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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635311/type-d-personality-but-not-type-a-behavior-pattern-is-associated-with-coronary-plaque-vulnerability
#1
Ping Lin, Ling Li, Yini Wang, Zhenjuan Zhao, Guojie Liu, Wei Chen, Hui Tao, Xueqin Gao
Personality traits are associated with major adverse coronary events (MACE) in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). However, the link between personality traits and intravascular morphology in CAD patients is poorly understood. This study investigated the relationship between personality traits, specifically Type A behavior pattern and Type D personality, and plaque vulnerability. After adjustment for demographic and clinical factors, multivariable regression analysis showed no association between Type A and optical coherence tomography indices...
June 21, 2017: Psychology, Health & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626148/prevalence-of-thin-cap-fibroatheroma-in-relation-to-the-severity-of-anatomical-and-physiological-stenosis
#2
Eisuke Usui, Taishi Yonetsu, Tadashi Murai, Yoshihisa Kanaji, Junji Matsuda, Masahiro Hoshino, Makoto Araki, Takayuki Niida, Masahiro Hada, Sadamitsu Ichijyo, Rikuta Hamaya, Yoshinori Kanno, Tetsumin Lee, Mitsuaki Isobe, Tsunekazu Kakuta
BACKGROUND: The relationship between the features of morphologically unstable plaque and physiological lesion severity remains elusive. We aimed to investigate this relationship using optical coherence tomography (OCT)-derived high-risk plaque characteristics and fractional flow reserve (FFR) as the degree of anatomical and physiological stenosis severity.Methods and Results:We investigated 286 de novo intermediate and severe coronary lesions in 248 patients who underwent OCT and FFR examinations...
June 16, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625012/the-effects-of-school-based-condom-availability-programs-caps-on-condom-acquisition-use-and-sexual-behavior-a-systematic-review
#3
REVIEW
Timothy Wang, Mark Lurie, Darshini Govindasamy, Catherine Mathews
We conducted a systematic review to assess the impact of school-based condom availability programs (CAPs) on condom acquisition, use and sexual behavior. We searched PubMed to identify English-language studies evaluating school-based CAPs that reported process (i.e. number of condoms distributed or used) and sexual behavior measures. We identified nine studies that met our inclusion criteria, with the majority conducted in the United States of America. We judged most studies to have medium risk of bias. Most studies showed that school-based CAPs increased the odds of students obtaining condoms (odds ratios (ORs) for individual studies ranged between 1...
June 17, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613918/new-sepsis-definition-sepsis-3-and-community-acquired-pneumonia-mortality-a-validation-and-clinical-decision-making-study
#4
Otavio T Ranzani, Elena Prina, Rosario Menéndez, Adrian Ceccato, Catia Cilloniz, Raul Méndez, Albert Gabarrus, Enric Barbeta, Gianluigi Li Bassi, Miquel Ferrer, Antoni Torres
RATIONALE: Sepsis-3 Task Force updated the clinical criteria for sepsis, excluding the need for systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) criteria. The clinical implications of the proposed flowchart including the quick Sequential (Sepsis-related) Organ Failure Assessment (qSOFA) and SOFA scores are unknown. OBJECTIVE: To perform a clinical decision-making analysis of Sepsis-3 in patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). METHODS: Cohort study including adult patients with CAP from two Spanish university-hospitals...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613013/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-among-mothers-whose-children-underwent-oncological-surgery
#5
Kıvılcım Karadeniz Cerit, Cem Cerit, Ömer Nart, Nurşah Eker, Gürsu Kıyan, Tolga Dağlı, Gülşen Ekingen, Gülnur Tokuç, Ömer Karaca, Funda Çorapçıoğlu
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and associated risk factors among mothers whose children underwent oncological surgery. METHOD: This cross-sectional, multi-center study included a total of 60 mothers whose children underwent major thoracoabdominal surgery and were under the follow-up in the outpatient setting between February 2016 and May 2016. Clinical Data Form, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and Clinician-Administered PTSD scale (CAPS) were used...
June 14, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612058/vesicoureteral-reflux-and-continuous-prophylactic-antibiotics
#6
REVIEW
Ted Lee, John M Park
Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) management must be tailored based on the risk for further infections and renal scarring, gender, likelihood of spontaneous resolution, and parental preferences. Because we now understand that sterile VUR is benign and most reflux spontaneously resolves over time, the initial approach in majority of children is non-surgical with continuous antibiotic prophylaxis (CAP) and correction of bladder and bowel dysfunction. Despite increasing utilization of CAP over the past four decades, the efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis has been questioned due to conflicting results of studies plagued with design flaws and inadequate subject sample size...
June 2017: Investigative and Clinical Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609794/-destruction-of-microsurgical-devices-by-sterilisation
#7
Raphaela Berto, Jürgen Strutz
Hospital facilities issue numerous risk announcements on corrosion, deformation or premature wearout of medical devices every year. As there is yet little data on the impact of reprocessing on the quality and durability of microsurgical instruments, this paper aims at evaluating the effects of the reprocessing on microsurgical instruments. Material and Methods 22 brand new microsurgical instruments for stapes surgery were being reprocessed 30 times without being used for surgery or other purposes in the interim time...
June 13, 2017: Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608526/clothing-protection-from-uvr-a-new-method-for-assessment
#8
Ryan Gage, William Leung, James Stanley, Anthony Reeder, Michelle Barr, Tim Chambers, Moira Smith, Louise Signal
Clothing modifies ultraviolet radiation exposure from the sun, and has an impact on skin cancer risk and the endogenous synthesis of vitamin D3 . There is no standardized method available for assessing body surface area covered by clothing, which limits generalizability between study findings. We calculated the body cover provided by 38 clothing items using diagrams of body surface area (BSA), adjusting the values to account for differences in BSA by age. Diagrams displaying each clothing item were developed and incorporated into a coverage assessment procedure (CAP)...
June 13, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608285/the-glp-1-analogue-lixisenatide-decreases-atherosclerosis-in-insulin-resistant-mice-by-modulating-macrophage-phenotype
#9
Ángela Vinué, Jorge Navarro, Andrea Herrero-Cervera, Marta García-Cubas, Irene Andrés-Blasco, Sergio Martínez-Hervás, José T Real, Juan F Ascaso, Herminia González-Navarro
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Recent clinical studies indicate that glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogues prevent acute cardiovascular events in type 2 diabetes mellitus but their mechanisms remain unknown. In the present study, the impact of GLP-1 analogues and their potential underlying molecular mechanisms in insulin resistance and atherosclerosis are investigated. METHODS: Atherosclerosis development was evaluated in Apoe (-/-) Irs2 (+/-) mice, a mouse model of insulin resistance, the metabolic syndrome and atherosclerosis, treated with the GLP-1 analogues lixisenatide or liraglutide...
June 12, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598905/military-use-of-txa-in-combat-trauma-does-it-matter
#10
Jeffrey T Howard, Zsolt T Stockinger, Andrew P Cap, Jeffrey A Bailey, Kirby R Gross
BACKGROUND: Tranexamic acid (TXA) has been previously reported to have a mortality benefit in civilian and combat-related trauma, and was thus added to the Joint Theater Trauma System Damage Control Resuscitation Clinical Practice Guideline. As part of ongoing system-wide performance improvement, the use of TXA has been closely monitored. The goal was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of TXA use in military casualties and provide additional guidance for continued use. METHODS: A total of 3,773 casualties were included in this retrospective, observational study of data gathered from a trauma registry...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597123/vaginal-drug-delivery-for-the-localised-treatment-of-cervical-cancer
#11
REVIEW
Ian Major, Christopher McConville
Cervical cancer is usually treated by surgery, with the more advanced cancers requiring adjuvant chemotherapy or radiotherapy. The location of the cervix makes it easily accessible through the vagina for the localised delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs. Localised delivery has the advantage of direct delivery to the site of action resulting in a lower dose having to be required and a reduction in systemic side effects. This approach would be advantageous for fertility sparing surgery, whereby localised delivery could be used to reduce tumour size allowing for a much smaller tumour to be removed, reducing the risk of preterm birth...
June 8, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596927/necrotizing-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-community-acquired-pneumonia-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#12
Satish Maharaj, Carmen Isache, Karan Seegobin, Simone Chang, Grant Nelson
Lung cavities are not typically associated with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). CAP due to P. aeruginosa is rare and even less commonly causes necrotizing pneumonia. We report a case of P. aeruginosa CAP that progressed to necrotizing pneumonia and was eventually fatal. Procalcitonin (PCT) has been well investigated in guiding antibiotic therapy (especially CAP) in adults. In this case, PCT at presentation and sequentially was negative. We discuss this caveat and present hypotheses as to the sensitivity and specificity of PCT and C-reactive protein (CRP) in these patients...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594920/genetic-polymorphisms-associated-with-fatty-liver-disease-and-fibrosis-in-hiv-positive-patients-receiving-combined-antiretroviral-therapy-cart
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Leona Dold, Carolin Luda, Carolynne Schwarze-Zander, Christoph Boesecke, Cordula Hansel, Hans-Dieter Nischalke, Philipp Lutz, Raphael Mohr, Jan-Christian Wasmuth, Christian P Strassburg, Jonel Trebicka, Jürgen Kurt Rockstroh, Ulrich Spengler
Hepatic steatosis can occur with any antiretroviral therapy (cART). Although single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have been identified to predispose to alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, their role for treatment-associated steatosis in HIV-positive patients remains unclear. We determined the frequency of PNPLA3 (rs738409), CSPG3/NCAN (rs2228603), GCKR (rs780094), PPP1R3B (rs4240624), TM6SF (rs8542926), LYPLAL1 (rs12137855) and MBOAT7 (rs626283) by RT-PCR in 117 HIV-positive patients on cART and stratified participants based on their "controlled attenuation parameter" (CAP) into probable (CAP: 215-300 dB/m) and definite (CAP >300 dB/m) hepatic steatosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594619/managing-acute-respiratory-tract-infections-in-children
#14
Bruce C Schuster, Clare Hoare, Atanu Mukherjee, Siba Prosad Paul
Respiratory tract infections (RTIs), including community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), bronchiolitis, viral-induced wheeze and croup, account for more primary care consultations than any other illness group and are the most likely reason for a parent or carer to contact a health professional. The majority of RTIs in fully immunised children are usually self-limiting. However, in a small percentage of children RTIs may become life threatening and it is crucial that all front-line health professionals are able to recognise and identify these children who are at risk of deterioration...
June 8, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592328/severe-varicella-zoster-virus-pneumonia-a-multicenter-cohort-study
#15
Adrien Mirouse, Philippe Vignon, Prescillia Piron, René Robert, Laurent Papazian, Guillaume Géri, Pascal Blanc, Christophe Guitton, Claude Guérin, Naïke Bigé, Antoine Rabbat, Aurélie Lefebvre, Keyvan Razazi, Muriel Fartoukh, Eric Mariotte, Lila Bouadma, Jean-Damien Ricard, Amélie Seguin, Bertrand Souweine, Anne-Sophie Moreau, Stanislas Faguer, Arnaud Mari, Julien Mayaux, Francis Schneider, Annabelle Stoclin, Pierre Perez, Julien Maizel, Charles Lafon, Frédérique Ganster, Laurent Argaud, Christophe Girault, François Barbier, Lucien Lecuyer, Jérôme Lambert, Emmanuel Canet
BACKGROUND: Pneumonia is a dreaded complication of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection in adults; however, the data are limited. Our objective was to investigate the clinical features, management, and outcomes of critically ill patients with VZV-related community-acquired pneumonia (VZV-CAP). METHODS: This was an observational study of patients with VZV-CAP admitted to 29 intensive care units (ICUs) from January 1996 to January 2015. RESULTS: One hundred and two patients with VZV-CAP were included...
June 7, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592134/circulating-annexin-a5-levels-are-associated-with-carotid-intima-media-thickness-but-not-coronary-plaque-composition
#16
Mathias Burgmaier, Sebastian Reith, Leon Schurgers, Florian Kahles, Nikolaus Marx, Chris Reutelingsperger
BACKGROUND: Annexin A5 (anxA5) is involved in processes which are crucial in atherogenesis. However, anxA5's relationship with atherosclerotic lesion extension and plaque composition in high-risk patients with type 2 diabetes remains unclear. Thus, we characterized the association between circulating anxA5 levels with atherosclerotic burden and coronary plaque composition in diabetes mellitus patients. METHODS: Intima-media thickness was determined in 96 diabetes mellitus patients with stable coronary artery disease...
June 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585036/differential-expression-pattern-of-protein-markers-for-predicting-chemosensitivity-of-dexamethasone-based-chemotherapy-of-b-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#17
Nasrin Dehghan-Nayeri, Peyman Eshghi, Kourosh Goudarzi Pour, Mostafa Rezaei-Tavirani, Mir Davood Omrani, Ahmad Gharehbaghian
Dexamethasone is considered as a direct chemotherapeutic agent in the treatment of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Beside the advantages of the drug, some problems arising from the dose-related side effects are challenging issues during the treatment. Accordingly, the classification of patients to dexamethasone sensitive and resistance groups can help to select optimizing the therapeutic dose with the lowest adverse effects particularly in sensitive cases. For this purpose, we investigated inhibited proliferation and induced cytotoxicity in NALM-6 cells, as sensitive cells, after dexamethasone treatment...
June 5, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580719/platelets-stored-at-4%C3%A2-c-contribute-to-superior-clot-properties-compared-to-current-standard-of-care-through-fibrin-crosslinking
#18
Prajeeda M Nair, Shaunak G Pandya, Shatha F Dallo, Kristin M Reddoch, Robbie K Montgomery, Heather F Pidcoke, Andrew P Cap, Anand K Ramasubramanian
Currently, platelets for transfusion are stored at room temperature (RT) for 5-7 days with gentle agitation, but this is less than optimal because of loss of function and risk of bacterial contamination. We have previously demonstrated that cold (4°C) storage is an attractive alternative because it preserves platelet metabolic reserves, in vitro responses to agonists of activation, aggregation and physiological inhibitors, as well as adhesion to thrombogenic surfaces better than RT storage. Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration clarified that apheresis platelets stored at 4°C for up to 72 h may be used for treating active haemorrhage...
June 4, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576117/clinical-failure-with-and-without-empiric-atypical-bacteria-coverage-in-hospitalized-adults-with-community-acquired-pneumonia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
Khalid Eljaaly, Samah Alshehri, Ahmed Aljabri, Ivo Abraham, Mayar Al Mohajer, Andre C Kalil, David E Nix
BACKGROUND: Both typical and atypical bacteria can cause community-acquired pneumonia (CAP); however, the need for empiric atypical coverage remains controversial. Our objective was to evaluate the impact of antibiotic regimens with atypical coverage (a fluoroquinolone or combination of a macrolide/doxycycline with a β-lactam) to a regimen without atypical antibiotic coverage (β-lactam monotherapy) on rates of clinical failure (primary endpoint), mortality, bacteriologic failure, and adverse events, (secondary endpoints)...
June 2, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558143/parsing-disease-relevant-protein-modifications-from-epiphenomena-perspective-on-the-structural-basis-of-sod1-mediated-als
#20
N D Schmitt, J N Agar
Conformational change and modification of proteins are involved in many cellular functions. However, they can also have adverse effects that are implicated in numerous diseases. How structural change promotes disease is generally not well understood. This perspective illustrates how mass spectrometry (MS), followed by toxicological and epidemiological validation, can discover disease-relevant structural changes and therapeutic strategies. We (with our collaborators) set out to characterize the structural and toxic consequences of disease-associated mutations and post-translational modifications (PTMs) of the cytosolic antioxidant protein Cu/Zn-Superoxide dismutase (SOD1)...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
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