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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231545/aqueous-extract-of-cortex-dictamni-protects-h9c2-cardiomyocytes-from-hypoxia-reoxygenation-induced-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-by-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway
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Lin Li, Yunfeng Zhou, Yanlin Li, Lili Wang, Lan Sun, Lidong Zhou, Hiderori Arai, Yun Qi, Yang Xu
Ischemia-reperfusion injury is the major manifestation of ischemic heart disease, which facilitates cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure and death. Oxidative stress and apoptosis have been involved in the pathogenesis of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury. Modern pharmacological studies have indicated that the extracts and active compounds of Cortex Dictamni exhibit antioxidative and cardiovascular protective activities. This study was designed to investigate the protective effect of aqueous extract of Cortex Dictamni (CDAE) on regulating hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R)-induced cardiomyocytes oxidative stress and apoptosis...
February 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228314/pre-hospital-acute-coronary-syndrome-care-in-kerala-india-a-qualitative-analysis
#2
Amisha Patel, P P Mohanan, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Mark D Huffman
OBJECTIVE: Ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of death in India. Many of these deaths are due to acute coronary syndromes (ACS), which require prompt symptom recognition, care-seeking behavior, and transport to a treatment facility in the critical pre-hospital period. In India, little is known about pre-hospital management of individuals with ACS. We aim to understand the facilitators, barriers, and context of optimal pre-hospital ACS care to provide opportunities to reduce pre-hospital delays and improve acute cardiovascular care...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227815/lab-on-chips-for-manipulation-of-small-scale-organisms-to-facilitate-imaging-of-neurons-and-organs
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Ramtin Ardeshiri, Pouya Rezai, Ramtin Ardeshiri, Pouya Rezai, Ramtin Ardeshiri, Pouya Rezai
Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) and Drosophila melanogaster (D. melanogaster) are widely-used model organisms for neurological and cardiac studies due to their simple neuronal (302 neurons in C. elegans) and cardiac (simple tubular organ in D. melanogaster) systems. However, their small sizes and continuous mobility impede their precise and timely manipulation, hence, limiting the assays that can be done using conventional manual methods. This has resulted in a need for technologies that allow multidirectional manipulation of model organisms to enable studies on target neurons and organs throughout the body...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227592/saw-lc-coupled-resonator-wideband-vco-for-medical-telemetry
#4
Madhav Venkateswaran, Mark Hillig, James E Brown, Paul J Stadnik, Jeffrey A Von Arx, Brian Sutton, Larry J Stotts, Madhav Venkateswaran, Mark Hillig, James E Brown, Paul J Stadnik, Jeffrey A Von Arx, Brian Sutton, Larry J Stotts, Mark Hillig, Jeffrey A Von Arx, Madhav Venkateswaran, Brian Sutton, James E Brown, Paul J Stadnik, Larry J Stotts
Wireless links with implantable devices can help in real-time monitoring of symptoms, irregularities, implanted device efficacy and their reconfiguration. We present the design of a low-power wideband voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) to facilitate implantable wireless telemetry. A coupled SAW-LC resonator design combines high Q and spectral purity of a SAW element and tunability of an LC-tank. The designed 2.7 MHz bandwidth VCO is suitable for full duplex communication protocols in the MedRadio band with frequency agility and higher duty cycles, in conformance with FCC regulations...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227423/dynamic-mapping-of-ventricular-function-from-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Maria Panayiotou, Peter Mountney, Alexander Brost, Daniel Toth, Tom Jackson, Jonathan M Behar, Christopher A Rinaldi, R James Housden, Kawal S Rhode, Maria Panayiotou, Peter Mountney, Alexander Brost, Daniel Toth, Tom Jackson, Jonathan M Behar, Christopher A Rinaldi, R James Housden, Kawal S Rhode, Alexander Brost, Tom Jackson, Maria Panayiotou, Christopher A Rinaldi, Jonathan M Behar, R James Housden, Kawal S Rhode, Daniel Toth, Peter Mountney
Heart failure is associated with substantial mortality and morbidity and remains the most common diagnosis in older patients. Based on experimental electrophysiologic studies, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) for heart failure results in a maximum resynchronization effect when applied to the most delayed left ventricular (LV) site. Current clinical practice is to identify the optimal site using separate visualisation of scar and activation information. These must be mentally mapped into 3D, which is challenging and time-consuming for the electrophysiologist...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227040/representativeness-comparisons-of-nurse-and-computer-charting-of-heart-rate-across-nursing-intensity-protocols
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Jorge M Luna, Natalie Yip, Rimma Pivovarov, David K Vawdrey, Jorge M Luna, Natalie Yip, Rimma Pivovarov, David K Vawdrey, David K Vawdrey, Rimma Pivovarov, Jorge M Luna, Natalie Yip
Clinical teams in acute inpatient settings can greatly benefit from automated charting technologies that continuously monitor patient vital status. NewYork-Presbyterian has designed and developed a real-time patient monitoring system that integrates vital signs sensors, networking, and electronic health records, to allow for automatic charting of patient status. We evaluate the representativeness (a combination of agreement, safety and timing) of a core vital sign across nursing intensity care protocols for preliminary feasibility assessment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224467/appropriate-use-of-genetic-testing-in-congenital-heart-disease-patients
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REVIEW
Seiji Ito, Kimberly A Chapman, Monisha Kisling, Anitha S John
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Congenital heart disease (CHD) remains the most common birth defect, occurring in 1% of all births. Although the exact etiology of CHD is still largely unknown, it is thought to be an interaction of genetic and non-genetic factors. The purposes of this review are to summarize recent advances in CHD genetics and testing and to present a suggested algorithm for appropriate use of genetic testing in patients with CHD. RECENT FINDINGS: Advances in genetic testing technology are rapidly expanding the options for screening and are providing further insights into the genetic and molecular background of non-syndromic CHD...
March 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223472/overexpression-of-sarcoendoplasmic-reticulum-calcium-atpase-2a-promotes-cardiac-sympathetic-neurotransmission-via-abnormal-endoplasmic-reticulum-and-mitochondria-ca-2-regulation
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Julia Shanks, Neil Herring, Errin Johnson, Kun Liu, Dan Li, David J Paterson
Reduced cardiomyocyte excitation-contraction coupling and downregulation of the SERCA2a (sarcoendoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase 2a) is associated with heart failure. This has led to viral transgene upregulation of SERCA2a in cardiomyocytes as a treatment. We hypothesized that SERCA2a gene therapy expressed under a similar promiscuous cytomegalovirus promoter could also affect the cardiac sympathetic neural axis and promote sympathoexcitation. Stellate neurons were isolated from 90 to 120 g male, Sprague-Dawley, Wistar Kyoto, and spontaneously hypertensive rats...
February 21, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220381/pharmacological-management-of-people-living-with-end-stage-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Victoria Dalgliesh, Hilary Pinnock
Supportive care and pharmacological treatment can improve the quality of life of people with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who cope on a daily basis with substantial physical, psychological, social and spiritual morbidity. Smoking cessation is the only intervention that reduces the rate of progression of COPD, but evidence-based drug treatments and non-pharmacological strategies can relieve symptoms and reduce the impact of exacerbations. People with severe COPD live with increasingly troublesome breathlessness and other symptoms such as fatigue, pain, sputum production and weight loss...
February 21, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217064/a-simple-technique-to-achieve-vascular-access-for-continuous-venous-venous-ultrafiltration-in-a-toddler
#10
Joseph Drew Tobias
Acute renal failure is associated with increased mortality in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. When anuric or oliguric renal failure occurs, the associated fluid overload may compromise respiratory function and has been shown to be associated with worse outcomes. Renal replacement therapy using continuous venous-venous hemofiltration (CVVH) allows for fluid, solute, and nitrogenous waste removal. However, large bore vascular access with placement of a double-lumen dialysis catheter is necessary to ensure effective flow rates to allow for CVVH...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215446/a-predictive-model-for-diagnosis-of-lower-extremity-cellulitis-a-cross-sectional-study
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Adam B Raff, Qing Yu Weng, Jeffrey M Cohen, Nicole Gunasekera, Jean-Phillip Okhovat, Priyanka Vedak, Cara Joyce, Daniela Kroshinsky, Arash Mostaghimi
BACKGROUND: Cellulitis has many clinical mimickers (pseudocellulitis), which leads to frequent misdiagnosis. OBJECTIVE: To create a model for predicting the likelihood of lower extremity cellulitis. METHODS: A cross-sectional review was performed of all patients admitted with a diagnosis of lower extremity cellulitis through the emergency department at a large hospital between 2010 and 2012. Patients discharged with diagnosis of cellulitis were categorized as having cellulitis, while those given an alternative diagnosis were considered to have pseudocellulitis...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214968/piloting-the-use-of-patient-specific-cardiac-models-as-a-novel-tool-to-facilitate-communication-during-cinical-consultations
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Giovanni Biglino, Despina Koniordou, Marisa Gasparini, Claudio Capelli, Lindsay-Kay Leaver, Sachin Khambadkone, Silvia Schievano, Andrew M Taylor, Jo Wray
This pilot study aimed to assess the impact of using patient-specific three-dimensional (3D) models of congenital heart disease (CHD) during consultations with adolescent patients. Adolescent CHD patients (n = 20, age 15-18 years, 15 male) were asked to complete two questionnaires during a cardiology transition clinic at a specialist centre. The first questionnaire was completed just before routine consultation with the cardiologist, the second just after the consultation. During the consultation, each patient was presented with a 3D full heart model realised from their medical imaging data...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212834/death-associated-protein-1-dap-1-positively-regulates-virus-replication-and-apoptosis-of-hemocytes-in-shrimp-marsupenaeus-japonicus
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Wen-Li Xia, Li-Hua Kang, Chang-Bin Liu, Cui-Jie Kang
Death-associated protein 1 (DAP1) is a small proline-rich cytoplasmic protein that functions both in the apoptosis and autophage process of mammalian and in the clinical cancer of human. However, little knowledge is known about the homologue gene of DAP1 and its roles in the physiological process of invertebrates. In this paper, we report a novel function of DAP1 in the antivirus immunity of shrimp. A homologue gene of DAP1 was cloned from Marsupenaeus japonicus and named as Mjdap-1. The full-length of Mjdap-1 was 1761 bp with a 309 bp open reading frame that encoded 102 amino acids...
February 14, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212589/a-multicenter-initiative-for-critical-congenital-heart-disease-newborn-screening-in-texas-neonatal-intensive-care-units
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Alice Gong, Charleta Guillory, Liza Creel, Judith Ellen Livingtson, Tiffany M McKee-Garrett, Regine Fortunov
Objective The objective of this study was to implement a strategy for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) newborn screening in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Design A NICU-specific curriculum, screening algorithm, slide presentations, and templates of orders, policies, and procedures were developed into a toolkit for training NICU personnel. Screening was conducted on first and second screen pre- and postductal oxygen saturations (SpO2) on newborns admitted or transferred to the NICU. Results We trained 347 NICU personnel in 13 Texas hospitals, representing rural, suburban, and metropolitan settings...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209981/fibulin-6-regulates-pro-fibrotic-tgf-%C3%AE-responses-in-neonatal-mouse-ventricular-cardiac-fibroblasts
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Arpita Chowdhury, Lisa Hasselbach, Frank Echtermeyer, Nidhi Jyotsana, Gregor Theilmeier, Christine Herzog
Fibulin-6, an essential component of extracellular matrix determines the architecture of cellular junctions in tissues undergoing strain. Increased expression and deposition of fibulin-6 facilitates fibroblast migration in response to TGF-β, following myocardial infarction in mouse heart. The underlying mechanism still remains elusive. In conjunction with our previous study, we have now demonstrated that in fibulin-6 knockdown (KD) fibroblasts, not only TGF-β dependent migration, but also stress fiber formation, cellular networking and subsequently fibroblast wound contraction is almost abrogated...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207870/impaired-hdl2-mediated-cholesterol-efflux-is-associated-with-metabolic-syndrome-in-families-with-early-onset-coronary-heart-disease-and-low-hdl-cholesterol-level
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Timo Paavola, Sanna Kuusisto, Matti Jauhiainen, Sakari Kakko, Tiia Kangas-Kontio, Jari Metso, Pasi Soininen, Mika Ala-Korpela, Risto Bloigu, Minna L Hannuksela, Markku J Savolainen, Tuire Salonurmi
OBJECTIVE: The potential of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) to facilitate cholesterol removal from arterial foam cells is a key function of HDL. We studied whether cholesterol efflux to serum and HDL subfractions is impaired in subjects with early coronary heart disease (CHD) or metabolic syndrome (MetS) in families where a low HDL-cholesterol level (HDL-C) predisposes to early CHD. METHODS: HDL subfractions were isolated from plasma by sequential ultracentrifugation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205213/haemodynamic-changes-to-a-midazolam-fentanyl-rocuronium-protocol-for-pre-hospital-anaesthesia-following-return-of-spontaneous-circulation-after-cardiac-arrest
#17
M Miller, C Groombridge, R Lyon
Following the return of spontaneous circulation after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, neurological dysfunction, airway or ventilatory compromise can impede transport to early percutaneous coronary intervention, necessitating pre-hospital or emergency department anaesthesia to facilitate this procedure. There are no published reports of the ideal induction agents in these patients. We sought to describe haemodynamic changes associated with induction of anaesthesia using a midazolam (0.1 mg.kg(-1) ), fentanyl (2 μg...
February 15, 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203542/robotic-trans-atrial-and-trans-mitral-ventricular-septal-resection
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REVIEW
W Randolph Chitwood
Localized ventricular septal hypertrophy, also known as idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis or idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic septal obstruction (IHSS), can create severe ventricular outflow obstruction. This often results in a high sub-aortic pressure gradient with potentially lethal symptoms. In 1960, Braunwald described the hemodynamic characteristics of IHSS, and thereafter, Morrow developed a trans-aortic approach to resect a large part of the ventricular septum, enlarging the outflow tract. The Morrow operation has remained the gold standard for surgically treating this pathology...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203535/the-state-of-robotic-cardiac-surgery-in-europe
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Matteo Pettinari, Emiliano Navarra, Philippe Noirhomme, Herbert Gutermann
BACKGROUND: In the past two decades, the introduction of robotic technology has facilitated minimally invasive cardiac surgery, allowing surgeons to operate endoscopically rather than through a median sternotomy. This approach has facilitated procedures for several structural heart conditions, including mitral valve repair, atrial septal defect closure and multivessel minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting. In this rapidly evolving field, we review the status of robotic cardiac surgery in Europe with a focus on mitral valve surgery and coronary revascularization...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199087/expression-purification-and-properties-of-a-human-arachidonoyl-specific-isoform-of-diacylglycerol-kinase
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William Jennings, Sejal Doshi, Prasanta Kumar Hota, Aaron Prodeus, Stephanie Black, Richard M Epand
Diacylglycerol kinase epsilon (DGKε) catalyzes the phosphorylation of diacylglycerol producing phosphatidic acid. DGKε demonstrates exquisite specificity for the acyl chains of diacylglycerol. This contributes to the specificity of the PI-cycle for lipid intermediates containing particular acyl chains. Dysregulation of DGKε perturbs lipid signaling and biosynthesis, which has been linked to epilepsy, Huntington's disease and heart disease. Recessive loss-of-function mutations in the DGKε gene cause atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome...
February 15, 2017: Biochemistry
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