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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101894/sleep-quality-and-body-mass-index-a-co-twin-study
#1
Juan J Madrid-Valero, José M Martínez-Selva, Juan R Ordoñana
There is a consistent relationship between body mass index and sleep quality. However, the directionality and possible confounding factors of this relationship are unclear. Our aim is to confirm the association between sleep quality and body mass index, independent of possible genetic confounding, as well as to provide some indirect inferences about the directionality of this association. The co-twin study design was used to analyse the body mass index-sleep relationship in a sample of 2150 twins. We selected two parallel sub-samples of twins discordant for body mass index (n = 430 pairs), or discordant for sleep quality (n = 316 pairs)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100511/higher-dietary-flavonoid-intakes-are-associated-with-lower-objectively-measured-body-composition-in-women-evidence-from-discordant-monozygotic-twins
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Amy Jennings, Alex MacGregor, Tim Spector, Aedín Cassidy
BACKGROUND: Although dietary flavonoid intake has been associated with less weight gain, there are limited data on its impact on fat mass, and to our knowledge, the contribution of genetic factors to this relation has not previously been assessed. OBJECTIVE: We examined the associations between flavonoid intakes and fat mass. DESIGN: In a study of 2734 healthy, female twins aged 18-83 y from the TwinsUK registry, intakes of total flavonoids and 7 subclasses (flavanones, anthocyanins, flavan-3-ols, flavonols, flavones, polymers, and proanthocyanidins) were calculated with the use of food-frequency questionnaires...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098741/does-familial-aggregation-of-chronic-low-back-pain-impact-on-recovery-a-population-based-twin-study
#3
J R Zadro, D Shirley, J F Sanchez-Romera, J R Ordoñana, P H Ferreira
STUDY DESIGN: Longitudinal twin-cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact familial aggregation of chronic low back pain (LBP) has on the recovery from chronic LBP. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: LBP is a worldwide problem, with pain and disability often becoming chronic. Genetics and familial behaviours could significantly impact the recovery from chronic LBP but have not been extensively investigated. METHODS: 624 Spanish twins from the Murcia Twin Registry reported experiencing chronic LBP within the past two years during the 2009/11 data collection wave and were followed up in 2013...
January 16, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094432/maltreatment-associated-neurodevelopmental-disorders-a-co-twin-control-analysis
#4
Lisa Dinkler, Sebastian Lundström, Ruchika Gajwani, Paul Lichtenstein, Christopher Gillberg, Helen Minnis
BACKGROUND: Childhood maltreatment (CM) is strongly associated with psychiatric disorders in childhood and adulthood. Previous findings suggest that the association between CM and psychiatric disorders is partly causal and partly due to familial confounding, but few studies have investigated the mechanisms behind the association between CM and neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs). Our objective was to determine whether maltreated children have an elevated number of NDDs and whether CM is a risk factor for an increased NDD 'load' and increased NDD symptoms when controlling for familial effects...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090349/the-association-between-parental-separation-during-childhood-and-obesity-in-adulthood-a-danish-twin-study
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J D Petersen, K O Kyvik, B L Heitmann, M E Vámosi
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine if parental separation during childhood is associated with obesity in adulthood. METHODS: A co-twin case-control study of 146 adult same-sexed twin pairs with discordant body mass index (BMI) (i.e. one of the twins should have a BMI of 20-25 kg/m(2), and the co-twin's BMI ≥ 30 kg/m(2)) was selected from Danish Twin Registry (DTR). In total of 236 eligible twin individuals participated in the study. Childhood parental separation (defined as separation from one of the biological parents, regardless of the reason for separation) for at least one year prior to age 17 was self-reported...
December 2016: Obesity Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045837/prevalence-incidence-proportion-and-heritability-for-tinnitus-a-longitudinal-twin-study
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Renata Bogo, Ahmed Farah, Kjell K Karlsson, Nancy L Pedersen, Magnus Svartengren, Åsa Skjönsberg
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this longitudinal twin study was to explore the effect of tinnitus on hearing thresholds and threshold shifts over two decades and to investigate the genetic contribution to tinnitus in a male twin cohort (n = 1114 at baseline and 583 at follow-up). The hypothesis was that participants with faster hearing deterioration had a higher risk for developing tinnitus and there is an underlying role of genetic influences on tinnitus. DESIGN: Male mono- and dizygotic twin pairs, born between 1914 and 1958 were included...
December 30, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039552/cerebrospinal-fluid-microglia-and-neurodegenerative-markers-in-twins-concordant-and-discordant-for-psychotic-disorders
#7
Viktoria Johansson, Joel Jakobsson, Rebecca G Fortgang, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Tyrone D Cannon, Christina M Hultman, Lennart Wetterberg, Mikael Landén
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are debilitating psychiatric disorders with partially shared symptomatology including psychotic symptoms and cognitive impairment. Aberrant levels of microglia and neurodegenerative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) markers have previously been found in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. We aimed to analyze familial and environmental influences on these CSF markers and their relation to psychiatric symptoms and cognitive ability. CSF was collected from 17 complete twin pairs, nine monozygotic and eight dizygotic, and from one twin sibling...
December 30, 2016: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032437/birth-weight-discordance-dna-methylation-and-cortical-morphology-of-adolescent-monozygotic-twins
#8
Kevin F Casey, Melissa L Levesque, Moshe Szyf, Elmira Ismaylova, Marie-Pier Verner, Matthew Suderman, Frank Vitaro, Mara Brendgen, Ginette Dionne, Michel Boivin, Richard E Tremblay, Linda Booij
BACKGROUND: Several studies have shown that the in utero environment, which can be indexed by birth weight (BW), is associated with cortical morphology in adolescence and adulthood. Work in monozygotic (MZ) twins suggests that this association is driven by non-shared environmental factors. This correlation could be the result of in utero impacts on DNA methylation. The aim of the present study with MZ twins is to replicate the association between discordance in BW and brain morphology and test whether discordance in DNA methylation mediates this relationship...
December 29, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997235/familial-factors-victimization-and-psychological-health-among-sexual-minority-adolescents-in-sweden
#9
Kelly Donahue, Niklas Långström, Sebastian Lundström, Paul Lichtenstein, Mats Forsman
OBJECTIVES: To determine the influences of victimization experience and familial factors on the association between sexual minority status and psychological health outcomes among adolescents. METHODS: We used data from the Child and Adolescent Twin Study in Sweden, a prospective, population-based study of all twins born in Sweden since 1992. Cross-sectional analyses included individuals who completed assessments at age 18 years (n = 4898) from 2000 to 2013. We also compared psychological health among sexual minority adolescents and their nonminority co-twins...
February 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989723/does-educational-attainment-increase-the-risk-of-low-back-pain-when-genetics-is-considered-a-population-based-study-of-spanish-twins
#10
J R Zadro, D Shirley, M B Pinheiro, J F Sánchez-Romera, F Pérez-Riquelme, J R Ordoñana, P H Ferreira
BACKGROUND: There is limited research investigating educational attainment as a risk factor for low back pain (LBP), with the influence of gender commonly being neglected. Furthermore, genetics and early shared environment explain a substantial proportion of LBP cases and need to be controlled for when investigating risk factors for LBP. PURPOSE: To investigate whether educational attainment affects the prevalence and risk of LBP differently in males and females, while controlling for the influence of genetics and early shared environment...
October 27, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981194/differences-in-frontal-and-limbic-brain-activation-in-a-small-sample-of%C3%A2-monozygotic-twin-pairs-discordant-for-severe-stressful-life-events
#11
Detre A Godinez, Kateri McRae, Jessica R Andrews-Hanna, Harry Smolker, Marie T Banich
Monozygotic twin pairs provide a valuable opportunity to control for genetic and shared environmental influences while studying the effects of nonshared environmental influences. The question we address with this design is whether monozygotic twins selected for discordance in exposure to severe stressful life events during development (before age 18) demonstrate differences in brain activation during performance of an emotional word-face Stroop task. In this study, functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to assess brain activation in eighteen young adult twins who were discordant in exposure to severe stress such that one twin had two or more severe events compared to their control co-twin who had no severe events...
December 2016: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977426/symptoms-of-depression-and-risk-of-low-back-pain-a-prospective-co-twin-study
#12
Marina B Pinheiro, Manuela L Ferreira, Kathryn Refshauge, Lucia Colodro-Conde, Francisca González-Javier, John L Hopper, Juan R Ordoñana, Paulo H Ferreira
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether symptoms of depression increase the risk of low back pain (LBP), after adjusting for genetic and environmental influences. METHODS: Baseline data of 1607 twins from the Murcia Twin Registry (Spain) were collected in 2009-2011 and follow-up data in 2013. Twins answered questions on depression-related symptomatology and LBP. Only participants not reporting chronic LBP (pain>6 mo) at baseline were included. The association between symptoms of depression and LBP was investigated using logistic regression analysis including the complete sample...
December 13, 2016: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976699/leisure-time-physical-activity-and-academic-performance-cross-lagged-associations-from-adolescence-to-young-adulthood
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Sari Aaltonen, Antti Latvala, Richard J Rose, Urho M Kujala, Jaakko Kaprio, Karri Silventoinen
Physical activity and academic performance are positively associated, but the direction of the association is poorly understood. This longitudinal study examined the direction and magnitude of the associations between leisure-time physical activity and academic performance throughout adolescence and young adulthood. The participants were Finnish twins (from 2,859 to 4,190 individuals/study wave) and their families. In a cross-lagged path model, higher academic performance at ages 12, 14 and 17 predicted higher leisure-time physical activity at subsequent time-points (standardized path coefficient at age 14: 0...
December 15, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957630/characterization-of-gastric-microbiota-in-twins
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Quanjiang Dong, Yongning Xin, Lili Wang, Xinying Meng, Xinjuan Yu, Linlin Lu, Shiying Xuan
Contribution of host genetic backgrounds in the development of gastric microbiota has not been clearly defined. This study was aimed to characterize the biodiversity, structure and composition of gastric microbiota among twins. A total of four pairs of twins and eight unrelated individuals were enrolled in the study. Antral biopsies were obtained during endoscopy. The bacterial 16S rRNA gene was amplified and pyrosequenced. Sequences were analyzed for the composition, structure, and α and β diversities of gastric microbiota...
February 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941120/haemoglobin-discordances-in-twins-due-to-differences-in-timing-of-cord-clamping
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Lianne Verbeek, Depeng P Zhao, Johanna M Middeldorp, Dick Oepkes, Stuart B Hooper, Arjan B Te Pas, Enrico Lopriore
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to study the differences in haemoglobin (Hb) at birth in dichorionic (DC) versus monochorionic (MC) twins in relation to birth order and mode of delivery. METHODS: All consecutive DC twin pregnancies and uncomplicated MC twin pregnancies with two live-born twins delivered at our centre were included in this retrospective cohort study. Hb levels at birth and on day 2 were evaluated in association with birth order and mode of delivery...
December 9, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906038/craniopagus-parasiticus-a-parasitic-head-protruding-from-temporal-area-of-cranium-a-case-report
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Wassihun Nega, Meku Damte, Yonas Girma, Getachew Desta, Mengistu Hailemariam
BACKGROUND: Craniopagus parasiticus is rare with an incidence of approximately four to six cases in 10,000,000 births. In our case, the head of the parasitic twin protruded from the temporal area of the normal twin's cranium. The parasitic twin had two deformed lower limbs, of which one was rudimentary, and long bones of the bilateral lower limbs and some pelvic bone. Dissection of the mass of the parasitic twin's body revealed the intestine but no chest organs or abdominal organs. There was a rudimentary labium but no vaginal opening...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898952/frequency-of-leukochimerism-in-holstein-and-jersey-twinsets
#17
A S Young, B W Kirkpatrick
The current study was conducted to test breed difference in the frequency of leukochimerism. This study used leukochimerism as evidence of placental vascular anastomosis formation and compared its frequency in the Holstein and Jersey breeds. We test the null hypothesis that there is no difference in incidence of leukochimerism in the Holstein and Jersey breeds. Hair and blood samples were collected from 85 Jersey twinsets and 80 Holstein twinsets, ranging in age from 1 d to 8 yr. An additional 7 Holstein twinsets (6 complete and 1 partial where 1 twin died) were sampled originally 48 to 72 h after birth and resampled at 5 to 10 mo of age to provide an assessment of whether leukochimerism changed with age...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898055/increased-dna-methylation-variability-in-type-1-diabetes-across-three-immune-effector-cell-types
#18
Dirk S Paul, Andrew E Teschendorff, Mary A N Dang, Robert Lowe, Mohammed I Hawa, Simone Ecker, Huriya Beyan, Stephanie Cunningham, Alexandra R Fouts, Anita Ramelius, Frances Burden, Samantha Farrow, Sophia Rowlston, Karola Rehnstrom, Mattia Frontini, Kate Downes, Stephan Busche, Warren A Cheung, Bing Ge, Marie-Michelle Simon, David Bujold, Tony Kwan, Guillaume Bourque, Avik Datta, Ernesto Lowy, Laura Clarke, Paul Flicek, Emanuele Libertini, Simon Heath, Marta Gut, Ivo G Gut, Willem H Ouwehand, Tomi Pastinen, Nicole Soranzo, Sabine E Hofer, Beate Karges, Thomas Meissner, Bernhard O Boehm, Corrado Cilio, Helena Elding Larsson, Åke Lernmark, Andrea K Steck, Vardhman K Rakyan, Stephan Beck, R David Leslie
The incidence of type 1 diabetes (T1D) has substantially increased over the past decade, suggesting a role for non-genetic factors such as epigenetic mechanisms in disease development. Here we present an epigenome-wide association study across 406,365 CpGs in 52 monozygotic twin pairs discordant for T1D in three immune effector cell types. We observe a substantial enrichment of differentially variable CpG positions (DVPs) in T1D twins when compared with their healthy co-twins and when compared with healthy, unrelated individuals...
November 29, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889677/blood-dna-methylation-age-is-not-associated-with-cognitive-functioning-in-middle-aged-monozygotic-twins
#19
A Starnawska, Q Tan, A Lenart, M McGue, O Mors, A D Børglum, K Christensen, M Nyegaard, L Christiansen
The epigenetic clock, also known as DNA methylation age (DNAmAge), represents age-related changes of DNA methylation at multiple sites of the genome and is suggested to be a biomarker for biological age. Elevated blood DNAmAge is associated with all-cause mortality, with the strongest effects reported in a recent intrapair twin study where epigenetically older twins had increased mortality risk in comparison to their co-twins. In the study presented here, we hypothesize that DNAmAge in blood is associated with cross-sectional and longitudinal cognitive abilities in middle-aged individuals...
February 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886578/kynurenic-acid-and-psychotic-symptoms-and-personality-traits-in-twins-with-psychiatric-morbidity
#20
Magdalena E Kegel, Viktoria Johansson, Lennart Wetterberg, Maria Bhat, Lilly Schwieler, Tyrone D Cannon, Ina Schuppe-Koistinen, Göran Engberg, Mikael Landén, Christina M Hultman, Sophie Erhardt
Increased cytokines and kynurenic acid (KYNA) levels in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) have been reported in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The aim of the present study was to investigate cytokines and kynurenines in the CSF of twin pairs discordant for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and to study these CSF markers in relation to psychotic symptoms and personality traits. CSF levels of tryptophan (TRP), KYNA, quinolinic acid (QUIN), interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) were analyzed in 23 twins with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and in their not affected co-twins...
January 2017: Psychiatry Research
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