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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430906/past-and-current-cause-specific-mortality-in-eisenmenger-syndrome
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Cristel M Sørensen Hjortshøj, Aleksander Kempny, Annette Schophuus Jensen, Keld Sørensen, Edit Nagy, Mikael Dellborg, Bengt Johansson, Virginija Rudiene, Gu Hong, Alexander R Opotowsky, Werner Budts, Barbara J Mulder, Lidia Tomkiewicz-Pajak, Michele D'Alto, Katja Prokšelj, Gerhard-Paul Diller, Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Mette-Elise Estensen, Henrik Holmstrøm, Maila Turanlahti, Ulf Thilén, Michael A Gatzoulis, Lars Søndergaard
Aims: Eisenmenger syndrome (ES) is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. Therapeutic strategies have changed during the 2000s in conjunction with an emphasis on specialist follow-up. The aim of this study was to determine the cause-specific mortality in ES and evaluate any relevant changes between 1977 and 2015. Methods and results: This is a retrospective, descriptive multicentre study. A total of 1546 patients (mean age 38.7 ± 15.4 years; 36% male) from 13 countries were included...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428227/mechanisms-in-endocrinology-the-multiple-facets-of-gh-lessons-from-lifetime-untreated-isolated-gh-deficiency-due-to-ghrh-receptor-mutation
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Manuel Aguiar-Oliveira, Anita Ho Souza, Carla R Oliveira, Viviane C Campos, Luiz A Oliveira-Neto, Roberto Salvatori
Twenty years ago, we described a kindred of 105 individuals with isolated GH deficiency (IGHD) in Itabaianinha County, in Brazilian northeast, due to a homozygous mutation in the GH-releasing hormone receptor gene. These subjects exhibit markedly reduced GH responsiveness to stimulatory tests, and anterior pituitary hypoplasia. Serum concentrations of IGF-I, IGF binding protein type 3, and the acid-labile subunit are markedly reduced, with a lesser reduction of IGF-II. The most striking physical findings of these IGHD individuals are the proportionate short stature, doll facies, high-pitched voice, and visceral obesity with reduced fat free mass...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427530/phenolic-compounds-and-its-bioavailability-in-vitro-bioactive-compounds-or-health-promoters
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Isabel C F R Ferreira, Natália Martins, Lillian Barros
Botanical preparations present a widespread and secular history of use. In fact, natural matrices possess a rich pool of phytochemicals, with promising biological effects. Among them, phenolic compounds have revealed to confer very important attributes to improve the well-being and longevity of worldwide population. Numerous in vitro studies have been carried out evaluating the wide spectrum of bioactivities of phenolic compounds, including its health effects, but through in vivo experiments some of these previous results cannot be properly confirmed, and considerable variations are observed...
2017: Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425171/how-is-continuity-of-care-experienced-by-people-living-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Sarah Brand, Kristian Pollock
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore patients' perceptions of continuity of care within a hospital based specialist service. BACKGROUND: Patient journeys through healthcare are becoming increasingly complex. For patients with chronic conditions, the longevity of their illness and common multiple co-morbities make this complexity more pronounced. Continuity of care is most challenging to provide for these patients. A multifaceted model of continuity is widely accepted, but despite this, much literature focuses exclusively on relational aspects...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423308/how-a-mutation-that-slows-aging-can-also-disproportionately-extend-end-of-life-decrepitude
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Katie Podshivalova, Rex A Kerr, Cynthia Kenyon
The goal of aging research is to extend healthy, active life. For decades, C. elegans daf-2 insulin/insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) receptor mutants have served as a model for extended lifespan and youthfulness. However, a recent report suggested that their longevity is associated with an undesirable phenotype: a disproportionately long period of decrepitude at the end of life. In the human population, such an outcome would be a burden to society, bringing into question the relevance of daf-2 mutants as a model for life extension...
April 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422751/twelve-year-survival-and-immune-correlates-in-dendritic-cell-vaccinated-melanoma-patients
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Stefanie Gross, Michael Erdmann, Ina Haendle, Steve Voland, Thomas Berger, Erwin Schultz, Erwin Strasser, Peter Dankerl, Rolf Janka, Stefan Schliep, Lucie Heinzerling, Karl Sotlar, Pierre Coulie, Gerold Schuler, Beatrice Schuler-Thurner
BACKGROUND: Reports on long-term (≥10 years) effects of cancer vaccines are missing. Therefore, in 2002, we initiated a phase I/II trial in cutaneous melanoma patients to further explore the immunogenicity of our DC vaccine and to establish its long-term toxicity and clinical benefit after a planned 10-year followup. METHODS: Monocyte-derived DCs matured by TNFα, IL-1β, IL-6, and PGE2 and then loaded with 4 HLA class I and 6 class II-restricted tumor peptides were injected intradermally in high doses over 2 years...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421102/ethylene-role-in-plant-growth-development-and-senescence-interaction-with-other-phytohormones
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Noushina Iqbal, Nafees A Khan, Antonio Ferrante, Alice Trivellini, Alessandra Francini, M I R Khan
The complex juvenile/maturity transition during a plant's life cycle includes growth, reproduction, and senescence of its fundamental organs: leaves, flowers, and fruits. Growth and senescence of leaves, flowers, and fruits involve several genetic networks where the phytohormone ethylene plays a key role, together with other hormones, integrating different signals and allowing the onset of conditions favorable for stage progression, reproductive success and organ longevity. Changes in ethylene level, its perception, and the hormonal crosstalk directly or indirectly regulate the lifespan of plants...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411211/persistence-of-endophytic-fungi-in-cultivars-of-loliumperenne-grown-from-seeds-stored-for-22-years
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Gregory P Cheplick
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Genetic resources for forage crops often consist of seeds of specific species and cultivars in cold storage for future use in breeding and selection programs. Temperate grasses such as Lolium perenne, used worldwide for forage and turf, produce seeds commonly infected by hyphae of an endophytic fungus (Epichloë festucae var. lolii). This research determined whether endophytes could persist and infect seedlings of L. perenne emerging from seeds stored for over two decades...
April 14, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401650/caenorhabditis-elegans-orthologs-of-human-genes-differentially-expressed-with-age-are-enriched-for-determinants-of-longevity
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George L Sutphin, Grant Backer, Susan Sheehan, Shannon Bean, Caroline Corban, Teresa Liu, Marjolein J Peters, Joyce B J van Meurs, Joanne M Murabito, Andrew D Johnson, Ron Korstanje
We report a systematic RNAi longevity screen of 82 Caenorhabditis elegans genes selected based on orthology to human genes differentially expressed with age. We find substantial enrichment in genes for which knockdown increased lifespan. This enrichment is markedly higher than published genomewide longevity screens in C. elegans and similar to screens that preselected candidates based on longevity-correlated metrics (e.g., stress resistance). Of the 50 genes that affected lifespan, 46 were previously unreported...
April 12, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399265/survival-of-the-house-fly-diptera-muscidae-on-truvia-and-other-sweeteners
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Michael L Fisher, Fallon E Fowler, Steven S Denning, David W Watson
The house fly, Musca domestica L. (Diptera: Muscidae), is a disease vector of mechanically transmitted pathogens including bacteria, viruses, and protozoans. Opportunities for pathogen transmission can increase as fly longevity increases. Dietary preferences play an important role in insect longevity; therefore, we investigated house fly preferences, sucrose availability, and caloric constraints on house fly longevity. Experimental goals were: 1) to test the effects of calorie restriction on survival of house flies by manipulating concentrations of erythritol (low caloric content) and sucrose (high caloric content), and comparing commercial sweeteners of differing calorie content, 2) to identify house fly preferences for either erythritol or sucrose, and 3) to evaluate the insecticidal activity or toxicity of erythritol on house flies...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398464/caloric-restriction-and-healthy-life-span-frail-phenotype-of-nonhuman-primates-in-the-wisconsin-national-primate-research-center-caloric-restriction-study
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Yosuke Yamada, Joseph W Kemnitz, Richard Weindruch, Rozalyn M Anderson, Dale A Schoeller, Ricki J Colman
Calorie restriction without malnutrition increases longevity and delays the onset of age-associated disorders in multiple species. Recently, greater emphasis has been placed on healthy life span and preventing frailty than on longevity. Here, we show the beneficial effect of long-term calorie restriction on frailty in later life in a nonhuman primate. Frail phenotypes were evaluated using metabolic and physical activity data and defined using the Fried index. Shrinking was defined as unintentional weight loss of greater than 5% of body weight...
April 8, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380510/animal-behavior-and-well-being-symposium-optimizing-outcome-measures-of-welfare-in-dairy-cattle-assessment
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E Vasseur
In most countries producing milk, industry- or other stakeholder-driven initiatives are in place to improve welfare and overall dairy farming sustainability. Those initiatives typically include a system of verification of reaching targets and progress over time. Reliable indicators are a fundamental requirement to provide public assurance and allow improvement on farms. Assessing dairy cattle welfare through outcome measures of welfare is done today through visual evaluations, including those of lameness, injuries, hygiene, and body condition...
March 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361000/rethinking-the-approach-to-viability-monitoring-in-seed-genebanks
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Fiona R Hay, Katherine J Whitehouse
Seed viability monitoring, usually through a germination test, is a key aspect of genebank management; a low viability result triggers the regeneration of an accession in order to ensure that the genetic diversity of the accession is conserved and available for distribution. However, regular viability monitoring of large collections is costly in terms of seeds, labour and other resources. Genebanks differ in how they conduct their viability monitoring and how they collect, manage and store the data that are generated...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359648/tachykinin-neurokinin-3-receptor-antagonists-a-new-treatment-for-cardiovascular-disease
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C Mary Schooling
Great progress has been made in reducing cardiovascular mortality over the past 50 years. Nevertheless, prevalence is rising in some settings and remains higher in men than in women, even with the same level of established risk factors. To gain new insights, researchers are now considering cardiovascular disease in relation to the well known evolutionary biology model of growth and reproduction trading off against longevity, with trials of calorie restriction underway. However, calorie restriction has not been as successful as expected in primates and it is increasingly realised that effects on the reproductive axis might also be important...
March 27, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359099/pediatric-obesity-assessment-treatment-and-prevention-an-endocrine-society-clinical-practice-guideline
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Dennis M Styne, Silva A Arslanian, Ellen L Connor, Ismaa Sadaf Farooqi, M Hassan Murad, Janet H Silverstein, Jack A Yanovski
Cosponsoring Associations: The European Society of Endocrinology and the Pediatric Endocrine Society. This guideline was funded by the Endocrine Society. Objective: To formulate clinical practice guidelines for the assessment, treatment, and prevention of pediatric obesity. Participants: The participants include an Endocrine Society-appointed Task Force of 6 experts, a methodologist, and a medical writer. Evidence: This evidence-based guideline was developed using the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation approach to describe the strength of recommendations and the quality of evidence...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341755/pathogenic-variants-in-the-healthy-elderly-unique-ethical-and-practical-challenges
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Paul Lacaze, Joanne Ryan, Robyn Woods, Ingrid Winship, John McNeil
: Genetic research into ageing, longevity and late-onset disease is becoming increasingly common. Yet, there is a paucity of knowledge related to clinical actionability and the return of pathogenic variants to otherwise healthy elderly individuals. Whether or not genetic research in the elderly should be managed differently from standard practices adapted for younger populations has not yet been defined. In this article, we provide an overview of ethical and practical challenges in preparing for a genetic study of over 14 000 healthy Australians aged 70 years or older enrolled in the ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) Healthy Ageing Biobank...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318431/the-pursuit-of-romantic-alternatives-online-social-media-friends-as-potential-romantic-alternatives
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Irum Saeed Abbasi, Nawal G Alghamdi
What causes some marriages to stand the test of time while others fail? Marital commitment is the key force underlying the stability, quality, and longevity of the romantic relationship. Commitment is strengthened in the presence of marital satisfaction, the absence of alternative attractions, and steady investments made in the relationship. Commitment is also a consequence of increasing dependence such that when partners are emotionally engaged with their virtual connections, their dependence on their significant other weakens resulting in low commitment...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299908/the-drugage-database-of-aging-related-drugs
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Diogo Barardo, Daniel Thornton, Harikrishnan Thoppil, Michael Walsh, Samim Sharifi, Susana Ferreira, Andreja Anžič, Maria Fernandes, Patrick Monteiro, Tjaša Grum, Rui Cordeiro, Evandro Araújo De-Souza, Arie Budovsky, Natali Araujo, Jan Gruber, Michael Petrascheck, Vadim E Fraifeld, Alexander Zhavoronkov, Alexey Moskalev, João Pedro de Magalhães
Aging is a major worldwide medical challenge. Not surprisingly, identifying drugs and compounds that extend lifespan in model organisms is a growing research area. Here, we present DrugAge (http://genomics.senescence.info/drugs/), a curated database of lifespan-extending drugs and compounds. At the time of writing, DrugAge contains 1316 entries featuring 418 different compounds from studies across 27 model organisms, including worms, flies, yeast and mice. Data were manually curated from 324 publications. Using drug-gene interaction data, we also performed a functional enrichment analysis of targets of lifespan-extending drugs...
March 16, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299152/ebola-viral-disease-in-west-africa-a-threat-to-global-health-economy-and-political-stability
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Semeeh Akinwale Omoleke, Ibrahim Mohammed, Yauba Saidu
The West African sub-continent is currently experiencing its first, and ironically, the largest and longest Ebola viral diseases (EVD) outbreak ever documented in modern medical history. The current outbreak is significant in several ways, including longevity, magnitude of morbidity and mortality, occurrence outside the traditional niches, rapid spread and potential of becoming a global health tragedy. The authors provided explicit insights into the current and historical background, drivers of the epidemic, societal impacts, status of vaccines and drugs development and proffered recommendations to halt and prevent future occurrences...
August 17, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289413/mica-and-nkg2d-is-there-an-impact-on-kidney-transplant-outcome
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REVIEW
Matilde Risti, Maria da Graça Bicalho
This paper aims to present an overview of MICA and natural killer group 2 member D (NKG2D) genetic and functional interactions and their impact on kidney transplant outcome. Organ transplantation has gone from what can accurately be called a "clinical experiment" to a routine and reliable practice, which has proven to be clinically relevant, life-saving and cost-effective when compared with non-transplantation management strategies of both chronic and acute end-stage organ failures. The kidney is the most frequently transplanted organ in the world (transplant-observatory)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
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