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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741857/surface-cross-linked-ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene-by-emulsified-diffusion-of-dicumyl-peroxide
#1
Sanem Kayandan, Brinda N Doshi, Ebru Oral, Orhun K Muratoglu
Cross-linking improves the wear resistance of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) used in hip and knee implants. Free radicals, generated by ionizing radiation or chemically, react to form cross-links. Limiting cross-linking to the articulating surface of the implant is desirable to enable high wear resistance on the surface and higher strength and toughness in the bulk. We investigated the diffusion of emulsified dicumyl peroxide (DCP) into vitamin E-blended UHMWPE (0.1 and 0.3 wt. % vitamin-E) with subsequent thermal decomposition in situ to obtain surface cross-linking with the objective of achieving surface wear rate equivalent or lower than that of current clinically available materials...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741856/relationship-between-vitamin-d-and-gestational-diabetes-in-overweight-or-obese-pregnant-women-may-be-mediated-by-adiponectin
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Aya Mousa, Sally K Abell, Soulmaz Shorakae, Cheryce L Harrison, Negar Naderpoor, Danielle Hiam, Alba Moreno-Asso, Nigel K Stepto, Helena J Teede, Barbora de Courten
SCOPE: Maternal vitamin D deficiency has been implicated in adverse pregnancy outcomes. However, the association between vitamin D and inflammation, particularly adipokines, remains unexplored in pregnancy. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 102 overweight or obese pregnant women at high-risk of gestational diabetes (GDM), we investigated relationships between maternal 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) concentrations at 12-15 weeks gestation (baseline) and serum lipids, inflammatory markers, novel adipokines (omentin-1, visfatin, high molecular weight (HMW)-adiponectin), and subsequent pregnancy outcomes (GDM, preeclampsia, preterm birth PTB])...
July 25, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741391/clinical-implications-benefits-and-pitfalls-of-using-and-reversing-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants
#3
Alexandra S Moss, Gerasimos Dimitropoulos, Gregory Y H Lip
The use of non-Vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOAC) drugs is increasingly common in clinical practice. As compared to vitamin K antagonists they are more straightforward to initiate, require no hematological monitoring and offer potentially more stable therapeutic indices. Concern has been raised with regard to their safety profiles particularly in the context of acute reversal in major bleeding. Further issues pertain to patient concordance. Areas Covered: This review article aims to provide an overview of the current evidence relating to NOAC safety as well as the management of NOAC-related major bleeding with particular emphasis on reversal agents in use and in development following a selective literature review...
July 25, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739681/vitamin-d-receptor-polymorphism-and-cancer-an-update
#4
REVIEW
Vikrant Rai, Joe Abdo, Swati Agrawal, Devendra K Agrawal
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D mediates its action via vitamin D receptor (VDR) and is involved in a wide variety of biological processes including regulation of cell proliferation and differentiation in normal tissue and apoptosis, and cell adhesion in tumor cells. The study of genetic variations in VDR may elucidate the association of vitamin D levels, its metabolism, and VDR polymorphism with various diseases and cancer. The association of VDR polymorphism with cancer has been reported; however, the literature lacks critical analyses of the studies in last 3 years...
August 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739188/the-long-term-relationship-between-dietary-pantothenic-acid-vitamin-b5-intake-and-c-reactive-protein-concentration-in-adults-aged-40-years-and-older
#5
S Jung, M K Kim, B Y Choi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Low-grade inflammation, represented by minor C-reactive protein (CRP) elevation, has a critical role in the early stages of atherosclerosis, and pantothenic acid (PA) may have an antioxidant effect in inflammatory process. However, the long-term relationship between PA intake and CRP has not yet been studied. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the long-term relationship of PA intake to CRP concentration in healthy adults aged 40 years or older living in a rural area of South Korea...
June 1, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738909/quantifying-associations-of-the-dietary-share-of-ultra-processed-foods-with-overall-diet-quality-in-first-nations-peoples-in-the-canadian-provinces-of-british-columbia-alberta-manitoba-and-ontario
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Malek Batal, Louise Johnson-Down, Jean-Claude Moubarac, Amy Ing, Karen Fediuk, Tonio Sadik, Constantine Tikhonov, Laurie Chan, Noreen Willows
OBJECTIVE: To quantify associations of the dietary share of ultra-processed foods (UPF) with the overall diet quality of First Nations peoples. DESIGN: A cross-sectional analysis of data from the First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Study, designed to contribute to knowledge gaps regarding the diet of First Nations peoples living on-reserve, south of the 60th parallel. A multistage sampling of communities was conducted. All foods from 24 h dietary recalls were categorized into NOVA categories and analyses were performed to evaluate the impact of UPF on diet quality...
July 25, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737834/vitamin-k-antagonists-versus-low-molecular-weight-heparin-for-the-long-term-treatment-of-symptomatic-venous-thromboembolism
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REVIEW
Alina Andras, Adriano Sala Tenna, Marlene Stewart
BACKGROUND: People with venous thromboembolism (VTE) generally are treated for five days with intravenous unfractionated heparin or subcutaneous low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH), followed by three months of vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). Treatment with VKAs requires regular laboratory measurements and carries risk of bleeding; some patients have contraindications to such treatment. Treatment with LMWH has been proposed to minimise the risk of bleeding complications. This is the second update of a review first published in 2001...
July 24, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737140/bone-mineral-density-of-indian-children-and-adolescents-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Sumita Gupta, Aparna Mukherjee, Rajesh Khadgawat, Madhulika Kabra, Rakesh Lodha, Sushil K Kabra
OBJECTIVE: To document bone mineral density of children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Tertiary-care center of Northern India, July 2012 to August 2015. PARTICIPANTS: 52 children aged 6-18 years with cystic fibrosis and 62 healthy controls of similar age and sex. METHODS: Both patients and controls were stratified into two groups, as pre-pubertal and peri-/post-pubertal, and compared for whole body bone mineral density, measured using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry...
July 15, 2017: Indian Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736622/nutrition-and-osteoporosis-prevention-for-the-orthopaedic-surgeon-a-wholefoods-approach
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Jennette Higgs, Emma Derbyshire, Kathryn Styles
Osteoporosis is a prevalent and debilitating condition with no signs of subsiding. Rising numbers of people consuming nutrient-poor diets coupled with ageing populations and sedentary lifestyles appear to be the main drivers behind this.While the nutrients calcium and vitamin D have received most attention, there is growing evidence that wholefoods and other micronutrients have roles to play in primary and potentially secondary osteoporosis prevention.Until recently, calcium and vitamin D were regarded as the main nutrients essential to bone health but now there are emerging roles for iron, copper and selenium, among others...
June 2017: EFORT open reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736561/recent-advances-in-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-end-stage-renal-disease
#10
REVIEW
Federico Ronco, Patrizio Mazzone, Leila Hosseinian, Simonetta Genovesi
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with a high prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF), but in this population the risk/benefit ratio of anticoagulant therapy with vitamin K antagonists (VKA) for thromboprophylaxis is uncertain. SUMMARY: In end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing hemodialysis, VKA seem less effective in stroke prevention than in the general population, with an increased risk of major bleeding. Recently, novel oral anticoagulant agents (NOACs) have proven to be effective for stroke prevention in AF and have demonstrated an improved safety profile compared to VKA...
June 2017: Cardiorenal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735353/non-vitamin-k-oral-anticoagulants-noacs-and-their-reversal
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REVIEW
Sujan T Reddy, T C Cossey, Sean I Savitz, James C Grotta
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: An 80-year-old man presents with an acute right hemiparesis and National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) of 25, 14 h after taking dabigatran. Activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) is 42.8 s. Arteriogram demonstrates left internal carotid artery thrombosis. What is the appropriate management of this patient with acute ischemic stroke while on a NOAC? RECENT FINDINGS: Idarucizumab is a reversal agent approved for dabigatran, and two more reversal agents, andexanet alfa and aripazine, are currently in development for NOACs...
September 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734987/bioavailable-and-free-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-and-vitamin-d-binding-protein-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-relationships-with-obesity-and-insulin-resistance
#12
Negar Naderpoor, Soulmaz Shorakae, Sally K Abell, Aya Mousa, Anju E Joham, Lisa J Moran, Nigel K Stepto, Poli Mara Spritzer, Helena J Teede, Barbora de Courten
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition characterised by both reproductive and metabolic features (obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes risk). Some evidence suggests that women with PCOS have lower vitamin D levels compared to healthy controls. Vitamin D binding protein (DBP) is the main carrier of vitamin D in circulation and plays an important role in regulating vitamin D concentration and bioavailability for target tissues. To our knowledge, no previous studies have examined DBP, bioavailable and free 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) in women with PCOS...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734922/warfarin-use-is-associated-with-progressive-coronary-arterial-calcification-insights-from-serial-intravascular-ultrasound
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Jordan Andrews, Peter J Psaltis, Ozgur Bayturan, Mingyuan Shao, Brian Stegman, Mohamed Elshazly, Samir R Kapadia, E Murat Tuzcu, Steven E Nissen, Stephen J Nicholls, Rishi Puri
OBJECTIVES: This study compared serial changes in coronary percent atheroma volume (PAV) and calcium index (CaI) in patients with coronary artery disease who were treated with and without warfarin. BACKGROUND: Warfarin blocks the synthesis and activity of matrix Gla protein, a vitamin K-dependent inhibitor of arterial calcification. The longitudinal impact of warfarin on serial coronary artery calcification in vivo in humans is unknown. METHODS: In a post hoc patient-level analysis of 8 prospective randomized trials using serial coronary intravascular ultrasound examinations, this study compared changes in PAV and CaI in matched arterial segments in patients with coronary artery disease who were treated with (n = 171) and without (n = 4,129) warfarin during an 18- to 24-month period...
July 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733112/distinctions-in-gene-specific-changes-in-dna-methylation-in-response-to-folic-acid-supplementation-between-women-with-normal-weight-and-obesity
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Hea Jin Park, Lynn B Bailey, Deanna C Shade, Dorothy B Hausman, Natalie M Hohos, Richard B Meagher, Gail Pa Kauwell, Richard D Lewis, Alicia K Smith
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Obesity and maternal folate deficiency are associated with increased risk for neural tube defects (NTDs). Limited knowledge exists on the impact of folate status or obesity on DNA methylation of genes related to NTD risk and folate metabolism. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Women (18-35y) with normal weight (NW; BMI 18.5-24.9kg/m(2); n=12) and obesity (OB; BMI >30kg/m(2); n=6) were provided FA (800μg/d) for 8-weeks. Serum folate concentration and changes in DNA methylation across 2098 CpG sites in 91 genes related to NTD risk and folate metabolism were examined...
July 18, 2017: Obesity Research & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731874/novel-targets-for-anticoagulants-lacking-bleeding-risk
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Julia K Bickmann, Trevor Baglin, Joost C M Meijers, Thomas Renné
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Arterial and venous thromboembolic diseases are associated with significant morbidity and mortality and present a major medical burden. Currently used anticoagulants for the prevention or treatment of thromboembolic events including heparins, vitamin K-antagonists and inhibitors of thrombin or factor Xa target enzymes of the coagulation cascade that are critical for fibrin formation. However, fibrin is also necessary for hemostatic mechanisms to terminate blood loss at injury sites...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730948/nonvitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-versus-warfarin-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-previous-stroke-or-transient-ischemic-attack-an-updated-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#16
George Ntaios, Vasileios Papavasileiou, Hans-Chris Diener, Konstantinos Makaritsis, Patrik Michel
Background In a previous systematic review and meta-analysis, we assessed the efficacy and safety of nonvitamin-K antagonist oral anticoagulants versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation and stroke or transient ischemic attack. Since then, new information became available. Aim The aim of the present work was to update the results of the previous systematic review and meta-analysis. Methods We searched PubMed until 24 August 2016 for randomized controlled trials using the following search items: "atrial fibrillation" and "anticoagulation" and "warfarin" and "previous stroke or transient ischemic attack...
August 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729407/long-term-stroke-risk-prediction-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-comparison-of-the-abc-stroke-and-cha2ds2-vasc-scores
#17
José Miguel Rivera-Caravaca, Vanessa Roldán, María Asunción Esteve-Pastor, Mariano Valdés, Vicente Vicente, Gregory Y H Lip, Francisco Marín
BACKGROUND: The ABC-stroke score (age, biomarkers [N-terminal fragment B-type natriuretic peptide, high-sensitivity troponin], and clinical history [prior stroke/transient ischemic attack]) was proposed to predict stroke in atrial fibrillation (AF). This score was derived/validated in 2 clinical trial cohorts in which patients with AF were highly selected and carefully followed-up. However, the median follow-up was 1.9 years in the trial cohort; therefore, its long-term predictive performance remains uncertain...
July 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728316/use-of-novel-oral-anticoagulant-to-treat-pulmonary-thromboembolism-in-patient-with-ulcerative-colitis-superinfected-cytomegalovirus-colitis
#18
Seok Hwan Kim, Sunhee Jang, Yegyu Sung, Jun Kyu Park, Yunjung Park, Jintak Yun, Sang Bum Kang
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are the two major types of inflammatory bowel disease, and affect mainly the gastrointestinal tract but also have extraintestinal sequelae, such as arterial and venous thromboembolism. Thromboembolic complications, particularly pulmonary thromboembolism, can be life threatening and require prompt management with anticoagulants. Conventional vitamin K antagonists have been used for the treatment of thromboembolic complications, but the development of novel oral anticoagulants has shifted the paradigm...
July 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727775/adolescent-health-in-rural-ghana-a-cross-sectional-study-on-the-co-occurrence-of-infectious-diseases-malnutrition-and-cardio-metabolic-risk-factors
#19
Marie Alicke, Justice K Boakye-Appiah, Inusah Abdul-Jalil, Andrea Henze, Markus van der Giet, Matthias B Schulze, Florian J Schweigert, Frank P Mockenhaupt, George Bedu-Addo, Ina Danquah
In sub-Saharan Africa, infectious diseases and malnutrition constitute the main health problems in children, while adolescents and adults are increasingly facing cardio-metabolic conditions. Among adolescents as the largest population group in this region, we investigated the co-occurrence of infectious diseases, malnutrition and cardio-metabolic risk factors (CRFs), and evaluated demographic, socio-economic and medical risk factors for these entities. In a cross-sectional study among 188 adolescents in rural Ghana, malarial infection, common infectious diseases and Body Mass Index were assessed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727359/-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#20
Gaia Sirimarco, Lorenz Hirt, Roman Sztajzel, Fabienne Perren
Oral anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists (VKA) was the cornerstone of stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). This review article presents the state of the art, with regard to the treatment options developed over the past few years, the new oral anticoagulants (NOAC). A search in PubMed for relevant published studies has been performed. Dabigatran and apixaban were superior to warfarin to reduce stroke risk or systemic embolism ; dabigatran, rivaroxaban and edoxaban were non-inferior. All NOAC are globally non-inferior to warfarin for stroke prevention in non-valvular AF and they have a superior safety profile, with a reduced intracranial bleeding risk...
April 26, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
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