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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165404/benefits-of-nut-consumption-on-insulin-resistance-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors-multiple-potential-mechanisms-of-actions
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REVIEW
Yoona Kim, Jennifer B Keogh, Peter M Clifton
Epidemiological and clinical studies have indicated that nut consumption could be a healthy dietary strategy to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and related cardiovascular disease (CVD). The objective of this review is to examine the potential mechanisms of action of nuts addressing effects on glycemic control, weight management, energy balance, appetite, gut microbiota modification, lipid metabolism, oxidative stress, inflammation, endothelial function and blood pressure with a focus on data from both animal and human studies...
November 22, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160087/glyoxalase-1-modulation-in-obesity-and-diabetes
#2
Naila Rabbani, Paul J Thornalley
SIGNIFICANCE: Obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus are increasing globally. There is also increasing associated complications, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and vascular complications of diabetes. There is currently no licensed treatment for NAFLD and no recent treatments for diabetic complications. New approaches are required, particularly addressing mechanism-based risk factors for health decline and disease progression. Recent advances: Dicarbonyl stress is the abnormal accumulation of reactive dicarbonyl metabolites such as methylglyoxal leading to cell and tissue dysfunction...
November 21, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157934/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-onset-and-inflammatory-and-endothelial-function-biomarkers-in-women
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Jennifer A Sumner, Qixuan Chen, Andrea L Roberts, Ashley Winning, Eric B Rimm, Paola Gilsanz, M Maria Glymour, Shelley S Tworoger, Karestan C Koenen, Laura D Kubzansky
BACKGROUND: Research has linked posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with higher circulating levels of inflammatory and endothelial function (EF) biomarkers, and effects may be bidirectional. We conducted the first investigation of new-onset PTSD and changes in inflammatory and EF biomarkers. METHODS: Data were from women in the Nurses' Health Study II. Biomarkers obtained at two blood draws, 10-16 years apart, included C-reactive protein (CRP), tumor necrosis factor-alpha receptor-II (TNFRII), intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1)...
November 17, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155255/the-role-of-epigenetics-in-cardiovascular-health-and-aging-a-focus-on-physical-activity-and-nutrition
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REVIEW
Robert G Wallace, Laura C Twomey, Marc-Antoine Custaud, Jonathan Turner, Niall Moyna, Philip M Cummins, Ronan P Murphy
The cardiovascular system is responsible for transport of blood and nutrients to tissues, and is pivotal to the physiological health and longevity. Epigenetic modification is a natural, age-associated process resulting in highly contextualised gene expression with clear implications for cell differentiation and disease onset. Biological/epigenetic age is independent of chronological age, constituting a highly reflective snapshot of an individual's overall health. Accelerated vascular aging is of major concern, effectively lowering disease threshold...
November 16, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153055/routine-colonoscopy-diabetic-eye-care-mammogram-and-pap-smear-screening-in-vascular-surgery-patients
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Young Lee, Afsha Aurshina, Aaron J Lee, Israel M Ackerman, Michael Chait, Daniel Novak, Anil Hingorani, Enrico Ascher, Natalie Marks
Objective An increasing emphasis on preventive medicine has been supported by the recent reforms in United States health care system. Majority of the patients seen in vascular surgery clinics are elderly with more extensive medical comorbidities compared to the general population. Thus, these patients would be expected at higher risk for common malignant pathologies such as colon, breast and cervical cancer, and nonmalignant diseases such as diabetic retinopathy. This study looked at the screening compliance of vascular patients compared to data provided by Centers for Disease Control on the national and state levels...
January 1, 2017: Vascular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149346/novel-pathways-of-endocrine-disruption-through-pesticides-interference-with-human-mineralocorticoid-receptors
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Jianyun Zhang, Xin Huang, Hongling Liu, Weiping Liu, Jing Liu
Mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) is one member of the steroid receptor family. In addition to its important role in Na+/K+ homeostasis, MR is reported as a tumor-suppressor in carcinogenesis. So far, little was known about the ability of pesticides to interfere with MR. In this study, a total of 43 pesticides and/or metabolites were investigated for their potential effects on human MR. None of the tested pesticides exhibited MR agonistic potency, while 16 compounds showed antagonistic activities. Further investigations indicated that these 16 chemicals individually antagonized aldosterone-induced alkaline phosphatase expression in vascular smooth muscle cells and aldosterone-inhibited hepatocellular carcinoma cell proliferation at higher concentrations, and the mixture of these 16 pesticides at environmentally relevant concentrations significantly disrupted MR activity...
November 15, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147477/vanishing-vasculitis-a-case-of-acute-necrotic-skin-findings-without-pathologic-features-of-vasculitis-from-adulterated-cocaine
#7
Adnan Asif Parvez Ghias, Patrick Brine
While the usage of illicit drugs in itself carries significant health risks and associated toxicities, drugs that are adulterated to give them volume, alter their psychogenic properties, and make them cheaper to produce are to be considered even more dangerous. Cocaine is one of them, and it is now most commonly being adulterated with levamisole. We report a case of a 37-year-old female with the chief complaint of painful skin lesions and wounds on both of her upper and lower extremities for three weeks duration...
2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142443/oral-health-and-erectile-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Vijendra P Singh, Sunil K Nettemu, Sowmya Nettem, Rajesh Hosadurga, Sangeeta U Nayak
Ample evidence strongly supports the fact that periodontal disease is a major risk factor for various systemic diseases namely cardio-vascular disease, diabetes mellitus, etc. Recently, investigators focussed on exploring the link between chronic periodontitis (CP) and erectile dysfunction (ED) by contributing to the endothelial dysfunction. Both the diseases share common risk factors. Various studies conducted in different parts of the world in recent years reported the evidence linking this relationship as well as improvement in ED with periodontal treatment...
July 2017: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141946/age-related-clonal-hematopoiesis-arch
#9
Liran I Shlush
Age related alterations in the human blood system occur in B cells, T cells, cells of the innate system, as well as in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs). Interestingly, age related, reduced genetic diversity can be identified both at the stem cell level, but also independently in B cells and T cells. This reduced diversity is most probably related to somatic mutations, or to changes in the micro-environmental niche. Either process can select for specific clones, or cause repeated evolutionary bottlenecks...
November 15, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141542/cocoa-polyphenols-evidence-from-epidemiological-studies
#10
Chisa Matsumoto
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence suggests potential preventive effects of chocolate/cocoa on the risk of cardio vascular disease (CVD). However, cocoa products also contain high levels of sugar and fat, which increase CVD risk factors. Even, the identity of the substance in chocolate/cocoa that has a favorable effect on CVD and CVD risk factors remains unclear, growing evidence from experimental studies suggests that cocoa polyphenols might be a major contributor to cardiovascular-protective effects...
November 14, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141072/association-of-cetp-gene-variants-with-risk-for-vascular-and-nonvascular-diseases-among-chinese-adults
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Iona Y Millwood, Derrick A Bennett, Michael V Holmes, Ruth Boxall, Yu Guo, Zheng Bian, Ling Yang, Sam Sansome, Yiping Chen, Huaidong Du, Canqing Yu, Alex Hacker, Dermot F Reilly, Yunlong Tan, Michael R Hill, Junshi Chen, Richard Peto, Hongbing Shen, Rory Collins, Robert Clarke, Liming Li, Robin G Walters, Zhengming Chen
Importance: Increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol through pharmacologic inhibition of cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) is a potentially important strategy for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Objective: To use genetic variants in the CETP gene to assess potential risks and benefits of lifelong lower CETP activity on CVD and other outcomes. Design, Setting, and Participants: This prospective biobank study included 151 217 individuals aged 30 to 79 years who were enrolled from 5 urban and 5 rural areas of China from June 25, 2004, through July 15, 2008...
November 15, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140113/prediction-of-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumor-grade-based-on-ct-features-and-texture-analysis
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Rodrigo Canellas, Kristine S Burk, Anushri Parakh, Dushyant V Sahani
OBJECTIVE: The purposes of this study were to assess whether CT texture analysis and CT features are predictive of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (PNET) grade based on the World Health Organization (WHO) classification and to identify features related to disease progression after surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Preoperative contrast-enhanced CT images of 101 patients with PNETs were assessed. The images were evaluated for tumor location, tumor size, tumor pattern, predominantly solid or cystic composition, presence of calcification, presence of heterogeneous enhancement on contrast-enhanced images, presence of pancreatic duct dilatation, presence of pancreatic atrophy, presence of vascular involvement by the tumor, and presence of lymphadenopathy...
November 15, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138200/assessing-the-consequences-of-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-on-offspring-s-cardiovascular-health-mysweetheart-cohort-study-protocol-switzerland
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Stefano Di Bernardo, Yvan Mivelaz, Adina Mihaela Epure, Yvan Vial, Umberto Simeoni, Pascal Bovet, Sandrine Estoppey Younes, Arnaud Chiolero, Nicole Sekarski
INTRODUCTION: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a state of glucose intolerance with onset during pregnancy. GDM carries prenatal and perinatal risks as well as long-term risks for the mother and her child. GDM may be involved in the foetal programming of long-term cardiovascular health. However, evidence is sparse and the effect of GDM on cardiovascular health is unknown. To address these issues, we will conduct MySweetHeart Cohort study. The objectives are to assess the effect of GDM on offspring's cardiovascular health early in life by using surrogate markers of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis...
November 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136959/alterations-of-biomechanics-in-cancer-and-normal-cells-induced-by-doxorubicin
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Kaja Fraczkowska, Marcin Bacia, Magda Przybyło, Dominik Drabik, Aleksandra Kaczorowska, Justyna Rybka, Ewa Stefanko, Slawomir Drobczynski, Jan Masajada, Halina Podbielska, Tomasz Wrobel, Marta Kopaczynska
Mechanical properties of biological structures play an important role in regulating cellular activities and are critical for understanding metabolic processes in cancerous cells and the effects of drugs. For some cancers, such as acute myeloid leukaemia, chemotherapy is one of preferential methods. However, due to the lack of selectivity to cancer cells, cytostatic agents cause toxicity to normal tissues. Here, we study the effect of doxorubicin (DOX) on the mechanical properties of DNA molecules, leukemic blast cells and erythrocytes, using optical tweezers...
November 10, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128377/viral-hemorrhagic-fever-in-the-tropics-report-from-the-task-force-on-tropical-diseases-by-the-world-federation-of-societies-of-intensive-and-critical-care-medicine
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REVIEW
Jorge Luis Hidalgo Marroquin, Guy A Richards, Juan Ignacio Silesky Jiménez, Tim Baker, Pravin Amin
Viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) are a group of illnesses caused by four families of viruses namely Arenaviruses, Filoviruses, Bunyaviruses, and Flaviviruses. Humans are not the natural reservoir for any of these organisms and acquire the disease through vectors from animal reservoirs. In some conditions human to human transmission is possible increasing the risk to healthy individuals in the vicinity, more so to Health Care Workers (HCW). The pathogenesis of VHF, though poorly understood, varies according to the viruses involved...
November 4, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128115/chronic-use-of-proton-pump-inhibitors-adverse-events-and-potential-biological-mechanisms-a-translational-analysis
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Farid Kheloufi, Diane Frankel, Elise Kaspi, Marion Lepelley, Michel Mallaret, Quentin Boucherie, Patrice Roll, Joelle Micallef
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most frequently prescribed drugs. Even if PPI are usually considered as safe, there is a growing concern for a range of adverse effects of chronic PPI therapy often in the absence of appropriate indications. We propose, after a summary of renal, cardiovascular and neurological complications (dementia, chronic kidney disease, myocardial infarction and stroke), an integrative overview of the potential biological mechanisms involved. Eleven positive pharmacoepidemiological studies, mainly based on health insurance database linkage to hospital database, reported an increased risk of complications associated to PPI use and often a graded association suggesting also a possible dose-response relationship...
October 14, 2017: Thérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122210/strategies-to-increase-patient-safety-in-hemodialysis-application-of-the-modal-analysis-system-of-errors-and-effects-fema-system
#17
María Dolores Arenas Jiménez, Gabriel Ferre, Fernando Álvarez-Ude
BACKGROUND: Haemodialysis (HD) patients are a high-risk population group. For these patients, an error could have catastrophic consequences. Therefore, systems that ensure the safety of these patients in an environment with high technology and great interaction of the human factor is a requirement. OBJECTIVES: To show a systematic working approach, reproducible in any HD unit, which consists of recording the complications and errors that occurred during the HD session; defining which of those complications could be considered adverse event (AE), and therefore preventable; and carrying out a systematic analysis of them, as well as of underlying real or potential errors, evaluating their severity, frequency and detection; as well as establishing priorities for action (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis system [FMEA systems])...
November 2017: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117963/population-based-study-of-ischemic-stroke-risk-after-trauma-in-children-and-young-adults
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Christine K Fox, Nancy K Hills, David R Vinson, Adam L Numis, Rochelle A Dicker, Stephen Sidney, Heather J Fullerton
OBJECTIVE: To quantify the incidence, timing, and risk of ischemic stroke after trauma in a population-based young cohort. METHODS: We electronically identified trauma patients (<50 years old) from a population enrolled in a Northern Californian integrated health care delivery system (1997-2011). Within this cohort, we identified cases of arterial ischemic stroke within 4 weeks of trauma and 3 controls per case. A physician panel reviewed medical records, confirmed cases, and adjudicated whether the stroke was related to trauma...
November 8, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117077/vascular-graft-infection-incidence-and-potential-risk-factors
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Catherine R Ratliff, David Strider, Tanya Flohr, Danielle Moses, Virginia Rovnyak, Julie Armatas, Jennifer Johnson, Alison Okerlund, Mary Baldwin, Marian Lawson, Suzanne Fuhrmeister, Margaret C Tracci, Gilbert R Upchurch, Kenneth J Cherry
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify factors that increase the risk of vascular graft infections (VGI) in patients following abdominal or lower extremity revascularization surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective, descriptive study. METHODS: We reviewed the electronic health records of 223 patients who had undergone abdominal or lower extremity revascularization procedures from July 2012 to November 2014, looking for factors associated with VGI...
November 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114919/circulating-progenitor-cells-in-patients-with-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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P B Sandesara, V Ramjee, N Ghasemzadeh, Y Guo, N Bhatia, Q Li, L Vaughn, C Nell-Dybdahl, E K Waller, E A Mahar, K Brigham, P W F Wilson, A Quyyumi, N-A Le, L S Sperling
OBJECTIVE: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a genetic disease with very high levels of circulating low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels that leads to accelerated atherosclerosis. Lipoprotein apheresis is an effective treatment option for patients with FH and results in reduced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Circulating progenitor cells (CPCs) are markers of overall vascular health and diminished levels have been associated with decreased reparative potential and worse outcomes...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
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