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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743113/pulmonary-hypertension-in-a-large-cohort-with-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia
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Veronique Vorselaars, Sebastiaan Velthuis, Marco van Gent, Cornelis Westermann, Repke Snijder, Johannes Mager, Martijn Post
BACKGROUND: Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is a vascular disorder characterized by arteriovenous malformations in the brain, liver, and lungs. Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is increasingly recognized as a severe complication of HHT. However, there are no studies describing the prevalence of PH in HHT compared to HHT-negative controls. OBJECTIVE: To assess the estimated prevalence of PH in patients with HHT compared to HHT-negative controls. METHODS: All consecutive subjects screened for HHT with available genetic testing and echocardiography-based peak tricuspid regurgitation velocity (TRV) measurement were included...
July 26, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742216/the-fetuses-at-risk-approach-survival-analysis-from-a-fetal-perspective
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K S Joseph, Michael S Kramer
Several phenomena in contemporary perinatology create challenges for analyzing pregnancy outcomes. These include recent increases in iatrogenic delivery at late preterm and early term gestation which are incongruent with the belief that stillbirth and neonatal death risk decrease exponentially with advancing gestational age. Perinatal epidemiologists have also puzzled over the paradox of intersecting birth weight- and gestational age-specific perinatal mortality curves for decades. For example, neonatal mortality rates among preterm infants of women who smoke are substantially lower than neonatal mortality rates among preterm infants of non-smoking women, whereas the reverse pattern occurs at term gestation...
July 25, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740581/the-parathyroid-gland-and-heart-disease
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Spandana J Brown, Mary D Ruppe, Laila S Tabatabai
The parathyroid glands are critical to maintaining calcium homeostasis through actions of parathyroid hormone (PTH). Recent clinical and molecular research has shown that direct and indirect actions of PTH also affect the heart and vasculature through downstream actions of G protein-coupled receptors in the myocardium and endothelial cells. Patients with disorders of the parathyroid gland have higher incidences of hypertension, arrhythmias, left ventricular hypertrophy, heart failure, and calcific disease which translate into increased cardiac morbidity and mortality...
April 2017: Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738686/disparities-in-diabetes-and-hypertension-care-for-individuals-with-serious-mental-illness
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Junqing Liu, Jonathan Brown, Suzanne Morton, D E B Potter, Lisa Patton, Milesh Patel, Rita Lewis, Sarah Hudson Scholle
OBJECTIVES: People with serious mental illnesses (SMI), including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression, experience early mortality, partly due to comorbid physical health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. This study examined the quality of diabetes and hypertension care for Medicaid and Medicare enrollees with SMI. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective analysis of medical records and claims data from 3 health plans: a Medicaid plan for disabled adults, a Medicaid plan for low-income adults, and a Special Needs Plan for individuals dually enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare...
May 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735654/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-and-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension-different-manifestations-of-the-same-disorder-of-intracranial-pressure
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J Nicholas P Higgins, John D Pickard, Andrew M L Lever
Though not discussed in the medical literature or considered in clinical practice, there are similarities between chronic fatigue syndrome and idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) which ought to encourage exploration of a link between them. The cardinal symptoms of each - fatigue and headache - are common in the other and their multiple other symptoms are frequently seen in both. The single discriminating factor is raised intracranial pressure, evidenced in IIH usually by the sign of papilloedema, regarded as responsible for the visual symptoms which can lead to blindness...
August 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734926/derivation-and-evaluation-of-age-specific-multivariate-reference-regions-to-aid-in-identification-of-abnormal-filling-patterns-the-hunt-and-vamis-studies
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Jonas Selmeryd, Egil Henriksen, Håvard Dalen, Pär Hedberg
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to derive age-specific multivariate reference regions (MVRs) able to classify subjects into those having normal or abnormal filling patterns and to evaluate the prognostic impact of this classification. BACKGROUND: The integration of several parameters is necessary to diagnose disorders of left ventricular (LV) filling because no single measurement accurately describes the complexity of diastolic function. However, no generally accepted validated multiparametric algorithm currently exists...
July 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733467/acromegaly-at-diagnosis-in-3173-patients-from-the-li%C3%A3-ge-acromegaly-survey-las-database
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Patrick Petrossians, Adrian F Daly, Emil Natchev, Luigi Maione, Karin Blijdorp, Mouna Sahnoun Fathallah, Renata Auriemma, Alpha M Diallo, Anna-Lena Hulting, Diego Ferone, Vaclav Hana, Silvia Filipponi, Caroline Sievers, Claudia Nogueira, Carmen Fajardo Montañana, Davide M C Carvalho, Vaclav Hana, Günter K Stalla, Marie-Lise Jaffrain-Réa, Brigitte Delemer, Annamaria A L Colao, Thierry Brue, Sebastian J C M M Neggers, Sabina Zacharieva, Philippe Chanson, Albert Beckers
Acromegaly is a rare disorder caused by chronic growth hormone (GH) hypersecretion. While diagnostic and therapeutic methods have advanced, little information exists on trends in acromegaly characteristics over time. The Liège Acromegaly Survey (LAS) database, a relational database, is designed to assess the profile of acromegaly patients at diagnosis and during long-term follow-up at multiple treatment centers. The study population consisted of 3173 acromegaly patients from ten countries; 54.5% were female...
July 21, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733057/clinical-validation-of-non-invasive-cardiac-output-monitoring-in-healthy-pregnant-women
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Kelsey McLaughlin, Stephen P Wright, John C P Kingdom, John D Parker
OBJECTIVE: Non-invasive hemodynamic monitoring has the potential to be a valuable clinical tool for the screening and management of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. The objective of this study was to validate the clinical utility of the non-invasive cardiac output monitoring (NICOM) system in pregnant women. METHODS: Twenty healthy pregnant women with a singleton pregnancy at 22 to 26 weeks' gestation were enrolled in this study. Measures of heart rate, stroke volume, and cardiac output were obtained through NICOM and compared with Doppler echocardiography...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731489/sexual-health-adherence-to-mediterranean-diet-body-weight-physical-activity-and-mental-state-factors-correlated-to-each-other
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Pier A Della Camera, Simone Morselli, Gianmartin Cito, Giovanni Tasso, Andrea Cocci, Nicola Laruccia, Fabrizio Travaglini, Dario Del Fabbro, Antonio R Mottola, Mauro Gacci, Sergio Serni, Marco Carini, Alessandro Natali
INTRODUCTION: Mediterranean diet has shown a protective role against cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer onset, microvascular damage and dementia in many trials. Our purpose is the assessment of a correlation between physical activity, Mediterranean diet, body mass index (BMI), depression and erection disorder (ED). METHODS: After having signed disclaimer to the study participation, we administered the IIEF 15 questionnaire (International Index of Erectil Function), the Hamilton questionnaire for major depression, the Med-Diet Questionnaire, the Ipaq Questionnaire (International Index of Physical Activity) to 245 patients and calculated the BMI...
July 14, 2017: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731036/stroke-in-women-from-evidence-to-inequalities
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Charlotte Cordonnier, Nikola Sprigg, Else Charlotte Sandset, Aleksandra Pavlovic, Katharina S Sunnerhagen, Valeria Caso, Hanne Christensen
Stroke is the second largest cause of disability-adjusted life-years lost worldwide. The prevalence of stroke in women is predicted to rise rapidly, owing to the increasing average age of the global female population. Vascular risk factors differ between women and men in terms of prevalence, and evidence increasingly supports the clinical importance of sex differences in stroke. The influence of some risk factors for stroke - including diabetes mellitus and atrial fibrillation - are stronger in women, and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy also affect the risk of stroke decades after pregnancy...
July 21, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730936/an-industry-update-what-is-the-latest-news-in-therapeutic-delivery
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Iain Simpson
This Industry Update covers the period from 1 through 30 April 2017, and is based on information sourced from company press releases, scientific literature, patents and various news websites. Biogen expanded its portfolio of developmental drugs targeting neurological diseases by licensing a drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb which is currently under investigation for the treatment of progressive supranuclear palsy. Takeda announced a deal with NuBiyota focused on developing treatments for gastrointestinal disorders, based on the manipulation of microbes living in the gut...
July 2017: Therapeutic Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730282/blockade-of-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptors-in-prelimbic-cortex-impact-on-cocaine-self-administration-in-adult-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats-following-adolescent-atomoxetine-treatment
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Britahny M Baskin, Bríd Á Nic Dhonnchadha, Linda P Dwoskin, Kathleen M Kantak
RATIONALE: Research with the spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) model of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder demonstrated that chronic methylphenidate treatment during adolescence increased cocaine self-administration established during adulthood under a progressive ratio (PR) schedule. Compared to vehicle, chronic atomoxetine treatment during adolescence failed to increase cocaine self-administration under a PR schedule in adult SHR. OBJECTIVES: We determined if enhanced noradrenergic transmission at α2-adrenergic receptors within prefrontal cortex contributes to this neutral effect of adolescent atomoxetine treatment in adult SHR...
July 20, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729031/knockout-of-the-urate-oxidase-gene-provides-a-stable-mouse-model-of-hyperuricemia-associated-with-metabolic-disorders
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Jie Lu, Xu Hou, Xuan Yuan, Lingling Cui, Zhen Liu, Xinde Li, Lidan Ma, Xiaoyu Cheng, Ying Xin, Can Wang, Keke Zhang, Xuefeng Wang, Wei Ren, Ruixia Sun, Zhaotong Jia, Zibin Tian, Qing-Sheng Mi, Changgui Li
The urate oxidase (Uox) gene encodes uricase that in the rodent liver degrades uric acid into allantoin, forming an obstacle for establishing stable mouse models of hyperuricemia. The loss of uricase in humans during primate evolution causes their vulnerability to hyperuricemia. Thus, we generated a Uox-knockout mouse model on a pure C57BL/6J background using the transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN) technique. These Uox-knockout mice spontaneously developed hyperuricemia (over 420 μmol/l) with about 40% survival up to 62 weeks...
July 17, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729012/evidence-that-children-born-at-early-term-37-38-6-7-weeks-are-at-increased-risk-for-diabetes-and-obesity-related-disorders
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Dorit Paz Levy, Eyal Sheiner, Tamar Wainstock, Ruslan Sergienko, Daniella Landau, Asnat Walfisch
BACKGROUND: Prematurity is known to be associated with high rates of endocrine and metabolic complications in the offspring. Early term (37 0/7-38 6/7 weeks' gestation) born offspring were also shown to exhibit long term morbidity resembling that of late preterm, in several health categories. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to determine whether early term delivery impacts on the long-term endocrine and metabolic health of the offspring. STUDY DESIGN: A population-based cohort analysis was performed, including all term singleton deliveries occurring during 1991-2013 at a single regional tertiary medical center...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728620/insulin-resistance-and-hypertension-in-obese-youth-with-sleep-disordered-breathing-treated-with-positive-airway-pressure-a-prospective-multicenter-study
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Sherri L Katz, Joanna E MacLean, Lynda Hoey, Linda Horwood, Nicholas Barrowman, Bethany Foster, Stasia Hadjiyannakis, Laurent Legault, Glenda N Bendiak, Valerie G Kirk, Evelyn Constantin
STUDY OBJECTIVES: There is evidence that cardiometabolic disease associated with obesity and sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) in adults is present in youth. SDB is often treated with positive airway pressure (PAP) in youth with obesity. Our aims were to determine: (1) the prevalence of cardiometabolic disease and (2) whether PAP improves markers of cardiometabolic disease, in youth with obesity and newly diagnosed moderate-severe SDB. METHODS: A prospective multicenter cohort study was conducted in youth (8 to 16 years old) with obesity, prescribed PAP therapy for newly diagnosed moderate-severe SDB...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727835/conflicting-relationship-between-age-dependent-disorders-valvular-heart-disease-and-coronary-artery-disease-by-covariance-structure-analysis-possible-contribution-of-natriuretic-peptide
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Risa Fukumoto, Makoto Kawai, Kosuke Minai, Kazuo Ogawa, Jun Yoshida, Yasunori Inoue, Satoshi Morimoto, Toshikazu Tanaka, Tomohisa Nagoshi, Takayuki Ogawa, Michihiro Yoshimura
BACKGROUND: It is conceivable that contemporary valvular heart disease (VHD) is affected largely by an age-dependent atherosclerotic process, which is similar to that observed in coronary artery disease (CAD). However, a comorbid condition of VHD and CAD has not been precisely examined. The first objective of this study was to examine a possible comorbid condition. Provided that there is no comorbidity, the second objective was to search for the possible reasons by using conventional risk factors and plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) because BNP has a potentiality to suppress atherosclerotic development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725318/detection-of-apolipoprotein-e-gene-polymorphism-and-blood-lipid-level-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Yuxin Wang, Ning Wang, Yuanshan Lu, Qing Yu, Lina Zhou, Qinjun Xu
BACKGROUND: The aim was to investigate the clinical characteristics of lipid metabolism and the effect of apolipoprotein E (ApoE) gene polymorphism on lipid metabolism in hemodialysis patients. METHODS: The serum levels of total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDLC), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDLC), ApoA1, ApoB, ApoE and lipoprotein Lp(a) were detected by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length (PCR-RFLP)...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725303/evaluation-of-esophageal-functions-by-manometry-in-iron-deficiency-anemia-patients
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Pinar Kubilay, Beyza Doganay, Mehmet Bektas
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate whether any esophageal motor dysfunction exists in patients with iron deficiency anemia (IDA). METHODS: The study included 39 patients (34 women, mean age: 44.17 ± 14.21 years) who met WHO diagnostic criteria for IDA. An additional 30 functional dyspepsia patients were also included as a control group. Esophageal motility testing was performed; esophagus contraction amplitude, peak velocity, contraction time, lower esophageal sphincter (LES) resting pressure, LES relaxation, and LES relaxation duration were assessed...
June 2017: Gastroenterology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724951/n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-and-associated-factors-in-the-general-working-population-a-baseline-survey-of-the-uranosaki-cohort-study
#19
Atsushi Tanaka, Hisako Yoshida, Atsushi Kawaguchi, Jun-Ichi Oyama, Norihiko Kotooka, Shigeru Toyoda, Teruo Inoue, Masafumi Natsuaki, Koichi Node
Few data on clinical characteristics associated with N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) or the clinical value of measuring NT-proBNP in the working population are available. The aim of the present study was to investigate the levels of NT-proBNP and their association with clinical variables in the Japanese general working population by using baseline data from the Uranosaki cohort study. In the study, the plasma concentration of NT-proBNP and some biomarkers were measured in addition to the standard health checkups at the workplace...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724606/sex-and-gender-differences-in-hypertensive-kidney-injury
#20
Jennifer C Sullivan, Ellen Gillis
Hypertension is a complex, multifaceted disorder, affecting approximately 1 on 3 adults in the United States. Although hypertension occurs in both men and women, there are distinct sex differences in the way in which they develop hypertension, with women having a lower incidence of hypertension until the sixth decade of life. Despite observed sex differences in hypertension, little is known about the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of hypertension in females, primarily due to their underrepresentation in both clinical and experimental animal studies...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
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