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E Rudy, K W Bauer, S O Hughes, T M O'Connor, K Vollrath, A Davey, N E M Correa, T-A Chen, J O Fisher
BACKGROUND: Snacking among US preschoolers has increased in recent decades, raising questions about whether snacking contributes to dietary excess. OBJECTIVES: This research aimed to characterize snacking contributions to dietary excess and to evaluate associations with appetite and weight among preschool-aged children. METHODS: This study is a cross-sectional, observational study of 187 Hispanic low-income preschoolers. Three 24-h dietary recalls were used to assess snacking frequency and parameters of dietary excess including energy, saturated fat, trans fats and added sugars...
October 25, 2016: Pediatric Obesity
Akihiko Hasegawa, Tomo Yonezawa, Noboru Taniguchi, Koji Otabe, Yukio Akasaki, Tetsuya Matsukawa, Masahiko Saito, Masashi Neo, Lihua Y Marmorstein, Martin K Lotz
OBJECTIVES: The EFEMP1 gene encoding fibulin-3 is specifically expressed in the superficial zone of articular cartilage. This study examined fibulin-3 expression patterns in joint aging and osteoarthritis (OA) and the role of fibulin-3 in OA pathogenesis. METHODS: Immunohistochemical analysis was performed on normal and OA human and mouse knee cartilage. Experimental OA was induced in wild type and fibulin-3(-/-) mice and OA severity was evaluated by histological scoring...
October 25, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Michelle R Hoffmann, Peter A Senior, Stephanie T Jackson, Guylaine Ferland, Nancy Presse, Kailash Jindal, Ping Li, Abeer S Alzaben, Diana R Mager
PURPOSE: Patients with diabetes (DM) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at increased risk for suboptimal bone health. The study objective was to investigate the relationships between vitamin D (vitD), vitamin K1 (vitK1), and calcium intake with bone mineral density (BMD) and vitamin D status in an ambulatory population with DM and CKD. METHODS: Adults (age 18-80 years; n = 62) with DM and CKD (stages 1-4) were recruited from the Northern Alberta Renal Program...
October 25, 2016: Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research
Joseph Chi-Ching Tsui, Carol Po-Ying Lau, Alex Chun Cheung, Kwok-Chuen Wong, Lin Huang, Stephen Kwok-Wing Tsui, Shekhar Madhukar Kumta
Giant cell tumor of bone (GCT) is the most commonly reported non-malignant bone tumor in Hong Kong. This kind of tumor usually affects people aged 20-40 years. Also, it is well known for recurrence locally, especially when the tumor cannot be removed completely. Filamins are actin-binding proteins which contain three family members, filamin A, B and C. They are the products of three different genes, FLNA, FLNB and FLNC, which can generate various transcript variants in different cell types. In this study, we focused on the effects of FLNBv2 and FLNBv4 toward GCT cells...
October 24, 2016: Oncology Reports
R E Frye, S Rose, J Chacko, R Wynne, S C Bennuri, J C Slattery, M Tippett, L Delhey, S Melnyk, S G Kahler, D F MacFabe
Propionic acid (PPA) is a ubiquitous short-chain fatty acid, which is a major fermentation product of the enteric microbiome. PPA is a normal intermediate of metabolism and is found in foods, either naturally or as a preservative. PPA and its derivatives have been implicated in both health and disease. Whereas PPA is an energy substrate and has many proposed beneficial effects, it is also associated with human disorders involving mitochondrial dysfunction, including propionic acidemia and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)...
October 25, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
Christine M Leeper, Matthew D Neal, Christine McKenna, Jason Sperry, Barbara A Gaines
BACKGROUND: Abnormalities in fibrinolysis are common and associated with increased mortality in injured adults. While hyperfibrinolysis (HF) and fibrinolysis shutdown (SD) are potential prognostic indicators and treatment targets in adults, these derangements are not well-described in a pediatric trauma cohort. METHODS: Prospective analysis of highest level trauma activations age 0-18 presenting to our academic center between 6/1/2015-7/31/2016 with admission rapid thromboelastogram (TEG)...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
H Li, C L Lv, C S Yang, D F Wei, K W Chen, S W Li, Z J Zhang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: SORL1 rs1699102 is associated with the risk of late-onset Alzheimer's disease. However, the effects of this single nucleotide polymorphism on cognition and brain structure during normal aging are unclear. This study aimed to examine the effects of the rs1699102 polymorphism on age-related cognitive decline and cortical gray matter reduction in the Chinese Han population. METHODS: A total of 780 non-demented adults completed a battery of neuropsychological tests...
October 25, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Richard S Legro, Allen R Kunselman, Christy M Stetter, Carol L Gnatuk, Stephanie J Estes, Eleanor Brindle, Hubert W Vesper, Julianne C Botelho, Peter A Lee, William C Dodson
CONTEXT: Daughters of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are thought to be at increased risk for developing stigmata of the syndrome, but the ontogeny during puberty is uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To phenotype daughters (N = 76) of mothers with PCOS and daughters (N = 80) from control mothers for reproductive and metabolic parameters characteristic of PCOS. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Matched Case/Control Study, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Non-Hispanic, Caucasian girls age 4-17 INTERVENTION: Obtain birth history, biometric, ovarian ultrasounds, whole body DXA scan for body composition, 2 hour glucose challenged salivary insulin levels and two timed urinary collections (12 hours overnight and 3 hours AM) for gonadotropins and sex steroids...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Robert K Andrews, Elizabeth E Gardiner
Proteolytic shedding of the extracellular ectodomain of platelet receptors provides a key mechanism for irreversible loss of ligand-binding capacity, and for regulating platelet function in health and disease. Platelets derived from megakaryocytes are small anucleate cells in peripheral blood, with the ability to rapidly adhere, become activated, and secrete an array of procoagulant and proinflammatory factors at sites of vascular injury or disease, and to form a platelet aggregate (thrombus) which is not only critical in normal hemostasis and wound healing, but in atherothrombotic diseases including myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke...
October 25, 2016: Platelets
Kazuha Kizaki, Fumiharu Yamashita, Tomoya Hayashi, Noboru Funakoshi
AIM: This study was designed to investigate which biological agent, infliximab or tocilizumab, would more intensively keep suppressing oxidative stress among well-controlled patients as C-reactive protein (CRP) levels normalized in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In addition, it was intended to clarify indicative factors of oxidative stress among well-controlled patients with RA. METHODS: We recruited 61 well-controlled (CRP < 0.3 mg/dL within normal ranges) patients with RA using biological agents (infliximab n = 33; tocilizumab n = 28), active RA patients with CRP > 1...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
Mohammad Pakravan, Mohammad Ali Javadi, Shahin Yazdani, Elham Ghahari, Zohreh Behroozi, Reza Soleimanizad, Sasan Moghimi, Naveed Nilforoushan, Reza Zarei, Yadollah Eslami, Mahmood Ghassami, Hossein Ziaei, Marzieh Katibeh, Hanif Tabesh, Mehdi Yaseri
PURPOSE: To determine the distribution of intraocular pressure (IOP), central corneal thickness (CCT) and vertical cup-to-disc ratio (VCDR) in the healthy Iranian population. METHODS: This population-based, epidemiologic study evaluated Iranian aged 40-80 years, residing in Yazd, Iran, in 2010-2011. Eligible subjects were selected by cluster random sampling. Each participant underwent an interview and ophthalmologic examination including slit lamp examination, Goldmann applanation tonometry, binocular optic disc evaluation, stereoscopic fundus photography, ultrasonic pachymetry and visual field testing...
October 25, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Isolde G Rojas, Maria L Spencer, Paulina A Zapata, Alejandra Martínez, Rosario Alarcón, Francisco J Marchesani, Mine Tezal
BACKGROUND: Differences in immune profile between actinic cheilitis (AC), a precursor of lip squamous cell carcinoma, and normal lip vermillion (NL) have not been elucidated. OBJECTIVES: To compare density, distribution, and ratios of CD8+ and FoxP3+ cells between AC and NL and assess their associations with clinicopathologic variables. METHODS: Samples of AC and NL obtained between 2001 and 2013 at the College of Dentistry of the University of Concepcion, Chile, were retrospectively analyzed for immunohistochemical detection of CD8+ and FoxP3+ cells...
October 25, 2016: International Journal of Dermatology
Khaled Abass, Markku Koiranen, Darja Mazej, Janja Snoj Tratnik, Milena Horvat, Jukka Hakkola, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Arja Rautio
The Northern Finland Birth Cohort program (NFBC) is the epidemiological and longitudinal prospective general population research program, which was established to promote health and wellbeing of the population in northern Finland. The aim of present study, as a part of the NFBC program, was to analyze the blood levels of arsenic (B-As), cadmium (B-Cd), lead (B-Pb), total mercury (B-Hg) and selenium (B-Se); to compare these levels with threshold limits; to study sociodemographic factors; and to correlate these levels with calcium and haemoglobin...
October 24, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Guido Wierer, Armin Runer, Christian Hoser, Elmar Herbst, Peter Gföller, Christian Fink
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to compare the clinical outcome of ACL reconstructions in patients older than 40 years of age to younger subjects. It has been hypothesized that patients older than 40 years of age achieve comparable clinical outcomes following acute ACL reconstruction using a hamstring tendon autograft than younger patients. METHODS: Patients with an isolated ACL tear without any concomitant injuries and subsequent ACL reconstruction within 48 h from injury were included in this prospective study...
October 24, 2016: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Nikolaus Rieber, Roel P Gazendam, Alexandra F Freeman, Amy P Hsu, Amanda L Collar, Janyce A Sugui, Rebecca A Drummond, Chokechai Rongkavilit, Kevin Hoffman, Carolyn Henderson, Lily Clark, Markus Mezger, Muthulekha Swamydas, Maik Engeholm, Rebecca Schüle, Bettina Neumayer, Frank Ebel, Constantinos M Mikelis, Stefania Pittaluga, Vinod K Prasad, Anurag Singh, Joshua D Milner, Kelli W Williams, Jean K Lim, Kyung J Kwon-Chung, Steven M Holland, Dominik Hartl, Taco W Kuijpers, Michail S Lionakis
Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis is a life-threatening mycosis that only affects patients with immunosuppression, chemotherapy-induced neutropenia, transplantation, or congenital immunodeficiency. We studied the clinical, genetic, histological, and immunological features of 2 unrelated patients without known immunodeficiency who developed extrapulmonary invasive aspergillosis at the ages of 8 and 18. One patient died at age 12 with progressive intra-abdominal aspergillosis. The other patient had presented with intra-abdominal candidiasis at age 9, and developed central nervous system aspergillosis at age 18 and intra-abdominal aspergillosis at age 25...
October 20, 2016: JCI Insight
Ja Hyang Cho, Eungu Kang, Gu-Hwan Kim, Beom Hee Lee, Jin-Ho Choi, Han-Wook Yoo
Vitamin D hydroxylation-deficient rickets type 1A (VDDR1A) is an autosomal recessively-inherited disorder caused by mutations in CYP27B1 encoding the 1α-hydroxylase enzyme. We report on a female patient with VDDR1A who presented with hypocalcemic seizure at the age of 13 months. The typical clinical and biochemical features of VDDR1A were found, such as hypocalcemia, increased alkaline phosphatase, secondary hyperparathyroidism and normal 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25(OH)D3). Radiographic images of the wrist showed metaphyseal widening with cupping and fraying of the ulna and distal radius, suggesting rickets...
September 2016: Annals of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism
Jun Woo Kim, Sang Hoo Park, Yoojin Kim, Minji Im, Heon-Seok Han
PURPOSE: The prevalence rates of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and percentile distribution of insulin resistance (IR) among Korean children and adolescents were investigated. The cutoff values of IR were calculated to identify high-risk MetS groups. METHODS: Data from 3,313 Korean subjects (1,756 boys and 1,557 girls, aged 10-18 years) were included from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted during 2007-2010. Three different sets of criteria for MetS were used...
September 2016: Annals of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism
Kwame Yeboah, Eric Kyei-Baafour, Daniel A Antwi, Henry Asare-Anane, Ben Gyan, Albert G B Amoah
BACKGROUND: Impaired angiogenesis is amongst the underlining mechanisms of organ damage in diabetes and hypertensive patients. In diabetes and hypertensive patients without proteinuria and overt CVDs, we studied the levels of angiogenic growth factors, angiopoietin (Ang)-1, Ang-2 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and the relationship between these angiogenic growth factors and renal function, measured as estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). METHOD: In a case control design, 107 type 2 diabetes (T2DM) patients and 93 non-diabetes controls were recruited into the study...
2016: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
Shabnam Mohammadi, Arya Hedjazi, Maryam Sajjadian, Naser Ghoroubi, Maryam Mohammadi, Saeed Erfani
Introduction: The heart is in a muscular organ in the middle mediastinum. According to our knowledge, there is no standard data about the anthropologic parameters of normal Iranian hearts. Hence, the aim of the present study was to investigate the normal heart size in Iranian cadavers. Methods: In a cross-sectional study, 550 cadavers (104 female/446 male) from June 2014 to July 2015 in the Razavi Khorasan province of Iran were included in the study. After approval of the Ethical Committee, cadavers were divided into 10 groups based on age groups...
2016: Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Research
Cuijie Shao, Changsheng Duan, Jiani Wang, Shunlian Luan, Yong Gao, Dan Jin, Deqiang Wang, Yuming Li, Lihua Xu
BACKGROUND: The molecular mechanisms underlying the development and progression of gastric carcinoma remain poorly understood. The main objective of this study was to investigate the expression level of targeting protein for Xenopus kinesin-like protein 2 (TPX2) and its clinical significance in human gastric carcinoma. METHODS: Real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and western blotting were used to determine the mRNA and protein levels of TPX2 in 20 paired gastric carcinoma tissues and the adjacent normal tissues, and the expression of TPX2 protein in 106 specimens of a gastric carcinoma tissue microarray was determined by immunohistochemistry...
2016: Cancer Cell International
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