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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534147/hypothyroidism-in-hospitalized-elderly-patients-a-sign-of-worse-prognosis
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N Sforza, J Rosenfarb, R Rujelman, M Rosmarin, E Blanc, C Frigerio, P Fossati, D Caruso, C Faingold, T Meroño, G Brenta
PURPOSE: Overt hypothyroidism has adverse clinical consequences and might worsen prognosis in critically ill elderly patients. However, the difficult interpretation of thyroid function tests (TFT) due to non-thyroidal illness (NTI) has led to discouragement of screening for thyroid dysfunction. Our aim was to determine the prevalence of TFT compatible with hypothyroidism and to study its influence on mortality among hospitalized elderly patients. METHODS: In this prospective study we consecutively included all patients ≥60 years admitted by the Internal Medicine Department to the hospital ward (n = 451) of the Cesar Milstein Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532894/-spanish-adaptation-of-the-2016-european-guidelines-on-cardiovascular-disease-prevention-in-clinical-practice
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Miguel Ángel Royo-Bordonada, Pedro Armario, José María Lobos Bejarano, Juan Pedro-Botet, Fernando Villar Álvarez, Roberto Elosua, Carlos Brotons Cuixart, Olga Cortés, Benilde Serrano, Miguel Camafort Babkowski, Antonio Gil Núñez, Antonio Pérez, Antonio Maiques, Ana de Santiago Nocito, Almudena de Castro, Eduardo Alegría, Ciro Baeza, María Herranz, Susana Sans, Pilar Campos
The VI European Guidelines for Cardiovascular Prevention recommend combining population and high-risk strategies with lifestyle changes as a cornerstone of prevention, and propose the SCORE function to quantify cardiovascular risk. The guidelines highlight disease specific interventions, and conditions as women, young people and ethnic minorities. Screening for subclinical atherosclerosis with noninvasive imaging techniques is not recommended. The guidelines distinguish four risk levels (very high, high, moderate and low) with therapeutic objectives for lipid control according to risk...
May 19, 2017: Semergen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529512/toll-interacting-protein-in-resolving-and-non-resolving-inflammation
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REVIEW
Elizabeth J A Kowalski, Liwu Li
Innate leukocytes manifest dynamic and distinct inflammatory responses upon challenges with rising dosages of pathogen-associated molecular pattern molecules such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS). To differentiate signal strengths, innate leukocytes may utilize distinct intracellular signaling circuitries modulated by adaptor molecules. Toll-interacting protein (Tollip) is one of the critical adaptor molecules potentially playing key roles in modulating the dynamic adaptation of innate leukocytes to varying dosages of external stimulants...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528401/cardiovascular-disease-biomarkers-are-associated-with-declining-renal-function-in-type-2-diabetes
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Sara J Jenks, Bryan R Conway, Stela McLachlan, Wei Leng Teoh, Rachel M Williamson, David J Webb, Paul Welsh, Naveed Sattar, Mark W J Strachan, Jackie F Price
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: We investigated whether biochemical cardiovascular risk factors and/or markers of subclinical cardiovascular disease were associated with the development of reduced renal function in people with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: A cohort of 1066 Scottish men and women aged 60-74 years with type 2 diabetes from the Edinburgh Type 2 Diabetes Study were followed up for a median of 6.7 years. New-onset reduced renal function was defined as two eGFRs <60 ml(-1) min(-1) (1...
May 20, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528317/levels-of-blood-lead-in-griffon-vultures-from-a-wildlife-rehabilitation-center-in-spain
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Fernando González, Irene López, Laura Suarez, Virginia Moraleda, Casilda Rodríguez
Lead is considered a highly toxic contaminant with important impacts to bird wildlife. Griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus) are a sensitive indicator of the level of environmental contamination due to their position at the top of the food chain and their dependence on human activities. The aim of this study was to assess susceptibility to lead intoxication in Griffon vultures admitted to Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers (WRC), measuring blood lead levels and determining if blood lead concentrations are related to clinical signs, hematological, biochemical or radiographic findings...
May 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527204/levetiracetam-alters-oscillatory-connectivity-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#6
Christian S Musaeus, Mouhsin M Shafi, Emiliano Santarnecchi, Susan T Herman, Daniel Z Press
Seizures occur at a higher frequency in people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) but overt, clinically obvious events are infrequent. Evidence from animal models and studies in mild cognitive impairment suggest that subclinical epileptic discharges may play a role in the clinical and pathophysiological manifestations of AD. In this feasibility study, the neurophysiological and cognitive effects of acute administration of levetiracetam (LEV) are measured in patients with mild AD to test whether it could have a therapeutic benefit...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525624/early-and-asymptomatic-cardiac-dysfunction-in-chronic-kidney-disease
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Shanmugakumar Chinnappa, Edward White, Nigel Lewis, Omer Baldo, Yu-Kang Tu, Griet Glorieux, Raymond Vanholder, Meguid El Nahas, Andrew Mooney
Background: . Heart failure (HF) is highly prevalent and associated with high mortality in chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, the pathophysiology of cardiac dysfunction in CKD, especially in the early asymptomatic stage, is not well understood. We studied subclinical cardiac dysfunction in asymptomatic CKD patients without comorbid cardiac disease or diabetes mellitus by evaluating peak cardiac performance. Methods.: In a cross-sectional study ( n  = 130) we investigated 70 male non-diabetic CKD patients (21 CKD stage 2-3a, 27 CKD stage 3b-4 and 22 CKD stage 5) employing specialized cardiopulmonary exercise testing to measure peak cardiac output and cardiac power output non-invasively...
May 19, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522072/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-in-systemic-sclerosis-pearls-and-pitfalls
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REVIEW
Sophie I Mavrogeni, Juerg Schwitter, Luna Gargani, Alessia Pepe, Lorenzo Monti, Yannick Allanore, Marco Matucci-Cerinic
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease characterized by vascular dysfunction and excessive fibrosis, involving internal organs including the heart. The estimated prevalence of cardiac involvement in SSc is high and remains subclinical until the late stages. It is either primary, related to myocardial inflammation and fibrosis, or secondary, due to pulmonary arterial hypertension (SSc-PAH) or systemic hypertension, in those patients with renal involvement. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is a useful tool for the early assessment of cardiac involvement in SSc...
March 31, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521775/genome-wide-association-study-of-subclinical-interstitial-lung-disease-in-mesa
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Ani Manichaikul, Xin-Qun Wang, Li Sun, Josée Dupuis, Alain C Borczuk, Jennifer N Nguyen, Ganesh Raghu, Eric A Hoffman, Suna Onengut-Gumuscu, Emily A Farber, Joel D Kaufman, Dan Rabinowitz, Karen D Hinckley Stukovsky, Steven M Kawut, Gary M Hunninghake, George R Washko, George T O'Connor, Stephen S Rich, R Graham Barr, David J Lederer
BACKGROUND: We conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of subclinical interstitial lung disease (ILD), defined as high attenuation areas (HAA) on CT, in the population-based Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis Study. METHODS: We measured the percentage of high attenuation areas (HAA) in the lung fields on cardiac CT scan defined as voxels with CT attenuation values between -600 and -250 HU. Genetic analyses were performed in MESA combined across race/ethnic groups: non-Hispanic White (n = 2,434), African American (n = 2,470), Hispanic (n = 2,065) and Chinese (n = 702), as well as stratified by race/ethnicity...
May 18, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521653/matrix-metalloproteinase-3-gene-polymorphism-rs3025058-affects-markers-atherosclerosis-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Aleš Pleskovič, Marija Šantl Letonja, Andreja Cokan Vujkovac, Jovana Nikolajević Starčević, Martin Caprnda, Eduard Curilla, Ioana Mozos, Peter Kruzliak, Robert Prosecky, Daniel Petrovič
BACKGROUND: The study was designed to test the possible association between either polymorphisms of the matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) gene (rs17576, rs3918242) or the MMP-3 5A/6A gene polymorphism (rs3025058) with markers of carotid atherosclerosis in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The second aim of the study was to demonstrate an association between either the rs17576, rs3918242 or rs3025058 and subclinical markers of coronary artery disease in the same subset of patients with T2DM...
May 19, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521263/gamma-interferon-responses-to-proteome-determined-specific-recombinant-proteins-in-cattle-experimentally-and-naturally-infected-with-paratuberculosis
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Valerie Hughes, Jim McNair, Samuel Strain, Claire Barry, Joyce McLuckie, Mintu Nath, George Caldow, Karen Stevenson
Johne's disease (JD), is a fatal enteritis of animals caused by infection with Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (Map). Diagnosis of subclinical JD is problematic as test sensitivity is limited. Th1 responses to Map are activated early, thus detection of a cell-mediated response, indicated by measuring interferon gamma (IFN-γ) stimulated by mycobacterial antigens, may give the first indication of sub-clinical infection. Crude extracts of Map (PPDJ) have been used to detect the cell-mediated response in infected cattle...
April 29, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515849/feature-tracking-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-a-review-of-a-novel-non-invasive-cardiac-imaging-technique
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REVIEW
Zia Ur Rahman, Pooja Sethi, Ghulam Murtaza, Hafeez Ul Hassan Virk, Aitzaz Rai, Masliza Mahmod, Jeffrey Schoondyke, Kais Albalbissi
Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality globally. Early diagnostic markers are gaining popularity for better patient care disease outcomes. There is an increasing interest in noninvasive cardiac imaging biomarkers to diagnose subclinical cardiac disease. Feature tracking cardiac magnetic resonance imaging is a novel post-processing technique that is increasingly being employed to assess global and regional myocardial function. This technique has numerous applications in structural and functional diagnostics...
April 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515555/quantitative-balance-and-gait-measurement-in-patients-with-frontotemporal-dementia-and-alzheimer-diseases-a-pilot-study
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Selva Ganapathy Velayutham, Sadanandavalli Retnaswami Chandra, Srikala Bharath, Ravi Girikamatha Shankar
INTRODUCTION: Alzhiemers disease and Frontotemporal dementia are common neurodegenerative dementias with a wide prevalence. Falls are a common cause of morbidity in these patients. Identifying subclinical involvement of these parameters might serve as a tool in differential analysis of these distinct parameters involved in these conditions and also help in planning preventive strategies to prevent falls. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eight patients in age and gender matched patients in each group were compared with normal controls...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515344/kidney-brain-axis-inflammatory-cross-talk-from-bench-to-bedside
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REVIEW
Aline Silva Miranda, Thiago Macedo Cordeiro, Thomas Mucida Dos Santos Lacerda Soares, Rodrigo Novaes Ferreira, Ana Cristina Simões E Silva
Epidemiologic data suggest that individuals at all stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a higher risk of developing neuropsychiatric disorders, cognitive impairment, and dementia. This risk is generally explained by the high prevalence of both symptomatic and subclinical ischemic cerebrovascular lesions. However, other potential mechanisms, including cytokine/chemokine release, production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), circulating and local formation of trophic factors and of renin-angiotensin system (RAS) molecules, could also be involved, especially in the absence of obvious cerebrovascular disease...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515020/supplementation-with-high-dose-docosahexaenoic-acid-increases-the-omega-3-index-more-than-high-dose-eicosapentaenoic-acid
#15
Janie Allaire, William S Harris, Cécile Vors, Amélie Charest, Johanne Marin, Kristina Harris Jackson, André Tchernof, Patrick Couture, Benoît Lamarche
BACKGROUND: Recent studies suggest that eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) acids have distinct effects on cardiometabolic risk factors. The Omega-3 Index (O3I), which is calculated as the proportion of EPA and DHA in red blood cell (RBC) membranes, has been inversely associated with the risk of coronary heart diseases and coronary mortality. The objective of this study was to compare the effects of EPA and DHA supplementation on the O3I in men and women with abdominal obesity and subclinical inflammation...
May 2017: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513285/hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy-increase-the-risk-for-chronic-kidney-disease-a-population-based-retrospective-study
#16
Maika Oishi, Kaori Iino, Kanji Tanaka, Kana Ishihara, Yoshihito Yokoyama, Ippei Takahashi, Hideki Mizunuma
Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are well-known risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in later life. However, few studies have investigated the association of HDP with CKD. Moreover, these studies utilized either registry- or clinical-based data and did not include subclinical CKD patients. To address this gap in the literature, we investigated whether HDP is related to CKD, diagnosed based on the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), in later life. We designed a population-based, retrospective study, and reviewed the results of blood and physiological examinations as well as the results of pregnancy data available in patients' Maternity Health Record Books for 312 women...
May 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513113/retina-and-nerve-fiber-layer-thickness-in-eyes-with-thyroid-associated-ophthalmopathy
#17
Sharon Blum Meirovitch, Igal Leibovitch, Anat Kesler, David Varssano, Amir Rosenblatt, Meira Neuderfer
BACKGROUND: Thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy (TAO) is an inflammatory disease that affects the thyroid gland and the eye orbit. Of patients with TAO, 3%-5% have severe sight-threatening disease due to optic neuropathy Optical coherence tomography (OCT), the non-invasive imaging technology that yields high-resolution cross-sectional images of the retina, provides qualitative and quantitative data on the retina. OBJECTIVES: To apply this technique to quantitatively assess retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) and macular ring thicknesses in healthy subjects and in patients with TAO to determine their relationship to the severity of the orbital disease...
May 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513001/the-frequency-of-urinary-tract-infection-and-subclinical-bacteriuria-in-dogs-with-allergic-dermatitis-treated-with-oclacitinib-a-prospective-study
#18
Andrew C Simpson, Jennifer R Schissler, Rod A W Rosychuk, A Russell Moore
BACKGROUND: Oclacitinib is a selective Janus kinase inhibitor for the treatment of canine allergic pruritus and atopic dermatitis in dogs. Glucocorticoids and ciclosporin increase urinary tract infection (UTI) frequency in dogs with inflammatory skin disease. OBJECTIVE: Prospective study to evaluate the frequency of UTI and subclinical bacteriuria in dogs with allergic dermatitis receiving oclacitinib. METHODS: Client-owned dogs ≥2 years of age with a history of allergic dermatitis without apparent history of urinary tract disease or predisposition to UTI were included...
May 17, 2017: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512721/mid-term-risk-for-subclinical-atherosclerosis-and-chronic-myocarditis-in-children-with-kawasaki-disease-and-transient-coronary-abnormalities
#19
Mansingh Parihar, Surjit Singh, Pandiarajan Vignesh, Anju Gupta, Manojkumar Rohit
There is evidence for premature atherosclerosis and systemic arterial stiffening during follow-up of children with Kawasaki disease (KD) and coronary artery abnormalities (CAA). Moreover, patients with KD may also have subclinical myocardial involvement and inhomogeneous ventricular repolarization. The inhomogeneous ventricular repolarization manifests as increased QT dispersion on electrocardiography. There is a paucity of studies in endothelial dysfunction and QT dispersion in children with KD and transient CAA...
May 17, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511905/hemorheological-alterations-in-adults-with-prediabetes-identified-by-hemoglobin-a1c-levels
#20
M A Marini, T V Fiorentino, F Andreozzi, G C Mannino, E Succurro, A Sciacqua, F Perticone, G Sesti
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: A link between increased blood viscosity and type 2 diabetes has been previously reported. Herein, we investigated the association of blood viscosity with prediabetes, identified by glycated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) according to the new American Diabetes Association criteria, and subclinical atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study cohort includes 1136 non-diabetic adults submitted to anthropometrical evaluation, an oral glucose tolerance test and ultrasound measurement of carotid intima-media thickness (IMT)...
April 21, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
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