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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933507/determinants-of-maternal-vitamin%C3%A2-d-concentrations-in-slovenia-a%C3%A2-prospective-observational-study
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Andraž Dovnik, Faris Mujezinović, Milena Treiber, Breda Pečovnik Balon, Maksimiljan Gorenjak, Uroš Maver, Iztok Takač
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the vitamin D status of pregnant women in Slovenia and the factors influencing it. METHODS: The study was performed in Maribor University Medical Centre (location 46°N). Maternal serum 25-hydroxy-vitamin D (25(OH)D) in 4 groups of 100 pregnant women in 4 different seasons of the year was measured at the time of delivery. Data on life style, eating habits, sunbathing and intake of vitamin D supplements during pregnancy were obtained using a questionnaire...
December 8, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933206/improving-inflammatory-arthritis-management-through-tighter-monitoring-of-patients-and-the-use-of-innovative-electronic-tools
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Piet van Riel, Rieke Alten, Bernard Combe, Diana Abdulganieva, Paola Bousquet, Molly Courtenay, Cinzia Curiale, Antonio Gómez-Centeno, Glenn Haugeberg, Burkhard Leeb, Kari Puolakka, Angelo Ravelli, Bernhard Rintelen, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini
Treating to target by monitoring disease activity and adjusting therapy to attain remission or low disease activity has been shown to lead to improved outcomes in chronic rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthritis. Patient-reported outcomes, used in conjunction with clinical measures, add an important perspective of disease activity as perceived by the patient. Several validated PROs are available for inflammatory arthritis, and advances in electronic patient monitoring tools are helping patients with chronic diseases to self-monitor and assess their symptoms and health...
2016: RMD Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933201/association-between-metabolic-syndrome-and-liver-histology-among-nafld-patients-without-diabetes
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Pushpjeet Kanwar, James E Nelson, Katherine Yates, David E Kleiner, Aynur Unalp-Arida, Kris V Kowdley
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) and obesity are associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The aim of this observational study was to examine the relationship of MetS and a diagnosis of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in patients without diabetes in the NASH Clinical Research Network (CRN). METHODS: Clinical, demographic, histological, laboratory and anthropometric data were collected on 356 adult patients without diabetes with NAFLD. Obesity was defined as body mass index ≥30...
2016: BMJ Open Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933105/prevalence-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-malaysian-communities
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Chiao Wen Lim, Sazzli Kasim, Johan Rizwal Ismail, Nicholas Yul Chye Chua, Rizmy Najme Khir, Hafisyatul Aiza Zainal Abidin, Effarezan Abdul Rahman, Mohd Kamal Mohd Arshad, Zubin Ibrahim Othman, Khalid Yusoff
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice. The REDISCOVER (Responding to Increasing Cardiovascular disease prevalence) study is an observational longitudinal community-based study that tracks changing lifestyles, risk factors and chronic disease in urban and rural areas of Malaysia. In this study, we aim to study the prevalence of AF and its associated risk factors. METHODS: The study was conducted between 2007 and 2014...
2016: Heart Asia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932528/comorbidities-treatment-patterns-and-cost-of-illness-of-acromegaly-in-sweden-a-register-linkage-population-based-study
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Eva Lesén, Daniel Granfeldt, Aude Houchard, Jérôme Dinet, Anthony Berthon, Daniel S Olsson, Ingela Björholt, Gudmundur Johannsson
OBJECTIVE: Acromegaly is a complex endocrine disease with multiple comorbidities. Treatment to obtain biochemical remission includes surgery, medical therapy and radiation. We aimed to describe comorbidities, treatment patterns and cost-of-illness in patients with acromegaly in Sweden. DESIGN: A nationwide population-based study. METHODS: Patients with acromegaly were identified and followed in national registers in Sweden. Longitudinal treatment patterns were assessed in patients diagnosed between July 2005 and December 2013...
February 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932514/long-term-therapy-with-wu-ling-san-a-popular-antilithic-chinese-herbal-formula-did-not-prevent-subsequent-stone-surgery-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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San-Yuan Wu, Huey-Yi Chen, Kao-Sung Tsai, Jen-Huai Chiang, Chih-Hsin Muo, Fung-Chang Sung, Yung-Hsiang Chen, Wen-Chi Chen
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine (CHM), which is widely used to treat pain and urolithiasis, is a promising therapy for urinary stone prevention. This study investigated the clinical efficacy of a popular CHM, Wu-Ling-San (WLS), in Taiwan for the prophylaxis of recurrent nephrolithiasis as assessed by surgical stone treatment via a nationwide population-based cohort study. The National Health Insurance Research Database, 2000-2010, which included one million patient records. All patients diagnosed with stone disease at the beginning of the study...
2016: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932133/metabolic-syndrome-after-liver-transplantation-five-year-prevalence-and-risk-factors
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F García-Pajares, I Peñas-Herrero, R Sánchez-Ocaña, R Torrres-Yuste, M Cimavilla-Román, A Carbajo-López, C Almohalla-Alvarez, B Pérez-Saborido, E Muñoz-Conejero, M Gonzalez-Sagrado, A Caro-Patón, G Sánchez-Antolín
Survival after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) has increased over the last decades, focusing on the metabolic complications that contribute to patient morbidity and mortality. The aim of our study was to describe the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MS), its components, and its associated factors in patients who underwent OLT in a hospital in Spain. From November 2001 to January 2014, we performed 415 transplantations in 386 patients. We analyzed 204 patients with a minimum follow-up of 1 year (77.6% were male and the mean age was 54...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932129/predictors-of-poor-prognosis-in-recurrent-hepatitis-c-after-liver-transplantation
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E Berge, E Otón, Z Reina, L Díaz, A Márquez, L Cejas, S Acosta, F Pérez
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C is a common indication for liver transplantation (LT). Hepatitis C virus (HCV) recurrence is universal in viremic patients. This recurrence is frequently very aggressive, with graft loss in less than 5 years. Our aim is to detect which factors are related to worse fibrosis at 1 year post-LT. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Records of all HCV-positive transplanted patients in Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria from 1996 to 2014 were collected...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931609/clinical-and-biological-insights-into-combined-post-and-pre-capillary-pulmonary-hypertension
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Tufik R Assad, Anna R Hemnes, Emma K Larkin, Andrew M Glazer, Meng Xu, Quinn S Wells, Eric H Farber-Eger, Quanhu Sheng, Yu Shyr, Frank E Harrell, John H Newman, Evan L Brittain
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a common and morbid complication of left heart disease with 2 subtypes: isolated post-capillary pulmonary hypertension (Ipc-PH) and combined post-capillary and pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension (Cpc-PH). Little is known about the clinical or physiological characteristics that distinguish these 2 subphenotypes or if Cpc-PH shares molecular similarities to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to test the hypothesis that the hemodynamic and genetic profile of Cpc-PH would more closely resemble PAH than Ipc-PH...
December 13, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931584/evaluation-of-pregnancy-outcomes-after-liver-transplantation
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M Akarsu, T Unek, A Avcu, M Ozbilgin, T Egeli, I Astarcioglu
Liver transplantation is increasing worldwide. Pregnancy after liver transplantation is considered to be well tolerated with favorable neonatal outcomes in cases of stable and sufficient graft function. In this study, our aim was to determine pregnancy and neonatal outcomes of patients after liver transplantation. Data for patients who had been followed-up by the liver transplantation clinic at the Dokuz Eylül University Medical Faculty Hospital, Turkey, between 2002 and 2016, and who had pregnancy after the transplantation were evaluated retrospectively...
December 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931555/risk-factor-profile-of-calcific-aortic-stenosis
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I Sathyamurthy, Shaji Alex, K Kirubakaran, G Sengottuvelu, K N Srinivasan
BACKGROUND: Calcific aortic stenosis and coronary artery disease share common risk factors. In some of the previous studies statins have been used to retard the progression of aortic stenosis, but the results were inconsistent. METHODS: One hundred and ten patients of CAS above the age of 40 years have undergone clinical, biochemical and echocardiographic evaluation. Coronary angiograms were done in 66% of them. RESULTS: Male to female ratio was 2:1...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931554/a-study-to-derive-distribution-of-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-to-determine-its-correlation-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-asymptomatic-nationwide-indian-population-score-india
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Ravi R Kasliwal, Manish Bansal, Nagaraj Desai, Bhavesh Kotak, Ammar Raza, Hardik Vasnawala, Amit Kumar
BACKGROUND: There is presently no data to describe normal distribution of carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), an established measure of subclinical atherosclerosis, in Indian subjects. METHODS: In this multi-centric study, 1229 subjects with age ≥30 years and no previous cardiovascular disease (CVD) underwent CVD risk factor assessment and CIMT measurement. Mean far wall common carotid artery IMT was measured on both sides and averaged. RESULTS: Mean age of the subjects was 48...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931301/corticosteroid-related-toxicity-in-patients-with-chronic-idiopathic-urticariachronic-spontaneous-urticaria
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Dennis Ledford, Michael S Broder, Evgeniya Antonova, Theodore A Omachi, Eunice Chang, Allan Luskin
BACKGROUND: Treatments for patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU)chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) who were unresponsive to antihistamines include oral corticosteroids (OCS). Risks of OCS-related side effects in these patients have not been described quantitatively. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between OCS use and the risk of developing side effects possibly attributable to OCS and associated health care costs in privately insured patients with CIU/CSU...
November 2016: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931249/tailored-approach-to-sleep-health-education-tashe-study-protocol-for-a-web-based-randomized-controlled-trial
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Natasha J Williams, Rebecca Robbins, David Rapoport, John P Allegrante, Alwyn Cohall, Gbenga Ogedgebe, Girardin Jean-Louis
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that disproportionately affects African Americans (hereafter referred to as blacks). Moreover, blacks may underutilize sleep services including overnight polysomnography. Thus, OSA among blacks may go undiagnosed and untreated, which has significant health consequences, including hypertension, diabetes, cognitive impairment, and daytime sleepiness. DESIGN AND METHODS: This two-arm randomized controlled trial will assign 200 participants to a culturally and linguistically tailored web-based sleep educational platform...
December 8, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930696/risk-factors-for-incidence-of-cardiovascular-diseases-and-all-cause-mortality-in-a-middle-eastern-population-over-a-decade-follow-up-tehran-lipid-and-glucose-study
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Mahsa Sardarinia, Samaneh Akbarpour, Mojtaba Lotfaliany, Farideh Bagherzadeh-Khiabani, Mohammadreza Bozorgmanesh, Farhad Sheikholeslami, Fereidoun Azizi, Farzad Hadaegh
BACKGROUND: To examine the association between potentially modifiable risk factors with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality and to quantify their population attributable fractions (PAFs) among a sample of Tehran residents. METHODS: Overall, 8108 participants (3686 men) aged≥30 years, were investigated. To examine the association between risk factors and outcomes, multivariate sex-adjusted Cox proportional hazard regression analysis were conducted, using age as time-scale in two models including general/central adiposity: 1)adjusted for different independent variables including smoking, education, family history of CVD and sex for both outcomes and additionally adjusted for prevalent CVD for all-cause mortality 2)further adjusted for obesity mediators (hypertension, diabetes, lipid profile and chronic kidney disease)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930562/finding-resiliency-in-the-face-of-financial-barriers-development-of-a-conceptual-framework-for-people-with-cardiovascular-related-chronic-disease
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David J T Campbell, Braden J Manns, Pamela Leblanc, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, Claudia Sanmartin, Kathryn King-Shier
Patients with chronic diseases often face financial barriers to optimize their health. These financial barriers may be related to direct healthcare costs such as medications or self-monitoring supplies, or indirect costs such as transportation to medical appointments. No known framework exists to understand how financial barriers impact patients' lives or their health outcomes.We undertook a grounded theory study to develop such a framework. We used semistructured interviews with a purposive sample of participants with cardiovascular-related chronic disease (hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, or stroke) from Alberta, Canada...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930551/assessment-of-2013-aha-acc-ascvd-risk-scores-with-behavioral-characteristics-of-an-urban-cohort-in-india-preliminary-analysis-of-noncommunicable-disease-initiatives-and-research-at-amrita-niram-study
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Vidya P Menon, Fabia Edathadathil, Dipu Sathyapalan, Merlin Moni, Ann Don, Sabarish Balachandran, Binny Pushpa, Preetha Prasanna, Nithu Sivaram, Anupama Nair, Nithu Vinod, Rekha Jayaprasad, Veena Menon
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death and disability in India. Early and sustained exposure to behavioral risk factors leads to development of CVDs.The aim of this study was to determine the baseline risk of a "hard CVD event" in subjects attending comprehensive health clinic and assess behavioral characteristics in "at risk" population.Using WHO STEPwise approach to Surveillance modified questionnaire, prevalence of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and risk factors was estimated in this cross-sectional study of 4507 subjects...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930533/association-of-vagus-nerve-severance-and-decreased-risk-of-subsequent-type-2-diabetes-in-peptic-ulcer-patients-an-asian-population-cohort-study
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Shih-Chi Wu, William Tzu-Liang Chen, Chu-Wen Fang, Chih-Hsin Muo, Fung-Chang Sung, Chung Y Hsu
Vagus nerve may play a role in serum glucose modulation. The complicated peptic ulcer patients (with perforation or/and bleeding) who received surgical procedures with or without vagotomy provided 2 patient populations for studying the impact of vagus nerve integrity. We assessed the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in peptic ulcer patients without and with complications by surgical treatment received in a retrospective population study using the National Health Insurance database in Taiwan.A cohort of 163,385 patients with peptic ulcer and without Helicobacter pylori infection in 2000 to 2003 was established...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930384/the-endothelial-mineralocorticoid-receptor-mediator-of-the-switch-from-vascular-health-to-disease
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Ana P Davel, Imran J Anwar, Iris Z Jaffe
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Endothelial dysfunction is an early feature of vascular disease induced by cardiovascular risk factors (CRFs). In growing populations with obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart failure, mineralocorticoid receptor antagonism improves endothelial function. This review summarizes recent advances in our understanding of the specific role of endothelial cell mineralocorticoid receptor in vascular function in health and disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Using transgenic mice with mineralocorticoid receptor expression specifically modulated in endothelial cells, recent studies support the emerging concept that while endothelial cell mineralocorticoid receptor may be protective in health, in the presence of CRFs, endothelial cell mineralocorticoid receptor activity contributes to endothelial dysfunction and progression of vascular disease...
December 7, 2016: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930356/impact-of-insurance-status-on-outcomes-and-use-of-rehabilitation-services-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-findings-from-get-with-the-guidelines-stroke
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Laura N Medford-Davis, Gregg C Fonarow, Deepak L Bhatt, Haolin Xu, Eric E Smith, Robert Suter, Eric D Peterson, Ying Xian, Roland A Matsouaka, Lee H Schwamm
BACKGROUND: Insurance status affects access to care, which may affect health outcomes. The objective was to determine whether patients without insurance or with government-sponsored insurance had worse quality of care or in-hospital outcomes in acute ischemic stroke. METHODS AND RESULTS: Multivariable logistic regressions with generalized estimating equations stratified by age under or at least 65 years were adjusted for patient demographics and comorbidities, presenting factors, and hospital characteristics to determine differences in in-hospital mortality and postdischarge destination...
November 14, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
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