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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598791/croi-2017-neurologic-complications-of-hiv-infection
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Serena S Spudich, Beau M Ances
The brain is a major target for HIV infection and is a potential viral reservoir even in virologically well-controlled HIV-infected individuals. Data presented at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) suggested that during early HIV infection, CD4+ T cells in the meninges and choroid plexus serve as an important early site of HIV infection in the central nervous system (CNS), with brain macrophages and microglial cells becoming an important source of viral replication with advancing disease...
May 2017: Topics in Antiviral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665419/acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-a-comprehensive-review-and-2017-update
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T Terwilliger, M Abdul-Hay
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the second most common acute leukemia in adults, with an incidence of over 6500 cases per year in the United States alone. The hallmark of ALL is chromosomal abnormalities and genetic alterations involved in differentiation and proliferation of lymphoid precursor cells. In adults, 75% of cases develop from precursors of the B-cell lineage, with the remainder of cases consisting of malignant T-cell precursors. Traditionally, risk stratification has been based on clinical factors such age, white blood cell count and response to chemotherapy; however, the identification of recurrent genetic alterations has helped refine individual prognosis and guide management...
June 30, 2017: Blood Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684104/acid-base-disorders-in-liver-disease
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Scheiner Bernhard, Lindner Gregor, Reiberger Thomas, Schneeweiss Bruno, Trauner Michael, Zauner Christian, Funk Georg-Christian
Next to the kidneys and lungs, the liver has been recognized as an important regulator of acid-base homeostasis. While respiratory alkalosis is the most common acid-base disorder in chronic liver disease, various complex metabolic acid-base disorders may occur with liver dysfunction. Although the standard variables of acid-base equilibrium, such as pH and overall base excess, often fail to unmask the underlying cause of acid-base disorders, the physical-chemical acid-base model allows a more in-depth pathophysiological understanding and clinical judgement of acid-base disorders in patients with liver diseases...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612425/iron-deficiency-across-chronic-inflammatory-conditions-international-expert-opinion-on-definition-diagnosis-and-management
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Maria Domenica Cappellini, Josep Comin-Colet, Angel de Francisco, Axel Dignass, Wolfram Doehner, Carolyn S P Lam, Iain C Macdougall, Gerhard Rogler, Clara Camaschella, Rezan Kadir, Nicholas J Kassebaum, Donat R Spahn, Ali T Taher, Khaled M Musallam
Iron deficiency, even in the absence of anemia, can be debilitating, and exacerbate any underlying chronic disease, leading to increased morbidity and mortality. Iron deficiency is frequently concomitant with chronic inflammatory disease; however, iron deficiency treatment is often overlooked, partially due to the heterogeneity among clinical practice guidelines. In the absence of consistent guidance across chronic heart failure, chronic kidney disease and inflammatory bowel disease, we provide practical recommendations for iron deficiency to treating physicians: definition, diagnosis, and disease-specific diagnostic algorithms...
June 13, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677333/review-article-new-treatments-in-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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S A Townsend, P N Newsome
BACKGROUND: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the fastest growing cause of liver disease in the Western world, yet there is no approved pharmacotherapy. While lifestyle modifications remain the mainstay of treatment, only a proportion of individuals are able to make or sustain them, and so more treatment options are required. AIM: To review the potential benefit of drugs used in clinical practice, those entering phase II trials, and compounds being investigated in pre-clinical studies...
July 4, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669352/impact-of-comorbidities-on-gout-and-hyperuricaemia-an-update-on-prevalence-and-treatment-options
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Thomas Bardin, Pascal Richette
Gout, the most prevalent inflammatory arthritis worldwide, is associated with cardiovascular and renal diseases, and is an independent predictor of premature death. The frequencies of obesity, chronic kidney disease (CKD), hypertension, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidaemias, cardiac diseases (including coronary heart disease, heart failure and atrial fibrillation), stroke and peripheral arterial disease have been repeatedly shown to be increased in gout. Therefore, the screening and care of these comorbidities as well as of cardiovascular risk factors are of outmost importance in patients with gout...
July 3, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617305/fibrotic-hypersensitivity-pneumonitis-key-issues-in-diagnosis-and-management
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Vasileios Kouranos, Joseph Jacob, Andrew Nicholson, Elizabetta Renzoni
The diagnosis of hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) relies on the clinical evaluation of a number of features, including a history of significant exposure to potentially causative antigens, physical examination, chest CT scan appearances, bronchoalveolar lavage lymphocytosis, and, in selected cases, histology. The presence of fibrosis is associated with higher morbidity and mortality. Differentiating fibrotic HP from the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias can be a challenge. Furthermore, even in the context of a clear diagnosis of fibrotic HP, the disease behaviour can parallel that of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in a subgroup, with inexorable progression despite treatment...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591533/management-of-septic-shock
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Rebecca E Berger, Emanuel Rivers, Mitchell M Levy
New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 376, Issue 23, Page 2282-2285, June 2017.
June 8, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609703/etiologic-classification-of-ischemic-stroke-where-do-we-stand
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Răzvan Alexandru Radu, Elena Oana Terecoasă, Ovidiu Alexandru Băjenaru, Cristina Tiu
Despite major technological advances in ischemic stroke diagnostic techniques, our current understanding of stroke mechanisms and etiology continues to remain unclear in a significant percent of patients. As a result, several etiological ischemic stroke classifications have emerged during the last two decades but their reliability and validity is far from perfect and further world-wide research is needed in order to achieve the so much needed "standard reference language". An ideal ischemic stroke classification should both comprise all underlying pathologies that could potentially concur to an index event and emphasize the most likely etiological and pathophysiological mechanism...
August 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611879/pitfalls-in-electrocardiographic-diagnosis-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-in-low-risk-chest-pain
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Semhar Z Tewelde, Amal Mattu, William J Brady
Less than half of patients with a chest pain history indicative of acute coronary syndrome have a diagnostic electrocardiogram (ECG) on initial presentation to the emergency department. The physician must dissect the ECG for elusive, but perilous, characteristics that are often missed by machine analysis. ST depression is interpreted and often suggestive of ischemia; however, when exclusive to leads V1-V3 with concomitant tall R waves and upright T waves, a posterior infarction should first and foremost be suspected...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634222/the-role-of-procalcitonin-in-diagnosis-of-sepsis-and-antibiotic-stewardship-opportunities-and-challenges
#11
Angela W S Fung, Daniel Beriault, Eleftherios P Diamandis, Carey-Ann D Burnham, Todd Dorman, Mark Downing, Joshua Hayden, Bradley J Langford
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603584/acute-calculous-cholecystitis-review-of-current-best-practices
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Carlos Augusto Gomes, Cleber Soares Junior, Salomone Di Saveiro, Massimo Sartelli, Michael Denis Kelly, Camila Couto Gomes, Felipe Couto Gomes, Lívia Dornellas Corrêa, Camila Brandão Alves, Samuel de Fádel Guimarães
Acute calculous cholecystitis (ACC) is the most frequent complication of cholelithiasis and represents one-third of all surgical emergency hospital admissions, many aspects of the disease are still a matter of debate. Knowledge of the current evidence may allow the surgical team to develop practical bedside decision-making strategies, aiming at a less demanding procedure and lower frequency of complications. In this regard, recommendations on the diagnosis supported by specific criteria and severity scores are being implemented, to prioritize patients eligible for urgency surgery...
May 27, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/22913681/eltrombopag-before-procedures-in-patients-with-cirrhosis-and-thrombocytopenia
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Nezam H Afdhal, Edoardo G Giannini, Ghias Tayyab, Aftab Mohsin, Jin-Woo Lee, Angelo Andriulli, Lennox Jeffers, John McHutchison, Pei-Jer Chen, Kwang-Hyub Han, Fiona Campbell, Denise Hyde, Andres Brainsky, Dickens Theodore
BACKGROUND: Eltrombopag is an oral thrombopoietin-receptor agonist. This study evaluated the efficacy of eltrombopag for increasing platelet counts and reducing the need for platelet transfusions in patients with thrombocytopenia and chronic liver disease who are undergoing an elective invasive procedure. METHODS: We randomly assigned 292 patients with chronic liver disease of diverse causes and platelet counts of less than 50,000 per cubic millimeter to receive eltrombopag, at a dose of 75 mg daily, or placebo for 14 days before a planned elective invasive procedure that was performed within 5 days after the last dose...
August 23, 2012: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618904/antiplatelet-and-antithrombotic-treatment-for-secondary-prevention-in-ischaemic-heart-disease
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Maddalena Lettino, Sergio Leonardi, Elia De Maria, Sigrun Halvorsen
Platelets play a key role in the pathogenesis of acute coronary syndromes and this is why antiplatelet drugs are essential, both in the acute phase and in the long-term follow-up in preventing recurrent myocardial infarction, stroke and cardiovascular death. Aspirin is the most used agent and still remains the first choice drug for lifelong administration in secondary prevention after myocardial infarction. Dual antiplatelet therapy, targeting more than one pathway of platelet activation, has significantly improved the outcome of patients with acute coronary syndromes despite an increased risk of bleeding complications...
June 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416507/thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura
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Bérangère S Joly, Paul Coppo, Agnès Veyradier
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare and life-threatening thrombotic microangiopathy characterized by microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, severe thrombocytopenia, and organ ischemia linked to disseminated microvascular platelet rich-thrombi. TTP is specifically related to a severe deficiency in ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin and metalloprotease with thrombospondin type 1 repeats, member 13), the specific von Willebrand factor-cleaving protease. ADAMTS13 deficiency is most frequently acquired via ADAMTS13 autoantibodies, but rarely, it is inherited via mutations of the ADAMTS13 gene...
May 25, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556585/a-practical-approach-to-diagnosing-endocrine-hypertension
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Jun Yang, Jimmy Shen, Peter J Fuller
Hypertension is a leading cardiovascular risk factor that remains difficult to manage in a large segment of the population. Secondary causes of hypertension, which are amenable to targeted treatment or even cure, may contribute to poor blood pressure control. The most common endocrine cause, primary aldosteronism, requires biochemical screening as there are often no symptoms or signs other than hypertension. Screening tests should be done after adequate preparation to optimise the results and minimise the confounding effects of diet and medications...
May 27, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549195/the-british-society-for-rheumatology-guideline-for-the-management-of-gout
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Michelle Hui, Alison Carr, Stewart Cameron, Graham Davenport, Michael Doherty, Harry Forrester, Wendy Jenkins, Kelsey M Jordan, Christian D Mallen, Thomas M McDonald, George Nuki, Anthony Pywell, Weiya Zhang, Edward Roddy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 26, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857121/guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-a-century-of-progress
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John A Goodfellow, Hugh J Willison
In 1916, Guillain, Barré and Strohl reported on two cases of acute flaccid paralysis with high cerebrospinal fluid protein levels and normal cell counts - novel findings that identified the disease we now know as Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). 100 years on, we have made great progress with the clinical and pathological characterization of GBS. Early clinicopathological and animal studies indicated that GBS was an immune-mediated demyelinating disorder, and that severe GBS could result in secondary axonal injury; the current treatments of plasma exchange and intravenous immunoglobulin, which were developed in the 1980s, are based on this premise...
December 2016: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402929/kidney-disease-and-hiv-infection
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Christina M Wyatt
The risk of acute and chronic kidney disease remains higher in HIV-infected persons than in the general population, and kidney disease in HIV-infected persons is associated with poor outcomes, including increased mortality. HIV-associated nephropathy occurs less frequently in the era of antiretroviral therapy. HIV immune complex kidney disease is being diagnosed more frequently, but the term is currently used to refer to a heterogeneous group of kidney diseases. Comorbid chronic kidney disease poses a growing burden in HIV-infected persons due to an overrepresentation of risk factors such as black race, diabetes, hypertension, and coinfection with hepatitis C virus...
February 2017: Topics in Antiviral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510730/trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole-versus-vancomycin-in-the-treatment-of-healthcare-ventilator-associated-mrsa-pneumonia-a-case-control-study
#20
Noa Eliakim-Raz, Moran Hellerman, Dafna Yahav, Jonathan Cohen, Ili Margalit, Sharon Fisher, Oren Zusman, Hila Shaked, Jihad Bishara
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 16, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
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