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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441704/a-study-of-alcohol-consumption-and-obesity-as-main-risk-factor-for-symptomatic-gallbladder-stone-a-case-control-study
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Byung Hyo Cha, Ban Seok Lee, Sang Hyub Lee, Seung Joo Kang, Min Jung Park
Background: Gallbladder stone (GBS) is a common gastrointestinal disease that can progress to severe cholecystitis and is a strong risk factor for gallbladder cancer (GBC). The present study was conducted to evaluate region-specific causes of GBS which was proved as major risk factor for GBC in Jeju Island, Korea. Methods: Age and sex match case-control study was performed among 171 pairs of case and controls. The cases were patients who were diagnosed with GBS, had definite clinical symptoms, and underwent a cholecystectomy in Cheju Halla General Hospital, Jeju, Korea during 2010-2014...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441693/sex-differences-in-fat-distribution-influence-the-association-between-bmi-and-arterial-stiffness
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Inge C L van den Munckhof, Suzanne Holewijn, Jacqueline de Graaf, Joost H W Rutten
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: The increase in arterial stiffness in patients with the metabolic syndrome is strongly related to the amount of visceral adipose tissue. In clinical practice, anthropometric measurements such as BMI and waist circumference are commonly used to assess general and abdominal adiposity. Waist circumference is a composite measure of subcutaneous and visceral abdominal adipose tissue. As the distribution of intra-abdominal fat differs between men and women, we investigated the sex-specific associations between different anthropometric measures for general and abdominal obesity with arterial stiffness...
June 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441414/regional-early-and-progressive-loss-of-brain-pericytes-but-not-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-adult-mice-with-disrupted-platelet-derived-growth-factor-receptor-%C3%AE-signaling
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Angeliki Maria Nikolakopoulou, Zhen Zhao, Axel Montagne, Berislav V Zlokovic
Pericytes regulate key neurovascular functions of the brain. Studies in pericyte-deficient transgenic mice with aberrant signaling between endothelial-derived platelet-derived growth factor BB (PDGF-BB) and platelet-derived growth factor receptor β (PDGFRβ) in pericytes have contributed to better understanding of the role of pericytes in the brain. Here, we studied PdgfrβF7/F7 mice, which carry seven point mutations that disrupt PDGFRβ signaling causing loss of pericytes and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in the developing brain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440984/-findrisc-test-relationship-between-cardiovascular-risk-parameters-and-scales-in-spanish-mediterranean-population
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Ángel Arturo López-González, Sheila García-Agudo, Matías Tomás-Salvá, María Teófila Vicente-Herrero, Milagros Queimadelos-Carmona, Irene Campos-González
BACKGROUND: The Finnish Diabetes Risk Score (FINDRISC) questionnaire has been used to assess the risk of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. The objetive was to assess the relationship between different scales related to cardiovascular risk and FINDRISC questionnaire. METHODS: Values of different anthropometric and clinical parameters (body mass index, waist circumference, waist to height ratio, blood pressure), analytical parameters (lipid profile, blood glucose) and scales related to cardiovascular risk (atherogenic index, metabolic syndrome, REGICOR, SCORE, heart age and vascular age) were determined on the basis of the value of the FINDRISC questionnaire...
May 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440254/combined-branch-retinal-vein-and-branch-retinal-artery-occlusion-clinical-features-systemic-associations-and-outcomes
#5
Sabyasachi Sengupta, Utsab Pan
PURPOSE: Retinal vascular occlusions affecting both the arterial and venous systems are rare events. Combined branch retinal artery (BRAO) and vein (BRVO) occlusion are exceedingly rare and not well characterized. METHODS: Six patients with combined BRAO and BRVO underwent a comprehensive eye examination, fundus fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography, and cardiovascular evaluation. RESULTS: Mean age at presentation was 54 ± 7...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439973/intracardiac-versus-transesophageal-echocardiography-to-guide-transcatheter-closure-of-interatrial-communications-nationwide-trend-and-comparative-analysis
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Fahad Alqahtani, Ashwin Bhirud, Sami Aljohani, James Mills, Akram Kawsara, Ashok Runkana, Mohamad Alkhouli
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess current temporal trends in utilization of ICE versus TEE guided closure of interatrial communications, and to compare periprocedural complications and resource utilization between the two imaging modalities. BACKGROUND: While transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has historically been used to guide percutaneous structural heart interventions, intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) is being increasingly utilized to guide many of these procedures such as closure of interatrial communications...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439921/impact-of-obstructive-sleep-apnoea-and-intermittent-hypoxia-on-cardiovascular-and-cerebrovascular-regulation
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Andrew E Beaudin, Xavier Waltz, Patrick J Hanly, Marc J Poulin
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, a consequence attributed in part to chronic intermittent hypoxia (IH) resulting from repetitive apnoeas during sleep. Although findings from experimental animal, and human, models have shown that IH is detrimental to vascular regulation, the severity of IH used in many of these animal studies (e.g. inspired fraction of oxygen (FI O2 ) = 2-3%; oxygen desaturation index (ODI) = 120 events h(-1) ) is considerably greater than that observed in the majority of patients with OSA...
April 24, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439288/systemic-mastocytosis-with-kit-v560g-mutation-presenting-as-recurrent-episodes-of-vascular-collapse-response-to-disodium-cromoglycate-and-disease-outcome
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Iolanda Conde-Fernandes, Rita Sampaio, Filipa Moreno, José Palla-Garcia, Maria Dos Anjos Teixeira, Inês Freitas, Esmeralda Neves, Maria Jara-Acevedo, Luis Escribano, Margarida Lima
BACKGROUND: Mastocytosis are rare diseases characterized by an accumulation of clonal mast cells (MCs) in one or multiple organs or tissues. Patients with systemic mastocytosis (SM), whose MCs frequently arbor the activating D816V KIT mutation, may have indolent to aggressive diseases, and they may experience MC mediator related symptoms. Indolent SM with recurrent anaphylaxis or vascular collapse in the absence of skin lesions, ISMs(-), is a specific subtype indolent SM (ISM), and this clonal MC activation disorder represents a significant fraction of all MC activation syndromes...
2017: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438901/systolic-blood-pressure-and-vascular-disease-in-men-aged-65-years-and-over-the-hims-health-in-men-study
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Ben Lacey, Jonathan Golledge, Bu B Yeap, Sarah Lewington, Kieran A McCaul, Paul E Norman, Leon Flicker, Osvaldo P Almeida, Graeme J Hankey
There is uncertainty about the relation between blood pressure and vascular disease at older age. We assessed the association of systolic blood pressure (SBP) and major vascular events in a prospective cohort study of 7564 men aged 65 to 94 years, recruited in 1996-1999 from the general population in Perth, Western Australia. SBP was measured at baseline and again at resurvey in 2001-2004. Participants were monitored for fatal and nonfatal vascular events. To limit the effect of reverse causality, analyses were restricted to men without previous vascular disease at baseline...
April 24, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438762/etb-receptor-contribution-to-vascular-dysfunction-in-postmenopausal-women
#10
Megan M Wenner, Kelly N Sebzda, Andrew V Kuczmarski, Ryan T Pohlig, David G Edwards
Endothelin-1 (ET-1) contributes to age-related endothelial dysfunction in men via the ETA receptor. However, there are sex differences in the ET-1 system, and ETB receptors are modulated by sex hormones. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that ETB receptors contribute to impaired vasodilatory function in postmenopausal women (PMW). We measured flow-mediated dilation (FMD) using ultrasound, and cutaneous nitric oxide-mediated vasodilation during local heating (42°C) via laser Doppler flowmetry in 18 young (YW; 22±1 years) and 16 PMW (56±1 years)...
April 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438747/low-ldl-cholesterol-pcsk9-and-hmgcr-genetic-variation-and-risk-of-alzheimer-s-disease-and-parkinson-s-disease-mendelian-randomisation-study
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Marianne Benn, Børge G Nordestgaard, Ruth Frikke-Schmidt, Anne Tybjærg-Hansen
Objective To test the hypothesis that low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol due to genetic variation in the genes responsible for LDL cholesterol metabolism and biosynthesis(PCSK9 and 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase (HMGCR), respectively) is associated with a high risk of Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, any dementia, and Parkinson's disease in the general population.Design Mendelian randomisation study.Setting Copenhagen General Population Study and Copenhagen City Heart Study.Participants 111 194 individuals from the Danish general population...
April 24, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438303/relation-of-the-bilateral-earlobe-crease-to-endothelial-dysfunction
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Nozomu Oda, Tatsuya Maruhashi, Shinji Kishimoto, Masato Kajikawa, Yumiko Iwamoto, Akimichi Iwamoto, Shogo Matsui, Takayuki Hidaka, Yasuki Kihara, Kazuaki Chayama, Chikara Goto, Yoshiki Aibara, Ayumu Nakashima, Kensuke Noma, Harutoyo Hirano, Yukihito Higashi
The presence of an earlobe crease (ELC) may be a simple sign to predict atherosclerosis. We evaluated the relation between ELC and vascular function. We measured flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD) and nitroglycerine-induced vasodilation (NID) and observed bilateral earlobes in 400 consecutive subjects. At first, the subjects were divided into 3 groups: non-ELC group, unilateral ELC group, and bilateral ELC group. FMD and NID were significantly lower in the unilateral and bilateral ELC groups than those in the non-ELC group...
March 29, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437601/maternal-hemodynamics-in-normal-pregnancies-reference-ranges-and-the-role-of-maternal-characteristics
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Dimuthu Vinayagam, Baskaran Thilaganathan, Oliver Stirrup, Elena Mantovani, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this study was to construct reference ranges of the maternal central hemodynamic parameters during pregnancy. The second aim was to determine the maternal and pregnancy characteristics, which influence these hemodynamic parameters. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of low-risk pregnant women attending for routine antenatal care at St George's Hospital, London. The exclusion criteria included any medical disorder present at the time of study recruitment, or development of hypertension or intrauterine fetal growth restriction following study recruitment...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437199/the-correlation-of-arterial-stiffness-with-biophysical-parameters-and-blood-biochemistry
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Anamil M Khiyami, Fiona J Dore, Aytan Mammadova, Richard L Amdur, Sabyasachi Sen
INTRODUCTION: Type 2 diabetes presents with numerous macrovascular and microvascular impairments, which in turn lead to various co-morbidities. Vascular co-morbidities can be seen when examining arterial stiffness (AS), which is a predictor for endothelial health and cardiovascular disease risk. Pulse wave analysis (PWA) and pulse wave velocity (PWV) are two tests that are commonly used to measure AS. Currently, disease states and progression are tracked via blood biochemistry. These gold standards in monitoring diabetes are expensive and need optimization...
February 22, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436816/-almost-lost-at-sea-an-unusual-cause-of-cortical-blindness
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Jeffrey Walden, Edward Van Williamson
A middle-aged man with a history of type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, prior cerebral vascular accident, and remote history of generalized seizure disorder presented with worsening right-sided visual deficits and focal seizures. On examination the patient had dense homonymous hemianopsia on the right side. He was initially diagnosed with a stroke and underwent further investigation for potential causes. However, upon further review, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings and repeat examination were more consistent with seizure-related effects on cortical brain matter as the cause of his visual disturbances rather than stroke...
2017: Neurodiagnostic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435935/proliferative-vitreoretinopathy-in-treated-retinoblastoma
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Cindy S Hwang, Pia R Mendoza, Jill R Wells, Hans E Grossniklaus, G Baker Hubbard
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical and histopathologic characteristics of patients who develop proliferative vitreoretinopathy after retinoblastoma treatment. DESIGN: Retrospective review of three cases of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) that developed after successful treatment of retinoblastoma from 2003 to 2015. SUBJECTS: Three patients with treated retinoblastoma who developed severe PVR and required enucleation. METHODS: Review of clinical charts, fundus drawings, Ret-Cam 3 images, and histopathology specimens...
March 2017: Ophthalmol Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435933/the-c677t-variant-in-mthfr-modulates-associations-between-brain-integrity-mood-and-cognitive-functioning-in-old-age
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Florence F Roussotte, Xue Hua, Katherine L Narr, Gary W Small, Paul M Thompson
INTRODUCTION: The C677T functional variant in the methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene leads to reduced enzymatic activity and elevated blood levels of homocysteine. Hyperhomocysteinemia has been linked with higher rates of cardiovascular diseases, cognitive decline, and late-life depression. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Here, 3D magnetic resonance imaging data was analyzed from 738 individuals (age: 75.5 ± 6.8 years; 438 men/300 women) including 173 Alzheimer's patients, 359 subjects with mild cognitive impairment, and 206 healthy older adults, scanned as part of the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI)...
April 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435851/choroidal-thinning-alzheimer-s-disease-and-aging
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João Paulo Cunha, Rita Proença, Arnaldo Dias-Santos, Diana Melancia, Rita Almeida, Helena Águas, Bruno Oliveira Santos, Marta Alves, Joana Ferreira, Ana Luísa Papoila, Carlota Louro, António Castanheira-Dinis
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to measure and to compare macular choroidal thickness (CT) between patients with mild Alzheimer's disease (AD), patients without AD, and elderly patients. METHODS: CT was measured manually in 13 locations at 500-μm intervals of a horizontal and a vertical section from the fovea. Linear regression models were used to analyze the data. RESULTS: Fifty patients with a diagnosis of mild AD (73.1 years), 152 patients without AD (71...
2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435465/hypertension-cerebrovascular-impairment-and-cognitive-decline-in-aged-a%C3%AE-pp-ps1-mice
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Maximilian Wiesmann, Valerio Zerbi, Diane Jansen, Dieter Lütjohann, Andor Veltien, Arend Heerschap, Amanda J Kiliaan
Cardiovascular risk factors, especially hypertension, are also major risk factors for Alzheimer's disease (AD). To elucidate the underlying vascular origin of neurodegenerative processes in AD, we investigated the relation between systolic blood pressure (SBP) cerebral blood flow (CBF) and vasoreactivity with brain structure and function in a 16-18 months old double transgenic AβPPswe/PS1dE9 (AβPP/PS1) mouse model for AD. These aging AβPP/PS1 mice showed an increased SBP linked to a declined regional CBF...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435002/systemic-arterial-hypertension-secondary-to-chronic-kidney-disease-in-two-captive-born-large-felids
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A Leclerc, E Trehiou-Sechi, E M Greunz, C Damoiseaux, J Bouvard, V Chetboul
Systemic arterial hypertension (SHT) has been widely described in the domestic cat (Felis catus). In these feline patients, SHT is considered as the most common vascular disorder of middle-aged to older animals, and secondary SHT related to chronic kidney disease (CKD) represents the most common form of the disease. We describe here the first two cases of spontaneous SHT in large felids, i.e. one 18-year old, 34.4 kg, male North-Chinese leopard (Panthera pardus japonensis, case #1) and one 20-year old, 28...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
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