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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932292/methotrexate-blood-pressure-and-markers-of-arterial-function-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-repeated-cross-sectional-study
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Arduino A Mangoni, Leena R Baghdadi, E Michael Shanahan, Michael D Wiese, Sara Tommasi, David Elliot, Richard J Woodman
BACKGROUND: Methotrexate (MTX) treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been associated with lower cardiovascular risk compared to other disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). We sought to identify whether the MTX-associated cardioprotection involves changes in blood pressure (BP) and/or arterial function. METHODS: Clinic and 24-hour peripheral and central systolic and diastolic BP (SBP and DBP), augmentation index (AIx), pulse wave velocity (PWV) and plasma asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) were assessed in RA patients on stable treatment with either MTX ± other DMARDs (MTX group, n = 56, age 61 ± 13 years, 70% females) or other DMARDs (non-MTX group, n = 30, age 63 ± 12 years, 76% females)...
September 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930753/camel-milk-attenuates-rheumatoid-arthritis-via-inhibition-of-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-pathway
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Hany H Arab, Samir A Salama, Tamer M Abdelghany, Hany A Omar, El-Shaimaa A Arafa, Majed M Alrobaian, Ibrahim A Maghrabi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Camel milk (CM) has shown beneficial anti-inflammatory actions in several experimental and clinical settings. So far, its effect on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has not been previously explored. Thus, the current work aimed to evaluate the effects of CM in Adjuvant-induced arthritis and air pouch edema models in rats, which mimic human RA. METHODS: CM was administered at 10 ml/kg orally for 3 weeks starting on the day of Freund's adjuvant paw inoculation...
September 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930524/hypertension-and-cardiometabolic-disease
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Ivan Tasic, Dragan Lovic
Hypertension has  a central role in cardiometabolic disease and is usually associated with  metabolic disorders, such as insulin resistance, obesity, and dyslipidemia. Hyperinsulinemia may increase cardiovascular (CV) risk through its promotion of hypertension, which is possibly a result of chronic enhancement of sympathetic nervous system activity, stimulation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system leading to increased renal tubular sodium reabsorption, modulating cation transport, or inducing vascular smooth muscle cell hypertrophy...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929582/the-effectiveness-of-a-psychoeducation-intervention-delivered-via-whatsapp-for-mothers-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-asd-in-the-kingdom-of-saudi-arabia-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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A Hemdi, D Daley
BACKGROUND: Mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) report high levels of stress and lower levels of well-being than parents of typically developing children. Current interventions for ASD typically focus on working with the child rather than delivering strategies to help support parents. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of a psychoeducation intervention developed to support mothers of children with ASD in Saudi Arabia. METHOD: Sixty-two mothers (23-52 years) of children (26-78 months) were recruited to a multisite randomized controlled trials of the intervention...
September 20, 2017: Child: Care, Health and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928708/neural-patterns-of-reorganization-after-intensive-robot-assisted-virtual-reality-therapy-and-repetitive-task-practice-in-patients-with-chronic-stroke
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Soha Saleh, Gerard Fluet, Qinyin Qiu, Alma Merians, Sergei V Adamovich, Eugene Tunik
Several approaches to rehabilitation of the hand following a stroke have emerged over the last two decades. These treatments, including repetitive task practice (RTP), robotically assisted rehabilitation and virtual rehabilitation activities, produce improvements in hand function but have yet to reinstate function to pre-stroke levels-which likely depends on developing the therapies to impact cortical reorganization in a manner that favors or supports recovery. Understanding cortical reorganization that underlies the above interventions is therefore critical to inform how such therapies can be utilized and improved and is the focus of the current investigation...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928674/the-gly-16-allele-of-the-g16r-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-in-the-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptor-gene-augments-the-glycemic-response-to-adrenaline-in-humans
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Kim Z Rokamp, Jonatan M Staalsø, Morten Zaar, Peter Rasmussen, Lonnie G Petersen, Rikke V Nielsen, Niels H Secher, Niels V Olsen, Henning B Nielsen
Cerebral non-oxidative carbohydrate consumption may be driven by a β2-adrenergic mechanism. This study tested whether the 46G > A (G16R) single nucleotide polymorphism of the β2-adrenergic receptor gene (ADRB2) influences the metabolic and cerebrovascular responses to administration of adrenaline. Forty healthy Caucasian men were included from a group of genotyped individuals. Cardio- and cerebrovascular variables at baseline and during a 60-min adrenaline infusion (0.06 μg kg(-1) min(-1)) were measured by Model flow, near-infrared spectroscopy and transcranial Doppler sonography...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927237/augmented-association-between-blood-pressure-and-proteinuria-in-hyperuricemic-patients-with-non-nephrotic-chronic-kidney-disease
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K Kohagura, M Kochi, T Miyagi, R Zamami, K Nagahama, K Yonemoto, Y Ohya
Background: Hyperuricemia (HU) may enhance susceptibility to hypertensive renal damage via disrupted autoregulation of glomerular hemodynamics. The effect of HU on the association between blood pressure (BP) and proteinuria remains unknown in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Methods: In total, 109 patients with non-nephrotic CKD (55 men and 54 females) who underwent renal biopsy were recruited. Arteriolar hyalinosis was semiquantitatively assessed via arteriole grading...
September 13, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925408/liver-volume-and-hepatic-adiposity-in-childhood-relations-to-body-growth-and-visceral-fat
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R Malpique, J Bassols, A López-Bermejo, M Diaz, F Villarroya, J Pavia, A Congo, F de Zegher, L Ibáñez
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The sequence of prenatal growth restraint and postnatal catch-up growth may lead to hepato-visceral adiposity, insulin resistance and low-grade inflammation before the onset of puberty. In prepubertal children born appropriate for gestational age (AGA) or small for gestational age (SGA), we assessed potential relationships between the aforementioned sequence and liver volume. SUBJECTS/METHODS: The study population consisted of 86 children (41 AGA and 45 SGA with catch-up growth; age (mean±s...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923899/cardiovascular-risk-factors-accelerate-progression-of-vascular-aging-in-the-general-population-results-from-the-crave-study-cardiovascular-risk-factors-affecting-vascular-age
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Dimitrios Terentes-Printzios, Charalambos Vlachopoulos, Panagiotis Xaplanteris, Nikolaos Ioakeimidis, Konstantinos Aznaouridis, Katerina Baou, Despina Kardara, Georgios Georgiopoulos, Christos Georgakopoulos, Dimitrios Tousoulis
Vascular aging, as assessed by structural and functional arterial properties, is an independent predictor of cardiovascular risk. We hypothesized that the number of cardiovascular risk factors determines the progression of vascular aging. One hundred forty-two subjects (mean age 51.9 years, 94 men) without established cardiovascular disease were investigated in 2 examinations over a 2-year period. Subjects were classified at baseline according to their number of risk factors (from 0 to 2 and more). Subjects had determinations of carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity, aortic augmentation index, brachial flow-mediated dilatation, and common carotid intima-media thickness and their annual absolute changes were calculated...
September 18, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923672/relationship-between-glycaemic-levels-and-arterial-stiffness-in-non-diabetic-adults
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Iván Cavero-Redondo, Vicente Martínez-Vizcaíno, Celia Álvarez-Bueno, José Ignacio Recio-Rodríguez, Manuel Ángel Gómez-Marcos, Luis García-Ortiz
OBJECTIVE: To examine, in a non-diabetic population, whether the association between arterial stiffness and glycaemic levels depends on the test used as a glycaemic indicator, fasting plasma glucose (FPG) or glycated haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). PATIENT POPULATION AND METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis of a 220 non-diabetic subsample from the EVIDENT II study in which FPG, HbA1c and arterial stiffness-related parameters (pulse wave velocity, radial and central augmentation index, and central pulse pressure) were determined...
September 15, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918674/consumption-of-fruitflow-%C3%A2-lowers-blood-pressure-in-pre-hypertensive-males-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-double-blind-cross-over-study
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Main Uddin, Dipankar Biswas, Abhik Ghosh, Niamh O'Kennedy, Asim K Duttaroy
In order to investigate whether the angiotensin converting enzyme-inhibitory tomato extract Fruitflow(®) would lower blood pressure after consumption, we conducted a randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled human intervention study, involving 12 pre-hypertensive people in a crossover design. Consuming a single dose of 150 mg Fruitflow(®) resulted in a significant reduction in 24-hour average blood pressure as well as average wake-period and sleep-period SBP, compared to placebo. Other parameters related to blood pressure, such as 24-hour average mean arterial pressure, pulse pressure, heart rate, central aortic systolic pressure and radial augmentation index were also reduced...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917602/comparing-inpatient-versus-outpatient-bowel-preparation-in-children-and-adolescents-undergoing-appendicovesicostomy
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David L Weatherly, Konrad M Szymanski, Benjamin M Whittam, William E Bennett, Shelly King, Rosalia Misseri, Martin Kaefer, Richard C Rink, Mark P Cain
PURPOSE: The need for mechanical inpatient bowel preparation (IBP) in reconstructive pediatric urology has come under scrutiny, secondary to literature demonstrating little benefit regarding outcomes. Starting in 2013, a majority of patients undergoing reconstructive procedures at our institution no longer underwent IBP. We hypothesized that outpatient bowel preparation (OBP) would reduce length of stay (LOS) without increasing postoperative complications after appendicovesicostomy surgery...
August 26, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915894/cardiovascular-risk-in-patients-with-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency
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Sebastian Fähndrich, Frank Biertz, Annika Karch, Björn Kleibrink, Armin Koch, Helmut Teschler, Tobias Welte, Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, Sabina Janciauskiene, Rudolf A Jörres, Timm Greulich, Claus F Vogelmeier, Robert Bals
BACKGROUND: Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is a rare inherited condition caused by mutations of the SERPINA1 gene that is associated with the development of a COPD like lung disease. The comorbidities in patients with AATD-related lung diseases are not well defined. The aim of this study was to analyze the clinical phenotype of AATD patients within the German COPD cohort study COSYCONET ("COPD and SYstemic consequences-COmorbidities NETwork") cohort focusing on the distribution of comorbidities...
September 15, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912924/relationship-between-serum-total-testosterone-concentration-and-augmentation-index-at-radial-artery-in-japanese-postmenopausal-patients
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Takashi Hitsumoto
BACKGROUND: The significance of testosterone as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in females is controversial. This cross-sectional study aimed to elucidate the relationship between serum total testosterone concentration (T-T) and augmentation index at the radial artery (r-AIx) as a marker of arterial function in Japanese postmenopausal patients. METHODS: A total of 447 postmenopausal patients with traditional cardiovascular risk factors and/or a history of CVD (age (mean ± standard deviation (SD)), 73 ± 10 years) were enrolled...
October 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911006/ghrelin-serum-concentrations-are-associated-with-treatment-response-during-lithium-augmentation-of-antidepressants
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Roland Ricken, Sandra Bopp, Peter Schlattmann, Hubertus Himmerich, Tom Bschor, Christoph Richter, Samuel Elstner, Thomas J Stamm, Brigitte Schulz-Ratei, Alexandra Lingesleben, Friedel M Reischies, Philipp Sterzer, Stefan Borgwardt, Michael Bauer, Andreas Heinz, Rainer Hellweg, Undine E Lang, Mazda Adli
Background: Lithium augmentation of antidepressants is an effective strategy in treatment-resistant depression. The proteohormone ghrelin is thought to be involved in the pathophysiology of depression. The purpose of this study was to investigate the association of treatment response with the course of ghrelin levels during lithium augmentation. Method: Ghrelin serum concentrations and severity of depression were measured in 85 acute depressive patients before and after 4 weeks of lithium augmentation...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904075/association-between-living-in-food-deserts-and-cardiovascular-risk
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Heval M Kelli, Muhammad Hammadah, Hina Ahmed, Yi-An Ko, Matthew Topel, Ayman Samman-Tahhan, Mossab Awad, Keyur Patel, Kareem Mohammed, Laurence S Sperling, Priscilla Pemu, Viola Vaccarino, Tene Lewis, Herman Taylor, Greg Martin, Gary H Gibbons, Arshed A Quyyumi
BACKGROUND: Food deserts (FD), neighborhoods defined as low-income areas with low access to healthy food, are a public health concern. We evaluated the impact of living in FD on cardiovascular risk factors and subclinical cardiovascular disease (CVD) with the hypothesis that people living in FD will have an unfavorable CVD risk profile. We further assessed whether the impact of FD on these measures is driven by area income, individual household income, or area access to healthy food. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 1421 subjects residing in the Atlanta metropolitan area who participated in the META-Health study (Morehouse and Emory Team up to Eliminate Health Disparities; n=712) and the Predictive Health study (n=709)...
September 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899951/lowering-interleukin-12-activity-improves-myocardial-and-vascular-function-compared-with-tumor-necrosis-factor-a-antagonism-or-cyclosporine-in-psoriasis
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Ignatios Ikonomidis, Evangelia Papadavid, George Makavos, Ioanna Andreadou, Maria Varoudi, Kostas Gravanis, Kostas Theodoropoulos, George Pavlidis, Helen Triantafyllidi, Paraskevi Moutsatsou, Christina Panagiotou, John Parissis, Efstathios Iliodromitis, John Lekakis, Dimitrios Rigopoulos
BACKGROUND: Interleukin (IL)-12 activity is involved in the pathogenesis of psoriasis and acute coronary syndromes. We investigated the effects of IL-12 inhibition on vascular and left ventricular (LV) function in psoriasis. METHODS AND RESULTS: One hundred fifty psoriasis patients were randomized to receive an anti-IL-12/23 (ustekinumab, n=50), anti-tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-α; etanercept, n=50), or cyclosporine treatment (n=50). At baseline and 4 months post-treatment, we measured (1) LV global longitudinal strain, twisting, and percent difference between peak twisting and untwisting at mitral valve opening (%untwMVO) using speckle-tracking echocardiography, (2) coronary flow reserve, (3) pulse wave velocity and augmentation index, (4) circulating NT-proBNP (N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide), TNF-α, IL-6, IL-12, IL-17, malondialdehyde, and fetuin-a...
September 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899206/randomized-single-blind-multicenter-trial-comparing-the-effects-of-standard-and-augmented-acupuncture-protocols-on-sleep-quality-and-depressive-symptoms-in-patients-with-depression
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Xiuyun Wen, Qian Wu, Jianhua Liu, Zhenhua Xu, Li Fan, Xiaokai Chen, Qing He, Rui Ma, Yanan Wu, Shuo Jiang, Shujun Xu, Wenbin Fu
The study was aimed to compare the effects of standard and augmented acupuncture on depressive symptoms and sleep disturbances in patients with depression. This is a randomized, single-blind, multicenter trial. 140 subjects with clinical insomnia (score of ≥ 7 on the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)) were randomized to the standard (LI4, LIV3, EX-HN3, and GV20) or augmented (LI4, LIV3, EX-HN3, GV20, LU7, and KID6, including intradermal needles for sustained treatment) acupuncture groups. Participants received two sessions weekly for six weeks...
September 12, 2017: Psychology, Health & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889793/hemorheological-dysfunction-in-cardiac-syndrome-x
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Emine Kilic-Toprak, Olga Yaylali, Yalin Tolga Yaylali, Yasin Ozdemir, Dogangun Yuksel, Hande Senol, Tarık Sengoz, Melek Bor-Kucukatay
BACKGROUND: Cardiac syndrome X (CSX) is often described as angina or angina-like chest pain with a normal coronary arteriogram, yet the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms have not been fully elucidated. The aim of the current study was to determine alterations in blood rheology (erythrocyte aggregation and deformability, plasma viscosity - PV) in patients with CSX. METHODS: The study comprised 26 CSX patients (55.77 ± 12.33 years) and 37 age- and sex-matched (56...
September 11, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888441/effect-of-clarified-brazilian-native-fruit-juices-on-postprandial-glycemia-in-healthy-subjects
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Diully Mata Balisteiro, Renata Luise de Araujo, Luciano Ricardo Giacaglia, Maria Inés Genovese
Brazilian native fruits have been shown as excellent sources of polyphenols which are associated with multiple biological activities including inhibition of carbohydrate-hydrolyzing enzymes, α-amylase and α-glucosidase. Postmeal blood glucose elevations and high glycemic index diets can play a major role in the development of type 2 diabetes, therefore alternative approaches to reduce postprandial hyperglycemia are of growing interest in order to reduce diabetes risk. Here we investigated the effect of six Brazilian native clarified fruit juices from Amazon, Savannah and Atlantic Forest biomes on postprandial glycemia after consumption of a carbohydrate meal...
October 2017: Food Research International
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