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Causal attribution

Mehdi Afshar, Pia R Kamstrup, Ken Williams, Allan D Sniderman, Børge G Nordestgaard, George Thanassoulis
OBJECTIVE: High lipoprotein(a) (Lp[a]) is the most common genetic dyslipidemia and is a causal factor for myocardial infarction (MI) and aortic stenosis (AS). We sought to estimate the population impact of Lp(a) lowering that could be achieved in primary prevention using the therapies in development. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We used published data from 2 prospective cohorts. High Lp(a) was defined as ≥50 mg/dL (≈20th percentile). Relative risk, attributable risk, the attributable risk percentage, population attributable risk, and the population attributable risk percentage were calculated as measures of the population impact...
October 20, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Sebastian Sippel, Holger Lange, Miguel D Mahecha, Michael Hauhs, Paul Bodesheim, Thomas Kaminski, Fabian Gans, Osvaldo A Rosso
Data analysis and model-data comparisons in the environmental sciences require diagnostic measures that quantify time series dynamics and structure, and are robust to noise in observational data. This paper investigates the temporal dynamics of environmental time series using measures quantifying their information content and complexity. The measures are used to classify natural processes on one hand, and to compare models with observations on the other. The present analysis focuses on the global carbon cycle as an area of research in which model-data integration and comparisons are key to improving our understanding of natural phenomena...
2016: PloS One
Maria Hemming-Harlo, Timo Vesikari, Matti Uhari, Marjo Renko, Marjo Salminen, Laurence Torcel-Pagnon, Susanne Hartwig, Francois Simondon, Hélène Bricout
KEY POINTS: The effectiveness of pentavalent rotavirus vaccine against rotavirus-associated hospitalization was more than 90% 4 years after introduction into the national immunization program in Finland. A major impact on hospitalization for all-cause gastroenteritis was observed also. BACKGROUND: Rotavirus vaccination with exclusive use of RotaTeq was added to the National Immunization Programme (NIP) of Finland in September 2009. The objective of our study was to estimate the effectiveness and impact of RotaTeq after 4 years of follow-up...
October 19, 2016: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Francesco Cappuccio
The evidence. Salt (i.e. sodium chloride) is causally related to blood pressure (BP). The higher the salt intake, the higher the BP, an effect seen since birth. A small and sustained reduction in salt intake causes a fall in BP. The evidence from controlled studies, small and large, short and long, all agree on the following: (1) salt intake is one of the major determinants of BP in populations and individuals; (2) a reduction in salt intake causes a dose-dependent reduction in BP - the lower the salt the lower the BP; (3) the effect is seen in both sexes, in people of all ages and ethnic groups, and with all starting BPs...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Murray Esler
The London physician and neuroanatomist Thomas Willis in the 17th century correctly attributed the source of emotions to the brain, not the heart as believed in antiquity. Contemporary research documents the phenomenon of "triggered" heart disease, when the autonomic nervous system control of the heart by the brain goes awry, producing heart disease of sudden onset, precipitated by acute emotional upheaval. This can take the form of, variously, cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial infarction, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and sudden death...
October 14, 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Stephen Burgess, Jack Bowden, Tove Fall, Erik Ingelsson, Simon G Thompson
Mendelian randomization investigations are becoming more powerful and simpler to perform, due to the increasing size and coverage of genome-wide association studies and the increasing availability of summarized data on genetic associations with risk factors and disease outcomes. However, when using multiple genetic variants from different gene regions in a Mendelian randomization analysis, it is highly implausible that all the genetic variants satisfy the instrumental variable assumptions. This means that a simple instrumental variable analysis alone should not be relied on to give a causal conclusion...
September 26, 2016: Epidemiology
Desta Ayode, Abebayehu Tora, David Farrell, Getnet Tadele, Gail Davey, Colleen M McBride
Background: Disease-related stigma is a public health concern steadily gaining global attention. Evidence consistently shows that an individual's attribution of disease cause can prompt or justify interpersonal stigma. However, few studies have explored causal beliefs about inherited disease and their influence on stigmatising behaviours in low and middle income countries. Design and methods: The study was conducted in 2013, in six communities in Wolaita zone, Southern Ethiopia. A total of 1800 respondents took part in the study, 600 were affected by an inherited disease and 1200 were unaffected neighbours...
August 19, 2016: Journal of Public Health Research
Amrita Saxena, Richa Raghuwanshi, Vijai Kumar Gupta, Harikesh B Singh
Indian cuisine is renowned and celebrated throughout the world for its spicy treat to the tongue. The flavor and aroma of the food generated due to the use of spices creates an indelible experience. Among the commonly utilized spices to stimulate the taste buds in Indian food, whole or powdered chilli constitutes an inevitable position. Besides being a vital ingredient of of Indian food, chilli occupy an important position as an economic commodity, a major share in Indian economy. Chilli also has uncountable benefits to human health...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
A Arturo Leis, Dobrivoje S Stokic
Worldwide concern over Zika virus causing Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) soared after recent reports that Zika-related weakness was due to GBS. A global strategic response plan was initiated with recommendations for at-risk countries to prepare for GBS. This plan has major economic implications, as nations with limited resources struggle to implement costly immunotherapy. Since confirmation of causality is prerequisite to providing specific management recommendations, it is prudent to review data endorsing a GBS diagnosis...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
J A Dumalaon-Canaria, I Prichard, A D Hutchinson, C Wilson
This study aims to examine the association between cancer causal attributions, fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) and psychological well-being and the possible moderating effect of optimism among women with a previous diagnosis of breast cancer. Participants (N = 314) completed an online self-report assessment of causal attributions for their own breast cancer, FCR, psychological well-being and optimism. Simultaneous multiple regression analyses were conducted to explore the overall contribution of causal attributions to FCR and psychological well-being separately...
October 13, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Care
Joshua Hayward, Felice N Jacka, Helen Skouteris, Lynne Millar, Claudia Strugnell, Boyd A Swinburn, Steven Allender
OBJECTIVE: Depression affects many Australian adolescents. Research points to the potential of lifestyle improvement for the population-level prevention of mental disorders. However, most studies examine single relationships without considering the combined contribution of lifestyle factors to variance in depression. This study examined associations between adolescent diet, physical activity and screen time behaviours and depressive symptomatology. METHODS: A cross-sectional sample of year 8 and 10 students was recruited from 23 participating schools in 18 Victorian communities...
October 12, 2016: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Kinga M Bujakowska, Rosario Fernandez-Godino, Emily Place, Mark Consugar, Daniel Navarro-Gomez, Joseph White, Emma C Bedoukian, Xiaosong Zhu, Hongbo M Xie, Xiaowu Gai, Bart P Leroy, Eric A Pierce
PURPOSE: Despite substantial progress in sequencing, current strategies can genetically solve only approximately 55-60% of inherited retinal degeneration (IRD) cases. This can be partially attributed to elusive mutations in the known IRD genes, which are not easily identified by the targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) or Sanger sequencing approaches. We hypothesized that copy-number variations (CNVs) are a major contributor to the elusive genetic causality of IRDs. METHODS: Twenty-eight cases previously unsolved with a targeted NGS were investigated with whole-genome single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) arrays...
October 13, 2016: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Q Deeley
In the 19th century it was recognized that neurologic symptoms could be caused by "morbid ideation" as well as organic lesions. The subsequent observation that hysteric (now called "functional") symptoms could be produced and removed by hypnotic suggestion led Charcot to hypothesize that suggestion mediated the effects of ideas on hysteric symptoms through as yet unknown effects on brain activity. The advent of neuroimaging 100 years later revealed strikingly similar neural correlates in experiments matching functional symptoms with clinical analogs created by suggestion...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Afrid A Sarker, Rajesh Paleti, Sabyasachee Mishra, Mihalis M Golias, Philip B Freeze
Secondary crash (SC) occurrences are major contributors to traffic delay and reduced safety, particularly in urban areas. National, state, and local agencies are investing substantial amount of resources to identify and mitigate secondary crashes to reduce congestion, related fatalities, injuries, and property damages. Though a relatively small portion of all crashes are secondary, determining the primary contributing factors for their occurrence is crucial. The non-recurring nature of SCs makes it imperative to predict their occurrences for effective incident management...
October 4, 2016: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
Haoli Zheng, Daqiang Huang, Shu Chen, Siqi Wang, Wenmin Guo, Jun Luo, Hang Ye, Yefeng Chen
Trust and trustworthiness are essential to an efficient economy and play crucial roles in social life. Previous evidence from behavioral experiments has revealed that the trustworthiness of individuals is closely related with their altruistic preference. It has been demonstrated that the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) is associated with decisions involving trustworthiness. Moreover, vmPFC lesion patients showed less trustworthiness and altruism than control subjects, indicating the indispensable role of this specific brain area in human social interactions...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Xavier Castellsagué, Marisa Mena, Laia Alemany
Strong evidence has accumulated in the last 15 years showing that infection by certain human papillomaviruses (HPVs) is etiologically involved in a subset of head and neck cancers (HNCs). In this chapter, epidemiologic-related topics on HNCs are reviewed: (i) HPV-attributable fractions and HPV-type distributions by different anatomical HNC sites, using not only HPV DNA but other more specific markers of causality; (ii) an update of the HPV-related HNCs burden worldwide and by regions; and finally, (iii) the determinants for HPV positivity in HNCs, focussing on gender, age, smoking habits, sexual behavior, and other related factors such as tonsillectomy performance...
2017: Recent Results in Cancer Research
Sofie Persson, Ulf-G Gerdtham, Katarina Steen Carlsson
This paper examines the effect of the onset of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) before 15 years of age on labor market outcomes and contributes to the literature on effects of childhood health on adult socioeconomic status. Using national Swedish socioeconomic register data 1991-2010 for 2485 individuals born 1972-1978 with onset of T1DM in 1977-1993, we find that T1DM in childhood has a negative effect on labor market outcomes later in life. Part of the T1DM effect is channeled through occupational field which may be related to both choice and opportunities...
September 14, 2016: Economics and Human Biology
Javier Damián, Roberto Pastor-Barriuso, Fernando J García López, Jesús de Pedro-Cuesta
AIM: To assess the association between baseline urinary incontinence and long-term, all-cause mortality. BACKGROUND: Urinary incontinence is a common disorder among older institutionalised adults, with important consequences for morbidity and quality of life. Moreover, while it is a consistent mortality marker, the extent to which this association might be causal remains controversial. DESIGN: A cohort study. METHODS: We conducted a mortality follow-up study on a cohort of 675 nursing-home residents in the city of Madrid (Spain), from their 1998-1999 baseline interviews to September 2013...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Momoko Horikoshi, Robin N Beaumont, Felix R Day, Nicole M Warrington, Marjolein N Kooijman, Juan Fernandez-Tajes, Bjarke Feenstra, Natalie R van Zuydam, Kyle J Gaulton, Niels Grarup, Jonathan P Bradfield, David P Strachan, Ruifang Li-Gao, Tarunveer S Ahluwalia, Eskil Kreiner, Rico Rueedi, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Diana L Cousminer, Ying Wu, Elisabeth Thiering, Carol A Wang, Christian T Have, Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Natalia Vilor-Tejedor, Peter K Joshi, Eileen Tai Hui Boh, Ioanna Ntalla, Niina Pitkänen, Anubha Mahajan, Elisabeth M van Leeuwen, Raimo Joro, Vasiliki Lagou, Michael Nodzenski, Louise A Diver, Krina T Zondervan, Mariona Bustamante, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Josep M Mercader, Amanda J Bennett, Nilufer Rahmioglu, Dale R Nyholt, Ronald C W Ma, Claudia H T Tam, Wing Hung Tam, Santhi K Ganesh, Frank J A van Rooij, Samuel E Jones, Po-Ru Loh, Katherine S Ruth, Marcus A Tuke, Jessica Tyrrell, Andrew R Wood, Hanieh Yaghootkar, Denise M Scholtens, Lavinia Paternoster, Inga Prokopenko, Peter Kovacs, Mustafa Atalay, Sara M Willems, Kalliope Panoutsopoulou, Xu Wang, Lisbeth Carstensen, Frank Geller, Katharina E Schraut, Mario Murcia, Catharina E M van Beijsterveldt, Gonneke Willemsen, Emil V R Appel, Cilius E Fonvig, Caecilie Trier, Carla M T Tiesler, Marie Standl, Zoltán Kutalik, Sílvia Bonàs-Guarch, David M Hougaard, Friman Sánchez, David Torrents, Johannes Waage, Mads V Hollegaard, Hugoline G de Haan, Frits R Rosendaal, Carolina Medina-Gomez, Susan M Ring, Gibran Hemani, George McMahon, Neil R Robertson, Christopher J Groves, Claudia Langenberg, Jian'an Luan, Robert A Scott, Jing Hua Zhao, Frank D Mentch, Scott M MacKenzie, Rebecca M Reynolds, William L Lowe, Anke Tönjes, Michael Stumvoll, Virpi Lindi, Timo A Lakka, Cornelia M van Duijn, Wieland Kiess, Antje Körner, Thorkild I A Sørensen, Harri Niinikoski, Katja Pahkala, Olli T Raitakari, Eleftheria Zeggini, George V Dedoussis, Yik-Ying Teo, Seang-Mei Saw, Mads Melbye, Harry Campbell, James F Wilson, Martine Vrijheid, Eco J C N de Geus, Dorret I Boomsma, Haja N Kadarmideen, Jens-Christian Holm, Torben Hansen, Sylvain Sebert, Andrew T Hattersley, Lawrence J Beilin, John P Newnham, Craig E Pennell, Joachim Heinrich, Linda S Adair, Judith B Borja, Karen L Mohlke, Johan G Eriksson, Elisabeth Widén, Mika Kähönen, Jorma S Viikari, Terho Lehtimäki, Peter Vollenweider, Klaus Bønnelykke, Hans Bisgaard, Dennis O Mook-Kanamori, Albert Hofman, Fernando Rivadeneira, André G Uitterlinden, Charlotta Pisinger, Oluf Pedersen, Christine Power, Elina Hyppönen, Nicholas J Wareham, Hakon Hakonarson, Eleanor Davies, Brian R Walker, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Struan F A Grant, Allan A Vaag, Debbie A Lawlor, Timothy M Frayling, George Davey Smith, Andrew P Morris, Ken K Ong, Janine F Felix, Nicholas J Timpson, John R B Perry, David M Evans, Mark I McCarthy, Rachel M Freathy
Birth weight (BW) has been shown to be influenced by both fetal and maternal factors and in observational studies is reproducibly associated with future risk of adult metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes (T2D) and cardiovascular disease. These life-course associations have often been attributed to the impact of an adverse early life environment. Here, we performed a multi-ancestry genome-wide association study (GWAS) meta-analysis of BW in 153,781 individuals, identifying 60 loci where fetal genotype was associated with BW (P < 5 × 10(-8))...
September 28, 2016: Nature
Emily Mosites, Elizabeth Dawson-Hahn, Judd Walson, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Marian L Neuhouser
Reducing the burden of stunting in childhood is critical to improving health in low- and middle-income settings. However, because many aetiologies underlie linear growth failure, stunting has proved difficult to prevent and reverse. Understanding the contributions these aetiologies make to the burden of stunting can help the development of targeted, effective interventions. To begin to frame these causes, a qualitative and a quantitative framework of the primary drivers of stunting in low-resource settings were developed...
September 29, 2016: Paediatrics and International Child Health
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