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Robert Munashe Maweni, Nicholas Sunderland, Zahra Rahim, Emmanuella Odih, Jins Kallampallil, Thomas Saunders, Srikanth Akunuri
BACKGROUND: Hypertensive urgency is defined as a severely elevated systolic blood pressure (SBP) of ≥ 180 mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) of ≥ 120 mmHg, in the absence of end organ damage. It is known that there are racial differences in prevalence and severity of hypertension but there is a dearth of studies looking at hypertensive urgency in Black populations living in Europe. AIMS: We sought to define the clinical characteristics of Black patients presenting with hypertensive urgency, in order to better define the risks and complications this growing population of patients faces...
March 14, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Po-Chi Chan, Cheng-Yu Wei, Guang-Uei Hung, Pai-Yi Chiu
Objectives: The association of vascular risk factors (VRFs) with incidence of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and vascular dementia (VaD) has been well studied. However, the association between VRFs and non-AD dementia is seldom investigated. In this study, we aim to compare the concurrence of VRFs of Lewy body dementia (LBD) to AD. Materials & Methods: We consecutively enrolled patients with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD), and AD, and the prevalence of arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hypercholesterolemia, hyperlipidemia, smoking, and obesity was assessed and compared...
March 2018: Brain and Behavior
Guner Cicek, Osman Imamoglu, Abdullah Gullu, Oguzhan Celik, Oguzhan Ozcan, Esin Gullu, Faruk Yamaner
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of 16 weeks step-aerobic exercises and core exercises on left ventricular structure and function with some physiological parameters in sedentary women. Methods: To achieve the purpose of this study, a total of 45 volunteers including (step-aerobic group (SAG, n = 25), core exercise group (CEG, n = 20) were selected as participants. Two different exercises were applied for 4 days a week, throughout 16 weeks, within 60 minutes for each exercise with the intensity of heart rate (HR) 60-70 percent...
December 2017: Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness
Noushin Rastkari, Maryam Zare Jeddi, Masud Yunesian, Reza Ahmadkhaniha
Acidic liquids such as verjuice, lemon juice and vinegar are frequently consumed in Iran. Different kinds of acidic liquids are packaged in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles. There is evidence indicating that phthalates can leach from PET and HDPE bottles into their contents. In this work the effect of storage time, temperature and bottle type on the migration of phthalates from packaging materials into acidic liquids is studied by analyzing the samples stored under different conditions, before storage and after 2, 4 and 6 months of storage...
December 2017: Food Technology and Biotechnology
Julia S Anixt, Jareen Meinzen-Derr, Halley Estridge, Laura Smith, William B Brinkman
OBJECTIVE: To describe the characteristics of treatment decisions to address challenging behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). METHODS: Parents of children aged 4 to 15 years with ASD seen in a developmental behavioral pediatric (DBP) clinic completed validated measures to characterize their child's behaviors and their own level of stress. Parents reported their treatment priority before the visit. During the visit, we assessed shared decision making (SDM) using the Observing Patient Involvement (OPTION) scale and alignment of the clinician's treatment plan with the parent's priority...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
Pavol Sajgalik, Vaclav Kremen, Vratislav Fabian, Simon Maltais, John M Stulak, Sudhir S Kushwaha, Lyle D Joyce, John A Schirger, Bruce D Johnson
The gold standard for noninvasive blood pressure (BP) measurement, the Doppler technique, does not provide systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) and may limit therapy outcomes. To improve patient care, we tested specifically designed experimental BP (ExpBP) monitor and the Doppler technique by comparing noninvasive measures to the intraarterial (I-A) BP in 31 patients with end-stage heart failure (4 females) 2.6 ± 3.4 days post-LVAD implantation (20 HeartMate II and 11 HeartWare)...
March 13, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Rong-Kai Zhang, Guo-Wei Li, Dong Jiang, Da-Wei Zhang, Bing Yu, Lu-Kun Yang
OBJECTIVE: To identify the master transcription factors (TF) that might be responsible for the gene expression alteration of OA. METHODS: Raw expression data for rat OA model(GSE30322) was downloaded from NCBI GEO database. Microarray data analysis for rat and human was carried out separately using functions from limma packagein R, gene expression was considered as significantly changed between conditions if adjusted P -value<0.05 and the absolute value of fold change>=2...
February 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Wilbert S Aronow, William H Frishman
The 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association hypertension guidelines diagnose hypertension if systolic blood pressure (SBP) is ≥ 130 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) is ≥ 80 mmHg. Increased BP is SBP 120-129 mmHg with DBP < 80 mmHg. Lifestyle measures should be used to treat individuals with increased BP. Lifestyle measures plus BP-lowering drugs should be used for secondary prevention of recurrent cardiovascular events in individuals with clinical cardiovascular disease (coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, or stroke) and an average SBP ≥ 130 mmHg or an average DBP ≥ 80 mmHg...
March 13, 2018: Drugs
Krisnarta Sembiring, Oke Rina Ramayani, Munar Lubis
BACKGROUND: Dyssomnia is the most frequent sleep disturbance and associated with increased blood pressure. There has been no study determining the difference in mean blood pressure based on dyssomnia types among adolescents. OBJECTIVE: To determine the difference in mean blood pressure among adolescents based on dyssomnia types. METHODS: Cross-sectional study was conducted in SMP Negeri 1 Muara Batang Gadis in April 2016. Samples were students having sleep disturbance based on Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children (SDSC) questionnaire...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Brawnie Petrov, Ayat Aldoori, Cindy James, Kefeng Yang, Guillermo Perez Algorta, Aejin Lee, Liwen Zhang, Tao Lin, Reem Al Awadhi, Jonathan R Parquette, Arpad Samogyi, L Eugene Arnold, Mary A Fristad, Barbara Gracious, Ouliana Ziouzenkova
Genetic, dietary, and inflammatory factors contribute to the etiology of major mood disorders (MMD), thus impeding the identification of specific biomarkers to assist in diagnosis and treatment. We tested association of vitamin D and inflammatory markers in 36 adolescents with bipolar disorder (BD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) forms of MMD and without MMD (non-mood control). We also assessed the overall level of inflammation using a cell-based reporter assay for nuclear factor kappa-B (NFκB) activation and measuring antibodies to oxidized LDL...
March 13, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
Mathias Hermann, Daniel Wassy, Daniel Kratzert, Birgit Esser
In cyclophanes an aromatic moiety is incorporated into a (strained) cyclic structure. Of particular interest as model systems for bent carbon nanostructures are those containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Dibenzo[a,e]pentalene (DBP) is a non-alternant polycyclic hydrocarbon with small bandgap and tunable optoelectronic properties. However, changing these properties by bending of the DBP structure have yet to be investigated. Herein, we report the synthesis, optoelectronic and structural properties of (2,7)dibenzo[a,e]pentalenophanes with four different bridge sizes and bending angles of the DBP unit, accompanied by (TD)DFT calculations...
March 12, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Shensen Li, Jianping Mao, Mengjing Wang, Minmin Zhang, Li Ni, Ye Tao, Bihong Huang, Jing Chen
SHPT is one of the most common complications of CKD-MBD. Recent studies indicate that oxyphil cell proliferation is related to SHPT progression, while not inhibited by current treatments. The aim of this study was to analysis the correlation between oxyphil cell and clinical indicators in SHPT, further explore the protein expression differences of oxyphil cell. Among 33 MHD patients, 84.8% patients have one or more oxyphil dominant glands and the overall oxyphil cells proportion was 39.5 ± 16.3%. Univariate correlation and multivariable linear regression analyze showed that oral calcitriol dose and treatment duration were independent indicators of oxyphil cell ratio...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
Ting Deng, Yu Zhang, Yang Wu, Ping Ma, Jiufei Duan, Wei Qin, Xu Yang, Mingqing Chen
Epidemiological studies suggest a positive relationship between phthalate exposure and diabetes. However, little is known about the impact of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) exposure on the development of diabetes. To determine the role of DBP exposure on the development of type 2 diabetes, mice were orally exposed to DBP dosages of 0.5, 5, 50 mg/kg/day for 7 weeks, combined with a high fat diet and injections of a low dose of streptozotocin (STZ). The results showed that exposure to 50 mg/kg/day DBP alone induced a marked decrease in insulin secretion and glucose intolerance, but had no influence on insulin resistance...
March 8, 2018: Toxicology Letters
Tatiana Duarte, Sara Gonçalves, Raquel Brito, Catarina Sá, Rita Marinheiro, Marta Fonseca, Rita Rodrigues, Filipe Seixo, Anabela Guerreiro, Andreia Fernandes, Cristina Carradas, Isabel Silvestre, Leonel Bernardino, Rui Caria
INTRODUCTION: Non-dipper and extreme dipper blood pressure (BP) profiles are associated with a worse cardiovascular prognosis. The relationship between nocturnal BP profile and hypertensive retinopathy (HR) is not fully established. AIM: To assess the association between the prevalence and severity of HR and nocturnal BP. METHODS: We prospectively studied hypertensive patients who underwent 24-hour ambulatory BP monitoring. The population was divided into two groups according to the presence or absence of lesions and compared according to baseline characteristics, nocturnal BP profile (dippers, non-dippers, inverted dippers/risers and extreme dippers) and mean nocturnal systolic (SBP) and diastolic (DBP) BP values...
March 7, 2018: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
Bárbara Socas-Rodríguez, Javier González-Sálamo, Antonio V Herrera-Herrera, Álvaro Santana-Mayor, Javier Hernández-Borges
In this work, a new method has been developed for the determination of 14 phthalic acid esters (i.e., benzylbutyl phthalate (BBP), bis-2-n-butoxyethyl phthalate (DBEP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP), bis-2-ethoxyethyl phthalate (DEEP), diethyl phthalate (DEP), diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP), diisononyl phthalate (DINP), bis-isopentyl phthalate (DIPP), bis (2-methoxyethyl) phthalate (DMEP), dimethyl phthalate (DMP), di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP), bis-n-pentyl phthalate (DNPP), dipropyl phthalate (DPP)) and one adipate (bis (2-ethylhexyl) adipate (DEHA)) in different baby foods...
March 9, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
E Shawkat, H Mistry, C Chmiel, L Webster, L Chappell, E D Johnstone, J E Myers
AIM: To compare the blood pressure (BP) lowering effects of labetalol and nifedipine modified release (MR) in hypertensive pregnant women. We also investigated the effect on the heart rate (HR) and determined the proportion of time spent in target. METHODS: This was an exploratory study. Women with chronic hypertension taking either labetalol or nifedipine were offered 24-h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM). Sleep, wake and drug ingestion times were self-reported...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Hengameh Abdi, Safoora Gharibzadeh, Erfan Tasdighi, Atieh Amouzegar, Ladan Mehran, Maryam Tohidi, Fereidoun Azizi
Longitudinal studies considering associations between thyroid function in the reference range (RR) with blood pressure (BP) are scarce and contradictory. We aimed to investigate the associations of serum thyrotropin (TSH) and free T4 (FT4) with different components of BP also incident prehyperetension (preHTN) and HTN during a 9-year follow-up. A sum of 2282 euthyroid individuals from an ongoing population-based cohort study were selected. A sex-stratified multivariate generalized estimating equation (GEE) method was employed...
March 2018: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
Rogerio Nogueira Soares, Augusto Schneider, Sandra Costa Valle, Paulo Cavalheiro Schenkel
This study aimed to investigate whether the influence of CYP1A2 genotype in the blood pressure (BP) response to caffeine ingestion was affected by physical activity status and habitual caffeine consumption. Thirty-seven participants (19-50 years old) took place in the study and were categorized according to i) genotype: CYP1A2 (AA) "fast metabolizer", and CYP1A2 (AC) "slow metabolizer"; ii) physical activity level: sedentary (S) and physically active (A); and iii) caffeine consumption level: non-habitual caffeine consumer (NC) and habitual heavy caffeine consumer (C)...
March 6, 2018: Vascular Pharmacology
Soon-Young Kim, Dong-Il Kim
Aging is associated with increased body fat and lower lean body mass, which leads to increased prevalence of obesity and metabolic syndrome. This study aimed to investigate the association of regular participation in walking and body mass index (BMI) with metabolic syndrome and its 5 criteria in elderly Koreans. A total of 3554 (male = 1581, female = 1973) elderly subjects (age ≥ 65 years), who participated in the Fifth Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES V) were analyzed in this cross-sectional study...
March 6, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
Ayse Ebru Bahadir Kilavuzoglu, Gurkan Yurteri, Nurgul Guven, Savas Marsap, Ali Riza Cenk Celebi, Cemile Banu Cosar
BACKGROUND: The effect of hemodialysis (HD) on intraocular pressure (IOP) has been investigated before, but there is a lack of consensus. Clinicians dealing with renal failure patients are interested in the potential negative effects of HD on IOP and the course of glaucoma. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of HD on IOP in patients with end-stage renal disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This prospective study included 106 patients who were receiving outpatient hemodialysis...
January 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
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