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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214384/placental-pathology-in-hiv-infection-at-term-a-comparison-with-hiv-uninfected-women
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Emma Kalk, Pawel Schubert, Julie A Bettinger, Mark F Cotton, Monika Esser, Amy Slogrove, Colleen A Wright
OBJECTIVES: To describe and correlate placental characteristics from pregnancies in HIV-infected and HIV-negative women with maternal and infant clinical and immunological data. METHODS: Prospective descriptive study of placentas from term, uncomplicated vaginal births in a cohort of HIV-infected (n=120) and HIV-negative (n=103) women in Cape Town, South Africa. Microscopic and macroscopic features were used to determine pathological cluster diagnoses. The majority of HIV-infected women received some form of drug treatment for the prevention of vertical transmission of HIV...
February 18, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212798/protein-kinase-c-as-regulator-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-function-and-potential-target-in-vascular-disorders
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H C Ringvold, R A Khalil
Vascular smooth muscle (VSM) plays an important role in maintaining vascular tone. In addition to Ca(2+)-dependent myosin light chain (MLC) phosphorylation, protein kinase C (PKC) is a major regulator of VSM function. PKC is a family of conventional Ca(2+)-dependent α, β, and γ, novel Ca(2+)-independent δ, ɛ, θ, and η, and atypical ξ, and ι/λ isoforms. Inactive PKC is mainly cytosolic, and upon activation it undergoes phosphorylation, maturation, and translocation to the surface membrane, the nucleus, endoplasmic reticulum, and other cell organelles; a process facilitated by scaffold proteins such as RACKs...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212619/brain-and-liver-pathology-amyloid-deposition-and-interferon-responses-among-older-hiv-positive-patients-in-the-late-haart-era
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Isaac H Solomon, Umberto De Girolami, Sukrutha Chettimada, Vikas Misra, Elyse J Singer, Dana Gabuzda
BACKGROUND: HIV+ patients on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) with suppressed viral loads have a low incidence of HIV-associated dementia, but increased prevalence of milder forms of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). These milder forms of HAND are often associated with minimal histological abnormalities, and their pathophysiology is unclear. Comorbidities, altered amyloid metabolism, accelerated brain aging, and activated interferon responses are suspected to play a role in HAND pathogenesis in HAART-treated persons...
February 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212499/validation-of-the-french-version-of-the-dsm-5-yale-food-addiction-scale-in-a-nonclinical-sample
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Paul Brunault, Robert Courtois, Ashley N Gearhardt, Philippe Gaillard, Kevin Journiac, Sarah Cathelain, Christian Réveillère, Nicolas Ballon
OBJECTIVE: The Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS) is the only questionnaire that assesses food addiction (FA) based on substance dependence criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Following recent updating of addiction criteria, a new DSM-5 version (YFAS 2.0) has been developed. Our study tested the psychometric properties of the French YFAS 2.0 in a nonclinical population. METHOD: We assessed 330 nonclinical participants for FA (French YFAS 2...
March 2017: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211027/the-inpatient-burden-of-autoimmune-blistering-disease-in-us-children-analysis-of-nationwide-inpatient-sample-data
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Ziyou Ren, Derek Y Hsu, Nanette B Silverberg, Jonathan I Silverberg
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the epidemiology of pediatric autoimmune blistering disorders (PAIBD). OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine the inpatient burden and comorbidities of PAIBD. METHODS: We analyzed data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 2002 to 2012, which contained a representative 20% sample of all US hospitalizations. RESULTS: The most common PAIBD with a primary admission was pemphigus (8.0 per million), whereas the most common secondary diagnosis of PAIBD was dermatitis herpetiformis (DH; 9...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209604/birth-size-risk-factors-across-life-and-cognition-in-late-life-protocol-of-prospective-longitudinal-follow-up-of-the-mynah-mysore-studies-of-natal-effects-on-ageing-and-health-cohort
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Murali Krishna, G Mohan Kumar, S R Veena, G V Krishnaveni, Kalyanaraman Kumaran, Samuel Christaprasad Karat, Patsy Coakley, Clive Osmond, John R M Copeland, Giriraj Chandak, Dattatray Bhat, Mathew Varghese, Martin Prince, Caroline Fall
INTRODUCTION: For late-life neurocognitive disorders, as for other late-life chronic diseases, much recent interest has focused on the possible relevance of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD). Programming by undernutrition in utero, followed by overnutrition in adult life may lead to an increased risk, possibly mediated through cardiovascular and metabolic pathways. This study will specifically examine, if lower birth weight is associated with poorer cognitive functioning in late life in a south Indian population...
February 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209494/effect-of-early-onset-preeclampsia-on-cardiovascular-risk-in-the-fifth-decade-of-life
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Anouk Bokslag, Pim W Teunissen, Constantijn Franssen, Floortje van Kesteren, Otto Kamp, Wessel Ganzevoort, Walter J Paulus, Christianne J M de Groot
BACKGROUND: Women with hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, in particular early-onset preeclampsia, are at increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease later in life. These women have a more than two-fold increased risk to die from cardiovascular diseases. Most studies focused on identification of risk factors shortly after pregnancy. Less is known on the prevalence of risk factors or actual signs of cardiovascular disease 5 - 20 years later. The presence of hypertension or metabolic syndrome can be seen as an opportunity for preventive interventions to reduce the development of severe cardiovascular diseases like myocardial infarction and stroke...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209226/sleep-apnea-types-mechanisms-and-clinical-cardiovascular-consequences
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REVIEW
Shahrokh Javaheri, Ferran Barbe, Francisco Campos-Rodriguez, Jerome A Dempsey, Rami Khayat, Sogol Javaheri, Atul Malhotra, Miguel A Martinez-Garcia, Reena Mehra, Allan I Pack, Vsevolod Y Polotsky, Susan Redline, Virend K Somers
Sleep apnea is highly prevalent in patients with cardiovascular disease. These disordered breathing events are associated with a profile of perturbations that include intermittent hypoxia, oxidative stress, sympathetic activation, and endothelial dysfunction, all of which are critical mediators of cardiovascular disease. Evidence supports a causal association of sleep apnea with the incidence and morbidity of hypertension, coronary heart disease, arrhythmia, heart failure, and stroke. Several discoveries in the pathogenesis, along with developments in the treatment of sleep apnea, have accumulated in recent years...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208878/a-study-of-medication-compliance-in-geriatric-patients-with-chronic-illnesses-at-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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R Shruthi, R Jyothi, H P Pundarikaksha, G N Nagesh, T J Tushar
INTRODUCTION: Geriatric population is more prone for various chronic and recurrent illnesses like diabetes mellitus, hypertension, IHD, arthritic, neurodegenerative, gastrointestinal, ocular, genitourinary, respiratory disorders etc., which may require chronic medication with multiple drugs. Poor compliance in this age group accounts for medication wastage with increased cost of healthcare and substantial worsening of the disease with disability or death. Most of the human and economic costs associated with non adherence can be avoided by improving medication adherence...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208844/spectrum-of-factors-triggering-endothelial-dysfunction-in-pih
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Visala Sree Jammalamadaga, Philips Abraham
INTRODUCTION: Pre-eclampsia (PE) is a major cause of maternal and fetal/neonatal mortality and morbidity. The aetiology and pathogenesis of PE is yet to be completely understood. Evidence shows that, Endothelial Dysfunction (ED) plays a pivotal role in the genesis of this multi-system disorder that develops in PE and eclampsia. AIM: To determine the circulating levels of factors Malondialdehyde (MDA), Ferric Reducing Ability of Plasma-α (FRAP), Tumour Necrosis Factor (TNF-α), sFlt-1, VEGF, PlGF, Nitric Oxide (NO) that influence the ED...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205394/obesity-and-kidney-disease-hidden-consequences-of-the-epidemic
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Csaba P Kovesdy, Susan L Furth, Carmine Zoccali
Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic, and its prevalence has been projected to grow by 40% in the next decade. This increasing prevalence has implications for the risks of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and also for Chronic Kidney Disease. A high body mass index is one of the strongest risk factors for new-onset Chronic Kidney Disease. In individuals affected by obesity, a series of complex pathophysiologic changes occur that lead to the development of Chronic Kidney Disease. These include on the one hand effects mediated by the downstream consequences of obesity (such as diabetes mellitus and hypertension), but also direct effects of adipose tissue, via humoral factors such as leptin, adiponectin, resistin and visfatin)...
March 2017: Journal of Renal Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205331/new-insights-to-the-mechanisms-underlying-atherosclerosis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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REVIEW
Mahdi Mahmoudi, Saeed Aslani, Reza Fadaei, Ahmad Reza Jamshidi
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory circumstance, which has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Although RA management has been promoted, mortality rate due to CVD remains remarkable. Approximately, 50% of premature death cases in RA are attributable to CVD. RA patients develop atherosclerosis in a greater amount than the general population. Moreover, atherosclerotic lesions develop rapidly in RA patients and might be more susceptible to rupture. The inflammatory condition of RA, such as cytokines, abnormally activated immune cells, play a role in the initiation, perpetuation and exacerbation of atherosclerosis...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202821/-pres-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome
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Kouichirou Okamoto, Kunio Motohashi, Hidemoto Fujiwara, Tomohiko Ishihara, Itaru Ninomiya, Osamu Onodera, Yukihiko Fujii
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is suggested in patients with acute neurological symptoms in the appropriate clinical context, including acute hypertension, blood pressure fluctuations, renal failure, blood transfusion, immunosuppression, autoimmune disorders, and eclampsia. PRES is a clinical syndrome, and refers to a disorder with reversible subcortical vasogenic brain edema caused by endothelial dysfunction, predominantly involving the bilateral parieto-occipital regions. Although the clinical course and prognosis are favorable in most cases, intracranial hemorrhage and/or restricted diffusion similar to acute infarction could be seen in some lesions on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
February 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202366/modulation-of-the-trpv4-ion-channel-as-a-therapeutic-target-for-disease
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REVIEW
Megan S Grace, Sara J Bonvini, Maria G Belvisi, Peter McIntyre
Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) is a broadly expressed, polymodally gated ion channel that plays an important role in many physiological and pathophysiological processes. TRPV4 knockout mice and several synthetic pharmacological compounds that selectively target TRPV4 are now available, which has allowed detailed investigation in to the therapeutic potential of this ion channel. Results from animal studies suggest that TRPV4 antagonism has therapeutic potential in oedema, pain, gastrointestinal disorders, and lung diseases such as cough, bronchoconstriction, pulmonary hypertension, and acute lung injury...
February 12, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199729/spectrum-of-disease-associated-with-partial-lipodystrophy-pl-lessons-from-a-trial-cohort
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Nevin Ajluni, Rasimcan Meral, Adam H Neidert, Graham F Brady, Eric Buras, Barbara McKenna, Frank DiPaola, Thomas L Chenevert, Jeffrey F Horowitz, Colleen Buggs-Saxton, Amit R Rupani, Peedikayil E Thomas, Marwan K Tayeh, Jeffrey W Innis, M Bishr Omary, Hari Conjeevaram, Elif A Oral
CONTEXT: Partial lipodystrophy (PL) is associated with metabolic co-morbidities but may go undiagnosed as the disease spectrum is not fully described. OBJECTIVE: Define disease spectrum in PL using genetic, clinical (historical, morphometric) and laboratory characteristics. DESIGN: Cross-sectional evaluation. PARTICIPANTS: 23 patients (22 with familial, one acquired, 78.3% female, aged 12-64 years) with PL and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)...
February 15, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198537/racial-discrimination-associated-with-higher-diastolic-blood-pressure-in-a-sample-of-american-indian-adults
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Zaneta M Thayer, Irene V Blair, Dedra S Buchwald, Spero M Manson
OBJECTIVES: Hypertension prevalence is high among American Indians (AIs). AIs experience a substantial burden of interpersonal racial discrimination, which in other populations has been associated with higher blood pressure. The purpose of this study is to understand whether racial discrimination experiences are associated with higher blood pressure in AIs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used the Everyday Discrimination Scale to evaluate the relationship between discrimination and measured blood pressure among 77 AIs from two reservation communities in the Northern Plains...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197978/managing-cardiovascular-risk-in-lysosomal-acid-lipase-deficiency
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REVIEW
James J Maciejko
Lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D) is a rare, life-threatening, autosomal recessive, lysosomal storage disease caused by mutations in the LIPA gene, which encodes for lysosomal acid lipase (LAL). This enzyme is necessary for the hydrolysis of cholesteryl ester and triglyceride in lysosomes. Deficient LAL activity causes accumulation of these lipids in lysosomes and a marked decrease in the cytoplasmic free cholesterol concentration, leading to dysfunctional cholesterol homeostasis. The accumulation of neutral lipid occurs predominantly in liver, spleen, and macrophages throughout the body, and the aberrant cholesterol homeostasis causes a marked dyslipidemia...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194494/college-inflammatory-bowel-disease-c-ibd-day-a-targeted-approach-to-shared-decision-making-in-college-age-students-with-ibd-a-2-year-pilot-project
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Kofi Clarke, Mohammad Bilal, Heitham Abdul-Baki, Paul Lebovitz, Sandra El-Hachem
BACKGROUND: Adherence to treatment is a key therapeutic goal in chronic disorders including diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and hypertension. Non-adherence has been associated with increased health care costs. Previous studies have evaluated adherence to treatment in inflammatory bowel disease, as well as predictors of non-adherence. Higher belief of necessity for medications and membership of IBD patient organizations have been associated with higher medication adherence...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190873/the-role-of-uric-acid-in-hypertension-of-adolescents-prehypertension-and-salt-sensitivity-of-blood-pressure
#19
Yang Wang, Jia-Wen Hu, Yong-Bo Lv, Chao Chu, Ke-Ke Wang, Wen-Ling Zheng, Yu-Meng Cao, Zu-Yi Yuan, Jian-Jun Mu
Uric acid is the end product of purine metabolism. Metabolic disorders of uric acid are associated with many disease states. Substantial evidence suggests the possible role of uric acid as a mediator of high blood pressure. Elevated uric acid is closely associated with new onset essential hypertension in adolescents and prehypertension; and urate-lowering agents can significantly improve these early stages of hypertension. Uric acid also influences salt sensitivity of blood pressure through two phases. Local renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system activation initiates renal damage, arteriolopathy, and endothelium dysfunction, which is followed by the dysregulation of sodium homeostasis, thereby leading to increased salt sensitivity...
February 13, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189076/depression-social-support-and-long-term-risk-for-coronary-heart-disease-in-a-13-year-longitudinal-epidemiological-study
#20
Richard T Liu, Evelyn M Hernandez, Zoë M Trout, Evan M Kleiman, Melanie L Bozzay
Depression has been linked with long-term risk for a variety of physical health ailments, including coronary heart disease (CHD). Little is known about resilience factors that may attenuate this relationship. The current study assessed whether social support moderates the long-term risk for CHD associated with this disorder. Data were drawn from the Americans' Changing Lives study, a nationally representative longitudinal survey of adults in the United States. Participants (unweighted n=1636) completed initial assessments of functional social support, body mass index, recent history of major depression, CHD, hypertension, and diabetes...
February 6, 2017: Psychiatry Research
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