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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730180/measuring-efficiency-of-secondary-healthcare-providers-in-slovenia
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Patricia Blatnik, Štefan Bojnec, Matej Tušak
The chief aim of this study was to analyze secondary healthcare providers' efficiency, focusing on the efficiency analysis of Slovene general hospitals. We intended to present a complete picture of technical, allocative, and cost or economic efficiency of general hospitals. METHODS: We researched the aspects of efficiency with two econometric methods. First, we calculated the necessary quotients of efficiency with the stochastic frontier analyze (SFA), which are realized by econometric evaluation of stochastic frontier functions; then, with the data envelopment analyze (DEA), we calculated the necessary quotients that are based on the linear programming method...
2017: Open Medicine (Warsaw, Poland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727953/fatty-acid-composition-of-plasma-phosphatidylcholine-determines-body-fat-parameters-in-subjects-with-metabolic-syndrome-related-traits
#2
Miroslav Zeman, Marek Vecka, Michal Burda, Eva Tvrzická, Barbora Staňková, Jaroslav Macášek, Aleš Žák
BACKGROUND: This study examines the associations of fatty acids (FAs) in plasma phosphatidylcholine (PC) with the anthropometrical and biochemical characteristic of patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS)-related traits. METHODS: We analyzed the FA profiles of PC in 300 persons with MetS-related traits (152 M/148F, mean age 46.9 ± 9.0 years) and in 70 healthy controls of the same age using a balanced men/women ratio and gas-liquid chromatography. Multivariate linear regression analysis was performed to determine the coefficients of determination (R(2)) using FA proportions of the mentioned proband characteristics...
July 20, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727094/effects-of-adding-minimally-refined-cottonseed-oil-or-crude-glycerol-to-diets-containing-40-corn-distiller-s-dried-grains-with-solubles-on-growth-performance-carcass-characteristics-and-pork-fat-firmness-of-growing-finishing-pigs
#3
C C E J Villela, R B Cox, G C Shurson, K M Compart, P E Urriola, L J Johnston
Diets containing more than 20% distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) reduce fat firmness in pork, but supplementation of cottonseed oil or crude glycerol may improve fat firmness. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of feeding minimally refined cottonseed oil or crude glycerol on growth performance, carcass composition, and fat quality of growing-finishing pigs. Mixed sex pigs ( = 216; 24 ± 4 kg initial BW) were blocked by BW and allotted to 1 of 3 dietary treatments: 1) a basal corn-soybean meal diet with 40% DDGS (CON), 2) CON diet plus 5% minimally refined cottonseed oil added throughout the experiment (COT), or 3) CON fed during the first 8 wk and CON + 8% crude glycerol fed during the last 6 wk of the experiment (GLY)...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727042/dietary-supplementation-with-arginine-and-glutamic-acid-modifies-growth-performance-carcass-traits-and-meat-quality-in-growing-finishing-pigs
#4
C J Hu, Q Y Jiang, T Zhang, Y L Yin, F N Li, J P Deng, G Y Wu, X F Kong
Sixty Duroc × Large White × Landrace pigs with an average initial BW of 77.1 ± 1.3 kg were used to investigate the effects of dietary supplementation with arginine and glutamic acid on growth performance, carcass traits, and meat quality in growing-finishing pigs. The animals were randomly assigned to 1 of 5 treatment groups (12 pigs/group, male:female ratio 1:1). The pigs in the control group were fed a basal diet (basal diet group), and those in the experimental groups were fed the basal diet supplemented with 2...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713595/fatty-acid-profiles-of-stipe-and-blade-from-the-norwegian-brown-macroalgae-laminaria-hyperborea-with-special-reference-to-acyl-glycerides-polar-lipids-and-free-fatty-acids
#5
Lena Foseid, Hanne Devle, Yngve Stenstrøm, Carl Fredrik Naess-Andresen, Dag Ekeberg
A thorough analysis of the fatty acid profiles of stipe and blade from the kelp species Laminaria hyperborea is presented. Lipid extracts were fractionated into neutral lipids, free fatty acids, and polar lipids, prior to derivatization and GC-MS analysis. A total of 42 fatty acids were identified and quantified, including the n-3 fatty acids α-linolenic acid, stearidonic acid, and eicosapentaenoic acid. The fatty acid amounts are higher in blade than in stipe (7.42 mg/g dry weight and 2.57 mg/g dry weight, resp...
2017: Journal of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710289/nutritional-modulation-of-metabolic-inflammation
#6
REVIEW
Anna M Kirwan, Yvonne M Lenighan, Marcella E O'Reilly, Fiona C McGillicuddy, Helen M Roche
Metabolic inflammation is a very topical area of research, wherein aberrations in metabolic and inflammatory pathways probably contribute to atherosclerosis, insulin resistance (IR) and type 2 diabetes. Metabolic insults arising from obesity promote inflammation, which in turn impedes insulin signalling and reverse cholesterol transport (RCT). Key cells in the process are metabolically activated macrophages, which up-regulate both pro- and anti-inflammatory pathways in response to lipid spillover from adipocytes...
July 14, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710262/med15b-regulates-acid-stress-response-and-tolerance-in-candida-glabrata
#7
Yanli Qi, Hui Liu, Jiayin Yu, Xiulai Chen, Liming Liu
Candida glabrata is a promising producer of organic acids. To elucidate the physiological function of the Mediator tail subunit Med15B in the response to low pH stress, we constructed a deletion strain, med15BΔ, and overexpression strain, HTUΔ/CgMED15B Deletion of MED15B caused biomass production, glucose consumption rate, and cell viability to decrease by 28.3%, 31.7%, and 26.5%, respectively, compared with those of the parent strain (HTUΔ) at pH 2.0. Expression of lipid metabolism-related genes was significantly downregulated in the med15BΔ strain, whereas key genes of ergosterol biosynthesis showed abnormal upregulation...
July 14, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708083/ten-year-trends-1999-2010-of-adherence-to-the-mediterranean-diet-among-the-balearic-islands-adult-population
#8
Maria Del Mar Bibiloni, Mónica González, Alicia Julibert, Isabel Llompart, Antoni Pons, Josep A Tur
The aim of this work was to assess ten-year trends (1999-2010) of adherence to the Mediterranean dietary pattern (MDP) among the Balearic Islands' adult population. Two independent cross-sectional dietary surveys (1999-2000, n = 1200 and 2009-2010 n = 1388, including participants aged 16-65 years) were carried out in the Balearic Islands, Spain. Dietary habits were assessed by means of two 24 h diet recalls and a validated semi-quantitative food-frequency questionnaire that covers 145 food items. Adherence to the MDP was defined according to a score constructed considering the consumption of nine MDP characteristic components: high monounsaturated fatty acids:saturated fatty acids (MUFA:SFA) ratio, moderate ethanol consumption, high legumes, cereals and roots, fruits, vegetables, and fish consumption, and low consumption of meat and milk...
July 14, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706947/p21-activated-kinase-4-promotes-intimal-hyperplasia-and-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-proliferation-during-superficial-femoral-artery-restenosis-after-angioplasty
#9
Liangxi Yuan, Xianli Duan, Jian Dong, Qingsheng Lu, Jian Zhou, Zhiqing Zhao, Junmin Bao, Zaiping Jing
The aim of this study is to explore the function of p21-activated kinase 4 (PAK4) in intimal hyperplasia (IH) and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) proliferation. We choose vascular samples from patients undergoing angioplasty in superficial femoral artery (SFA) as the experimental group and vascular samples from donors without clinical SFA restenosis as the control group, respectively. We draw from the results that both levels of mRNA and protein of PAK4 in the experimental group increased dramatically compared with the control group...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703086/ultra-processed-foods-and-the-limits-of-product-reformulation
#10
Gyorgy Scrinis, Carlos Augusto Monteiro
The nutritional reformulation of processed food and beverage products has been promoted as an important means of addressing the nutritional imbalances in contemporary dietary patterns. The focus of most reformulation policies is the reduction in quantities of nutrients-to-limit - Na, free sugars, SFA, trans-fatty acids and total energy. The present commentary examines the limitations of what we refer to as 'nutrients-to-limit reformulation' policies and practices, particularly when applied to ultra-processed foods and drink products...
July 13, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702455/synergistic-interactions-of-a-synthetic-lubricin-mimetic-with-fibronectin-for-enhanced-wear-protection
#11
Roberto C Andresen Eguiluz, Sierra G Cook, Mingchee Tan, Cory N Brown, Noah J Pacifici, Mihir S Samak, Lawrence J Bonassar, David Putnam, Delphine Gourdon
Lubricin (LUB), a major mucinous glycoprotein of mammalian synovial fluids, is believed to provide excellent lubrication to cartilage surfaces. Consequently, when joint disease or replacement leads to increased friction and surface damage in the joint, robust synthetic LUB alternatives that could be used therapeutically to improve lubrication and surface protection are needed. Here, we report the characterization of a lubricating multiblock bottlebrush polymer whose architecture was inspired by LUB, and we investigate the role of fibronectin (FN), a glycoprotein found in the superficial zone of cartilage, in mediating the tribological properties of the polymer upon shear between mica surfaces...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689481/histological-evaluation-of-a-self-expanding-stent-graft-23-months-after-implantation-in-the-superficial-femoral-artery
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Takayuki Ishihara, Osamu Iida, Katsumi Inoue, Masashi Fujita, Masaharu Masuda, Shin Okamoto, Kiyonori Nanto, Takashi Kanda, Takuya Tsujimura, Akihiro Sunaga, Toshiaki Mano, Masaaki Uematsu
PURPOSE: To report histological examination of a Viabahn stent-graft implanted in the superficial femoral artery (SFA) for nearly 2 years. CASE REPORT: A 78-year-old man with peripheral artery disease was treated successfully with a 6.0×250-mm Viabahn self-expanding stent-graft in the right SFA, relieving his lower limb claudication. The patient died suddenly due to acute myocardial infarction 23 months later. Histological evaluation of the stent-graft implantation site revealed moderate neointimal proliferation at both proximal and distal edges of the device...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688796/fatty-acid-based-lipidomics-and-membrane-remodeling-induced-by-apoe3-and-apoe4-in-human-neuroblastoma-cells
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Paraskevi Prasinou, Ioannis Dafnis, Giorgia Giacometti, Carla Ferreri, Angeliki Chroni, Chryssostomos Chatgilialoglu
Apolipoprotein E (apoE) is a major lipid carrier of the lipoprotein transport system that plays critical roles in various pathologies. Human apoE has three common isoforms, the apoE4 being associated with Alzheimer's disease. This is the first study in the literature investigating the effects of apoE (apoE3 and apoE4 isoforms) on membrane fatty acid profile in neuroblastoma SK-N-SH cells. Fatty acid analyses were carried out by gas chromatography of the corresponding methyl esters (FAME). We observed the occurrence of membrane fatty acid remodeling in the presence of each of the two apoE isoforms...
July 6, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686546/interaction-of-17%C3%AE-estradiol-and-dietary-fatty-acids-on-energy-and-glucose-homeostasis-in-female-mice
#14
Kyle J Mamounis, Michelle R Hernandez, Nicholas Margolies, Ali Yasrebi, Troy A Roepke
Fatty acid-induced hypothalamic inflammation (HI) is a potential cause of the obesity epidemic. It is unclear whether saturated or n-6 polyunsaturated fat is the primary driver of these effects. Premenopausal women are protected, in part, from obesity and associated comorbidities by circulating 17β-estradiol (E2). It is unknown how HI interacts with E2, because most studies of HI do not examine females despite the involvement of E2 in hypothalamic energy homeostasis. Our objective is to determine the effects of high-fat diets with varying levels of linoleic acid (LA) and saturated fat on the energy and glucose homeostasis in female mice with and without E2...
July 7, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686352/the-ratio-of-visceral-to-subcutaneous-fat-area-predicts-cardiovascular-events-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
#15
Tatsuya Fukuda, Ryotaro Bouchi, Takato Takeuchi, Yujiro Nakano, Masanori Murakami, Isao Minami, Hajime Izumiyama, Koshi Hashimoto, Takanobu Yoshimoto, Yoshihiro Ogawa
AIMS/INTRODUCTION: To investigate whether the ratio of visceral fat area (VFA) to subcutaneous fat area (SFA) (V/S ratio) could be predictive of cardiovascular disease (CVD) as compared with VFA or SFA in patients with diabetes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 682 patients with type 2 diabetes (mean age 64 ± 13 years; 41% female) were enrolled. VFA (cm(2) ) and SFA (cm(2) ) were assessed by dual bioelectrical impedance analyzer (BIA). The patients were divided into four groups according to the quartiles of V/S ratio...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676973/chronic-consumption-of-fructose-in-combination-with-trans-fatty-acids-but-not-with-saturated-fatty-acids-induces-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-with-fibrosis-in-rats
#16
Sugeedha Jeyapal, Uday Kumar Putcha, Venkata Surekha Mullapudi, Sudip Ghosh, Anil Sakamuri, Suryam Reddy Kona, Sai Santosh Vadakattu, Chandana Madakasira, Ahamed Ibrahim
PURPOSE: Consumption of Western diet high in fat and fructose has been attributed to the recent epidemic of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). However, the impact of specific fatty acids on the progression of NAFLD to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is poorly understood. In the present study, we investigated the chronic effects of consumption of fructose in combination with saturated fatty acids (SFA) or trans fatty acids (TFA) on the development of NAFLD. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to six isocaloric starch/high fructose (44% of calories), high fat (39% calories) diet containing either starch-peanut oil, fructose-peanut oil, fructose-palmolein, fructose-clarified butter, fructose-coconut oil or fructose-partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and fed for 24 weeks...
July 4, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675945/impact-of-dietary-fat-on-gut-microbiota-and-low-grade-systemic-inflammation-mechanisms-and-clinical-implications-on-obesity
#17
Flávia Galvão Cândido, Flávia Xavier Valente, Łukasz Marcin Grześkowiak, Ana Paula Boroni Moreira, Daniela Mayumi Usuda Prado Rocha, Rita de Cássia Gonçalves Alfenas
Dietary fat strongly affects human health by modulating gut microbiota composition and low-grade systemic inflammation. High-fat diets have been implicated in reduced gut microbiota richness, increased Firmicutes to Bacteroidetes ratio, and several changes at family, genus and species levels. Saturated (SFA), monounsaturated (MUFA), polyunsaturated (PUFA) and conjugated linolenic fatty acids share important pathways of immune system activation/inhibition with gut microbes, modulating obesogenic and proinflammatory profiles...
July 4, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672138/does-the-surgery-first-approach-produce-better-outcomes-in-orthognathic-surgery-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
Le Yang, Yu-Dong Xiao, Yu-Jie Liang, Xi Wang, Jing-Yuan Li, Gui-Qing Liao
PURPOSE: The surgery-first approach (SFA) in orthognathic surgery, performed without presurgical orthodontic treatment, has gained attention, but the results remain controversial. The purpose of this study was to assess the current evidence on stability, efficacy, and surgical results of SFA versus conventional 3-stage method (CTM) orthognathic surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A comprehensive search in PubMed and Web of Science was conducted. A systematic review and cumulative meta-analysis of all comparative studies were performed to assess the 2 strategies (SFA and CTM) using a random- or a fixed-effects model...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671751/body-fat-distribution-is-more-predictive-of-all-cause-mortality-than-overall-adiposity
#19
Sung Woo Lee, Jee Young Son, Jeong Min Kim, Seung-Sik Hwang, Jin Suk Han, Nam Ju Heo
AIMS: The relationship between directly measured body fat and all-cause mortality has been rarely studied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the predictive significance of computed tomography (CT)-measured body fat, including both visceral fat area (VFA) and subcutaneous fat area (SFA), for mortality. METHODS: The study included 36,656 participants who underwent abdominal CT as part of a health check-up at a single university-affiliated healthcare centre in 2007-2015...
July 3, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669669/should-we-recommend-reductions-in-saturated-fat-intake-or-in-red-processed-meat-consumption-the-sun-prospective-cohort-study
#20
Ligia J Dominguez, Maira Bes-Rastrollo, Francisco Javier Basterra-Gortari, Alfredo Gea, Mario Barbagallo, Miguel A Martínez-González
BACKGROUND & AIMS: While most studies have shown increased mortality associated with excessive red/processed meat consumption, the association of saturated fatty acids (SFA) intake with mortality is less homogeneous. We aimed to prospectively assess the association of both, meat consumption (red, processed, red + processed, and total) and SFA intake, with the risk of all-cause death. METHODS: We assessed 18,540 participants of the SUN (Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra) cohort, followed-up for a mean of 9...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
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