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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433388/magnetic-resonance-and-diffusion-tensor-imaging-analyses-indicate-heterogeneous-strains-along-human-medial-gastrocnemius-fascicles-caused-by-submaximal-plantar-flexion-activity
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Agah Karakuzu, Uluç Pamuk, Cengizhan Ozturk, Burak Acar, Can A Yucesoy
Sarcomere length changes are central to force production and excursion of skeletal muscle. Previous modeling indicates non-uniformity of that if mechanical interaction of muscle with its surrounding muscular and connective tissues is taken into account. Hence, quantifying length changes along the fascicles of activated human muscle in vivo is crucial, but this is lacking due to technical complexities. Combining magnetic resonance imaging deformation analyses and diffusion tensor imaging tractography, the aim was to test the hypothesis that submaximal plantar flexion activity at 15% MVC causes heterogeneous length changes along the fascicles of human medial gastrocnemius (GM) muscle...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432883/sagittal-plane-joint-kinetics-during-stair-ascent-in-patients-with-peripheral-arterial-disease-and-intermittent-claudication
#2
Stephanie L King, Natalie Vanicek, Thomas D O'Brien
Stair negotiation poses a substantial physical demand on the musculoskeletal system and this challenging task can place individuals at risk of falls. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can cause intermittent claudication (IC) pain in the calf and results in altered gait mechanics during level walking. However, whether those with PAD-IC adopt alternate strategies to climb stairs is unknown. Twelve participants with PAD-IC (six bilateral and six unilateral) and 10 healthy controls were recruited and instructed to ascend a five-step staircase whilst 3D kinematic data of the lower-limbs were recorded synchronously with kinetic data from force plates embedded into the staircase on steps two and three...
March 28, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432524/correlation-of-serum-mmp3-and-other-biomarkers-with-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-a-pilot-study
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Dongyi He, Qi Zhu, Quan Zhou, Qing Qi, Hongmei Sun, Liza M Zachariah, Grace Wang, John D Reveille, Yongtao Guan, Xiaodong Zhou
The studies aimed to assess a set of biomarkers for their correlations with disease activity/severity of patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). A total of 24 AS patients were treated with etanercept and prospectively followed for 12 weeks. Serum levels of TNF-α, IFN-γ, TGF-β, IL6, IL15, IL17, MMP3, and MICA were measured at baseline and after treatment. The change of these biomarkers was analyzed for correlations with MRI indices for joint inflammation, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index, AS Disease Activity Score, serum CRP, and ESR...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432523/hypothesis-free-analyses-from-a-large-psoriatic-arthritis-cohort-support-merger-to-consolidated-peripheral-arthritis-definition-without-subtyping
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Daniel Stekhoven, Almut Scherer, Michael J Nissen, Véronique Grobéty, Nikhil Yawalkar, Peter M Villiger, Burkhard Möller
Current ClASsification criteria for Psoriatic ARthritis classification criteria for psoriatic arthritis (PsA) provide a preliminary definition of inflammatory articular disease. This study aimed to further characterize PsA peripheral arthritis using purely data-driven approaches for the affected joint distribution pattern. PsA patients from the Swiss Clinical Quality Management in Rheumatic Diseases (SCQM) database were clustered according to similarities in 66 swollen and in 68 tender joints. Clusters were compared in terms of other disease characteristics and studied for coincidence with traditional PsA subtypes, stability over time and treatment response upon first tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) therapy...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431581/sacroiliitis-mimics-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#5
Maria J Antonelli, Marina Magrey
BACKGROUND: Radiographic sacroiliitis is the hallmark of ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and detection of acute sacroiliitis is pivotal for early diagnosis of AS. Although radiographic sacroiliitis is a distinguishing feature of AS, sacroiliitis can be seen in a variety of other disease entities. CASE PRESENTATION: We present an interesting case of sacroiliitis in a patient with Paget disease; the patient presented with inflammatory back pain which was treated with bisphosphonate...
April 22, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431182/joint-positions-matter-for-ultrasound-examination-of-ra-patients-increased-power-doppler-signal-in-neutral-versus-flat-position-of-hands
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Rusmir Husic, Angelika Lackner, Martin H Stradner, Josef Hermann, Christian Dejaco
Objective.: Position of joints might influence the result of US examination in patients with RA. The purpose of this work was to compare grey-scale (GS) and power Doppler (PWD) findings obtained in neutral vs flat position of hands. Methods.: A cross-sectional study of 42 RA patients with active disease. Two dimensional and 3D sonography of wrists and MCP joints were conducted in two different joint positions: neutral position, which is a slight flexion of the fingers with relaxed extensor muscles; and flat position, where all palm and volar sides of fingers touch the Table...
April 18, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431140/performance-of-the-patient-reported-outcomes-measurement-information-system-29-in-scleroderma-a-scleroderma-patient-centered-intervention-network-cohort-study
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Linda Kwakkenbos, Brett D Thombs, Dinesh Khanna, Marie-Eve Carrier, Murray Baron, Daniel E Furst, Karen Gottesman, Frank van den Hoogen, Vanessa L Malcarne, Maureen D Mayes, Luc Mouthon, Warren R Nielson, Serge Poiraudeau, Robert Riggs, Maureen Sauvé, Fredrick Wigley, Marie Hudson, Susan J Bartlett
Objective.: The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS)-29 assesses seven health-related quality of life domains plus pain intensity. The objective was to examine PROMIS-29v2 validity and explore clinical associations in patients with SSc. Methods.: English-speaking SSc patients in the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network Cohort from 26 sites in Canada, the USA and the UK completed the PROMIS-29v2 between July 2014 and November 2015...
April 18, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430901/synergistic-effect-between-ischaemic-heart-disease-and-common-mental-disorders-and-the-risk-of-premature-exit-from-the-labour-market-a-nationwide-register-based-study-from-sweden
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Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz, Torbjörn Ivert, Marjan Vaez, Thomas Ernst Dorner
Aims: Common mental disorders i.e. depressive and anxiety disorders (CMD) are frequent comorbid conditions in individuals with ischaemic heart disease (IHD). Still, their effect on preterm exit from the labour market [i.e. disability pension (DP)] in individuals with IHD has to date not been scrutinized. The aim of this study was to investigate the separate and joint effect of IHD and CMD on the risk of DP for women and men of working age. Material and methods: This population-based cohort study included all non-pensioned 4 823 069 individuals, registered as living in Sweden 31 December 2004 and then 16-64 years of age...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430581/association-between-en1-rs4144782-and-susceptibility-of-knee-osteoarthritis-a-case-control-study
#9
Li Haohuan, Zhang Xiaolong, Cao Yiping, Hu Song, Peng Fei, Zhou Jianlin, Li Jianping
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a complex disease that affects the whole joint, resulting from the combined influence of biomechanical factors and genetic factors. The heritable component for primary OA accounts for about 60% of variation in population liability to the disease. So far, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and candidate gene studies have established many OA-related loci. However, these findings account for only a rather small fraction of the genetic component. To further reveal the genetic architecture of OA, we conducted this case-control study to explore the association of locus EN1 rs4144782 and knee OA susceptibility in a Chinese population...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430547/enhancing-insights-into-pulmonary-vascular-disease-pvd-through-a-precision-medicine-approach-a-joint-nhlbi-cmref-workshop-report
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John H Newman, Stuart Rich, Steven H Abman, John H Alexander, John Barnard, Gerald J Beck, Raymond L Benza, Todd M Bull, Stephen Y Chan, Hyung J Chun, Declan Doogan, Jocelyn Dupuis, Serpil C Erzurum, Robert P Frantz, Mark Geraci, Hunter Gillies, Mark Gladwin, Michael P Gray, Anna R Hemnes, Roy S Herbst, Adrian F Hernandez, Nicholas S Hill, Evelyn M Horn, Kendall Hunter, Zhi-Cheng Jing, Roger Johns, Sanjay Kaul, Steven M Kawut, Tim Lahm, Jane A Leopold, Greg D Lewis, Stephen C Mathai, Vallerie V McLaughlin, Evangelos D Michelakis, Steven D Nathan, William Nichols, Grier Page, Marlene Rabinovitch, Jonathan Rich, Franz Rischard, Sharon Rounds, Sanjiv J Shah, Victor F Tapson, Naomi Lowy, Norman Stockbridge, Gail Weinmann, Lei Xiao
The Division of Lung Diseases of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, (NHLBI) and the Cardiovascular Medical Education and Research Fund (CMREF), held a workshop to discuss to leverage of the anticipated scientific output from the recently launched "Redefining Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) through Pulmonary Vascular Disease Phenomics" (PVDOMICS) program. PVDOMICS is a protocol driven network to analyze PH patient populations to define novel pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) phenotypes. Basic, translational and clinical investigators, patient advocacy organizations, regulatory agencies, and pharmaceutical industry experts discussed the application of precision medicine to PVD clinical trials...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430129/curcumin-inhibits-apoptosis-of-chondrocytes-through-activation-erk1-2-signaling-pathways-induced-autophagy
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Xiaodong Li, Kai Feng, Jiang Li, Degang Yu, Qiming Fan, Tingting Tang, Xiao Yao, Xiaoqing Wang
Osteoarthritis (OA) is an inflammatory disease of load-bearing synovial joints that is currently treated with drugs that exhibit numerous side effects and are only temporarily effective in treating pain, the main symptom of the disease. Consequently, there is an acute need for novel, safe, and more effective chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of osteoarthritis and related arthritic diseases. Curcumin, the principal curcuminoid and the most active component in turmeric, is a biologically active phytochemical...
April 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429747/imaging-genetics-approach-to-parkinson-s-disease-and-its-correlation-with-clinical-score
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Mansu Kim, Jonghoon Kim, Seung-Hak Lee, Hyunjin Park
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder associated with both underlying genetic factors and neuroimaging findings. Existing neuroimaging studies related to the genome in PD have mostly focused on certain candidate genes. The aim of our study was to construct a linear regression model using both genetic and neuroimaging features to better predict clinical scores compared to conventional approaches. We obtained neuroimaging and DNA genotyping data from a research database. Connectivity analysis was applied to identify neuroimaging features that could differentiate between healthy control (HC) and PD groups...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429194/photobiomodulation-therapy-associated-with-treadmill-training-in-the-oxidative-stress-in-a-collagen-induced-arthritis-model
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Solange Almeida Dos Santos, Marcia Ataize Dos Santos Vieira, Maira Cécilia Brandão Simões, Andrey Jorge Serra, Ernesto Cesar Leal-Junior, Paulo de Tarso Camillo de Carvalho
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by chronic and systemic inflammation, which leads to the destruction of the cartilage and bone and affects tissues in multiple joints. Oxidative stress has been implicated with regards to involvement in various disease conditions, such as diabetes mellitus and neurodegenerative, respiratory, cardiovascular, and RA diseases. In vivo experimental studies using photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) have shown positive effects in reducing lipid peroxidation and in increasing antioxidant activity...
April 21, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428977/19th-workshop-of-the-international-stroke-genetics-consortium-april-28-29-2016-boston-massachusetts-usa-2016-001-mri-defined-cerebrovascular-genomics-the-charge-consortium
#14
S Debette, Y Saba, D Vojinovic, X Jian, H Adams, G Chauhan, M Sargurupremraj, S Kaffashian, J Ding, J C Bis, P Nyquist, K Mather, C Van Duijn, L J Launer, M A Ikram, H Schmidt, W T Longstreth, M Fornage, S Seshadri
The CHARGE consortium is an investigator-initiated collaboration to facilitate meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and genomic analyses based on next generation sequencing (NGS), among multiple large and well-phenotyped population-based cohort studies around the world (http://www.chargeconsortium.com). Within the neuro-CHARGE working group, we are presenting an update of ongoing genomic studies on MRI-markers of cerebrovascular disease. Large population-based studies have shown that the burden of cerebrovascular disease extends far beyond that of clinical stroke...
March 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428914/development-and-validation-of-a-disease-specific-questionnaire-for-basal-joint-arthritis
#15
Peter C Noback, Joseph M Lombardi, Mani Seetharaman, Donald H Lee, Robert J Strauch, Melvin P Rosenwasser
Background The Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) questionnaire is the most commonly used instrument to assess outcomes of basal joint arthritis (BJA). However, the DASH is subject to influence by the entire upper extremity. Purpose This study aims to develop and validate a disease-specific questionnaire for BJA that would be more sensitive to changes in thumb function and pain, and correlate better with objective and subjective metrics. Patients and Methods The thumb disability examination (TDX) was developed and 80 patients presenting with BJA at one of the two hospital-based hand clinics were enrolled in the validation study...
May 2017: Journal of Wrist Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428887/differential-intratumoral-distributions-of-cd8-and-cd163-immune-cells-as-prognostic-biomarkers-in-breast-cancer
#16
Sotirios P Fortis, Michael Sofopoulos, Nectaria N Sotiriadou, Christoforos Haritos, Christoforos K Vaxevanis, Eleftheria A Anastasopoulou, Nicole Janssen, Niki Arnogiannaki, Alexandros Ardavanis, Graham Pawelec, Sonia A Perez, Constantin N Baxevanis
BACKGROUND: Tumor immune cell infiltrates are essential in hindering cancer progression and may complement the TNM classification. CD8+ and CD163+ cells have prognostic impact in breast cancer but their spatial heterogeneity has not been extensively explored in this type of cancer. Here, their potential as prognostic biomarkers was evaluated, depending on their combined densities in the tumor center (TC) and the tumor invasive margin (IM). METHODS: CD8+ and CD163+ cells were quantified by immunohistochemistry of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor tissue samples from a cohort totaling 162 patients with histologically-confirmed primary invasive non-metastatic ductal breast cancer diagnosed between 2000 and 2015...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428674/comparison-of-clinical-and-radiological-parameters-at-knee-osteoarthritis
#17
Adnana Talic-Tanovic, Zoran Hadziahmetovic, Ivanka Madjar-Simic, Adnan Papovic
INTRODUCTION: Osteoarthritis (OA) or arthrosis represents an inflammatory disease of joints that develops as a result of interaction of mechanical and biological parameters. With disease development, degenerative changes on joint cartilage can be noticeable that affect and cause pathological changes on other parts of a joint resulting in pain and dysfunction of a joint. A. E. Garrod in 1907 described osteoarthritis as a special clinical entity and separated it from a rheumatoid arthritis...
February 2017: Medical Archives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428558/a-joint-analysis-of-influenza-associated-hospitalizations-and-mortality-in-hong-kong-1998-2013
#18
Peng Wu, Anne M Presanis, Helen S Bond, Eric H Y Lau, Vicky J Fang, Benjamin J Cowling
Influenza viruses may cause severe human infections leading to hospitalization or death. Linear regression models were fitted to population-based data on hospitalizations and deaths. Surveillance data on influenza virus activity permitted inference on influenza-associated hospitalizations and deaths. The ratios of these estimates were used as a potential indicator of severity. Influenza was associated with 431 (95% CrI: 358-503) respiratory deaths and 12,700 (95% CrI: 11,700-13,700) respiratory hospitalizations per year...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428554/network-assisted-analysis-of-gwas-data-identifies-a-functionally-relevant-gene-module-for-childhood-onset-asthma
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Y Liu, M Brossard, C Sarnowski, A Vaysse, M Moffatt, P Margaritte-Jeannin, F Llinares-López, M H Dizier, M Lathrop, W Cookson, E Bouzigon, F Demenais
The number of genetic factors associated with asthma remains limited. To identify new genes with an undetected individual effect but collectively influencing asthma risk, we conducted a network-assisted analysis that integrates outcomes of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and protein-protein interaction networks. We used two GWAS datasets, each consisting of the results of a meta-analysis of nine childhood-onset asthma GWASs (5,924 and 6,043 subjects, respectively). We developed a novel method to compute gene-level P-values (fastCGP), and proposed a parallel dense-module search and cross-selection strategy to identify an asthma-associated gene module...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427923/-acute-leukemia-revealed-by-bone-magnetic-resonance-imaging-two-pediatric-case-reports
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C Flatrès, A Pennanéach, G Blondin, E Rivoal, S Haro, P Vic
Bone and joint pain are common causes of pediatric consultation for a variety of etiologies. The causes are mostly traumatic or infectious or have an inflammatory origin. Acute leukemia (AL) can sometimes begin with osteoarticular signs and radiological investigations such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help guide the diagnosis. We report on two cases of pediatric AL revealed by osteoarticular signs, with MRI helpful in the diagnostic procedure. In these children, the first signs were recurrent joint pain, with no blood count anomalies...
April 17, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
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