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Elżbieta Pac-Kożuchowska, Anna Rakuś-Kwiatosz, Paulina Krawiec
BACKGROUND: Atherosclerosis may originate during the fetal period, therefore it is reasonable to identify early risk markers of lifestyle diseases. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to determine the relationship between fetal and maternal factors, and the neonatal cord blood lipid profile in term newborns. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the study group, there were 206 healthy Polish newborns. Newborn characteristics included sex, gestational age at birth, Apgar score, and anthropometric data (weight and length at birth, neonatal ponderal index, head, chest and abdominal circumferences, placenta weight, and placental-fetal weight ratio)...
March 13, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Xue-Na Zheng, Jun Yang, Tao Xie, Bin Guo, Zhi-Qiang Xie, Li-Na Xie, Xue-Fen Wu, Gang-Zhu Hu, Mai-Lan Liu, Zeng-Hui Yue
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of herbal cake-separated moxibustion on blood lipid-apoprotein levels and the expression of Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR 2), TLR 4 and nuclear factor kappa B(NF-κB) mRNAs in atherosclerotic (AS) vulnerable plaques of hyperglycemia rabbits, so as to explore its mechanism underlying improvement of atherosclerosis. METHODS: Sixty New Zealand rabbits were randomly divided into 5 groups: control, model, direct moxibustion, herbal-cake-separated moxibustion and medication groups( n =12 rabbits in each group)...
February 25, 2018: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Chen Peng, Ying Ding, Xin Yi, Yupei Shen, Zhiqiang Dong, Limei Cao, Qiang Li, Haiyan Ren, Lin He, Daizhan Zhou, Xu Chen
PURPOSE: Ischemic stroke (IS) is one of the most common neurologic diseases and is the main cause of death and disability in the Chinese population. This retrospective cohort study was performed to elucidate the relationship between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in cytochrome P450 genes and the therapeutic effect of atorvastatin. METHODS: A total of 192 cases of IS were enrolled in the study. All patients were treated with atorvastatin, and their lipid levels and proportions were measured...
February 27, 2018: Clinical Therapeutics
Vandana Gupta, Sameeksha Mishra, Supriya Mishra, Sandeep Kumar, Vani Gupta
Leptin and adiponectin play an important role in the regulation of body weight and energy homeostasis. The purpose of the present study was to ascertain the relationship between leptin to adiponectin ratio (L:A) and metabolic risk factors in postmenopausal women.This is a cross sectional case-control study. A total of 523 postmenopausal women were recruited for the study 270 postmenopausal women with metabolic syndrome and 253 apparently healthy control postmenopausal women without metabolic syndrome. Biochemical and Anthropometrical parameters were measured...
February 2, 2018: Immunology Letters
Yezhe Lin, Yanmin Peng, Shen He, Jingjie Xu, Yuan Shi, Yousong Su, Cuizhen Zhu, Xinyi Zhang, Rubai Zhou, Donghong Cui
Olanzapine (OLZ) is efficacious whereas leads to adverse metabolic effects thus lead to higher risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) on schizophrenia. Cytokines have been found associated with metabolic disorders. Therefore, pretreatment prediction of OLZ-induced adverse metabolic effects is urgently needed. To investigate if baseline cytokine levels could become biomarkers for pathogenesis of schizophrenia or prediction for OLZ-induced adverse metabolic effects, we recruited 75 participants, including 23 schizophrenia inpatients, who were antipsychotic-free over the past 6 months or first episode and drug-naive and 52 matched health controls, in our prospective cohort study and cross-sectional study...
January 31, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Maria Efthymia Katsa, Anastasios Ioannidis, Sofia Zyga, Maria Tsironi, Paraskevas Koutsovitis, Stylianos Chatzipanagiotou, Demosthenes Panagiotakos, Athanasios Sachlas, Petros Kolovos, Kleopatra Routsi, Anna Maria Pistikou, Dafni Eleni Kougioumtzi Dimoliani, Andrea Paola Rojas Gil
PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of lifestyle habits in childhood Metabolic Syndrome (MTS). DESIGN AND METHODS: Descriptive correlation study with 480 participants (5-12 years old) using a specially designed questionnaire was conducted. Anthropometric and biochemical analyses were performed. RESULTS: Fifteen percent of children exhibited predisposition for MTS. Regarding sleep habits, logistic regression analysis (LRA) showed that hour of sleep -before 22:00- was associated with decreased waist circumference (WC%) (p = ...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Marit Skogstad, Lars-Kristian Lunde, Bente Ulvestad, Hans Christian D Aass, Thomas Clemm, Asgeir Mamen, Øivind Skare
In line with recommendations from both the World Health Organization and the European Union some employers encourage workplace health promotion through physical activity (PA) facilities and leisure time PA-initiatives. The current study describes a 15-month follow-up after an 8-week workplace delivered PA-initiative, investigates if improvements in cardiovascular risk status are sustainable, and elucidates differences according to educational level. One hundred and twenty one employees (43 women) were examined before and after the 8-week PA-initiative and 94 at the 15-month follow-up...
February 4, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Duane B Corbett, Curtis Fennell, Kylene Peroutky, J Derek Kingsley, Ellen L Glickman
BACKGROUND: To determine the effectiveness of a low-cost 12-week worksite physical activity intervention targeting a goal of 10,000 steps per day on reducing anthropometric indices, blood pressure indices, and plasma biomarkers of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk among the employees of a major university. METHODS: Fifty university employees (n = 43 female, n = 7 male; mean age = 48 ± 10 years) participated in the 12-week physical activity intervention (60 min, 3 day/week)...
January 29, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Ali Javandoost, Asma Afshari, Irandokht Nikbakht-Jam, Mohammad Khademi, Saied Eslami, Mina Nosrati, Mojtaba Foroutan-Tanha, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Shima Tavalaie, Majid Ghayour-Mobarhan, Gordon Ferns, Farzin Hadizadeh, Abolghasem Tabassi, Ahmad Mohajeri
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome is defined by insulin resistance and a clustering of other cardiovascular risk factors. Crocin is a carotenoid derived from the stigmas of the saffron flower and had previously been shown to affect lipid profile. However, the mechanism for this function is not well understood. The present trial aimed to investigate the possible effect of crocin on plasma levels of cholesteryl ester transfer protein and lipid profile in individuals with metabolic syndrome...
September 2017: ARYA Atherosclerosis
Alan J Garber, Martin J Abrahamson, Joshua I Barzilay, Lawrence Blonde, Zachary T Bloomgarden, Michael A Bush, Samuel Dagogo-Jack, Ralph A DeFronzo, Daniel Einhorn, Vivian A Fonseca, Jeffrey R Garber, W Timothy Garvey, George Grunberger, Yehuda Handelsman, Irl B Hirsch, Paul S Jellinger, Janet B McGill, Jeffrey I Mechanick, Paul D Rosenblit, Guillermo E Umpierrez
A1C = hemoglobin A1C; AACE = American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; ACCORD = Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes; ACCORD BP = Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes Blood Pressure; ACEI = angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor; ADVANCE = Action in Diabetes and Vascular Disease: Preterax and Diamicron MR Controlled Evaluation; AGI = alpha-glucosidase inhibitor; apo B = apolipoprotein B; ASCVD = atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease; BAS = bile acid sequestrant; BCR-QR = bromocriptine quick release; BMI = body mass index; BP = blood pressure; CCB = calcium channel blocker; CHD = coronary heart disease; CKD = chronic kidney disease; CVD = cardiovascular disease; DASH = Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension; DPP4 = dipeptidyl peptidase 4; eGFR = estimated glomerular filtration rate; ER = extended release; FDA = Food and Drug Administration; GLP1 = glucagon-like peptide 1; HDL-C = high-density lipoprotein cholesterol; IMPROVE-IT = Improved Reduction of Outcomes: Vytorin Efficacy International Trial; LDL-C = low-density lipoprotein cholesterol; LDL-P = low-density lipoprotein particle; Look AHEAD = Look Action for Health in Diabetes; NPH = neutral protamine Hagedorn; OSA = obstructive sleep apnea; RCT = randomized controlled trial; SU = sulfonylurea; SGLT2 = sodium glucose cotransporter-2; SMBG = self-monitoring of blood glucose; T2D = type 2 diabetes; TZD = thiazolidinedione; VADT = Veterans Affairs Diabetes Trial...
January 2018: Endocrine Practice
Hanyu Zhu, Qiuxia Han, Dong Zhang, Yong Wang, Jing Gao, Wenjia Geng, Xiaoli Yang, Xiangmei Chen
Background: Minimal change disease (MCD) is a kind of nephrotic syndrome (NS). In this study, we aimed to establish a mathematical diagnostic model based on biological parameters to classify MCD. Methods: A total of 798 NS patients were divided into MCD group and control group. The comparison of biological indicators between two groups were performed with t -tests. Logistic regression was used to establish the diagnostic model, and the diagnostic value of the model was estimated using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis...
2018: PeerJ
Aisha James, Seth A Berkowitz, Jeffrey M Ashburner, Yuchiao Chang, Daniel M Horn, Sandra M O'Keefe, Steven J Atlas
BACKGROUND: Healthcare systems use population health management programs to improve the quality of cardiovascular disease care. Adding a dedicated population health coordinator (PHC) who identifies and reaches out to patients not meeting cardiovascular care goals to these programs may help reduce disparities in cardiovascular care. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a program that used PHCs decreased racial/ethnic disparities in LDL cholesterol and blood pressure (BP) control...
January 8, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
XiaoXiao Zhao, Liujin Bo, Hongwei Zhao, Lihong Li, Yingyan Zhou, Hongyu Wang
BACKGROUND: Carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) is a significant early prediction signal for preclinical atherosclerosis. Plasma homocysteine (Hcy) level is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Pulse wave velocity (PWV), an index of arterial stiffness (AS), has showed its value in the evaluation of AS in vascular-related diseases. The data regarding the relationships between cIMT and other indices of vascular damage are limited and partly controversial. We aim to investigate the relationships between cIMT and other indices of vascular damage such as Hcy and carotid femoral PWV (CF-PWV)...
2018: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
Peter P Toth, Naveed Sattar, Dirk J Blom, Seth S Martin, Steven R Jones, Maria Laura Monsalvo, Mary Elliott, Mike Davis, Ransi Somaratne, David Preiss
The level of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) reflects the cholesterol carried mainly by low-density lipoprotein particles (LDL-P). LDL-C, however, does not always correlate with LDL-P because of the variable amounts of cholesterol per particle. Consideration of LDL-P concentrations in addition to LDL-C may help guide therapeutic decisions in a select number of patients. Evolocumab is a fully human monoclonal antibody directed against proprotein convertase subtilisin-kexin type 9 that lowers both LDL-C and cardiovascular events...
February 1, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Roberto Carlos Mourão Pinho, Larissa Bastos Pimentel, Francisco Alfredo Farias Bandeira, Rayanne Soraia Aguiar Melo Dias, Renata Cimões
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disease defined by hyperglycemia, which is associated with periodontal disease and exerts an effect on bone metabolism. The aim of this study was to determine serum levels of sclerostin in postmenopausal women with diabetes and determine a possible association with periodontal disease. Sixty-one postmenopausal women (32 with diabetes and 29 without diabetes) were evaluated. Blood was collected for biochemical analysis and the determination of serum sclerostin. The participants were also submitted to a clinical examination for the evaluation of periodontal status...
November 2017: Special Care in Dentistry
Keyth Sulamitta L Guimarães, Emmanuel Veríssimo de Araújo, Jailane Souza Aquino, Danilo Assis Gadelha, Camille Moura Balarini, João Henrique Costa-Silva, Marciane Magnani, Hubert Vidal, Valdir Andrade Braga, José Luiz de Brito Alves
The present study evaluated the effects of maternal dyslipidaemia on blood pressure (BP), cardiorespiratory physiology and biochemical parameters in male offspring. Wistar rat dams were fed either a control (CTL) or a dyslipidaemic (DLP) diet during pregnancy and lactation. After weaning, both CTL and DLP offspring received standard diet. On the 30th and 90th day of life, blood samples were collected for metabolic analyses. Direct measurements of BP, respiratory frequency (RF), tidal volume (VT) and ventilation (VE) under baseline condition, as well as during hypercapnia (7 % CO2) and hypoxia (KCN, 0·04 %), were recorded from awake 90-d-old male offspring...
December 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
Christian Abendstein Kjellmo, Helen Karlsson, Torunn K Nestvold, Stefan Ljunggren, Karin Cederbrant, Maritha Marcusson-Ståhl, Monica Mathisen, Knut Tore Lappegård, Anders Hovland
BACKGROUND: Bariatric surgery has been shown to reduce cardiovascular events and cause-specific mortality for coronary artery disease in obese patients. Lipoprotein biomarkers relating to low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), their subfractions, and macrophage cholesterol efflux have all been hypothesized to be of value in cardiovascular risk assessment. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to examine the effect of a lifestyle intervention followed by bariatric surgery on the lipid profile of morbidly obese patients...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
Giel-Jan de Vries, Roel Mocking, Johanna Assies, Aart Schene, Miranda Olff
BACKGROUND: Based on studies among primarily male veteran subjects, lipoproteins are thought to mediate the association of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, recent civilian studies with female samples or samples with both sexes represented provide little evidence for this association. Gender, diet and sex-specific effects of stress hormones on lipoproteins may explain this dissociation in findings. METHOD: Cross-sectional analysis of plasma concentrations of total cholesterol (TC), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and triglycerides (TG) in a male and female sample of 49 PTSD-patients due to civilian trauma and 45 healthy controls...
December 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Ivan Valkov, Radina Ivanova, Assen Alexiev, Krasimir Antonov, Lyudmila Mateva
INTRODUCTION: Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) relies on host lipids for its life cycle contributing to lipid abnormalities and hepatic steatosis. Disease progression is influenced by viral factors interacting with host immune and metabolic pathways. The significance of serum lipids for Chronic Hepatitis C (CHC) assessment is not clearly established yet. AIM: Our aim was to investigate serum lipids' association with stage of liver fibrosis, steatosis and genotypes in patients with CHC...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Malgorzata Pawelczyk, Beata Kaczorowska, Zbigniew Baj
INTRODUCTION: Platelet activation plays a key role in the pathogenesis of ischemic cerebrovascular diseases. Thus, it is very important to identify novel pharmacological targets for platelet inhibition to improve ischemic stroke treatment. The aim of the study was to assess the relationship between metabolic disorders and platelet activity markers in patients with acute ischemic stroke. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Ninety-four patients with acute ischemic stroke were divided into four groups with: normolipidemia and normoglycemia (NL/NG), n = 25; normolipidemia and hyperglycemia (NL/HG), n = 21; hyperlipidemia and normoglycemia (HL/NG), n = 27; hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia (NL/NG), n = 21...
August 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
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