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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641394/reoperative-analysis-after-mitral-valve-repair-with-glutaraldehyde-treated-autologous-pericardium
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Naoto Fukunaga, Ryuzo Sakata, Tadaaki Koyama
OBJECTIVES: We reviewed reoperations following mitral valve repair (MVR) that used glutaraldehyde-treated autologous pericardium for mitral regurgitation (MR) to analyse the durability and risk factors for reoperation. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed 144 patients (mean age 57.9 years) who underwent MVR using glutaraldehyde-treated pericardium from March 1992 to December 2011. A total of 19 reoperations were necessary during the follow-up period (mean 6.9 years)...
June 21, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641369/markers-of-inflammation-and-incident-breast-cancer-risk-in-the-women-s-health-study
#2
Deirdre K Tobias, Akintunde O Akinkuolie, Paulette D Chandler, Patrick R Lawler, JoAnn E Manson, Julie E Buring, Paul M Ridker, Lu Wang, I-Min Lee, Samia Mora
Chronic inflammation may be a risk factor for breast cancer development and progression, yet which inflammatory biomarkers and pathways are relevant is unknown. The study included 27,071 Women's Health Study participants (mean, 54.5 years old) free of cancer and cardiovascular disease at enrollment (1992 to 1995) with baseline measures of four inflammatory biomarkers: high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), fibrinogen, N-acetyl side-chains of acute phase proteins (GlycA), and soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1)...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641365/ultrasonography-guided-14-gauge-core-biopsy-of-the-breast-results-of-7-years-of-experience
#3
Inha Jung, Min Jung Kim, Hee Jung Moon, Jung Hyun Yoon, Eun-Kyung Kim
Purpose: This study assessed the outcomes of ultrasound (US)-guided core needle biopsies (CNBs) of breast lesions with at least 2 years of follow-up to determine the false-negative rate and to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of CNB. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed 13,254 consecutive US-guided 14-gauge CNBs for breast lesions. We excluded biopsies if non-malignant biopsy result was not confirmed by surgical excision or US-guided vacuum-assisted biopsy, or fewer than 2 years of follow-up data were available...
May 17, 2017: Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641357/-the-german-thorax-registry-implementation-of-an-established-tool-of-perioperative-health-care-research
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Jérôme Defosse, Mark Schieren, Torsten Loop, Cerstin Arndt, Rainer Röhrig, Erich Stoelben, Corinna Ludwig, Alexander Schleppers, Frank Wappler, Mark Gerbershagen, Alberto Lopez-Pastorini
The collection of clinical treatment data in registry databases is an important aspect of health services research. It allows for a critical evaluation of the safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of clinical treatment concepts in large patient populations. The findings of registry research represent real-world patients and treatment structures as they are not limited by strict inclusion criteria or unrealistic conditions as applied in prospective clinical trials. The implementation of the German Thorax Registry has enabled the collection and analysis of data on the interdisciplinary care (thoracic surgery, anaesthesiology, intensive care, pain management) of patients undergoing thoracic surgery...
June 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641310/potentiating-the-effects-of-radiotherapy-in-rectal-cancer-the-role-of-aspirin-statins-and-metformin-as-adjuncts-to-therapy
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K J Gash, A C Chambers, D E Cotton, A C Williams, M G Thomas
BACKGROUND: Complete tumour response (pCR) to neo-adjuvant chemo-radiotherapy for rectal cancer is associated with a reduction in local recurrence and improved disease-free and overall survival, but is achieved in only 20-30% of patients. Drug repurposing for anti-cancer treatments is gaining momentum, but the potential of such drugs as adjuncts, to increase tumour response to chemo-radiotherapy in rectal cancer, is only just beginning to be recognised. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted and all studies investigating the use of drugs to enhance response to neo-adjuvant radiation in rectal cancer were included...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641307/human-equilibrative-nucleoside-transporter-1-gene-expression-is-associated-with-gemcitabine-efficacy-in-advanced-leiomyosarcoma-and-angiosarcoma
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Bruno Vincenzi, Silvia Stacchiotti, Paola Collini, Francesco Pantano, Carla Rabitti, Giuseppe Perrone, Michele Iuliani, Alfonso Baldi, Giuseppe Badalamenti, Roberta Sanfilippo, Daniele Santini, Andrea Onetti Muda, Alessandro Gronchi, Paolo Casali, Angelo Paolo Dei Tos, Giuseppe Tonini
BACKGROUND: The expression of human equilibrative nucleoside transporter 1 (hENT1), the major gemcitabine transporter into cells, has been thoroughly investigated as a predictive marker of response to gemcitabine in pancreatic cancer and biliary tract cancers. Since gemcitabine is widely used in the treatment of leiomyosarcoma and angiosarcoma, we investigated the correlation between hENT1 expression and gemcitabine efficacy in these sarcoma subtypes. METHODS: We retrospectively identified 71 patients affected by advanced angiosarcoma (26) or leiomyosarcoma (45) treated within five Italian referral centres for sarcoma; among them, 49 patients (15 angiosarcoma, 34 leiomyosarcoma) were treated with gemcitabine...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641304/hyperemesis-gravidarum-a-review-of-recent-literature
#7
Viktoriya London, Stephanie Grube, David M Sherer, Ovadia Abulafia
BACKGROUND: In the United States, hyperemesis gravidarum is the most common cause of hospitalization during the first half of pregnancy and is second only to preterm labor for hospitalizations in pregnancy overall. In approximately 0.3-3% of pregnancies, hyperemesis gravidarum is prevalent and this percentage varies on account of different diagnostic criteria and ethnic variation in study populations. Despite extensive research in this field, the mechanism of the disease is largely unknown...
June 23, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641290/long-term-follow-up-of-choroidal-neovascularization-due-to-angioid-streaks-with-pro-re-nata-intravitreal-anti-vegf-treatment
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Giovanni Giacomelli, Lucia Finocchio, Ilaria Biagini, Andrea Sodi, Vittoria Murro, Ugo Introini, Monica Varano, Francesco Bandello, Ugo Menchini
PURPOSE: To evaluate the long-term outcomes of intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs with a pro re nata (PRN) regimen for the treatment of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) secondary to angioid streaks (AS). METHODS: This is a retrospective, multicenter, noncomparative case series of consecutive AS eyes affected by treatment-naïve CNV. A complete ophthalmologic examination was performed every 30-45 days after the loading phase, including fluorescein angiography and/or optical coherence tomography...
June 23, 2017: Ophthalmologica. Journal International D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641285/role-of-glycyrrhizin-in-the-reduction-of-inflammation-in-diabetic-kidney-disease
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Vikram Thakur, Syeda Nargis, Mayra Gonzalez, Swetak Pradhan, Daniel Terreros, Munmun Chattopadhyay
BACKGROUND: Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is one of the most debilitating complications of type 2 diabetes. Recent evidence suggests chronic inflammation to be one of the causal factors of DKD. The mechanisms entailed are not completely elucidated except that a variety of cytokines play a major role in this process. High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is a pro-inflammatory toll-like receptor-4 (TLR4)-binding cytokine that is involved in inflammation-associated gene expression. This investigation was designed to assess the involvement of HMGB1, TLR-4, and nuclear factor (NF)-κB in the development of DKD and to evaluate that whether blocking HMGB1 by its natural inhibitor Glycyrrhizin (GLC) can reduce the progression of the disease...
June 23, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641283/-healing-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-case-report
#10
Inge Mangelsdorf, Harald Walach, Joachim Mutter
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating disease leading to death within 3-5 years in most cases. New approaches to treating this disease are needed. Here, we report a successful therapy. CASE REPORT: In a 49-year-old male patient suffering from muscle weakness and fasciculations, progressive muscular atrophy, a variant of ALS, was diagnosed after extensive examinations ruling out other diseases. Due to supposed mercury exposure from residual amalgam, the patient's teeth were restored...
June 12, 2017: Complementary Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641276/atherosclerosis-and-the-hydrogen-sulfide-signaling-pathway-therapeutic-approaches-to-disease-prevention
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Zhi-Jun Wang, Jian Wu, Wei Guo, Yi-Zhun Zhu
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is now admitted as a third gasotransmitter together with nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide (CO), albeit it was originally considered as a foul and poisonous gas. Endogenous H2S production in mammalian cells is counting on the three enzymes acting on cysteine. Involvement of H2S in various physiological and pathological processes has been extensively studied in the last fifteen years. Mounting evidence suggests that H2S is able to protect against atherosclerosis development and progression...
June 23, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641269/a-model-based-tool-for-the-analysis-and-design-of-gene-regulatory-network
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Liliana Ironi, Ettore Lanzarone
Computational and mathematical models have significantly contributed to the rapid progress in the study of gene regulatory networks (GRN), but researchers still lack a reliable model-based framework for computer-aided analysis and design. Such tool should both reveal the relation between network structure and dynamics and find parameter values and/or constraints that enable the simulated dynamics to reproduce specific behaviors. This paper addresses these issues and proposes a computational framework that facilitates network analysis or design...
June 19, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641226/evaluation-of-trace-element-concentration-in-cancerous-and-non-cancerous-tissues-of-human-stomach
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Shadi Kohzadi, Farshad Sheikhesmaili, Ramesh Rahehagh, Baran Parhizkar, Ebrahim Ghaderi, Hozan Loqmani, Behzad Shahmoradi, Ebrahim Mohammadi, Afshin Maleki
Gastric cancer has a high mortality rate in west of Iran. Various environmental elements are proposed as cancer risk factors including trace elements. Trace elements can induce initiation or progression of carcinogenesis via oxidative stress and DNA injury. The aim of this study was to measure and compare some trace element concentration (Ca, Cu, Fe, As, Mg, Ni, Cd and Cr) in gastric cancer tissues and normal tissues. For this purpose, 35 patients with gastric cancer and 30 without any cancer were biopsied...
June 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641211/specific-interactions-between-androgen-receptor-and-its-ligand-ab-initio-molecular-orbital-calculations-in-water
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Ittetsu Kobayashi, Ryosuke Takeda, Rie Suzuki, Kanako Shimamura, Hiromi Ishimura, Ryushi Kadoya, Kentaro Kawai, Midori Takimoto-Kamimura, Noriyuki Kurita
The Androgen Receptor (AR) is a family of nuclear receptor proteins and a ligand-activated transcription factor. Since its abnormal activation can cause the progression of prostate cancer, numerous types of antagonists against AR have been developed as promising agents for treating prostate cancers. We here investigated the specific interactions between AR and several types of non-steroid agents at an electronic level, using ab initio molecular simulations based on molecular mechanics and ab initio fragment molecular orbital (FMO) methods From the results obtained by FMO, we proposed novel agents as potent ligands against AR and investigated the binding properties between AR and these agents to confirm that some of them can bind more strongly with AR than the existing non-steroid agents and can be strongly effective ligands against AR...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641177/a-30-year-history-of-mpan-case-from-russia
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M Selikhova, E Fedotova, S Wiethoff, L V Schottlaender, S Klyushnikov, S N Illarioshkin, H Houlden
We present a patient with progressive spastic ataxia, with dystonia and anarthria undiagnosed until detailed genetic analysis revealed an MPAN mutation. Highlighting the worldwide MPAN distribution, a 30year history of absent diagnosis and the impact and cost saving of an early but detailed genetic analysis in complex progressive movement disorders, particularly the anarthric NBIA group.
June 2, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641159/a-model-to-calculate-the-progression-of-the-centre-of-pressure-under-the-foot-during-gait-analysis
#16
Melissa Gar Yee Louey, Anita Mudge, Elizabeth Wojciechowski, Morgan Sangeux
Pedobarography and the centre of pressure (COP) progression is useful to understand foot function. Pedobarography is often unavailable in gait laboratories or completed asynchronously to kinematic and kinetic data collection. This paper presents a model that allows calculation of COP progression synchronously using force plate data. The model is an adjunct to Plug-In-Gait and was applied to 49 typically developing children to create reference COP data. COP progressions were noted to spend 8% of stance behind the ankle joint centre, traverse lateral of the longitudinal axis of the foot through the midfoot for 76% of stance and finishing past the second metatarsal head on the medial side for 16% of stance...
June 10, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641153/lipoprotein-a-and-coronary-atheroma-progression-rates-during-long-term-high-intensity-statin-therapy-insights-from-saturn
#17
Rishi Puri, Christie M Ballantyne, Ron C Hoogeveen, Mingyuan Shao, Philip Barter, Peter Libby, M John Chapman, Raimund Erbel, Benoit J Arsenault, Joel S Raichlen, Steven E Nissen, Stephen J Nicholls
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] is a low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-like particle that associates with major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE). We examined relationships between Lp(a) measurements and changes in coronary atheroma volume following long-term maximally-intensive statin therapy in coronary artery disease patients. METHODS: Study of coronary atheroma by intravascular ultrasound: Effect of Rosuvastatin Versus Atorvastatin (SATURN) used serial intravascular ultrasound measures of coronary atheroma volume in patients treated with rosuvastatin 40 mg or atorvastatin 80 mg for 24 months...
June 15, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641138/changes-in-lipid-peroxidation-in-stay-green-leaves-of-tobacco-with-senescence-induced-synthesis-of-cytokinins
#18
Maria Pilarska, Ernest Skowron, Rafał Pietraś, Karin Krupinska, Ewa Niewiadomska
The involvement of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the progress of leaf senescence has long been suggested, but there are contrasting results to either support or deny the positive correlation between the senescence progression and the level of ROS-triggered lipid peroxidation. The inconsistency among reported results can partly be attributed to the poor specificity of the most commonly employed colorimetric assay and changes in the ratio of dry weight/fresh weight during leaf senescence. In this study we determined the end-product of lipid peroxidation malondialdehyde (MDA) by GS-MS, and analyzed its changes during senescence of tobacco leaves as calculated on dry weight basis...
June 15, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641118/mechanisms-for-fast-cell-migration-in-complex-environments
#19
REVIEW
Pablo Vargas, Lucie Barbier, Pablo José Sáez, Matthieu Piel
Cell migration depends on a combination of the cell's intrinsic capacity to move and the proper interpretation of external cues. This multistep process enables leukocytes to travel long distances in organs in just a few hours. This fast migration is partly due to the leukocytes' high level of plasticity, which helps them to adapt to a changing environment. Here, we review recent progress in understanding the mechanisms used by leukocytes to move rapidly and efficiently in intricate anatomical landscapes. We shall focus on specific cytoskeletal rearrangements used by neutrophils and dendritic cells to migrate within confined environments...
June 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641095/high-dose-chemotherapy-and-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-in-relapsed-or-refractory-hodgkin-lymphoma-emerging-questions-newer-agents-and-changing-paradigm
#20
REVIEW
Saad Akhtar
Primary treatment for adult and pediatric patients with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) using current multiagent anthracycline-based chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy will cure approximately >70% of the patients; >95% for early stage with a favorable risk profile and 70-75% with advanced stage and high risk features. Managing refractory and relapsed disease, however, remains a challenge. High dose chemotherapy (HDC) and autologous stem cell transplantation (auto-SCT) can salvage 40-70% of patients with relapsed or refractory HL...
June 13, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
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