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A Laudisio, L Navarini, D P E Margiotta, A Gemma, S Giovannini, A Saviano, R Bernabei, A Afeltra, G Zuccalà, R Antonelli Incalzi
OBJECTIVE: Due to the aging of populations, the prevalence of hearing loss and osteoporosis is increasing. Previous studies have found an association between these conditions. Nevertheless, the pathophysiologic pathway of such an association has not yet been established. The present study aimed at evaluating the association, if any, of hearing loss with osteoporosis in an older unselected population, and whether this association varied according to inflammatory status. PATIENTS AND METHODS:   We assessed the association of osteoporosis with a self-reported hearing loss in all 310 subjects aged 75+ living in Tuscania (Italy), without exclusion criteria...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Khurul Ain Mohamed Mahzir, Siti Salwa Abd Gani, Uswatun Hasanah Zaidan, Mohd Izuan Effendi Halmi
In this study, the optimal conditions for the extraction of antioxidants from the Buah Mahkota Dewa fruit ( Phaleria macrocarpa) was determined by using Response Surface Methodology (RSM). The optimisation was applied using a Central Composite Design (CCD) to investigate the effect of three independent variables, namely extraction temperature (°C), extraction time (minutes) and extraction solvent to-feed ratio (% v / v ) on four responses: free radical scavenging activity (DPPH), ferric ion reducing power assay (FRAP), total phenolic content (TPC) and total flavonoid content (TFC)...
March 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Mahesh Rangu, Zhujia Ye, Sarabjit Bhatti, Suping Zhou, Yong Yang, Tara Fish, Theodore W Thannhauser
In this paper, we report on aluminum (Al)-induced root proteomic changes in switchgrass. After growth in a hydroponic culture system supplemented with 400 μM of Al, plants began to show signs of physiological stress such as a reduction in photosynthetic rate. At this time, the basal 2-cm long root tips were harvested and divided into two segments, each of 1-cm in length, for protein extraction. Al-induced changes in proteomes were identified using tandem mass tags mass spectrometry (TMT-MS)-based quantitative proteomics analysis...
March 22, 2018: Proteomes
Kyoung In Jung, Yong Chan Kim, Chan Kee Park
Glaucoma is a leading cause of loss of sight. High intraocular pressure (IOP) is the most critical risk factor. However, glaucoma develops even within a normal IOP range. Normal tension glaucoma (NTG) is more common in Asia, whereas high tension glaucoma is more common in Western countries. The pathogenesis of glaucoma, especially NTG, is poorly understood. We evaluated the correlation between dietary nutrient intake and glaucoma using data from subjects ≥40 years old from the ongoing, nationwide, population-based study, the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey V (2008-2012)...
March 22, 2018: Nutrients
Mingna Liao, Qilun Zhang, Fengling Tang, Zhiwei Xu, Xin Zhou, Youpeng Li, Yali Zhang, Chenghao Yang, Qiang Ru, Lingzhi Zhao
The synthesis of nanosized CoO anodes with unique morphologies via a hydrothermal method is investigated. By adjusting the pH values of reaction solutions, nanoflakes (CoO-NFs) and nanoflowers (CoO-FLs) are successfully located on copper foam. Compared with CoO-FLs, CoO-NFs as anodes for lithium ion batteries present ameliorated lithium storage properties, such as good rate capability, excellent cycling stability, and large CoO nanoflakes; CoO nanoflowers; anodes; binder free; lithium ion batteriesreversible capacity...
March 22, 2018: Nanomaterials
Zenaida Vazquez-Ruiz, Carmen De la Fuente-Arrillaga, Maira Bes-Rastrollo, Itziar Zazpe, Susana Santiago, Cristina Razquin, Estefanía Toledo, Miguel Ángel Martinez-Gonzalez
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to prospectively evaluate the association between egg consumption and dyslipidemia in a Mediterranean cohort. METHODS: We followed-up 13,104 Spanish university graduates for a mean period of 8 years. Dietary habits at baseline were assessed using a validated semi-quantitative 136-item food-frequency questionnaire. Self-reported blood concentrations of total cholesterol, high-density lipoproteins cholesterol (HDL-c) and triglycerides were evaluated according to categories of egg consumption after 6 and 8 years of follow-up...
January 12, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
María Rubí Vargas, Efraín Alonso Terrazas-Medina, Ahideé Guadalupe Leyva-López, Sandra Lidia Peralta-Peña, Lea Aurora Cupul-Uicab
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies suggest that low consumption as well as low serum levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) omega-3 and a high omega-6/omega-3 ratio may be implicated in the etiology of depressive disorders, however, epidemiologic evidence is inconclusive. OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship of serum levels of omega-3 fatty acids (docosahexaenoic [DHA], eicosapentaenoic [EPA], alpha-linolenic fatty acid [ALA]) and the omega-6 (arachidonic acid [AA])/EPA ratio with depressive symptoms among Mexican college students...
November 24, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Clara Helena González-Correa, Julio César Caicedo-Eraso
BACKGROUND: The accuracy and precision of the BIA method is affected by the electrode system. Failing to adjust for differences in it may result in systematic biases of up to 5.2%. METHODS: Forty females ranging from 18 to 24 years, with a body mass index (BMI) of 18.6 to 27.6 kg/m2, were measured by BIA in the frequency range 5 to 500 kHz using the manufacturers recommended electrodes and two types of commercial ECG electrodes (3M-2228 and 3M-2330). RESULTS: The two types of ECG electrodes performed well, but at high frequencies 2330 performed better...
January 16, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Danielle Cristina Guimarães da Silva, Kelly Aparecida da Cunha, Wellington Segheto, Vanessa Guimarães Reis, France Araújo Coelho, Sílvia Helena O Morais, Milene Cristine Pessoa, Giana Zarbato Longo
INTRODUCTION: The identification of risk or protective behavioral patterns associated with abdominal adiposity may aid in prevention and health promotion measures. OBJECTIVE: To identify and to associate behavioral patterns of risk and protection to abdominal adiposity in adults in a Brazilian city. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A population-based cross-sectional study was carried out in Viçosa, Brazil, with 1,226 adults of both sexes. Information on social-demographic characteristics, food intake, level of physical activity, alcohol consumption and smoking were collected by using a questionnaire...
February 13, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Juan José López-Gómez, Olatz Izaola-Jáuregui, Beatriz Torres-Torres, Emilia Gómez-Hoyos, María Ángeles Castro Lozano, Ana Ortolá-Buigues, Miguel Ángel Martín Ferrero, Daniel Antonio De Luis-Román
BACKGROUND: Knee osteoarthritis is a disease with a high prevalence in our environment, especially in women. Weight loss can improve the quality of life of these patients before surgery. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of a meal-replacement diet on weight loss, body composition, and the improvement of the quality of life in obese women with knee osteoarthritis pending surgery. METHODS: One branch intervention study was performed over three months on 81 women with a body mass index greater than 30 kg/m2 with knee osteoarthritis before surgery...
January 16, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Ming-Yen Lu, Shang-Chi Wu, Hsiang-Chen Wang, Ming-Pei Lu
As the feature sizes of devices decrease to the nanoscale, electron microscopy and lithography will become increasingly essential techniques for fabrication and inspection. In this study, we probed the memory effects of MoS2 field-effect transistors (FETs) subjected to electron beam (e-beam) irradiation; after fabricating the devices on 300 nm SiO2/Si substrates, we irradiated the MoS2 FETs with various doses of irradiation from a 30 kV e-beam. The threshold voltage shifted to the negative side and the mobility increased-a so-called memory effect-upon increasing the e-beam dose...
March 22, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Valentina Elisabetta Di Mattei, Letizia Carnelli, Paola Taranto, Martina Mazzetti, Paola Maria Vittoria Rancoita, Alice Bergamini, Micaela Petrone, Emanuela Rabaiotti, Lucio Sarno, Massimo Candiani
INTRODUCTION: Diagnosis and treatment of gynaecological cancer still entail significant impairment in quality of life. The present study aims at monitoring it during chemotherapy treatment and at identifying variables significantly associated with it. METHODS: 87 patients who attended the San Raffaele Hospital completed the EORTC QLQ-C30 and the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support before their first and third chemotherapy infusion. A self-report questionnaire was created in order to collect socio-demographic and medical information...
March 2018: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
Małgorzata Waszkowska, Jolanta Walusiak-Skorupa, Dorota Merecz-Kot, Marta Wiszniewska
This paper reports the case of collective acute phosphide (PH<sub>3</sub>) intoxication among the crew aboard a merchant ship. All the intoxicated individuals were hospitalized 3 months after the accident. The aim of examinations was to identify late health effects of the accident. Laboratory tests and consultations were performed during their stay in the hospital. There were 5 cases of toxic liver damage. other 5 patients were diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder and adjustment disorders...
March 15, 2018: Medycyna Pracy
Yibo Li, Jenelle L Pederson, Thomas A Churchill, Adrian S Wagg, Jayna M Holroyd-Leduc, Kannayiram Alagiakrishnan, Raj S Padwal, Rachel G Khadaroo
BACKGROUND: Frailty is a state of vulnerability to diverse stressors. We assessed the impact of frailty on outcomes after discharge in older surgical patients. METHODS: We prospectively followed patients 65 years of age or older who underwent emergency abdominal surgery at either of 2 tertiary care centres and who needed assistance with fewer than 3 activities of daily living. Preadmission frailty was defined according to the Canadian Study of Health and Aging Clinical Frailty Scale as "well" (score 1 or 2), "vulnerable" (score 3 or 4) or "frail" (score 5 or 6)...
February 20, 2018: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
Osvaldo P Almeida, Andrew H Ford, Graeme J Hankey, Bu B Yeap, Jonathan Golledge, Leon Flicker
BACKGROUND: Recent research has identified several potentially modifiable risk factors for dementia, including mental disorders. Psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia and delusional disorder, have also been associated with increased risk of cognitive impairment and dementia, but currently available data difficult to generalise because of bias and confounding. We designed the present study to investigate if the presence of a psychotic disorder increased the risk of incident dementia in later life...
March 22, 2018: Psychological Medicine
Godela M Brosnahan, Kaleab Z Abebe, Charity G Moore, Kyongtae T Bae, William E Braun, Arlene B Chapman, Michael F Flessner, Peter C Harris, Marie C Hogan, Ronald D Perrone, Frederic F Rahbari-Oskoui, Theodore I Steinman, Vicente E Torres, The Halt Pkd Investigators
BACKGROUND: The HALT PKD trial in early autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) showed that intensive control of systolic blood pressure to 95-110 mmHg was associated with a 14% slower rate of kidney volume growth compared to standard control. It is unclear whether this result was due to greater blockade of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) by allowing the use of higher drug doses in the low blood pressure arm, or due to the lower blood pressure per se. METHODS: In this secondary analysis of HALT PKD Study A, we categorized participants into high and low dose groups based on the median daily equivalent dose of RAAS blocking drugs used after the initial dose titration period...
March 21, 2018: Current Hypertension Reviews
Thiago Lasevicius, Carlos Ugrinowitsch, Brad Jon Schoenfeld, Hamilton Roschel, Lucas Duarte Tavares, Eduardo Oliveira De Souza, Gilberto Laurentino, Valmor Tricoli
The present study investigated the effects of different intensities of resistance training (RT) on elbow flexion and leg press one-repetition maximum (1RM) and muscle cross-sectional area (CSA). Thirty men volunteered to participate in an RT programme, performed twice a week for 12 weeks. The study employed a within-subject design, in which one leg and arm trained at 20% 1RM (G20) and the contralateral limb was randomly assigned to one of the three conditions: 40% (G40); 60% (G60), and 80% 1RM (G80). The G20 started RT session with three sets to failure...
March 22, 2018: European Journal of Sport Science
David Cameron, Jasper Ubels, Fredrik Norström
BACKGROUND: The amount a government should be willing to invest in adopting new medical treatments has long been under debate. With many countries using formal cost-effectiveness (C/E) thresholds when examining potential new treatments and ever-growing medical costs, accurately setting the level of a C/E threshold can be essential for an efficient healthcare system. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this systematic review is to describe the prominent approaches to setting a C/E threshold, compile available national-level C/E threshold data and willingness-to-pay (WTP) data, and to discern whether associations exist between these values, gross domestic product (GDP) and health-adjusted life expectancy (HALE)...
2018: Global Health Action
Andrzej Werbart, Camilla von Below, Karin Engqvist, Sofia Lind
OBJECTIVE: To explore therapists' experiences of therapeutic process in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with nonimproved young adults. METHOD: Eight nonimproved cases were identified according to the criterion of reliable and clinically significant change in self-rated symptoms. Transcripts of therapist interviews (8 at baseline and 8 at termination) were analyzed applying grounded-theory methodology. RESULTS: A tentative conceptual process model was constructed around the core category Having Half of the Patient in Therapy...
March 22, 2018: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
Sherif A Eissa, Amr Yassin
PURPOSE: To compare the outcomes of two different cross-linking (CXL) protocols, in pediatric keratoconus eyes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this prospective randomized contralateral eye interventional study, 68 eyes of 34 patients, 9-16 years old, underwent CXL and enrolled between October 2011 and October 2013. Group A represents conventional riboflavin-ultraviolet A (UVA)-induced CXL with 30 min of exposure to UVA irradiation of 3 mW/cm2 . Group B represents accelerated cross-linking with 5 min of continuous UVA irradiation of 18 mW/cm2 ...
March 21, 2018: International Ophthalmology
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