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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236239/abdominal-aorta-and-pelvic-artery-calcifications-on-plain-radiographs-may-predict-mortality-in-chronic-kidney-disease-hemodialysis-and-renal-transplantation
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Sinee Disthabanchong, Kotcharat Vipattawat, Bunyong Phakdeekitcharoen, Chagriya Kitiyakara, Vasant Sumethkul
PURPOSE: Vascular calcification is common in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and predicts poor patient outcomes. While computed tomography is the gold standard for evaluation of vascular calcification, plain radiograph offers a simpler and less costly alternative. The calcification of abdominal aorta, iliac and femoral arteries has been evaluated by plain radiograph, but the data on their outcome predictabilities are still limited. The present study investigated the role of abdominal aortic calcification (AAC) and pelvic arterial calcification (PAC) in predicting overall morality in non-dialysis CKD stages 2-5 (CKD 2-5), maintenance hemodialysis (HD) and long-term kidney transplant (KT) patients...
December 13, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233634/epicardial-adipose-tissue-density-and-volume-are-related-to-subclinical-atherosclerosis-inflammation-and-major-adverse-cardiac-events-in-asymptomatic-subjects
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Markus Goeller, Stephan Achenbach, Mohamed Marwan, Mhairi K Doris, Sebastien Cadet, Frederic Commandeur, Xi Chen, Piotr J Slomka, Heidi Gransar, J Jane Cao, Nathan D Wong, Moritz H Albrecht, Alan Rozanski, Balaji K Tamarappoo, Daniel S Berman, Damini Dey
BACKGROUND: We investigated whether epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) volume and density are related to early atherosclerosis, plaque inflammation and major adverse cardiac events (MACE, cardiac death and myocardial infarction) in asymptomatic subjects. METHODS: EAT volume and density were quantified from non-contrast cardiac CT in 456 asymptomatic individuals (age 60.3 ± 8.3; 68% with CCS>0) from the prospective EISNER trial. EAT volume and density were examined in relation to coronary calcium score (CCS), inflammatory biomarkers and MACE...
November 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230810/trauma-exposure-interacts-with-the-genetic-risk-of-bipolar-disorder-in-alcohol-misuse-of-us-soldiers
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R Polimanti, J Kaufman, H Zhao, H R Kranzler, R J Ursano, R C Kessler, M B Stein, J Gelernter
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether trauma exposure moderates the genetic correlation between substance use disorders and psychiatric disorders, we tested whether trauma exposure modifies the association of genetic risks for mental disorders with alcohol misuse and nicotine dependence (ND) symptoms. METHODS: High-resolution polygenic risk scores (PRSs) were calculated for 10 732 US Army soldiers (8346 trauma-exposed and 2386 trauma-unexposed) based on genome-wide association studies of bipolar disorder (BD), major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia...
December 11, 2017: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230534/the-burden-of-comorbidity-and-complexity-in-sarcoidosis-impact-of-associated-chronic-diseases
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Pilar Brito-Zerón, Nihan Acar-Denizli, Antoni Sisó-Almirall, Xavier Bosch, Fernanda Hernández, Sergi Vilanova, Mireia Villalta, Belchin Kostov, Marina Paradela, Marcelo Sanchez, José Ramírez, Africa Muxí, Antonio Berruezo, Celeste Galceran-Chaves, Antoni Xaubet, Carles Agustí, Jacobo Sellarés, Manuel Ramos-Casals
PURPOSE: To evaluate comorbidity, complexity and poor outcomes in patients with sarcoidosis and to compare those scores with a control group. METHODS: 218 consecutive patients were diagnosed with sarcoidosis according to the ATS/ERS/WASOG criteria; extrathoracic involvement was evaluated using the 2014 WASOG organ assessment instrument. Sarcoidosis patients were compared with an age- and gender-matched control group of primary care outpatients without sarcoidosis...
December 11, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227453/effect-of-prophylactic-medication-on-associated-dizziness-and-motion-sickness-in-migraine
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Seung-Han Lee, Seong-Hae Jeong, Ji-Soo Kim, Hyo-Jung Kim, Kwang-Dong Choi, Jae-Hwan Choi, Sun-Young Oh, Ji-Yun Park, Dong Uk Kim, Byung-Kun Kim
OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy of prophylactic medications for migraine in reducing associated dizziness and motion sickness. STUDY DESIGN: Multicenter prospective observational study. SETTING: Nationwide 9 Dizziness Clinics in South Korea. PATIENTS: One hundred thirty-eight patients who required a preventive medication for migraine accompanied by dizziness and motion sickness. INTERVENTION: At least one of the prophylactic medications was prescribed among the beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, tricyclic antidepressants, and antiepileptic drugs...
January 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225032/calcification-of-thoracic-and-abdominal-aneurysms-is-associated-with-mortality-and-morbidity
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Mohammed M Chowdhury, Lukasz P Zieliński, James J Sun, Simon Lambracos, Jonathan R Boyle, Seamus C Harrison, James H F Rudd, Patrick A Coughlin
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular events are common in people with aortic aneurysms. Arterial calcification is a recognised predictor of cardiovascular outcomes in coronary artery disease. Whether calcification within abdominal and thoracic aneurysm walls is correlated with poor cardiovascular outcomes is not known. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Calcium scores were derived from computed tomography (CT) scans of consecutive patients with either infrarenal (AAA) or descending thoracic aneurysms (TAA) using the modified Agatston score...
December 7, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221971/preventive-treatment-with-lomerizine-increases-cerebral-blood-flows-during-the-interictal-phase-of-migraine
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Ken Ikeda, Joe Aoyagi, Sayori Hanashiro, Masahiro Sawada, Maya Kyuzen, Harumi Morioka, Junya Ebina, Junpei Nagasawa, Masaru Yanagihashi, Yuichi Ishikawa, Ken Miura, Kiyoko Murata, Takanori Takazawa, Kiyokazu Kawabe, Yasuo Iwasaki
BACKGROUND: Changes in regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) were reported in migraineurs. However, little is known how preventive medications of migraine can influence rCBF. Lomerizine, a calcium channel blocker, has been used for migraine prophylaxis in Japan. We examined rCBF after lomerizine treatment. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Migraine was diagnosed according to the criteria of the International Classification of Headache Disorders, Third Edition beta. Migraine subtype was classified into migraine with aura (MA) and migraine without aura (MO)...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220061/comparison-of-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-coronary-artery-calcium-score-for-estimating-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-fatty-liver-disease
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Hyun-Jin Kim, Hyung-Bok Park, Yongsung Suh, Yoon-Hyeong Cho, Eui-Seok Hwang, Deok-Kyu Cho, Tae-Young Choi
INTRODUCTION: Fatty liver disease (FLD) is correlated with cardiovascular disease. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and coronary artery calcium score (CACS) can noninvasively identify subclinical atherosclerosis and predict risk for cardiovascular events. This study evaluated CIMT and CACS measurements to detect subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with and without FLD. METHODS: Patients who underwent carotid and abdominal ultrasounds as well as cardiac computed tomography (CT) scans were evaluated retrospectively...
December 8, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218625/diuretic-or-beta-blocker-for-hypertensive-patients-already-receiving-acei-arb-and-calcium-channel-blocker
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Min-Shan Tsai, Chao-Hsiun Tang, Chia-Ying Lin, Po-Ya Chuang, Nai-Chuan Chen, Chien-Hua Huang, Wei-Tien Chang, Tzung-Dau Wang, Ping-Hsun Yu, Wen-Jone Chen
BACKGROUND: In patients already receiving combination of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI)/angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) and calcium channel blocker (CCB), whether the choice of additional diuretic or beta-blocker affects the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular outcomes remains unclear. METHODS: A total of 13,551 patients who were concurrently receiving three anti-hypertensive agents of different classes through outpatient clinics during 2004-2006 were identified from the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan...
December 8, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218131/hypocalcemia-associated-with-subcutaneous-fat-necrosis-of-the-newborn-case-report-and-literature-review
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Alphonsus N Onyiriuka, Theodora E Utomi
Subcutaneous fat necrosis of the newborn (SCFNN) is a rare benign inflammatory disorder of the adipose tissue but may be complicated by hypercalcemia or less frequently, hypocalcemia, resulting in morbidity and mortality. Here we report the case of a neonate with subcutaneous fat necrosis who surprisingly developed hypocalcemia instead of hypercalcemia. A full-term female neonate was delivered by emergency cesarean section for fetal distress and was subsequently admitted to the Special Care Baby Unit. The mother's pregnancy was uncomplicated up to delivery...
November 2017: Oman Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214447/association-between-common-bile-duct-diameter-and-abdominal-aorta-calcium-score
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Yashar Moharamzad, Sahar Abbasi, Morteza Sanei Taheri, Taraneh Faghihi Langroudi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: There is evidence of association between aging and increase in the normal upper limit of the common bile duct (CBD) diameter. As aging is a documented risk factor for atherosclerosis, and the possible effect that atherosclerosis can have on the CBD diameter via affecting its smooth muscle contractility and blood flow, we decided to determine the association between CBD diameter and atherosclerosis in the abdominal aorta (AA). METHODS: A total of 99 asymptomatic patients (53 males and 46 females; age range of 18-88 years) without history of cholecystectomy who underwent abdominal contrast-enhanced CT scan were included...
December 6, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214423/comparative-analysis-of-gene-expression-profiles-involved-in-calcium-signaling-pathways-using-the-nlvh-animal-model-of-schizophrenia
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Alma Genis-Mendoza, Ileana Gallegos-Silva, Carlos Alfonso Tovilla-Zarate, Lilia López-Narvaez, Thelma Beatriz González-Castro, Yazmín Hernández-Díaz, Mavil López-Casamichana, Humberto Nicolini, Sandra Morales-Mulia
In this study, we evaluated the expression profile changes of genes that intervene in the calcium signaling pathway, in young and adult Wistar rats, using the animal model of neonatal lesion in ventral hippocampus (NLVH) (a recognized animal model for schizophrenia) and compared to the group of control animals (Sham). Through microarray technology, gene expression profiles were obtained from the three brain areas (nucleus accumbens, prefrontal cortex, and hippocampus) of young male Wistar rats (45 days) and adults (90 days) whether or not subjected to NLVH...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214357/investigation-and-analysis-of-osteoporosis-falls-and-fragility-fractures-in-elderly-people-in-the-beijing-area-a-study-on-the-bone-health-status-of-elderly-people-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-80%C3%A2-years-old-with-life-self-care
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Jian Zhou, Ming-Zhao Qin, Qian Liu, Jin-Ping Liu
Among ≥ 80 years old and under life self-care in the Beijing area, the prevalences of osteoporosis, falls, and fragility fracture were high; and these prevalences were even higher in women. The treatment rate of osteoporosis is very low. Therefore, comprehensive and standardized prevention and treatment should be promoted. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to investigate prevalence of osteoporosis, falls, and fragility fractures in this population, and analyze related factors, in order to provide a basis for standardized prevention and treatment...
December 6, 2017: Archives of Osteoporosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214023/assessment-and-clinical-management-of-bone-disease-in-adults-with-eating-disorders-a-review
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Anne Drabkin, Micol S Rothman, Elizabeth Wassenaar, Margherita Mascolo, Philip S Mehler
Aim: To review current medical literature regarding the causes and clinical management options for low bone mineral density (BMD) in adult patients with eating disorders. Background: Low bone mineral density is a common complication of eating disorders with potentially lifelong debilitating consequences. Definitive, rigorous guidelines for screening, prevention and management are lacking. This article intends to provide a review of the literature to date and current options for prevention and treatment...
2017: Journal of Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211283/systemic-effect-of-mineral-aggregate-based-cements-histopathological-analysis-in-rats
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Lucas da Fonseca Roberti Garcia, Claudia Huck, Fernando Augusto Cintra Magalhães, Pedro Paulo Chaves de Souza, Carlos Alberto de Souza Costa
OBJECTIVE: Several studies reported the local tissue reaction caused by mineral aggregate-based cements. However, few studies have investigated the systemic effects promoted by these cements on liver and kidney when directly applied to connective tissue. The purpose of this in vivo study was to investigate the systemic effect of mineral aggregate-based cements on the livers and kidneys of rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Samples of Mineral Trioxide Aggregate (MTA) and a calcium aluminate-based cement (EndoBinder) containing different radiopacifiers were implanted into the dorsum of 40 rats...
November 2017: Journal of Applied Oral Science: Revista FOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209462/dietary-intakes-of-adolescents-from-food-insecure-households-analysis-of-data-from-the-6th-2013-2015-korea-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey
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Mariam Nakitto, Kana Asano, Injoo Choi, Jihyun Yoon
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: This study aimed at evaluating the dietary intakes of Korean adolescents affected by food insecurity, in comparison with those who were food secure. SUBJECTS/METHODS: The study used one day 24-hour dietary recall data from the 6th Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The study subjects consisted of 1,453 adolescents of whom 695 were middle school-aged and 758 were high school-aged. Food security status was assessed using the 18-item questionnaire...
December 2017: Nutrition Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208173/transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-gene-polymorphism-and-osteoporosis-in-postmenopausal-egyptian-women
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Inass M Taha, Azza M Abdu Allah, Maha A F Hamoudah, S Justin Carlus
Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) is a wide spread bone matrix protein that affect the function, formation and cell-cell interactions of osteoclasts and osteoblasts to regulate bone remodeling and sustain adequate bone mass. The aim of this study is to evaluate the role of the two polymorphism of transforming growth factor-β1 T869C and C-509T in developing osteoporosis in postmenopausal Egyptian women. This study was performed on 138 postmenopausal osteoporosis/osteopenic women and 128 postmenopausal female control group...
November 30, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207490/is-trabecular-bone-score-valuable-in-bone-microstructure-assessment-after-gastric-bypass-in-women-with-morbid-obesity
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Agustina Pia Marengo, Fernando Guerrero Pérez, Luis San Martín, Rosa Monseny, Anna Casajoana, Rocio Valera, Nuria Virgili, Andreu Simó Servat, Albert Prats, Carmen Gómez-Vaquero, Nuria Vilarrasa
INTRODUCTION: The effects of bariatric surgery on skeletal health raise many concerns. Trabecular bone score (TBS) is obtained through the analysis of lumbar spine dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) images and allows an indirect assessment of skeletal microarchitecture (MA). The aim of our study was to evaluate the changes in bone mineral density (BMD) and alterations in bone microarchitecture assessed by TBS in morbidly obese women undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), over a three-year follow-up...
December 2, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202484/usefulness-of-martin-s-method-for-estimation-of-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-in-coronary-atherosclerosis
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Soie Chung
OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to validate Martin's method in coronary atherosclerosis in comparison with Friedewald's equation. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 299 participants with a coronary artery calcium score (CACS) ≥ 300 and a serum triglyceride (TG) level < 400 mg/dL at Seoul National University Hospital Healthcare System Gangnam Center, Seoul, Korea were enrolled in this study. The Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) was directly measured with a homogeneous assay (DLDL) and estimated by both Friedewald's equation (FLDL) and Martin's method (MLDL)...
December 4, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198984/relation-of-an-echocardiographic-based-cardiac-calcium-score-to-mitral-stenosis-severity-and-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis
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Siyuan P Sheng, Lucius A Howell, Melissa C Caughey, Michael Yeung, John P Vavalle
Patients with calcific aortic stenosis (AS) often have diffuse cardiac calcification involving the mitral valve apparatus and coronary arteries. We examined the association between global cardiac calcification quantified by a previously validated echocardiographic calcium score (eCS) with the severity of mitral stenosis (MS) and coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with a clinical diagnosis of severe calcific AS. In this sample of 147 patients (mean age 81 ± 9 years, 50% male), 81 patients (55%) were determined by echocardiography to have some degree of MS...
October 26, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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