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Vineeta Tanwar, Aashish Katapadi, Jeremy M Adelstein, Jacob A Grimmer, Loren E Wold
Purpose: Environmental stressors are disturbing our ecosystem at an accelerating rate. An increasingly relevant stressor are air pollutants, whose levels are increasing worldwide with threats to human health. These air pollutants are associated with increased mortality and morbidity from cardiovascular diseases. In this review we discuss environmental stressors focusing mainly on the various types of air pollutants, their short-term and long-term cardiovascular effects, and providing the epidemiological evidence associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes...
February 2018: Current Opinion in Physiology
Sheikh Mohammad Shavik, Zhenxiang Jiang, Seungik Baek, Lik Chuan Lee
While it has long been recognized that bi-directional interaction between the heart and the vasculature plays a critical role in the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system, a comprehensive study of this interaction has largely been hampered by a lack of modeling framework capable of simultaneously accommodating high-resolution models of the heart and vasculature. Here, we address this issue and present a computational modeling framework that couples finite element (FE) models of the left ventricle (LV) and aorta to elucidate ventricular-arterial coupling in the systemic circulation...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Nathan S Bryan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To reveal the mechanisms of nitric oxide (NO) production in humans and how lifestyle, drug therapy, and hygienic practices can decrease NO production. Furthermore, to show how functional nitric oxide nutrition can overcome these limitations to restore endogenous NO production and combat cardiovascular disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Research over the past decade has revealed that inorganic nitrate and nitrite found naturally in green leafy vegetables and other vegetables such as beets can provide the human body with a source of bioactive nitric oxide...
March 17, 2018: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
Sylvia Moeskops, Jon L Oliver, Paul J Read, John B Cronin, Gregory D Myer, G Gregory Haff, Rhodri S Lloyd
To investigate the within- and between-session reliability of the isometric mid-thigh pull (IMTP) in pre- and post-peak height velocity (PHV) female athletes. Nineteen pre- and nineteen post-PHV athletes performed bilateral IMTPs using a custom-designed isometric testing system. Participants attended three separate testing-sessions, and performed three trials within each session. Peak force, relative peak force, force at 30, 50, 90, 100, 150, 200, and 250 milliseconds, rate of force development (RFD) within time-specific bands, time to peak force (TPF), and time to peak rate of force development (TPRFD) were obtained for analysis...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Judd B Kessler, Andrea B Troxel, David A Asch, Shivan J Mehta, Noora Marcus, Raymond Lim, Jingsan Zhu, William Shrank, Troyen Brennan, Kevin G Volpp
BACKGROUND: Poor medication adherence is common and limits the effectiveness of treatment. OBJECTIVE: To investigate how social supports, automated alerts, and their combination improve medication adherence. DESIGN: Four-arm, randomized clinical trial with a 6-month intervention. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 179 CVS health employees or adult dependents with CVS Caremark prescription coverage, a current daily statin prescription, a medication possession ratio less than 80%, and Internet access...
March 15, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
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Simon Innes, chief executive of CVS, shares his thoughts on vet salaries, recruitment challenges and his ambition for CVS global domination. By Adele Waters.
March 17, 2018: Veterinary Record
Evelina Cardoso, Thomas Mercier, Anna Dorothea Wagner, Krisztian Homicsko, Olivier Michielin, Kim Ellefsen-Lavoie, Laurène Cagnon, Manuel Diezi, Thierry Buclin, Nicolas Widmer, Chantal Csajka, Laurent Decosterd
A sensitive and selective method of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) has been developed for the simultaneous quantification of six anticancer protein kinase inhibitors (PKIs), dabrafenib, trametinib, vemurafenib, cobimetinib, pazopanib, regorafenib, and two active metabolites (regorafenib-M2 and regorafenib-M5) in human plasma. Plasma protein precipitation with methanol enables the sample extraction of 100 μL aliquot of plasma. Analytes are detected by electrospray triple-stage quadrupole mass spectrometry and quantified using the calibration curves with stable isotope-labeled internal standards...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Rachel C Lombardo, Aleksey Porollo, James F Cnota, Robert J Hopkin
PurposeCongenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS, OMIM 209880) is a rare autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutation in PHOX2B that manifests as a consequence of abnormal neural crest cell migration during embryogenesis. Unlike other neurocristopathies, however, its impact on the cardiovascular system has not been previously assessed. This study was an effort to characterize the association between congenital heart disease (CHD) and mutations in PHOX2B in patients with CCHS.MethodsA retrospective review of patients with CCHS in conjunction with functional analysis of PHOX2B mutations associated with CHD was performed...
March 15, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Chenhao Zhang, Shuqin Zhao, Yanjing Zang, Weidong Zhao, Qin Song, Shanshan Feng, Lei Hu, Fang Gu
Objective Cerebral vasospasm(CVS) after Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) can cause delayed cerebral ischemia,secondary cerebral infarction, and rehemorrhage, which are the leading causes of mutilation and death. Nimodipine has been shown to prevent CVS. Magnesium ion (Mg2+ ) can competitively inhibit the influx of calcium (Ca2+ ) and prevent vasospasm. There is evidence that magnesium sulfate can prevent CVS and reduce infarct volume after SAH. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of intravenous magnesium sulfate combined with oral nimodipine on CVS, delayed cerebral ischemia, secondary cerebral infarction, and rehemorrhage after SAH...
April 2018: Neurological Research
Nataliya Zelinska, Iryna Shevchenko, Evgenia Globa
BACKGROUND: We investigated the prevalence of Turner syndrome (TS) in Ukrainian population, the frequency of karyotype variants, the age of children at diagnosis, the degree of short stature and phenotypic features in TS girls. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective analyses was made in 538 TS girls aged 0.11-18.2 years old within the period of 2005-2015 with detailed examination of 150 patients. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: The prevalence of TS in Ukraine is 77...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology
Guanrui Wu, Zhe Li, Wen Ju, Xiaomei Yang, Xiaofeng Fu, Xibao Gao
Although selenium, which is a necessary trace element for the human body, has been considered to be beneficial to the cardiovascular system and helpful to lower blood pressure, more and more evidence shows that high amounts of selenium are a risk factor for hypertension. A random multistage sampling which included the cluster method was performed; a total of 9076 urban and rural residents between 18 and 80 years old in the Shandong province of China were investigated by questionnaire, physical examination, and laboratory tests...
March 13, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
Nadja I Bork, Viacheslav O Nikolaev
The ubiquitous second messenger 3',5'-cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) regulates multiple physiologic processes in the cardiovascular system. Its intracellular effects are mediated by stringently controlled subcellular microdomains. In this review, we will illustrate the current techniques available for real-time cGMP measurements with a specific focus on live cell imaging methods. We will also discuss currently accepted and emerging mechanisms of cGMP compartmentation in the cardiovascular system.
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Xin Sun, Jennifer Young, Jeng-Hung Liu, David Newman
The objective of this project was to develop a computer vision system (CVS) for objective measurement of pork loin under industry speed requirement. Color images of pork loin samples were acquired using a CVS. Subjective color and marbling scores were determined according to the National Pork Board standards by a trained evaluator. Instrument color measurement and crude fat percentage were used as control measurements. Image features (18 color features; 1 marbling feature; 88 texture features) were extracted from whole pork loin color images...
March 7, 2018: Meat Science
Mohsen Bakouri
In this study, the physiological control algorithm using sliding mode control method is implemented to track the reference input signal. The controller is developed using feed-forward part, reference model, and steady-state flow estimator. The proposed control method is evaluated using a dynamic heart-pump interaction model incorporating descriptions of the cardiovascular system - rotary blood pump. The immediate response of the controller to preload as well as afterload was studied. Stability and feasibility of the control system were demonstrated through the tests...
April 2018: IET Systems Biology
Morgan K Hoke, Kimberly A McCabe, Aaron A Miller, Thomas W McDade
OBJECTIVE: To validate a method for measuring endotoxin-core antibodies (EndoCAb) from dried blood spots (DBS)-drops of capillary whole blood collected and dried on filter paper-as an indicator of environmental enteropathy (EE) in infancy and early childhood. METHODS: A commercially available enzyme immunoassay kit was adapted for use with DBS, with optimized steps for sample elution. Technical validation included analysis of linearity/recovery, precision and reliability, lower limit of detection, and correspondence between matched plasma and DBS samples...
March 13, 2018: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
Jiuxing Liang, Xiangmin Zhang, Yuxi Luo, Tingting Wang, Lin Sun, Shaoxiong Huang
Sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (SAHS) is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. However, the pathophysiology between them is not yet clear. This paper seeks to understand how respiratory events impact the cardiovascular system by heart rate variability. We compared the differences between successional pathological respiratory events (PR) and pure normal respiration (NR) during sleep. The transitions between normal and pathological respiration (TR) were also analyzed. Thirteen patients who suffered moderate or severe SAHS were enrolled in this study...
March 12, 2018: International Heart Journal
Vivian T Almeida, Ricardo A R Uscategui, Antônio A Camacho, Marlos G Sousa, Victor J C Santos, Marjury C Maronezi, Wilter R R Vicente, Marcus A R Feliciano
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the consequences of the estrous cycle and gestation on the cardiovascular system of bitches evaluated through echocardiographic assessment. Fifteen healthy pregnant bitches aged 2 to 6 years and weighing 8.8 ± 2.5 kg were included in the study. Heart rate and blood pressure were clinically evaluated. M-mode, spectral, and tissue Doppler-echocardiography assessments were performed during the anestrous and estrous stages, every 15 days during pregnancy (15, 30, 45, and 60 days), and 45 days postpartum...
March 1, 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
Ray W Squires, Adam M Shultz, Joerg Herrmann
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cancer patients nearly universally experience a decline in quality of life, with fatigue and reduced exercise tolerance as cardinal reflections. A routine exercise program can improve these signs and symptoms as well as overall outcomes. The review provides an updated overview of the field and its translation to clinical practice. RECENT FINDINGS: A wealth of clinical studies have documented the safety and benefits of exercise after and during cancer therapy, and pilot and larger-scale studies are currently ongoing to integrate exercise into the treatment program for cancer patients undergoing active therapy (EXACT pilot, OptiTrain, and TITAN study)...
March 10, 2018: Current Oncology Reports
Tymoteusz Żera, Jacek Przybylski, Tomasz Grygorowicz, Kaja Kasarełło, Martyna Podobińska, Dagmara Mirowska-Guzel, Agnieszka Cudnoch-Jędrzejewska
Vasopressin (AVP) maintains body homeostasis by regulating water balance, cardiovascular system and stress response. AVP inhibits breathing through central vasopressin 1a receptors (V1aRs). Chemoreceptors within carotid bodies (CBs) detect chemical and hormonal signals in the bloodstream and provide sensory input to respiratory and cardiovascular centers of the brainstem. In the study we investigated if CBs contain V1aRs and how the receptors are involved in the regulation of ventilation by AVP. We first immunostained CBs for V1aRs and tyrosine hydroxylase, a marker of chemoreceptor type I (glomus) cells...
March 7, 2018: Peptides
G Perazzolli, G Girolomoni, C Colato, D Quaglino
Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE, OMIM 264800) is an autosomal recessive disorder in which elastic fibers of skin, eyes, and cardiovascular system become progressively calcified, causing a spectrum of manifestations with a variable phenotype. The proposed prevalence of PXE is 1/25 000, but this might be an underestimate. PXE is associated with mutations in the ABCC6 (ATP binding cassette subtype C number 6) gene. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 10, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
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