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Axel C Carlsson, Jan-Håkan Jansson, Stefan Söderberg, Toralph Ruge, Anders Larsson, Johan Ärnlöv
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Soluble receptors for tumor necrosis factor alpha (sTNFR1 and sTNFR2) have been associated with cardiovascular diseases, and some evidence points towards a difference in associated risk between men and women. We aimed to study the association between sTNFR1 and sTNFR2 and incident myocardial infarctions (MI) and to explore the influence of established cardiovascular risk factors in men and women. METHODS: We conducted a nested case control study in three large Swedish cohorts, including 533 myocardial infarction cases, and 1003 age-, sex- and cohort-matched controls...
March 9, 2018: Atherosclerosis
Changhwan Seo, Seonghun Kim, Misol Lee, Min-Uk Cha, Hyoungnae Kim, Seohyun Park, Hae-Ryong Yun, Jong Hyun Jhee, Youn Kyung Kee, Seung Hyeok Han, Tae-Hyun Yoo, Shin-Wook Kang, Jung Tak Park
OBJECTIVE: Patients with diabetic nephropathy (DMN) have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, strategies to reduce this risk are limited. Thyroid hormone replacement therapy (THRT) in patients with hypothyroidism has been shown to reduce several surrogate markers of CVD. Therefore, we performed a study to determine if THRT would reduce CVD risk in patients with subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) and DMN. METHODS: This was a retrospective, nonrandomized study of patients with type 2 diabetes, DMN, and SCH...
March 2018: Endocrine Practice
María José Garcés Hernández, Miguel Klünder, Nayely Garibay Nieto, Juan Carlos López Alvarenga, Jenny Vilchis Gil, Samuel Flores Huerta, Rosa Quispe Siccha, Joselin Hernandez
OBJECTIVE: Visceral adiposity index (VAI) is a mathematical model associated with cardiometabolic risk in adults, but studies on children failed to support this association. Our group has proposed a pediatric VAI model using pediatric ranges, but it has not yet been evaluated and needs further adjustments. The objective of this study was to further adjust the proposed pediatric VAI by age, creating a new pediatric metabolic index (PMI), and assess the correlation of the PMI with insulin resistance indexes and hepatic enzymes...
March 2018: Endocrine Practice
Maria Luz Fernandez, Minu Sara Thomas, Bruno S Lemos, Diana M DiMarco, Amanda Missimer, Melissa Melough, Ock K Chun, Ana Gabriela Murillo, Hana Alyousef, Isabel Medina-Vera
BACKGROUND: Telomerase Activator 65 (TA-65), a compound extracted from Astragalus membranaceus has been used in Chinese traditional medicine for extending life span. Scarce information exists on the effects of TA-65 on parameters of metabolic syndrome (MetS). METHODS: We recruited 40 patients with MetS to determine the effects of TA-65 on dyslipidemias, hypertension, and oxidative stress in this at-risk population. The study was a double-blind, randomized crossover design in which patients were allocated to consume either 16 mg daily of a TA-65 supplement or a placebo for 12 weeks...
March 15, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
E Littlejohn, W Marder, E Lewis, S Francis, J Jackish, W J McCune, E C Somers
Background Both C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) can be elevated in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) flare and infection, and are therefore of limited utility for distinguishing between the two conditions in febrile SLE patients. Methods A medical records review of hospitalizations (1997-2006) of SLE patients in the Michigan Lupus Cohort was performed. Eligible hospitalizations were those in which patients presented with a temperature of >100.3°F or with subjective fevers as a presenting complaint at admission...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Yun Chai, Miaomiao Qu, Meng Jin
This study was designed to evaluate the application effect of single balloon catheters and dinoprostone on promoting cervical ripening of pregnant women in late-term pregnancy and their influences on stress and inflammatory responses. A total of 160 pregnant women with indications of labor induction were included and randomly divided into the control (n=80) and observation (n=80) groups. Patients in the control group received labor induction by administration of dinoprostone at the vaginal vault, while those in the observation group received labor induction by domestic single balloon catheters...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Holger Lörchner, Christian Widera, Yunlong Hou, Albrecht Elsässer, Henning Warnecke, Evangelos Giannitsis, Jean-Sebastien Hulot, Thomas Braun, Kai C Wollert, Jochen Pöling
BACKGROUND: Regenerating islet-derived protein 3 beta (Reg3β) is a cardiomyocyte-derived chemokine for macrophages that is upregulated after myocardial infarction (MI) in mice. Here, we hypothesized that monitoring Reg3β expression might provide specific information on the degree of cardiac inflammation, which is a key determinant in disease progression and prognosis of patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS AND RESULTS: The expression of Reg3β and other inflammatory markers including C-reactive protein (CRP) and myeloperoxidase (MPO) was measured by immunoblotting at serial time points in the hearts and serum of mice with acute MI...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Joanna Suliburska, Katarzyna Skrypnik, Monika Szulińska, Justyna Kupsz, Paweł Bogdański
BACKGROUND: Hypotensive therapy leads to a number of trace elements metabolism disturbances. Zinc balance is frequently affected by antihypertensive treatment. AIM: To evaluate the effect of a hypotensive treatment, modified diet and zinc supplementation on mineral status and selected biochemical parameters in newly diagnosed hypertensive patients on monotherapy. METHODS: In the first stage, arterial hypertension in ninety-eight human subjects was diagnosed...
May 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Meng Wu, Mengya Chen, Yubo Ma, Jiajia Yang, Renfang Han, Yaping Yuan, Xingxing Hu, Mengmeng Wang, Xu Zhang, Shengqian Xu, Rui Liu, Guangming Jiang, Jianhua Xu, Zongwen Shuai, Yanfeng Zou, Guixia Pan, Faming Pan
BACKGROUND: Current findings regarding serum Dickkopf-1 (DKK-1) concentration in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) have proven inconsistent. This meta-analysis was performed to provide a better understanding of serum DKK-1 and AS. METHODS: Online electronic databases were used to retrieve all relevant articles published before November 2017. The pooled standardized mean difference (SMD) with 95% confidence interval (CI) was calculated by the random-effect model. RESULTS: 23 studies, containing 1348 AS patients and 909 healthy controls, were included in this meta-analysis...
March 12, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Emanuele F Osimo, Rudolf N Cardinal, Peter B Jones, Golam M Khandaker
Low-grade inflammation is a risk factor for depression, psychosis and other major psychiatric disorders. It is associated with poor response to antidepressant and antipsychotics, and could potentially be a treatment target. However, there is limited data on the prevalence of low-grade inflammation in major psychiatric disorders, and on the characteristics of patients who show evidence of inflammation. We examined the prevalence of low-grade inflammation and associated socio-demographic and clinical factors in acute psychiatric inpatients...
March 1, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Philipp Stieger, Obaida R Rana, Erol Saygili, Haschmatulla Zazai, Thomas Rauwolf, Conrad Genz, Rajen Bali, Ruediger C Braun-Dullaeus, Samir M Said
BACKGROUND: Implantable cardioverter/defibrillator (ICD) shocks can cause myocardial injury, contributing to the progression of the underlying heart disease. The aim was to evaluate whether internal electrical cardioversion (int-CV) via the ICD or conventional external CV (ext-CV) of persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) in heart failure (HF) patients induces myocardial injury and initiates inflammation. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 115 HF patients with an ejection fraction between 20% and 45% were prospectively enrolled...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
Samia Hadj Ahmed, Wafa Kharroubi, Nadia Kaoubaa, Amira Zarrouk, Fathi Batbout, Habib Gamra, Mohamed Fadhel Najjar, Gérard Lizard, Isabelle Hininger-Favier, Mohamed Hammami
BACKGROUND: Nutritional choices, which include the source of dietary fatty acids (FA), have an important significant impact on coronary artery disease (CAD). We aimed to determine on patients with CAD the relationships between Trans fatty acids (Trans FA) and different CAD associated parameters such as inflammatory and oxidative stress parameters in addition to Gensini score as a vascular severity index. METHODS: Fatty acid profiles were established by gas chromatography from 111 CAD patients compared to 120 age-matched control group...
March 15, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
Florian Lamping, Thomas Jack, Nicole Rübsamen, Michael Sasse, Philipp Beerbaum, Rafael T Mikolajczyk, Martin Boehne, André Karch
BACKGROUND: Since early antimicrobial therapy is mandatory in septic patients, immediate diagnosis and distinction from non-infectious SIRS is essential but hampered by the similarity of symptoms between both entities. We aimed to develop a diagnostic model for differentiation of sepsis and non-infectious SIRS in critically ill children based on routinely available parameters (baseline characteristics, clinical/laboratory parameters, technical/medical support). METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial conducted at a German tertiary-care pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)...
March 15, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Cédric Garcia, Nicolas Montée, Julien Faccini, Jennifer Series, Olivier Meilhac, Anne-Valérie Cantero, Pauline Le Faouder, Meyer Elbaz, Bernard Payrastre, Cécile Vindis
BACKGROUND: While high-density lipoproteins (HDL) have anti-thrombotic effects by reducing platelet activation, the relationship between HDL levels and the risk of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is unclear since HDL particles are heterogeneous in composition and biological properties OBJECTIVE: We characterized the effects of HDL2 and HDL3 subclasses from ACS patients and non-coronary artery disease (CAD) subjects on platelet activation. METHODS: We measured platelet aggregation and ex vivo thrombus formation, analyzed signaling pathways by flow cytometry and performed a targeted lipidomics analysis on HDL subclasses RESULTS: Analysis of human platelet aggregation in suspension, adhesion on von Willebrand factor and thrombus formation on collagen under arterial shear demonstrated that HDL2 subclass from ACS patients had a higher antiplatelet potency compared to ACS HDL3 particles and HDL subclasses from non-CAD subjects...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Charikleia Kelaidi, Antonis Kattamis, Filia Apostolakou, Christos Poziopoulos, Christina Lazaropoulou, Polyxeni Delaporta, Ino Kanavaki, Ioannis Papassotiriou
BACKGROUND: Levels of the angiogenic cytokines Placental Growth Factor (PlGF) and soluble Fms-Like Tyrosine Kinase-1 (sFlt-1) and the angiogenic balance, expressed by sFlt-1/PlGF ratio, are perturbed in Sickle Cell Disease and iron overload, but they have not been evaluated in Non-Transfusion-Dependent Thalassemia (NTDT). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We measured levels of PlGF, sFlt-1 and vWF:antigen in patients with NTDT of beta thalassemia genotype, and correlated them with erythrocytic indices and markers of iron overload, inflammation and tissue hypoxia...
March 15, 2018: European Journal of Haematology
Emilio Russo, Salvatore D'Angelo, Giorgio Ammerata, Ludovico Abenavoli, Daniele Mauro, Caterina Bruno, Saverio Naty, Ignazio Olivieri, Giovambattista De Sarro, Francesco Ursini
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence demonstrated a potential role of complement C3 as a candidate biomarker of cardiometabolic risk in the general population. OBJECTIVE: Aim of the present study was to investigate the correlation between complement C3 levels and comorbid type 2 diabetes (T2DM) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS: For the present study, 40 consecutive diabetic RA patients (RA/T2DM+ group) and 80 consecutive RA patients without diabetes (RA/T2DM- group) were recruited...
March 13, 2018: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
Maxim Avanesov, Nis Jesper Wiese, Murat Karul, Helena Guerreiro, Sarah Keller, Philip Busch, Frank Jacobsen, Gerhard Adam, Jin Yamamura
OBJECTIVES: To develop a routinely applicable severity index for the management of acute appendicitis in adults using combined clinical and radiological parameters and retroperitoneal space planes (RSP). METHODS: Two hundred consecutive patients with histologically proven acute appendicitis and available presurgical CT scans were analysed retrospectively. Two radiologists assessed all CT scans for morphologic sings of appendicitis and six RSP. Clinical parameters were age, body temperature, C-reactive protein (CRP), white blood cell count, and duration of symptoms...
March 14, 2018: European Radiology
Sean McKenna, Marie Tierney, Aoife O'Neill, Alexander Fraser, Norelee Kennedy
Regular physical activity (PA) is important for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Poor sleep is a common complaint among people with RA, which may have an influence on their PA levels. There is a lack of objective information regarding total sleep time (TST) and PA duration in this population. A cross-sectional study design was used. SenseWear Pro3 Armband(R)TM is used to measure TST and total PA duration. Four valid days, with 95% wear time necessary for inclusion in final results. Disease activity and function were measured using the DAS-28, HAQ and VAS...
March 14, 2018: Rheumatology International
W Weinrebe, S Käbe-Frisch, I Füsgen, M Karaman, E Johannsdottir, S Rupp
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of desmopressin and placebo in independent geriatric outpatients with nocturnal polyuria (NP). METHODS: A prospective, randomized, single-center, national, double blind, placebo-controlled, fixed-dose, parallel group comparative trial was carried out. The study included 110 geriatric outpatients, 55 patients per treatment group using desmopressin acetate nasal spray (strength: 0.1 mg/ml) once daily of 10 μg/spray blast or placebo...
March 14, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
Alireza Farsad-Naeimi, Mohammad Alizadeh, Ali Esfahani, Esmaeil Darvish Aminabad
A growing body of evidence indicates that inflammation is associated with tumorigenesis, metastasis and chemotherapeutic resistance in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC). Natural flavonoids are promising agents for inflammation-related tumor progression in patients with CRC. This study aimed to assess the efficacy of flavonoid fisetin supplementation on the inflammatory status and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) levels in these patients. In this double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial, 37 CRC patients undergoing chemotherapy were assigned to receive either 100 mg fisetin (n = 18) or placebo (n = 19) for seven consecutive weeks...
March 15, 2018: Food & Function
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