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Chronic disease in elderly

Xu Li, Pujun Gao
We investigated possible links between the etiology of liver disease and gallstone risk in Chinese patients with chronic liver disease (CLD). We compared the outcomes of 267 Chinese CLD patients with gallstones and those of a control group of 1,015 CLD patients without gallstones. Logistic regression analyses adjusting for demographic features and other gallstone risk factors revealed that liver cirrhosis increased the risk of gallstone development twofold [adjusted odds ratio (AOR); 95% confidence interval (95% CI): 2...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Vanesa Alende-Castro, Cristina Macía-Rodríguez, Ignacio Novo-Veleiro, Xana García-Fernández, Mercedes Treviño-Castellano, Sergio Rodríguez-Fernández, Arturo González-Quintela
BACKGROUND: Forms of presentation of Q fever vary widely across Spain, with differences between the north and south. In the absence of reported case series from Galicia (north-west Spain), this study sought to describe a Q-fever case series in this region for the first time, and conduct a systematic review to analyse all available data on the disease in Spain. METHODS: Patients with positive serum antibodies to Coxiella burnetii from a single institution over a 5-year period (January 2011-December 2015) were included...
March 15, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Irfanullah Khan, Amer Hayat Khan, Azreen Syazril Adnan, Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, Azhar Bin Amir Hamzah, Nafees Ahmed, Amjad Khan
PURPOSE: Creatinine is normally used to evaluate kidney function among elderly patients in clinical practice, which has been reported to be affected by socio-demographic factors like BMI and age. Cystatin C a newly introduced biomarker may be more efficient in identifying kidney function in obese and aged CKD patients. The aim of the current study was to assess the effect of BMI on endogenous biomarkers (cystatin C and creatinine) among elderly CKD patients in Malaysia, a first such study in the country...
March 13, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
Izabela Wróblewska, Iwona Zborowska, Anna Dąbek, Robert Susło, Zuzanna Wróblewska, Jarosław Drobnik
Background: The incidence of chronic diseases increases with age; about 73% of people who are aged ≥60 years suffer from at least 1 chronic disease, and among those older than 70 years, chronic diseases afflict more than >84% of the population. According to epidemiological data, at least 4 chronic disease types coexist in senior citizens, causing their disability. These are mainly cardiovascular diseases; motor system diseases; ophthalmological, auditory, neurological, and mental diseases; and mental impairment...
2018: Clinical Interventions in Aging
Bin Bai, Jiadela Teliewubai, Yuyan Lu, Shikai Yu, Jing Xiong, Chen Chi, Yiwu Zhou, Hongwei Ji, Ximin Fan, Jacques Blacher, Jue Li, Yi Zhang, Yawei Xu
This study aimed to investigate the discrepancy between pulse wave velocity (PWV) and pulse pressure amplification (PPA) in association with hypertensive target organ damage (TOD) in the elderly. From June 2014 to August 2015, 1599 participants aged >65 years old from communities located in northern Shanghai were recruited. Carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV), peripheral blood pressure (BP), central BP and other TOD indicators, including the ratio of the early ventricular filling velocity (E) to the peak velocity of the tissue Doppler velocity of septal mitral annulus (E/Ea), left ventricular mass index (LVMI), carotid intima-medium thickness (CIMT), estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), and urinary albumin-creatinine ratio (ACR), were determined for each participant...
March 13, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Hang Qiu, Kun Tan, Feiyu Long, Liya Wang, Haiyan Yu, Ren Deng, Hu Long, Yanlong Zhang, Jingping Pan
Evidence on the burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) morbidity attributable to the interaction between ambient air pollution and temperature has been limited. This study aimed to examine the modification effect of temperature on the association of ambient air pollutants (including particulate matter (PM) with aerodynamic diameter <10 μm (PM10 ) and <2.5 μm (PM2.5 ), nitrogen dioxide (NO₂), sulfur dioxide (SO₂), carbon monoxide (CO) and ozone (O₃)) with risk of hospital admissions (HAs) for COPD, as well as the associated morbidity burden in urban areas of Chengdu, China, from 2015 to 2016...
March 11, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
L Li, Q Mo, T Mo, Y Liu, J L Tian, Z Wan
Objective: To investigate the clinical characteristics and pharmaceutical therapy of elderly patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). Methods: Using the multi-center retrospective cross-sectional survey, we analyzed 1 799 hospitalized patients with CHF as the main cause and NYHA heart function classification Ⅱ-Ⅳ from nine tertiary hospitals of Tianjin during March 2014 to February 2016. According to age, we divided them into non- elderly group(age<65 years), normal elderly group (age ≥65-79 years), and the old elderly group(age≥80 years)...
March 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Xiujuan Xu, Geng Zhang, Mahong Hu, Chunlian Ji, Jianbiao Meng, Zhizhen Lai, Muhua Dai, Lisha Pang, Wei Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To study the influence of clinical nutritional support on the effects of mechanical ventilation (MV), and to find the factors affecting the outcome of patients undergoing MV. METHODS: A case-control study was conducted. The clinical data of 235 patients undergoing MV admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Tongde Hospital of Zhejiang Province from January 2015 to June 2017 were retrospectively analyzed. The patients were divided into two groups according to whether weaning successfully within 7 days...
March 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Yashika Garg, Jatinder Singh, H S Sohal, Rajeshwari Gore, Arun Kumar
OBJECTIVE: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic progressive degenerative disease of weight-bearing joints and the leading cause of disability in elderly. Current medical management of OA is mostly palliative with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) being the mainstay of therapy. Reports of gastrointestinal adverse effects with traditional NSAIDs and cardiovascular adverse effects associated with selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors have prompted the hunt for a better NSAID with no or minimal adverse effects...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
Dalia Elena Romero, Diego Santana, Paulo Borges, Aline Marques, Débora Castanheira, Jéssica M Rodrigues, Leticia Sabbadini
The objective was to analyze the epidemiological characteristics of chronic back problems in Brazil and study the association between their prevalence and demographic and socioeconomic factors, lifestyle, and health conditions. The study used micro-data from the Brazilian National Health Survey (PNS), 2013. The epidemiological indicators were: prevalence, time with chronic back problems, life cycle (from young adults to the elderly), limitations in activities of daily living, and mean age at onset of symptoms, according to sex and age bracket...
March 1, 2018: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Agnieszka Ćwirlej-Sozańska, Anna Wilmowska-Pietruszyńska, Bernard Sozański, Agnieszka Wiśniowska-Szurlej
BACKGROUND The proportion of elderly people living in Poland has risen in recent years. With rising life expectancy, there is likely to be a concurrent increase in the incidence of chronic diseases and disabilities. Therefore, this study aimed to analyze the prevalence of chronic diseases and disability of the elderly in order to help guide strategies of prevention and public health control. MATERIAL AND METHODS This was a cross-sectional study of 1,000 randomly-selected residents living in the Podkarpackie region of Poland...
March 7, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Hisanao Izumi, Yasuharu Shinoda, Takashi Saito, Takaomi Saido, Keita Sato, Yasushi Yabuki, Yotaro Matsumoto, Yoshitomi Kanemitsu, Yoshihisa Tomioka, Nona Abolhassani, Yusaku Nakabeppu, Kohji Fukunaga
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease and the most common form of elderly dementia in the world. At present, acetylcholine inhibitors, such as donepezil, galantamine and rivastigmine, are used for AD therapy, but the therapeutic efficacy is limited. We recently proposed T-type voltage gated Ca2+ channels (T-VGCCs) enhancer as a new therapeutic candidate for AD. In the current study, we confirmed the pharmacokinetics of SAK3 in the plasma and brain of mice using ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry...
March 3, 2018: Neuroscience
Karine Luz Londoño, Francesc Formiga, David Chivite, Rafael Moreno-Gonzalez, Margherita Migone De Amicis, Xavier Corbella
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a frequent comorbidity in heart failure (HF) patients. Whether a prior COPD diagnosis influences patients' prognosis in early stages of HF is unknown. We reviewed patients > 50 years old admitted because of a first episode of acute HF. We divided the sample into two groups according to the existence of a prior diagnosis of COPD. We used regression analysis to identify the baseline patients' characteristics associated with the presence of COPD, and Cox mortality analysis to identify baseline and discharge data related to higher risk of a combined outcome of 1-year all-cause readmission or mortality...
March 6, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
J Anoun, F Ben Fredj Ismail, A Mzabi, S Dadaa, I Ben Hassine, M Karmani, B Mrad, H Mhiri, A Rezgui, C Laouani Kechrid
Arteriosclerosis is an alteration of the blood vessels whose walls calcify, lose their elasticity and thicken. The result is a decrease in circulating blood flow and ischemic manifestations. Calcification of the arteries is a physiological phenomenon in the elderly but young subjects may also be affected. Indeed, certain risk factors can favor the formation of plaques at the level of the vessels. These include classic cardiovascular risk factors, as well as systemic inflammatory diseases, connective tissue diseases, chronic hypercalcemia… We report the case of a 26-year-old female patient with diffuse arteriosclerosis discovered accidentally, and whose exhaustive etiological investigation remained negative...
March 2, 2018: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
Xiaoming Yu, Xueding Cai, Xiaomei Xu, Lin Zhang, Xiaoying Huang, Liangxing Wang, Yanfan Chen
RATIONALE: This report describes a rare case in Wenzhou city of Zhejiang province that a non-HIV infected male recovering from fungemia caused by Penicillium marneffei (P. marneffei). Interestingly, it's very easy to misdiagnose with aspergillosis, a fungal disease prevalent in Wenzhou, during the whole procedure. PATIENT CONCERNS: An 80-year-old Chinese male subject with pre-existing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) presented with symptoms of chest tightness and high fever for a month...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Linyun Zhu, Zhenhua Ni, Xuming Luo, Zhuhua Zhang, Shiqiang Wang, Ziyu Meng, Xiandong Gu, Xiongbiao Wang
Purpose: Chronic bronchitis is thought to occur in elderly patients, and smoking seems to be an important risk factor. The outcomes related to the age of onset in patients with chronic bronchitis are still unclear. Patients and methods: A retrospective study was conducted on deceased patients whose diagnosis included bronchitis from 2010 to 2016. Patients were separated into two groups according to the age of onset (Group I, age ≤50 years old; Group II, age >50 years old)...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Abdullah Bin Zahid, David Balser, Rebekah Thomas, Margaret Y Mahan, Molly E Hubbard, Uzma Samadani
OBJECTIVE Chronic subdural hematoma (cSDH) is a highly morbid condition associated with brain atrophy in the elderly. It has a reported 30% 1-year mortality rate. Approximately half of afflicted individuals report either no or relatively unremarkable trauma preceding their diagnosis, raising the possibility that cSDH is a manifestation of degenerative or inflammatory disease rather than trauma. The purpose of this study was to compare the rates of cerebral atrophy before and after cSDH to determine whether it is more likely that cSDH causes atrophy or that atrophy causes cSDH...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Monica Neri, Luigi Sansone, Luisa Pietrasanta, Aliaksei Kisialiou, Eloisa Cabano, Marina Martini, Matteo A Russo, Donatella Ugolini, Marco Tafani, Stefano Bonassi
Background: Chronic rhinitis, pharyngitis and sinusitis are common health problems with a significant impact on public health, and are suspected to be influenced by ageing factors. Nasal inhalation with thermal water may be used to reduce symptoms, inflammation and drug intake. A pre-post clinical study was conducted in 183 consecutive adult and elderly patients with chronic rhinitis, pharyngitis or sinusitis, to evaluate whether thermal water nasal inhalations could improve their symptoms, clinical signs and rhinomanometry measurements, and influence inflammatory biomarkers levels in nasal epithelial cells...
2018: Immunity & Ageing: I & A
Qiaolan Liu, Hui Cai, Lawrence H Yang, Yong-Bing Xiang, Gong Yang, Honglan Li, Yu-Tang Gao, Wei Zheng, Ezra Susser, Xiao-Ou Shu
Depression is one of the most prevalent mental disorders worldwide. Little information is available regarding association of depressive symptoms (DS) with cancer and chronic diseases among middle-aged and elderly Chinese in a population-based setting. In this study we evaluated the prevalence and examined correlates of DS in two population-based cohort studies. Included in the analyses were 103,595 people with a mean age of 61.8 years at the DS assessment. The prevalence of DS was 2.4% in men and 5.6% in women...
March 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Seoyoung C Kim, Tuhina Neogi, Eun Ha Kang, Jun Liu, Rishi J Desai, MaryAnn Zhang, Daniel H Solomon
BACKGROUND: Patients with gout are at an increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease including myocardial infarction (MI), stroke, and heart failure (HF). OBJECTIVES: The authors conducted a cohort study to examine comparative CV safety of the 2 gout treatments-probenecid and allopurinol-in patients with gout. METHODS: Among gout patients ≥65 years of age and enrolled in Medicare (2008 to 2013), those who initiated probenecid or allopurinol were identified...
March 6, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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