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Melo K.C.,University of Sao Paulo | Melo M.R.,Santa Casa Medical School | Ricci B.V.,University of Sao Paulo | Segurado A.C.,University of Sao Paulo
Menopause | Year: 2012

Objective: The aims of this study were to compare the intensity of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-RNA genital shedding among postmenopausal (PM) and fertile-aged (F) women and to investigate the association between viral shedding and gynecological features, HIV plasma viral loads, and other markers of HIV disease progression. Methods: We interviewed 146 HIV-infected women (73 PM/73 F) in search of gynecological complaints and signs and symptoms of HIV disease and obtained additional information concerning HIV infection by medical chart review. Cervicovaginal lavages (CVLs) were collected for assessment of HIV shedding. Laboratory analyses included CD4 cell counts, HIV-RNA quantitation in plasma and CVL, and screening for concurrent genital infections. Results: HIV-RNA genital shedding was detected in 16.4% of PM and 21.9% of F women (P = 0.400), and the intensity of HIV shedding did not differ between both groups (means-PM: 1.4log/mL; F: 1.4log/mL; P = 0.587). Three women (2 PM/1 F) exhibited viral shedding in the absence of detectable viremia. HIV plasma viral loads correlated with HIV shedding in both groups. In multivariable analysis, HIV plasma viral loads were independently associated with HIV shedding in both groups. Moreover, the intensity of shedding was independently associated with vaginal pH, tumor necrosis factor α concentrations in CVL, and HIV plasma viral loads. Conclusions: Despite significant changes that occur in the vaginal mucosa of PM women, HIV cervicovaginal shedding was not significantly influenced by this state in our cohort. In contrast, increased vaginal pH and genital inflammation, evidenced by increased tumor necrosis factor α concentrations in CVL and HIV plasma viral loads, were independently associated with the intensity of HIV shedding in PM and F women. © 2012 The North American Menopause Society. Source


Salles J.E.,Santa Casa Medical School | Wajchenberg B.L.,University of Sao Paulo | Cummings D.E.,University of Washington
Diabetes Care | Year: 2012

OBJECTIVE - Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) ameliorates type 2 diabetes in severely obese patients through mechanisms beyond just weight loss, and it may benefit less obese diabetic patients. We determined the long-term impact of RYGB on patients with diabetes and only class I obesity. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS - Sixty-six consecutively selected diabetic patients with BMI 30-35 kg/m 2 underwent RYGB in a tertiary-care hospital and were prospectively studied for up to 6 years (median 5 years [range 1-6]), with 100% follow-up. Main outcome measures were safety and the percentage of patients experiencing diabetes remission (HbA 1c <6.5% without diabetes medication). RESULTS - Participants had severe, longstanding diabetes, with disease duration 12.5 ± 7.4 years and HbA 1c 9.7 ± 1.5%, despite insulin and/or oral diabetes medication usage in everyone. For up to 6 years following RYGB, durable diabetes remission occurred in 88% of cases, with glycemic improvement in 11%. Mean HbA 1c fell from 9.7 ± 1.5 to 5.9 ± 0.1% (P < 0.001), despite diabetes medication cessation in the majority. Weight loss failed to correlate with several measures of improved glucose homeostasis, consistent with weight-independent antidiabetes mechanisms of RYGB. C-peptide responses to glucose increased substantially, suggesting improved β-cell function. There was no mortality, major surgical morbidity, or excessive weight loss. Hypertension and dyslipidemia also improved, yielding 50-84% reductions in predicted 10-year cardiovascular disease risks of fatal and nonfatal coronary heart disease and stroke. CONCLUSIONS - This is the largest, longest-term study examining RYGB for diabetic patients without severe obesity. RYGB safely and effectively ameliorated diabetes and associated comorbidities, reducing cardiovascular risk, in patients with a BMI of only 30-35 kg/m 2. © 2012 by the American Diabetes Association. Source


Cancado R.D.,Santa Casa Medical School | Munoz M.,University of Malaga
Transfusion Alternatives in Transfusion Medicine | Year: 2012

Lack of iron is one of the main causes of anemia in the general population and iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Treatment of iron deficiency with oral iron supplements is a simple and inexpensive, but oral iron is a less-than-ideal treatment because of gastrointestinal side-effects and long treatment times needed to resolve anemia and replenish body iron stores. Nonadherence is common, and even in compliant patients poor intestinal absorption fails to compensate for the iron need in the presence of ongoing blood losses or inflammatory conditions. Modern intravenous (IV) iron formulations have emerged as safe and effective alternatives to oral iron for the treatment of IDA. Given their demonstrated effectiveness and favorable safety profile in a broad spectrum of diseases associated with IDA, the current paradigm that oral iron is first-line therapy should be reconsidered. In the past few years, three new IV iron compounds (ferric carboxymaltose, ferumoxytol and iron isomaltoside 1000) have been released for clinical use in patients with IDA. These new preparations with more favorable administration regimens have the potential to improve the convenience and cost-effectiveness of IV iron therapy. © 2012 Medical Education Global Solutions. Source


Belini Jr. E.,Sao Paulo State University | Cancado R.D.,Santa Casa Medical School | Domingos C.R.B.,Sao Paulo State University
Archives of Medical Science | Year: 2010

We report a 20-year-old female with sickle cell anaemia and with an HbF concentration of 15.8%. The patient was not using hydroxyurea and was not receiving regular blood transfusions. The patient never had chronic manifestations of sickle cell anaemia, only pain crises of a mild intensity. After laboratory tests, we found that she was homozygous for HbS with the Bantu/atypical haplotype, and was heterozygous for the XmnI site. The influence of the XmnI site on the expression of HbF can explain the amelioration in clinical features in this haplotype association in a case of sickle cell anaemia. Copyright © 2010 Termedia & Banach. Source


Da Cunha Santos G.,University of Toronto | Da Cunha Santos G.,A+ Network | Saieg M.A.,Santa Casa Medical School
Cancer Cytopathology | Year: 2015

The results from molecular assays can be affected significantly by the preanalytic condition of cytologic samples. The authors review current knowledge on the use of cytologic samples for epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation testing in non-small cell lung cancer with a focus on preanalytic parameters. A systematic electronic search of the MEDLINE database was performed to identify original articles that reported the use of cytologic samples for EGFR molecular analysis and included a minimum of 100 samples. The information collected included author(s), journal, and year of publication; number of patients and samples; sampling method; type of preparation; type of fixative; staining techniques; mutation analysis techniques; tumor cellularity; the percentage of tumor cells; data on DNA quantity, quality, and concentration; failed assays; and the mutation rate. EGFR mutation analysis was conducted on 4999 cytologic samples from 22 studies that fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Fine-needle aspirates and pleural effusions were the most common types of specimens used. DNA was mainly extracted from cell blocks and smears, and the most commonly reported fixatives included formalin, ethanol, and CytoLyt. Cellularity assessments and DNA yields were available from 5 studies each. The average success rate for the assays that used cytologic specimens was 95.87% (range, 85.2%-100%). The mutation rate ranged from 6% to 50.46%, and a higher mutation detection rate and lower numbers of insufficient cases were reported for pleural effusions and lymph node samples from endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration compared with histologic specimens. Low cellularity and a low percentage of tumor cells were associated with higher test failure rates. Future guidelines should consider the current data for specific recommendations regarding cytologic samples. © 2015 The Authors. Cancer Cytopathology published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source

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