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Matthias Troeltzsch, Florian Andreas Probst, Axel Rominger, Ulrich Müller-Lisse, Monika Probst, Katharina Obermeier, Michael Ehrenfeld, Sven Otto
PURPOSE: This study evaluated the role of imaging staging examinations (positron-emission tomographic computed tomography [PET/CT] and contrast-enhanced computed tomography [ceCT]) for the assessment of the comorbidity status of patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). A binary null hypothesis was drafted: 1) imaging staging examinations do not augment knowledge about the comorbidity status of patients with OSCC and 2) there is no difference between PET/CT and ceCT in this regard...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646476/the-relationship-between-circulating-adiponectin-leptin-and-vaspin-with-bone-mineral-density-bmd-arterial-calcification-and-stiffness-a-cross-sectional-study-in-post-menopausal-women
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N Tanna, K Patel, A E Moore, D Dulnoan, S Edwards, G Hampson
OBJECTIVE: To explore the relationship between circulating adiponectin, leptin and vaspin with bone mineral density (BMD), arterial stiffness and vascular calcification in post-menopausal women. We hypothesised that adipokines produced by adipose tissue may be mediators of bone and cardiovascular disease (CVD) and explain, in part, the observed association between osteoporosis and CVD. DESIGN: We studied 386 ambulant community dwelling postmenopausal women aged (mean [SD] 61 [6...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645781/immunomodulatory-mechanism-of-bushen-huoxue-recipe-alleviates-cyclophosphamide-induced-diminished-ovarian-reserve-in-mouse-model
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Cong Huang, Kunkun Song, Wenwen Ma, Jiahui Ding, Zhuo Chen, Mingmin Zhang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Bushen Huoxue recipe (BHR) is a Chinese herbal prescription composed of ten herbs and it is widely used for the treatment of diminished ovarian reserve (DOR). This study investigates the potentially beneficial effects and underlying mechanism of BHR on a cyclophosphamide (CTX) induced model of DOR in mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Granules of BHR were first subjected to high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) to determine the exact ingredients within the mixture...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645730/the-relation-of-digital-vascular-function-to-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-african-americans-using-digital-tonometry-the-jackson-heart-study
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Eric E McClendon, Solomon K Musani, Tandaw E Samdarshi, Sushant Khaire, Donny Stokes, Naomi M Hamburg, Koby Sheffy, Gary F Mitchell, Herman R Taylor, Emelia J Benjamin, Ervin R Fox
Digital vascular tone and function, as measured by peripheral arterial tonometry (PAT), are associated with cardiovascular risk and events in non-Hispanic whites. There are limited data on relations between PAT and cardiovascular risk in African-Americans. PAT was performed on a subset of Jackson Heart Study participants using a fingertip tonometry device. Resting digital vascular tone was assessed as baseline pulse amplitude. Hyperemic vascular response to 5 minutes of ischemia was expressed as the PAT ratio (hyperemic/baseline amplitude ratio)...
June 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645705/acid-load-and-phosphorus-homeostasis-in-ckd
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Pascale Khairallah, Tamara Isakova, John Asplin, Lee Hamm, Mirela Dobre, Mahboob Rahman, Kumar Sharma, Mary Leonard, Edgar Miller, Bernard Jaar, Carolyn Brecklin, Wei Yang, Xue Wang, Harold Feldman, Myles Wolf, Julia J Scialla
BACKGROUND: The kidneys maintain acid-base homeostasis through excretion of acid as either ammonium or as titratable acids that primarily use phosphate as a buffer. In chronic kidney disease (CKD), ammoniagenesis is impaired, promoting metabolic acidosis. Metabolic acidosis stimulates phosphaturic hormones, parathyroid hormone (PTH) and fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23) in vitro, possibly to increase urine titratable acid buffers, but this has not been confirmed in humans. We hypothesized that higher acid load and acidosis would associate with altered phosphorus homeostasis, including higher urinary phosphorus excretion and serum PTH and FGF-23...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639151/central-arterial-function-measured-by-non-invasive-pulse-wave-analysis-is-abnormal-in-patients-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Thomas D Ryan, John J Parent, Zhiqian Gao, Philip R Khoury, Elizabeth Dupont, Jennifer N Smith, Brenda Wong, Elaine M Urbina, John L Jefferies
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked recessive disorder caused by mutation of dystrophin. Cardiovascular involvement includes dilated cardiomyopathy. Non-invasive assessment of vascular function has not been evaluated in DMD. We hypothesize arterial wave reflection is abnormal in patients with DMD. Pulse wave analysis was performed on DMD patients with a SphygmoCor SCOR-PVx System to determine central blood pressure and augmentation index (AIx) as an assessment of arterial wave reflection. Results were compared to a control group...
June 21, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629442/treatment-patterns-healthcare-resource-utilization-and-costs-following-first-line-antidepressant-treatment-in-major-depressive-disorder-a-retrospective-us-claims-database-analysis
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Geneviève Gauthier, Annie Guérin, Maryia Zhdanava, William Jacobson, George Nomikos, Elizabeth Merikle, Clément François, Vanessa Perez
BACKGROUND: Although the symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD) are often manageable with pharmacotherapy, response to first-line antidepressant treatment is often less than optimal. This study describes long-term treatment patterns in MDD patients in the United States and quantifies the economic burden associated with different treatment patterns following first-line antidepressant therapy. METHODS: MDD patients starting first-line antidepressant monotherapy and having continuous enrollment ≥12 months before and ≥24 months following the index date (i...
June 19, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628659/wave-intensity-of-aortic-root-pressure-as-diagnostic-marker-of-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction
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Bernhard Hametner, Stephanie Parragh, Thomas Weber, Siegfried Wassertheurer
BACKGROUND: Systolic left ventricular function strongly influences the blood pressure waveform. Therefore, pressure-derived parameters might potentially be used as non-invasive, diagnostic markers of left ventricular impairment. The aim of this study was to investigate the performance of pressure-based parameters in combination with electrocardiography (ECG) for the detection of left ventricular systolic dysfunction defined as severely reduced ejection fraction (EF). METHODS AND RESULTS: Two populations, each comprising patients with reduced EF and pressure-matched controls, were included for the main analysis (51/102 patients) and model testing (44/88 patients)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623549/elevated-circulating-pcsk9-concentrations-predict-subclinical-atherosclerotic-changes-in-low-risk-obese-and-non-obese-patients
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Štefan Tóth, Ján Fedačko, Tímea Pekárová, Zdenka Hertelyová, Matan Katz, Adil Mughees, Jozef Kuzma, Peter Štefanič, Ivan Kopolovets, Daniel Pella
INTRODUCTION: Many studies have highlighted the important role of PCSK9 in the development of cardiometabolic changes and its possible function as a biomarker of myocardial infarction or ischemic heart disease. This study aimed to determine the relationship between circulating PCSK9 levels and subclinical vascular changes in the group of low risk patients without manifest cardiovascular diseases. METHODS: In this study, 120 healthy patients, free of manifest cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, and without lipid-lowering therapy, were divided into three groups based on BMI: normal weight (N = 50), overweight (N = 30), and obese (N = 40)...
June 16, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614469/assessing-the-feasibility-of-the-healthy-life-in-suriname-study-using-advanced-hemodynamics-to-evaluate-cardiovascular-risk
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Jet Q Aartman, Frederieke S Diemer, Fares A Karamat, Evelien Bohte, Sergio M Baldew, Ameerani V Jarbandhan, Gert A van Montfrans, Glenn P Oehlers, Lizzy M Brewster
Objectives: To determine the feasibility of assessing population cardiovascular risk with advanced hemodynamics in the Healthy Life in Suriname (HELISUR) study. Methods: This was a preliminary study conducted in May - June 2012 using the Technical-Economic-Legal-Operational-Scheduling (TELOS) method to assess the feasibility of the HELISUR-a large-scale, cross-sectional population study of cardiovascular risk factors and disease in Suriname. Suriname, a middle-income country in South America with a population of mostly African and Asian ethnicity, has a high risk of cardiovascular disease...
June 8, 2017: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614093/central-diastolic-pressure-decay-mediates-the-relationship-between-aortic-stiffness-and-myocardial-viability-potential-implications-for-aortosclerosis-induced-myocardial-ischemia
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Junichiro Hashimoto, Sadayoshi Ito
OBJECTIVE: Stiffening of the aorta often precedes coronary events, but little is known about the aetiological mechanism. We hypothesized that the predisposition to myocardial ischemia could be attributable to aortosclerosis-induced alterations in the central haemodynamics during diastole. METHODS: Using noninvasive tonometry and ultrasonography, we investigated the arterial pressure pulse waveforms, pulse wave velocities (PWVs) and compliance in 222 patients with hypertension...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611919/markers-of-arterial-stiffness-in-a-sample-of-lebanese-subjects-with-grade-i-essential-hypertension
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Samir Mallat, Abdo Jurjus, Tarek Bou Assi, Alice Jurjus, Ali Shams, Skye El Sayegh, Adel Berbari
OBJECTIVES: Arterial stiffness is becoming a major global condition associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular problems and death. Several markers have been linked to arterial stiffness. METHODS: To determine and evaluate these relations, anthropometric parameters (weight, height, and pulse rate), biochemical profile, and central and peripheral indices of arterial function were measured in 114 Lebanese subjects with Grade I essential hypertension. RESULTS: Age was associated with a higher pulse wave velocity (p = ...
2017: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611149/glucagon-like-peptide-1-and-glucose-dependent-insulinotropic-peptide-effects-alone-and-in-combination-on-insulin-secretion-and-glucose-disappearance-in-mice
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Giovanni Pacini, Bo Ahrén
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide (GIP) stimulate insulin secretion. They are both released after meal ingestion, and therefore they might cooperate in their actions. However, whether there is a cooperative action of the two incretins is not known. This study therefore investigated the effects on insulin secretion and glucose disappearance of GLP-1 and GIP when given together with intravenous glucose both alone and in combination in mice. Four different doses were used (0...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607132/impaired-muscle-oxygenation-and-elevated-exercise-blood-pressure-in-hypertensive-patients-links-with-vascular-stiffness
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Konstantina Dipla, Areti Triantafyllou, Nikolaos Koletsos, Stavros Papadopoulos, Vasileios Sachpekidis, Ioannis S Vrabas, Eugenia Gkaliagkousi, Andreas Zafeiridis, Stella Douma
This study examined in vivo (1) skeletal muscle oxygenation and microvascular function, at rest and during handgrip exercise, and (2) their association with macrovascular function and exercise blood pressure (BP), in newly diagnosed, never-treated patients with hypertension and normotensive individuals. Ninety-one individuals (51 hypertensives and 40 normotensives) underwent office and 24-hour ambulatory BP, arterial stiffness, and central aortic BP assessment, followed by a 5-minute arterial occlusion and a 3-minute submaximal handgrip exercise...
June 12, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606468/protective-effect-of-rutin-on-humoral-and-cell-mediated-immunity-in-rat-model
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Aditya Ganeshpurkar, Ajay K Saluja
Diet and dietary intake can persuade the development, safeguard and proper functioning of immune system. Ruin, an important bioflavonoid, is abundantly found in various foodstuffs. Rutin has been acknowledged for its protective and beneficial effects on various aspects of the biological system. The present study was aimed to examine the effect of rutin on the regulation of the immune response in experimental animal models. Effect of rutin of cellular immunity was determined by delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) response, carbon clearance assay, leucocyte mobilization test, and cyclophosphamide-induced myelosuppression, whereas humoral immunity was analyzed by the haemagglutinating antibody (HA) titre assay...
June 9, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606063/on-predicting-time-to-completion-for-the-first-stage-of-spontaneous-labor-at-term-in-multiparous-women
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Björn Gunnarsson, Eirik Skogvoll, Ingibjörg Hanna Jónsdóttir, Jo Røislien, Alexander Kr Smárason
BACKGROUND: Labor that progresses faster than anticipated may lead to unplanned out-of-hospital births. With the aim to improve planning of transportation to birthing institutions, this study investigated predictors of time to completion for the first stage of labor conditional on cervical opening (conditional time) in multiparous women at term. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of partograms for women in Robson's group 3 who delivered at one hospital from 2003 to 2013...
June 12, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595894/arterial-function-parameters-in-patients-with-metabolic-syndrome-and-severe-hypertriglyceridemia
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Egidija Rinkūnienė, Eglė Butkutė, Roma Puronaitė, Žaneta Petrulionienė, Vilma Dženkevičiūtė, Vytautas Kasiulevičius, Aleksandras Laucevičius
BACKGROUND: Hypertriglyceridemia (hTG) is 1 of the dyslipidemia manifestations in patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS). However, for several decades, the role of hTG in cardiovascular risk was not well established. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the parameters of the vascular structure and function in patients with MetS and different degree of hTG. METHODS: Patients (aged 40-65 years) with MetS were divided into 3 groups by triglyceride (TG) levels according to National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III Guidelines: severe hTG (TG ≥ 500 mg/dL), moderate hTG (TG 200-499 mg/dL), and a control (TG < 150 mg/dL) groups...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595341/obstructive-sleep-apnea-dynamically-increases-nocturnal-plasma-free-fatty-acids-glucose-and-cortisol-during-sleep
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Swati Chopra, Aman Rathore, Haris Younas, Luu V Pham, Chenjuan Gu, Aleksandra Beselman, Il-Young Kim, Robert R Wolfe, Jamie Perin, Vsevolod Y Polotsky, Jonathan C Jun
Context: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This association may be related to metabolic changes that transpire during sleep in OSA. Objective: To examine the impact of OSA, elicited by cessation of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), on frequently sampled nocturnal metabolic markers including plasma free fatty acids (FFA), glucose, insulin, triglycerides, cortisol, and lactate; as well as glucose production, oral glucose tolerance, blood pressure, endothelial function, cholesterol, and high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP)...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590266/sex-differences-in-aortic-augmentation-index-in-adolescents
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Jennifer Y Barraclough, Frances L Garden, Brett Toelle, Shamus O'Meagher, Guy B Marks, Christopher T Cowell, David S Celermajer, Julian G Ayer
BACKGROUND: Augmentation index (AIx) is a noninvasive measure of pulse wave reflection. AIx is associated with cardiovascular disease. Adult women have a higher AIx than men, but the factors determining this sex-related difference remain to be determined. METHODS: To examine factors associated with AIx in adolescents, participants in the Childhood Asthma Prevention Study, followed from birth, were assessed at age 14 years, with AIx standardized to a heart rate of 75/min (AIx_75) and pulse wave velocity...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588944/onsite-midwife-led-birth-units-ombus-for-care-around-the-time-of-childbirth-a-systematic-review
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Qian Long, Emma R Allanson, Jennifer Pontre, Özge Tunçalp, George Justus Hofmeyr, Ahmet Metin Gülmezoglu
INTRODUCTION: To ensure timely access to comprehensive emergency obstetric care in low- and middle-income countries, a number of interventions have been employed. This systematic review assesses the effects of onsite midwife-led birth units (OMBUs) embedded within hospitals which provide comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care. METHODS: Both interventional and observational studies that compared OMBUs with standard medical-led obstetric care were eligible for inclusion...
August 2016: BMJ Global Health
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