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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155789/efficient-generation-and-editing-of-feeder-free-ipscs-from-human-pancreatic-cells-using-the-crispr-cas9-system
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Anjali Nandal, Barbara Mallon, Bhanu P Telugu
Embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells can self-renew and differentiate into multiple cell types of the body. The pluripotent cells are thus coveted for research in regenerative medicine and are currently in clinical trials for eye diseases, diabetes, heart diseases, and other disorders. The potential to differentiate into specialized cell types coupled with the recent advances in genome editing technologies including the CRISPR/Cas system have provided additional opportunities for tailoring the genome of iPSC for varied applications including disease modeling, gene therapy, and biasing pathways of differentiation, to name a few...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155339/body-mass-index-predicts-risk-of-complications-in-lumbar-spine-surgery-based-on-surgical-invasiveness
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Olivia J Bono, Gregory W Poorman, Norah Foster, Cyrus M Jalai, Samantha R Horn, Jonathan Oren, Alexandra Soroceanu, Subaraman Ramachandran, Taylor E Purvis, Deeptee Jain, Shaleen Vira, Bassel G Diebo, Breton Line, Daniel M Sciubba, Themistocles S Protopsaltis, Aaron J Buckland, Thomas J Errico, Virginie Lafage, Shay Bess, Peter G Passias
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Obesity as a comorbidity in spine pathology may increase the risk of complications following surgical treatment. The BMI threshold at which obesity becomes clinically relevant, and the exact nature of that effect, remains poorly understood. PURPOSE: Identify the body mass index (BMI) that independently predicts risk of postoperative complications following lumbar spine surgery. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Retrospective review of the National Surgery Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) years 2011-2013...
November 16, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154060/efficacy-and-safety-of-a-combination-of-red-yeast-rice-and-olive-extract-in-hypercholesterolemic-patients-with-and-without-statin-associated-myalgia
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Christian Tshongo Muhindo, Sylvie A Ahn, Michel F Rousseau, Yvan Dierckxsens, Michel P Hermans
Cholesfytol(®), a lipid-lowering dietary supplement with antioxidant and anti-atherosclerotic properties, combines red yeast rice (RYR) and olive extract (5mg hydroxytyrosol equivalent) and represents an alternative for patients who do not wish or are unable to use chemical statins, including individuals with previous statin-associated muscle symptoms (SAMS). A 2-months observational non-randomized study was performed to evaluate the efficacy, tolerance and safety of Cholesfytol(®) (1 tablet/day) in 642 hypercholesterolemic patients (mean age: 59 yrs; total cholesterol (TC) ≥200; LDL-C ≥140mg/dl)...
December 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153847/effect-of-incentive-payments-on-chronic-disease-management-and-health-services-use-in-british-columbia-canada-interrupted-time-series-analysis
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M Ruth Lavergne, Michael R Law, Sandra Peterson, Scott Garrison, Jeremiah Hurley, Lucy Cheng, Kimberlyn McGrail
We studied the effects of incentive payments to primary care physicians for the care of patients with diabetes, hypertension, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in British Columbia, Canada. We used linked administrative health data to examine monthly primary care visits, continuity of care, laboratory testing, pharmaceutical dispensing, hospitalizations, and total h ealth care spending. We examined periods two years before and two years after each incentive was introduced, and used segmented regression to assess whether there were changes in level or trend of outcome measures across all eligible patients following incentive introduction, relative to pre-intervention periods...
November 10, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153679/hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy-in-women-with-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-from-rio-de-janeiro-brazil
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Luciana Lourenço Gomes Dos Santos da Silva, Cláudia Saunders, Aline Bull Ferreira Campos, Gabriella Pinto Belfort, Patricia de Carvalho Padilha, Rosangela Alves Pereira, Rita Guérios Bornia
Pregnant women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) have a greater chance of developing Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy (HDP) by the effect of insulin resistance in nitric oxide action.This study aims to describe factors associated with the development of HDP in pregnant women with GDM, assisted in a public maternity hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is a cross-sectional study including 292 pregnant adult women with GDM assisted at Maternidade Escola of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro...
October 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153659/a-simple-clinical-method-to-identify-women-at-higher-risk-of-preeclampsia
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Effie Viguiliouk, Alison L Park, Howard Berger, Michael P Geary, Joel G Ray
An outstanding issue is how to efficiently identify women at high risk of preeclampsia. This retrospective cohort study included 8672 pregnancies at a single centre in Toronto. We tested our simple method - presence vs. absence of≥1 major (pre-pregnancy BMI>30kg/m(2), chronic hypertension, pre-pregnancy diabetes mellitus and assisted reproductive therapy) or≥2 minor (prior stillbirth, age>40years, nulliparity, multifetal pregnancy, chronic kidney disease, and SLE) risk factors for PE. The RR of PE was 8...
October 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153498/hemodynamic-assessment-before-and%C3%A2-after-endovascular-therapy-for-critical%C3%A2-limb-ischemia-and-association-with-clinical-outcomes
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Grant W Reed, Laura Young, Imad Bagh, Michael Maier, Mehdi H Shishehbor
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine the relationship between change in ankle-brachial index (ABI) and toe-brachial index (TBI) and outcomes following revascularization of critical limb ischemia (CLI). BACKGROUND: An increase in ABI of 0.15 after revascularization for peripheral artery disease with claudication is considered significant. However, the utility of using change in ABI or TBI to predict outcomes in patients with CLI is unproven. METHODS: This was an observational study of 218 patients with Rutherford class V or VI CLI that underwent endovascular therapy...
November 7, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153006/effect-of-bariatric-surgery-on-diabetic-nephropathy-in-obese-type-2-diabetes-patients-in-a-retrospective-2-year-study-a-local-pilot
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Anthony Tl Chao, Sum Chee Fang, Benjamin Cc Lam, Anton Ks Cheng, Serena Km Low, Lim Su Chi
PURPOSE: To determine the effects of bariatric surgery on albuminuria in obese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. METHODS: Retrospective analyses of clinical records of obese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus who had either micro- or macroalbuminuria and had undergone various bariatric surgery were retrieved from a local hospital database. Their clinical data from follow-up appointments including albuminuria were analysed. RESULTS: Of the 46 subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus, 15 subjects had diabetic nephropathy and had pre- and post-bariatric surgery urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio or urine protein-to-creatinine ratio data available for analysis; 13 out of the 15 subjects (86...
November 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151596/comparison-of-regional-fat-measurements-by-dual-energy-x-ray-absorptiometry-and-conventional-anthropometry-and-their-association-with-markers-of-diabetes-and-cardiovascular-disease-risk
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S K Vasan, C Osmond, D Canoy, C Christodoulides, M J Neville, C Di Gravio, C H D Fall, F Karpe
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Fat distribution is a strong and independent predictor of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) and is usually determined using conventional anthropometry in epidemiological studies. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) can measure total and regional adiposity more accurately. Nonetheless, whether DXA provides more precise estimates of cardiovascular risk in relation to total and regional adiposity is not known. We determined the strength of the associations between DXA- and conventional anthropometry determined fat distribution and T2D and CVD risk...
November 20, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150756/impact-of-risk-factors-for-gestational-diabetes-gdm-on-pregnancy-outcomes-in-women-with-gdm
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T Filardi, F Tavaglione, M Di Stasio, V Fazio, A Lenzi, S Morano
PURPOSE: In this study, we evaluated the impact of risk factors for gestational diabetes on clinical/biochemical parameters and maternal/fetal outcomes. METHODS: One hundred eighty-three (n 183) women (age 33.8 ± 5.5 years, 59% Caucasians, 41% non-Caucasians) with gestational diabetes were included in the study. Anamnestic information, anthropometric and laboratory parameters, and maternal and fetal outcomes at delivery were collected. RESULTS: Insulin therapy prevalence was higher in Asians vs Caucasians (p = 0...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150468/prevalence-and-recognition-of-obesity-and-its-associated-comorbidities-cross-sectional-analysis-of-electronic-health-record-data-from-a-large-us-integrated-health-system
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Kevin M Pantalone, Todd M Hobbs, Kevin M Chagin, Sheldon X Kong, Brian J Wells, Michael W Kattan, Jonathan Bouchard, Brian Sakurada, Alex Milinovich, Wayne Weng, Janine Bauman, Anita D Misra-Hebert, Robert S Zimmerman, Bartolome Burguera
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of obesity and its related comorbidities among patients being actively managed at a US academic medical centre, and to examine the frequency of a formal diagnosis of obesity, via International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) documentation among patients with body mass index (BMI) ≥30 kg/m(2). DESIGN: The electronic health record system at Cleveland Clinic was used to create a cross-sectional summary of actively managed patients meeting minimum primary care physician visit frequency requirements...
November 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149967/early-prediction-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-kidney-transplant-recipients
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G Bilancio, M Celano, V Cozza, F Zingone, G Palladino, M Cirillo
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is frequent after kidney transplantation (KT). This study investigated CVD prediction in KT by information available before KT or within 6 months after KT. The study cohort consisted of 629 patients with KT in 2005-10 and with adult age at KT. The end point was incidence up to 2015 of CVD (coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral artery disease). Graft failure, non-CVD death with functioning graft, and loss to follow-up were considered competing events. CVD prediction was investigated for 34 variables by means of competing-risks regression...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147563/a-novel-microaneurysms-detection-approach-based-on-convolutional-neural-networks-with-reinforcement-sample-learning-algorithm
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Umit Budak, Abdulkadir Şengür, Yanhui Guo, Yaman Akbulut
Microaneurysms (MAs) are known as early signs of diabetic-retinopathy which are called red lesions in color fundus images. Detection of MAs in fundus images needs highly skilled physicians or eye angiography. Eye angiography is an invasive and expensive procedure. Therefore, an automatic detection system to identify the MAs locations in fundus images is in demand. In this paper, we proposed a system to detect the MAs in colored fundus images. The proposed method composed of three stages. In the first stage, a series of pre-processing steps are used to make the input images more convenient for MAs detection...
December 2017: Health Information Science and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146992/pre-pregnancy-overweight-or-obesity-and-gestational-diabetes-as-predictors-of-body-composition-in-offspring-twenty-years-later-evidence-from-two-birth-cohort-studies
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N Kaseva, M Vääräsmäki, H-M Matinolli, M Sipola-Leppänen, M Tikanmäki, K Heinonen, A Lano, D Wolke, S Andersson, M-R Järvelin, K Räikkönen, G Eriksson Johan, E Kajantie
BACKGROUND: Global prevalence of overweight/obesity and gestational diabetes (GDM) is increasing. In pregnant women both conditions affect offspring's later health. Overweight/obesity is a risk factor of GDM; to what extent maternal overweight/obesity explains long-term effects of GDM in offspring is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate effects of maternal pre-pregnancy overweight/obesity (BMI ⩾25 kg/m(2)) and GDM, occurring together or separately, on body composition among adult offspring...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146638/preventing-type-2-diabetes-systematic-review-of-studies-of-cost-effectiveness-of-lifestyle-programmes-and-metformin-with-and-without-screening-for-pre-diabetes
#15
Samantha Roberts, Eleanor Barry, Dawn Craig, Mara Airoldi, Gwyn Bevan, Trisha Greenhalgh
OBJECTIVE: Explore the cost-effectiveness of lifestyle interventions and metformin in reducing subsequent incidence of type 2 diabetes, both alone and in combination with a screening programme to identify high-risk individuals. DESIGN: Systematic review of economic evaluations. DATA SOURCES AND ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Database searches (Embase, Medline, PreMedline, NHS EED) and citation tracking identified economic evaluations of lifestyle interventions or metformin alone or in combination with screening programmes in people at high risk of developing diabetes...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146432/predictors-of-hospital-length-of-stay-and-30-day-readmission-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-patients-an-analysis-of-3057-patients-using-the-acs-nsqip-database
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Peter G Passias, Cyrus M Jalai, Nancy Worley, Shaleen Vira, Saqib Hasan, Samantha R Horn, Frank A Segreto, Cole A Bortz, Andrew P White, Michael Gerling, Virginie LaFage, Thomas Errico
BACKGROUND: Hospital length of stay (LOS), 30-day readmission rate, and other metrics are increasingly being used to evaluate quality of surgical care. The factors most relevant to cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) are not yet established. OBJECTIVE: To identify peri-operative factors associated with extended LOS and/or 30-day readmission following elective surgery for CSM. METHODS: Surgical CSM patients at institutions represented by the American-College-of-Surgeons-National-Surgical-Quality-Improvement-Program (ACS-NSQIP) from 2010-2012 were included...
November 13, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146187/lox-related-collagen-crosslink-changes-act-as-an-initiator-of-bone-fragility-in-a-zdf-rats-model
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Xun Xiao, Jie Ren, Jun Chen, Zhaohui Liu, Ye Tian, Neel R Nabar, Min Wang, Liang Hao
Diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2) results in bone abnormalities that manifest as increased bone fragility. Bone consists of two phases, the mineral phase and the matrix phase, and disorders in both are seen in DM2. However, the phase in which DM2 mediated bone fragility is initiated is still unknown. In this study, a male Zucker diabetic fatty (fa/fa) (ZDF) rat model was used to investigate the underlying mechanism initiating DM2 mediated bone fragility. The fracture surface morphology, pre- and post-yield bone mechanical behavior, insoluble collagen volume, lysyl oxidase family (LOX) enzyme levels and correlation analysis was performed to determine the relationship between insoluble collagen and post-yield behavior...
November 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145428/abnormal-brain-white-matter-microstructure-is-associated-with-both-pre-hypertension-and-hypertension
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Hideaki Suzuki, He Gao, Wenjia Bai, Evangelos Evangelou, Ben Glocker, Declan P O'Regan, Paul Elliott, Paul M Matthews
OBJECTIVES: To characterize effects of chronically elevated blood pressure on the brain, we tested for brain white matter microstructural differences associated with normotension, pre-hypertension and hypertension in recently available brain magnetic resonance imaging data from 4659 participants without known neurological or psychiatric disease (62.3±7.4 yrs, 47.0% male) in UK Biobank. METHODS: For assessment of white matter microstructure, we used measures derived from neurite orientation dispersion and density imaging (NODDI) including the intracellular volume fraction (an estimate of neurite density) and isotropic volume fraction (an index of the relative extra-cellular water diffusion)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145323/the-effectiveness-of-2-consecutive-intra-articular-polydeoxyribonucleotide-injections-compared-with-intra-articular-triamcinolone-for-hemiplegic-shoulder-pain-a-strobe-complaint-retrospective-study
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Donghwi Park, Kwang Jae Yu, Ju Young Cho, Seung Beom Woo, Junu Park, Zeeihn Lee, Jong Min Kim
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of intra-articular injection of polydeoxyribonucleotide (PDRN), compared with intraarticular triamcinolone (TA) injection, in subacute stroke patients with hemiplegic shoulder pain (HSP).Participants were subacute stroke patients with HSP who had undergone 2 consecutive intra-articular injections of TA or PDRN.Numeric rating scale (NRS) and passive range of motion (PROM) of hemiplegic shoulder were evaluated until 4 weeks after 2nd injection.In the results, there were significant improvements in all PROM measures 2 weeks after the second injection, compared with pre-injection results, in both groups (P < ...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143639/linking-household-surveys-and-health-facility-assessments-to-estimate-intervention-coverage-for-the-lives-saved-tool-list
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Mufaro Kanyangarara, Victoria B Chou
BACKGROUND: Calls have been made for improved measurement of coverage for maternal, newborn and child health interventions. Recently, methods linking household and health facility surveys have been used to improve estimation of intervention coverage. However, linking methods rely the availability of household and health facility surveys which are temporally matched. Because nationally representative health facility assessments are not yet routinely conducted in many low and middle income countries, estimates of intervention coverage based on linking methods can be produced for only a subset of countries...
November 7, 2017: BMC Public Health
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