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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929697/-effects-of-berberine-on-serum-inflammatory-factors-and-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaques-in-patients-with-acute-cerebral-ischemic-stroke
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Ying Li, Pei Wang, Mei-Jing Chai, Fan Yang, Hong-Shan Li, Jing Zhao, Huan Wang, Dan-Dan Lu
This study aims to analyze the effect of berberine on serum inflammatory factors and carotid atherosclerotic plaques in ppatients with acute cerebral ischemic stroke(AIS). In the study, 120 patients with AIS were randomly divided into berberine group(n=60) and general group (n=60). The 60 cases in the general group were provided with general therapy according to the latest guidelines of diagnosis and treatment of AIS. The berberine group received berberine 300 mg(tid) in addition to the therapy of the general group...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923627/associations-among-cardio-ankle-vascular-index-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-fibroblast-growth-factor-21-levels-in-kidney-transplant-patients
#2
T Trakarnvanich, S Prommool, S Kurathong, T Teepprasan, Y Wang
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of death in patients with chronic kidney disease, even after renal transplantation. Cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI) provides an indicator of arterial stiffness, whereas fibroblast growth factor-21 (FGF-21) levels may provide a biomarker for atherosclerotic disease. We investigated the association between CAVI and FGF-21 and their relationships to carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and other cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS: This study included 90 renal transplant patients...
October 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923141/carotid-and-femoral-arterial-wall-distensibility-during-long-duration-spaceflight
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Philippe Arbeille, Romain Provost, Kathryn Zuj
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to assess changes in common carotid (CA) and superficial femoral (FA) arterial stiffness during long-duration spaceflight. METHODS: Ultrasound imaging was used to investigate the CA and FA of 10 astronauts preflight (PRE), on flight day 15 (FD15), after 4-5 mo (FD4-5m), and 4 d after return to Earth (R+4). Arterial wall properties were assessed through the calculation of strain, stiffness (β), pressure-strain elastic modulus (Ep), and distensibility (DI)...
October 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923119/alk-positive-gastric-inflammatory-myofibroblastic-tumor-in-an-adult-with-familial-adenomatous-polyposis-and-diffuse-fundic-polyposis
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Jun Fan, Bo Huang, Xiuping Yang, Ming Yang, Jun He, Xiu Nie
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) of the stomach is extremely rare in adults and exhibits a variable biological behavior that ranges from frequently benign lesions to more aggressive variants. Here we report a case of gastric IMT with lymph node metastasis in an adult who had undergone total colectomy for familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). CASE PRESENTATION: A 37-year-old man presented gradual-onset epigastric discomfort; he had undergone total colectomy for FAP 6 years before...
September 18, 2017: Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919733/cycle-ergometer-and-inspiratory-muscle-training-offer-modest-benefit-compared-with-cycle-ergometer-alone-a-comprehensive-assessment-in-stable-copd-patients
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Kai Wang, Guang-Qiao Zeng, Rui Li, Yu-Wen Luo, Mei Wang, Yu-He Hu, Wen-Hui Xu, Lu-Qian Zhou, Rong-Chang Chen, Xin Chen
BACKGROUND: Cycle ergometer training (CET) has been shown to improve exercise performance of the quadriceps muscles in patients with COPD, and inspiratory muscle training (IMT) may improve the pressure-generating capacity of the inspiratory muscles. However, the effects of combined CET and IMT remain unclear and there is a lack of comprehensive assessment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-one patients with COPD were randomly allocated to three groups: 28 received 8 weeks of CET + IMT (combined training group), 27 received 8 weeks of CET alone (CET group), and 26 only received 8 weeks of free walking (control group)...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919613/non-invasively-measured-carotid-artery-intima-medial-thickness-may-be-a-more-useful-marker-of-coronary-artery-disease-in-diabetic-than-non-diabetic-patients
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C M Ahmed, M K Hasan, B C Goswami, S K Banerjee, M F Rahman, H H Samira, D F Osmani, M N Hasan
Carotid intima-medial thickness has long been proposed as a surrogate marker of atherosclerotic vascular disease in other vascular beds, most notably the coronary arteries with its practical implications. This observational study aimed at exploring the relationship of a hypothetical stronger relationship of carotid intima-medial thickness with coronary artery disease in diabetic patients than non-diabetic counterparts. Thirty diabetic patients and 74 non-diabetic patients who were referred for coronary angiogram in the Departments of Cardiology Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka Cantonment, Bangladesh from January, 2002 and December, 2003 were studied...
July 2017: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916152/effects-of-inspiratory-muscle-training-on-cardiovascular-autonomic-control-a-systematic-review
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Raphael Martins de Abreu, Patrícia Rehder-Santos, Vinicius Minatel, Gabriela Lopes Dos Santos, Aparecida Maria Catai
PURPOSE: To carry out a systematic review to determine if inspiratory muscle training (IMT) promotes changes in cardiovascular autonomic responses in humans. METHODS: The methodology followed the PRISMA statement for reporting systematic review analysis. MEDLINE, PEDro, SCOPUS and PubMed electronic databases were searched from the inception to March 2017. The quality assessment was performed using a PEDro scale. The articles were included if: (1) primary objective was related to the effects of IMT on the cardiovascular autonomic nervous system, and (2) randomized clinical trials and quasi-experimental studies...
September 7, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914871/-intramedullary-spinal-cord-tumors-and-hydrocephalus-an-analysis-of-the-results-of-surgical-treatment-in-541-patients
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Yu V Kushel', Yu D Belova, A R Tekoev
The article addresses the problem of intramedullary tumors (IMTs) combined with hydrocephalus (HC). PURPOSE: The study purpose was to explore, based on large clinical material, the occurrence of hydrocephalus combined with intramedullary tumors, possible pathogenetic mechanisms of its development, effect of tumor resection on the course of hydrocephalus, and need and timing of shunting surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We present and analyze the data of the largest individual series of patients of all age groups operated on for IMTs of the spinal cord: 541 patients; 586 operations; age from 2 months to 72 years...
2017: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910811/impact-of-age-and-aerobic-exercise-training-on-conduit-artery-wall-thickness-role-of-the-shear-pattern
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Koichiro Tanahashi, Keisei Kosaki, Yuriko Sawano, Toru Yoshikawa, Kaname Tagawa, Hiroshi Kumagai, Nobuhiko Akazawa, Seiji Maeda
Hemodynamic shear stress is the frictional force of blood on the arterial wall. The shear pattern in the conduit artery affects the endothelium and may participate in the development and progression of atherosclerosis. We investigated the role of the shear pattern in age- and aerobic exercise-induced changes in conduit artery wall thickness via cross-sectional and interventional studies. In a cross-sectional study, we found that brachial shear rate patterns and brachial artery intima-media thickness (IMT) correlated with age...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910193/lifestyle-markers-predict-cognitive-function
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Steven C Masley, Richard Roetzheim, Gwendolyn Clayton, Angela Presby, Kelley Sundberg, Lucas V Masley
OBJECTIVE: Rates of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease are increasing rapidly. None of the current treatment regimens for Alzheimer's disease are effective in arresting progression. Lifestyle choices may prevent cognitive decline. This study aims to clarify which factors best predict cognitive function. METHODS: This was a prospective cross-sectional analysis of 799 men and women undergoing health and cognitive testing every 1 to 3 years at an outpatient center...
September 14, 2017: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905051/scaling-behavior-of-oxide-based-electrothermal-threshold-switching-devices
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Dasheng Li, Jonathan M Goodwill, James A Bain, Marek Skowronski
Materials exhibiting insulator to metal transition (IMT) and transition metal oxides showing threshold switching behavior are considered as promising candidates for selector devices for crossbar non-volatile memory application. In this study, we use an electrothermal model to simulate the behavior of nanoscale selectors based on several different functional oxides (TaOx, VO2 and NbO2). We extract the device characteristics, such as threshold voltage (VTH), leakage current, device temperature in the ON state, and the size of the conductive filament as a function of selector diameter and functional layer thickness...
September 14, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904584/central-nervous-system-inflammatory-myofibroblastic-tumor-masquerading-as-chronic-suppurative-otitis-media
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Namit Singhal, Vinay Agarwal, Anu Chawla, Rajiv Tangri
Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) is a rare tumor in the central nervous system (CNS), mostly being extracranial. Approximately 100 sporadic cases have been reported in the literature. The rarity of the tumor, its various histopathological characteristics, and its variable aggressive course render it difficult to diagnose and treat. IMT is generally a histological diagnosis which is rarely suspected preoperatively. It mimics other intracranial tumors such as giant cell tumor, hemangiopericytoma, anaplastic meningioma, plasmacytoma, and lymphoma...
April 2017: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904456/association-of-serum-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-in-carotid-intima-media-thickness-a-study-from-south-india
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Jaydip Ray Chauduri, K Rukmini Mridula, Matapathi Umamashesh, Banda Balaraju, V C S Srinivasarao Bandaru
BACKGROUND: Abnormal carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) is a marker of carotid atherosclerosis which is a risk factor for cerebrovascular and cardiovascular diseases. Recent studies have found an association of 25-hydroxyvitamin D deficiency with abnormal carotid IMT. PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to investigate the association of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels with carotid IMT in Indian participants. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We prospectively recruited 300 participants at Yashoda Hospital, Hyderabad, during the study period between January 2012 and December 2014...
July 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901415/effect-of-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-therapy-on-inflammatory-cytokines-and-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome
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Fa Jin, Jiannan Liu, Xiuwei Zhang, Wei Cai, Yuqiong Zhang, Wei Zhang, Jian Yang, Gan Lu, Xilong Zhang
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is known to be a risk factor for atherosclerosis (AS), derived from a series of chronic inflammatory reactions caused by hypoxia. However, the association between chronic inflammation and high blood pressure caused by hypoxia remains to be fully elucidated. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy on inflammatory cytokines and AS. A total of 100 patients with OSAS and 50 healthy control subjects were enrolled...
August 30, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888114/carotid-stiffness-extra-media-thickness-and-visceral-adiposity-in-young-adults
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Wesley K Lefferts, Susan D Sperry, Randall S Jorgensen, Ari G Kasprowicz, Michael R Skilton, Arturo Figueroa, Kevin S Heffernan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Carotid extra-media thickness (EMT) encompasses arterial adventitia and perivascular adipose tissue (PAT). Adventitial remodeling and PAT may contribute independently to functional (stiffness) and structural (remodeling) changes in artery wall properties. Visceral adiposity may contribute to PAT, thereby affecting artery stiffness. We investigated the relationships between carotid artery stiffness, EMT, and visceral adiposity in young, healthy individuals. METHODS: 135 healthy males (20 ± 2 yr, body mass index [BMI] 24...
September 1, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884979/effects-of-antiepileptic-drugs-on-the-carotid-artery-intima-media-thickness-in-epileptic-patients
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Qilun Lai, Chunhong Shen, Yang Zheng, Yinxi Zhang, Yi Guo, Meiping Ding
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: It has been reported that taking antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) may increase the risk of atherosclerosis. We performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the carotid artery intima-media thickness (CA-IMT) as a surrogate factor for atherosclerosis in epileptic patients. METHODS: We searched NCBI (PubMed), ISI Web of Knowledge, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library databases for studies of the association between AEDs and CA-IMT in epileptic patients. A random-effects meta-analysis was used to pool results across studies...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883908/increased-levels-of-oxidative-stress-markers-soluble-cd40-ligand-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-reflect-acceleration-of-atherosclerosis-in-male-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-in-active-phase-and-without-the-classical-cardiovascular-risk-factors
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Agata Stanek, Armand Cholewka, Tomasz Wielkoszyński, Ewa Romuk, Karolina Sieroń, Aleksander Sieroń
OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of the study was to assess levels of oxidative stress markers, soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L), serum pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A (PAPP-A), and placental growth factor (PlGF) as well as carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) with active phase without concomitant classical cardiovascular risk factors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The observational study involved 96 male subjects: 48 AS patients and 48 healthy ones, who did not differ significantly regarding age, BMI, comorbid disorders, and distribution of classical cardiovascular risk factors...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883843/plasma-soluble-cd36-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-cognitive-function-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Xiaozhen Jiang, Xiaohui Zhao, Ruihua Chen, Quan Jiang, Bin Zhou
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes and atherosclerosis are both risk factors of cognitive deficits. Scavenger receptor CD36 is associated with increasing risk of diabetes and atherosclerosis, and may play a role in cognitive deficits. The aim of this study is to determine the correlations of plasma soluble CD36 concentrations with carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and cognitive function in patients with type 2 diabetes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We determined the levels of soluble CD36 (sCD36), blood lipids, fasting blood glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin, carotid atherosclerosis as IMT, cognitive function by the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) scoring system, and other clinical characteristics in 357 patients with type 2 diabetes...
August 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881821/radial-artery-intima-media-thickness-regresses-after-secondary-prevention-interventions-in-patients-post-acute-coronary-syndrome-and-is-associated-with-cardiac-and-kidney-biomarkers
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Damilola D Adingupu, Helena U Westergren, Santosh Dahgam, Ann-Cathrine Jönsson-Rylander, Juuso Blomster, Per Albertsson, Elmir Omerovic, Sara Svedlund, Li-Ming Gan
BACKGROUND: Radial artery intima-media thickness (rIMT) measured by ultra-high-resolution ultrasound is associated with increased cardiovascular risk and predicts outcomes. We performed non-invasive high-resolution ultrasound of the radial artery to investigate vascular changes in subjects presenting with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and who had undergone percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). PURPOSE: In the present work, we aimed to follow rIMT change over time post-acute coronary syndrome as a tool to monitor potential response to intensified medical therapy...
August 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879650/vascular-and-cardiac-function-in-young-adults-with-classical-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia
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Joanna Wierzbicka-Chmiel, Artur Chmiel, Sławomir Rychlik, Monika Ogrodowczyk-Bobik, Bogdan Marek, Dariusz Kajdaniuk
INTRODUCTION: Patients with classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) have increased cardiovascular risk, but the vascular and cardiac function during longitudinal corticoids replacement therapy is not known thoroughly. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Cross-sectional study of 19 Caucasian adults with CAH (age 23.7 ± 3.8 years; twelve males) compared to 20 healthy volunteers matched for origin, sex, age, and body mass index (BMI). All of the participants were assessed for flow mediated dilatation of the brachial artery (FMD), intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery (cIMT) and common femoral artery (fIMT), standard echocardiography, and global longitudinal left ventricular function using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (LSTE)...
September 7, 2017: Endokrynologia Polska
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