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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107669/medical-comorbidity-in-bipolar-disorder-the-link-with-metabolic-inflammatory-systems
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REVIEW
Ana SayuriYamagata, Elisa Brietzke, Joshua D Rosenblat, Ron Kakar, Roger S McIntyre
BACKGROUND: Bipolar disorder (BD) is associated with chronic low-grade inflammation, several medical comorbidities and a decreased life expectancy. Metabolic-inflammatory changes have been postulated as one of the main links between BD and medical comorbidity, although there are few studies exploring possible mechanisms underlying this relationship. Therefore, the aims of the current narrative review were 1) synthesize the evidence for metabolic-inflammatory changes that may facilitate the link between medical comorbidity and BD and 2) discuss therapeutic and preventive implications of these pathways...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107570/efficacy-and-safety-of-interleukin-17-antagonists-in-patients-with-plaque-psoriasis-a-meta-analysis-from-phase-3-randomized-controlled-trails
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Dan Wu, Si-Yuan Hou, Shuai Zhao, Lin-Xin Hou, Ting Jiao, Nan-Nan Xu, Ning Zhang
BACKGROUND: The interleukin-17 (IL-17) cytokine pathway plays a key role in the development of psoriasis. Antibodies targeting IL-17 or blocking its receptor may be a new therapeutic approach for psoriasis. To assist treatment selection in daily practice it is essential to understand the benefit and risk profile of IL-17 antagonists. OBJECTIVE: We performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy and safety of IL-17 antagonists in patients with psoriasis. METHODS: We searched a number of databases for relevant randomized clinical trials (RCTs) published before May 2016...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107561/beta-blockers-for-hypertension
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REVIEW
Charles S Wiysonge, Hazel A Bradley, Jimmy Volmink, Bongani M Mayosi, Lionel H Opie
BACKGROUND: Beta-blockers refer to a mixed group of drugs with diverse pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties. They have shown long-term beneficial effects on mortality and cardiovascular disease (CVD) when used in people with heart failure or acute myocardial infarction. Beta-blockers were thought to have similar beneficial effects when used as first-line therapy for hypertension. However, the benefit of beta-blockers as first-line therapy for hypertension without compelling indications is controversial...
January 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107455/staged-versus-one-time-complete-revascularization-with-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-stemi-patients-with-multivessel-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Zhenwei Li, Yijiang Zhou, Qingqing Xu, Xiaomin Chen
INTRODUCTION: In patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the preferred intervention is percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).Whether staged PCI (S-PCI) or one-time complete PCI (MV-PCI) is more beneficial and safer in terms of treating the non-culprit vessel during the primary PCI procedure is unclear. We performed a meta-analysis of all randomized and non-randomized controlled trials comparing S-PCI with MV-PCI in patients with acute STEMI and MVD. METHODS: Studies of STEMI with multivessel disease receiving primary PCI were searched in PUBMED, EMBASE and The Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials from January 2004 to December 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107429/deficient-cholesterol-esterification-in-plasma-of-apoc2-knockout-zebrafish-and-familial-chylomicronemia-patients
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Chao Liu, Daniel Gaudet, Yury I Miller
Hypertriglyceridemia is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Apolipoprotein C-II (APOC2) is an obligatory cofactor for lipoprotein lipase (LPL), the major enzyme catalyzing plasma triglyceride hydrolysis. We have created an apoc2 knockout zebrafish model, which mimics the familial chylomicronemia syndrome (FCS) in human patients with a defect in the APOC2 or LPL gene. In this study, we measured plasma levels of free cholesterol (FC) and cholesterol esters (CE) and found that apoc2 mutant zebrafish have a significantly higher FC to CE ratio (FC/CE), when compared to the wild type...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107086/interaction-between-lipid-droplets-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-in-human-atherosclerotic-plaques
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Ida Perrotta
Lipid droplets (LDs) are intracellular organelles that are found in nearly all cell types, where they serve fundamental roles in lipid metabolism and energy homeostasis. Traditionally considered as simple lipid storage deposits, these dynamic and remarkable organelles have recently been implicated in a number of other cellular functions, ranging from protein storage and degradation to virus replication. Intracellular accumulation of LDs is also a hallmark feature of diverse human diseases including diabetes type II, obesity, hepatosteatosis, cancer, and atherosclerosis...
January 20, 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106926/regression-models-for-the-restricted-residual-mean-life-for-right-censored-and-left-truncated-data
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Giuliana Cortese, Stine A Holmboe, Thomas H Scheike
The hazard ratios resulting from a Cox's regression hazards model are hard to interpret and to be converted into prolonged survival time. As the main goal is often to study survival functions, there is increasing interest in summary measures based on the survival function that are easier to interpret than the hazard ratio; the residual mean time is an important example of those measures. However, because of the presence of right censoring, the tail of the survival distribution is often difficult to estimate correctly...
January 20, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106792/prevalence-and-correlates-of-metabolic-syndrome-in-chinese-children-the-china-health-and-nutrition-survey
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Peige Song, Jinyue Yu, Xinlei Chang, Manli Wang, Lin An
Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is generally defined as a cluster of metabolically related cardiovascular risk factors which are often associated with the condition of insulin resistance, elevated blood pressure, and abdominal obesity. During the past decades, MetS has become a major public health issue worldwide in both adults and children. In this study, data from the China Health and Nutrition Surveys (CHNS) was used to assess the prevalence of MetS based on both the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP-ATPIII) guidelines and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) criteria, and to evaluate its possible correlates...
January 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106791/dietary-patterns-in-relation-to-cardiovascular-disease-incidence-and-risk-markers-in-a-middle-aged-british-male-population-data-from-the-caerphilly-prospective-study
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Elly Mertens, Oonagh Markey, Johanna M Geleijnse, David Ian Givens, Julie A Lovegrove
Dietary behaviour is an important modifiable factor in cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention. The study aimed to identify dietary patterns (DPs) and explore their association with CVD incidence and risk markers. A follow-up of 1838 middle-aged men, aged 47-67 years recruited into the Caerphilly Prospective Cohort Study at phase 2 (1984-1988) was undertaken. Principal component analysis identified three DPs at baseline, which explained 24.8% of the total variance of food intake. DP1, characterised by higher intakes of white bread, butter, lard, chips and sugar-sweetened beverages and lower intake of wholegrain bread, was associated with higher CVD (HR 1...
January 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106663/the-role-of-laser-doppler-flowmetry-tests-serum-angiopoietin-2-asymmetric-and-symmetric-dimethylarginine-to-predict-outcome-in-chronic-kidney-disease
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János Nemcsik, Orsolya Cseprekál, József Egresits, Jan Kielstein, Philipp Kümpers, Alexander Lukasz, Ádám Tabák, Adrienn Marton, Zsófia K Németh, Zoltán Járai, Gabriella Godina, László Sallai, Katalin Farkas, István Kiss, András Tislér
OBJECTIVE: The role of biochemical and functional markers of microvascular dysfunction to predict cardiovascular outcomes in nondialyzed chronic kidney disease (CKD) remains unclear. In this prospective cohort study, we assessed whether biochemical [serum level of angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2), asymmetric and symmetric dimethylarginin] and functional (laser Doppler flowmetry) measures of microvascular function predicted cardiovascular events, cardiovascular and all-cause mortality in CKD patients...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106149/blood-pressure-reduction-in-diabetes-lessons-from-accord-sprint-and-empa-reg-outcome
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REVIEW
Pantelis A Sarafidis, Antonios A Lazaridis, Gema Ruiz-Hurtado, Luis M Ruilope
In patients with diabetes mellitus, the presence of hypertension substantially increases the risk of cardiovascular events, and reductions in blood pressure (BP) can reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Following evidence from trials randomizing patients to diastolic BP levels, previous guidelines recommended an office BP target of <130/80 mmHg in individuals with diabetes mellitus. However, the evidence for this systolic BP (SBP) target was derived from observational studies. When the results of the ACCORD-BP study showed that those individuals with diabetes mellitus and a target BP of <120 mmHg had a cardiovascular risk that is similar to those with <140 mmHg, all guidelines returned to a recommended SBP of <140 mmHg...
January 20, 2017: Nature Reviews. Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106027/-all-diuretics-used-in-the-treatment-of-hypertension-are-not-the-same
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Serkan Asil, Enver Atalar
Diuretics have been used for years to treat hypertension as both a monotherapy and in combination. Hydrochlorothiazide, indapamide, and chlorthalidone have frequently been considered in the same category as thiazide diuretics, but there is no evidence that their activities are similar. Studies have shown that chlorthalidone and indapamide reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality; however, there is no study indicating that hydrochlorothiazide has beneficial effects on cardiovascular outcomes such as myocardial infarction, renal failure, stroke, or death...
January 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106020/renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-blockers-and-cardiovascular-outcomes-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-clinical-trials
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Pınar Kızılırmak, Yağız Üresin, Oktay Özdemir, Burçak Kılıçkıran Avcı, Lale Tokgözoğlu, Zeki Öngen
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension is the most prevalent modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) and cerebrovascular morbidity and mortality. This study aimed to assess the effects of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) blockade on CV outcomes. METHODS: This study was designed according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systemic reviews and Meta-Analyses statement. Databases were searched for articles published as of December 2014. Two sets of studies were selected...
January 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105946/a-physarum-inspired-prize-collecting-steiner-tree-approach-to-identify-subnetworks-for-drug-repositioning
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Yahui Sun, Pathima Nusrath Hameed, Karin Verspoor, Saman Halgamuge
BACKGROUND: Drug repositioning can reduce the time, costs and risks of drug development by identifying new therapeutic effects for known drugs. It is challenging to reposition drugs as pharmacological data is large and complex. Subnetwork identification has already been used to simplify the visualization and interpretation of biological data, but it has not been applied to drug repositioning so far. In this paper, we fill this gap by proposing a new Physarum-inspired Prize-Collecting Steiner Tree algorithm to identify subnetworks for drug repositioning...
December 5, 2016: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105870/association-of-serum-uric-acid-with-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-in-postmenopausal-women
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A Raeisi, A Ostovar, K Vahdat, P Rezaei, H Darabi, D Moshtaghi, I Nabipour
OBJECTIVES: To explore the independent correlation between serum uric acid and low-grade inflammation (measured by high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, hs-CRP) in postmenopausal women. METHODS: A total of 378 healthy Iranian postmenopausal women were randomly selected in a population-based study. Circulating hs-CRP levels were measured by highly specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay method and an enzymatic calorimetric method was used to measure serum levels of uric acid...
February 2017: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105731/liraglutide-effects-on-cardiovascular-risk-biomarkers-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-and-albuminuria-a-sub-analysis-of-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-double-blind-cross-over-trial
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Bernt Johan von Scholten, Frederik Persson, Signe Rosenlund, Jesper Eugen-Olsen, Tomasz Pielak, Jens Faber, Tine Willum Hansen, Peter Rossing
: We assessed the effects of liraglutide treatment on five cardiovascular risk biomarkers, reflecting different pathophysiology: 1) Tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha); 2) Soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR); 3) Mid-regional pro-adrenomedullin (MR-proADM); 4) Mid-regional pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (MR-proANP); and 5) Copeptin, in type 2 diabetes patients with albuminuria. In a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial we enrolled patients with type 2 diabetes and persistent albuminuria (urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR) > 30 mg/g) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) ≥ 30 mL/min/1...
January 20, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105719/allostatic-load-and-biological-anthropology
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Ashley N Edes, Douglas E Crews
Multiple stressors affect developing and adult organisms, thereby partly structuring their phenotypes. Determining how stressors influence health, well-being, and longevity in human and nonhuman primate populations are major foci within biological anthropology. Although much effort has been devoted to examining responses to multiple environmental and sociocultural stressors, no holistic metric to measure stress-related physiological dysfunction has been widely applied within biological anthropology. Researchers from disciplines outside anthropology are using allostatic load indices (ALIs) to estimate such dysregulation and examine life-long outcomes of stressor exposures, including morbidity and mortality...
January 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105697/association-of-hematocrit-with-blood-pressure-and-hypertension
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Marzieh Emamian, Seyed Mahdi Hasanian, Maryam Tayefi, Moniba Bijari, Faeze Movahedian Far, Mojtaba Shafiee, Amir Avan, Alireza Heidari-Bakavoli, Mohsen Moohebati, Mahmoud Ebrahimi, Sousan Darroudi, Parvin Zamani, Mahmoud Reza Azarpazhooh, Mohsen Nematy, Mohammad Safarian, Gordon A Ferns, Habibollah Esmaeili, Mohammad Reza Parizadeh, Majid Ghayour-Mobarhan
BACKGROUND: Hypertension (HTN) is a risk factor for stroke, renal failure, and cardiovascular disease. The association between biochemical and hematological parameters with high blood pressure may provide a more precise approach to risk prediction conferred by HTN in these patients. OBJECTIVE: The aim of current study was to explore whether biochemical and hematological parameters are associated with HTN in a cohort study with a 7-year follow-up. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 9808 individuals were enrolled and recruited as part of the Mashhad Stroke and Heart Atherosclerotic Disorders (MASHAD) cohort study, and biochemical and hematological factors were measured in all subjects...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105515/changes-in-brain-natriuretic-peptide-in-chronic-heart-failure-patients-treated-with-long-acting-versus-short-acting-loop-diuretics-j-melodic-subanalysis
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Miho Fukui, Takeshi Tsujino, Shinichi Hirotani, Hiroshi Ito, Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Takashi Akasaka, Yutaka Hirano, Nobuyuki Ohte, Takashi Daimon, Satoshi Nakatani, Masaaki Kawabata, Tohru Masuyama
We have previously reported that a long-acting loop diuretic, azosemide, reduces cardiovascular risks in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) as compared with a short-acting one, furosemide, in Japanese Multicenter Evaluation of LOng- versus short-acting Diuretics In Congestive heart failure (J-MELODIC). However, the mechanisms of the difference have not been elucidated. This study aimed to examine whether there is a difference in the reduction in plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) level and in left ventricular (LV) functional recovery between the CHF patients treated with the long-acting diuretic (the azosemide group) and the short-acting diuretic (the furosemide group)...
January 19, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105299/geographic-variation-in-selected-hospital-procedures-and-services-in-the-israeli-health-care-system
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Joseph Mendlovic, Ethel-Sherry Gordon, Ziona Haklai, Jill Meron, Arnon Afek
BACKGROUND: Medical practice variation refers to differences in health service utilization among regions in the same country. It is used as a tool for studying health inequities. In 2011, the OECD launched a Medical Practice Variation Project which examines regional differences within countries and explores the sources of the inter-regional differences. The aim of this study is to examine the patterns and trends in geographic variation for selected health services in Israel. METHODS: The analysis is based on data from the National Hospital Discharges Database (NHDD) of the Israeli Ministry of Health...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
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