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Joana Almeida, José Monteiro, José A Silva, Susana Bertoquini, Jorge Polónia
INTRODUCTION: There is disagreement whether white coat hypertensives (WCH) have different hemodynamic and structural characteristics compared to normotensives (NT) and hypertensives (HT). METHODS: We compared cardiovascular prognostic markers (pulse wave velocity [PWV] and aortic stiffness index [ASI]) and data on central hemodynamics and central pressures (augmentation index [AIx], augmentation pressure [AugP] and pulse pressure amplification [PPA]) from aortic pulse wave analysis between NT (n=175), WCH (n=315) and treated HT (n=691), all with 24-h blood pressure (BP) <130/80 and nocturnal BP <120/70 mmHg after matching for age, gender, body mass index (BMI) and and nocturnal BP...
October 4, 2016: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
André Struglics, Marcin Okroj, Per Swärd, Richard Frobell, Tore Saxne, L Stefan Lohmander, Anna M Blom
BACKGROUND: The complement system is suggested to be involved in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis (OA), and proinflammatory cytokines may play a role in OA development by inducing proteases. The association between complement factors, cytokines and OA has not been investigated. The aim of the present study was to explore the involvement of the complement system after knee trauma and in OA. METHODS: C4d, C3bBbP and soluble terminal complement complex (sTCC) resulting from complement activation were immunoassayed in synovial fluid from subjects with healthy knees (reference), OA, rheumatoid arthritis (RA; positive control), pyrophosphate arthritis (PPA; positive control) and knee injury; other biomarkers were previously assessed...
October 6, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Shahin Nasr, Herminia D Rosas
: The caudate nucleus is a part of the visual corticostriatal loop (VCSL), receiving input from different visual areas and projecting back to the same cortical areas via globus pallidus, substantia nigra, and thalamus. Despite perceptual and navigation impairments in patients with VCSL disruption due to caudate atrophy (e.g., Huntington's disease, HD), the relevance of the caudate nucleus and VCSL on cortical visual processing is not fully understood. In a series of fMRI experiments, we found that the caudate showed a stronger functional connection to parahippocampal place area (PPA) compared with adjacent regions (e...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Tolga Çukur, Alexander G Huth, Shinji Nishimoto, Jack L Gallant
: Functional MRI studies suggest that at least three brain regions in human visual cortex-the parahippocampal place area (PPA), retrosplenial complex (RSC), and occipital place area (OPA; often called the transverse occipital sulcus)-represent large-scale information in natural scenes. Tuning of voxels within each region is often assumed to be functionally homogeneous. To test this assumption, we recorded blood oxygenation level-dependent responses during passive viewing of complex natural movies...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
JiEun Yun, Dong Gun Lee
Propionic acid (PPA) is a weak acid that has been used in food products as a preservative because of its inhibitory effect on microorganisms. In the present study, we investigated the PPA fungal killing mechanism, which showed apoptotic features. First, reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation and metacaspase activation were detected by 2',7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate and CaspACE FITC-VAD-FMK staining, respectively. Increased fluorescence intensities were observed following exposure to PPA, indicating that PPA produced an oxidative environment through the generation of ROS and activation of metacaspase, which can promote apoptosis signaling...
November 2016: FEMS Yeast Research
Maddalena Boccia, Valentina Sulpizio, Federico Nemmi, Cecilia Guariglia, Gaspare Galati
Anatomical and functional findings in primates suggest the existence of a dedicated parieto-medial temporal pathway for spatial navigation, consisting of both direct and indirect projections from the caudal inferior parietal lobe (cIPL) to the hippocampus and the parahippocampal cortex, with indirect projections relaying through the posterior cingulate and retrosplenial cortex. This neural network is largely unexplored in humans. This study aimed at testing the existence of a parieto-medial temporal pathway for spatial navigation in humans...
October 4, 2016: Brain Structure & Function
Claire M O'Connor, Lindy Clemson, Emma Flanagan, Cassandra Kaizik, Henry Brodaty, John R Hodges, Olivier Piguet, Eneida Mioshi
BACKGROUND: The contribution of behavioural changes to functional decline is yet to be explored in primary progressive aphasia (PPA). OBJECTIVES: (1) investigate functional changes in two PPA variants [semantic (svPPA) and non-fluent (nfvPPA)], at baseline and after 12 months; (2) investigate baseline differences in behavioural changes between groups, and (3) explore predictors of functional decline after a 12-month period. METHODS: A longitudinal study involving 29 people with PPA (18 svPPA; 11 nfvPPA) seen annually in Sydney/Australia was conducted...
September 30, 2016: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Nayza M B Rosa, Bárbara Z Queiroz, Renata A Lopes, Natalia R Sampaio, Daniele S Pereira, Leani S M Pereira
Background: Low back pain (LBP) is a common musculoskeletal condition among elders and is associated with falls. However, the underlying biological risk factors for falling among elders with LBP has been poorly investigated. The Physiological Profile Assessment (PPA) is a validated fall-risk assessment tool that involves the direct assessment of sensorimotor abilities and may contribute to the understanding of risk factors for falls among elders with LBP. Objective: To assess fall risk using the PPA in elders with and without LBP...
September 15, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy
Jonathan S Cant, Yaoda Xu
Our visual system can extract summary statistics from large collections of objects without forming detailed representations of the individual objects in the ensemble. In a region in ventral visual cortex encompassing the collateral sulcus and the parahippocampal gyrus and overlapping extensively with the scene-selective parahippocampal place area (PPA), we have previously reported fMRI adaptation to object ensembles when ensemble statistics repeated, even when local image features differed across images (e...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Aleksandra Piechuta, Tadeusz Przybyłowski, Małgorzata Szołkowska, Rafał Krenke
Primary pulmonary angiosarcoma (PPA) is a rare tumour arising from arterial or venous pulmonary vessels of various size. It is characterized by aggressive course and poor prognosis. The early diagnosis is difficult due to diverse clinical and radiological manifestations. We present a case report of 70 year-old man, active cigarette-smoker, with a 2-month history of non-massive hemoptysis. The thorax CT revealed several solid pulmonary nodules surrounded by areas of ground glass opacity. As bronchoscopy failed to deliver adequate tissue samples, video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) with pleura and lung biopsy was necessary...
2016: Pneumonologia i Alergologia Polska
Jin Su Kim, Hun Ki Cho, Ki Won Young, Sang Young Lee, Ji Soo Kim, Kyoungtae Lee
BACKGROUND: Scarf osteotomy has been used in hallux valgus surgery due to its large fixation surface for screws and low postoperative complications. However, screws may cause skin irritation from their head, which may require an additional surgical procedure to remove. METHODS: This study included 115 patients (106 females and 9 males, 115 feet) who underwent hallux valgus correction with a scarf osteotomy using bioabsorbable screws between September 2010 and September 2012...
September 25, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Chiara Cerami, Alessandra Dodich, Lucia Greco, Sandro Iannaccone, Giuseppe Magnani, Alessandra Marcone, Elisabetta Pelagallo, Roberto Santangelo, Stefano F Cappa, Daniela Perani
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a clinical syndrome due to different neurodegenerative conditions in which an accurate early diagnosis needs to be supported by a reliable diagnostic tool at the individual level. In this study, we investigated in PPA the FDG-PET brain metabolic patterns at the single-subject level, in order to assess the case-to-case variability and its relationship with clinical-neuropsychological findings. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 55 patients (i...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Raffaella I Rumiati, Francesco Foroni, Giulio Pergola, Paola Rossi, Maria Caterina Silveri
The study of category specific deficits in brain-damaged patients has been instrumental in explaining how knowledge about different types of objects is organized in the brain. Much of this research focused on testing putative semantic sensory/functional subsystems that could explain the observed dissociations in performance between living things (e.g., animals and fruits/vegetables) and non-living things (e.g., tools). As neuropsychological patterns that did not fit the original living/non-living distinction were observed, an alternative organization of semantic memory in domains constrained by evolutionary pressure was hypothesized...
September 17, 2016: Brain and Cognition
A P da Silva, A Matos, R Ribeiro, Â Gil, A Valente, M Bicho, J Gorjão-Clara
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the prevalence of sarcopenia and osteoporosis in centenarians and its association with body composition and past physical activity (PPA). SUBJECTS/METHODS: We conducted an observational cross-sectional study in a representative nationwide population of 253 Portuguese centenarians. A clinically oriented questionnaire and anthropometric and body composition analysis by bioimpedance were executed. Sarcopenia was determined using a muscle mass (MM) index cutoff ⩽16...
September 21, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Christopher M Thompson, Mohamad Kodaimati, Dana Westmoreland, Raul Calzada, Emily A Weiss
This paper describes the pH dependence of the excitonic energies and dynamics of CdS quantum dots (QDs) capped with phosphonopropionate (PPA) in water. QDs capped with PPA carry a negative charge on their surfaces upon deprotonation of PPA above pH ∼ 8.5; the resultant electric field induces large changes in the QD's optical properties. Between pH 5.6 and 12.0, an increase in pH is accompanied by a 47-meV bathochromic shift in the bandgap of the QDs and a decrease in the Stokes shift by ∼4.3 meV/pH unit...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Bin Bai, Jin Xiong, Yuyan Lv, Shikai Yu, Jiadela Teliewubai, Chen Chi, Yiwu Zhou, Kai Wang, Le Wang, Yi Zhang, Yawei Xu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the discrepancy between PWV and PPA in association with hypertensive TODs in the elderly population. DESIGN AND METHOD: From June 2014 to August 2015, a total of 1599 community-based elderly subjects (age > 65 years old) located in the northern Shanghai were recruited. The carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV), peripheral blood pressure (BP), central BP and other TODs indicators including the ratio of the early ventricular filling velocity (E) to the peak velocity of tissue Doppler velocity of septal mitral annulus (E/Ea), left ventricular mass index (LVMI), carotid intima-medium thickness (IMT), estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), urinary albumin-creatinine rate (ACR) were assessed on each participant...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Wenjie Wang, Ming-Hui Chen, Sy Han Chiou, Hui-Chuan Lai, Xiaojing Wang, Jun Yan, Zhumin Zhang
BACKGROUND: Persistent Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PPA) infection promotes lung function deterioration in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). Although early CF diagnosis through newborn screening (NBS) has been shown to provide nutritional/growth benefit, it is unclear whether NBS lowers the risk of PPA infection and how the effect of NBS vary with age. Modeling the onset age of PPA infection is challenging because 1) the onset age of PPA infection is interval censored in patient registry data; and 2) some risk factors such as NBS may have time-varying effects...
2016: BMC Medical Research Methodology
Monica Webb Hooper, Michael H Antoni, Kolawole Okuyemi, Noella A Dietz, Ken Resnicow
INTRODUCTION: This study tested the efficacy of group-based culturally specific cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for smoking cessation among low-income African Americans. METHODS: Participants (N = 342; 63.8% male; M = 49.5 years old; M cigarettes per day = 18) were randomly assigned to eight sessions of group-based culturally specific or standard CBT, plus 8 weeks of transdermal nicotine patches. Biochemically verified 7-day point prevalence abstinence (ppa) was assessed at the end-of-therapy (ie, CBT) (EOT), and 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-ups...
July 15, 2016: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
M Staniszewska, A Pudło, K Ryterska, E Stachowska
OBJECTIVE: The progression of cardiovascular disease is blunted by regular exercise training as a common non-pharmacological treatment. Recent findings have confirmed that central aortic pressure is more strongly related to cardiovascular events than brachial blood pressure. The aim of the study was to evaluate the influence of a single bout of significant physical effort on central aortic pressure and pulse wave velocity in young male athletes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study group consisted of 16 healthy male athletes undergoing regular endurance training...
August 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Eloi Magnin, Jean-François Démonet, David Wallon, Julien Dumurgier, Anne-Cécile Troussière, Alain Jager, Emmanuelle Duron, Audrey Gabelle, Vincent de la Sayette, Lisette Volpe-Gillot, Gregory Tio, Sarah Evain, Claire Boutoleau-Bretonnière, Adeline Enderle, François Mouton-Liger, Philippe Robert, Didier Hannequin, Florence Pasquier, Jacques Hugon, Claire Paquet
BACKGROUND: Few demographical data about primary progressive aphasia (PPA) are available, and most knowledge regarding PPA is based on tertiary centers' results. OBJECTIVE: Our aims were to describe demographical characteristics of the PPA population in a large sample of PPA patients from the network of French Alzheimer plan memory centers (Sample 1), and to describe the stratification of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers in two different samples of PPA patients (Samples 2 and 3)...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
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