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Liya Lu, Chaoqiang Jiang, Danny F Mackay, Jill P Pell, Kar Keung Cheng, Tai Hing Lam, G Neil Thomas
OBJECTIVES: We studied the association between secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in Chinese non-smokers. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study using baseline data from the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study: Cardiovascular Disease Sub-cohort Study (GBCS-CVD). Guangzhou residents aged ≥ 50 years were recruited between 2003 and 2008. Baseline data included measurement of ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) and self-reported smoking status and SHS exposure...
October 20, 2016: Vascular
Man Chu, Lai Shan Tam, Jing Zhu, Delong Jiao, De Hua Liu, Zhe Cai, Jie Dong, Christopher Wei Kai Lam, Chun Kwok Wong
The newly named interleukin (IL)-36 subfamily member IL-38 has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory activity. However, the in vivo immunomodulatory activity of IL-38 was poorly investigated in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We have investigated the expression of CD4(+)IL-17(+) Th17, CD4(+)IFN-γ(+) Th1 and CD3(+)CD4(-)CD8(-) double negative (DN) T cells and the related immunopathological mechanisms in female MRL/lpr mice model of spontaneous lupus-like disease, with or without IL-38 treatment. Intravenous administration of murine recombinant IL-38 into MRL/lpr mice can ameliorate the lupus-like clinical symptoms including proteinuria, leukocyteuria and skin lesions...
October 17, 2016: Immunobiology
Vijay Kumar Wagh, Ki Crystal Lam, A M Susana Morley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Journal Canadien D'ophtalmologie
Maria Chiu, Michael Lebenbaum, Kelvin Lam, Nelson Chong, Mahmoud Azimaee, Karey Iron, Doug Manuel, Astrid Guttmann
BACKGROUND: Ontario, the most populous province in Canada, has a universal healthcare system that routinely collects health administrative data on its 13 million legal residents that is used for health research. Record linkage has become a vital tool for this research by enriching this data with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Permanent Resident (IRCC-PR) database and the Office of the Registrar General's Vital Statistics-Death (ORG-VSD) registry. Our objectives were to estimate linkage rates and compare characteristics of individuals in the linked versus unlinked files...
October 21, 2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Siying Ren, Yongfeng Luo, Hui Chen, David Warburton, Hilaire C Lam, Larry Wang, Ping Chen, Elizabeth P Henske, Wei Shi
The tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) proteins are critical negative regulators of the mTORC1 pathway. Germline mutations of TSC1 or TSC2 cause TSC, affecting multiple organs, including the kidney and lung, and causing substantial morbidity and mortality. The mechanisms of organ-specific disease in TSC remain incompletely understood, and the impact of TSC inactivation on mesenchymal lineage cells has not been specifically studied. We deleted Tsc2 specifically in mesoderm-derived mesenchymal cells of multiple organs in mice using the Dermo1-Cre driver...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Chloe Y Y Cheung, Elaine Y L Hui, Chi-Ho Lee, Kelvin H M Kwok, Rita A Gangwani, Kenneth K W Li, Jeffrey C W Chan, Yu-Cho Woo, Wing-Sun Chow, Michele M A Yuen, Rachel L C Wong, Carol H Y Fong, Aimin Xu, David S H Wong, Pak-Chung Sham, Karen S L Lam
Purpose: Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a common microvascular complication of type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) had identified novel DR-susceptibility genetic variants in various populations. We examined the associations of these DR-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with severe DR in a Chinese T2DM cohort. Methods: Cross-sectional case-control studies on sight-threatening DR (STDR) and proliferative DR (PDR) were performed...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Elizabeth A Neuner, Andrea M Pallotta, Simon W Lam, David Stowe, Steven M Gordon, Gary W Procop, Sandra S Richter
OBJECTIVE To describe the impact of rapid diagnostic microarray technology and antimicrobial stewardship for patients with Gram-positive blood cultures. DESIGN Retrospective pre-intervention/post-intervention study. SETTING A 1,200-bed academic medical center. PATIENTS Inpatients with blood cultures positive for Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, E. faecium, Streptococcus pneumoniae, S. pyogenes, S. agalactiae, S. anginosus, Streptococcus spp., and Listeria monocytogenes during the 6 months before and after implementation of Verigene Gram-positive blood culture microarray (BC-GP) with an antimicrobial stewardship intervention...
November 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Ada Wai Tung Fung, Wai-Chi Chan, Corine Sau-Man Wong, Eric Yu-Hai Chen, Roger Man-Kin Ng, Edwin Ho-Ming Lee, Wing-Chung Chang, Se-Fong Hung, Eric Fuk-Chi Cheung, Pak-Chung Sham, Helen Fung-Kum Chiu, Ming Lam, Tin-Po Chiang, Jim van Os, Joseph Tak-Fai Lau, Glyn Lewis, Paul Bebbington, Linda Chiu Wa Lam
BACKGROUND: Anxiety disorders are prevalent yet under-recognized in late life. We examined the prevalence of anxiety disorders in a representative sample of community dwelling older adults in Hong Kong. METHOD: Data on 1,158 non-demented respondents aged 60-75 years were extracted from the Hong Kong Mental Morbidity survey (HKMMS). Anxiety was assessed with the revised Clinical Interview Schedule (CIS-R). RESULT: One hundred and thirty-seven respondents (11...
October 21, 2016: International Psychogeriatrics
Lawrence T Lam, Mary K Lam
Excessive use of the Internet is considered a problematic behaviour by clinicians and researchers. Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) has been advocated for a long time as a treatment approach and has been extended to include family therapy in the recent years. As eTherapy (eHealth) has become an important component in the treatment of many mental health problems, it is prudent to explore the current status of the eHealth approach as an intervention option for this problem. This systematic review aims to examine the current development of online intervention programmes for this particular condition...
December 2016: Current Psychiatry Reports
Q Hu, C Q Jiang, W S Zhang, J J Cheng, L Xu, Y L Jin, S L Rao, H Q Zheng, D Q Lam
Objective: To examine the correlation between body fat percentage (BFP) and general obesity indexes, including body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC) and waist to hip ratio (WHR) and calculate the corresponding BFP cutoff values in the middle aged and old people in Guangzhou. The corresponding cut-point of optimal body fat percentage for Guangzhou older population. Methods: Based on the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study (GBCS), 3 490 relatively healthy Guangzhou residents aged ≥50 years were selected and were randomly divided into 2 groups...
October 10, 2016: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
Siran Wang, Xianjun Yuan, Zhihao Dong, Junfeng Li, Gang Guo, Yunfeng Bai, Junyu Zhang, Tao Shao
Objective: Four lactic acid bacteria (LAB) strains isolated from common vetch, tall fescue and perennial ryegrass on the Tibetan Plateau were characterized, and their effects on the fermentation quality of Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.) silage were studied. Methods: The four isolated strains and one commercial inoculant (G, Lactobacillus plantarum MTD-1) were evaluated using the acid production ability test, morphological observation, Gram staining, physiological, biochemical and acid tolerance tests...
October 19, 2016: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
Zhong Liu, Cheng Zhang, Alireza Khodadadi-Jamayran, Lam Dang, Xiaosi Han, Kitai Kim, Hu Li, Rui Zhao
Neural stem cells (NSCs) have the capacity to differentiate into neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes, and therefore represent a promising donor tissue source for treating neurodegenerative diseases and repairing injuries of the nervous system. However, it remains unclear how canonical microRNAs (miRNAs), the subset of miRNAs requiring the Drosha-Dgcr8 microprocessor and the type III RNase Dicer for biogenesis, regulate NSCs. In this study, we established and characterized <i>Dgcr8</i><sup>-/-</sup> NSCs from conditionally <i>Dgcr8</i>-disrupted mouse embryonic brain...
October 20, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
Kai Pun Wong, Kin Pan Au, Shi Lam, Brian H Lang
INTRODUCTION: Patients with hoarseness of voice, previous neck operation or suspicion of malignancy are at "high-risk" of having pre-thyroidectomy vocal cord (VC) palsy. Therefore, VC functions should be evaluated before the operation. We aimed to evaluate the accuracy of hoarseness, voice related questionnaire (Voice handicap Index (VHI) - 30) and transcutaneous laryngeal ultrasound (TLUSG) in diagnosing VC palsy, as well as the role of TLUSG in the evaluation of high-risk patients. METHODS: 1000 patients undergoing thyroidectomy or other endocrine-related neck procedures were prospectively included...
October 20, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
Anne-Marie E Yardley, Annette K Hoskin, Kate Hanman, Paul G Sanfilippo, Geoffrey C Lam, David A Mackey
BACKGROUND: The aim was to investigate the characteristics and outcomes of ocular and adnexal injuries requiring hospitalisation in children in Perth, Western Australia. METHODS: This is a hospital-based retrospective review of children admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital for Children with diagnoses of ocular and/or adnexal trauma from 2002-2013. Hospital charts were reviewed for demographic information, injury and management details, follow-up and visual outcome...
October 20, 2016: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
Kamyar Keramatian, Taj Dhanoa, Alexander McGirr, Donna J Lang, William G Honer, Raymond W Lam, Lakshmi N Yatham
OBJECTIVES: The neurobiological underpinnings of bipolar I disorder are not yet understood. Previous structural neuroimaging studies of bipolar disorder have produced rather conflicting results. We hypothesize that clinical sub-phenotypes of bipolar I disorder defined by their psychotic symptoms, especially those with mood-incongruent psychotic features, may have more extensive structural brain abnormalities. METHODS: We investigated structural brain alterations in patients with first-episode mania (n = 55) with mood-congruent (n = 16) and mood-incongruent (n = 32) psychotic features, as well as those without psychotic symptoms (n = 7), relative to healthy subjects (n = 56)...
October 20, 2016: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
S W Choi, D M H Lam
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 19, 2016: Anaesthesia
Alice P S Kong, Kai Chow Choi, Jihui Zhang, Andrea Luk, Siu Ping Lam, Michael H M Chan, Ronald C W Ma, Juliana C N Chan, Yun Kwok Wing
AIMS: We aimed to explore the associations of sleep patterns during weekdays and weekends with glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: We examined the association between indices of glycemic control [glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and fasting plasma glucose (FPG)] and sleep parameters (sleep duration, bedtime, and differences of sleep duration during weekdays and weekends) from adults with type 2 diabetes recruited in a prospective cohort enrolling from hospital medical clinics...
October 19, 2016: Acta Diabetologica
Jan-Marie Kozicky, Alexander McGirr, David J Bond, Marjorie Gonzalez, Leonardo E Silveira, Kamyar Keramatian, Ivan J Torres, Raymond W Lam, Lakshmi N Yatham
OBJECTIVES: Bipolar I disorder (BD-I) is associated with gray matter volume (GMV) alterations in neural regions important for emotional regulation. Reductions found in patients with multiple episodes are not seen at illness onset, suggesting that changes occur with illness progression, although no prospective studies to date have examined this. In the present study, we assessed GMV at baseline and one year following a first manic episode, examining the impact of episode recurrence on the trajectory of change...
September 2016: Bipolar Disorders
Thahira Jamal Mohamed, Sirinya Teeraananchai, Stephen J Kerr, Wanatpreeya Phongsamart, Nik Khairulddin Nik Yusoff, Rawiwan Hansudewechakul, Penh Sun Ly, Lam Van Nguyen, Tavitiya Sudjaritruk, Pagakrong Lumbiganon, Viet Chau Do, Nia Kurniati, Nagalingeswaran Kumarasamy, Dewi Kumara Wati, Moy Siew Fong, Revathy Nallusamy, Azar Kariminia, Annette Sohn
<b>Background.</b> We sought to assess the impact of routine HIV viral load (VL) monitoring on the incidence of switching from a first- to a second-line antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimen, and to describe factors associated with switch. <b>Methods.</b> Data from a regional cohort of 16 clinical programs in 6 Asian countries were analyzed. Second-line switch was defined as a change from a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) to a protease inhibitor (PI) or vice versa, and >1 of the following: 1) reported treatment failure by local criteria, 2) switch of >1 additional drug, or 3) a preceding HIV viral load (VL) ≥1,000 copies/mL...
October 19, 2016: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
Maria T Bourlon, Dexiang Gao, Sara Trigero, Julia E Clemons, Kathryn Breaker, Elaine T Lam, Thomas W Flaig
Increases in the mean corpuscular volume (MCV) have been observed in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) on tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment; however, its association with progression-free-survival (PFS) is unknown. We aimed to characterize TKI-associated macrocytosis in mRCC and its relationship with PFS. Retrospective review of data on macrocytosis and thyroid dysfunction on mRCC patients treated with sunitinib and/or sorafenib. These results are evaluated in the context of our previous report on the association of hypothyroidism in this setting...
October 19, 2016: Cancer Medicine
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