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Mauro Mondelli, Andrea Farioli, Stefano Mattioli, Alessandro Aretini, Federica Ginanneschi, Giuseppe Greco, Stefania Curti
OBJECTIVE: To study the diagnostic properties of hand/wrist and body measures according to validated clinical and electrophysiological carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) severity scales. METHODS: We performed a prospective case-control study. For each case, two controls were enrolled. Two five-stage clinical and electrophysiological scales were used to evaluate CTS severity. Anthropometric measurements were collected and obesity indicators and hand/wrist ratios were calculated...
2016: PloS One
Jia Sun, Yuting Ruan, Ming Wang, Rongping Chen, Na Yu, Lei Sun, Tiemin Liu, Hong Chen
Circulating long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) serve as valuable biomarkers in a number of human diseases. However, lncRNA biomarkers have yet to be identified in obesity. We aim to characterize circulating lncRNA expression in obese and non-obese human subjects. First, we assessed the genome-wide circulating lncRNA expression profiles in blood from 3 obese and 3 non-obese human subjects. We found a significant decrease in circulating levels of three lncRNAs (lncRNA-p5549, lncRNA-p21015 and lncRNA-p19461) in obese human subjects only...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Susan J Carson, Jacqueline Burns
DesignCohort studyCohort selectionParticipants were recruited between 1994 and 1998 from the general population with the preferred ages of 35 to 65 years in women and 40 to 65 years in men.Exposure measurementSmoking was assessed using a questionnaire from which pack years of smoking were calculated. Educational attainment, body mass index, hypertension, diabetes, alcohol consumption and vitamin or mineral supplements were assessed from measurements and questionnaires. Tooth loss was also assessed by questionnaire returned between 2004 and 2006...
September 2016: Evidence-based Dentistry
Q Hu, C Q Jiang, W S Zhang, J J Cheng, L Xu, Y L Jin, S L Rao, H Q Zheng, D Q Lam
Objective: To examine the correlation between body fat percentage (BFP) and general obesity indexes, including body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC) and waist to hip ratio (WHR) and calculate the corresponding BFP cutoff values in the middle aged and old people in Guangzhou. The corresponding cut-point of optimal body fat percentage for Guangzhou older population. Methods: Based on the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study (GBCS), 3 490 relatively healthy Guangzhou residents aged ≥50 years were selected and were randomly divided into 2 groups...
October 10, 2016: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
Morgana Mongraw-Chaffin, Alka M Kanaya, Namratha R Kandula, Arti Shah, Cheryl A M Anderson
OBJECTIVE: Few studies examine the relationships between anthropometry and the body composition measures they approximate, or whether they differ by sex, and no studies have examined these relationships in South Asians living in the US. DESIGN: We conducted a cross-sectional study of 871 participants in the Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) Study who had BMI < 40 kg/m(2) and underwent abdominal CT scans for measurement of visceral and subcutaneous fat...
October 21, 2016: Ethnicity & Health
Dan Mo, Peishan Hsieh, Hongrong Yu, Lining Zhou, Jichun Gong, Lin Xu, Peng Liu, Gang Chen, Zhao Chen, Qiongying Deng
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the ethnic differences in osteoporosis (OP) and body composition (BC) and their relationship in the Maonan, Mulam, Hmong, and Yao minorities in China. DESIGN: A total of 860 Maonan, Mulam, Hmong, and Yao women were included in this cross-sectional study. Demographic, health history, and lifestyle information was collected using questionnaires. BC was measured through bioelectrical impedance analysis, and bone mineral density (BMD) was assessed via calcaneal quantitative ultrasound...
October 21, 2016: Ethnicity & Health
Renata Rubinsztajn, Tadeusz Przybyłowski, Marta Maskey-Warzęchowska, Krzysztof Karwat, Ryszarda Chazan
: Body composition disorders are observed in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients and have a significant impact the general condition and outcome in this disease. AIM: The aim of the study was to assess body composition in relation to airway obstruction severity in patients with COPD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study group consisted of 143 patients (58F, 85M) in the middle age The group was divided to two groups: group A FEV1<50% predicted and group B FEV1 ≥50% predicted; both groups were compared...
October 19, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Vânia Ames Schommer, Airton Tetelbom Stein, Aline Marcadenti, Estefania Inez Wittke, André Luís Câmara Galvão, Guido Bernardo Aranha Rosito
Objective: To evaluate the association between obesity and levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) in patients with heart failure admitted to a tertiary hospital. Methods: Cross-sectional study with a consecutive sampling of hospitalized patients with heart failure. Sociodemographic and clinical data were collected, and the nutritional status was assessed through indicators such as body mass index (in kg/m2), waist circumference (in cm), waist-hip ratio, triceps skinfold (in mm) and subscapularis skinfold (in mm)...
July 2016: Einstein
Kimberly A Bertrand, Traci N Bethea, Lucile L Adams-Campbell, Lynn Rosenberg, Julie R Palmer
BACKGROUND: Given the disproportionately high incidence of early-onset breast cancer and aggressive subtypes such as estrogen receptor (ER) negative tumors in African American (AA) women, elucidation of risk factors for early-onset of specific subtypes of breast cancer is needed. METHODS: We evaluated associations of reproductive, anthropometric, and other factors with incidence of invasive breast cancer by age at onset (<45, {greater than or equal to}45) in 57,708 AA women in the prospective Black Women's Health Study...
October 18, 2016: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
Vera K Tsenkova, Arun Karlamangla
BACKGROUND: Central obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes but many obese individuals never develop diabetes, suggesting the presence of important effect modifiers. Depression has emerged as a key risk factor for poor glycemic control, but to our knowledge, no previous work has investigated whether depression amplifies the effect of central obesity on glucoregulation. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We used a national sample of adults without prevalent diabetes (MIDUS; N = 919) to test for synergy between central obesity and depression in the development of diabetes 10 years later...
2016: PloS One
Xueli Jiang, Lu Yin, Yang Wang, Wei Li, Yuqing Zhang
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to study whether there was a blood pressure range that was positively associated with stroke or coronary heart disease compared with other levels in the so-called normotensives with or without diabetes mellitus and intermediate or high risk-factor burden. DESIGN AND METHOD: We enrolled 42959 persons aged 35-70 years old between 2005 and 2009 from 70 rural and 45 urban communities in China, and assessed their cardiovascular risk-factor burden using the validated INTERHEART Risk Score...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Anping Cai, Ling Wang, Yingling Zhou, Jiyan Chen, Yingqing Feng, Qi Zhong
OBJECTIVE: Current study sought to evaluate the effects of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) plus hypertension (HTN) on prevalent cardiovascular diseases (CVD). DESIGN AND METHOD: This was a cross-sectional study and a total of 1889 subjects were enrolled. The apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) was measured by polysomnography and OSA degree was classified as mild (AHI 5-14.9) and moderate-severe (AHI ≥ 15), and AHI < 5 was considered no-OSA. Mean and lowest oxyhemoglobin saturation (SaO2) was detected by pulse oximetry...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Elijah Ogola
OBJECTIVE: The prevalence of diabetes mellitus (DM) is rapidly increasing in Africa with a projected increase in diabetics from 12.1 million in 2010 to 23.9 million in 2030, predominantly type 2 DM (T2DM). The major consequence of diabetes is cardiovascular (CV) disease. T2DM occurs with a constellation of other CV risk factors (RF). Awareness and control of all risk factors is therefore critical in reducing the burden from diabetes. The rising burden has hitherto been an urban phenomenon; however there is evidence of rising burden in rural areas...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Rashmi Yadav, Raj Kumar Yadav, Rajesh Khadgawat, Nalin Mehta
OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of 12 week yoga-based lifestyle intervention on cardio-metabolic risk factors and adipocytokines in overweight/obese subjects with pre-hypertension [systolic blood pressure (SBP) 130-139 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) 85-89 mmHg] or hypertension (HTN). DESIGN AND METHOD: This prospective, single arm, lifestyle intervention study was conducted in overweight/obese (body mass index; BMI 23-24.9/ ≥ 25 kg/m) subjects (n = 44), with pre-HTN or previously diagnosed HTN...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Yi Zhang, Yuyan Lu, Bin Bai, Shikai Yu, Jing Xiong, Dela Jia, Yawei Xu
OBJECTIVE: To compare of carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cf-PWV) and brachial-ankle PWV (ba-PWV) in the association with conventional cardiovascular risk factors and target organ damages (TODs). DESIGN AND METHOD: 1599 community-dwelling elderly subjects (age > 65 years old) in the northern Shanghai were recruited from June 2014 to August 2015. Cf-PWV and ba-PWV were measured by SphygmCor (AtCor, Australia) and VP1000 (Omron, Japan), respectively. Under the framework of comprehensive cardiovascular examinations, cardiovascular risk factors were assessed, and hypertensive TODs, including left ventricular mass index (LVMI), peak transmitral pulsed Doppler velocity/early diastolic tissue Doppler velocity (E/Ea), carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), ankle-brachial index (ABI), creatinine clearance rate (CCR) and urinary albumin-creatinine ratio (UACR), were all evaluated...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Yichao Lu, Haifeng Zhang, Fang Zhou, Shan-Shan Li, Fang-Fei Wei, Wen-Ming Yao, Lei Gong, Yan-Li Zhou, Xiang-Qing Kong
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the predictive value for cardiovascular disease incidence (CVD) of brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) based on a general Chinese population. DESIGN AND METHOD: The study group included 4251 participants with an average age of 52.1 ± 12.1 years and a mean baPWV of 14.8 ± 3.3 m/s. Cox regression was used to investigate the prognostic value of baPWV and forced the appropriate interaction term into the regression models to test the absolute risk associated with baPWV at different levels of mean arterial pressure...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Bin Bai, Jin Xiong, Yuyan Lv, Shikai Yu, Jiadela Teliewubai, Chen Chi, Yiwu Zhou, Kai Wang, Le Wang, Yi Zhang, Yawei Xu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the discrepancy between PWV and PPA in association with hypertensive TODs in the elderly population. DESIGN AND METHOD: From June 2014 to August 2015, a total of 1599 community-based elderly subjects (age > 65 years old) located in the northern Shanghai were recruited. The carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV), peripheral blood pressure (BP), central BP and other TODs indicators including the ratio of the early ventricular filling velocity (E) to the peak velocity of tissue Doppler velocity of septal mitral annulus (E/Ea), left ventricular mass index (LVMI), carotid intima-medium thickness (IMT), estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), urinary albumin-creatinine rate (ACR) were assessed on each participant...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Farzaneh Karimi-Alavijeh, Saeed Jalili, Masoumeh Sadeghi
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome which underlies the increased prevalence of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes is considered as a group of metabolic abnormalities including central obesity, hypertriglyceridemia, glucose intolerance, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. Recently, artificial intelligence based health-care systems are highly regarded because of its success in diagnosis, prediction, and choice of treatment. This study employs machine learning technics for predict the metabolic syndrome...
May 2016: ARYA Atherosclerosis
Amabile Borges Dario, Manuela Loureiro Ferreira, Kathryn Refshauge, Alejandro Luque-Suarez, Juan Ramon Ordoñana, Paulo Henrique Ferreira
BACKGROUND: Obesity is commonly investigated as a potential risk factor for LBP, however the current evidence remains unclear. Limitations in previous studies may explain the inconsistent results in the field such as use of a cross-sectional design, limitations in the measures used to assess obesity (e.g. body mass index - BMI) and poor adjustment for confounders (e.g. genetics and physical activity). PURPOSE AND DESIGN: To better understand the effects of obesity on LBP, our aim was to investigate in a prospective cohort whether obesity-related measures increase the risk of chronic LBP outcomes using a longitudinal design...
October 14, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Su Yon Jung, Wendy E Barrington, Dorothy S Lane, Chu Chen, Rowan Chlebowski, Giselle Corbie-Smith, Lifang Hou, Zuo-Feng Zhang, Min-So Paek, Carolyn J Crandall
OBJECTIVE: Bioavailable insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) interacts with obesity and exogenous estrogen (E) in a racial disparity in obesity-related cancer risk, yet their interconnected pathways are not fully characterized. We investigated whether circulating bioavailable IGF-I acted as a mediator of the racial disparity in obesity-related cancers such as breast and colorectal (CR) cancers and how obesity and E use regulate this relationship. METHODS: A total of 2,425 white and 164 African American (AA) postmenopausal women from the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study were followed from October 1, 1993 through August 29, 2014...
October 3, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
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