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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777608/osteocalcin-value-to-identify-subclinical-atherosclerosis-over-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-ascvd-risk-score-in-middle-aged-and-elderly-chinese-asymptomatic-men
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Yiting Xu, Xiaojing Ma, Qin Xiong, Xueli Zhang, Yun Shen, Yuqian Bao
BACKGROUND: Our study examined whether osteocalcin contributed to identifying carotid intima-media thickness (C-IMT) over the atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk score. METHODS: We recruited 618 middle-aged and elderly men from communities in Shanghai. Serum osteocalcin levels were determined using an electrochemiluminescence immunoassay. C-IMT was measured by ultrasonography. RESULTS: The study included 245 men with low ASCVD risk and 373 men with moderate-to-high ASCVD risk...
May 19, 2018: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777238/impact-of-body-mass-index-and-body-weight-variabilities-on-mortality-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Ga Eun Nam, Kyung Hwan Cho, Kyungdo Han, Byoungduck Han, Sung Jung Cho, Yong Kyun Roh, Seon Mee Kim, Youn Seon Choi, Do Hoon Kim, Yang Hyun Kim, Yong Gyu Park
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: There is limited information regarding the impact of body mass index (BMI) and body weight (BWt) variabilities on mortality. This study aimed to investigate the association between BMI, BWt variabilities and subsequent mortality in the Korean population. SUBJECTS/METHODS: This study used a representative sample cohort enrolled in the national health examination program conducted by the Korean National Health Insurance Service, and 125,391 individuals were included and followed up until 2013 (mean follow-up period = 84 months)...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776864/putaminal-dopamine-depletion-in-de-novo-parkinson-s-disease-predicts-future-development-of-wearing-off
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Su Jin Chung, Yoonju Lee, Jungsu S Oh, Jae Seung Kim, Phil Hyu Lee, Young H Sohn
INTRODUCTION: The present study aimed to investigate whether the level of presynaptic dopamine neuronal loss predicts future development of wearing-off in de novo Parkinson's disease. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included a total of 342 non-demented patients with de novo Parkinson's disease who underwent dopamine transporter positron emission tomography scans at their initial evaluation and received dopaminergic medications for 24 months or longer. Onset of wearing-off was determined based on patients' medical records at their outpatient clinic visits every 3-6 months...
May 10, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776419/introduction-of-national-guidelines-for-restrictive-blood-transfusion-threshold-for-hip-fracture-patients-a-consecutive-cohort-study-based-on-complete-follow-up-in-national-databases
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Bjarke Viberg, Per Hviid Gundtoft, Jesper Schønnemann, Lasse Pedersen, Lis Røhl Andersen, Kjell Titlestad, Carsten Fladmose Madsen, Jens Lauritsen, Søren Overgaard
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials have demonstrated that a restrictive red blood cell (RBC) transfusion strategy lowers transfusion frequency without affecting mortality. However, the external validity of these trials has not been tested in a large cohort. The purpose was to estimate the effect of introducing a National Clinical Guideline (NCG) for a restrictive hemoglobin transfusion threshold on transfusion frequency and mortality in hip fracture patients > 65 years old...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775187/body-mass-index-is-associated-with-all-cause-mortality-after-tha-and-tka
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Michelle M Dowsey, Peter F M Choong, Elizabeth W Paxton, Tim Spelman, Robert S Namba, Maria C S Inacio
BACKGROUND: Both obesity and underweight are associated with a higher risk of mortality in adulthood, but the association between mortality after arthroplasty and extreme ranges of body mass index (BMI) have not been evaluated beyond the first year. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between BMI and all-cause mortality after TKA and THA. METHODS: Data from two arthroplasty registries, the St Vincent's Melbourne Arthroplasty (SMART) Registry from Australia and the Kaiser Permanente Total Joint Replacement Registry (KPTJRR) from the United States, were used to identify patients aged ≥ 18 years undergoing elective TKAs and THAs between January 1, 2002, and December 31, 2013...
June 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774428/inter-individual-differences-in-serotonin-and-glutamate-co-transmission-reflect-differentiation-in-context-induced-conditioned-50-khz-usvs-response-after-morphine-withdrawal
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Adam Hamed, Miron Bartosz Kursa
A growing body of research provides compelling evidence that in rats 50-kHz USVs are a form of expression of positive emotions. Context-induced 50-kHz USVs emission is variable among rats, indicating individual differences in contextual response bound up with pharmacological reward. The aims of this study were to: extract the most important neurotransmitters related to context-induced conditioned 50-kHz USVs response; find biological basis of existing inter-individual differences in context-induced conditioned 50-kHz USVs response; create a model of all-to-all neurotransmitters correlations...
May 17, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774056/epigenetic-regulation-of-inflammation-in-stroke
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Gavin Yong-Quan Ng, Lim Yun-An, Christopher G Sobey, Thameem Dheen, David Yang-Wei Fann, Thiruma V Arumugam
Despite extensive research, treatments for clinical stroke are still limited only to the administration of tissue plasminogen activator and the recent introduction of mechanical thrombectomy, which can be used in only a limited proportion of patients due to time constraints. A plethora of inflammatory events occur during stroke, arising in part due to the body's immune response to brain injury. Neuroinflammation contributes significantly to neuronal cell death and the development of functional impairment and death in stroke patients...
2018: Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774052/therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-vedolizumab-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-current-data-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Mark G Ward, Miles P Sparrow, Xavier Roblin
The introduction of vedolizumab, a lymphocyte adhesion inhibitor, has expanded the relatively limited therapeutic armamentarium available for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Despite its effectiveness, both primary nonresponse and secondary loss of response to vedolizumab do occur, as is observed with the use of anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) therapy. Further, in a proportion, onset of efficacy may be relatively slow. A large body of data support an exposure-response relationship with anti-TNF drug levels, which has led to therapeutic drug monitoring becoming incorporated into everyday clinical management...
2018: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773310/maternal-concentrations-of-human-chorionic-gonadotrophin-in-very-early-ivf-pregnancies-and-duration-of-pregnancy-a-follow-up-study
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Tom G Tanbo, Manuela Zucknick, Anne Eskild
RESEARCH QUESTION: Are maternal concentrations of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) on a fixed day after embryo transfer associated with duration of pregnancy? DESIGN: A follow-up study of 1917 singleton pregnancies after IVF was performed. Embryos were cultured for 2 days and maternal HCG concentration quantified on day 12 after embryo transfer. Duration of pregnancy was obtained from the Medical Birth Registry of Norway. Association of HCG concentration (log2-transformed) with duration of pregnancy was estimated as hazard ratios (HR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) by applying Cox regression proportional hazard models, where time to delivery for pregnancies shortened because of planned Caesarean delivery or induction of labour was treated as censored...
May 2, 2018: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772833/the-effect-of-increasing-the-protein-content-of-human-milk-fortifier-to-1-8-g-100-ml-on-growth-in-preterm-infants-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Jessica Reid, Maria Makrides, Andrew J McPhee, Michael J Stark, Jacqueline Miller, Carmel T Collins
The aim of this study was to assess the effect of feeding high protein human milk fortifier (HMF) on growth in preterm infants. In this single-centre randomised trial, 60 infants born 28⁻32 weeks' gestation were randomised to receive a higher protein HMF providing 1.8 g protein ( n = 31) or standard HMF providing 1 g protein per 100 mL expressed breast milk (EBM) ( n = 29). The primary outcome was rate of weight gain. Baseline characteristics were similar between groups. There was no difference between high and standard HMF groups for weight gain (mean difference (MD) -14 g/week; 95% CI -32, 4; p = 0...
May 17, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770091/canadian-pandemic-influenza-preparedness-health-sector-planning-guidance
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B Henry
Pandemic preparedness requires a multifaceted approach with collaboration from all levels of government. The Canadian Pandemic Influenza Preparedness: Planning Guidance for the Health Sector (CPIP) is a guidance document that outlines key health sector preparedness activities designed to ensure Canada is ready to respond to the next influenza pandemic. This article outlines Canada's approach to pandemic influenza preparedness as described in the CPIP Main Body. Canada's pandemic influenza preparedness planning takes place within a network of legislated requirements and emergency frameworks at provincial/territorial, federal and international levels...
January 4, 2018: Canada Communicable Disease Report, Relevé des Maladies Transmissibles Au Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768438/survival-in-patients-on-hemodialysis-effect-of-gender-according-to-body-mass-index-and-creatinine
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Jeung-Min Park, Jong-Hak Lee, Hye Min Jang, Yeongwoo Park, Yon Su Kim, Shin-Wook Kang, Chul Woo Yang, Nam-Ho Kim, Eugene Kwon, Hyun-Ji Kim, Ji-Eun Lee, Hee-Yeon Jung, Ji-Young Choi, Sun-Hee Park, Chan-Duck Kim, Jang-Hee Cho, Yong-Lim Kim
BACKGROUND: The association of a higher body mass index (BMI) with better survival is a well-known "obesity paradox" in patients on hemodialysis (HD). However, men and women have different body compositions, which could impact the effect of BMI on mortality. We investigated the effect of gender on the obesity-mortality relationship in Korean patients on HD. METHODS: This study included 2,833 maintenance patients on HD from a multicenter prospective cohort study in Korea (NCT00931970)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767397/the-potential-role-of-spherocrystals-in-the-detoxification-of-essential-trace-metals-following-exposure-to-cu-and-zn-in-the-fighting-conch-strombus-lobatus-pugilis
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Jean-Marie Volland, Paco Bustamante, Dalila Aldana Aranda, Olivier Gros
Crypt cells-one of the three cell types composing Strombidae digestive tubules-are characterized by the presence of numerous metal-containing phosphate granules termed spherocrystals. We explored the bioaccumulation and detoxification of metals in Strombidae by exposing wild fighting conch Strombus pugilis for 9 days to waterborne CuSO4 and ZnSO4 . The total amount of Cu and Zn was determined in the digestive gland and in the rest of the body by Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) analyses. The digestive gland spherocrystal metal content was investigated based on the semi-quantitative energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) elemental analysis...
May 16, 2018: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767219/alabama-children-s-body-mass-index-nutritional-attitudes-and-food-consumption-an-exploratory-analysis
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Vaughn Millner, Ryon C McDermott, Bernard H Eichold
OBJECTIVES: This study had three aims: assess the extent to which middle school children in southern Alabama were classified as overweight or obese; determine the magnitude of the relation between children's attitudes toward healthy eating and their actual dietary choices; and examine the role of race, sex, and ZIP codes on children's eating attitudes and behaviors. METHODS: Registered dietitians took height and weight measurements of middle school children in southern Alabama to establish body mass index (BMI)...
May 2018: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766660/the-deterioration-of-muscle-mass-and-radiodensity-is-prognostic-of-poor-survival-in-stage-i-iii-colorectal-cancer-a-population-based-cohort-study-c-scans
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Justin C Brown, Bette J Caan, Jeffrey A Meyerhardt, Erin Weltzien, Jingjie Xiao, Elizabeth M Cespedes Feliciano, Candyce H Kroenke, Adrienne Castillo, Marilyn L Kwan, Carla M Prado
BACKGROUND: Muscle abnormalities such as low muscle mass and low muscle radiodensity are well known risk factors for unfavourable cancer prognosis. However, little is known in regard to the degree and impact of longitudinal changes in muscle mass and radiodensity within the context of cancer. Here, we explore the relationship between muscle wasting and mortality in a large population-based study of patients with non-metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS: A total of 1924 patients with stage I-III CRC who underwent surgical resection in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Health System were included...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766339/predicting-factors-for-shunt-dependent-hydrocephalus-in-patients-with-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Yung Ki Park, Hyeong-Joong Yi, Kyu-Sun Choi, Young-Jun Lee, Hyoung-Joon Chun, Sae Min Kwon, Dong-Won Kim
BACKGROUND: Chronic hydrocephalus after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a major complication that leads to a medical burden and poor clinical outcomes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the predictive factors of shunt-dependent hydrocephalus focusing on postoperative fever and infection. METHOD: A total of 418 patients were included in this study and the patient demographic features, radiologic findings, days of fever burden, and infection were compared between the shunt (n = 72) and no shunt group (n = 346)...
May 15, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765224/statins-use-and-risk-of-new-onset-diabetes-in-hypertensive-patients-a-population-based-retrospective-cohort-study-in-yinzhou-district-ningbo-city-people-s-republic-of-china
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Hailong Li, Hongbo Lin, Houyu Zhao, Yang Xu, Yinchu Cheng, Peng Shen, Siyan Zhan
Background: Reports have suggested that statin use is associated with an increased incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Guidelines suggested that statins should be prescribed in hypertensive patients for primary prevention. However, there were very few studies on the risk of T2DM associated with statin use among patients with hypertension in mainland People's Republic of China. Purpose: To determine the association between statin use and new-onset diabetes mellitus among patients with hypertension in mainland People's Republic of China...
2018: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764225/initial-combination-therapy-with-vildagliptin-plus-metformin-in-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-t2dm-a-24-week-real-life-study-from-asia
#18
Manoj Chawla, Tae Ho Kim, Roberto C Mirasol, Pathan Faruque, Kathryn Cooke, Peggy Hours-Zesiger, Abhijit Shete
AIMS: To assess the effectiveness and safety of vildagliptin/metformin initial combination therapy in drug-naïve patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). METHODS: INITIAL was a 24-week prospective, observational study in T2DM patients with glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) ≥7.5%, and prescribed vildagliptin/metformin as initial combination therapy. The primary endpoint was change in HbA1c from baseline to week 24. Key secondary endpoints were HbA1c change from baseline to week 12, proportion of patients achieving HbA1c ≤7...
May 15, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764206/management-of-incidental-aneurysms-comparison-of-single-centre-multi-disciplinary-team-decision-making-with-the-unruptured-incidental-aneurysm-treatment-score
#19
Alex Smedley, Nate Yusupov, Alaa Almousa, Thomas Solbach, Ahmed K Toma, Joan P Grieve
OBJECTIVE: To compare multidisciplinary team (MDT) decision making at our centre with the suggested management from the recently published Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysm Treatment Score (UIATS), with particular focus on disagreements between the two bodies of expert opinion. DESIGN: A retrospective audit of local practice. SUBJECTS: Adult patients with incidental cerebral saccular aneurysms referred to The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery Neurovascular MDT...
May 15, 2018: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763659/safety-and-pharmacokinetics-of-budesonide-glycopyrronium-formoterol-fumarate-dihydrate-metered-dose-inhaler-bgf-mdi-in-healthy-adult-subjects-of-japanese-descent
#20
Paul Dorinsky, Paolo DePetrillo, Shahid Siddiqui, Andrea Maes, Colin Reisner
INTRODUCTION: BGF MDI, a budesonide, glycopyrronium, and formoterol fumarate dihydrate triple fixed-dose combination metered dose inhaler formulated using co-suspension delivery technology, is currently in Phase III global development for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. METHODS: This was a Phase I, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, ascending-dose, crossover study to assess the safety and pharmacokinetic profiles of two doses of BGF MDI in healthy adult subjects of Japanese descent (NCT02197975)...
May 12, 2018: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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