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Ara 2 and diabetes

Hércules Rezende Freitas, Alinny Rosendo Isaac, Renato Malcher-Lopes, Bruno Lourenço Diaz, Isis Hara Trevenzoli, Ricardo Augusto De Melo Reis
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are lipid derivatives of omega-3 (docosahexaenoic acid, DHA, and eicosapentaenoic acid, EPA) or of omega-6 (arachidonic acid, ARA) synthesized from membrane phospholipids and used as a precursor for endocannabinoids (ECs). They mediate significant effects in the fine-tune adjustment of body homeostasis. Phyto- and synthetic cannabinoids also rule the daily life of billions worldwide, as they are involved in obesity, depression and drug addiction. Consequently, there is growing interest to reveal novel active compounds in this field...
July 7, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
Ahsan Rao, Alice Jones, Alex Bottle, Ara Darzi, Paul Aylin
OBJECTIVE: To apply group-based trajectory modelling (GBTM) to the hospital administrative data to evaluate, model and visualise trends and changes in the frequency of long-term hospital care use of the subgroups of patients with cerebrovascular conditions. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study of patients with cerebrovascular conditions. SETTINGS: Secondary care of all patients with cerebrovascular conditions admitted to English National Hospital Service hospitals...
June 24, 2017: BMJ Open
Marcello Tonelli, Natasha Wiebe, Brian Nadler, Ara Darzi, Shahnawaz Rasheed
The Interagency Emergency Health Kit (IEHK) provides a standard package of medicines and simple medical devices for aid agencies to use in emergencies such as disasters and armed conflicts. Despite the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in such settings, the IEHK includes few drugs and devices for management of NCDs. Using published data to model the population burden of acute and chronic presentations of NCDs in emergency-prone regions, we estimated the quantity of medications and devices that should be included in the IEHK...
November 2016: BMJ Global Health
Samet Yilmaz, Mehmet Kadri Akboga, Dursun Aras, Serkan Topaloglu
The CHA2DS2-VASc (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 years, diabetes mellitus, previous stroke, vascular disease, age 65-74 years, female gender) score is used to estimate thromboembolic risk in atrial fibrillation (AF). Its usefulness in predicting in-stent restenosis (ISR) is unknown. We evaluated the predictive value of the CHA2DS2-VASc score in AF-free patients who have undergone stent implantation. A total of 1350 patients who underwent coronary angiography and successful bare-metal stent implantation were analyzed...
January 1, 2017: Angiology
Ben Kearns, R Rafia, J Leaviss, L Preston, J E Brazier, S Palmer, R Ara
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is associated with premature death and a number of serious complications. The presence of comorbid depression makes these outcomes more likely and results in increased healthcare costs. The aim of this work was to assess the health economic outcomes associated with having both diabetes and depression, and assess the cost-effectiveness of potential policy changes to improve the care pathway: improved opportunistic screening for depression, collaborative care for depression treatment, and the combination of both...
January 24, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
Alexander Sun, A G Venkatesh, Drew A Hall
This paper describes the design and characterization of a reconfigurable, multi-technique electrochemical biosensor designed for direct integration into smartphone and wearable technologies to enable remote and accurate personal health monitoring. By repurposing components from one mode to the next, the biosensor's potentiostat is able reconfigure itself into three different measurements modes to perform amperometric, potentiometric, and impedance spectroscopic tests all with minimal redundant devices. A [Formula: see text] PCB prototype of the module was developed with discrete components and tested using Google's Project Ara modular smartphone...
September 26, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
Alexander Sun, A G Venkatesh, Drew A Hall
This paper describes the design and characterization of a reconfigurable, multi-technique electrochemical biosensor designed for direct integration into smartphone and wearable technologies to enable remote and accurate personal health monitoring. By repurposing components from one mode to the next, the biosensor's potentiostat is able reconfigure itself into three different measurements modes to perform amperometric, potentiometric, and impedance spectroscopic tests all with minimal redundant devices. A [Formula: see text] PCB prototype of the module was developed with discrete components and tested using Google's Project Ara modular smartphone...
October 2016: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
Burak Acar, Ozcan Ozeke, Sefa Unal, Mustafa Karakurt, Meryem Kara, Ozgur Kirbas, Fatih Sen, Ahmet Korkmaz, Dursun Aras, Sinan Aydogdu
BACKGROUND: The 'smoker's paradox' refers to the observation of favorable prognosis in current smokers following an acute ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in the era of fibrinolysis, however, several STEMI studies have demonstrated conflicting results in patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (p-PCI). OBJECTIVE: Aim of the current study was to evaluate the impact of cigarette smoking on left ventricular function in STEMI patients undergoing p-PCI...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Ko-Onn Lee, Chin-Meng Khoo, Balram Chowbay, Yiong-Huak Chan, Meng-Kwoon Sim
Des-aspartate-angiotensin I (DAA-I) is an endogenous angiotensin peptide and a prototype angiotensin receptor agonist (ARA). It acts on the angiotensin AT1 receptor and antagonises the deleterious actions of angiotensin II. DAA-I attenuates animal models of human disease in which angiotensin II has been implicated, such as cardiac hypertrophy, neointima formation, arteriosclerosis, renal failure, post-infarction injuries, diabetes, viral infection, chemical-induced inflammation, heat stroke, cancer, and gamma radiation lethality...
December 2016: Drugs in R&D
Ahsan Rao, Emily Barrow, Sabine Vuik, Ara Darzi, Paul Aylin
Background. Previous evidence on factors and causes of readmissions associated with high-impact users of stroke is scanty. The aim of the study was to investigate common causes and pattern of short- and long-term readmissions stroke patients by conducting a systematic review of studies using hospital administrative data. Common risk factors associated with the change of readmission rate were also examined. Methods. The literature search was conducted from 15 February to 15 March 2016 using various databases, such as Medline, Embase, and Web of Science...
2016: Stroke Research and Treatment
Cüneyt Kahraman, Nilüfer Kuzeyli Kahraman, Bekir Aras, Süleyman Coşgun, Erim Gülcan
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes mellitus (DM) has become a global economic burden due to treatment costs and attendant complications. Albuminuria is the precursor of end stage renal failure and is an inflammatory process. In the recent past, it has been reported that the neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR), which is a cost-effective and accessible marker, may be a favorable indicator of the inflammatory status. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio and the presence and level of diabetic nephropathy (DN)...
June 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
Israt Ara Hossain, Salima Akter, Farjana Rahman Bhuiyan, Mijanur Rahman Shah, Mohammad Khalilur Rahman, Liaquat Ali
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a metabolic disease commonly associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and inflammation-all features of insulin resistant syndrome. However, very limited data are available regarding the association of subclinical inflammation and insulin resistance with NAFLD in a prediabetic state. We, therefore, conducted the study to assess this relationship among this population. METHODS: We studied a cross-sectional analytical design of 140 [male/female, 77/63; age in years (ranges), 45 (25-68)] prediabetic subjects after confirming with 75 g oral glucose tolerance test...
May 11, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Gaby Judah, Ivo Vlaev, Laura Gunn, Dominic King, Derek King, Jonathan Valabhji, Ara Darzi, Colin Bicknell
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is an increasing public health problem in the UK and globally. Diabetic retinopathy is a microvascular complication of diabetes, and is one of the leading causes of blindness in the UK working age population. The diabetic eye screening programme in England aims to invite all people with diabetes aged 12 or over for retinal photography to screen for the presence of diabetic retinopathy. However, attendance rates are only 81 %, leaving many people at risk of preventable sight loss...
2016: BMC Ophthalmology
Arch G Mainous, Rebecca J Tanner, Stephen D Anton, Ara Jo
INTRODUCTION: Detection of prediabetes is an important step in diabetes prevention in primary care. Risk stratification of healthy-weight individuals for detection of prediabetes is necessary to avoid missed opportunities for diabetes prevention. METHODS: Using data from the 2011 to 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, we studied the relationship between combined handgrip strength, a proxy for lean muscle mass, and prediabetes among adults aged ≥20 years without diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes who had a healthy body mass index (18...
March 2016: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
Alessandro P Delitala, Giovanni M Pes, Giuseppe Fanciulli, Margherita Maioli, Giannina Secchi, Franca Sanciu, Giuseppe Delitala, Roberto Manetti
AIM OF THE STUDY: The aim of the present study was to define the frequency of organ-specific and non-organ-specific autoantibodies in a cohort of Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA) patients and to test whether multiple antibodies positivity could be a predictor of early insulin dependence. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We enrolled 210 LADA and 210 type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) patients. In all subjects anti-islet antigen-2 (IA-2Ab), anti-thyroperoxidase (TPOAb), anti-zinc transporter 8 (ZnT8Ab), anti-nuclear (ANA), anti-parietal cell (APCA), anti-smooth muscle (ASMA), anti-mitochondrial (AMA), anti-liver kidney microsomes (LKM), and anti-reticulin (ARA) circulating antibodies were assessed...
August 2016: Endocrine Research
Koukou Li, Min Yu, Yang Hu, Guangming Ren, Tingting Zang, Xiuhong Xu, Juanjuan Qu
Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is a progressive inflammation of pancreas characterized by irreversible morphologic change and dysfunction. Patients with chronic pancreatitis often present with abdominal pain, diarrhoea, jaundice, weight loss and the development of diabetes. Polysaccharides of Ganoderma lucidum strain S3 (GLPS3) possess antioxidative and immunomodulatory activities. This study was to characterize chemical structures of GLPS3 and determine their effects on diethyldithiocarbamate (DDC)-induced CP in mice...
March 5, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Hutan Ashrafian, Leanne Harling, Tania Toma, Christina Athanasiou, Nikolaos Nikiteas, Evangelos Efthimiou, Ara Darzi, Thanos Athanasiou
BACKGROUND: Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) has a rising global prevalence. Although it is vastly outnumbered by type 2 diabetes mellitus rates, it remains a persistent worldwide source of morbidity and mortality. Increasingly, its sufferers are afflicted by obesity and its complications. The objective of the study is to quantify the effects of bariatric surgery on T1DM by appraising the primary outcomes of glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c), insulin requirements and body mass index (BMI)...
August 2016: Obesity Surgery
Masaaki Watanabe, Torbjörn Lundgren, Yu Saito, Anthony Cerami, Michael Brines, Claes-Göran Östenson, Makiko Kumagai-Braesch
BACKGROUND: Erythropoietin exerts anti-inflammatory, antiapoptotic, and cytoprotective effects in addition to its hematopoietic action. A nonhematopoietic erythropoietin analogue, ARA 290, has similar properties. The efficacy of pancreatic islet transplantation (PITx) is reduced due to islet damage that occurs during isolation and from the severe inflammatory reactions caused by the transplantation procedure. We investigated whether ARA 290 protects islets and ameliorates inflammatory responses following PITx thus improving engraftment...
March 2016: Transplantation
Rodolfo Pini, Gianluca Faggioli, Antonio Freyrie, Enrico Gallitto, Chiara Mascoli, Claudio Bianchini Massoni, Andrea Stella, Mauro Gargiulo
OBJECTIVE: Fenestrated endovascular aortic repair (fEVAR) is being used increasingly in the treatment of complex aortic aneurysms; however, this procedure can be associated with visceral and renal complications. Because the causes of possible renal function (RF) impairment have not been fully examined yet, we conducted a study to investigate whether there are risk factors associate with renal ischemic lesions (RILs) and if they influence RF in patients treated for complex aortic aneurysm with fEVAR...
February 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Klaus Linni, Ara Ugurluoglu, Manuela Aspalter, Wolfgang Hitzl, Thomas Hölzenbein
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the clinical and hemodynamic outcomes of plain vs paclitaxel-coated percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) in patients with infrainguinal vein bypass stenosis. METHODS: A single-center retrospective analysis was conducted of consecutive patients treated by infrainguinal bypass PTA. Primary study end points were primary and assisted primary patency. Secondary end points were clinical and hemodynamic improvement, limb salvage, and survival...
February 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
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