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H Deng, Y Dai, H Lu, S-S Li, L Gao, D-L Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between bone metabolic indicators and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in healthy middle-aged men. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The bone metabolic indicators of 232 healthy middle-age men with NAFLD (NAFLD group) and 308 healthy controls without fatty liver (Control group) were measured, including non-collagenous osteocalcin, the procollagen type 1 N-terminal propeptide (P1NP), beta-C-terminal telopeptide of type I collagen (β-CTX)...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
T Zhang, C Zhang, R-X Chen, B Shao, G-A Liu
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship of obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) with coronary artery lesion quantitative score Syntax Score (SX score) and risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 115 patients with OSAHS admitted to the Department of Cardiology in our hospital from January 2011 to June 2015 were selected. Philips Respironics Alice 5 Polysomnography was used for sleep monitoring...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
L-Y Hu, J-B Cui, X-M Xu, Z-H Huang, H-T Jiao
OBJECTIVE: Traumatic lung injury (TLI) can cause inflammation and oxidative stress, or even leads to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and death. Nuclear factor erythroid-2 related factor 2 (Nrf2)-Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (Keap1)-antioxidant response element (ARE) signal pathway participates in disease occurrence and progression via regulating inflammatory and oxidative stress response, but with its expression and functional roles in TLI largely unknown. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Wistar rats were randomly divided into control group, TLI group by crushing method, and Nrf2 activation group which received Nrf2 specific agonist sulforaphane 30 min before TLI treatment...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
M M Moschos, E Nitoda, A Lavaris, I P Chatziralli, I Asproudis, S Androudi, C Damaskos, N Garmpis, C Kalogeropoulos
OBJECTIVE:   The study was designed to investigate the potential effect of fish consumption on macular structure and function of healthy individuals. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The participants were Greek, who used to consume less than one portion of fish per week since their childhood. All participants underwent body mass index (BMI) measurements and ophthalmological examination. At their first examination, they were asked to consume at least 2 portions of fish per week over a period of 8 weeks, after which all the measurements were repeated...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Aristeidis Papagiannopoulos, Maria Karayianni, Stergios Pispas, Aurel Radulescu
The complexation of lysozyme with aggregates from two triblock amphiphilic polyelectrolytes of the same blocks but different topologies and block molar masses, namely PS-b-SCPI-b-PEO and SCPI-b-PS-b-PEO, is investigated by scattering and spectroscopy methods. Light scattering reveals that the interaction with lysozyme causes shrinkage of the self-assembled nanoparticles in the case of the hydrophobic-polyelectrolyte-hydrophilic sequence. In the polyelectrolyte-hydrophobic-hydrophilic sequence, the opposite trend is observed...
March 22, 2018: Soft Matter
Si Houn Hahn, David Kronn, Nancy D Leslie, Loren D M Pena, Pranoot Tanpaiboon, Michael J Gambello, James B Gibson, Richard Hillman, David W Stockton, John W Day, Raymond Y Wang, Kristina An Haack, Raheel Shafi, Susan Sparks, Yang Zhao, Catherine Wilson, Priya S Kishnani
PurposePompe disease results from lysosomal acid α-glucosidase (GAA) deficiency and its associated glycogen accumulation and muscle damage. Alglucosidase alfa (recombinant human GAA (rhGAA)) received approval in 2006 as a treatment for Pompe disease at the 160 L production scale. In 2010, larger-scale rhGAA was approved for patients up to 8 years old without cardiomyopathy. NCT01526785 evaluated 4,000 L rhGAA efficacy/safety in US infantile- or late-onset Pompe disease (IOPD, LOPD) patients up to 1 year old transitioned from 160 L rhGAA...
March 22, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Martin Schiller, Martin Bizzarro, Vera Assis Fernandes
Nucleosynthetic isotope variability among Solar System objects is often used to probe the genetic relationship between meteorite groups and the rocky planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars), which, in turn, may provide insights into the building blocks of the Earth-Moon system. Using this approach, it has been inferred that no primitive meteorite matches the terrestrial composition and the protoplanetary disk material from which Earth and the Moon accreted is therefore largely unconstrained. This conclusion, however, is based on the assumption that the observed nucleosynthetic variability of inner-Solar-System objects predominantly reflects spatial heterogeneity...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Hiroyuki Yanagisawa, Yukihiko Kudo, Katsuhiro Nakagawa, Haruhiko Miyagawa, Fumitaka Maruyama, Shigehiko Fujimaki
This study was conducted with the aim of achieving the simultaneous screening of various additives in polymer materials by utilizing a solvent-free pyrolyzer/thermal desorption gas chromatography mass spectrometry (Py/TD-GC-MS) method. As a first step to achieve this goal, simultaneous screening has been examined by selecting major substances representing plasticizers and flame retardants, such as short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), and di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)...
March 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Jing Tao, Yu-Qin Zhao, Chang-Feng Chi, Bin Wang
In the experiment, crude proteins from spotless smoothhound ( Mustelus griseus ), cartilages were isolated by HCl-Guanidine buffer, and its hydrolysate was prepared using trypsin at pH 8.0, 40 °C with a total enzyme dose of 2.5%. Subsequently, three antioxidant peptides were purified from the hydrolysate using membrane ultrafiltration, anion-exchange chromatography, gel filtration chromatography, and reverse phase high-performance liquid chromatography. The amino acid sequences of isolated peptides were identified as Gly-Ala-Glu-Arg-Pro (MCPE-A); Gly-Glu-Arg-Glu-Ala-Asn-Val-Met (MCPE-B); and Ala-Glu-Val-Gly (MCPE-C) with molecular weights of 528...
March 22, 2018: Marine Drugs
Adeline Jacquet, Cécile Cottet-Rousselle, Josiane Arnaud, Kevin Julien Saint Amand, Raoua Ben Messaoud, Marine Lénon, Christine Demeilliers, Jean-Marc Moulis
The impact of chronic cadmium exposure and slow accumulation on the occurrence and development of diabetes is controversial for human populations. Islets of Langerhans play a prominent role in the etiology of the disease, including by their ability to secrete insulin. Conversion of glucose increase into insulin secretion involves mitochondria. A rat model of pancreatic β-cells was exposed to largely sub-lethal levels of cadmium cations applied for the longest possible time. Cadmium entered cells at concentrations far below those inducing cell death and accumulated by factors reaching several hundred folds the basal level...
March 22, 2018: Toxics
Thomas Jursa, Cheryl R Stein, Donald R Smith
Biomarkers of environmental metal exposure in children are important for elucidating exposure and health risk. While exposure biomarkers for As, Cd, and Pb are relatively well defined, there are not yet well-validated biomarkers of Mn exposure. Here, we measured hair Mn, Pb, Cd, and As levels in children from the Mid-Ohio Valley to determine within and between-subject predictors of hair metal levels. Occipital scalp hair was collected in 2009-2010 from 222 children aged 6-12 years (169 female, 53 male) participating in a study of chemical exposure and neurodevelopment in an industrial region of the Mid-Ohio Valley...
March 22, 2018: Toxics
Mahesh Rangu, Zhujia Ye, Sarabjit Bhatti, Suping Zhou, Yong Yang, Tara Fish, Theodore W Thannhauser
In this paper, we report on aluminum (Al)-induced root proteomic changes in switchgrass. After growth in a hydroponic culture system supplemented with 400 μM of Al, plants began to show signs of physiological stress such as a reduction in photosynthetic rate. At this time, the basal 2-cm long root tips were harvested and divided into two segments, each of 1-cm in length, for protein extraction. Al-induced changes in proteomes were identified using tandem mass tags mass spectrometry (TMT-MS)-based quantitative proteomics analysis...
March 22, 2018: Proteomes
Giuseppe Cristiano, Gjok Vuksani, Vincenzo Tufarelli, Barbara De Lucia
The most common substrate for potted ornamental plants is prepared with Sphagnum peat; however, the cost and declining availability of high-quality peat, due to environmental constraints, make it necessary to investigate for alternative organic materials. The present study aimed to determine the effects of partial compost replacement with peat and the optimum electrical conductivity (EC) level of the nutrient solution in potted weeping lantana [ L. montevidensis (Spreng.) Briq.] under a recirculating soilless system...
March 22, 2018: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
Lancer A Scott, Layne A Madden, Amy E Wahlquist, Daniel W Fisher
Purpose Clinical disaster medicine requires providers working collaboratively to care for multiple patients, yet many clinicians lack competency-based training. A 5-hour emergency preparedness training (EPT) curriculum was created using didactics, small group discussion, and scenario-based learning. The goal was to evaluate the effect of a short course on improving clinical-provider knowledge, confidence and skill. METHODS: Participants were enrolled in a medical university between 2011 and 2014...
February 2018: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Thomas Maier, Daniel Meister, Severin Trösch, Jon Peter Wehrlin
Shooting in biathlon competitions substantially influences final rankings, but the predictability of hits and misses is unknown. The aims of the current study were A) to explore factors influencing biathlon shooting performance and B) to predict future hits and misses. We explored data from 118,300 shots from 4 seasons and trained various machine learning models before predicting 34,340 future shots (in the subsequent season). A) Lower hit rates were discovered in the sprint and pursuit disciplines compared to individual and mass start (P < 0...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Sports Sciences
Ana Laura Flores-García, Carmen Alicia Sánchez-Ramírez, Óscar Alberto Newton-Sánchez, Fabián Rojas-Larios
INTRODUCTION: Patients on dialysis have important changes in body composition. OBJECTIVES: To determine the correlation between skinfold thickness (SKF) and bioimpedance analysis (BIA) for estimating fat mass (FM) and lean body mass (LBM) in patients undergoing hemodialysis (HD) and peritoneal dialysis (PD). METHODS: Cross-sectional study. We included 50 patients under dialysis treatment. To measure SKF, we used the Lange® skinfold caliper (Beta Technology, California, USA) and we carried out the impedance analysis with the Bodystat Quadscan 4000® (Quadscan, Isle of Man, UK)...
January 10, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Clara Helena González-Correa, Julio César Caicedo-Eraso
BACKGROUND: The accuracy and precision of the BIA method is affected by the electrode system. Failing to adjust for differences in it may result in systematic biases of up to 5.2%. METHODS: Forty females ranging from 18 to 24 years, with a body mass index (BMI) of 18.6 to 27.6 kg/m2, were measured by BIA in the frequency range 5 to 500 kHz using the manufacturers recommended electrodes and two types of commercial ECG electrodes (3M-2228 and 3M-2330). RESULTS: The two types of ECG electrodes performed well, but at high frequencies 2330 performed better...
January 16, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Caroline Pinho R Andrade, Mileda L T Portugal, Ellén De Sousa Paz, Paula A Freitas, Ana Filomena C S Daltro, Kaluce G S Almondes, Carla Soraya C Maia, Ariclecio Cunha de Oliveira
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze the influence of liver transplantation in food intake and nutritional status of severe cirrhotic patients. METHODS: The sample consisted of 23 patients who underwent liver transplantation. Three 24-hour dietary recall were applied and anthropometric measurements were collected before and three months after transplantation. The consumption of macronutrients and fat soluble vitamins were also evaluated. The anthropometric data evaluated were body mass index, abdominal circumference, percentage of adequacy of arm circumference, triceps skinfold thickness and arm muscle circumference...
January 16, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Francisco José Sánchez Torralvo, Nuria Porras, José Abuín Fernández, Francisca García Torres, María José Tapia, Fuensanta Lima, Federico Soriguer, Montserrat Gonzalo, Gemma Rojo Martínez, Gabriel Olveira
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to establish reference values for hand grip strength, compare the results obtained with Collin and Jamar type dynamometers and determine their association with anthropometric and lean mass measurements. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This cross-sectional population-based study was undertaken in Pizarra (Málaga, Spain). The grip strength of the dominant hand was measured using Collin and Jamar dynamometers. Skinfolds (triceps, abdominal, biceps of dominant arm and subscapular) were measured, and body composition was estimated...
January 16, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
María Julia Ajejas Bazán, María Isabel Jiménez-Trujillo, Julia Wärnberg, Silvia Domínguez Fernández, Ana López-de-Andrés, Napoleón Pérez-Farinós
INTRODUCTION: Childhood obesity is a recognized public health problem. The present work reports the changing prevalence of childhood overweight/obesity in Spanish boys and girls over the period 1993-2011, and examines the risk factors apparent in 2011. METHODS: Children with a body mass index (BMI) of ≥ 25 were deemed overweight, and those with a BMI of ≥ 30 were deemed obese. Overweight and obesity was consistently more common among boys than among girls. RESULTS: The prevalence of overweight and obesity in Spain increased over the study period...
January 16, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
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