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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423661/examining-the-association-between-anthropometric-parameters-and-telomere-length-and-mortality-risk
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Chen-Jung Wu, Tung-Wei Kao, Yuan-Yung Lin, Fang-Yih Liaw, Li-Wei Wu, Yaw-Wen Chang, Tao-Chun Peng, Wei-Liang Chen
A shorter telomere length is associated with several systemic disorders. Telomere length may be an informative biomarker for the maintenance of the overall health status and mortality. There are a limited number of empirical studies concerning the effect of anthropometric parameters on telomere length. The data are derived from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2002. The primary outcomes of this study were to examine the potential relationships between the anthropometric indices and the telomere length, while secondary outcomes of this study was to investigate the association between different anthropometric indices and mortality risk...
March 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423118/obesity-and-kidney-disease-hidden-consequences-of-the-epidemic
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EDITORIAL
C P Kovesdy, S L Furth, C Zoccali
Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic and its prevalence has been projected to grow by 40% in the next decade. This increasing prevalence has implications for the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and also for chronic kidney disease (CKD). A high body mass index is one of the strongest risk factors for new-onset CKD. In individuals affected by obesity, a compensatory hyperfiltration occurs to meet the heightened metabolic demands of the increased body weight. The increase in intraglomerular pressure can damage the kidneys and raise the risk of developing CKD in the long-term...
April 13, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417301/overview-of-coronary-heart-disease-risk-initiatives-in-south-asia
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REVIEW
Ankur Kalra, Deepak L Bhatt, Sanjay Rajagopalan, Kunal Suri, Sundeep Mishra, Romaina Iqbal, Salim S Virani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is now the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Industrialization and economic growth have led to an unprecedented increment in the burden of CVD and their risk factors in less industrialized regions of the world. While there are abundant data on CVD and their risk factors from longitudinal cohort studies done in the West, good-quality data from South Asia are lacking. RECENT FINDINGS: Several multi-institutional, observational, prospective registries, and epidemiologic cohorts in South Asia have been established to systematically evaluate the burden of CVD and their risk factors...
June 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416569/association-between-smoking-and-health-outcomes-in-an-economically-deprived-population-the-liverpool-lung-project
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F C Sherratt, J K Field, M W Marcus
BACKGROUND: The association between smoking and several health outcomes among those from the most deprived communities in the UK has not previously been detailed. The aim of this study is to examine the impact of smoking on health outcomes specifically among a particularly deprived population in a developed country (Liverpool; one of the most deprived local authorities in England). METHODS: The Liverpool Lung Project recruited a prospective cohort of 8753 participants from across Liverpool, aged 45-79 years between 1998 and 2008...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412912/the-socioeconomic-effects-of-uncontrolled-hypertension
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Kostas Athanasakis
Hypertension (HT), albeit a modifiable risk factor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, remains one of the main contributors to the total disease burden internationally and, thus, inevitably one of the basic cost drivers in healthcare systems. Taking the above into account, this brief narrative review aims at presenting the main findings of the international health economics literature on HTwith regards to four key areas: a) the costs attributable to HT, b) the effects of HTon patient well-being, c) the cost-effectiveness of pharmaceutical interventions against high blood pressure, and, d) the costs and benefits of preventive measures against HT...
April 13, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401249/socioeconomic-gradients-of-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-china-and-india-results-from-the-china-health-and-retirement-longitudinal-study-and-longitudinal-aging-study-in-india
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Peifeng Hu, Serena Wang, Jinkook Lee
OBJECTIVES: Cardiovascular disease has become a major public health challenge in developing countries. The goal of this study is to compare socioeconomic status (SES) gradients of cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF) both within and between China and India. METHODS: We used multivariable logistic regression models to examine the associations between SES and CVRF, using data from the China health and retirement longitudinal study and the longitudinal aging study in India...
April 12, 2017: International Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401135/the-effects-of-catastrophic-drug-plan-deductibles-on-older-women-s-use-of-cardiovascular-medicines-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Steven G Morgan, Emilie J Gladstone, Deirdre Weymann, Nadia Khan
BACKGROUND: In recent years, some provinces have implemented income-based catastrophic drug coverage in an effort to provide universal drug coverage while limiting government liability for the escalating costs of medicines needed for an aging population. We sought to examine the effects of income-based deductibles under British Columbia's Fair PharmaCare system on older patients' use of cardiovascular medicines in 2013, 10 years after the province's policy change. METHODS: Using linked administrative databases, we studied rates of hypertension and cholesterol medication used by 2 cohorts of older, married women who had different levels of public drug subsidy based solely on their spouses' ages...
January 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376910/the-preschool-activity-technology-health-adiposity-behaviour-and-cognition-path-abc-cohort-study-rationale-and-design
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Dylan P Cliff, Jade McNeill, Stewart Vella, Steven J Howard, Megan A Kelly, Douglas J Angus, Ian M Wright, Rute Santos, Marijka Batterham, Edward Melhuish, Anthony D Okely, Marc de Rosnay
BACKGROUND: Prevalence estimates internationally suggest that many preschool-aged children (3-5 years) are insufficiently physically active and engage in high levels of screen-based entertainment. Early childhood is the developmental period for which we know the least about the effects of physical activity on development and health. Likewise, rapid technological advancements in mobile electronic media have made screen-based forms of entertainment for young children ubiquitous, and research demonstrating the impacts on cognition, psychosocial well-being, and health has lagged behind the rate of adoption of these technologies...
April 4, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361575/obesity-and-kidney-disease-hidden-consequences-of-the-epidemic
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C P Kovesdy, S Furth, C Zoccali, World Kidney Day Steering Committee
Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic, and its prevalence has been projected to grow by 40% in the next decade. This increasing prevalence has implications for the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and also for chronic kidney disease (CKD). A high body mass index is one of the strongest risk factors for new-onset CKD. In individuals affected by obesity, a compensatory hyperfiltration occurs to meet the heightened metabolic demands of the increased body weight. The increase in intraglomerular pressure can damage the kidneys and raise the risk of developing CKD in the long-term...
March 1, 2017: Physiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358956/ethnic-differences-in-the-association-between-age-related-macular-degeneration-and-vision-specific-functioning
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Eva K Fenwick, Ryan E K Man, Chui Ming Gemmy Cheung, Charumathi Sabanayagam, Ching-Yu Cheng, Kumari Neelam, Jacqueline Chua, Alfred T L Gan, Paul Mitchell, Tien Y Wong, Ecosse L Lamoureux
Importance: Understanding the link between ethnicity and health is critical to making appropriate public policy decisions. Few population-level data are available about this connection, however, including the influence of ethnicity on the association between age-related macular degeneration (AMD)and vision-specific functioning (VSF). Objective: To identify the influence of ethnicity on VSF among Chinese, Malay, and Indian patients with AMD. Design, Setting, and Participants: This cross-sectional, population-based study relied on patients and their data from 3 population-based studies in 3 ethnic groups: Chinese, Malay and Indian...
March 30, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356035/environmental-factors-and-hypertension
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Rosa Maria Bruno, Marina Di Pilla, Carla Ancona, Mette Sørensen, Marco Gesi, Stefano Taddei, Thomas Munzel, Agostino Virdis
BACKGROUND: Environmental factors are a major cause of poor health worldwide. The most solid evidence is for air pollution, leading to increased disability-adjusted life years. Outdoor temperature and other seasonal climate changes may also influence cardiovascular health, according to their direct modulation of air pollution. Moreover, an increasing body of evidence associates environmental exposure to noise with poor cardiovascular outcome, and in particular with hypertension. METHODS: This review is aimed at reviewing current evidence about the role of these environmental factors in cardiovascular disease and specifically hypertension...
March 21, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355410/obesity-and-kidney-disease-hidden-consequences-of-the-epidemic
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Csaba P Kovesdy, Susan L Furth, Carmine Zoccali
Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic, and its prevalence has been projected to grow by 40% in the next decade. This increasing prevalence has implications for the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and also for Chronic Kidney Disease. A high body mass index is one of the strongest risk factors for new-onset Chronic Kidney Disease. In individuals affected by obesity, a compensatory hyperfiltration occurs to meet the heightened metabolic demands of the increased body weight. The increase in intraglomerular pressure can damage the kidneys and raise the risk of developing Chronic Kidney Disease in the long-term...
March 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia: ʹorgão Oficial de Sociedades Brasileira e Latino-Americana de Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355244/does-personality-affect-health-related-quality-of-life-a-systematic-review
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I-Chan Huang, Joy L Lee, Pavinarmatha Ketheeswaran, Conor M Jones, Dennis A Revicki, Albert W Wu
BACKGROUND: Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is increasingly measured as an outcome for clinical and health services research. However, relatively little is known about how non-health factors affect HRQOL. Personality is a potentially important factor, yet evidence regarding the effects of personality on HRQOL measures is unclear. METHODS: This systematic review examined the relationships among aspects of personality and HRQOL. Eligible studies were identified from Medline and PsycINFO...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352003/obesity-and-kidney-disease-hidden-consequences-of-the-epidemic
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EDITORIAL
Csaba P Kovesdy, Susan Furth, Carmine Zoccali
Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic, and its prevalence has been projected to grow by 40% in the next decade. This increasing prevalence has implications for the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and also for chronic kidney disease (CKD). A high body mass index is one of the strongest risk factors for new-onset CKD. In individuals affected by obesity, a compensatory hyperfiltration occurs to meet the heightened metabolic demands of the increased body weight. The increase in intraglomerular pressure can damage the kidneys and raise the risk of developing CKD in the long-term...
March 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347378/vitamin-d-deficiency-as-a-public-health-issue-using-vitamin-d2-or-vitamin-d3-in-future-fortification-strategies
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Louise R Wilson, Laura Tripkovic, Kathryn H Hart, Susan A Lanham-New
The role of vitamin D in supporting the growth and maintenance of the skeleton is robust; with recent research also suggesting a beneficial link between vitamin D and other non-skeletal health outcomes, including immune function, cardiovascular health and cancer. Despite this, vitamin D deficiency remains a global public health issue, with a renewed focus in the UK following the publication of Public Health England's new Dietary Vitamin D Requirements. Natural sources of vitamin D (dietary and UVB exposure) are limited, and thus mechanisms are needed to allow individuals to achieve the new dietary recommendations...
March 28, 2017: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341221/a-systematic-review-of-obesity-disparities-research
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REVIEW
Charlotte A Pratt, Catherine M Loria, Sonia S Arteaga, Holly L Nicastro, Maria Lopez-Class, Janet M de Jesus, Pothur Srinivas, Christine Maric-Bilkan, Lisa Schwartz Longacre, Josephine E A Boyington, Abera Wouhib, Nara Gavini
CONTEXT: A review of interventions addressing obesity disparities could reveal gaps in the literature and provide guidance on future research, particularly for populations with a high prevalence of obesity and obesity-related cardiometabolic risk. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A systematic review of clinical trials in obesity disparities research that were published in 2011-2016 in PubMed/MEDLINE resulted in 328 peer-reviewed articles. Articles were excluded if they had no BMI, weight, or body composition measure as primary outcome or were foreign (n=201); were epidemiologic or secondary data analyses of clinical trials (n=12); design or protocol papers (n=54); systematic reviews (n=3); or retracted or duplicates (n=9)...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336387/the-word-heart-federation-roadmap-for-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Adrianna Murphy, Amitava Banerjee, Günter Breithardt, A John Camm, Patrick Commerford, Ben Freedman, J Antonio Gonzalez-Hermosillo, Jonathan L Halperin, Chu-Pak Lau, Pablo Perel, Denis Xavier, David Wood, Xavier Jouven, Carlos A Morillo
BACKGROUND: The World Heart Federation has undertaken an initiative to develop a series of Roadmaps to promote development of national policies and health systems approaches, and to identify potential roadblocks on the road to effective prevention, detection, and management of cardiovascular disease in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) and develop strategies for overcoming these. This Roadmap focuses on atrial fibrillation (AF). AF is the most common, clinically significant arrhythmia and, among other clinical outcomes, is associated with increased risk of stroke...
March 20, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322528/-effetti-sanitari-delle-sabbie-sahariane-in-sicilia
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Matteo Renzi, Massimo Stafoggia, Achille Cernigliaro, Roberta Calzolari, Giuseppe Madonia, Salvatore Scondotto, Francesco Forastiere
"OBJECTIVES: to investigate the increase of PM10 during Saharan dust outbreaks with adverse health effects in Sicily (Southern Italy), the largest Mediterranean Island. DESIGN: pooled analyses of time series with Poisson regression models to estimate the association between PM10 from different sources (desert and non-desert) and different outcomes. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: the four largest cities of Sicily (Palermo, Catania, Syracuse, and Messina) and three macroareas (North- East, South, and West) Sicily was divided into...
January 2017: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321701/burden-of-disease-attributed-to-ambient-pm2-5-and-pm10-exposure-in-190-cities-in-china
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Kamal Jyoti Maji, Mohit Arora, Anil Kumar Dikshit
Particulate air pollution is becoming a serious public health concern in urban cities of China. Association of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) and economic loss with air pollution-related health effects demand quantitative analysis for correctional measures in air quality. This study applies an epidemiology-based exposure-response function to obtain the quantitative estimate of health impact of particulate matter PM2.5 and PM10 across 190 cities of China during years 2014-2015. The annual average concentration of PM2...
March 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321266/setting-priorities-to-address-cardiovascular-diseases-through-universal-health-coverage-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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REVIEW
David A Watkins, Rachel A Nugent
Over the past decade, universal health coverage (UHC) has emerged as a major policy goal for many low- and middle-income country governments. Yet, despite the high burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), relatively little is known about how to address CVD through UHC. This review covers three major topics. First, we define UHC and provide some context for its importance, and then we illustrate its relevance to CVD prevention and treatment. Second, we discuss how countries might select high-priority CVD interventions for a UHC health benefits package drawing on economic evaluation methods...
2017: Heart Asia
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