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Heart transplants from donors with hepatitis C may be safe and could help decrease organ shortage
(American Heart Association) One-year survival was 90% for adults with severe heart failure who received a heart transplant from a donor with hepatitis C, which was nearly identical to those who received a heart from donors who did not have hepatitis C (91%). Rates of organ rejection, stroke and kidney dialysis were similar between the two groups. More research is needed to assess longer-term results, however, increased use of hearts from donors with hepatitis C could help overcome the national shortage of donor organs.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Erratum: The burden of hepatitis C infection in a Southern Brazilian State
In this report, we present a series of three cases of snakebites that evolved with hemorrhagic stroke due to delays in the access to antivenom in the Brazilian Amazon, being fundamental for diagnosis to validate the clinical suspicion and make decisions that would improve the treatment and prognosis of the patients.
Source: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical - August 2, 2019 Category: Tropical Medicine Source Type: research
Neurological Involvement in Primary Systemic Vasculitis
Conclusion Neurological involvement is a common complication of PSV (Table 1), and neurologists play an important role in the identification and diagnosis of PSV patients with otherwise unexplained neurological symptoms as their chief complaint. This article summarizes the neurological manifestations of PSV and hopes to improve neuroscientists' understanding of this broad range of diseases. TABLE 1 Table 1. Common CNS and PNS involvements of primary systemic vasculitis. Author Contributions SZ conceived the article and wrote the manuscript. DY and GT reviewed and edited the manuscript. All authors ...
Source: Frontiers in Neurology - April 26, 2019 Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Insomnia as an Independent Predictor of Incident Cardiovascular Disease in HIV: Data From the Veterans Aging Cohort Study
Background: Insomnia is associated with increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in the general population and is highly prevalent in people with HIV. The CVD risk conferred by insomnia in the HIV population is unknown. Methods: Using the Veterans Aging Cohort Study Survey Cohort, insomnia symptoms were measured and dummy coded with the item, “Difficulty falling or staying asleep?” (5-point scale from no difficulty to bothers a lot). Incident CVD event ICD-9 codes (acute myocardial infarction, stroke, or coronary artery revascularization) were identified with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Medicare...
Source: JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes - April 9, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Clinical Science Source Type: research
Stroke Characteristics, Risk Factors, and Outcomes in Transgender Adults: A Case Series
Conclusions: Understanding unique vulnerabilities of the transgender community for cerebrovascular events is essential to provide culturally appropriate counseling for harm reduction.
Source: The Neurologist - March 1, 2019 Category: Neurology Tags: Case Report/Case Series Source Type: research
Genetic variation of matrix metalloproteinase enzyme in HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder.
Abstract Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play a key role in several diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, HIV-associated neurological diseases (HAND), multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, certain viral infections of the central nervous system, cancer, and hepatitis C virus. MMPs have been explained with regards to extracellular matrix remodeling, which occurs throughout life and ranges from tissue morphogenesis to wound healing in various processes. MMP are inhibited by endogenous tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs). Matrix metalloproteases act as an interface between host's...
Source: Gene - February 27, 2019 Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Singh H, Nain S, Krishnaraj A, Lata S, Dhole TN Tags: Gene Source Type: research
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in the U.S. Hemophilia Population: A Cohort Study
Conclusions: In this interim analysis of an ongoing national prospective cohort study, older men with moderate to severe hemophilia commonly report risk factors for CKD, including HTN (51.5%), DM, viral infection, and potential renal damaging medication use. Only 11.6% had CVD. Urological symptoms were also common, including hematuria and obstructive symptoms with urination.In our cohort, 11.4% met the definition of CKD, defined as the presence of either kidney damage or GFR < 60 ml/min/1.73 m2 for ≥ 3 months. The distribution of GFR values appeared similar to the general population. As with risk factors associated w...
Source: Blood - November 21, 2018 Category: Hematology Authors: Sood, S. L., Cheng, D., Shapiro, A., Kessler, C. M., Key, N. S., Quon, D., Eyster, M. E., Manco-Johnson, M. J., Kempton, C. L., Cuker, A., Ragni, M. V., Kuriakose, P., von Drygalski, A., Kouides, P. A., Escobar, M. A., Wheeler, A. P., Wang, T.-F., Leissin Tags: 322. Disorders of Coagulation or Fibrinolysis: Poster II Source Type: research
Risk of gallstones in patients with obstructive sleep apnea: a nationwide observational cohort study
ConclusionThe study shows a strong association between OSA and gallstones. Moreover, our findings suggest the requirement for survey and health education for gallstones in OSA and further studies to verify whether the treatment of OSA can reduce the risk of gallstones.
Source: Sleep and Breathing - July 7, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
Risk of gallstones in patients with obstructive sleep apnea: a nationwide observational cohort study.
CONCLUSION: The study shows a strong association between OSA and gallstones. Moreover, our findings suggest the requirement for survey and health education for gallstones in OSA and further studies to verify whether the treatment of OSA can reduce the risk of gallstones. PMID: 29980983 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Sleep and Breathing - July 7, 2018 Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Chen CH, Lin CL, Hsu CY, Kao CH Tags: Sleep Breath Source Type: research
IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 513: Association between Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Cholelithiasis: A Nationwide Population-Based Cohort Study
g Kao We assessed the subsequent risk of cholelithiasis development in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) such as Crohn’s disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC). We identified 8186 patients who aged ≥20 years and were diagnosed with IBD between 2000 and 2010 as the study cohort. A total of 8186 patients without IBD were selected by frequency-matching according to age, sex, comorbidities, and the index date of diagnosis, and they were identified as the control cohort. To measure the incidence of cholelithiasis, all patients were followed up until the end of 2011. The risk of developing cholelithiasis,...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - March 14, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Chien-Hua Chen Cheng-Li Lin Chia-Hung Kao Tags: Article Source Type: research
The Unraveled Link Between Antiviral Therapy and Heart Failure Hospitalization in Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection - A Nationwide Cohort Study.
CONCLUSIONS: AVT for chronic HCV infection might offer protection against HF hospitalizations, critical vascular events, and cardiovascular death beyond known beneficial effects. PMID: 29503408 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Circulation Journal - March 2, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Lin MS, Chung CM, Chang ML, Chen MY, Chang ST, Chu PH, Chen TH, Lin WY, Huang TJ, Lin YS Tags: Circ J Source Type: research
Characteristics and Performance of Unilateral Kidney Transplants from Deceased Donors.
CONCLUSIONS: A large number of discarded kidneys were procured from donors whose contralateral kidneys were transplanted with good post-transplant outcomes. PMID: 29217537 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN - December 7, 2017 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Husain SA, Chiles MC, Lee S, Pastan SO, Patzer RE, Tanriover B, Ratner LE, Mohan S Tags: Clin J Am Soc Nephrol Source Type: research
Prognostic value of viral eradication for major adverse cardiovascular events in hepatitis C cirrhotic patients
Conclusion In patients with compensated HCV-related cirrhosis, Asian ethnic origin, arterial hypertension, smoking and low serum albumin are independent predictive factors of cardiovascular events, while a sustained virological response is associated with a decreased rate of cardiovascular events.
Source: American Heart Journal - November 9, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Direct medical costs associated with the extrahepatic manifestations of hepatitis C virus infection in France
ConclusionExtrahepatic manifestations of HCV infection substantially add to the overall economic burden of the disease in France. HCV cure after anti‐viral therapy is expected to significantly reduce the total costs of managing these manifestations in France.
Source: Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics - October 18, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: P. Cacoub, M. Vautier, A. C. Desbois, D. Saadoun, Z. Younossi Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
3 Reasons to Feel Good About Drinking Coffee on National Coffee Day
People often think about their relationship with coffee as a bad habit: maybe they splurge too frequently on $4 lattes (free coffee deals only come around once a year), or they’re so dependent on their morning pot of coffee that they can’t function without it. While there is a case to be made for not overdoing it, there are also plenty of reasons to embrace your daily coffee ritual without guilt. Yes, there’s the taste, the aroma, and the way coffee brings those fuzzy mornings into focus. But in recent years, research has also suggested that coffee has real health perks—and that for many people, the...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda MacMillan Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition is coffee good for you National Coffee Day Source Type: news
Heartburn drugs linked to premature death
Conclusion This larger set of observational data finds that PPI drugs are associated with an increase in the risk of early death compared with either H2 blockers or no acid suppression drugs. This was the case for participants both with and without gastrointestinal problems. It also appears as though the longer the PPIs drugs are taken, the greater the risk of death. Considering that these drugs are widely used in the UK, these findings may cause concern. But the research has a number of important limitations: The study was conducted in a population of mostly white, older US male veterans, which might limit the ability...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Source Type: news
Impact of aging on neurocognitive performance in previously antiretroviral-naive HIV-infected individuals on their first suppressive regimen
Conclusion: Despite continued virologic suppression and neurocognitive improvement in the cohort as a whole, older individuals were more likely to have neurocognitive impairment than younger individuals.
Source: AIDS - June 30, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Clinical Science Source Type: research
HIV/HCV coinfection and the risk of cardiovascular disease: A meta ‐analysis
In conclusion, individuals with HIV/HCV coinfection had an increased CVD risk compared to those with HIV monoinfection. More research is needed to further examine the nature of this association, and response to traditional risk‐reduction therapies.
Source: Journal of Viral Hepatitis - June 23, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: O. Osibogun, O. Ogunmoroti, E. D. Michos, E. S. Spatz, B. Olubajo, K. Nasir, P. Madhivanan, W. Maziak Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
Stroke in HIV-infected individuals with and without HCV coinfection in Spain in the combination antiretroviral therapy era
by Alejandro Alvaro-Meca, Juan Berenguer, Asunci ón Díaz, Dariela Micheloud, Teresa Aldámiz-Echevarría, Chiara Fanciulli, Salvador Resino The incidence of stroke in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)–infected individuals has been well analyzed in recent epidemiological studies. However, little is known about the specific contribution of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection to stroke among HIV-infected individuals. The aims of this st udy were to analyze trends in the incidence rates of stroke in HIV-infected individuals during the combination antiretroviral (cART) era in Spain and to categorize them by the presence or ...
Source: PLoS One - June 15, 2017 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Alejandro Alvaro-Meca Source Type: research
Increased warfarin requirements in a patient with chronic hepatitis C infection receiving sofosbuvir and ribavirin.
CONCLUSION: A 63-year-old man on a stable dose of warfarin experienced a decrease in INR values after the initiation of a 12-week course of sofosbuvir and ribavirin for the treatment of chronic HCV infection. PMID: 28596225 [PubMed - in process]
Source: American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy : AJHP - June 11, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Peterson D, Van Ermen A Tags: Am J Health Syst Pharm Source Type: research
HIV/HCV Co ‐infection and the risk of Cardiovascular Disease: A Meta‐analysis
In conclusion, individuals with HIV/HCV coinfection had an increased risk compared to those with HIV monoinfection. More research is needed to further examine the nature of this association, and response to traditional risk reductive therapies. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Source: Journal of Viral Hepatitis - May 1, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Olatokunbo Osibogun, Oluseye Ogunmoroti, Erin D. Michos, Erica S. Spatz, Babatunde Olubajo, Khurram Nasir, Purnima Madhivanan, Wasim Maziak Tags: Original Paper Source Type: research
Performance of the Pooled Cohort Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk Score in Hepatitis C Virus ‐infected Persons
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Source: Journal of Viral Hepatitis - March 8, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Kara W. Chew, Debika Bhattacharya, Tamara B. Horwich, Peng Yan, Kathleen A. McGinnis, Chi ‐hong Tseng, Matthew S. Freiberg, Judith S. Currier, Adeel A. Butt Tags: Original Paper Source Type: research
Current level of evidence on causal association between Hepatitis C virus and type 2 diabetes: A review
Publication date: Available online 2 December 2016 Source:Journal of Advanced Research Author(s): Giacomo Gastaldi, Nicolas Goossens, Sophie Clément, Francesco Negro The association between hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and type 2 diabetes (T2D) has been known for over 20 years. Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies have shown a higher prevalence and incidence, respectively, of T2D in patients with chronic HCV infection. HCV induces glucose metabolism alterations mostly interfering with the insulin signalling chain in hepatocytes, although extrahepatic mechanisms seem to contribute. Both IR and T2D accelerate the ...
Source: Journal of Advanced Research - December 3, 2016 Category: Research Source Type: research
Blood transfusion services for patients with sickle cell disease in Nigeria
Conclusion Current efforts of Nigerian public hospitals to provide safe blood and CTT fall short of best practice. Provision of apheresis machines, improvement of voluntary non-remunerated donor drive, screening for red cell antigens and antibodies, and availability of iron chelators would significantly improve SCD care in Nigeria.
Source: International Health - September 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Diaku-Akinwumi, I. N., Abubakar, S. B., Adegoke, S. A., Adeleke, S., Adewoye, O., Adeyemo, T., Akinbami, A., Akinola, N. O., Akinsulie, A., Akinyoola, A., Aneke, J., Awwalu, S., Babadoko, A., Brown, B., Ejike, O., Emodi, I., George, I., Girei, A., Hassan, Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
Management of Neurologic Manifestations in Patients with Liver Disease.
Abstract OPINION STATEMENT: Liver disease, both in its acute and chronic forms, can be associated with a wide spectrum of neurologic manifestations, both central and peripheral, ranging in severity from subclinical changes to neurocritical conditions. Neurologists are frequently consulted to participate in their management. In this review, we present an overview of management strategies for patients with hepatic disease whose clinical course is complicated by neurologic manifestations. Type A hepatic encephalopathy (HE), which occurs in acute liver failure, is a neurologic emergency, and multiple measures should b...
Source: Epilepsy Curr - June 19, 2016 Category: Neurology Authors: Ferro JM, Viana P, Santos P Tags: Curr Treat Options Neurol Source Type: research
Management of Neurologic Manifestations in Patients with Liver Disease
Opinion statement Liver disease, both in its acute and chronic forms, can be associated with a wide spectrum of neurologic manifestations, both central and peripheral, ranging in severity from subclinical changes to neurocritical conditions. Neurologists are frequently consulted to participate in their management. In this review, we present an overview of management strategies for patients with hepatic disease whose clinical course is complicated by neurologic manifestations. Type A hepatic encephalopathy (HE), which occurs in acute liver failure, is a neurologic emergency, and multiple measures should be taken t...
Source: Current Treatment Options in Neurology - June 17, 2016 Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Hepatitis C virus and neurological damage.
Authors: Mathew S, Faheem M, Ibrahim SM, Iqbal W, Rauff B, Fatima K, Qadri I Abstract Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection exhibits a wide range of extrahepatic complications, affecting various organs in the human body. Numerous HCV patients suffer neurological manifestations, ranging from cognitive impairment to peripheral neuropathy. Overexpression of the host immune response leads to the production of immune complexes, cryoglobulins, as well as autoantibodies, which is a major pathogenic mechanism responsible for nervous system dysfunction. Alternatively circulating inflammatory cytokines and chemokines and...
Source: World Journal of Hepatology - May 4, 2016 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: World J Hepatol Source Type: research
Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome Presenting as Coma (P4.354)
Conclusions: RCVS rarely can present with coma and multifocal infarctions. Exact pathophysiology remains unknown but disruption of sympathetic tone and endothelial dysfunction have been implicated. A high index of suspicion is required to minimize disease complications and prevent improper withdrawal of care.Disclosure: Dr. Khan has nothing to disclose. Dr. Adcock has nothing to disclose.
Source: Neurology - April 4, 2016 Category: Neurology Authors: Khan, M., Adcock, A. Tags: Cerebrovascular Case Reports Source Type: research
Imaging of a Fatal Air Embolism from ERCP (P4.363)
CONCLUSIONS: Though most of the occurrences in relation to ERCP are portal venous air embolisms, which are absorbed spontaneously, serious and sometimes fatal complications have occurred including arterial air embolisms causing multiorgan damage including cerebral infarcts. Case history, pertinent imaging and pathological findings are discussed to bring awareness of this rare complication of ERCP and emphasize its early recognition. Disclosure: Dr. Jens has nothing to disclose. Dr. Lee has nothing to disclose. Dr. Ibrahimi has nothing to disclose.
Source: Neurology - April 4, 2016 Category: Neurology Authors: Jens, W., Lee, A., Ibrahimi, M. Tags: Cerebrovascular Case Reports Source Type: research
Cardiac remodelling identified by cardiovascular magnetic resonance in patients with hepatitis C infection and liver disease
Abstract Chronic cardiac dysfunction in patients with chronic liver disease (CLD) in the absence of alcohol consumption or other cardiac disease is well described. Whilst functional and morphological features of this condition remain unclear, diastolic dysfunction has been implicated by echocardiography. We aimed to evaluate myocardial structure, function and tissue composition with cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging in patients with hepatitis C and histological evidence of liver disease on biopsy. Contrast-enhanced CMR imaging for morphological, functional and tissue characterization was performed on 16 pat...
Source: The International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging - December 15, 2015 Category: Radiology Source Type: research
Reversing the effects of the new anti-clotting drugs
The oral anticoagulant warfarin (Coumadin) became available for prescription in 1954. This anti-clotting drug commanded national attention when President Dwight Eisenhower received the drug as part of his treatment following a heart attack. No other oral anticoagulant was successfully developed and marketed in the United States until 2010. Warfarin is a dangerous drug. Along with insulin, it is responsible for the most emergency hospitalizations due to adverse drug reactions. Whereas insulin causes low blood sugar, warfarin is notorious for the complication of major bleeding. Warfarin is plagued by hundreds of drug-drug an...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - December 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD Tags: Drugs and Supplements Health Heart Health Hypertension and Stroke anti-clotting coumadin deep-vein-thrombosis DVT Source Type: news
Neurologic Complications of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection
This article reviews the neurologic complications caused by HIV infection, associated comorbidities, or antiretroviral drugs that are commonly encountered by neurologists. DISCLAIMER: This article was written by Dr Avindra Nath in his personal capacity. The views expressed are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, or the United States government.
Source: CONTINUUM - December 1, 2015 Category: Neurology Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research
Donor risk factors in orthotopic liver transplant: analysis of the OPTN/UNOS registry.
This study of the United Network for Organ Sharing registry data analyzed reputed donor factors using the post-MELD data and evaluated them further in HCV positive and HCV negative recipients with hepatic cirrhosis to develop a modified DRI (mDRI). We found that HCV negative cirrhotic recipients have generally higher tolerance against inferior qualities of donors than HCV positive cirrhotic patients. In addition, the results revealed the post-MELD prognostic factors that should be considered in the donor procurement processes. The group of "all recipients" and the subset of HCV positive cirrhotic recipients showed a simila...
Source: Clinical Transplants - November 20, 2015 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Clin Transpl Source Type: research
Frequency of Cardiovascular Events and Effect on Survival in Liver Transplant Recipients for Cirrhosis Due to Alcoholic or Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis.
CONCLUSIONS: Cardiovascular events occurred with similar frequency in transplant recipients for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or alcoholic cirrhosis. Patient survival was affected in both groups, but male patients with concomitant hepatitis C virus infection remained at higher risk for a cardiovascular event after liver transplant. Development of a cardiac evaluation protocol for liver transplant recipients could help monitor these patients. PMID: 26581602 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation : official journal of the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation - November 17, 2015 Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Piazza NA, Singal AK Tags: Exp Clin Transplant Source Type: research
Relation Between Hepatitis C Virus Exposure and Risk of Osteoporosis: A Nationwide Population-Based Study
Abstract: The effect of hepatitis C virus (HCV) exposure on bone mineral density without advanced liver disease remains debated. Thus, we assessed the relation between HCV exposure and the risk of osteoporosis. From 2000 to 2011, patients aged>20 years with HCV exposure were identified from the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2000. Of the 51,535 sampled patients, 41,228 and 10,307 patients were categorized as the comparison and the HCV exposure cohorts, respectively. The overall incidence of osteoporosis in the HCV exposure cohort was higher than in the comparison cohort (8.27 vs 6.19 per 1000 person-years; crude ha...
Source: Medicine - November 1, 2015 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Observational Study Source Type: research
Hepatitis C virus coinfection independently increases the risk of cardiovascular disease in HIV‐positive patients
Summary Patients infected with HIV are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease despite successful antiretroviral therapy. Likewise, chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with extrahepatic complications, including cardiovascular disease. However the risk of cardiovascular disease has not been formally examined in HIV/HCV‐coinfected patients. A retrospective study was carried out to assess the influence of HCV coinfection on the risk of cardiovascular events in a large cohort of HIV‐infected patients recruited since year 2004. A composite event of cardiovascular disease was used as an endpoint, inc...
Source: Journal of Viral Hepatitis - September 22, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: J. V. Fernández‐Montero, P. Barreiro, C. Mendoza, P. Labarga, V. Soriano Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
The effect of gender and genetic polymorphisms on matrix metalloprotease (MMP) and tissue inhibitor (TIMP) plasma levels in different infectious and non‐infectious conditions
In conclusion, male gender and MMP‐3(‐1612 5A/6A) 6A allele carriage increased MMP‐3 plasma levels significantly, especially in patients with severe bacterial sepsis. This confounding gender effect needs to be addressed when evaluating MMP‐3 plasma levels in any infectious or non‐infectious condition.
Source: Clinical and Experimental Immunology - September 11, 2015 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: J. Collazos, V. Asensi, G. Martin, A. H. Montes, T. Suárez‐Zarracina, E. Valle‐Garay Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
Hepatitis C Virus Infection Associated With an Increased Risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis: A Population-Based Cohort Study
Abstract: The association between the hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and the risk of myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke has been previously investigated. However, the association between the HCV infection and the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) has not been extensively discussed. Using the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2000 (LHID2000), we selected 3686 patients with newly diagnosed HCV infection. We randomly selected 14,744 people with no HCV or hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection as comparison group and frequency matched them with patients with HCV infection according to their age, sex, and index year. T...
Source: Medicine - September 1, 2015 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Observational Study Source Type: research
Stroke in HIV-infected African Americans: a retrospective cohort study
Abstract The risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice as high among African Americans compared to Caucasians. HIV/AIDS is an independent risk factor for stroke. Our study aimed to report the risk factors and short-term clinical outcomes of African Americans with HIV infection and new-onset stroke admitted at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals (2000–2012). Multivariate linear regression was used to examine the association between potential predictors and odds of an unfavorable outcome, defined as a higher modified Rankin Scale (mRS) score on hospital discharge. African Americans comprised 105/125 (84 %) of HIV-inf...
Source: Journal of NeuroVirology - July 9, 2015 Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Framingham score, renal dysfunction, and cardiovascular risk in liver transplant patients
Cardiovascular (CV) events represent major impediments to the long‐term survival of liver transplantation (LT) patients. The aim of this study was to assess whether the Framingham risk score (FRS) at transplantation can predict the development of post‐LT cardiovascular events (CVEs). Patients transplanted between 2006 and 2008 were included. Baseline features, CV risk factors, and CVEs occurring after LT (ischemic heart disease, stroke, heart failure, de novo arrhythmias, and peripheral arterial disease) were recorded. In total, 250 patients (69.6% men) with a median age of 56 years (range, 18‐68 years) were included...
Source: Liver Transplantation - May 26, 2015 Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tommaso Di Maira, Angel Rubin, Lorena Puchades, Victoria Aguilera, Carmen Vinaixa, Maria Garcia, Nicola De Maria, Erica Villa, Rafael Lopez‐Andujar, Fernando San Juan, Eva Montalva, Judith Perez, Martin Prieto, Marina Berenguer Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
Correspondence Infectious causes of stroke
Although the causality of hepatitis C virus in stroke is not conclusive, some clinical studies have shown an increased risk of stroke in patients with chronic hepatitis C. In their Review, Jennifer Fugate and colleagues1 propose several interesting hypotheses to explain the link between chronic infection and stroke that might also be applied to the association of hepatitis C virus infection with stroke. Accumulating evidence shows the metabolic manifestations of hepatitis C virus, and provides a strong link between hepatitis C virus clearance and a decrease in the risk of stroke.
Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases - May 18, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Ching-Sheng Hsu Tags: Correspondence Source Type: research
New recommendations aim to improve safety of pain-relieving spinal steroid injections
More and more people are seeking injections of anti-inflammatory steroid medications for back and neck pain. In 2011, the last year for which complete information is available, doctors pushed the plunger on 2.3 million steroid injections into the spine — and that’s just among people covered by Medicare. These injections deliver drugs that mimic the effects of two hormones, cortisone and hydrocortisone, to reduce inflammation and help relieve pain. When they work — they don’t always — such injections can bring profound relief. “If you are in severe pain with a ruptured spinal disc and you get a stero...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - May 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Daniel Pendick Tags: Back Pain Drugs and Supplements anti-inflammatory steroid medications spinal injections spine steroid injections Source Type: news
Atypical isolated nuclear oculomotor nerve syndrome: A diagnostic challenge (P1.031)
CONCLUSION: This report will raise the awareness about nuclear oculomotor nerve syndrome and lead to a potentially successful therapeutic approach.Disclosure: Dr. Liao has nothing to disclose. Dr. Kamiya Matsuoka has nothing to disclose.
Source: Neurology - April 8, 2015 Category: Neurology Authors: Kamiya Matsuoka, C., Liao, B. Tags: Cerebrovascular Disease and Interventional Neurology: Case Reports Source Type: research
Chronic hepatitis C virus infection and neurological and psychiatric disorders: An overview.
Abstract Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is considered a systemic disease because of involvement of other organs and tissues concomitantly with liver disease. Among the extrahepatic manifestations, neuropsychiatric disorders have been reported in up to 50% of chronic HCV infected patients. Both the central and peripheral nervous system may be involved with a wide variety of clinical manifestations. Main HCV-associated neurological conditions include cerebrovascular events, encephalopathy, myelitis, encephalomyelitis, and cognitive impairment, whereas "brain fog", depression, anxiety, and fatigue are at the top o...
Source: World Journal of Gastroenterology : WJG - February 28, 2015 Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Adinolfi LE, Nevola R, Lus G, Restivo L, Guerrera B, Romano C, Zampino R, Rinaldi L, Sellitto A, Giordano M, Marrone A Tags: World J Gastroenterol Source Type: research
Association between antiviral treatment and extrahepatic outcomes in patients with hepatitis C virus infection
Conclusions Antiviral treatment for HCV is associated with improved renal and circulatory outcomes, but unrelated to catastrophic autoimmune diseases.
Source: Gut - February 3, 2015 Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Hsu, Y.-C., Ho, H. J., Huang, Y.-T., Wang, H.-H., Wu, M.-S., Lin, J.-T., Wu, C.-Y. Tags: Hepatology Source Type: research
Increased risk of cardiovascular events in end-stage renal disease patients with osteoporosis: a nationwide population-based cohort study
Conclusions The results showed that osteoporosis was significantly associated with the subsequent risk of cardiovascular events in patients with ESRD. When encountering patients with ESRD and osteoporosis, physicians should be alert to the subsequent cardiovascular risk in incident dialysis patients to prevent the subsequent occurrence of these adverse events.
Source: Osteoporosis International - December 9, 2014 Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
Ten-point plan to tackle liver disease published
"Doctors call for tougher laws on alcohol abuse to tackle liver disease crisis," The Guardian reports. But this is just one of 10 recommendations for tackling the burden of liver disease published in a special report in The Lancet.The report paints a grim picture of an emerging crisis in liver disease in the UK, saying it is one of the few countries in Europe where liver disease and deaths have actually increased rapidly over the last 30 years. It concludes with 10 recommendations to tackle the burden of liver disease.The media has approached the recommendations from many different angles, with many sources only ...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Lifestyle/exercise QA articles Source Type: news
CDC National Health Report: Leading Causes of Morbidity and Mortality and Associated Behavioral Risk and Protective Factors-United States, 2005-2013.
This report reviews population health in the United States and provides an assessment of recent progress in meeting high-priority health objectives. The health status indicators described in this report were selected because of their direct relation to the leading causes of death and other substantial sources of morbidity and mortality and should be the focus of prevention efforts. REPORTING PERIOD COVERED: Data are reported starting in 2005 (or the earliest available year since 2005) through the current data year. Because data sources and specific indicators vary regarding when data are available, the most recent yea...
Source: MMWR Surveill Summ - October 31, 2014 Category: Epidemiology Authors: Johnson NB, Hayes LD, Brown K, Hoo EC, Ethier KA Tags: MMWR Surveill Summ Source Type: research
HIV Infection and Cardiovascular Disease in Women Epidemiology
Conclusions HIV is associated with an increased risk of CVD in women.
Source: JAHA:Journal of the American Heart Association - October 16, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Womack, J. A., Chang, C.-C. H., So-Armah, K. A., Alcorn, C., Baker, J. V., Brown, S. T., Budoff, M., Butt, A. A., Gibert, C., Goetz, M. B., Gottdiener, J., Gottlieb, S., Justice, A. C., Leaf, D., McGinnis, K., Rimland, D., Rodriguez-Barradas, M. C., Sico, Tags: Epidemiology Source Type: research
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SIGN Apps for iPhone and iPad http://itunes.com/apps/signguidelines, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rootcreative.sign The SIGN app has recently been updated and now contains quick reference guides (QRGs) for:SIGN 136 Management of chronic pain SIGN 135 Management of epithelial ovarian cancer SIGN 134 Treatment of primary breast cancer SIGN 133 Management of hepatitis C The SIGN app has also had a complete re-design and now features:Optimisation for the latest operating systems Re-designed for improved legibility Send pdf button feature Split screen feature (ipad) Prevention of stroke in patients with atr...
Source: Evidence-Based Nursing - June 17, 2014 Category: Nursing Tags: Liver disease, General practice / family medicine, Hepatitis and other GI infections, Drugs: cardiovascular system, Pain (neurology), Stroke, Diet, Pregnancy, Reproductive medicine, Breast cancer, Gynecological cancer, Lung cancer (oncology), Radiotherapy Source Type: research