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Mahnaz Abbasi, Mohammadali Zohal, Banafsheh Atapour, Zohreh Yazdi
Introduction. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Proper diagnosis of osteoporosis as a systemic adverse effect of COPD is of significant importance. The present study aimed at evaluating the prevalence of osteoporosis and its risk factors in men suffering from COPD in Qazvin (2014). Methods. This descriptive-analytical study was conducted on 90 patients with COPD using random sampling. Anthropometric data and results from physical examination were collected...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Diseases
Letícia Mazocco, Patrícia Chagas
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between body mass index (BMI) and bone mineral density (BMD) in postmenopausal women. METHODS: Observational study with postmenopausal women who underwent bone densitometry in Palmeira das Missões - RS. Sociodemographic data, risk for osteoporosis and food intake were assessed through a specific form. BMI was calculated according to WHO criteria. The assessment of BMD was performed by Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and classified according to WHO...
September 30, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
G Díaz-Soto, E Romero, J L Pérez-Castrillón, O I Jauregui, D de Luis Román
Although normocalcemic and asymptomatic hyperparathyroidism (HPT) are becoming more common, they remain only partially understood. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) polymorphisms have been associated with disease severity in classical HPT. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the clinical effect of PTH polymorphism (rs6254) in normocalcemic and asymptomatic HPT. A prospective study of 61 consecutive patients with normocalcemic or asymptomatic HPT was carried out. Secondary causes of HPT were ruled out. All patients were followed for≥1 year...
October 18, 2016: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
Pelin Özyol, Erhan Özyol
OBJECTIVES: To analyze corneal backward light scattering differences in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. METHODS: We enrolled 43 eyes from 43 diabetic patients and 40 eyes from 40 healthy controls. Corneal backward light scattering was evaluated using densitometry measurements from different corneal layers and zones obtained using Scheimpflug tomography (PentacamHR). RESULTS: When densitometry values were divided by depth, anterior layer of diabetic corneas displayed significantly higher corneal backward light scattering values than controls (32...
October 3, 2016: Eye & Contact Lens
Aurore Varela, Luc Chouinard, Elisabeth Lesage, Susan Y Smith, Gary Hattersley
Abaloparatide is a novel 34-amino acid peptide selected to be a potent and selective activator of the parathyroid hormone receptor (PTH1R) signaling pathway with 41% homology to PTH(1-34) and 76% homology to PTHrP(1-34). A 12-month treatment study was conducted in osteopenic ovariectomized (OVX) rats to characterize the mechanisms by which abaloparatide increases bone mass. Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were subjected to OVX or sham surgery at age 6 months and left untreated for 3 months to allow OVX-induced bone loss...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
R K Jain, T J Vokes
: Trabecular bone score, an indirect measure of bone structure, may differ between ethnicities. We found that African Americans had lower trabecular bone score than do whites referred for densitometry, even when controlling for age and abdominal soft tissue thickness. PURPOSE: Trabecular bone score (TBS), an indirect measure of bone structure, has been shown to predict fractures in predominantly white populations. Analysis of NHANES data revealed lower TBS in African Americans than in whites...
October 14, 2016: Osteoporosis International
Judith E Adams
Maximizing peak bone mass in childhood is relevant to optimizing bone health in later life, so the study of the skeleton in children in health and disease is important. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is the most widely used clinical tool for the assessment of bone status in children. Technological developments in DXA enable vertebral fracture assessment at much lower ionizing radiation doses than spinal radiographs. Quantitative computed tomography remains predominantly a research tool but has some advantages over DXA in not being size dependent...
July 2016: Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology
Jose Ramón Caeiro, Agustí Bartra, Manuel Mesa-Ramos, Íñigo Etxebarría, Jorge Montejo, Pedro Carpintero, Francesc Sorio, Sonia Gatell, Andrea Farré, Laura Canals
The purpose of this study was to estimate the burden of osteoporotic fractures beyond the hospitalization period covering up to the first year after the fracture. This was a prospective, 12-month, observational study including patients aged ≥65 years hospitalized due to a first low-trauma hip fracture, in six Spanish regions. Health resource utilization (HRU), quality of life (QoL) and autonomy were collected and total costs calculated. Four hundred and eighty seven patients (mean ± SD age 83 ± 7 years, 77 % women) were included...
October 14, 2016: Calcified Tissue International
James D Phillips, Haihong Zhang, Ting Wei, Gresham T Richter
Importance: Propranolol hydrochloride has become the primary medical treatment for problematic infantile hemangioma; however, the expression of propranolol's target receptors during growth, involution, and treatment of hemangioma remains unclear. Objective: To measure and compare the expression of β1-, β2-, and β3-adrenergic receptors (ADBR1, ADBR2, and ADBR3, respectively) in proliferative (n = 10), involuted (n = 11), and propranolol-responsive (n = 12) hemangioma tissue...
October 13, 2016: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
Cafer Kaya, Abbas Ali Tam, Ahmet Dirikoç, Aylin Kılıçyazgan, Mehmet Kılıç, Şeyda Türkölmez, Reyhan Ersoy, Bekir Çakır
Objective: Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHP) is a common endocrine disease, and its most effective treatment is surgery. Postoperative hypocalcemia is a morbidity of parathyroid surgeries, and it may extend hospitalization durations. The purpose of this study is to determine the predictive factors related to the development of hypocalcemia and hungry bone syndrome (HBS) in patients who underwent parathyroidectomy for PHP. Materials and methods: Laboratory data comprising parathyroid hormone (PTH), calcium, phosphate, 25-OHD, albumin, magnesium, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) of the patients were recorded preoperatively, on the 1st and 4th days postoperatively, and in the 6th postoperative month, and their neck ultrasound (US) and bone densitometry data were also recorded...
October 10, 2016: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Agnieszka Świat, Agata Wasilewska, Izabela Bachniak, Krzysztof Fyderek
In this review issues concerning bone metabolism are presented. The diagnostic criteria of decreased mineral bone density is discussed with the significance of densitometry. The necessity of presence of low-trauma fracture to diagnosed the osteoporosis in children is signified. The paper reviews most common chronic gastrointestinal tract condition associated with the altered bone metabolism. The diagnostic and early treatment of decreased mineral bone density in children, who are before obtaining peak bone mass is crucial to prevent the risk of osteoporosis in adulthood...
July 29, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Vagne Melo Oliveira, Caio Rodrigo Dias Assis, Helane Maria Silva Costa, Raquel Pereira Freitas Silva, Juliana Ferreira Santos, Luiz Bezerra Carvalho, Ranilson Souza Bezerra
Aluminium is a major pollutant due to its constant disposal in aquatic environments through anthropogenic activities. The physiological effects of this metal in fish are still scarce in the literature. This study investigated the in vivo and in vitro effects of aluminium sulfate on the activity of enzymes from Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus): brain acetylcholinesterase (AChE), muscle cholinesterases (AChE-like and BChE-like activities), pepsin, trypsin, chymotrypsin and amylase. Fish were in vivo exposed during 14days when the following experimental groups were assayed: control group (CG), exposure to Al2(SO4)3 at 1μg·mL(-1) (G1) and 3μg·mL(-1) (G3) (concentrations compatible with the use of aluminium sulfate as coagulant in water treatment)...
October 4, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
Taylor Wand, Mike Fang, Christina Chen, Nathan Hardy, J Philip McCoy, Bogdan Dumitriu, Neal S Young, Angélique Biancotto
Abnormal telomere lengths have been linked to cancer and other hematologic disorders. Determination of mean telomere content (MTC) is traditionally performed by Southern blotting and densitometry, giving a mean telomere restriction fragment (TRF) value for the total cell population studied. Here, we compared a quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction approach (qPCR) and a flow cytometric approach, fluorescence in situ hybridization (Flow-FISH), to evaluate telomere content distribution in total patient peripheral blood mononuclear cells or specific cell populations...
October 2016: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
Jan-Peter George, Silvio Schueler, Sandra Karanitsch-Ackerl, Konrad Mayer, Raphael T Klumpp, Michael Grabner
Understanding drought sensitivity of tree species and its intra-specific variation is required to estimate the effects of climate change on forest productivity, carbon sequestration and tree mortality as well as to develop adaptive forest management measures. Here, we studied the variation of drought reaction of six European Abies species and ten provenances of Abies alba planted in the drought prone eastern Austria. Tree-ring and X-ray densitometry data were used to generate early- and latewood measures for ring width and wood density...
December 15, 2015: Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
D J Vidyadhara, H Yarreiphang, T R Raju, Phalguni Anand Alladi
Disease genetics in admixed populations like Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, etc. are gaining importance due to high disease burden in them. Furthermore, epidemiological studies conclusively prove ethnicity-based differential prevalence of Parkinson's disease (PD), since the American-Caucasians are more susceptible than Asian-Indians and Africans. Contradictorily, Anglo-Indians, an admixture of Europeans and Asian-Indians are five-times less susceptible than Indians. We evaluated the neural basis of this phenomenon using the cytomorphological features of susceptibility to nigrostriatal neurotoxin 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)...
October 4, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Raquel Moya, Jerónimo Carnés, Nuria Sinovas, Laura Ramió, Pilar Brazis, Anna Puigdemont
BACKGROUND: Canine atopic dermatitis is a pruritic allergic skin disease. House dust mites have been identified as the main non-seasonal responsible agent. Unlike in human allergic patients, groups 1 and 2 antigens have been described as minor allergens in dogs, while groups 15 and 18 are considered the major allergens. Despite these differences, allergic dogs have traditionally been treated using extracts intended for human immunotherapy. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the immunological characteristics and the allergen reactivity of dogs with atopic dermatitis using a Dermatophagoides farinae commercial extract...
November 1, 2016: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
Niloofar Hajizadeh, Mehryar Mehrkash, Daryoosh Fahimi, Mostafa Qorbani, Nina Shafa
INTRODUCTION: Although some descriptive and cross-sectional studies have been reported about bone mass in chronic kidney disease (CKD) children, only a few studies investigated markers of bone turnover and the bone mass measurements. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between bone mineral density (BMD) and biochemical markers of bone turnover in hemodialysis (HD) children. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The children who had received dialysis for at least the preceding 6-month were included...
2016: Journal of Renal Injury Prevention
Karin Pichler, Daniela Karall, Dieter Kotzot, Elisabeth Steichen-Gersdorf, Alexandra Rümmele-Waibel, Laureane Mittaz-Crettol, Julia Wanschitz, Luisa Bonafé, Kathrin Maurer, Andrea Superti-Furga, Sabine Scholl-Bürgi
Multicentric osteolysis, nodulosis and arthropathy (MONA) spectrum disorder is a rare inherited progressive skeletal disorder caused by mutations in the matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2) gene. Treatment options are limited. Herein we present successful bisphosphonate therapy in three affected patients. Patients were treated with bisphosphonates (either pamidronate or zoledronate) for different time periods. The following outcome variables were assessed: skeletal pain, range of motion, bone densitometry, internal medical problems as well as neurocognitive function...
September 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Bailey A Milne-Davies, Patrick J Antonelli, Nicklas C Orobello, Carolyn O Dirain
OBJECTIVE: To assess collagen and α-tubulin levels of mouse tympanic membrane fibroblasts treated with quinolone and aminoglycoside antibiotics at concentrations found in eardrops. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective controlled cell culture study. SETTING: Academic tertiary medical center. SUBJECTS: Mouse tympanic membrane fibroblasts. METHODS: In experiment 1, fibroblasts were treated with the following for 24 or 48 hours: phosphate-buffered saline (negative control), dilute hydrochloric acid (positive control), 0...
September 27, 2016: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Maria Matar, Laila Al-Shaar, Joyce Maalouf, Mona Nabulsi, Asma Arabi, Mahmoud Choucair, Hani Tamim, Ghada El-Hajj Fuleihan
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the changes in calciotropic hormones during puberty and their relationship to bone mass during this critical period for skeletal accretion. OBJECTIVES: Investigate changes in calciotropic hormones, IGF1, body composition and their associations with bone metabolism in adolescents. METHODS: Post-hoc analyses from data on 335 healthy school children, ages 10-17 years, with hypovitaminosis D, who participated in a vitamin D randomized controlled trial...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
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