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Isabel E Kenny, Sahrai Saeed, Eva Gerdts, Helga Midtbø, Hilde Halland, Mai T Lønnebakken
BACKGROUND: Masked hypertension (MHT), defined as normal office blood pressure (BP) but high ambulatory BP, has been associated with increased cardiovascular risk. Although MHT has been associated with obesity, there is limited knowledge on the prevalence and covariates of MHT in obese cohorts. METHODS: Office and ambulatory BP recordings and other cardiovascular risk factors were assessed in 323 obese participants included in the fat-associated cardiovascular dysfunction study (mean age 48...
October 21, 2016: Blood Pressure Monitoring
Ying He, Xiao-Jun Bai, Fen-Xia Li, Li-Hong Fan, Jie Ren, Qi Liang, Hong-Bing Li, Ling Bai, Hong-Yan Tian, Fen-Ling Fan, Gang Tian, Ai-Qun Ma, Jinghong Chen
To investigate whether resistin is associated with early atherosclerosis in male smokers. The present study consecutively enrolled 50 male smokers. Their serum resistin contents were detected with enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and subclinical atherosclerosis indices, including carotid inner middle thickness (IMT) and arterial elasticity indices (C1 and C2), were measured. The association between serum resistin levels and IMT, C1 and C2 were respectively evaluated with the Pearson's correlation coefficient method...
October 24, 2016: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
Alp Yıldırım, Mustafa Serkan Karakaş, Ali Yaşar Kılınç, Refik Emre Altekin, Ali Selim Yalçınkaya
OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to evaluate arterial structure and function with assessment of pulse wave velocity (PWV) and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) in patients with Behçet's disease (BD). METHODS: Thirty patients (13 female, 17 male) with BD and 30 age, sex-matched healthy controls (12 female, 18 male) with no known cardiovascular disease were enrolled in this study. Carotid-femoral PWV and CIMT were measured. RESULTS: PWV was higher in BD patients compared with control group (6...
October 2016: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Prachaya Srivanitchapoom, Ejaz A Shamim, Pierre Diomi, Takaaki Hattori, Sanjay Pandey, Sherry Vorbach, Jung E Park, Tianxia Wu, Sungyoung Auh, Mark Hallett
STUDY DESIGN: Exploratory case-control study. INTRODUCTION: Writer's cramp (WC) is a type of focal hand dystonia. The central nervous system plays a role in its pathophysiology, but abnormalities in the affected musculoskeletal components may also be relevant. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: We compared the active range of motion (ROM) in patients with WC and healthy volunteers (HVs) and correlated the findings with disease duration and severity. METHODS: Affected limb joints were measured with goniometers...
February 18, 2016: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
Maria Cappello, Anna Licata, Vincenza Calvaruso, Ivana Bravatà, Alessandra Aiello, Daniele Torres, Vittoriano Della Corte, Antonino Tuttolomondo, Maria Perticone, Giuseppe Licata, Antonio Craxì, Calogero Cammà
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Recent studies documented an increased cardiovascular risk in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our study aimed at investigating the prevalence of intima-media thickness (IMT) of the carotid arteries and the arterial stiffness indices as markers of early atherosclerosis in young IBD patients. METHODS: We recruited 68 consecutive IBD patients, and 38 matched healthy controls less than 45years old (median age 31.6±8.1years). Clinical and demographic features, cardiovascular risk factors, history of cardiovascular events, concomitant therapies were registered on a dedicate database...
October 20, 2016: European Journal of Internal Medicine
Itamar S Santos, Alessandra C Goulart, Alexandre C Pereira, Paulo A Lotufo, Isabela M Benseñor
BACKGROUND: The American Heart Association aims to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in this decade by improving seven ideal cardiovascular health (CVH) characteristics in the population. The aim of this study was to quantify the association between the American Heart Association's CVH score and values for carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) in the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health baseline assessment. METHODS: The Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health is a multicenter cohort study of civil servants aged 35 to 74 years in Brazil...
October 20, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Stefano Strano, Alessandra Fanciulli, Massimiliano Rizzo, Paolo Marinelli, Paolo Palange, Dorina Tiple, Giuseppe De Vincentis, Giovanni Calcagnini, Federica Censi, Giuseppe Meco, Carlo Colosimo
BACKGROUND: The clinical presentation of Parkinson's disease (PD) includes a wide spectrum of non-motor features, including cardiovascular autonomic failure. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate cardiovascular autonomic status and cardiac functional capacity in drug-naïve PD patients. METHODS: 18 newly-diagnosed PD patients underwent laboratory cardiovascular autonomic function tests using power spectral analysis of the R-R interval, blood pressure (BP) short-term variability and non-invasive baroreflex sensitivity (BRS)...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Eun Bin Cho, Ju-Hong Min, Hye-Jin Cho, Jin Myoung Seok, Hye Lim Lee, Hee Young Shin, Kwang-Ho Lee, Byoung Joon Kim
BACKGROUND: Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) sometimes coexists with serological marker-positive, non-organ-specific autoimmune disorders. We evaluated the prevalence of thyroid dysfunction and anti-thyroid antibodies in patients with NMO spectrum disorder (NMOSD) and investigated the associations between thyroid dysfunction/autoimmunity and clinical features of NMOSD. METHODS: Forty-nine NMOSD patients with anti-aquaporin-4 antibody and 392 age- and sex-matched healthy controls were included...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Elena Milla, Oana Stirbu, Isabel Jimenez Franco, Santiago J García Hernández, Jose Rios, Susana Duch
PURPOSE: Retrospective, pilot study to determine whether nepafenac treatment pre- and postcataract surgery in glaucoma patients using topical hypotensive agents minimized cystoid macular edema by comparing pre- and postsurgical foveal characteristics, as in some cases these agents cannot be withdrawn and, hypothetically, their inflammatory effect on the fovea could be neutralized by the addition of nepafenac. METHODS: Patients were divided into two subgroups depending on whether or not topical nepafenac was added to the surgical protocol (NEP = nepafenac group and nNEP = non nepafenac group)...
October 22, 2016: International Ophthalmology
V Naidoo, K Wolter, C J Botha
Vulture populations in southern Africa have been on the decline for years, which unlike the Asian vulture crisis, has no one specific cause. Reasons attributable are deliberate and secondary poisonings, drowning, power line injuries, electrocutions, traditional medicine ("muti" trade) and calcium deficiencies. However, lead toxicity as a potential causal factor is hardly mentioned. The potential for lead toxicity needs to be considered as substantial game hunting occurs in the region with little regulatory control on bullet types...
October 20, 2016: Environmental Research
Amir Ahmadi, Jagat Narula
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October 14, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Dong Wang, Limei Zhang, Xuezhang Zhou, Yulong He, Changfu Yong, Mingliang Shen, Otto Szenci, Bo Han
Staphylococcus aureus is the leading pathogen involved in bovine mastitis, but knowledge about antimicrobial resistance, virulence factors, and genotypes of Staphylococcus aureus resulting in bovine mastitis in Ningxia, China, is limited. Therefore, antimicrobial susceptibility, virulence gene, and randomly amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) analyses of Staph. aureus were carried out. A total of 327 milk samples from cows with clinical and subclinical mastitis in 4 regions of Ningxia were used for the isolation and identification of pathogens according to phenotypic and molecular characteristics...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
Drew A Torigian, Judith Green-McKenzie, Xianling Liu, Frances S Shofer, Thomas Werner, Catherine E Smith, Andrew A Strasser, Mateen C Moghbel, Ami H Parekh, Grace Choi, Marcus D Goncalves, Natalie Spaccarelli, Saied Gholami, Prithvi S Kumar, Yubing Tong, Jayaram K Udupa, Clementina Mesaros, Abass Alavi
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) to systematically detect and quantify differential effects of chronic tobacco use in organs of the whole body. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty healthy male subjects (10 nonsmokers and 10 chronic heavy smokers) were enrolled. Subjects underwent whole-body FDG-PET/CT, diagnostic unenhanced chest CT, mini-mental state examination, urine testing for oxidative stress, and serum testing...
October 18, 2016: Academic Radiology
Annika Clamor, Julian Koenig, Julian F Thayer, Tania M Lincoln
Arousal and the way it is coped with are relevant to the emergence of psychotic symptoms. Heart rate variability (HRV) stems from autonomic responses to environmental demands such as stress and is an index of physiological arousal, adaptability, and homeostatic reflexes forming autonomic balance. A randomized-controlled between-subjects trial that compared HRV-biofeedback (BF) to an active relaxation and to a waiting control condition was conducted in a sample with attenuated subclinical psychotic symptoms (N = 84)...
October 11, 2016: Behaviour Research and Therapy
Wesley T O'Neal, Kristine E Lee, Elsayed Z Soliman, Ronald Klein, Barbara E K Klein
PURPOSE: To determine the incidence and determinants of developing abnormalities on the 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) in persons with type 1 diabetes. METHODS: We evaluated the distribution of ECG abnormalities and risk factors for developing new abnormalities in 266 (mean age = 44 years ± 9.0; 50 % female) people with type 1 diabetes from the Wisconsin Epidemiologic Study of Diabetic Retinopathy. This analysis included participants with complete ECG data from study visit 5 (2000-2001) and follow-up ECGs from study visit 7 (2012-2014)...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
Ana Claudia Gomes Pereira Petisco, Jorge Eduardo Assef, Carlos Alberto de Jesus, Mohamed Hassan Saleh, Jose Eduardo Martins Barbosa, David Costa de Souza Le Bihan, Ibraim Masciarelli França Pinto, Simone Rolim Fernandes Fontes Pedra, Rodrigo Bellio de Mattos Barretto, Amanda Guerra de Moraes Rego Sousa
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality among women in several countries. Early detection of subclinical atherosclerosis (SA) could enable the adoption of preventive measures to avoid cardiovascular events. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of SA in Brazilian asymptomatic postmenopausal women in Framingham Risk Score (FRS) low and intermediate groups. Computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound (US) scans were performed in 138 asymptomatic postmenopausal women (56.1 ± 4.9 years of age) to survey for coronary artery and aortic calcification (CT scan) and assess carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and identify carotid plaques (US)...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Rebecca C Thurston, Yuefang Chang, Emma Barinas-Mitchell, Roland von Känel, J Richard Jennings, Nanette Santoro, Doug P Landsittel, Karen A Matthews
OBJECTIVES: A childhood history of abuse or neglect may be associated with elevated adult cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. No studies have examined associations between child abuse/neglect and subclinical CVD using a validated measure of abuse and neglect. We hypothesized that midlife women with a history of childhood abuse or neglect would have increased subclinical CVD beyond standard CVD risk factors. We tested moderation of associations by sleep, hot flashes, and race/ethnicity...
October 19, 2016: Psychosomatic Medicine
Roberta Lupoli, Pasquale Ambrosino, Anna Tortora, Livia Barba, Gelsy Arianna Lupoli, Matteo Nicola Dario Di Minno
BACKGROUND: Several studies reported an increased cardiovascular (CV) risk in Cushing's syndrome (CS). We performed a meta-analysis on the impact of CS on major markers of atherosclerosis. METHODS: Studies on intima-media thickness (IMT), carotid plaques prevalence and flow-mediated dilation (FMD) in CS patients and controls were searched in the PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus and EMBASE. Differences between cases and controls were expressed as mean difference (MD) with 95% confidence intervals (95%CI) for continuous variables, and as Odds Ratio (OR) with 95%CI for dichotomous variables...
October 20, 2016: Annals of Medicine
Satsuki Nishigaki, Takashi Hamazaki, Keinosuke Fujita, Shuntaro Morikawa, Toshihiro Tajima, Haruo Shintaku
BACKGROUND: Hemizygous mutations in the<i> immunoglobulin superfamily member 1 (IGSF1) </i>gene have been demonstrated to cause congenital central hypothyroidism in males. We report one family with a novel mutation of the<i> IGSF1 </i>gene located on the long arm of the X chromosome. PATIENT FINDINGS: A two-month-old boy was diagnosed with central hypothyroidism because of prolonged jaundice. A thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH) stimulation test indicated dysfunction in both the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland and prompted us to analyze the<i> IGSF1 </i>gene...
October 20, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
Daniel Unic, Zeljko Sutlic, Boris Starcevic, Nikola Bradic, Davor Baric, Igor Rudez
Annular rupture presents a rare but potentially fatal complication of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Although it can be subtle and subclinical in presentation, most severe forms present with hemodynamic instability and represent true emergencies requiring a more invasive treatment, even conventional surgery. We present a case of successful treatment of annular rupture by left ventricular outflow tract patch and surgical aortic valve replacement.
October 19, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
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