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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197645/subclinical-decrease-in-myocardial-function-in-asymptomatic-infants-of-diabetic-mothers-a-tissue-doppler-study
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Jenny E Zablah, Dorota Gruber, Guillaume Stoffels, Estefania G Cabezas, Denise A Hayes
Infants of diabetic mothers (IDMs) with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are recognized to have impaired myocardial performance, but less is known about ventricular function in IDMs without hypertrophy. We hypothesized that in asymptomatic newborns with normal two-dimensional echocardiographic evaluations, pulsed wave tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) would suggest a subclinical decrease in the cardiac function of IDMs compared to infants of non-diabetics (nIDMs). This is a retrospective cohort study of asymptomatic neonates ≥36 weeks gestation, at 0-7 days of life, with normal standard echocardiograms...
February 14, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197282/fragmented-qrs-as-a-marker-of-electrical-dyssynchrony-to-predict-inter-ventricular-conduction-defect-by-subsequent-echocardiographic-assessment-in-symptomatic-patients-of-non-ischemic-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Santosh Kumar Sinha, Kush Bhagat, Mohammad Asif, Karandeep Singh, Mohit Sachan, Vikas Mishra, Nasar Afdaali, Mukesh Jitendra Jha, Ashutosh Kumar, Shravan Singh, Rupesh Sinha, Dibbendhu Khanra, Ramesh Thakur, Chandra Mohan Varma, Vinay Krishna, Umeshwar Pandey
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony frequently occurs in patients with heart failure (HF). QRS ≥ 120 ms is a surrogate marker of electrical dyssynchrony, which occurs in only 30% of HF patients. In contrary, in those with normal QRS (nQRS) duration, LV dyssynchrony has been reported in 20-50%. This study was carried out to investigate the role of fragmented QRS (fQRS) on the surface electrocardiography (ECG) as a marker of electrical dyssynchrony to predict the presence of significant intraventricular dyssynchrony (IVD) by subsequent echocardiographic assessment...
August 2016: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188053/exposure-of-portuguese-children-to-the-novel-non-phthalate-plasticizer-di-iso-nonyl-cyclohexane-1-2-dicarboxylate-dinch
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Luísa Correia-Sá, André Schütze, Sónia Norberto, Conceição Calhau, Valentina F Domingues, Holger M Koch
Di-(iso-nonyl)-cyclohexane-1,2-dicarboxylate (DINCH) is used as substitute for high molecular weight phthalate plasticizers such as di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and di-(iso-nonyl) phthalate (DINP). Due to a rapid substitution process, we must assume omnipresent and increasing DINCH exposures. The aim of this study was to evaluate DINCH exposure in 112 children (4-18years old) from Portugal, divided in two groups: 1) normal-/underweight following the usual diet; and 2) obese/overweight but under strict nutritional guidance...
February 7, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168740/decreased-biventricular-longitudinal-strain-shortly-after-congenital-heart-defect-surgery
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Jonne M de Boer, Irene M Kuipers, Liselotte M Klitsie, Nico A Blom, Arend D J Ten Harkel
OBJECTIVE: Impaired ventricular performance in patients who underwent surgery for congenital heart defect (CHD) may ultimately result in clinical heart failure. It is therefore important to regularly evaluate the left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular (RV) performance. We evaluated tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) before and after surgical correction of a CHD. STUDY DESIGN: Patients with CHD undergoing biventricular corrective surgery were included in this retrospective study...
February 6, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165414/deoxynivalenol-exposure-in-norway-risk-assessments-for-different-human-age-groups
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Leif Sundheim, Inger Therese Lillegaard, Christiane Kruse Fæste, Anne-Lise Brantsæter, Guro Brodal, Gunnar Sundstøl Eriksen
Deoxynivalenol (DON) is the most common mycotoxin in Norwegian cereals, and DON is detected in most samples of crude cereal grain and cereal food commodities such as flour, bran, and oat flakes. The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety assessed the risk for adverse effects of deoxynivalenol (DON) in different age groups of the domestic population. This review presents the main results from the risk assessment, supplemented with some recently published data. Impairment of the immune system together with reduced feed intake and weight gain are the critical effects of DON in experimental animals on which the current tolerable daily intake was established...
February 4, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158237/an-increase-in-visceral-fat-is-associated-with-a-decrease-in-the-taste-and-olfactory-capacity
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Jose Carlos Fernandez-Garcia, Juan Alcaide, Concepcion Santiago-Fernandez, M M Roca-Rodriguez, Zaida Aguera, Rosa Baños, Cristina Botella, Rafael de la Torre, Jose M Fernandez-Real, Gema Fruhbeck, Javier Gomez-Ambrosi, Susana Jimenez-Murcia, Jose M Menchon, Felipe F Casanueva, Fernando Fernandez-Aranda, Francisco J Tinahones, Lourdes Garrido-Sanchez
INTRODUCTION: Sensory factors may play an important role in the determination of appetite and food choices. Also, some adipokines may alter or predict the perception and pleasantness of specific odors. We aimed to analyze differences in smell-taste capacity between females with different weights and relate them with fat and fat-free mass, visceral fat, and several adipokines. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 179 females with different weights (from low weight to morbid obesity) were studied...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139073/assessment-of-left-ventricular-functions-and-myocardial-iron-load-with-tissue-doppler-and-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-and-t2-mri-in-patients-with-%C3%AE-thalassemia-major
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Mehmet Emre Ari, Filiz Ekici, İbrahim İlker Çetin, Emine Betül Tavil, Neşe Yaralı, Pamir Işık, Tuncay Hazırolan, Bahattin Tunç
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to determine early myocardial dysfunction in β-thalassemia major (BTM) patients. Where the myocardial dysfunction cannot be detected by conventional echocardiography, it could be detected by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) or speckle tracking echocardiography (STE). METHODS: In this study, we analyzed 60 individuals, 30 of whom were BTM patients and the other 30 of whom were the control group. T2* magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used to measure cardiac iron deposition...
January 31, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126583/time-to-diagnosis-and-stage-of-symptomatic-colorectal-cancer-determined-by-three-different-sources-of-information-a-population-based-retrospective-study
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Alfonso Leiva, Magdalena Esteva, Joan Llobera, Francesc Macià, Salvador Pita-Fernández, Luis González-Luján, María A Sánchez-Calavera, María Ramos
BACKGROUND: Survival rates from colorectal cancer (CRC) are highly variable in Europe. This variability could potentially be explained by differences in healthcare system delays in diagnosis. However, even when such delays are reduced, the relationship of the diagnostic interval (time from presentation with symptoms to diagnosis) with outcome is uncertain. METHODS: A total of 795 patients with CRC from 5 regions of Spain were retrospectively examined in this population-based multicenter study...
January 23, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123309/improvement-of-impaired-diastolic-left-ventricular-function-after-diet-induced-weight-reduction-in-severe-obesity
#9
Sevda Karimian, Juergen Stein, Boris Bauer, Claudius Teupe
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Obesity is independently associated with left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction and altered cardiac morphology. Morbidity and mortality in patients with diastolic dysfunction are similar to values observed in patients with systolic heart failure. We hypothesized that dysfunctional cardiac responses in people with obesity are reversible after weight loss. Thus, we studied the effect of dietary weight reduction on LV diastolic function as well as on cardiac structure using transthoracic echocardiography and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI)...
2017: Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115808/the-effects-of-ivabradine-on-left-ventricular-synchronization-and-tei-index-in-patients-with-systolic-heart-failure
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Fatma Hizal Erdem, Serkan Ozturk, Selçuk Öztürk, Alim Erdem, Selim Ayhan, Mustafa Öztürk, İbrahim Dönmez, Davut Baltacı, Mehmet Yazıcı
BACKGROUND: The aim of our study was to evaluate in stable outpatients with systolic heart failure (HF) the 3 months effect of ivabradine on LV synchronization and Tei index in stable outpatients with systolic HF. METHODS: We evaluated prospectively 40 (30 males, 10 females) patients with HF. All patients were evaluated before and after treatment by transthoracic M mode, two dimensional (2D), pulsed-wave (PW), continuous wave (CW), color flow and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and tissue synchronization imaging (TSI)...
January 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115223/assessment-of-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-fluticasone-propionate-and-salmeterol-delivered-as-a-combination-dry-powder-via-a-capsule-based-inhaler-versus-a-multi-dose-inhaler-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Robert Chan, Ana R Sousa, Peter Hynds, Farshid Homayoun-Valiani, Dawn Edwards, Maggie Tabberer
BACKGROUND: This study tested the clinical non-inferiority of the fluticasone propionate/salmeterol combination 50/250 μg (FSC) Rotacaps(®)/Rotahaler(®) system, a single unit dose inhaler, with the multi-dose FSC Diskus(®) inhaler in adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS: This multi-centre, randomised, double-blind, double-dummy, two-way cross-over study compared 12 weeks' treatment of FSC administered twice daily using Rotacaps/Rotahaler or Diskus...
January 20, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109729/comparison-of-the-effects-of-nasal-steroids-and-montelukast-on-olfactory-functions-in-patients-with-allergic-rhinitis
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A Dalgic, M E Dinc, S Ulusoy, D Dizdar, A Is, M Topak
OBJECTIVE: Olfactory dysfunction is one of the comorbidities associated with allergic rhinitis (AR) and AR is one of the common causes of olfactory problems. We aimed to evaluate by the Sniffin' Sticks test the effects on olfactory functions of nasal steroids and leukotriene antagonists used for allergic rhinitis. METHODS: Thirty patients with seasonal rhinitis were included in this study. Patients were randomly divided into three groups of 10 patients; group 1 received montelukast sodium and mometasone furoate (MF) therapy, group 2 received only montelukast, and group 3 only MF...
January 18, 2017: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109132/echocardiographic-assessment-of-left-ventricular-function-in-healthy-horses-and-in-horses-with-heart-disease-using-pulsed-wave-tissue-doppler-imaging
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T R Koenig, K J Mitchell, C C Schwarzwald
BACKGROUND: Assessment of left ventricular (LV) function by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) is not well established in horses with heart disease. OBJECTIVES: To describe the use of pulsed-wave (PW) TDI for the assessment of LV function, establish reference intervals, investigate effects of mitral regurgitation (MR), aortic regurgitation (AR), and primary myocardial disease (MD), and provide proof of concept for the use of PW TDI in Warmblood horses with heart disease...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108041/strain-elastography-as-a-new-method-for-assessing-pelvic-floor-biomechanics
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Jana Marie Kreutzkamp, Sebastian Daniel Schäfer, Susanne Amler, Felix Strube, Ludwig Kiesel, Ralf Schmitz
Strain elastography (SE) is a new technique of parametric imaging that allows quantification of the elasticity of tissue. The aim of our study was to determine if the elasticity of para-urethral tissue correlates with urethral mobility and urinary incontinence (UI). Ninety-nine unselected women were investigated with SE. They were given a standardized interview about UI, and SE raw data for the para-urethral tissue were acquired in a sagittal standard urethra-symphysis view while being stimulated by a coughing fit...
January 17, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107525/longitudinal-testing-of-olfactory-and-gustatory-function-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Florian Cornelius Uecker, Heidi Olze, Hagen Kunte, Christian Gerz, Önder Göktas, Lutz Harms, Felix Alexander Schmidt
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to investigate changes of the olfactory and gustatory capacity in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODOLOGY: 20 MS patients were tested longitudinally for 3 years after initial testing. The Threshold Discrimination Identification test (TDI) was used for subjective olfactometry. Objective olfactometry was performed by registering olfactory evoked potentials (OEP) by EEG. The Taste Strip Test (TST) was used for gustatory testing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090255/clinical-utility-of-echocardiography-for-the-diagnosis-and-prognosis-in-children-with-bronchopulmonary-dsyplasia
#16
Young Earl Choi, Hwa Jin Cho, Eun Song Song, In Seok Jeong, Namsik Yoon, Young Youn Choi, Jae Sook Ma, Young Kuk Cho
BACKGROUND: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) may result in chronic pulmonary artery hypertension and right ventricular (RV) dysfunction. Various echocardiographic assessments of RV dysfunction have been used to determine whether echocardiographic measurements of premature infants with BPD could provide sensitive measures of RV function that correlates with BPD severity. METHODS: Twenty-eight control subjects without BPD (non BPD group), 28 patients with mild BPD, 11 patients with moderate BPD, and six patients with severe BPD underwent echocardiograms with standard measurement such as ejection fraction by M-mode, tricuspid regurgitation pressure gradient, myocardial performance index (MPI) derived from pulse Doppler, and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) measurements...
December 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073954/gene-obesogenic-environment-interactions-in-the-uk-biobank-study
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Jessica Tyrrell, Andrew R Wood, Ryan M Ames, Hanieh Yaghootkar, Robin N Beaumont, Samuel E Jones, Marcus A Tuke, Katherine S Ruth, Rachel M Freathy, George Davey Smith, Stéphane Joost, Idris Guessous, Anna Murray, David P Strachan, Zoltán Kutalik, Michael N Weedon, Timothy M Frayling
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have suggested that modern obesogenic environments accentuate the genetic risk of obesity. However, these studies have proven controversial as to which, if any, measures of the environment accentuate genetic susceptibility to high body mass index (BMI). METHODS: We used up to 120 000 adults from the UK Biobank study to test the hypothesis that high-risk obesogenic environments and behaviours accentuate genetic susceptibility to obesity...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072383/reconstructing-contralateral-fiber-tracts-methodological-aspects-of-cerebello-thalamocortical-pathway-reconstruction
#18
Fulvia Palesi, Jacques-Donald Tournier, F Calamante, Nils Muhlert, Gloria Castellazzi, Declan Chard, E D'Angelo, Claudia Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott
The identification of pathways connecting the cerebral cortex with subcortical structures is critical to understanding how large-scale brain networks operate. The cerebellum, for example, is known to project numerous axonal bundles to thecerebral cortex passing through the thalamus. This paper focuses on the technical details of cerebello-thalamo-cortical pathway reconstruction using advanced diffusion MRI techniques in humans in vivo. Pathways reconstructed using seed/target placement on super-resolution maps, created with track density imaging (TDI), were compared with those reconstructed by defining regions of interest (ROIs) on non-diffusion weighted images (b0)...
October 2016: Functional Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046050/postsystolic-shortening-is-associated-with-altered-right-ventricular-function-in-children-after-tetralogy-of-fallot-surgical-repair
#19
Radosław Pietrzak, Bożena Werner
: The aim of the study was to determine whether segmental interactions, as expressed by postsystolic shortening (PSS), affects RV mechanics and are connected with impaired systolic and diastolic function in rTOF children. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 55 rTOF adolescent (study group), and 34 healthy volunteers (control group) were examined using classical Doppler flow (Doppler), Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI) and Speckle Tracking Echocardiography (STE). PSS was found to occur when time to peak (TTP) was longer than pulmonary valve closure time (PVCT)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045338/systolic-mitral-annulus-velocity-is-a-sensitive-index-for-changes-in-left-ventricular-systolic-function-during-inotropic-therapy-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure
#20
Trygve Husebye, Jan Eritsland, Reidar Bjørnerheim, Geir Ø Andersen
BACKGROUND: Echocardiography is recommended for assessment of left ventricular systolic function in patients with acute heart failure but few randomised trials have validated techniques like tissue Doppler (TDI) and speckle tracking (STE) in patients with acute heart failure following ST-elevation myocardial infarction. METHODS: This was a substudy from the LEAF (LEvosimendan in Acute heart Failure following myocardial infarction) trial (NCT00324766 ), which randomised 61 patients developing acute heart failure, including cardiogenic shock, within 48 hours after ST-elevation myocardial infarction, double-blind to a 25-hour infusion of levosimendan or placebo...
January 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
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