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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202881/modifiable-lifestyle-risk-factors-for-stroke-among-a-high-risk-hypertensive-population-in-greater-kampala-uganda-a-cross-sectional-study
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Mark Kaddumukasa, James Kayima, Jane Nakibuuka, Carol Blixen, Elisabeth Welter, Elly Katabira, Martha Sajatovic
OBJECTIVE: To describe the modifiable lifestyle risk factors for stroke among a high risk population for stroke. Africa suffers from rapid population growth, adoption of harmful western diets, and increased prevalence of hypertension and obesity. RESULTS: A total of 440 study participants were screened and 87 individuals with hypertension plus at least one other known stroke risk factor were enrolled. The prevalence of hypertension and diabetes mellitus in the screened population was 19...
December 4, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193660/preterm-birth-with-placental-evidence-of-malperfusion-is-associated-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors-after-pregnancy-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Janet M Catov, Matthew F Muldoon, Steven E Reis, Roberta B Ness, Lananh N Nguyen, Jose-Miguel Yamal, Hyunsoo Hwang, W Tony Parks
OBJECTIVE: Preterm birth (PTB) is associated with excess maternal cardiovascular disease risk. We considered that women with PTB and placental evidence of maternal malperfusion would be particularly affected. DESIGN: Pregnancy cohort study. SETTING: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, US. POPULATION: Women with PTB (n=115) and term births (n=210) evaluated 4-12 years after pregnancy. METHODS: Cardiometabolic risk markers were compared in women with prior PTB vs...
November 28, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170528/kidney-androgen-regulated-protein-kap-transgenic-mice-are-protected-against-high-fat-diet-induced-metabolic-syndrome
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Beatriz Bardaji de Quixano, Josep A Villena, Miguel Aranda, Gemma Brils, Antoni Cuevas, Théana Hespel, Haizea Lekuona, Cristina Súarez, Olga Tornavaca, Anna Meseguer
Metabolic Syndrome (MS) is reaching epidemic proportions with significant social and economical burden worldwide. Since the molecular basis of MS remains poorly defined, we investigated the impact of KAP, a kidney specific androgen-regulated gene, in the development of high fat-diet (hfd)-induced MS. Tg mice overexpressing KAP specifically in proximal tubule cells of the kidney exhibited reduced body weight and lower liver and adipose tissue weight compared to control littermates when fed a hfd. KAP Tg mice showed diminished adipocyte hypertrophy and reduced hepatic steatosis, significantly correlating with expression of relevant molecular markers and lower lipid content in liver...
November 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150340/placental-transfer-and-levels-of-mercury-selenium-vitamin-e-and-docosahexaenoic-acid-in-maternal-and-umbilical-cord-blood
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Mineshi Sakamoto, Hing Man Chan, José L Domingo, Chihaya Koriyama, Katsuyuki Murata
Methylmercury (MeHg) is a neurotoxicant known to affect the developing fetal brain as a sensitive target organ. As most mercury (Hg) in blood is MeHg, total mercury (THg) levels in blood are used to estimate the body burden of MeHg. The nutrients selenium (Se), vitamin E, and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are protective against MeHg toxicity. We compared maternal and cord blood concentrations of biochemical substances, THg and Se, vitamin E, DHA, and other elements, fatty acids, and amino acids in 54 Japanese mother-newborn pairs to elucidate the fetal risk of MeHg toxicity...
November 14, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143837/development-of-a-label-free-raman-imaging-technique-for-differentiation-of-malaria-parasite-infected-from-non-infected-tissue
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Laura Frame, James Brewer, Rebecca Lee, Karen Faulds, Duncan Graham
During malarial infection, the host uses the spleen to clear the malaria parasites, however, the parasites have evolved the ability to bind to endothelial receptors in blood vessels of tissues to avoid removal, known as sequestration, and this is largely responsible for the symptoms and severity of infection. So a technique which could non-invasively diagnose tissue burden could be utilised as an aid for localised malaria diagnosis within tissue. Raman spectroscopy is a label-free imaging technique and can provide unique and chemically specific Raman 'fingerprint' spectrum of biological samples such as tissue...
November 16, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136567/persistent-organic-pollutants-in-red-and-white-blooded-high-antarctic-notothenioid-fish-from-the-remote-weddell-sea
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Anneli Strobel, Peter Schmid, Patricia Burkhardt-Holm, Helmut Segner, Markus Zennegg
It has been suggested that High-Antarctic waters, despite their remoteness from human activities, are impacted by anthropogenic pollution, and that the local biota are accumulating the contaminants. At present, no data exist on persistent organic pollutant (POP) body burdens for notothenioid fish inhabiting the High-Antarctic Weddell Sea. We determined the pollutant load in white muscle tissue of red- and white-blooded notothenoids from the Weddell Sea (Trematomus loennbergii and Chionodraco hamatus, respectively), and compared them to our previous measurements of POPs in Low-Antarctic notothenioids...
November 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121994/dyslipidaemia-in-a-black-african-diabetic-population-burden-pattern-and-predictors
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William Lumu, Leaticia Kampiire, George Patrick Akabwai, Richard Ssekitoleko, Daniel Ssekikubo Kiggundu, Davis Kibirige
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess the burden, pattern and predictors of dyslipidaemia in 425 adult diabetic patients in Uganda. RESULTS: The median (IQR) age of the study participants was 53 (43.5-62) years with a female majority (283, 66.9%). Dyslipidaemia defined as presence of ≥ 1 lipid abnormalities was observed in 374 (88%) study participants. Collectively, the predictors of dyslipidaemia were: female gender, study site (private hospitals), type of diabetes (type 2 diabetes mellitus), statin therapy, increased body mass index and diastolic blood pressure...
November 9, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112863/the-liver
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Elijah Trefts, Maureen Gannon, David H Wasserman
The liver is a critical hub for numerous physiological processes. These include macronutrient metabolism, blood volume regulation, immune system support, endocrine control of growth signaling pathways, lipid and cholesterol homeostasis, and the breakdown of xenobiotic compounds, including many current drugs. Processing, partitioning, and metabolism of macronutrients provide the energy needed to drive the aforementioned processes and are therefore among the liver's most critical functions. Moreover, the liver's capacities to store glucose in the form of glycogen, with feeding, and assemble glucose via the gluconeogenic pathway, in response to fasting, are critical...
November 6, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109332/hydrogen-enriched-water-eliminates-fine-particles-from-the-lungs-and-blood-by-enhancing-phagocytic-activity
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Jieun Choi, Eun Suk An, Young-Hwan Ban, Da Woom Seo, Tae-Su Kim, Sung-Pyo Lee, You Lin, Ehn-Kyoung Choi, Yun-Bae Kim
Particulate matters (PM) are one of the major body burdens leading to diseases. We investigated the capacities of a hydrogen-enriched water (HW) eliminating carbon nanoparticles (CNP) and carbon microparticles (CMP) from the lungs and blood, respectively. In CNP-elimination test, rats were orally administered with purified water (PW) or HW (10 or 30 mL/kg/day) for 10 weeks. At the time point of 4 weeks, the rats were challenged with intratracheal instillation of CNP (4 mg). CNP accumulated in the airways and alveoli, and induced inflammatory lesions...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079553/c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire-dual-burden-of-disease-codubu-study-protocol-to-investigate-the-co-occurrence-of-chronic-infections-and-noncommunicable-diseases-in-rural-settings-of-epidemiological-transition
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Ikenna C Eze, Clémence Esse, Fidèle K Bassa, Siaka Koné, Felix Acka, Loukou Yao, Medea Imboden, Fabienne N Jaeger, Christian Schindler, Mireille Dosso, Véronique Laubhouet-Koffi, Dinard Kouassi, Eliézer K N'Goran, Jürg Utzinger, Bassirou Bonfoh, Nicole Probst-Hensch
BACKGROUND: Individual-level concomitance of infectious diseases and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) is poorly studied, despite the reality of this dual disease burden for many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). OBJECTIVE: This study protocol describes the implementation of a cohort and biobank aiming for a better understanding of interrelation of helminth and Plasmodium infections with NCD phenotypes like metabolic syndrome, hypertension, and diabetes. METHODS: A baseline cross-sectional population-based survey was conducted over one year, in the Taabo health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) in south-central Côte d'Ivoire...
October 27, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077762/awareness-treatment-and-control-of-dyslipidemia-in-rural-south-africa-the-haalsi-health-and-aging-in-africa-a-longitudinal-study-of-an-indepth-community-in-south-africa-study
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Sheridan Reiger, Thiago Veiga Jardim, Shafika Abrahams-Gessel, Nigel J Crowther, Alisha Wade, F Xavier Gomez-Olive, Joshua Salomon, Stephen Tollman, Thomas A Gaziano
Dyslipidemia is a primary driver for chronic cardiovascular conditions and there is no comprehensive literature about its management in South Africa. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence, awareness, treatment, and control of dyslipidemia in rural South Africa and how they are impacted by different behaviors and non-modifiable factors. To fulfill this objective we recruited for this cohort study adults aged ≥40 years residing in the Agincourt sub-district of Mpumalanga Province. Data collection included socioeconomic and clinical data, anthropometric measures, blood pressure (BP), HIV-status, point-of-care glucose and lipid levels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042132/low-very-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-but-high-very-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-mrna-expression-in-peripheral-white-blood-cells-an-atherogenic-phenotype-for-atherosclerosis-in-a-community-based-population
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Fan Zhao, Yue Qi, Jing Liu, Wei Wang, Wuxiang Xie, Jiayi Sun, Jun Liu, Yongchen Hao, Miao Wang, Yan Li, Dong Zhao
Very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (VLDL-C), via binding very low-density lipoprotein receptor (VLDLR), can induce the development of atherosclerosis. Besides monocytes, VLDLR expression is detected in various peripheral white blood cells (WBCs), yet its underlying role remains unclear. We thereby aimed to test the hypothesis that VLDLR in all types of peripheral WBCs may be involved in the association between VLDL-C and atherosclerosis. VLDLR mRNA expression in peripheral WBC and plasma VLDL-C levels were measured in 747 participants from a community-based study...
November 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032450/association-between-coronary-artery-disease-severity-and-overactive-bladder-in-geriatric-patients
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Muhammet Fatih Kilinc, Erdogan Yasar, Halil Ibrahim Aydin, Yildiray Yildiz, Omer Gokhan Doluoglu
PURPOSE: To investigate the association between overactive bladder (OAB) and coronary artery disease (CAD) as demonstrated on coronary angiography in patients > 65 years. METHODS: The patients who were > 65 years completed an OAB-V8 form before undergoing coronary angiography at a tertiary care hospital. The presence of OAB was documented using the self-administered OAB-V8 questionnaire. Formal stratification of the coronary vessels plaque burden was assessed by calculation of a Gensini score for each patient...
October 14, 2017: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026833/primary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-older-adults-in-china
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Jian Yong, Dong Lin, Xue-Rui Tan
Over the past two decades, the percentage of Chinese who is 60 years or older has increased from 5.2% in 1995 to 10.5% in 2015. Approximately 16% of the population in China was 60 years old and above in 2015. Since 1990, cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been the leading cause of death in China. Cardiovascular medications of older adults are usually more complicated than younger age groups due to polypharmacy, the presence of comorbidities and more susceptible to treatment-related adverse outcomes. Therefore, effective primary prevention of CVD for older adults is important in sustaining the health of older adults and reducing the burden of the healthcare system...
September 16, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988099/chlorinated-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-serum-of-new-zealand-adults-2011-2013
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J Coakley, P Bridgen, M N Bates, J Douwes, A 't Mannetje
A national survey was conducted in 2011-2013 to assess serum concentrations of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in adult New Zealanders. Participants were randomly selected from the 2010 Electoral Roll within 64 demographic strata according to 4 age groups, 4 regions, 2 ethnic groups (Māori/non-Māori) and gender. Eligible subjects (n=734) donated up to 30ml of blood, after which serum was pooled (n=49) according to demographic strata prior to analysis by GC-HRMS. Associations between demographic variables (age, region, ethnicity, gender) and serum POPs were assessed using linear regression...
February 15, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28960806/regional-evidence-and-international-recommendations-to-guide-lipid-management-in-asian-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-with-special-reference-to-renal-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Titus Wl Lau, Kevin E K Tan, Jason C J Choo, Tsun-Gun Ng, Subramaniam Tavintharan, Juliana C N Chan
The anticipated increase in the prevalence and incidence of type 2 diabetes in Asia, and its associated cardiovascular-renal complications, will place a significant burden on patients, caregivers, and society. Despite the proven effectiveness of lipid management in reducing these complications, there are major treatment gaps, especially in Asian patients with young-onset diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Recent international guidelines recommended the adoption of absolute risk estimation of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease to guide treatment intensity...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930197/red-blood-cell-eicosapentaenoic-acid-inversely-relates-to-mri-assessed-carotid-plaque-lipid-core-burden-in-elders-at-high-cardiovascular-risk
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Núria Bargalló, Rosa Gilabert, Edwin-Saúl Romero-Mamani, Montserrat Cofán, Philip C Calder, Montserrat Fitó, Dolores Corella, Jordi Salas-Salvadó, Miguel Ruiz-Canela, Ramon Estruch, Emilio Ros, Aleix Sala-Vila
Supplemental marine omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) has an anti-atherosclerotic effect. Clinical research on EPA supplied by the regular diet and atherosclerosis is scarce. In the framework of the PREvención con DIeta MEDiterránea (PREDIMED) trial, we conducted a cross-sectional study in 161 older individuals at high vascular risk grouped into different stages of carotid atherosclerosis severity, including those without ultrasound-detected atheroma plaque (n = 38), with plaques <2.0 mm thick (n = 65), and with plaques ≥2...
September 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929097/integrated-clinical-decision-support-systems-promote-absolute-cardiovascular-risk-assessment-an-important-primary-prevention-measure-in-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-primary-health-care
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Veronica Matthews, Christopher P Burgess, Christine Connors, Elizabeth Moore, David Peiris, David Scrimgeour, Sandra C Thompson, Sarah Larkins, Ross Bailie
BACKGROUND: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians experience a greater burden of disease compared to non-Indigenous Australians. Around one-fifth of the health disparity is caused by cardiovascular disease (CVD). Despite the importance of absolute cardiovascular risk assessment (CVRA) as a screening and early intervention tool, few studies have reported its use within the Australian Indigenous primary health care (PHC) sector. This study utilizes data from a large-scale quality improvement program to examine variation in documented CVRA as a primary prevention strategy for individuals without prior CVD across four Australian jurisdictions...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919343/characterizing-pathology-in-erythrocytes-using-morphological-and-biophysical-membrane-properties-relation-to-impaired-hemorheology-and-cardiovascular-function-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Oore-Ofe O Olumuyiwa-Akeredolu, Prashilla Soma, Antoinette V Buys, Legesse Kassa Debusho, Etheresia Pretorius
The inflammatory burden of the complex rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease affects several organ-systems, including rheological properties of blood and its formed elements. Red blood cells (RBCs) are constantly exposed to circulating dysregulated inflammatory molecules that are co-transported within the vasculature; and their membranes may be particularly vulnerable to the accompanying oxidative stress. In the current study, we investigate biophysical and ultrastructural characteristics of RBCs obtained from a cohort of patients using atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and confocal microscopy (CM)...
December 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891681/lacto-vegetarian-diet-and-correlation-of-fasting-blood-sugar-with-lipids-in-population-practicing-sedentary-lifestyle
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Ardhendu Bhusan Praharaj, Ramesh Kumar Goenka, Sujata Dixit, Manoj Kumar Gupta, Shantanu Kumar Kar, Sapna Negi
Rising burden of diabetes in India requires quick intervention that integrates policies and programs for effective prevention and control of disease. This retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted to observe effect of diet in two Indian communities practicing sedentary lifestyle. Fasting blood samples were analyzed for blood sugar, glycated-hemoglobin (HbA1C), and lipid profile. Body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) measurements were recorded. Diabetes incidence was lower in lacto-vegetarian (1...
September 11, 2017: Ecology of Food and Nutrition
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