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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151031/significant-association-between-low-mitochondrial-dna-content-in-peripheral-blood-leukocytes-and-ischemic-stroke
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Li-Ming Lien, Hung-Yi Chiou, Hsu-Ling Yeh, Shang-Yen Chiu, Jiann-Shing Jeng, Huey-Juan Lin, Chaur-Jong Hu, Fang-I Hsieh, Yau-Huei Wei
BACKGROUND: Cumulative evidence has shown that low mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) content is related to elevated oxidative stress and atherosclerosis, which play important roles in ischemic stroke. The objective of this study was to explore the association between mtDNA content in peripheral blood leukocytes and ischemic stroke. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 350 patients with first-ever ischemic stroke and 350 healthy controls were recruited in this case-control study...
November 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150612/health-impact-of-e-cigarettes-a-prospective-3-5-year-study-of-regular-daily-users-who-have-never-smoked
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Riccardo Polosa, Fabio Cibella, Pasquale Caponnetto, Marilena Maglia, Umberto Prosperini, Cristina Russo, Donald Tashkin
Although electronic cigarettes (ECs) are a much less harmful alternative to tobacco cigarettes, there is concern as to whether long-term ECs use may cause risks to human health. We report health outcomes (blood pressure, heart rate, body weight, lung function, respiratory symptoms, exhaled breath nitric oxide [eNO], exhaled carbon monoxide [eCO], and high-resolution computed tomography [HRCT] of the lungs) from a prospective 3.5-year observational study of a cohort of nine daily EC users (mean age 29.7 (±6...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150279/resolution-of-recurrent-tonsillitis-in-a-non-smoker-who-became-a-vaper-a-case-study-and-new-hypothesis
#3
Joanna Astrid Miler, Peter Hajek
BACKGROUND: Evidence concerning the impact of vaping on respiratory infections remains contradictory. Cell and animal studies suggested that vaping may increase vulnerability to respiratory infections, but human data do not confirm this concern. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of a never-smoker who became a vaper and after a few months of e-cigarette use experienced a complete resolution of chronic tonsillitis and a marked improvement in tonsilloliths. CONCLUSIONS: As this is a never-smoker, the improvements cannot be attributed to smoking cessation...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149889/electronic-cigarette-vapor-alters-the-lateral-structure-but-not-tensiometric-properties-of-calf-lung-surfactant
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Rebecca J Przybyla, Jason Wright, Rajan Parthiban, Saeed Nazemidashtarjandi, Savas Kaya, Amir M Farnoud
BACKGROUND: Despite their growing popularity, the potential respiratory toxicity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) remains largely unknown. One potential aspect of e-cigarette toxicity is the effect of e-cigarette vapor on lung surfactant function. Lung surfactant is a mixture of lipids and proteins that lines the alveolar region. The surfactant layer reduces the surface tension of the alveolar fluid, thereby playing a crucial role in lung stability. Due to their small size, particulates in e-cigarette vapor can penetrate the deep lungs and come into contact with the lung surfactant...
November 17, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149636/examining-characteristics-associated-with-quitting-smoking-during-pregnancy-and-relapse-postpartum
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Farnaaz Kia, Nicole Tosun, Samantha Carlson, Sharon Allen
INTRODUCTION: Smoking during pregnancy is a significant public health concern that can cause adverse health outcomes for both the mother and fetus. Studies have shown only 40% of women quit smoking during pregnancy, with more than half relapsing within 6months, and up to 90% relapsing within one year. This study investigates differences in demographics and smoking-related symptomatology between pregnant smokers and pregnant quitters, as well as factors associated with postpartum relapse...
November 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149635/the-association-between-adolescent-cannabis-use-and-anxiety-a-parallel-process-analysis
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Jacqueline Duperrouzel, Samuel W Hawes, Catalina Lopez-Quintero, Ileana Pacheco-Colón, Jonathan Comer, Raul Gonzalez
INTRODUCTION: Associations between anxiety symptoms and cannabis use have been previously explored, yet the directionality of these associations remains highly debatable. The present study aims to prospectively examine patterns of cannabis use and anxiety during adolescence focusing on their co-development and bidirectional influences. METHODS: Adolescents (n=250) of predominantly Hispanic ethnicity, aged 14-17 at baseline, exposed to drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes completed three (bi-annual) assessments across a 1-year period...
November 4, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149250/modeling-the-causal-role-of-dna-methylation-in-the-association-between-cigarette-smoking-and-inflammation-in-african-americans-a-2-step-epigenetic-mendelian-randomization-study
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Min A Jhun, Jennifer A Smith, Erin B Ware, Sharon L R Kardia, Thomas H Mosley, Stephen T Turner, Patricia A Peyser, Sung Kyun Park
The association between cigarette smoking and inflammation is well known. However, the biological mechanisms behind the association are not fully understood, particularly the role of DNA methylation, which is known to be affected by smoking. Using 2-step epigenetic Mendelian randomization, we investigated the role of DNA methylation in the association between cigarette smoking and inflammation. In 822 African Americans from the Genetic Epidemiology Network of Arteriopathy, phase 2 (Jackson, Mississippi; 2000-2005), study population, we examined the association of cigarette smoking with DNA methylation using single nucleotide polymorphisms identified in previous genome-wide association studies of cigarette smoking...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149211/occupational-exposure-to-unburnt-tobacco-and-potential-risk-of-toxic-optic-neuropathy-a-cross-sectional-study-among-beedi-rollers-in-selected-rural-areas-of-coastal-karnataka-india
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Soujanya Kaup, Ansaba Naseer, Siddharudha Shivalli, Cynthia Arunachalam
BACKGROUND: Beedi also known as poor man's cigarette is manufactured in almost all major states of India. Beedi workers are exposed to various health risks. There is an increased risk of systemic absorption of tobacco through skin and mucous membrane. The optic nerve is susceptible to damage from several toxic substances including tobacco. This group of disorders is known as toxic optic neuropathy (TON). The association of TON with occupational exposure to unburnt tobacco in beedi rollers has not been explored...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149048/quit-methods-used-by-american-smokers-2013-2014
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Brad Rodu, Nantaporn Plurphanswat
This report describes the quit methods used in the past 12 months by current and former smokers in the baseline Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study during 2013-2014. Descriptive statistics were used to report the use of single and two or more quit methods; survey weights were used to compute population estimates. Logistic regression was used to estimate the association between past year former smokers and single quit method, including individual characteristics. RESULTS: Of 11,402 current smokers and 4919 former smokers, 4541 had tried and 839 had quit in the past 12 months...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147485/the-effects-of-anti-fas-ribozyme-on-t-lymphocyte-apoptosis-in-mice-model-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Song-Ming Zhuo, Si-Cong Li, Yong-Qun Lin, Hai-Bin Yu, Na Li
Objectives: In this study, we aimed to investigate the effects of anti-Fas ribozyme on the apoptosis of T lymphocytes (T cells) in mice model with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Materials and Methods: Male 6-week-old C57BL/6 mice were used to establish the COPD model by exposure to cigarette smoke. The COPD mice were sacrificed for spleen dissection and T cell isolation. T cells were randomly divided into four groups (n=10 per group). Group A was used as the control...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146503/methodology-for-controlled-administration-of-smoked-synthetic-cannabinoids-jwh-018-and-jwh-073
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REVIEW
Ziva D Cooper, Justin L Poklis, Fei Liu
Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) are a significant public health concern given their widespread use and severe effects associated with intoxication. However, there is a paucity of controlled human studies investigating the behavioral and physiological effects and pharmacokinetics of these compounds. Designing a reliable method to administer consistent, concentration-dependent synthetic cannabinoids is an integral component of controlled study of these compounds. Further, optimizing methods to assess the parent compounds and metabolites in plasma is critical in order to be able to establish their pharmacokinetics after administration...
November 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146495/polysaccharides-from-citrus-grandis-l-osbeck-suppress-inflammation-and-relieve-chronic-pharyngitis
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Liyan Chen, Yongfeng Lai, Lei Dong, Shasha Kang, Xiumei Chen
Chronic pharyngitis, a common inflammation of the pharyngeal mucosa, is often caused by bacteria, viruses, alcohol abuse, overuse of the voice and cigarettes. This study aimed to explore the effects of polysaccharides of Citrus grandis L. Osbeck (PCG) in relieving chronic pharyngitis and illustrate the underlying mechanisms. Polysaccharides were obtained from PCG by column chromatographic extraction. Six clinical symptom scores, such as the severity of itchy throat, hoarseness, pain, odynophagia, cough and otalgia were evaluated in chronic pharyngitis patients after the oral intake of PCG...
November 13, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145647/trends-and-correlates-of-waterpipe-use-in-the-european-union-analysis-of-selected-eurobarometer-surveys-2009-2017
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Filippos T Filippidis, Mohammed Jawad, Constantine I Vardavas
Introduction: To assess the trends and correlates of waterpipe use between 2009 and 2017 in the 28 European Union (EU) member states. Methods: We analysed data from wave 72.3 (2009, n=27,788); wave 77.1 (2012, n=26,751); wave 82.4 (2014, n=27,801); and wave 87.1 (2017, n=27,901) of the Eurobarometer survey. Representative samples of EU residents aged ≥15 years were asked to report ever use of waterpipe. Regular waterpipe use, i.e. at least once a month was also assessed in 2017...
November 14, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144995/content-analysis-of-homeless-smokers-perspectives-on-established-and-alternative-smoking-interventions
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Susan E Collins, Victoria E Orfaly, Teresa Wu, Sunny Chang, Robert V Hardy, Amia Nash, Matthew B Jones, Leslie Mares, Emily M Taylor, Lonnie A Nelson, Seema L Clifasefi
BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoking is 5 times more prevalent among homeless individuals than in the general population, and homeless individuals are disproportionately affected by smoking-related morbidity and mortality. Homeless smokers report interest in changing their smoking behavior; however, established smoking cessation interventions are neither desirable to nor highly effective for most members of this population. The aim of this study was to document homeless smokers' perceptions of established smoking interventions as well as self-generated, alternative smoking interventions to elucidate points for intervention enhancement...
November 13, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144941/re-the-health-effects-of-electronic-cigarettes
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Sam S Chang
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December 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143991/genetic-and-non-genetic-risk-factors-for-pre-eclampsia-an-umbrella-review-of-systematic-reviews-and-meta-analyses-of-observational-studies
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REVIEW
Konstantinos Giannakou, Evangelos Evangelou, Stefania I Papatheodorou
OBJECTIVE: To summarize evidence from the literature on the risk factors associated with preeclampsia, assess the presence of statistical biases and identify associations with robust evidence. METHODS: We searched PubMed and ISI Web of Science from inception to October, 2016, to identify systematic reviews and meta-analyses of observational studies examining associations between genetic and non-genetic risk factors for preeclampsia. For each meta-analysis we estimated the summary effect size by random-effects and fixed-effects models, the 95% confidence interval and the 95% prediction interval...
November 16, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143193/cigarette-demand-among-smokers-with-elevated-depressive-symptoms-an-experimental-comparison-with-low-depressive-symptoms
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Roberto Secades-Villa, Sara Weidberg, Alba González-Roz, Derek D Reed, José R Fernández-Hermida
RATIONALE: Individuals with depression smoke more than smokers without depression. Research has shown that cigarette demand is a useful tool for quantifying tobacco reinforcement and supposes a clinical predictor of treatment outcomes. Despite previous studies examining the relative reinforcing efficacy of nicotine among different populations of smokers, to date, no study has assessed cigarette demand among individuals with elevated depressive symptoms. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare cigarette demand among samples of smokers with low and elevated depressive symptoms...
November 15, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143095/areca-nut-chewing-is-associated-with-common-mental-disorders-a-population-based-study
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Tzu-Yu Lin, Huan-Cheng Chang, Kuang-Hung Hsu
INTRODUCTION: Forms of habitual substance use including cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption have been documented as risk factors of common mental disorders (CMDs). The effects of areca nut chewing on biophysiological tests, metabolic syndromes, and liver function have been reported previously; however, the relationship between areca nut chewing and CMDs remains unclear. This study examined the association between areca nut chewing and CMDs and explored the relationships between areca nut chewing and biophysiological indicators...
November 15, 2017: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142753/long-term-survival-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-squamous-cell-lung-carcinoma-a-case-report
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Emiddio Barletta, Piera Federico, Vincenza Tinessa, Domenico Germano, Lucia Cannella, Teresa Pironti, Bruno Daniele
Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common malignancy in industrialized countries, with a 5-year survival rate of only ~15%, as the majority of the patients have advanced-stage disease at diagnosis and the treatment options are limited. Squamous cell carcinoma the second most frequent type of NSCLC and is closely associated with cigarette smoking. We herein present the case of a 72-year-old male smoker, diagnosed with stage IV squamous cell lung carcinoma, with a solitary brain metastasis. After the diagnosis, stereotactic radiotherapy was performed on the brain metastasis...
November 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142532/a-longitudinal-study-of-the-relationship-between-receptivity-to-e-cigarette-advertisements-and-e-cigarette-use-among-baseline-non-users-of-cigarettes-and-e-cigarettes-united-states
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Israel T Agaku, Kevin Davis, Deesha Patel, Paul Shafer, Shanna Cox, William Ridgeway, Brian A King
Background: We investigated the relationship between receptivity to electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) advertisements at baseline and e-cigarette use at follow-up among adult baseline non-users of cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Methods: A nationally representative online panel was used to survey non-users of cigarettes and e-cigarettes (n = 2191) at baseline and 5-month follow-up. At baseline, respondents were shown an e-cigarette advertisement and asked if they were aware of it (exposure)...
2017: Tobacco Induced Diseases
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