho, L M Marín Gómez, J Padillo Ruiz, M Á Gomez Bravo
BACKGROUND: Survival after orthotopic liver transplantation (LT) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is influenced by tumor recurrence. This study examines the survival of patients who underwent LT for HCC and developed recurrence of tumor after transplantation. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed of the 200 patients who underwent LT secondary to HCC from 1990 to 2014. We excluded 19 patients from the study owing to early postoperative deaths in the 1st month...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932102/kidney-transplantation-results-in-very-highly-sensitized-patients-included-in-a-virtual-crossmatch-program-analysis-of-kidney-pairs
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A Mazuecos, A Alvarez, A Nieto, M A Gentil, M Cabello, A Rodriguez-Benot, C Gracia, F Gonzalez, P Castro, M Alonso
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplantation in highly-sensitized (HS) patients can improve with organ-exchange strategies based on virtual crossmatch (V-XM). Experience in very-HS patients is limited. METHODS: In June 2012, Andalusia started a V-XM protocol for very-HS patients (calculated panel reactive antibodies ≥95%). After organ allocation a cytotoxic-XM performed immediately before transplantation had to be negative for surgery to proceed. We analyzed results up until December 2015...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932093/midterm-results-of-renal-transplantation-from-controlled-cardiac-death-donors-are-similar-to-those-from-brain-death-donors
#18
O Lafuente, B Sánchez-Sobrino, M Pérez, P López-Sánchez, D Janeiro, E Rubio, A Huerta, M Marques, M R Llópez-Carratala, J J Rubio, J Portolés
BACKGROUND: The systematic use of grafts from controlled donors after cardiac death (cDCD) started in our country in 2012 and expanded with the strategic support of National Transplant Organization. We present our experience in kidney transplantation with organs from cDCD donors with a mean follow-up of 3 years. METHODS: Observational prospective study of all transplants performed in our center in 2012-2013 followed to 2016. The immunosuppression protocols were triple therapy for low-risk recipients from a standard brain death donor (DBD), adding basiliximab or thymoglobulin induction for extended-criteria donor or high-risk recipient, respectively, and thymoglobulin induction plus triple therapy for all cDCD recipients...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932071/clinical-predictors-and-outcome-implications-of-early-readmission-in-lung-transplant-recipients
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Asishana A Osho, Anthony W Castleberry, Babatunde A Yerokun, Michael S Mulvihill, Justin Rucker, Laurie D Snyder, Robert D Davis, Matthew G Hartwig
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to identify risk factors and outcome implications for 30-day hospital readmission in lung transplant recipients. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of lung transplant cases from a single, high-volume lung transplant program between January 2000 and March 2012. Demographic and health data were reviewed for all patients. Risk factors for 30-day readmission (defined as readmission within 30 days of discharge from index lung transplant hospitalization) were modeled using logistic regression, with selection of parameters by backward elimination...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931636/complications-of-submucosal-endoscopy
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REVIEW
Jean-Michel Gonzalez, Alban Benezech, Marc Barthet
Submucosal endoscopy essentially regroups peroral endoscopic esophageal myotomy (POEM) and, more recently, pyloromyotomy and tunnel tumor resections. The complication rate of POEM is between 5% and 10%. Complications include gas-related complications, mucosal tears, and bleeding, and are usually managed conservatively or with non-surgical procedures. Only one case of death has been reported. The most commonly identified risk factors for complicated procedures in POEM are short experience with the technique and sigmoid-type esophagus...
October 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Gastroenterology
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