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Abstract

Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) has become the main treatment for early esophageal cancer. While treating the disease, ESD may also cause postoperative esophageal stricture, which is a global issue that needs resolution. Various methods have been applied to resolve the problem, such as mechanical dilatation, glucocorticoids, anti-scarring drugs, and regenerative medicine; however, no standard treatment regimen exists. This article describes and evaluates the strengths and limitations of new and promising potential strategies for the treatment and prevention of esophageal strictures.

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Background and objectives

Running has gone from a vital necessity for the man to a playful sport. Different rheumatic and orthopedic pathologies have appeared, in front of which the shoe industry has reacted by creating reinforced shoes that are supposed to overcome the induced lesions. Several years later, the trend toward reinforcement has gone toward minimalism, which is the absence of reinforcement, that is, a more natural race.

Method

We observed variations of kinetics and kinematics in young, unprofessional, healthy runners during a shoe race and a shoeless race, which is the form of maximum minimalism. We then correlated minimalism variations with the variables of the race and the joint angles.

Results

We observed significant difference (P < 0.01) in the cycle rate, the cycle length, the step rate, and the angle of attack between running with and without shoes. A small variation of the minimalism index is associated with an increase in knee angle (r 2> 0.5). Conversely, a large variation in the minimalism index is related to a decrease in the knee angle (r 2> 0.5). The minimalism index has no impact on the angulation of the ankle and hip (r 2< 0.3).

Conclusion

Slow transition will bring gains in terms of decreasing the length of the stride, which limits the load on the shin. Greater flexibility can be achieved by decreasing the flexion angle of the knee, which decreases the demand for quadriceps muscles and the risk of knee injury with a greater risk of injury at the tibial level.

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Primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) is a systemic autoimmune disease with exocrine gland dysfunction and multi-organ involvement. Currently, there is an increasing trend toward non-steroid therapy for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Some biological agents or immunosuppressive drugs may be the ideal choices. In real-world practice, as patients have severe systemic complications or organ damage, they will have a bad prognosis even if they are treated with high-dose steroids and strong immunosuppressive drugs. However, if we can start early intervention and prevent progressive development in advance, the patient may have a good prognosis. Mycophenolate is an immunosuppressive drug with minor side effects. Here, we conduct a systemic review and find supporting evidence that patients with pSS benefit from early mycophenolate therapy. Mycophenolate may be the first-line treatment for pSS patients in the future.

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Type 2 diabetes (T2D) accounts for approximately 90% of diabetes worldwide and has become a global public health problem. Generally, individuals go to hospitals and get healthcare only when they have obvious T2D symptoms. While the underlying cause and mechanism of the disease are usually not well understood, treatment is for the symptoms, but not for the disease cause, and patients often continue to progress with more symptoms. Prediabetes is the early stage of diabetes and provides a good time window for intervention and prevention. However, with few symptoms, prediabetes is usually ignored without any treatment. Obviously, it is far from ideal to rely on the traditional medical system for diabetes healthcare. As a result, the medical system must be transformed from a reactive approach to a proactive approach. Root cause analysis and personalized intervention should be conducted for patients with prediabetes. Based on systems medicine, also known as P4 medicine, with a predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory approach, new medical system is expected to significantly promote the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases such as prediabetes and diabetes. Many studies have shown that the occurrence and development of diabetes is closely related to gut microbiota. However, the relationship between diabetes and gut microbiota has not been fully elucidated. This review describes the research on the relationship between gut microbiota and diabetes and some exploratory trials on the interventions of prediabetes based on P4 medicine model. Furthermore, we also discussed how these findings might influence the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diabetes in the future, thereby to improve the wellness of human beings.

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Perinephric hematomas are known to present in the form of Lenk’s triad with acute flank pain, flank mass and hypovolemic shock. Here, we describe a case of perinephric hematoma occurring secondary to the use of anticoagulant therapy in the setting of a renal mass. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a perinephric hematoma occurring secondary to the use of Apixaban. The patient was an 80 year old male with a history of the presence of a left sided vascular renal mass discovered seven years ago admitted from a peripheral health center with pneumonia and a dropping hemoglobin along with acute kidney injury. Evaluation of his course revealed the use of a Factor Xa inhibitor, namely Apixaban, for new onset atrial fibrillation. The patient was stabilized with multiple units of packed red blood cell transfusions. An abdominal computed tomography abdomen demonstrated a perinephric hematoma contained in the Gerotas fascia. Due to deranged renal function, the patient was managed conservatively and made a full recovery. This case highlights the challenges associated with the diagnosis of perinephric bleeds. The use of anticoagulation therapy in the setting of a pre-existing vascular lesion remains a dilemma.

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Patients with advanced chronic liver diseases, particularly with decompensated liver cirrhosis, can develop specific pulmonary complications independently of any pre-existing lung disease. Especially when dyspnea occurs in combination with liver cirrhosis, patients should be evaluated for hepato-pulmonary syndrome (HPS), porto-pulmonary hypertension (PPHT), hepatic hydrothorax and spontaneous bacterial empyema, which represent the clinically most relevant pulmonary complications of liver cirrhosis. Importantly, the pathophysiology, clinical features, diagnosis and the corresponding therapeutic options differ between these entities, highlighting the role of specific diagnostics in patients with liver cirrhosis who present with dyspnea. Liver transplantation may offer a curative therapy, including selected cases of HPS and PPHT. In this review article, we summarize the pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnostic algorithms and treatment options of the 4 specific pulmonary complications in patients with liver cirrhosis.

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Background and Objectives

The development of ICU-acquired hypernatremia (IAH) is almost exclusively attributed to ‘too much salt and too little water’. However, intrinsic mechanisms also have been suggested to play a role. To identify the determinants of IAH, we designed a prospective controlled study.

Methods

Patients with an anticipated length of stay ICU > 48 hours were included. Patients with hypernatremia on admission and/or on renal replacement therapy were excluded. Patients without IAH were compared with patients with borderline hypernatremia (≥ 143 mmol/L, IAH 143) and more severe hypernatremia (≥ 145 mmol/L, IAH 145).

Results

We included 89 patients, of which 51% developed IAH 143 and 29% IAH 145. Sodium intake was high in all patients. Fluid balances were slightly positive and comparable between the groups. Patients with IAH 145 were more severely ill on admission, and during admission, their sodium intake, cumulative sodium balances, serum creatinine and copeptin levels were higher. According to the free water clearance, all the patients conserved water. On multivariate analysis, the baseline serum creatinine was an independent risk factor for the development of IAH 143 and IAH 145. Also, the copeptin levels remained significant for IAH 143 and IAH 145. Sodium intake remained only significant for patients with IAH 145.

Conclusions

Our data support the hypothesis that IAH is due to the combination of higher sodium intake and a urinary concentration deficit, as a manifestation of the renal impairment elicited by severe illness.

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Background and Objective

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) for common bile duct (CBD) stones has been used in the past, but experience is limited. We report our experience of ESWL in the management of difficult CBD stones.

Methods

Patients with difficult-to-retrieve CBD stones were enrolled and underwent ESWL. Fluoroscopy is used to target the stones after injection of contrast via nasobiliary drain. CBD clearance was the main outcome of the study.

Results

Eighty-three patients were included (mean age 50.5 ± 14.5 years); these patients were mainly females (43; 51.8%). Large stones >15 mm were noted in 64 (77.1%), CBD stricture in 22 (26.5%) and incarcerated stone in 8 (9.6%) patients. Patients needed 2.1 ± 1.2 sessions of lithotripsy and 4266 ± 1881 shock waves per session. In 75 (90.3%) patients, the fragments were extracted endoscopically after ESWL, while spontaneous passage was observed in 8 (9.6%). Total CBD clearance was achieved in 67 (80.6%) patients, partial clearance in 5 (6%) and no response in 11 (13.2%). Failure of the treatment was observed in large stone with size ≥2 cm (P = 0.021), incarcerated stone (P = 0.020) and pre–endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography cholangitis (P = 0.047).

Conclusion

ESWL is a noninvasive, safe and effective therapeutic alternative to electrohydraulic lithotripsy and surgical exploration for difficult biliary stones.