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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441430/short-telomere-length-is-associated-with-renal-impairment-in-japanese-subjects-with-cardiovascular-risk
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Kazuo Eguchi, Lawrence S Honig, Joseph H Lee, Satoshi Hoshide, Kazuomi Kario
INTRODUCTION: Short telomere length has been suggested to be associated with atherosclerotic changes in Western populations. We examined the relationships between leukocyte telomere length and cardiovascular and renal function in a Japanese cohort. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: We enrolled 770 subjects who each had at least one cardiovascular risk factor. The mean age was 59.5 ± 12.2 years; mean BMI was 25.1 ± 4.6 kg/m2. We measured leukocyte telomere length (LTL) by quantitative PCR (T/S ratio), and measured other biomarkers from blood and urine samples...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437814/assessment-of-early-cardiovascular-risk-in-children-and-adolescents-with-essential-hypertension
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Andreja Stelcar, Evgenija Homsak, Natasa Marcun Varda
The aim of our study was to investigate some early markers of hypertensive target organ damage in hypertensive children and adolescents, and to detect those showing most prominent clinical significance. We included 100 children with essential hypertension (EH) and 50 age-matched healthy control children, and evaluated left ventricular mass (LVM), intima-media thickness in the carotid arteries (IMT), pulse wave velocity (PWV), microalbuminuria, biochemical parameters and some adipokines. Statistically significant differences between the 2 groups were observed for HDL-cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin, uric acid, glucose, apolipoprotein A1, and total adiponectin...
April 24, 2017: Klinische Pädiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437319/quality-of-antiepileptic-treatment-among-older-medicare-beneficiaries-with-epilepsy-a-retrospective-claims-data-analysis
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Maria Pisu, Joshua Richman, Kendra Piper, Roy Martin, Ellen Funkhouser, Chen Dai, Lucia Juarez, Jerzy P Szaflarski, Edward Faught
BACKGROUND: Enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs (EI-AEDs) are not recommended for older adults with epilepsy. Quality Indicator for Epilepsy Treatment 9 (QUIET-9) states that new patients should not receive EI-AEDs as first line of treatment. In light of reported racial/ethnic disparities in epilepsy care, we investigated EI-AED use and QUIET-9 concordance across major racial/ethnic groups of Medicare beneficiaries. RESEARCH DESIGN: Retrospective analyses of 2008-2010 Medicare claims for a 5% random sample of beneficiaries 67 years old and above in 2009 augmented for minority representation...
April 21, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437199/the-correlation-of-arterial-stiffness-with-biophysical-parameters-and-blood-biochemistry
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Anamil M Khiyami, Fiona J Dore, Aytan Mammadova, Richard L Amdur, Sabyasachi Sen
INTRODUCTION: Type 2 diabetes presents with numerous macrovascular and microvascular impairments, which in turn lead to various co-morbidities. Vascular co-morbidities can be seen when examining arterial stiffness (AS), which is a predictor for endothelial health and cardiovascular disease risk. Pulse wave analysis (PWA) and pulse wave velocity (PWV) are two tests that are commonly used to measure AS. Currently, disease states and progression are tracked via blood biochemistry. These gold standards in monitoring diabetes are expensive and need optimization...
February 22, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429921/relationship-between-dietary-patterns-and-brachial-ankle-pulse-wave-velocity-among-middle-aged-adults-in-japan
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Shota Moyama, Kazuhiro Minami, Mihiro Yano, Masumi Okumura, Susumu Hayashi, Hiroshi Takayama, Akira Yorimoto
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Arterial stiffness is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and it is considered to be affected by dietary intake. However, few studies have examined the relationship between major dietary patterns and brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) among Japanese middle-aged subjects. We studied whether major dietary patterns were associated with baPWV in this population. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Between 2009 and 2012, 70 Japanese middle-aged subjects (39 men and 31 women) with no history of stroke, coronary heart disease, or cancer were studied...
May 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425583/sleep-apnea-syndrome-inflammation-and-oxidative-stress-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Olga Nikitidou, Euphemia Daskalopoulou, Aikaterini Papagianni, Vassilios Liakopoulos, Aikaterini Michalaki, Foteini Christidou, Paraskevi Argyropoulou, Dimitrios Kirmizis, Georgios Efstratiadis, Pavlos Nikolaidis, Michail Daniilidis, Nicholas Dombros
INTRODUCTION: Sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) is an established cardiovascular risk factor in the general population related to inflammation and oxidative stress and is very common among hemodialysis patients. Cardiovascular disease and its complications is the main cause of death among hemodialysis patients. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of SAS in the promotion of inflammation and oxidative stress and thus in the augmentation of cardiovascular risk in hemodialysis patients...
April 20, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421826/6-gingerol-improves-testicular-function-in-mice-model-of-chronic-ulcerative-colitis
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E O Farombi, I A Adedara, B O Ajayi, T E Idowu, O O Eriomala, F O Akinbote
The persistent inflammation and oxidative stress at the local site in ulcerative colitis reportedly extend to the testes via systemic circulation resulting in testicular dysfunction. The influence of 6-gingerol (6G), a phenolic compound isolated from Zingiber officinale, on colitis-mediated testicular dysfunction in mice was investigated in this study. Chronic ulcerative colitis was induced in mice using 2.5% dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) in drinking water for three cycles. Each cycle consisted of 7 consecutive days of exposure to DSS-treated water followed by 14 consecutive days of normal drinking water...
January 1, 2017: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421545/the-association-between-the-time-from-oxytocin-cessation-during-labour-to-cesarean-delivery-and-postpartum-blood-loss-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Gary Tran, Marcelo Kanczuk, Mrinalini Balki
PURPOSE: Prolonged exposure to oxytocin during augmentation of labour is associated with uterine atony and an increased risk of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) due to oxytocin receptor desensitization. Cessation of oxytocin infusion during labour may facilitate recovery of oxytocin receptor function, which then helps to restore myometrial contractility and decrease postpartum blood loss. We examined the association between oxytocin recovery interval, i.e., the time from discontinuing oxytocin to Cesarean delivery (CD) for labour arrest, and blood loss...
April 18, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419850/overpressure-blast-injury-induced-oxidative-stress-and-neuroinflammation-response-in-rat-frontal-cortex-and-cerebellum
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Hale Z Toklu, Zhihui Yang, Sehkar Oktay, Yasemin Sakarya, Nataliya Kirichenko, Michael K Matheny, Judy Muller-Delp, Kevin Strang, Philip J Scarpace, Kevin K W Wang, Nihal Tümer
BACKGROUND & AIM: Overpressure blast-wave induced brain injury (OBI) and its long-term neurological outcome pose significant concerns for military personnel. Our aim is to investigate the mechanism of injury due to OBI. METHODS: Rats were divided into 3 groups: 1) Control, 2) OBI (exposed 30psi peak pressure, 2-2.5ms), 3) Repeated OBI (r-OBI) (three exposures over one-week period). Lung and brain (cortex and cerebellum) tissues were collected at 24h post injury...
April 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416835/-polymethylmethacrylate-augmentation-of-bone-cement-injectable-cannulated-pedicle-screws-was-used-to-treat-degenerative-lumbar-scoliosis-with-osteoporosis
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H L Sun, C D Li, X W Li, X D Yi, H Liu, H L Lu, H Li, Z R Yu, Y Wang
OBJECTIVE: To describe the application of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) augmentation of cement-injectable cannulated pedicle screws for the treatment of degenerative lumbar scoliosis with osteoporosis. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study was used to compare cement injectable cannulated pedicle screws (CICPs) group with PMMA augmentation and control group with traditional method in the correction surgery for Lenke-silva level III and level IV degenerative scoliosis cases with osteoporosis...
April 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415103/p673improvement-of-arterial-stiffness-and-myocardial-deformation-in-patients-with-poorly-controlled-diabetes-mellitus-type-2-after-optimization-of-antidiabetic-medication
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I Ikonomidis, G Pavlidis, V Lambadiari, F Kousathana, H Triantafyllidi, M Varoudi, D Vlastos, S Vlachos, G Dimitriadis, J Lekakis
Background: Arterial stiffness is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease. The purpose of this study is to investigate the arterial stiffness and myocardial deformation in patients with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus type 2 before and after glycemic control by optimal medication. Methods: In 50 patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes(age:52±10years)and 25 controls of similar age and sex and no atherosclerotic risk factors we measured at baseline and 6 months after glycemic control a) carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity(PWVc m/sec-Complior SP ALAM),central systolic blood pressure(cSBP -mmHg),augmentation index(AI%), of the aortic pulse wave(ArteriographTensioMed) b)S',E'(m/sec)andE'/A'of mitral annulus by Tissue Doppler c)LV longitudinal strain(GLS-%),systolic(LongSr-l/sec)and diastolic(LongSrE-l/sec)strain rate, twisting(Tw-deg),peak twisting(Tw)and untwisting(unTw-deg/sec)velocity using speckle tracking echocardiography...
December 1, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415097/p544the-importance-of-contractile-reserve-when-assessing-asymptomatic-patients-with-aortic-stenosis
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J J Van Zalen, S Badiani, L Hart, A Marshall, N Patel, G Lloyd
Asymptomatic patients may exhibit symptoms during objective exercise testing, but whether symptoms are due to the obstructively of the valve (typified by the mean gradient) or underlying ventricular function remains unknown. While the mean gradient is an easy parameter to measure no consensus about the measurement of contractile reserve exists. Longitudinal abnormalities may occur in the presence of a normal ejection fraction and the augmentation of these parameters is poorly described. To obtain an objective regarding patients exercise ability is best determined using cardiopulmonary exercise testing...
December 1, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412277/the-association-of-endothelial-function-and-tone-by-digital-arterial-tonometry-with-mri-left-ventricular-mass-in-african-americans-the-jackson-heart-study
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Avnish Tripathi, Emelia J Benjamin, Solomon K Musani, Naomi M Hamburg, Connie W Tsao, Arti Saraswat, Ramachandran S Vasan, Gary F Mitchell, Ervin R Fox
Peripheral vascular endothelial dysfunction assessed by digital peripheral arterial tonometry (PAT) has been associated with risk for adverse cardiovascular events. We examined the relations of peripheral microvascular dysfunction and left ventricular mass in a community-based cohort of African Americans. We examined participants of the Jackson Heart Study who had PAT and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging evaluations between 2007 and 2013. Consistent with pertinent literature, left ventricular mass index (LVMI) was adjusted for body size by indexing to height(2...
March 27, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411073/arterial-stiffness-and-elevated-left-ventricular-filling-pressure-in-patients-at-risk-for-the-development-or-a-previous-diagnosis-of-hf-a-subgroup-analysis-from-the-diast-chf-study
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Claus Lüers, Tobias Daniel Trippel, Sebastian Seeländer, Rolf Wachter, Gerd Hasenfuss, Ruhdja Lindhorst, Anna Bobenko, Kathleen Nolte, Burkert Pieske, Frank Edelmann
Left ventricular filling pressure (LVFP) is a marker for diastolic dysfunction and heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction (pEF). The interaction between arterial stiffness (AS) and elevated LVFP has not been sufficiently investigated. In 257 patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (mean age: 66 years, 53% female, mean left ventricular ejection fraction: 61%) and at least one cardiovascular risk factor (eg, hypertension and diabetes) for the development of HF or a previous diagnosis of HF, LVFP was estimated in accordance with the recommendations of the American Society of Echocardiography (elevated when E/e' ≥ 13, left atrial volume index ≥ 34 mL/m(2))...
March 27, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409014/comparable-effect-of-aliskiren-or-a-diuretic-added-on-an-angiotensin-ii-receptor-blocker-on-augmentation-index-in-hypertension-a-multicentre-prospective-randomised-study
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Toru Miyoshi, Takashi Murakami, Satoru Sakuragi, Masayuki Doi, Seiji Nanba, Atsushi Mima, Youkou Tominaga, Takafumi Oka, Yutaka Kajikawa, Kazufumi Nakamura, Hiroshi Ito
BACKGROUND: The effects of antihypertensive drug combination therapy on central blood pressure (BP) and augmentation index (AI) have not been fully elucidated. We investigated the effects of the direct renin inhibitor, aliskiren, or a diuretic added to an angiotensin II receptor blocker on AI in patients with essential hypertension. METHODS: A 24-week, prospective, multicentre, randomised, open-label study enrolled 103 patients already treated with valsartan. Participants were randomly allocated to receive either valsartan with aliskiren (V+A), or valsartan with trichlormethiazide (V+T)...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405380/robust-associations-between-the-20-item-prosopagnosia-index-and-the-cambridge-face-memory-test-in-the-general-population
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Katie L H Gray, Geoffrey Bird, Richard Cook
Developmental prosopagnosia (DP) is a neurodevelopmental condition, characterized by lifelong face recognition deficits. Leading research groups diagnose the condition using complementary computer-based tasks and self-report measures. In an attempt to standardize the reporting of self-report evidence, we recently developed the 20-item prosopagnosia index (PI20), a short questionnaire measure of prosopagnosic traits suitable for screening adult samples for DP. Strong correlations between scores on the PI20 and performance on the Cambridge Face Memory Test (CFMT) appeared to confirm that individuals possess sufficient insight into their face recognition ability to complete a self-report measure of prosopagnosic traits...
March 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398930/management-of-mesh-and-graft-complications-in-gynecologic-surgery
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This document focuses on the management of complications related to mesh used to correct stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. Persistent vaginal bleeding, vaginal discharge, or recurrent urinary tract infections after mesh placement should prompt an examination and possible further evaluation for exposure or erosion. A careful history and physical examination is essential in the diagnosis of mesh and graft complications. A clear understanding of the location and extent of mesh placement, as well as the patient's symptoms and therapy goals, are necessary to plan treatment approaches...
May 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395401/cardiovascular-and-metabolic-diseases-etiology-research-center-cmerc-cohort-the-study-protocol-and-results-of-first-3-years-enrollment
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Jee-Seon Shim, Bo Mi Song, Jung Hyun Lee, Seung Won Lee, Ji Hye Park, Dong Phil Choi, Myung Ha Lee, Kyoung Hwa Ha, Dae Jung Kim, Sungha Park, Won-Woo Lee, Hyeon Chang Kim
Despite etiologies of cardiovascular disease (CVD) have been widely understood, it seems unrealistic to find an effective globally solution for disease prevention. Therefore, we aimed to conduct a community-based prospective study on the prevention and management of CVD of Korean adults. This study was designed to recruit 8,000 healthy adults during five years. Baseline assessment includes a wide-range of established CVD risk factors, including demographic characteristics, medical history, health behaviors, psychological condition, body size and composition, blood pressure, augmentation index, carotid ultrasonography, electrocardiogram, and biochemical indicators, and some novel factors, such as social network characteristics, environmental pollutants, inflammatory markers, hemostatic markers, and immunosenescent markers...
April 1, 2017: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390587/clinical-features-of-adolescents-with-chronic-idiopathic-or-spontaneous-urticaria-review-of-omalizumab-clinical-trials
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Stanley Goldstein, Susan Gabriel, Farid Kianifard, Benjamin Ortiz, David P Skoner
BACKGROUND: Adults and adolescents were included in 3 phase 3 omalizumab trials in chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU): ASTERIA I, ASTERIA II, and GLACIAL. OBJECTIVE: To describe the baseline clinical profile of adolescent patients with CIU enrolled in the omalizumab trials to add to the limited literature available on CIU in this population. METHODS: Data for patient demographics, baseline clinical disease characteristics, medical history, and previous CIU medication information (not efficacy assessments) from phase 3 omalizumab trials were pooled and descriptive statistical analyses performed for adolescent (12 to <18 years old) and adult (≥18 years old) subgroups...
April 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389742/aortic-hemodynamics-and-white-matter-hyperintensities-in-normotensive-postmenopausal-women
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Jill N Barnes, Ronée E Harvey, Samantha M Zuk, Emily S Lundt, Timothy G Lesnick, Jeffrey L Gunter, Matthew L Senjem, Lynne T Shuster, Virginia M Miller, Clifford R Jack, Michael J Joyner, Kejal Kantarci
Hypertension is associated with development of white matter hyperintensities (WMH) in the brain, which are risk factors for mild cognitive impairment. Hormonal shifts at menopause alter vascular function putting women at risk for both hypertension and WMH. Elevations in aortic hemodynamics precede the appearance of clinically defined hypertension but the relationship of aortic hemodynamics to development of WMH in women is not known. Therefore, this study aimed to characterize aortic hemodynamics in relationship to WMH in postmenopausal women...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Neurology
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