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Mohamed F Abdel Rahman, Ingy M Hashad, Khaled Abou-Aisha, Sahar M Abdel Maksoud, Mohamed Z Gad
Aim of the current study was to assess link between EDN K198N SNP, ET-1 serum concentration and AMI in Egyptians. Study cohort consisted of 84 patients at AMI onset and 84 age-matched healthy controls. Endothelin genotypes and concentrations were determined by sequencing and ELISA, respectively. Genotype distribution was not significantly different between AMI patients and controls (p=0.8341). The mean serum ET-1 concentration of patients (13.83±0.7pg/ml) was significantly higher than controls (7.26±0.2pg/ml) (p<0...
October 19, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
Christine Buff, Leonie Brinkmann, Paula Neumeister, Katharina Feldker, Carina Heitmann, Bettina Gathmann, Tanja Andor, Thomas Straube
BACKGROUND: Despite considerable effort, the neurobiological underpinnings of hyper-responsive threat processing specific to patients suffering from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) remain poorly understood. The current functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study aims to delineate GAD-specific brain activity during immediate threat processing by comparing GAD patients to healthy controls (HC), to social anxiety disorder (SAD) and to panic disorder (PD) patients. METHOD: Brain activation and functional connectivity patterns to threat vs...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
Yoichi Oikawa, Hajime Tanaka, Junko Uchida, Yoshihiro Atsumi, Masaya Osawa, Takeshi Katsuki, Toshihide Kawai, Akira Shimada
Slowly progressive insulin-dependent (type 1) diabetes mellitus (SPIDDM), believed to be caused by β-cell destruction through islet-cell autoimmunity, gradually progresses to an insulin-dependent state over time. Although the presence of anti-glutamic acid decarboxylase antibody (GADA) is required for the diagnosis of SPIDDM, a recent change in the GADA assay kit from radioimmunoassay (RIA) to enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) yields mismatched GADA test results between the two kits, leading to confusion in understanding the pathological conditions of SPIDDM in Japan...
October 18, 2016: Endocrine Journal
H Felix Fischer, Matthias Rose
BACKGROUND: Recently, a growing number of Item-Response Theory (IRT) models has been published, which allow estimation of a common latent variable from data derived by different Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs). When using data from different PROs, direct estimation of the latent variable has some advantages over the use of sum score conversion tables. It requires substantial proficiency in the field of psychometrics to fit such models using contemporary IRT software. We developed a web application ( http://www...
October 19, 2016: BMC Medical Research Methodology
Marios Giannakis, Xinmeng Jasmine Mu, Sachet A Shukla, Zhi Rong Qian, Ofir Cohen, Reiko Nishihara, Samira Bahl, Yin Cao, Ali Amin-Mansour, Mai Yamauchi, Yasutaka Sukawa, Chip Stewart, Mara Rosenberg, Kosuke Mima, Kentaro Inamura, Katsuhiko Nosho, Jonathan A Nowak, Michael S Lawrence, Edward L Giovannucci, Andrew T Chan, Kimmie Ng, Jeffrey A Meyerhardt, Eliezer M Van Allen, Gad Getz, Stacey B Gabriel, Eric S Lander, Catherine J Wu, Charles S Fuchs, Shuji Ogino, Levi A Garraway
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October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Lisa Brenan, Aleksandr Andreev, Ofir Cohen, Sasha Pantel, Atanas Kamburov, Davide Cacchiarelli, Nicole S Persky, Cong Zhu, Mukta Bagul, Eva M Goetz, Alex B Burgin, Levi A Garraway, Gad Getz, Tarjei S Mikkelsen, Federica Piccioni, David E Root, Cory M Johannessen
Tumor-specific genomic information has the potential to guide therapeutic strategies and revolutionize patient treatment. Currently, this approach is limited by an abundance of disease-associated mutants whose biological functions and impacts on therapeutic response are uncharacterized. To begin to address this limitation, we functionally characterized nearly all (99.84%) missense mutants of MAPK1/ERK2, an essential effector of oncogenic RAS and RAF. Using this approach, we discovered rare gain- and loss-of-function ERK2 mutants found in human tumors, revealing that, in the context of this assay, mutational frequency alone cannot identify all functionally impactful mutants...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Jennifer M Hensel, Jay Shaw, Lianne Jeffs, Noah M Ivers, Laura Desveaux, Ashley Cohen, Payal Agarwal, Walter P Wodchis, Joshua Tepper, Darren Larsen, Anita McGahan, Peter Cram, Geetha Mukerji, Muhammad Mamdani, Rebecca Yang, Ivy Wong, Nike Onabajo, Trevor Jamieson, R Sacha Bhatia
BACKGROUND: Mental illness is a substantial and rising contributor to the global burden of disease. Access to and utilization of mental health care, however, is limited by structural barriers such as specialist availability, time, out-of-pocket costs, and attitudinal barriers including stigma. Innovative solutions like virtual care are rapidly entering the health care domain. The advancement and adoption of virtual care for mental health, however, often occurs in the absence of rigorous evaluation and adequate planning for sustainability and spread...
October 18, 2016: BMC Psychiatry
Brandon L Goldstein, Greg Perlman, Roman Kotov, Joan E Broderick, Keke Liu, Camilo Ruggero, Daniel N Klein
BACKGROUND: Many previous studies have indicated that individuals who are depressed or at risk for depression are characterized by increased levels of morning cortisol and a greater cortisol awakening response (CAR). However, despite the high comorbidity between depressive and anxiety disorders, fewer studies have examined whether these diurnal cortisol abnormalities are also characteristic of anxiety or risk for anxiety. METHODS: In the present study we examined cortisol in a community sample of 476 female adolescents and related it to maternal history of depression and/or anxiety disorders...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Valentina Carubelli, Gad Cotter, Beth Davison, Jemal Gishe, Stefanie Senger, Ivano Bonadei, Elio Gorga, Valentina Lazzarini, Carlo Lombardi, Marco Metra
BACKGROUND: In-hospital worsening heart failure (WHF) is predictive of worse post-discharge outcomes and has been recently used as an endpoint in clinical trials in acute heart failure (AHF). METHODS: We described the clinical and prognostic significance of WHF in consecutive patients hospitalized for AHF at our institute. WHF was defined as worsening signs and symptoms of HF requiring treatment intensification. We compared WHF events by day 7 (early WHF) with WHF occurring at any time during admission...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Susann Steudte-Schmiedgen, Susann Wichmann, Tobias Stalder, Kevin Hilbert, Markus Muehlhan, Ulrike Lueken, Katja Beesdo-Baum
Studies investigating cortisol secretion in patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) have reported heterogeneous findings. Further, current knowledge on the specificity of endocrine changes for GAD and/or comorbid major depression (MD) is limited. Hence, the current study investigated long-term integrated cortisol secretion, as indexed by hair cortisol concentrations (HCC), and experimentally-induced cortisol stress reactivity in relation to GAD, MD and their comorbidity. Carefully characterized groups of 17 GAD patients including 8 with comorbid MD (GAD-MD), 12 MD patients and 21 healthy controls were recruited...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Cate S Hearn, Caroline L Donovan, Susan H Spence, Sonja March
BACKGROUND: Comorbidity between Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is extremely common. This study investigated whether factors commonly associated with GAD, including worry, intolerance of uncertainty (IU), positive and negative beliefs about worry (PBW, NBW), negative problem orientation (NPO) and cognitive avoidance (CA) were associated with SAD severity, symptoms and overall functioning. METHOD: Participants included 126 youth aged 8-17 years (M=11...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Lorin Arie Schwartz, Zach Rozenbaum, Ehab Ghantous, Judith Kramarz, Simon Biner, Michael Ghermezi, Jason Shimiaie, Ariel Finkelstein, Shmuel Banai, Galit Aviram, Meirav Ingbir, Gad Keren, Yan Topilsky
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction and tricuspid regurgitation (TR) may coexist with aortic stenosis. The aim of this study was to assess the association between RV dysfunction, TR, associated comorbidities, and outcomes following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted of baseline and 6-month clinical and echocardiographic parameters, including TR grade, RV size (grade, end-diastolic and end-systolic areas, annular diameter), and function (grade, tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion [TAPSE], fractional area change, Tei index), in 519 consecutive TAVR patients...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Zach Rozenbaum, Shafik Khoury, Galit Aviram, Yaniv Gura, Jack Sherez, Avi Man, Jason Shimiaie, Thierry Le Tourneau, Amir Halkin, Simon Biner, Gad Keren, Yan Topilsky
BACKGROUND: Discriminating circulatory problems with reduced stroke volume from de-conditioning in which the muscles cannot consume O2 normally by gas exchange parameters is difficult. METHODS: We performed combined stress echo and cardio-pulmonary (CPET) tests in 110 patients (20 normal effort capacity, 54 attenuated stroke volume response, 36 de-conditioning) to evaluate multiple hemodynamic parameters and oxygen content difference (A-VO2 Difference) in four predefined activity levels to assess which of the gas measures may help in the discrimination...
October 11, 2016: Chest
Ranran Li, Renrong Wu, Jun Chen, David E Kemp, Ming Ren, Carla Conroy, Philip Chan, Mary Beth Serrano, Stephen J Ganocy, Joseph R Calabrese, Keming Gao
OBJECTIVES: To pilot efficacy and safety data of quetiapine-XR monotherapy or adjunctive therapy to antidepressant(s) in the acute treatment of MDD with current generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). METHODS: The Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview was used to ascertain the diagnosis of DSM-IV Axis I disorders. Eligible patients were randomly assigned to quetiapine-XR or placebo for up to 8 weeks. Changes from baseline to endpoint in Hamilton Depression Rating Scale-17 items (HAMD-17), Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A), Clinical Global Impression-Severity (CGI-S), Quick Inventory of Depression Symptomatology-16 items Self-Report (QIDS-16-SR) total scores, and other outcome measures were analyzed with the last observation carried forward strategy and/or mixed-effects modeling for repeated measures...
March 1, 2016: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
Dominic J Pollard, Joanna C Young, Valentina Covarelli, Silvia Herrera-León, Thomas R Connor, Maria Fookes, Danielle Walker, Aurora Echeita, Nicholas R Thomson, Cedric N Berger, Gad Frankel
Salmonella spp. utilize type III secretion systems (T3SS) to translocate effectors into the cytosol of mammalian host cells, subverting cell signaling and facilitating the onset of gastroenteritis. In this study we compared a draft genome assembly of S. enterica subsp. salamae strain 3588/07 (S. salamae) against the genomes of S. enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhimurium strain LT2 and S. bongori strain 12419. S. salamae encode the Salmonella pathogenicity island (SPI)-1; SPI-2 and the locus of enterocyte effacement (LEE) T3SSs...
October 10, 2016: Infection and Immunity
Erin Dillon-Naftolin
Youth with anxiety often present to their pediatricians with a chief complaint of physical symptoms without any mention of anxiety or worry. Even in the absence of reported symptoms of anxiety in such presentations, screening for an anxiety disorder as the potential source of the somatic complaints should be pursued. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a common disorder characterized by excessive anxiety and worry about a number of events coupled with at least one physical symptom. GAD is commonly underdiagnosed and treated...
October 1, 2016: Pediatric Annals
Ranjit Unnikrishnan, Coimbatore Subramanian Shanthi Rani, Ranjit Mohan Anjana, Subash Chandrabose Uthra, Jaydeep Vidya, Ganesan Uma Sankari, Ulagamathesan Venkatesan, Saravanan Jeba Rani, Viswanathan Mohan
AIM: To study the postpartum conversion of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) to different types of diabetes among Asian Indian women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using data from electronic medical records, 418 women with GDM seen at a tertiary diabetes care center for diabetes in Chennai in South India between 1991 and 2014 were evaluated for development of diabetes postpartum. RESULTS: Of the 418 GDM women followed up postpartum, 388 progressed to diabetes...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
M Incani, C Serafini, C Satta, L Perra, F Scano, P Frongia, R Ricciardi, C Ripoli, M Soro, A Strazzera, S Zampetti, R Buzzetti, M G Cavallo, E Cossu, M G Baroni
BACKGROUND: The incidence of T1DM In Sardinia is among the highest in the world (44.8 cases/100,000 person-years). Recommendations of the Immunology of Diabetes Society (IDS) advise evaluating autoantibody positivity in first-degree relatives (FDR) of patients with T1DM, for their higher risk to develop the disease. The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of beta-cell autoimmunity in first-degree relatives of T1DM patients in Sardinia. METHODS: 188 Sardinian families were recruited in collaboration between Diabetes and Paediatric Units of University and District Hospitals in Sardinia...
October 11, 2016: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
Sören Kliem, Thomas Mößle, Thimna Klatt, Stephanie Fleischer, Dominic Kudlacek, Christoph Kröger, Elmar Brähler, Manfred E Beutel, Jörg Wiltink
Background: This study addresses the need for methodologically sound, brief screening procedures (e. g., the PHQ-4) which need to be validated for refugees in their native languages. Method: A cohort of Syrian refugees in the state of Lower Saxony was investigated with the PHQ-4 translated into Standard Arabic language by a professional translation bureau. Based on representative data, the prevalence of anxiety and depressive disorders was estimated among refugees. N=864 persons of mainly male sex (68%) answered with a mean age of M=31...
September 2016: Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie
Jeremy Ben-Shoshan, Arie Steinvil, Yaron Arbel, Yan Topilsky, Leehee Barak, Michal Entin-Meer, Ran Levy, Arie Lorin Schwartz, Gad Keren, Ariel Finkelstein, Shmuel Banai
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) exposes the systemic vasculature to increased mechanical forces. Endothelial adaptation to mechanical stimuli is associated with angiogenic activation through various growth factors. We studied the potential angiogenic shift evoked by TAVR. METHODS: From a cohort of 69 consecutive patients undergoing TAVR, we excluded patients with conditions known to affect angiogenic factors, and serum vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and angiopoietin (Ang)-1 and Ang-2 were assessed by ELISA...
June 25, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
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