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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933671/causal-inference-in-obesity-research
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REVIEW
P W Franks, N Atabaki-Pasdar
Obesity is a risk factor for a plethora of severe morbidities and premature death. Most supporting evidence comes from observational studies that are prone to chance, bias and confounding. Even data on the protective effects of weight loss from randomized controlled trials will be susceptible to confounding and bias if treatment assignment cannot be masked, which is usually the case with lifestyle and surgical interventions. Thus, whilst obesity is widely considered the major modifiable risk factor for many chronic diseases, its causes and consequences are often difficult to determine...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932106/assessment-of-kidney-graft-function-evolution-measured-by-creatinine-and-cystatin-c
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M A Ramos-Barron, I Hernandez Bejarano, E Rodrigo, E Cruz Iglesias, A Benito Hernandez, C Agueros Blanco, A I Morales Martin, M Prieto Vicente, F Lopez Hernandez, M Arias, C Gomez-Alamillo
INTRODUCTION: The 2013 Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative Clinical Practice Guideline suggests measuring cystatin C (sCys) in adults with glomerular filtration rate (GFR) based on creatinine (sCr) between 45 and 59 mL/min/1.73 m(2) if confirmation of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is required. There is not enough evidence to recommend the use of sCys or sCr to estimate GFR in kidney transplant recipients. OBJECTIVES: Our aims were to describe the evolution of sCr, sCys, and GFR in a group of kidney transplant patients and to determine their association with some markers of morbidity at 1 year...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930558/urinary-%C3%AE-trace-protein-a-unique-biomarker-to-screen-early-glomerular-filtration-rate-impairment
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Carlo Donadio, Laura Bozzoli
The screening for chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients needs the measurement of serum markers like creatinine. Our previous results indicated that urinary excretion of β-trace protein (BTP), a low-molecular-weight protein (23-29 kDa), is increased in CKD patients from stage 2. The aim of this study was to assess the major determinants of urinary excretion of BTP and to evaluate its feasibility as noninvasive marker of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) impairment.We studied 355 CKD patients (198 males), aged 15 to 83 years, in stable clinical conditions, classified in the different stages of CKD on the basis of GFR (renal clearance of Tc-diethylenetriamine penta-acetic acid)...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920796/neutrophil-gelatinase-associated-lipocalin-fibroblast-growth-factor-23-and-soluble-klotho-in-long-term-kidney-donors
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Inga Strand Thorsen, Inger Hjørdis Bleskestad, Grete Jonsson, Øyvind Skadberg, Lasse Gunnar Gøransson
BACKGROUND: The best treatment for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is kidney transplantation. Twenty-seven percent of transplantations in Norway are from living donors. Recent studies have shown an increased risk of ESRD and increased mortality in donors. The aim of this study was to determine if the levels of the new biomarkers neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL), soluble Klotho (sKlotho), and fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) are changed in kidney donors with normal kidney function defined as an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) >60 ml/min/1...
September 2016: Nephron Extra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919347/prevalence-clinical-features-and-prognosis-of-patients-with-extremely-low-high-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol
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Hayato Tada, Masa-Aki Kawashiri, Tetsuo Konno, Atsushi Nohara, Akihiro Inazu, Hiroshi Mabuchi, Masakazu Yamagishi, Kenshi Hayashi
BACKGROUND: Little data exist on the clinical features of patients with an extremely low level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (<20 mg/dL). OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical characteristics of Japanese patients with extremely low HDL cholesterol levels. METHODS: In this observational study of 429 patients with extremely low HDL cholesterol levels among 43,368 subjects whose HDL cholesterol was measured for any reason at Kanazawa University Hospital from April 2004 to March 2014, we investigated the presence of coronary artery disease, chronic kidney disease, the potential causes of reduced HDL cholesterol, their prognosis, and the cause of death...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914701/il-2-anti-il-2-complexes-ameliorate-lupus-nephritis-by-expansion-of-cd4-cd25-foxp3-regulatory-t%C3%A2-cells
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Ji-Jing Yan, Jae-Ghi Lee, Joon Young Jang, Tai Yeon Koo, Curie Ahn, Jaeseok Yang
Adoptive transfer of regulatory T cells (Tregs) can delay disease progression and reduce mortality in lupus-prone mice. Here, we tested whether complex (IL-2C) consisting of IL-2 and anti-IL-2 monoclonal antibody (JES6-1) ameliorates lupus nephritis by expanding Tregs as an alternative to problematic Treg infusion therapy. IL-2C treatment of NZB/W F1 mice induced an effective and sustained expansion of CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) Tregs in both the kidneys and spleen along with decreased renal infiltration of T cells, B cells, and innate immune cells...
November 30, 2016: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907168/are-urinary-tubular-injury-markers-useful-in-chronic-kidney-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Le-Ting Zhou, Lin-Li Lv, Ming-Ming Pan, Yu-Han Cao, Hong Liu, Ye Feng, Hai-Feng Ni, Bi-Cheng Liu
BACKGROUND: Adverse outcome of chronic kidney disease, such as end stage renal disease, is a significant burden on personal health and healthcare costs. Urinary tubular injury markers, such as NGAL, KIM-1 and NAG, could provide useful prognostic value for the early identification of high-risk patients. However, discrepancies between recent large prospective studies have resulted in controversy regarding the potential clinical value of these markers. Therefore, we conducted the first meta-analysis to provide a more persuasive argument to this debate...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906748/evolving-therapies-for-hepatitis-c-virus-in-chronic-kidney-disease-the-beginning-of-a-new-era
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Craig E Gordon, Claudia Nader
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review highlights recent advances in treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infection using new classes of agents, direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), with a focus on the evidence for their use in the setting of chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 4-5, hemodialysis, and kidney transplantation. RECENT FINDINGS: DAA agents target-specific proteins involved in the hepatitis C virus life cycle and interrupt viral replication. Sustained virologic response, a marker of viral eradication, occurs in more than 90% of patients treated with DAA agents in the general population...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903994/synbiotic-supplementations-for-azotemia-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Hamideh Dehghani, Fatemeh Heidari, Hassan Mozaffari-Khosravi, Nader Nouri-Majelan, Ali Dehghani
INTRODUCTION: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive and irreversible impairment of kidney function; if it progresses to the end-stage of CKD, dialysis or kidney transplant is needed. In general, there are no definitive treatment to slow the progression of CKD. This study aimed to determine the effect of synbiotic supplementations on azotemia in patients with CKD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A randomized controlled trial was conducted on 66 patients with CKD (stages 3 and 4)...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898405/n-acetyl-cysteine-attenuated-the-deleterious-effects-of-advanced-glycation-end-products-on-the-kidney-of-non-diabetic-rats
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Karina Thieme, Karolline S Da Silva, Nelly T Fabre, Sergio Catanozi, Maria Beatriz Monteiro, Daniele Pereira Santos-Bezerra, Juliana Martins Costa-Pessoa, Maria Oliveira-Souza, Ubiratan F Machado, Marisa Passarelli, Maria Lucia Correa-Giannella
AIM: To assess the renal effects of chronic exposure to advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) in the absence of diabetes and the potential impact of concomitant treatment with the antioxidant N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). METHODS: Wistar rats received intraperitoneally 20 mg/kg/day of albumin modified (AlbAGE) or not (AlbC) by advanced glycation for 12 weeks and oral NAC (600mg/L; AlbAGE+NAC and AlbC+NAC, respectively). Biochemical, urinary and renal morphological analyses; carboxymethyl-lysine (CML, an AGE), CD68 (macrophage infiltration), and 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE, marker of oxidative stress) immunostaining; intrarenal mRNA expression of genes belonging to pathways related to AGEs (Ager, Ddost, Nfkb1), renin-angiotensin system (Agt, Ren, Ace), fibrosis (Tgfb1, Col4a1), oxidative stress (Nox4, Txnip), and apoptosis (Bax, Bcl2); and reactive oxidative species (ROS) content were performed...
November 30, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896626/cheyne-stokes-respiration-during-wakefulness-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
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Wolfram Grimm, Karl Kesper, Werner Cassel, Nina Timmesfeld, Olaf Hildebrandt, Ulrich Koehler
PURPOSE: Cheyne-Stokes respiration (CSR) during sleep has been studied extensively in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). Prevalence and prognostic significance of CSR during wakefulness in CHF, however, are largely unknown. METHODS: CSR during wakefulness with an apnea-hypopnea cut-off ≥5/h and moderate to severe CSR with an apnea-hypopnea cutoff ≥15/h were analyzed using polysomnographic recordings in 267 patients with stable CHF with reduced left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction at our institution...
November 28, 2016: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894744/-vitamin-d-deficiency-and-morbimortality-in-critically-ill-paediatric-patients
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Patricia García-Soler, Antonio Morales-Martínez, Vanessa Rosa-Camacho, Juan Antonio Lillo-Muñoz, Guillermo Milano-Manso
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence and risks factors of vitamin D deficiency, as well as its relationship with morbidity and mortality in a PICU. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An observational prospective study in a tertiary children's University Hospital PICU conducted in two phases: i: cohorts study, and ii: prevalence study. The study included 340 critically ill children with ages comprising 6 months to 16 years old. EXCLUSION CRITERIA: Chronic kidney disease, known parathyroid disorders, and vitamin D supplementation...
November 25, 2016: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889950/retinopathy-a-sign-of-cerebral-small-vessel-disease-in-diabetes
#13
Toshitaka Umemura, Takahiko Kawamura
Cardio-cerebrovascular disease greatly influences the prognosis of diabetic patients. Silent lacunar infarcts, white matter lesions (WMLs), and cerebral microbleeds are magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) markers of cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) and as they are associated with stroke and dementia, prevention of their incidence and progression is important in clinical practice. The findings of previous autopsy and clinical studies suggest that lacunar infarcts are more prevalent in diabetic patients. On the other hand, the findings of studies on an association between diabetes and WMLs have been inconsistent...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888584/small-molecule-inhibiting-nf-kb-ameliorates-oxidative-stress-and-suppresses-renal-inflammation-in-early-stage-of-alloxan-induced-diabetic-nephropathy-in-rat
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Manash P Borgohain, Mangala Lakhar, Sahabuddin Ahmed, Liakat Chowdhury, Saurabh Kumar, Rajat Pant, Abhinav Choubey
Diabetic nephropathy is one of the major microvascular complications of diabetes mellitus which ultimately gives rise to cardiovascular diseases. Oxidative stress produced by prolonged hyperglycaemia and chronic renal inflammation are the two key players in the development and progression of diabetic nephropathy. NF-kB-mediated inflammatory cascade is a strong contributor to the renovascular inflammation in diabetic nephropathy. Here, we studied the effects of piceatannol, a potent NF-kB inhibitor, on various oxidative stress markers and diabetic renal inflammatory pathway in rat induced by alloxan...
November 26, 2016: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887750/chronic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Angela C Webster, Evi V Nagler, Rachael L Morton, Philip Masson
The definition and classification of chronic kidney disease (CKD) have evolved over time, but current international guidelines define this condition as decreased kidney function shown by glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of less than 60 mL/min per 1·73 m(2), or markers of kidney damage, or both, of at least 3 months duration, regardless of the underlying cause. Diabetes and hypertension are the main causes of CKD in all high-income and middle-income countries, and also in many low-income countries. Incidence, prevalence, and progression of CKD also vary within countries by ethnicity and social determinants of health, possibly through epigenetic influence...
November 22, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881888/effects-of-ramipril-and-telmisartan-on-plasma-concentrations-of-low-molecular-weight-and-protein-thiols-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Angelo Zinellu, Salvatore Sotgia, Arduino A Mangoni, Elisabetta Sotgiu, Sara Ena, Dionigia Arru, Stefano Assaretti, Angela Baralla, Andrea E Satta, Ciriaco Carru
Hypertension, a common feature in chronic kidney disease (CKD), is an independent risk factor for CKD progression and cardiovascular disease. Although inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) exert salutary effects on blood pressure control and proteinuria in CKD patients, their activity towards traditional and novel oxidative markers is largely unknown. We studied the effects of 6-month treatment with telmisartan versus a combination of telmisartan and ramipril on plasma concentrations of low molecular mass (LMW, including homocysteine and cysteine) and protein thiols (PSH) plasma concentration and their relationships with carotid intima media thickness (IMT), in 24 hypertensive CKD patients (age 60 ± 12 years, 8 females and 16 males)...
2016: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875991/the-prevalence-of-renal-impairment-in-individuals-seeking-hiv-testing-in-urban-malawi
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Nicola Glaser, Sam Phiri, Tom Bruckner, Dominic Nsona, Hannock Tweya, Nomeda Ahrenshop, Florian Neuhann
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) poses a major health threat to people living in low- and middle-income countries, especially when it is combined with HIV, antiretroviral treatment (ART) or communicable and non-communicable diseases. Data about the prevalence of CKD and its association with other diseases is scarce, particularly in HIV-negative individuals. This study estimated the prevalence of CKD in individuals who were either HIV-positive (and ART-naïve) or HIV-negative in an urban Malawian population...
November 22, 2016: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873227/the-relationship-between-aortic-root-size-and-hypertension-an-unsolved-conundrum
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Giuseppe Mulè, Emilio Nardi, Massimiliano Morreale, Antonella Castiglia, Giulio Geraci, Dario Altieri, Valentina Cacciatore, Margherita Schillaci, Francesco Vaccaro, Santina Cottone
Thoracic aortic aneurysms rupture and dissection are among the most devastating vascular diseases, being characterized by elevated mortality, despite improvements in diagnostic imaging and surgical techniques.An increased aortic root diameter (ARD) represents the main risk factor for thoracic aortic dissection and rupture and for aortic valve regurgitation.Even though arterial hypertension is commonly regarded as a predisposing condition for the development of thoracic aorta aneurysms, the role of blood pressure (BP) as determinant of aortic root enlargement is still controversial...
November 22, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871238/long-chain-n-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-and-vascular-function-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-healthy-subjects-a-cross-sectional-and-comparative-study
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Morten Borg, My Svensson, Johan V Povlsen, Erik B Schmidt, Christian Aalkjær, Jeppe H Christensen, Per Ivarsen
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic kidney disease have a markedly increased cardiovascular mortality compared with the general population. Long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids have been suggested to possess cardioprotective properties. This cross-sectional and comparative study evaluated correlations between hemodynamic measurements, resistance artery function and fish consumption to the content of long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in adipose tissue, a long-term marker of seafood intake...
November 21, 2016: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870653/apolipoprotein-l1-and-apolipoprotein-a-iv-and-their-association-with-kidney-function
#20
Florian Kronenberg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common disease with an estimated prevalence of 10-12%. There are pronounced differences between ethnicities with a 3-fold to 4-fold higher lifetime risk for end-stage kidney disease in African Americans compared to European Americans. The purpose of this review was to discuss recent findings on two apolipoproteins (apolipoprotein L1 and A-IV) in the context of kidney disease and kidney function. RECENT FINDINGS: The observation that certain apolipoprotein L1 risk genotypes that are only present in African Americans might explain a major fraction of the ethnic differences for nondiabetic CKD has set the stage for this otherwise under-researched apolipoprotein...
November 18, 2016: Current Opinion in Lipidology
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