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J Int Med Res ; 48(8): 300060520939742, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32762413


OBJECTIVES: Heart failure (HF) is a common and potentially fatal condition. In 2015, HF affected approximately 40 million people globally. Evidence showing that the use of nitrates can improve clinical outcomes in patients with HF is limited. This study aimed to assess the effect of nitrates on functional capacity and exercise time in patients with HF. METHODS: PubMed, Cochrane Library, and Embase databases were reviewed for articles on the use of nitrates and other treatments for patients with HF. The primary endpoints were the 6-minute walk test distance, exercise time, and quality of life. Secondary endpoints were all-cause mortality, arrhythmia, hospitalization, and worsening HF. The weighted mean difference, risk ratio, and 95% confidence interval were calculated. RESULTS: A total of 14 related studies that comprised 26,321 patients were included. No significant differences were found in the 6-minute walk test distance, exercise time, and quality of life between the nitrate and control treatment groups. There were also no differences in all-cause mortality, the incidence of arrhythmia, hospitalization, and worsening HF between these two groups. CONCLUSION: Patients with HF who receive nitrate treatment do not have better quality of life or exercise capacity compared with controls.

Oncol Res Treat ; 43(7-8): 340-345, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32554963


BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the prognostic value of the preoperative apolipoprotein B (ApoB) level in surgical patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included 307 ccRCC patients receiving radical or partial nephrectomy between 2003 and 2012 in our center. The correlations among the preoperative ApoB, clinicopathological parameters, and overall survival (OS) were evaluated. RESULTS: A total of 193 males (62.9%) and 114 females (37.1%) with ccRCC who underwent radical or partial nephrectomy were enrolled in the present study. The OS at 5 years after the operation was 90.6% for all patients, 87.4% for the lower ApoB group, and 97.0% for the higher-ApoB group. The cause-specific survival (CSS) at 5 years after surgery was 90.2% for all patients, 86.7% for the lower-ApoB group, and 97.0% for the higher-ApoB group. A higher-ApoB level was related to a better OS and CSS in ccRCC patients (p = 0.001 and p < 0.001, respectively). In multivariate analysis, age >60 years (p = 0.008 and p = 0.023) and a lower Apo B level (p = 0.019 and p = 0.018) were independent prognostic factors for OS and CSS, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: In the Apo apolipoprotein family, the preoperative ApoB level had an important clinical significance for predicting the prognosis and survival rate of ccRCC patients.

Apolipoproteína B-100/metabolismo , Biomarcadores Tumorais/sangue , Carcinoma de Células Renais/patologia , Neoplasias Renais/patologia , Nefrectomia/métodos , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Biomarcadores Tumorais/metabolismo , Carcinoma de Células Renais/sangue , Carcinoma de Células Renais/cirurgia , Feminino , Humanos , Neoplasias Renais/sangue , Neoplasias Renais/cirurgia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Prognóstico , Curva ROC , Taxa de Sobrevida , Adulto Jovem
Cancer Cell Int ; 18: 108, 2018.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30087582


Background: The prognostic significance of galectin-1 (Gal-1) expression in cancerous patients has been assessed for several years while the results remain controversial. Thus, we performed the first comprehensive meta-analysis to evaluate the prognostic value of Gal-1 expression in cancerous patients. Methods: We searched Pubmed, Embase and Web of Science to recruit studies on the prognostic impact of Gal-1 expression in cancerous patients. Eighteen studies containing 2674 patients were involved in this meta-analysis until March 30, 2018. Pooled hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence interval (95% CI) were calculated to estimate the effect using random-effects model. Results: The pooled results revealed that high Gal-1 expression in cancer tissue associated with a poor OS (HR = 1.79, 95% CI 1.54-2.08, P < 0.001). In the subgroup of tumor type, it's observed that high Gal-1 expression was significant correlated with poor OS in digestive cancers without heterogeneity (HR = 1.94, 95% CI 1.64-2.30, P < 0.001; fixed-effects model; I2 = 20.1%, P = 0.276). Conclusions: Our present meta-analysis indicates that high Gal-1 expression might be a predictive factor of poor prognosis in cancers, particularly in digestive cancers.