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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550519/drug-abuse-associated-mortality-across-the-lifespan-a-population-based-longitudinal-cohort-and-co-relative-analysis
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Kenneth S Kendler, Henrik Ohlsson, Kristina Sundquist, Jan Sundquist
PURPOSE: Nationwide data have been lacking on drug abuse (DA)-associated mortality. We do not know the degree to which this excess mortality results from the characteristics of drug-abusing individuals or from the effects of DA itself. METHOD: DA was assessed from medical, criminal, and prescribed drug registries. Relative pairs discordant for DA were obtained from the Multi-Generation and Twin Registers. Mortality was obtained from the Swedish Mortality registry...
May 26, 2017: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549983/the-effect-of-omega-3-supplementation-on-pregnancy-outcomes-by-smoking-status
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Spencer G Kuper, Adi R Abramovici, Victoria C Jauk, Lorie M Harper, Joseph R Biggio, Alan T Tita
BACKGROUND: Smoking during pregnancy is associated with adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes such as preterm delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, stillbirth, and low birth weight. Since smoking causes oxidative stress, some have suggested using antioxidants to counteract the effects of oxidative stress. Smokers have lower serum levels of omega-3 fatty acids, an important antioxidant, and thus, investigating whether omega-3 supplementation in smokers reduces adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes represents an important area of research...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549500/greater-preclinical-atherosclerosis-in-treated-monogenic-familial-hypercholesterolemia-vs-polygenic-hypercholesterolemia
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Mahtab Sharifi, Elizabeth Higginson, Sven Bos, Angela Gallivan, Darren Harvey, Ka Wah Li, Amali Abeysekera, Angela Haddon, Helen Ashby, Kate E Shipman, Jackie A Cooper, Marta Futema, Jeanine E Roeters van Lennep, Eric J G Sijbrands, Mourad Labib, Devaki Nair, Steve E Humphries
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a common inherited disorder of low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) metabolism. It is associated with higher risk of premature coronary heart disease. Around 60% of patients with a clinical diagnosis of FH do not have a detectable mutation in the genes causing FH and are most likely to have a polygenic cause for their raised LDL-C. We assessed the degree of preclinical atherosclerosis in treated patients with monogenic FH versus polygenic hypercholesterolemia...
May 13, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549428/rheumatoid-factors-do-not-predict-cardiovascular-disease-and-mortality-in-the-general-population-in-the-busselton-health-survey
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Johannes Nossent, Warren Raymond, Mark Divitini, Matthew Knuiman
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid Factors (RF) are antibodies directed against the Fc portion of IgG and are involved in clearance of immune complexes. While RF can develop in a wide range of conditions, higher RF levels indicate a greater risk for a severe disease course in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients including cardiovascular complications and premature death. We investigated whether RF also constitute a risk factor for these outcomes in the general population. METHODS: We included 2,323 participants (46% male, mean age 50 years) free of CVD at baseline in 1972...
May 26, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549156/early-subjective-sensory-experiences-with-cigalike-e-cigarettes-among-african-american-menthol-smokers-a-qualitative-study
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Sabrina L Smiley, Teresa DeAtley, Leslie F Rubin, Emily Harvey, Elexis C Kierstead, Monica Webb Hooper, Raymond S Niaura, David B Abrams, Jennifer L Pearson
Introduction: Despite smoker interest in e-cigarettes as a harm reduction or cessation aid, many smokers prematurely discontinue vaping after trying a product. This study explored the role of early subjective sensory experience in vaping persistence and desistence. Methods: African American menthol cigarette smokers aged ≥18 years (n=15; M=54.1 years; SD=8.2), motivated to quit smoking, and interested in trying e-cigarettes were recruited in Washington, D.C. Participants were followed for three weeks and provided menthol cigalike e-cigarettes after week one...
May 26, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548651/foetal-haemoglobin-blood-transfusion-and-retinopathy-of-prematurity-in-very-preterm-infants-a-pilot-prospective-cohort-study
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C J Stutchfield, A Jain, D Odd, C Williams, R Markham
PurposeTo identify if there is an association between foetal haemoglobin (HbF) concentration and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in very preterm infants.Patients and methodsProspective cohort study. Infants born <32 weeks' gestational age or <1501 g in two tertiary neonatal units between January 2012 and May 2013 (n=42) were enrolled. HbF and adult haemoglobin (HbA) concentrations were measured using high-pressure liquid chromatography from blood samples sent as part of routine neonatal care once routinely requested laboratory tests had been performed...
May 26, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548004/reduced-cellularity-of-bone-marrow-in-multiple-sclerosis-with-decreased-msc-expansion-potential-and-premature-ageing-in-vitro
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Juliana Redondo, Pamela Sarkar, Kevin Kemp, Paul F Virgo, Joya Pawade, Aimie Norton, David C Emery, Martin G Guttridge, David I Marks, Alastair Wilkins, Neil J Scolding, Claire M Rice
BACKGROUND: Autologous bone-marrow-derived cells are currently employed in clinical studies of cell-based therapy in multiple sclerosis (MS) although the bone marrow microenvironment and marrow-derived cells isolated from patients with MS have not been extensively characterised. OBJECTIVES: To examine the bone marrow microenvironment and assess the proliferative potential of multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) in progressive MS. METHODS: Comparative phenotypic analysis of bone marrow and marrow-derived MSCs isolated from patients with progressive MS and control subjects was undertaken...
May 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547797/vitamin-d-receptor-agonists-regulate-ocular-developmental-angiogenesis-and-modulate-expression-of-dre-mir-21-and-vegf
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Stephanie L Merrigan, Breandán N Kennedy
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Pathological growth of ocular vasculature networks can underpin visual impairment in neovascular age-related macular degeneration, proliferative diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity. Our aim was to uncover novel pharmacological regulators of ocular angiogenesis by phenotype-based screening in zebrafish. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: A bioactive chemical library of 465 drugs was screened to identify small molecule inhibitors of ocular hyaloid vasculature (HV) angiogenesis in zebrafish larvae...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546821/evaluation-of-neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-platelet-lymphocyte-ratio-and-red-blood-cell-distribution-width-platelet-ratio-for-diagnosis-of-premature-ovarian-insufficiency
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Gulsah Ilhan, Fatma Ferda Verit Atmaca, Esra Altan, Ali Galip Zebitay, Hamdullah Sozen, Hurkan Akyol, Meryem Kurek Eken
Objective: To evaluate whether systemic inflammatory markers (neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR), platelet to lymphocyte ratio (PLR) and red blood cell distribution width (RDW) to platelet ratio (RPR)) can be used as reliable markers for the diagnosis of premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) and to determine if there is a relationship between these markers and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) levels. Materials and methods: Written and electronic medical records were reviewed using searches for diagnoses with the terms of 'premature ovarian failure', 'premature ovarian insufficiency'...
December 2016: Journal of Family & Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546772/the-impact-of-socioeconomic-status-and-multimorbidity-on-mortality-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Nikoline Lund Jensen, Henrik Søndergaard Pedersen, Mogens Vestergaard, Stewart W Mercer, Charlotte Glümer, Anders Prior
OBJECTIVE: Multimorbidity (MM) is more prevalent among people of lower socioeconomic status (SES), and both MM and SES are associated with higher mortality rates. However, little is known about the relationship between SES, MM, and mortality. This study investigates the association between educational level and mortality, and to what extent MM modifies this association. METHODS: We followed 239,547 individuals invited to participate in the Danish National Health Survey 2010 (mean follow-up time: 3...
2017: Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545834/the-relationship-of-the-subtypes-of-preterm-birth-with-retinopathy-of-prematurity
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Anne M Lynch, Brandie D Wagner, Jennifer K Hodges, Tamara S Thevarajah, Emily A Mccourt, Ashlee M Cerda, Naresh Mandava, Ronald S Gibbs, Alan G Palestine
BACKGROUND: Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is an adverse outcome of preterm birth (PTB) and is a leading cause of childhood blindness. The relationship between the subtypes of PTB with ROP is understudied. OBJECTIVE: To investigate if there is a difference in the incidence of type 1 or type 2 ROP in infants with PTB resulting from spontaneous preterm labor (SPTL), a medical indication (MIPTB), or preterm-premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM). STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study of 827 infants screened for ROP who delivered at a single tertiary care center in Colorado...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544539/intensive-care-unit-admissions-and-ventilation-support-in-infants-with-bronchiolitis
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Ed Oakley, Vi Chong, Meredith Borland, Jocelyn Neutze, Natalie Phillips, David Krieser, Stuart Dalziel, Andrew Davidson, Susan Donath, Kim Jachno, Mike South, Amanda Fry, Franz E Babl
OBJECTIVES: To describe the rate of intensive care unit (ICU) admission, type of ventilation support provided and risk factors for ICU admission in infants with bronchiolitis. DESIGN: Retrospective review of hospital records and Australia and New Zealand Paediatric Intensive Care (ANZPIC) registry data for infants 2-12 months old admitted with bronchiolitis. SETTING: Seven Australian and New Zealand hospitals. These infants were prospectively identified through the comparative rehydration in bronchiolitis (CRIB) study between 2009 and 2011...
May 19, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544321/assessment-of-mode-of-delivery-and-predictors-of-emergency-caesarean-section-among-women-living-with-hiv-in-a-matched-pair-setting-with-women-from-the-general-population-in-denmark-2002-2014
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M Ørbaek, K Thorsteinsson, M Helleberg, E Moseholm, T L Katzenstein, M Storgaard, I S Johansen, G Pedersen, N Weis, A-M Lebech
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess mode of delivery and predictors of emergency caesarean section (EmCS) in women living with HIV (WLWH) in a matched-pair setting with women from the general population (WGP) in Denmark. Further, we analysed birth plan in WLWH. METHODS: All WLWH giving birth to live-born children from 2002 to 2014 were included in the study. Data were retrieved from medical records and national registries. WLWH were matched 1:5 by age, birth year, parity and ethnicity to WGP...
May 24, 2017: HIV Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544226/short-term-rapamycin-treatment-increases-ovarian-lifespan-in%C3%A2-young-and-middle-aged-female-mice
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Xiaowei Dou, Yan Sun, Jiazhao Li, Jing Zhang, Dandan Hao, Wenwen Liu, Rui Wu, Feifei Kong, Xiaoxu Peng, Jing Li
Although age-related ovarian failure in female mammals cannot be reversed, recent strategies have focused on improving reproductive capacity with age, and rapamycin is one such intervention that has shown a potential for preserving the ovarian follicle pool and preventing premature ovarian failure. However, the application is limited because of its detrimental effects on follicular development and ovulation during long-term treatment. Herein, we shortened the rapamycin administration to 2 weeks and applied the protocol to both young (8 weeks) and middle-aged (8 months) mouse models...
May 22, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543134/-real-life-longevity-of-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-devices
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Antonis S Manolis, Themistoklis Maounis, Spyridon Koulouris, Vassilios Vassilikos
BACKGROUND: Manufacturers of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) promise a 5- to 9-year projected longevity; however, real-life data indicate otherwise. The aim of the present study was to assess ICD longevity among 685 consecutive patients over the last 20 years. HYPOTHESIS: Real-life longevity of ICDs may differ from that stated by the manufacturers. METHODS: The study included 601 men and 84 women (mean age, 63.1 ± 13.3 years)...
May 22, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542663/-periorbital-pallor-post-application-of-mydriatic-in-infants-with-hydrocephalus-associated-to-systemic-effects
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Jorge Luis Alvarado Socarras, Sandra Consuelo Rodríguez
Adequate pupil dilation is needed to evaluate some neonates at risk of developing illness during this stage. However, this procedure is not free of adverse effects, either local or systemic. One of these complications is the local vasoconstriction of the preterm baby’s skin following the application of mydriatic eye drops. OBJECTIVE: To describe secondary local and systemic complications of pharmacological pupil dilation in 2 newborns. Clinical case 1: Full term baby with diagnosis of low-birth weight and hydrocephalia...
April 2017: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542659/-digestive-and-kidney-complications-by-indomethacin-and-ibuprofen-in-extreme-preterm-infants-with-patent-ductus-arteriosus
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Rodrigo Salas, Pablo Lavín, Yohanna Rincón, Juan Miranda, María López
The symptomatic patent ductus arteriosus (sPDA) is common in extremely premature infants (EPI). In order to decrease the hemodynamic repercussion and avoid complications it is necessary to close it. Indomethacin or ibuprofen are used for this purpose with its associated risks. OBJECTIVE: Characterize digestive and renal complications in EPI who received indomethacin or ibuprofen as sPDA treatment. PATIENTS AND METHOD: Retrospective study on EPI between January-2004 and December-2013...
April 2017: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541421/a-homozygous-donor-splice-site-mutation-in-the-meiotic-gene-msh4-causes-primary-ovarian-insufficiency
#18
Carolina Carlosama, Maëva El Zaiat, Liliana C Patiño, Heidi E Mateus, Reiner A Veitia, Paul Laissue
Premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) is a frequent pathology that affects women under 40 years of age, characterized by an early cessation of menses and high FSH levels. Despite recent progresses in molecular diagnosis, the etiology of POI remains idiopathic in most cases. Whole-exome sequencing of members of a Colombian family affected by POI allowed us to identify a novel homozygous donor splice-site mutation in the meiotic gene MSH4 (MutS Homolog 4). The variant followed a strict mendelian segregation within the family and was absent in a cohort of 135 women over 50 years of age without history of infertility, from the same geographical region as the affected family...
May 24, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540519/progeria-an-extremely-unusual-disorder
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Gurnihal Singh Chawla, Purva Mahesh Agrawal, Avinash Dhok
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, also known as progeria, is an extremely rare disorder with an incidence rate of 1 in 8 million. It occurs sporadically, and patients suffering from this syndrome usually exhibit premature ageing. It has an autosomal recessive inheritance with a slight male predominance. The affected children usually die early with an average life span of 13.4 years. The most common cause of death in such patients is a cardio-vascular abnormality such as myocardial infarction. We present a rare case of progeria in an 8-year-old boy who was diagnosed clinically and was referred to our department for a skeletal survey...
May 24, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538523/the-effect-of-maternal-milk-on-tolerance-and-growth-in-premature-infants-a-hypothesis-generating-study
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Jacomine E Hogewind-Schoonenboom, Lyanne W W Rövekamp-Abels, Daphne P M de Wijs-Meijler, Margaux D Maduro, Marijke C Jansen-van der Weide, Johannes B van Goudoever, Jessie M Hulst
OBJECTIVE: Early growth rates and feeding advancement rates of preterm infants are thought to influence later health. Feeding advancement is often difficult because of feeding intolerance. Exclusive human milk feeding improves tolerance, but can result in a lower weight gain rate. The addition of human milk fortifier has advantages for growth, but there are concerns that it may nullify the beneficial effect of human milk on tolerance. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to evaluate the relation between the amount of fortified human milk or formula and feeding tolerance and growth in preterm infants...
June 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
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