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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029205/transcriptome-analysis-of-the-triatoma-infestans-hemiptera-reduviidae-integument
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Gustavo M Calderón-Fernández, Débora E Moriconi, Andrea B Dulbecco, M Patricia Juárez
The insect integument, formed by the cuticle and the underlying epidermis, is essential for insect fitness, regulation of lipid biosynthesis and storage, insect growth and feeding, together with development progress. Its participation in insecticide resistance has also been outlined. Triatoma infestans Klug (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) is one of the major vectors of Chagas disease in South America; however, genomic data are scarce. In this study, we performed a transcriptome analysis of the nymph integument in order to identify which genes are expressed and their putative role...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028824/the-association-between-serum-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-a-cluster-of-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-adolescents-the-champs-study-dk
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Natascha Holbæk Pedersen, Jakob Tarp, Lars Bo Andersen, Anne Kær Gejl, Tao Huang, Lone Peijs, Anna Bugge
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes pose a global health burden. Therefore, clarifying the pathology of these risk factors is essential. Previous studies have found positive and negative associations between one or more cardiovascular risk factors and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) probably due to diverse methodological approaches when analysing peripheral BDNF levels. Moreover, only a few studies have been performed in youth populations. Consequently, the main objective of this study was to examine the association between serum BDNF and a composite z-score consisting of six cardiovascular risk factors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028416/differences-in-risky-sexual-behavior-according-to-sexual-orientation-in-korean-adolescents
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Ji-Su Kim, Kyunghee Kim, Yeunhee Kwak
Adolescents in sexual minority groups are known to be at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases through risky sexual behavior. However, few studies have examined associations between sexual orientation and risky sexual behavior and sexually transmitted diseases in Korean adolescents. Therefore, this cross-sectional study used raw data from the Tenth Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-Based Survey to explore these relationships. Logistic regression analyses were performed to examine the associations between risky sexual behavior and sexual orientation in adolescents...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028281/usefulness-of-the-index-of-nash-ion-for-the-diagnosis-of-steatohepatitis-in-patients-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-an-external-validation-study
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Ramy Younes, Chiara Rosso, Salvatore Petta, Monica Cucco, Milena Marietti, Gian Paolo Caviglia, Alessia Ciancio, Maria Lorena Abate, Carlo Cammà, Antonina Smedile, Antonio Craxì, Giorgio Maria Saracco, Elisabetta Bugianesi
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The non-invasive identification of steatohepatitis (NASH) in patients with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is an unmet need in clinical practice. Index of NASH (ION) is a new tool for the prediction of NASH. We aimed to externally validate ION and to compare it with CK-18. Since necroinflammation precedes fibrosis, we also tested ION in combination with non-invasive tools for fibrosis. METHODS: We analyzed data from 292 Italian patients (169 Southern cohort, and 123 Northern cohort) with an histological diagnosis of NAFLD...
October 13, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027980/the-plasticizer-bisphenol-a-perturbs-the-hepatic-epigenome-a-systems-level-analysis-of-the-mirnome
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Ludivine Renaud, Willian A da Silveira, E Starr Hazard, Jonathan Simpson, Silvia Falcinelli, Dongjun Chung, Oliana Carnevali, Gary Hardiman
Ubiquitous exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine disruptor (ED), has raised concerns for both human and ecosystem health. Epigenetic factors, including microRNAs (miRNAs), are key regulators of gene expression during cancer. The effect of BPA exposure on the zebrafish epigenome remains poorly characterized. Zebrafish represents an excellent model to study cancer as the organism develops a disease that resembles human cancer. Using zebrafish as a systems toxicology model, we hypothesized that chronic BPA-exposure impacts the miRNome in adult zebrafish and establishes an epigenome more susceptible to cancer development...
October 13, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027502/development-and-validation-of-the-self-administered-falun-health-instrument-safhi-using-data-from-health-promoted-workplaces-in-sweden
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Otto-Patrik Frieberg, Eva Millqvist, Jan Nilsson, Ingrid From
AIM: The aim of this study was to develop and to validate the self-administered Falun health instrument. An additional aim was to test its applicability in measuring people's lifestyles linked to health. METHODS: In 2002, an instrument was constructed containing questions regarding the hazardous use of alcohol, tobacco, unhealthy diets and insufficient physical activity. A pilot study using the instrument was assessed between 2002 and 2006. In Sweden, it was further expanded and tested during the years 2004-2014 among a total of 1295 people...
October 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027039/patterns-of-alcohol-abuse-depression-and-intimate-partner-violence-among-township-mothers-in-south-africa-over-5-years
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Emily C Davis, Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Thomas W Weichle, Roxana Rezai, Mark Tomlinson
Alcohol is a major contributor to the global burden of disease. In South Africa, alcohol abuse is hypothesized to correlate with women's HIV status, mental health, and partner relationships over time. All pregnant women in 12 urban, low-income, Cape Town neighborhoods were interviewed at baseline, post-birth, and at 6, 12, 36, and 60 months following delivery with retention rates from 82.5 to 94%. Women were assessed for any alcohol use, problematic drinking, depression, intimate partner violence, and HIV status...
October 12, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026875/ethylene-glycol-poisoning-should-not-contraindicate-liver-donation
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Alisha Burman, Christopher J E Watson, Vasilis Kosmoliaptsis
As the number of patients waiting to receive transplants increases, there is a need to explore all possible donation opportunities. In this case report, we describe the transplantation of a liver from a donor who died after ethylene glycol poisoning into a woman with alcoholic liver disease with cirrhosis and associated ascites. Donor management, including ethanol, fomepizol and haemodialysis, hastened clearance of ethylene glycol from the circulation, and after liver transplantation, the recipient exhibited no adverse effects suggestive of ethylene glycol toxicity, although recipient hepatic artery dissection and thrombosis necessitated retransplantation...
October 2017: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026833/primary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-older-adults-in-china
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REVIEW
Jian Yong, Dong Lin, Xue-Rui Tan
Over the past two decades, the percentage of Chinese who is 60 years or older has increased from 5.2% in 1995 to 10.5% in 2015. Approximately 16% of the population in China was 60 years old and above in 2015. Since 1990, cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been the leading cause of death in China. Cardiovascular medications of older adults are usually more complicated than younger age groups due to polypharmacy, the presence of comorbidities and more susceptible to treatment-related adverse outcomes. Therefore, effective primary prevention of CVD for older adults is important in sustaining the health of older adults and reducing the burden of the healthcare system...
September 16, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025729/live-cell-imaging-of-cytosolic-nadh-nad-ratio-in-hepatocytes-and-liver-slices
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Ricard Masia, William J McCarty, Carolina Lahmann, Jay Luther, Raymond T Chung, Martin L Yarmush, Gary Yellen
Fatty liver disease (FLD), the most common chronic liver disease in the US, may be caused by alcohol or the metabolic syndrome. Alcohol is oxidized in the cytosol of hepatocytes by alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), which generates NADH and increases cytosolic NADH/NAD(+) ratio. The increased ratio may be important for development of FLD, but our ability to examine this question is hindered by methodological limitations. To address this, we used the genetically-encoded fluorescent sensor Peredox to obtain dynamic, real-time measurements of cytosolic NADH/NAD(+) ratio in living hepatocytes...
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025457/characteristics-and-correlates-of-alcohol-consumption-among-adult-chronic-care-patients-in-north-west-province-south-africa
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Arvin Bhana, Sujit D Rathod, One Selohilwe, Tasneem Kathree, Inge Petersen
BACKGROUND: Alcohol consumption patterns in South Africa (SA) tend to be characterised by risky patterns of drinking. Taken together with the large burden of disease associated with HIV and tuberculosis (TB), heavy alcohol consumption patterns with these chronic conditions has the potential to compromise the efficacy of treatment efforts among such patients. OBJECTIVE: To explore the characteristics, correlates and diagnoses of alcohol use disorders among chronic care patients in SA...
June 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024899/mangiferin-ameliorates-fatty-liver-via-modulation-of-autophagy-and-inflammation-in-high-fat-diet-induced-mice
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Hu Wang, Yang-Yang Zhu, Li Wang, Tian Teng, Meng Zhou, Shu-Guang Wang, Yi-Zhu Tian, Lei Du, Xiao-Xing Yin, Ying Sun
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disease globally. The progression of NAFLD is complex and associated with inflammation, oxidative stress, autophagy, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and insulin resistance. Mangiferin, a natural C-glucosyl xanthone, has been reported to show multiple biological activities. The aim of this study was to investigate the therapeutic effect of mangiferin on NAFLD and the underlying molecular mechanism. We established a mouse model of NAFLD using a high-fat diet (HFD), and injected the mice with different doses of mangiferin (15, 30, and 60mg/kg, intraperitoneal) for 12 weeks...
October 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024702/polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-pcos-long-term-metabolic-consequences
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Panagiotis Anagnostis, Basil C Tarlatzis, Robert P Kauffman
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women during their reproductive ages, associated with a plethora of cardiometabolic consequences, with obesity, insulin resistance and hyperandrogenemia playing a major role in the degree of such manifestations. These consequences include increased risk of glucose intolerance and diabetes mellitus (both type 2 and gestational), atherogenic dyslipidemia, systemic inflammation, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, hypertension and coagulation disorders...
October 9, 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024046/traumatic-brain-injury-in-the-prodromal-period-of-parkinson-disease-a-large-epidemiological-study-using-medicare-data
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Alejandra Camacho-Soto, Mark N Warden, Susan Searles Nielsen, Amber Salter, David L Brody, Heidi Prather, Brad A Racette
OBJECTIVE: Studies suggest a greater risk of Parkinson disease (PD) after traumatic brain injury (TBI), but it is possible that the risk of TBI is greater in the prodromal period of PD. We aimed to examine the time-to-TBI in PD patients in their prodromal period compared to population-based controls. METHODS: We identified 89,790 incident PD cases and 118,095 comparable controls > 65 years of age in 2009 using Medicare claims data. Using data from the preceding five years, we compared time-to-TBI in PD patients in their prodromal period to controls...
October 10, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023919/causal-narratives-in-public-health-the-difference-between-mechanisms-of-aetiology-and-mechanisms-of-prevention-in-non-communicable-diseases
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Michael P Kelly, Federica Russo
Research in the health sciences has been highly successful in revealing the aetiologies of many morbidities, particularly those involving the microbiology of communicable disease. This success has helped form a narrative to be found in numerous public health documents, about interventions to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (e.g., obesity or alcohol related pathologies). These focus on tackling the purported pathogenic factors causing the diseases as a means of prevention. In this paper, we argue that this approach has been sub-optimal...
October 11, 2017: Sociology of Health & Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023819/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-impairs-expression-of-the-type-ii-inositol-1-4-5-trisphosphate-receptor
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Tanaporn Khamphaya, Natsasi Chukijrungroat, Vitoon Saengsirisuwan, Kisha A Mitchell-Richards, Marie E Robert, Albert Mennone, Michael H Nathanson, Jittima Weerachayaphorn
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most prevalent liver disease worldwide. It may result in several types of liver problems including impaired liver regeneration, but the mechanism for this is unknown. Because liver regeneration depends on calcium signaling, we examined the effects of NAFLD on expression of the type II inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (ITPR2), the principle calcium release channel in hepatocytes. ITPR2 promoter activity was measured in Huh7 and HepG2 cells. ITPR2 and c-Jun protein levels were evaluated in Huh7 cells, in liver tissue from a rat model of NAFLD and in liver biopsy specimens of patients with simple steatosis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)...
October 10, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023758/biological-activities-of-agave-by-products-and-their-possible-applications-in-food-and-pharmaceuticals
#17
REVIEW
Julio Cesar López-Romero, Jesús Fernando Ayala-Zavala, Gustavo Adolfo González-Aguilar, Etna Aida Peña-Ramos, Humberto González-Ríos
Agave leaves are considered a by-product of alcoholic beverage production (tequila, mezcal and bacanora) because they are discarded during the production process, despite accounting for approximately 50 % of the total plant weight. These by-products constitute a potential source of Agave extracts rich in bioactive compounds, such as saponins, phenolic compounds and terpenes, and possess different biological effects, as demonstrated by in vitro and in vivo tests (e.g., antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, immunomodulatory, antiparasitic, and anticancer activity)...
October 11, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023740/surveillance-and-monitoring-of-oral-health-in-elderly-people
#18
Hideo Miyazaki, Judith A Jones, Eugenio D Beltrán-Aguilar
Continued ageing of the global population is expected to pose significant challenges to maintaining optimum lifelong health in individuals and populations. Oral health is an essential element of general health and quality of life throughout an individual's life course, yet it is often neglected in integrated approaches to general health promotion. Surveillance and monitoring systems are essential for developing oral health policy and strategy at both national and community levels. As major oral diseases, dental caries and periodontal diseases are core indicators for surveillance at every stage of life...
September 2017: International Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023487/triggers-of-acute-attacks-of-gout-does-age-of-gout-onset-matter-a-primary-care-based-cross-sectional-study
#19
Abhishek Abhishek, Ana M Valdes, Wendy Jenkins, Weiya Zhang, Michael Doherty
OBJECTIVES: To determine the proportion of people with gout who self-report triggers of acute attacks; identify the commonly reported triggers, and examine the disease and demographic features associated with self-reporting any trigger(s) of acute attacks of gout. METHODS: Individuals with gout were asked to fill a questionnaire enquiring about triggers that precipitated their acute gout attacks. Binary logistic regression was used to compute odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) to examine the association between having ≥1 self-reported trigger of acute gout and disease and demographic risk factors and to adjust for covariates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023234/using-geographical-convergence-of-obesity-cardiovascular-disease-and-type-2-diabetes-at-the-neighborhood-level-to-inform-policy-and-practice
#20
Kayla Smurthwaite, Nasser Bagheri
INTRODUCTION: Chronic diseases are increasing across the world. Examination of local geographic variation in chronic disease patterns can enable policy makers to identify inequalities in health outcomes and tailor effective interventions to communities at higher risk. Our study aimed to determine the geographic variation of obesity, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and type 2 diabetes, using general practice clinical data. Further objectives included identifying regions of significantly high and low clusters of these conditions and assessing their association with sociodemographic characteristics...
October 12, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
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