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Ricardo Ladeiras-Lopes, Francisco Sampaio, Nuno Bettencourt, Ricardo Fontes-Carvalho, Nuno Ferreira, Adelino Leite-Moreira, Vasco Gama
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Obesity is an important cardiovascular risk factor and the location of fat deposits seems to be an important determinant of its metabolic impact. Visceral adipose tissue (VAT) exerts a harmful effect on metabolic homeostasis, but few longitudinal studies have evaluated the prognostic impact of the ratio of VAT to subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT). This study aimed to evaluate whether the VAT/SAT ratio was associated with all-cause mortality and cardiac events...
October 17, 2016: Revista Española de Cardiología
Natasa M Milic, Srdjan Masic, Jelena Milin-Lazovic, Goran Trajkovic, Zoran Bukumiric, Marko Savic, Nikola V Milic, Andja Cirkovic, Milan Gajic, Mirjana Kostic, Aleksandra Ilic, Dejana Stanisavljevic
BACKGROUND: The scientific community increasingly is recognizing the need to bolster standards of data analysis given the widespread concern that basic mistakes in data analysis are contributing to the irreproducibility of many published research findings. The aim of this study was to investigate students' attitudes towards statistics within a multi-site medical educational context, monitor their changes and impact on student achievement. In addition, we performed a systematic review to better support our future pedagogical decisions in teaching applied statistics to medical students...
2016: PloS One
Moustafa Kardjadj
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious and transboundary viral disease of domesticated and wild cloven-hoofed animals. The present study summarizes the knowledge generated from the epidemiology, diagnosis, and surveillance of the disease in the Maghreb (2014-2015) in assessing its threat to southern European countries. Currently, two serotypes of the FMD virus (O and SAT-2) and four lineages are circulating in the Maghreb region. The introduction of serotype SAT-2 in Libya and Mauritania in 2012 and 2015 respectively sets their neighbors and subsequently south European countries at constant risk of FMD re-emergence...
October 19, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Laure Spieser, Mathieu Servant, Thierry Hasbroucq, Borís Burle
Both in real life and experimental settings, increasing response speed typically leads to more error-prone actions. Processes underlying such a "speed-accuracy trade-off" (SAT) are usually assumed to be purely decisional: cautiousness would be determined only by the amount of sensory evidence required to select a response. The present data challenges this largely accepted view, by directly showing that motor processes are speeded up under time pressure. In a choice reaction time task where emphasis was put either on response speed or accuracy, motor processes were investigated through the analysis of muscular activity related to response execution...
October 18, 2016: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Frances C Cunningham, Sue Ferguson-Hill, Veronica Matthews, Ross Bailie
BACKGROUND: Assessment of the quality of primary health care health delivery systems is a vital part of continuous quality improvement (CQI) processes. The Systems Assessment Tool (SAT) was designed to support Indigenous PHC services in assessing and improving their health care systems. It was based on the Assessment of Chronic Illness Care scale, and on practical experience with applying systems assessments in quality improvement in Indigenous primary health care. We describe the development and application of the SAT, report on a survey to assess the utility of the SAT and review the use of the SAT in other CQI research programs...
October 18, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Yann-Leei Larry Lee, Kaci D Sims, Charles C Butts, M Amin Frotan, Steven Kahn, Sidney B Brevard, Jon D Simmons
There are few published reports on the unique nature of burn patients using a paired spontaneous awakening and spontaneous breathing protocol. A combined protocol was implemented in our burn intensive care unit (ICU) on January 1, 2012. This study evaluates the impact of this protocol on patient outcomes in a burn ICU. We performed a retrospective review of our burn registry over 4 years, including all patients placed on mechanical ventilation. In the latter 2 years, patients meeting criteria underwent daily spontaneous awakening trial; if successful, spontaneous breathing trial was performed...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
Poghni Peri-Okonny, Colby Ayers, Naim Maalouf, Sandeep Das, James De Lemos, Jarett Berry, Aslan Turer, Ian Neeland, Philipp Scherer, Wanpen Vongpatanasin
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of body adiposity on relationship between leptin and incident hypertension in a multiethnic sample of US population. DESIGN AND METHOD: Participants were normotensive adults with BP ≤ 130/85 enrolled in Dallas Heart Study, a large, multiethnic population-based cohort. Incident hypertension was defined as systolic BP ≥ 140 mmHg, diastolic BP ≥ 90 mmHg, or initiation of antihypertensive medications.Biomarkers were measured at baseline from fasting venous blood samples...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Mi-Na Kim, Young-Beom Kim, Seong-Mi Park, Yang In Kim, Wan-Joo Shim
OBJECTIVE: Estrogen has cardio-protective effect via several peripheral mechanism. But its action on central nervous system has not been fully investigated. Estrogen receptors are expressed in the hypothalamic magnocellular neurons, secreting vasopressin. In the male-rat models of DOCA-salt, GABA functions as an excitatory, rather than inhibitory neurotransmitter in vasopressin neurons. It might contribute to the development and maintenance of hypertension. In the current study, the effect of estrogen on central GABA action was investigated in the female rat models...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Kara M Whitaker, Andrew O Odegaard, David R Jacobs, Stephen Sidney, Mark A Pereira
PURPOSE: We examined whether sedentary lifestyle habits and physical activity level are associated with abdominal visceral adipose tissue (VAT), subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT), intermuscular adipose tissue (IMAT), and liver attenuation, independently of each other and potential confounders. METHODS: Analysis of 3,010 African American and Caucasian men and women, aged 42-59 years, from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study who completed multiple-slice abdominal computed tomography (CT) in 2010-2011...
October 3, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Zulfa Abrahams, Naomi Levitt, Maia Lesosky, Gary Maartens, Joel Dave
Long-term use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) increases the risk of developing lipodystrophy. Few studies from Africa have used longitudinal data to assess the development of lipoatrophy and lipohypertrophy. We use clinical anthropometry and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) to describe changes in body fat distribution over a 24-month period in individuals initiated on ART. A convenience sample of black South Africans (55 men and 132 women) were recruited and followed for 24 months after commencing ART...
October 2016: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
D Kojo Hamilton, Christopher Kong, Jayme Hiratzka, Alec G Contag, Tamir Ailon, Breton Line, Alan Daniels, Justin S Smith, Peter Passias, Themistocles Protopsaltis, Daniel Sciubba, Douglas Burton, Christopher Shaffrey, Eric Klineberg, Gregory Mundis, Han-Jo Kim, Virginie Lafage, Renaud Lafage, Justin Scheer, Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, Shay Bess, Robert Hart
STUDY DESIGN: This is a multicenter retrospective review of prospectively collected cases. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to evaluate the relationship between patient satisfaction, HRQoL scores, complications, and radiographic measures at 2 years post-operative follow-up. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: For patients receiving operative management for adult spine deformity (ASD), the relationship between health-related quality of life (HRQoL) measures, radiographic parameters, post-operative complications, and self-reported satisfaction remains unclear...
September 29, 2016: Spine
Philippe Montravers, Pierre-François Perrigault, Jean-François Timsit, Jean-Paul Mira, Olivier Lortholary, Olivier Leroy, Jean-Pierre Gangneux, Didier Guillemot, Caroline Bensoussan, Sébastien Bailly, Elie Azoulay, Jean-Michel Constantin, Hervé Dupont
OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical characteristics and prognosis of patients treated for Candida peritonitis (CP), according to the type of systemic anti-fungal therapy (SAT), empiric (EAF) or targeted (TAF) therapies, and the final diagnosis of infection. METHODS: ICU patients treated for CP were selected among the AmarCAND2 cohort, to compare patients receiving EAF for not confirmed suspicion of CP (EAF/nonCP), to those with suspected secondarily confirmed CP (EAF/CP), or with primarily proven CP receiving TAF...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Ryuta Shintakuya, Kenichiro Uemura, Yoshiaki Murakami, Naru Kondo, Naoya Nakagawa, Kazuhide Urabe, Keisuke Okano, Kazuo Awai, Toru Higaki, Taijiro Sueda
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The loss of skeletal muscle mass (sarcopenia) is associated with the poor prognosis of pancreatic cancer. It has been reported pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) is associated with serum nutritional markers in chronic pancreatitis. However, there has been no report about the relationship between sarcopenia and PEI. The aim of this study is to determine whether body composition, including skeletal muscle (SM), subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT), visceral adipose tissue (VAT), intramuscular adipose tissue content (IMAC), and serum nutritional markers are associated with pancreatic exocrine function in patients with pancreatic disease...
October 11, 2016: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
Andrew P Jaciw
BACKGROUND: Past studies have examined factors associated with reductions in bias in comparison group studies (CGSs). The companion work to this article extends the framework to investigate the accuracy of generalized inferences from CGS. OBJECTIVES: This article empirically examines levels of bias in CGS-based impact estimates when used for generalization, and reductions in bias resulting from covariate adjustment. It assesses potential for bias reduction against criteria from past studies...
October 12, 2016: Evaluation Review
Francielle A Mendes, Tânia de F Borges, Luiz C Gonçalves, Terezinha Rc de Oliveira, Célio J do Prado, Flávio D das Neves
The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of replacing poorly fitting dentures on patient's masticatory function, satisfaction and oral health-related quality of life. Fourteen patients with conventional maxillary complete dentures and mandibular overdentures retained by two implants bar clip system had their dentures replaced. The laboratory tests for the analysis of masticatory performance were conducted using an "Optocal" food simulator test. Questionnaires were used to evaluate patient satisfaction with dentures and impact of oral health on quality of life...
September 2016: Acta Odontológica Latinoamericana: AOL
P Devic, L Gallay, N Streichenberger, P Petiot
Amongst the heterogeneous group of inflammatory myopathies, focal myositis (FM) stands as a rare and benign dysimmune disease. Although FM can be associated with root and/or nerve lesions, traumatic muscle lesions and autoimmune diseases, its triggering factors remain poorly understood. Defined as an isolated inflammatory pseudotumour usually restricted to one skeletal muscle, clinical presentation of FM is that of a rapidly growing solitary mass within a single muscle, usually in the lower limbs. Electromyography shows spontaneous activity associated with a myopathic pattern...
August 26, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
Evi Berchtold, Gergely Csaba, Ralf Zimmer
Several methods predict activity changes of transcription factors (TFs) from a given regulatory network and measured expression data. But available gene regulatory networks are incomplete and contain many condition-dependent regulations that are not relevant for the specific expression measurement. It is not known which combination of active TFs is needed to cause a change in the expression of a target gene. A method to systematically evaluate the inferred activity changes is missing. We present such an evaluation strategy that indicates for how many target genes the observed expression changes can be explained by a given set of active TFs...
2016: PloS One
H G Ularamu, J O Ibu, B A Wood, J N Abenga, D D Lazarus, Y S Wungak, N J Knowles, J Wadsworth, V Mioulet, D P King, D Shamaki, M I Adah
This study describes the molecular characterization of 47 foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) viruses recovered from field outbreaks in Nigeria between 2007 and 2014. Antigen ELISA of viral isolates was used to identify FMD virus serotypes O, A and SAT 2. Phylogenetic analyses of VP1 nucleotide sequences provide evidence for the presence of multiple sublineages of serotype SAT 2, and O/EAST AFRICA 3 (EA-3) and O/WEST AFRICA topotypes in the country. In contrast, for serotype A, a single monophyletic cluster of viruses has persisted within Nigeria (2009-2013)...
October 7, 2016: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
Su-Xing Wang, Jin-Gang Wei, Lu-Lu Chen, Xiang Hu, Wen Kong
BACKGROUND: Catch up growth (CUG) motivated by under-nutrition can lead to insulin resistance (IR) and visceral fat over-accumulation. However, the precise mechanisms on IR induced by adipose tissue changes during CUG remain unresolved. METHODS: Experimental rats were divided into three groups: normal chow group, catch up growth group and resveratrol administrated group. The whole experiment was carried out in four stages: 4, 6, 8 and 12 weeks. Peroxisome-proliferator activated receptor gamma (PPAR-γ) and fat-specific protein 27 (FSP27) expression level in epididymal adipose tissues (EAT) and subcutaneous adipose tissues (SAT) were detected along with other IR indicators...
October 4, 2016: Lipids in Health and Disease
F Riera, T T Trong, K Rinaldi, O Hue
This study investigated whether the combination of internal precooling (PC) and internal midcooling (MC cooling during exercise) would enhance performance more than MC alone. 9 trained males completed two 30-km cycling trials in a hot and humid environment (WBGT: 29±0.7°C, 80±0.02% relative humidity). For 30 min before exercise, the subjects sat quietly and drank water at 23°C (MC) or 3°C (PC+MC). During the MC and PC+MC time trials, they drank an ice-slush/menthol beverage (i. e., 0.025% menthol)...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Sports Medicine
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