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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/28547208/pulse-wave-velocity-and-augmentation-index-are-not-independently-associated-with-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#2
M Robustillo-Villarino, J J Alegre-Sancho, E Rodilla-Sala, A Corrales, J Llorca, M A Gonzalez-Gay, P H Dessein
Arterial stiffness can enhance cardiovascular risk by increasing atherogenesis or adverse hemodynamic effects. We examined whether the arterial stiffness markers of aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV) and the augmentation index (AIx) are independently associated with carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) and plaque in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). PWV and AIx were determined by brachial oscillometry using the Mobil-O-Graph® system and carotid IMT and plaque by ultrasound in 194 consecutive RA patients without established cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, and diabetes at disease onset...
May 25, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545441/association-between-antibodies-to-carbamylated-proteins-and-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Francesca Romana Spinelli, Arbi Pecani, Francesco Ciciarello, Tania Colasanti, Manuela Di Franco, Francesca Miranda, Fabrizio Conti, Guido Valesini, Cristiano Alessandri
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients carry a high risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The excess of cardiovascular disease cannot be entirely explained by traditional risk factors and the immune system contributes to the development of atherosclerosis. Moreover, post-translational modifications such as citrullination and carbamylation have been linked to inflammation and atherosclerosis. Anti-carbamylated proteins antibodies (anti-CarP) are a new subset of autoantibodies identified in RA patients...
May 25, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541960/clinical-features-of-treated-and-untreated-type-1-idiopathic-macular-telangiectasia-without-the-occurrence-of-secondary-choroidal-neovascularization-followed-for-2-years-in-japanese-patients
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Rie Osaka, Chieko Shiragami, Aoi Ono, Mamoru Kobayashi, Yukari Takasago, Ayana Yamashita, Akitaka Tsujikawa
PURPOSE: To evaluate the clinical features of Type 1 idiopathic macular telangiectasia (IMT) followed up for 2 years. METHODS: Forty-nine patients with unilateral Type 1 IMT were examined. Thirty-one IMT eyes were treated with direct laser photocoagulation and/or intravitreal bevacizumab; the remaining 18 eyes, with good vision or slight macular edema, were untreated. Changes in best-corrected visual acuity and central retinal thickness between baseline and 24 months after the initial visit were examined...
May 24, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539201/the-association-between-ghrelin-levels-and-markers-of-arterial-stiffness-and-inflammatory-markers-in-saudi-subjects-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Tarek Mohamed Ali, Osama Mahmoud Mehanna, Ahmad El Askary
BACKGROUND: Arterial stiffness is a principal cardiovascular risk factor. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a predisposing factor to arterial stiffness and persistent MetS circumstances can deteriorate the arterial stiffness severity. Low concentrations of plasma ghrelin are meticulously connected to arterial stiffness. This work targeted to judge the relationship between plasma ghrelin levels and intima-media thickness (IMT) and brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) as markers of arterial stiffness and inflammatory markers and in Saudi subjects with MetS...
May 12, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537783/association-of-mild-to-moderate-reduction-in-glomerular-filtration-rate-with-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-postmenopausal-women
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Florina Parv, Andrei Beceanu, Rodica Avram, Romulus Zorin Timar, Bogdan Timar, Florica Gadalean
BACKGROUND: Due to loss of hormonal protective effects, postmenopausal women have an increased cardiovascular (CV) risk. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a well-established risk factor for CV disease, but little is known whether mild-to-moderate kidney dysfunction is associated with atherosclerosis burden in the postmenopausal asymptomatic women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Subclinical atherosclerosis was evaluated in 125 postmenopausal women with no clinical form of atherosclerosis, by carotid and femoral ultrasonography, ankle-brachial index (ABI), and flow-mediated dilation (FMD)...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535796/identification-of-eml4-alk-as-an-alternative-fusion-gene-in-epithelioid-inflammatory-myofibroblastic-sarcoma
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Quan Jiang, Han-Xing Tong, Ying-Yong Hou, Yong Zhang, Jing-Lei Li, Yu-Hong Zhou, Jing Xu, Jiong-Yuan Wang, Wei-Qi Lu
BACKGROUND: Known as solid tumors of intermediate malignant potential, most inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors (IMTs) are treatable as long as the tumor is en-bloc resected. However, in some cases, the tumors have recurred and grown rapidly after successful surgery. Some of these tumors were classified as an epithelioid inflammatory myofibroblastic sarcoma (EIMS). Most previously reported EIMSs have been caused by RANBP2-ALK fusion gene. We herein report an EIMS case caused by an EML4-ALK fusion gene...
May 23, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534659/health-care-costs-among-men-with-favorable-risk-prostate-cancer-managed-with-observation-strategies-versus-immediate-treatment-in-an-integrated-health-care-system
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Furaha Kariburyo, Yuexi Wang, I-Ning Elaine Cheng, Lisa Wang, David Morgenstern, Igor Asner, Lin Xie, Eric Meadows, John Danella
OBJECTIVE: This study explored short-term health care costs of men managed with observation strategies (OBS) versus immediate treatment (IMT) for favorable risk prostate cancer (PCa) from Geisinger Health System, a single integrated health system in Pennsylvania, as evidence from the community setting is limited. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted using electronic health records from men aged ≥40 years diagnosed with favorable risk PCa (T1 or 2, PSA ≤15 ng/mL, Gleason ≤7 [3 + 4]) between January 2005 and October 2013...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533999/synchronous-inflammatory-myofibroblastic-tumor-in-lung-and-brain-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Maham Jehangir, Aisha Jang, Imaad Ur Rehman, Nadira Mamoon
Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) is a rare entity and a diagnostic challenge with myriad clinical presentations and pathogenetic mechanisms. Isolated occurrences can be at any site in the body; however, only a few cases of IMT with the concomitant appearance of different organs have been published. We report a unique occurrence of bilateral inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor of the lungs with synchronous brain parenchymal lesions in an 11-year-old male, detailing clinical presentation with the emphasis on imaging and review of the literature...
April 20, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532891/the-acute-effects-of-integrated-myofascial-techniques-on-lumbar-paraspinal-blood-flow-compared-with-kinesio-taping-a-pilot-study
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Yusuf Shah, Marco Arkesteijn, Dexter Thomas, Jemma Whyman, Louis Passfield
BACKGROUND: Myofascial techniques and Kinesio Taping are therapeutic interventions used to treat low back pain. However, limited research has been conducted into the underlying physiological effects of these types of treatments. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to compare the acute effects of integrated myofascial techniques (IMT) and Kinesio Tape (KT) on blood flow at the lumbar paraspinal musculature. METHODS: Forty-four healthy participants (18 male and 26 female) (age, 26 ± SD 7) volunteered for this study and were randomly assigned to one of three interventions, IMT, KT or a control group (Sham TENS)...
April 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532085/mesoporous-nano-bioglass-designed-for-the-release-of-imatinib-and-in-vitro-inhibitory-effects-on-cancer-cells
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Muhammad Shoaib, Aamer Saeed, Muhammad Saif Ur Rahman, Muhammad Moazzam Naseer
For treating bone cancer, controlled drug delivery is an important strategy. Bioactive scaffolds are widely used biomaterials due to their usefulness in localized drug delivery. The aim of this study was to develop mesoporous bioglass (MBG) with improved bioactivity and controllable drug delivery rate. By using pluronic 123 (P123) as a template, a facile sol-gel route was employed for the synthesis of MBG nanoparticles (NPs). The composition of the prepared sample was estimated by using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530262/transtracheal-endoscopic-assisted-resection-of-a-rare-inflammatory-myofibroblastic-tumour-in-adult-trachea-a-case-report
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S Reddy, R Swamy, D V Kumar Irugu, K V V Ramji
Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumours (IMTs) are rare and clinically benign in childhood, and malignant in adults. The aetiology of IMTs is not clear, and recent studies report it as true neoplasm rather than a reactive or inflammatory lesion. IMTs can involve any part of the body, but are usually common in lungs. These are rarely seen in adults and tracheal involvement is also rare in both adults and children. We describe an 18-year-old woman who presented with respiratory difficulty to the emergency department...
May 22, 2017: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525540/alcohol-consumption-and-common-carotid-intima-media-thickness-the-use-imt-study
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Annie R Britton, Diederick E Grobbee, Hester M den Ruijter, Todd J Anderson, Moise Desvarieux, Gunnar Engström, Greg W Evans, Bo Hedblad, Jussi Kauhanen, Sudhir Kurl, Eva M Lonn, Ellisiv B Mathiesen, Joseph F Polak, Jacqueline F Price, Christopher M Rembold, Maria Rosvall, Tatjana Rundek, Jukka T Salonen, Coen Stehouwer, Tomi-Pekka Tuomainen, Michiel L Bots
Aims: Epidemiological evidence indicates a protective effect of light to moderate alcohol consumption compared to non-drinking and heavy drinking. Although several mechanisms have been suggested, the effect of alcohol on atherosclerotic changes in vessel walls is unclear. Therefore, we explored the relationship between alcohol consumption and common carotid intima media thickness, a marker of early atherosclerosis in the general population. Methods: Individual participant data from eight cohorts, involving 37,494 individuals from the USE-IMT collaboration were used...
May 19, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522147/cardiovascular-risk-in-advanced-na%C3%A3-ve-hiv-infected-patients-starting-antiretroviral-therapy-comparison-of-three-different-regimens-prevaleat-ii-cohort
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Paolo Maggi, Chiara Bellacosa, Armando Leone, Anna Volpe, Elena Delfina Ricci, Nicoletta Ladisa, Stefania Cicalini, Elisabetta Grilli, Rosaria Viglietti, Antonio Chirianni, Lara Ines Bellazzi, Renato Maserati, Canio Martinelli, Paola Corsi, Benedetto Maurizio Celesia, Federica Sozio, Gioacchino Angarano
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: PREVALEAT (PREmature VAscular LEsions and Antiretroviral Therapy) II is a multicenter, longitudinal cohort study aimed at the evaluation of cardiovascular risk among advanced HIV-positive, treatment-naïve patients starting their first therapy. We hypothesized that these patients, present a higher cardiovascular (CV) risk. METHODS: The study included all consecutive naïve patients with less than 200 CD4 cells/ml starting antiretroviral therapy...
May 5, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521772/feasibility-and-relevance-of-compound-strain-imaging-in-non-stenotic-arteries-comparison-between-individuals-with-cardiovascular-diseases-and-healthy-controls
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Martijn F H Maessen, Thijs M H Eijsvogels, Ayla Grotens, Maria T E Hopman, Dick H J Thijssen, Hendrik H G Hansen
BACKGROUND: Compound strain imaging is a novel method to noninvasively evaluate arterial wall deformation which has recently shown to enable differentiation between fibrous and (fibro-)atheromatous plaques in patients with severe stenosis. We tested the hypothesis that compound strain imaging is feasible in non-stenotic arteries and provides incremental discriminative power to traditional measures of vascular health (i.e., distensibility coefficient (DC), central pulse wave velocity [cPWV], and intima-media thickness [IMT]) for differentiating between participants with and without a history of cardiovascular diseases (CVD)...
May 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520571/is-omentectomy-mandatory-among-early-stage-i-ii-malignant-ovarian-germ-cell-tumor-patients-a-retrospective-study-of-223-cases
#16
Wenyan Xu, Yanfang Li
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to investigate whether omentectomy (OMT) is necessary in the operation for apparently early stage malignant ovarian germ cell tumors (MOGCTs). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Searching medical records database of Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center from January 1, 1966, to November 30, 2015, patients with MOGCTs were identified and their age, year of diagnosis, tumor grade, histologic subtype, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage, nodal findings, gross observation of omentum, and performance of OMT were assessed...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517955/the-long-term-risk-of-smoking-in-diabetic-patients-with-stable-ischemic-heart-disease-treated-with-intensive-medical-therapy-and-lifestyle-modification
#17
Asrar A Khan, Matthew J Chung, Eric Novak, Maria Mori Brooks, David L Brown
Introduction The long-term risk of smoking in diabetic patients with stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD) is unknown. We sought to analyze the impact of smoking on outcomes of diabetic patients with SIHD when other cardiovascular risk factors are being aggressively treated. Methods The Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation 2 Diabetes (BARI 2D) trial randomized 2368 diabetics with SIHD to intensive medical therapy (IMT) with prompt revascularization or IMT alone. Smoking status was obtained at baseline, 6 months, and 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 years...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511905/hemorheological-alterations-in-adults-with-prediabetes-identified-by-hemoglobin-a1c-levels
#18
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511669/fasting-levels-of-growth-hormone-are-associated-with-carotid-intima-media-thickness-but-are-not-affected-by-fluvastatin-treatment
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Erik Hallengren, Peter Almgren, Maria Rosvall, Gerd Östling, Margaretha Persson, Andreas Bergmann, Joachim Struck, Gunnar Engström, Bo Hedblad, Olle Melander
BACKGROUND: Growth hormone (GH) has been linked to cardiovascular disease but the exact mechanism of this association is still unclear. We here test if the fasting levels of GH are cross-sectionally associated with carotid intima media thickness (IMT) and whether treatment with fluvastatin affects the fasting level of GH. METHODS: We examined the association between GH and IMT in 4425 individuals (aged 46-68 years) included in the baseline examination (1991-1994) of the Malmö Diet and Cancer cardiovascular cohort (MDC-CC)...
May 16, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506114/the-fatty-liver-index-fli-relates-to-diabetes-specific-parameters-and-an-adverse-lipid-profile-in-a-cohort-of-nondiabetic-dyslipidemic-patients
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Michael Leutner, Christian Göbl, Oliver Schlager, Silvia Charwat-Resl, Alice Wielandner, Eleonora Howorka, Marlies Prünner, Latife Bozkurt, Katharina Maruszczak, Hacer Geyik, Helmut Prosch, Giovanni Pacini, Alexandra Kautzky-Willer
BACKGROUND: Patients with hyperlipidemia are at high risk for developing a fatty liver. The fatty liver index (FLI) is a noninvasive and well-established method for the estimation of a fatty liver. However, little is known about the metabolic characterization of nondiabetic treated patients with hyperlipidemia who have different risk levels for a fatty liver. METHODS: In this study, 74 nondiabetic patients with hyperlipidemia were divided into 3 groups according to their fatty liver index...
May 16, 2017: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
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