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Josefin Sundh, Scott Montgomery, Mikael Hasselgren, Mary Kämpe, Christer Janson, Björn Ställberg, Karin Lisspers
Health status is a prognostic factor included in the assessment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim of our study was to examine the associations of clinical factors with change in health status over a 7-year follow-up period. In 2005, 970 randomly selected primary and secondary care patients with a COPD diagnosis completed questionnaires including the Clinical COPD Questionnaire (CCQ); and in 2012, 413 completed the CCQ questionnaire again. Linear regression used difference in mean total CCQ score between 2005 and 2012 as the dependent variable...
October 20, 2016: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
Nina Lefeber, Eva Swinnen, Eric Kerckhofs
PURPOSE: The integration of sufficient cardiovascular stress into robot-assisted gait (RAG) training could combine the benefits of both RAG and aerobic training. The aim was to summarize literature data on the immediate effects of RAG compared to walking without robot-assistance on metabolic-, cardiorespiratory- and fatigue-related parameters. METHODS: PubMed and Web of Science were searched for eligible articles till February 2016. Means, SDs and significance values were extracted...
October 20, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Takanori Masuda, Takeshi Nakaura, Yoshinori Funama, Toru Higaki, Masao Kiguchi, Naoyuki Imada, Tomoyasu Sato, Kazuo Awai
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the effect of the age, sex, total body weight (TBW), height (HT) and cardiac output (CO) of patients on aortic and hepatic contrast enhancement during hepatic-arterial phase (HAP) and portal venous phase (PVP) computed tomography (CT) scanning. METHODS: This prospective study received institutional review board approval; prior informed consent to participate was obtained from all 168 patients. All were examined using our routine protocol; the contrast material was 600 mg/kg iodine...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
M L D Araújo, P C Cabral, I K G de Arruda, L de Souza Holanda, A S Diniz, R Maio, P B P Coelho
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the occurrence of excessive gain in body mass index-for-age Z-score (BMI/AZ) and its associated factors in adolescent girls. METHODOLOGY: This is a cohort study conducted between 2007 and 2012 with 382 girls between 10 and 18 years of age attending public schools in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. Excessive gain in BMI/AZ (EGBMI/AZ) at follow-up was considered if the adolescent had a BMI/AZ >0.63 between follow-up and baseline. RESULTS: In 2007, 33...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
H Fukasawa, M Kaneko, H Niwa, T Matsuyama, H Yasuda, H Kumagai, R Furuya
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Higher body mass index appears protective in hemodialysis patients, although it remains to be determined which component of muscle or fat mass is primarily associated with this survival advantage. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Eighty-one hemodialysis patients in our institution were prospectively followed from July 2011 to August 2015. Muscle and fat mass were evaluated by measuring the cross-sectional areas of the thigh and abdomen using computed tomography...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Francesca de Blasio, Francesco de Blasio, Giulia Miracco Berlingieri, Andrea Bianco, Marta La Greca, Frits M E Franssen, Luca Scalfi
BACKGROUND: Multifrequency bioelectrical impedance analysis (MF-BIA) is a technique that measures body impedance (Z) at different frequencies (5, 10, 50, 100, and 250 kHz). Body composition may be estimated using empirical equations, which include BIA variables or, alternatively, raw BIA data may provide direct information on water distribution and muscle quality. OBJECTIVES: To compare raw MF-BIA data between COPD patients and controls and to study their relationship with respiratory and functional parameters in COPD patients...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Patrizia Salice, Mario Giovanni Bianchetti, Alessandra Giavarini, Erica Gondoni, Riccardo Cavalli, Anna Maria Colli, Federico Lombardi
Propranolol is becoming the treatment of choice for complicated infantile hemangioma. We report here data on peripheral blood flow, O2-saturation, electrocardiographic PR-interval, left ventricular function, blood pressure and heart rate that were assessed before and during treatment for ≥4 weeks with propranolol 2 mg/kg of body weight daily in 67 infants <12 months of age in normal sinus rhythm and with structurally normal hearts. Management with propranolol was well tolerated in all and did not modify peripheral blood flow, O2-saturation, electrocardiographic PR-interval and left ventricular fractional shortening or ejection fraction...
October 19, 2016: Pharmacology
Michael J Murray, Heidi DeBlock, Brian Erstad, Anthony Gray, Judi Jacobi, Che Jordan, William McGee, Claire McManus, Maureen Meade, Sean Nix, Andrew Patterson, M Karen Sands, Richard Pino, Ann Tescher, Richard Arbour, Bram Rochwerg, Catherine Friederich Murray, Sangeeta Mehta
OBJECTIVE: To update the 2002 version of "Clinical practice guidelines for sustained neuromuscular blockade in the adult critically ill patient." DESIGN: A Task Force comprising 17 members of the Society of Critical Medicine with particular expertise in the use of neuromuscular-blocking agents; a Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation expert; and a medical writer met via teleconference and three face-to-face meetings and communicated via e-mail to examine the evidence and develop these practice guidelines...
November 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Mitsuha Morisaki, Isao Kurihara, Sakiko Kobayashi, Kenichi Yokota, Ayano Murai-Takeda, Rie Jo, Yuko Mitsuishi, Toshifumi Nakamura, Nao Kohata, Yosuke Oshima, Hirotaka Shibata, Hiroshi Itoh
OBJECTIVE: It has been reported that obesity-related high blood pressure was partly associated with increased aldosterone secretion and/or activity, but detailed mechanisms are not known. Our previous study suggested that different salt contents in each diet would affect the aldosterone levels. In this study, we investigated the change of aldosterone secretion and MR sensitivity of obesity mice by high fat diet under equally-adjusted salt intake. DESIGN AND METHOD: We prepared normal fat diet (NFD, 10% lard) and high fat diet (HFD, 60% lard) with equal amount of salt based on the amount of food intake of C57BL/6J mice...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Yi Zhang, Chen Chi, Shikai Yu, Antonis Argyris, Jacques Blacher, Michel Safar, Athanase Protogerou
OBJECTIVE: Both brachial blood pressure (BP) level and its variability (BPV) have significant association with cardiac structure and function. Recent studies indicated that central BP was superior to brachial BP in the association with cardiac abnormities. However, it remains unknown that whether central BPV is better associated with cardiac structure and function. We were, therefore, aimed to investigate and compare central and brachial BPV, in terms of the identification of cardiac abnormities...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Theresa A Hastert, Emily White
PURPOSE: In 2007, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) published eight recommendations regarding body weight, physical activity, and dietary behaviors aimed at reducing cancer incidence worldwide. In this paper, we assess whether meeting the WCRF/AICR recommendations is associated with lower colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence; evaluate whether particular recommendations are most strongly associated with lower CRC incidence; and assess whether associations differ by sex...
October 17, 2016: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
Cheng-Wei Lin, Brend Ray-Sea Hsu, Jir-Shiong Tsai, Hui-Mei Yang, Jr-Rung Lin, Chia-Hung Lin, Chung-Huei Huang, Shih-Yuan Hung, Yu-Yao Huang
AIMS: To evaluate the effect of limb preservation status and body mass index (BMI) on the survival of patients with diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). METHODS: A total of 1346 patients treated for limb-threatening DFUs at a major diabetic foot center in Taiwan from 2002 to 2009 were tracked until December 2012. The patients were classified into three groups: limb-preserved (n=858), minor lower-extremity amputation (LEA) (n=249), and major LEA (n=239). Clinical data during treatment were used for survival analysis...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
Dries S Martens, Michelle Plusquin, Wilfried Gyselaers, Immaculata De Vivo, Tim S Nawrot
BACKGROUND: Newborn telomere length sets telomere length for later life. At birth, telomere length is highly variable among newborns and the environmental factors during in utero life for this observation remain largely unidentified. Obesity during pregnancy might reflect an adverse nutritional status affecting pregnancy and offspring outcomes, but the association of maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) with newborn telomere length, as a mechanism of maternal obesity, on the next generation has not been addressed...
October 18, 2016: BMC Medicine
Dong-Won Lee, Eun-Young Choi
BACKGROUND: A decrease in bone mineral density (BMD) is a systemic consequence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Past reports have rarely examined any correlation between sarcopenia and BMD. We investigated the relationship cross-sectionally between the presence of sarcopenia and BMD reduction in COPD patients. METHODS: COPD patients aged 50 or older with qualifying spirometry and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry data were from participants in the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys IV and V (2008-2011)...
2016: PloS One
Ellen B Gold, Sybil L Crawford, Janie F Shelton, Ping G Tepper, Carolyn J Crandall, Gail A Greendale, Karen A Matthews, Rebecca C Thurston, Nancy E Avis
OBJECTIVE: Greater body mass index (BMI) and body fat are associated with vasomotor symptoms (VMS). Thus, weight loss may prevent VMS. We analyzed whether concurrent BMI or waist circumference and/or changes in weight or waist circumference predicted incident VMS and whether these relations differed by menopause stage or race/ethnicity. METHODS: Data from 10 follow-up visits for 1,546 participants in the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation who reported no VMS at baseline were modeled for time to first symptomatic visit in relation to concurrent BMI and waist circumference and change in weight and waist circumference during early and late menopause using discrete survival analyses, adjusting for covariates...
October 3, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Yoon Suk Jung, Nam Hee Kim, Seungho Ryu, Jung Ho Park, Dong Il Park, Chong Il Sohn
GOALS: We aimed to ascertain whether low relative muscle mass is associated with colorectal neoplasm (CRN) risk. BACKGROUND: CRN and sarcopenia have common pathophysiological mechanisms such as insulin resistance, chronic inflammation, and physical inactivity. However, the direct relationship between the 2 diseases has not been investigated. STUDY: A cross-sectional study was performed on 81,885 examinees who underwent colonoscopy as part of a health check-up...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Gareth T Jones, Elizabeth A Jones, Marcus J Beasley, Gary J Macfarlane
The generalisability of randomised controlled trials will be compromised if markers of treatment outcome also affect trial recruitment. In a large trial of chronic widespread pain (CWP), we aimed to determine the extent to which randomised participants represented eligible patients, and whether factors predicting randomisation also influenced trial outcome. Adults from eight UK general practices were surveyed to determine eligibility for a trial of two interventions (exercise, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT))...
September 29, 2016: Pain
Eija Haukka, Anneli Ojajärvi, Leena Kaila-Kangas, Päivi Leino-Arjas
We identified factors protective of all-cause sickness absence (SA) among subjects with multisite musculoskeletal pain (MSP). The nationally representative source sample comprised 3420 actively working Finns aged 30-55 in year 2000 and alive at follow-up. Pain in 18 body locations was combined into four sites (neck, low back, upper limbs, lower limbs). The baseline prevalence of MSP (pain in ≥ 2 sites) was 32 %. Baseline data on sociodemographic factors, work ability, work, health, and lifestyle were gathered by questionnaire, interview and clinical examination and linked with national registers on all-cause SA (periods lasting ≥10 workdays) for 2002-2008...
October 3, 2016: Pain
Laura F DeFina, David Leonard, Benjamin L Willis, Carolyn E Barlow, Carrie E Finley, Marjorie R Jenkins, Barbara C Pence, Yan Zhang, Ming-Chien Chyu, E Michael Lewiecki, Chwan-Li Shen
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to determine the association between cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and bone mineral density (BMD) of the femoral neck (FN) in postmenopausal women using existing Cooper Center Longitudinal Study data. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort of 1,720 predominantly healthy Caucasian women (57.1 ± 6.9 years) underwent preventive medical examinations that included CRF assessment by maximal Balke treadmill testing and measurement of BMD by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry...
October 2016: Journal of Women's Health
Zulfa Abrahams, Naomi Levitt, Maia Lesosky, Gary Maartens, Joel Dave
Long-term use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) increases the risk of developing lipodystrophy. Few studies from Africa have used longitudinal data to assess the development of lipoatrophy and lipohypertrophy. We use clinical anthropometry and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) to describe changes in body fat distribution over a 24-month period in individuals initiated on ART. A convenience sample of black South Africans (55 men and 132 women) were recruited and followed for 24 months after commencing ART...
October 2016: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
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