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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432750/effect-of-feeding-two-rrr-alpha-tocopherol-formulations-on-serum-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-muscle-alpha-tocopherol-concentrations-in-horses-with-subclinical-vitamin-e-deficiency
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J C Brown, S J Valberg, M Hogg, C J Finno
BACKGROUND: Alpha tocopherol (α-TP) supplementation is recommended for the prevention of various equine neuromuscular disorders. Formulations available include RRR-α-TP acetate powder and a more expensive but rapidly water-dispersible liquid RRR-α-TP (WD α-TP). A cost-effective means to rapidly increase serum and CSF α-TP with WD-α-TP and then sustain concentrations with RRR-α-TP acetate has not been reported. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate serum, CSF and muscle α-TP concentrations in an 8-week dosing regimen where horses were transitioned from WD RRR-α-TP to RRR-α-TP acetate...
April 22, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432267/assessment-of-lung-function-in-a-large-cohort-of-patients-with-acromegaly
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Sylvere Störmann, Bodo Gutt, Josefine Roemmler-Zehrer, Martin Bidlingmaier, Rudolf Maria Huber, Jochen Schopohl, Matthias Angstwurm
OBJECTIVE: Acromegaly is associated with increased mortality due to respiratory disease. To date, lung function in patients with acromegaly has only been assessed in small studies, with contradicting results. We assessed lung function parameters in a large cohort of patients with acromegaly. DESIGN: Lung function of acromegaly patients was prospectively assessed using spirometry, blood gas analysis and body plethysmography. Biochemical indicators of acromegaly were assessed through measurement of growth hormone and IGF-I levels...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430315/adding-access-blood-flow-surveillance-reduces-thrombosis-and-improves-arteriovenous-fistula-patency-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Inés Aragoncillo, Soraya Abad, Silvia Caldés, Yésika Amézquita, Almudena Vega, Antonio Cirugeda, Cristina Moratilla, José Ibeas, Ramón Roca-Tey, Cristina Fernández, Nicolás Macías, Borja Quiroga, Ana Blanco, Maite Villaverde, Caridad Ruiz, Belén Martín, Asunción M Ruiz, Jara Ampuero, Fernando de Alvaro, Juan M López-Gómez
PURPOSE: Stenosis is the main cause of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) failure. It is still unclear whether surveillance based on vascular access blood flow (QA) enhances AVF function and longevity. METHODS: We conducted a three-year follow-up randomized, controlled, multicenter, open-label trial to compare QA-based surveillance and pre-emptive repair of subclinical stenosis with standard monitoring/surveillance techniques in prevalent mature AVFs. AVFs were randomized to either the control group (surveillance based on classic alarm criteria; n = 104) or to the QA group (QA measured quarterly using Doppler ultrasound [M-Turbo®] and ultrasound dilution [Transonic®] added to classic surveillance; n = 103)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429349/association-between-the-severity-of-newly-diagnosed-obstructive-sleep-apnea-and-subclinical-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-patients-without-overt-cardiovascular-disease
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K Theodoropoulos, D Lykouras, K Karkoulias, D Damania, K Leou, O Lagiou, O A Meelu, A Rigopoulou, G D Dangas, G Hahalis, K Spiropoulos, I Starakis
OBJECTIVE: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has been associated with both subclinical and accelerated atherosclerosis; however, it still remains unknown whether this association is unique or is mediated by the higher burden of co-existing cardio-metabolic disorders frequently seen in patients with OSA. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 40 subjects without clinically diagnosed cardiovascular disease (CVD) referred for polysomnography test were included in the study. Subjects with apnea/hypopnea index (AHI > 15/h) were classified as moderate/severe OSA...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429281/impact-of-thyroid-disease-on-testicular-function
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REVIEW
Sandro La Vignera, Roberto Vita, Rosita A Condorelli, Laura M Mongioì, Silvia Presti, Salvatore Benvenga, Aldo E Calogero
INTRODUCTION: Testis was considered unresponsive to thyroid hormone for a long time. However, like in animals, the presence of thyroid hormone receptors in different testicular cell types was demonstrated also in humans. Accordingly, thyrotoxicosis and hypothyroidism have remarkable effects on testicular function and more extensively on fertility. REVIEW: Thyrotoxicosis and hypothyroidism are associated with changes affecting the endocrine, sexual, or reproductive functions...
April 20, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428451/the-relation-between-serum-endostatin-level-and-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-healthy-residents-of-japan-results-from-the-kyushu-and-okinawa-population-study-kops
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Yoshifumi Kato, Norihiro Furusyo, Yuuki Tanaka, Takatsugu Ueyama, Sho Yamasaki, Masayuki Murata, Jun Hayashi
AIM: To examine the association between the serum endostatin levels and subclinical atherosclerosis independent of traditional risk factors in a healthy Japanese population. METHODS: Among 1,057 residents who attended free public physical examinations between 2010 and 2011, we evaluated the data of 648 healthy residents for whom the serum endostatin level and common carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) were successfully measured. RESULTS: The median endostatin level was 63...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428221/circulating-levels-of-interleukin-1-receptor-antagonist-and-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease-meta-analysis-of-six-population-based-cohorts
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Christian Herder, Tonia de Las Heras Gala, Maren Carstensen-Kirberg, Cornelia Huth, Astrid Zierer, Simone Wahl, Julie Sudduth-Klinger, Kari Kuulasmaa, David Peretz, Symen Ligthart, Brenda W C Bongaerts, Abbas Dehghan, M Arfan Ikram, Antti Jula, Frank Kee, Arto Pietilä, Olli Saarela, Tanja Zeller, Stefan Blankenberg, Christa Meisinger, Annette Peters, Michael Roden, Veikko Salomaa, Wolfgang Koenig, Barbara Thorand
OBJECTIVE: Interleukin (IL)-1β represents a key cytokine in the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). IL-1β is counter-regulated by IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA), an endogenous inhibitor. This study aimed to identify population-based studies on circulating IL-1RA and incident CVD in a systematic review, estimate the association between IL-1RA and incident CVD in a meta-analysis, and to test whether the association between IL-1RA and incident CVD is explained by other inflammation-related biomarkers in the MONICA/KORA Augsburg case-cohort study (Multinational Monitoring of Trends and Determinants in Cardiovascular Disease/Cooperative Health Research in the Region of Augsburg)...
April 20, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428195/progression-of-coronary-artery-calcium-and-incident-heart-failure-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Hooman Bakhshi, Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, Xiaoying Yang, Mohammad R Ostovaneh, Colin O Wu, Matthew Budoff, Hossein Bahrami, Nathan D Wong, David A Bluemke, João A C Lima
BACKGROUND: Although the association between coronary artery calcium (CAC) and future heart failure (HF) has been shown previously, the value of CAC progression in the prediction of HF has not been investigated. In this study, we investigated the association of CAC progression with subclinical left ventricular (LV) dysfunction and incident HF in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis is a population-based study consisting of 6814 men and women aged 45 to 84, free of overt cardiovascular disease at enrollment, who were recruited from 4 ethnicities...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428133/epidemiological-study-of-common-diseases-and-their-risk-factors-in-camels-in-south-punjab-pakistan
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Aneela Zameer Durrani, Zubair Bashir, Imran Rasheed, Noor-Ul-Ain Sarwar
Bacteriological study of mastitis along with common blood protozoan diseases were studied in dromedary camels in Cholistan, Dera Ismail Khan and Rahim Yar Khan districts in South Punjab, Pakistan. For this purpose 300 camels were sampled randomly at different common grazing and watering point. For study of blood parasites clinically suspected and apparently healthy camels, 150 each, were sampled. An overall prevalence of 15%and 5% was recorded for trypanosomiasis and Anaplasmosis respectively. Trypanosoma evansi was identified with 280 bp product on polymerase chain reaction test...
April 17, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427850/five-year-changes-in-cardiac-structure-and-function-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-compared-with-the-general-population
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John M Davis, Grace Lin, Jae K Oh, Cynthia S Crowson, Sara J Achenbach, Terry M Therneau, Eric L Matteson, Richard J Rodeheffer, Sherine E Gabriel
BACKGROUND: Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have increased risk of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. The development and progression of left ventricular dysfunction before onset of clinical heart failure are unknown. The objective of this study was to evaluate longitudinal changes in cardiac structure and function of patients with RA compared with persons in the general population. METHODS: A prospective longitudinal study of a population-based cohort of 160 patients with RA and a population-based cohort of 1391 persons without RA (non-RA cohort) was performed...
March 31, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427574/acute-noncardiovascular-illness-in-the-cardiac-intensive-care-unit
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Eric M Holland, Travis J Moss
BACKGROUND: Fifty years after the inception of the cardiac intensive care unit (CICU), noncardiovascular illnesses have become more prevalent and may contribute to morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES: The authors performed multivariate statistical analyses to determine the association of acute noncardiovascular illnesses with outcomes, including length of stay (LOS), mortality, and hospital readmission. METHODS: We studied 1,042 admissions between October 12, 2013 and November 28, 2014 to the CICU at the University of Virginia Health System, a tertiary-care academic medical center...
April 25, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427433/prevalence-of-subclinical-mastitis-in-finnish-dairy-cows-changes-during-recent-decades-and-impact-of-cow-and-herd-factors
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Heidi Hiitiö, Johanna Vakkamäki, Heli Simojoki, Tiina Autio, Jouni Junnila, Sinikka Pelkonen, Satu Pyörälä
BACKGROUND: The dairy industry has undergone substantial structural changes as intensive farming has developed during recent decades. Mastitis continues to be the most common production disease of dairy cows. Nationwide surveys of mastitis prevalence are useful in monitoring udder health of dairy herds and to study the impact of structural changes on the dairy industry. This survey on bovine subclinical mastitis was the first based on cow composite milk somatic cell count (SCC) data from the Finnish national health monitoring and milk recording database...
April 20, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426518/pathophysiologic-insight-into-mesoamerican-nephropathy
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Magdalena Madero, Fernando E García-Arroyo, Laura-Gabriela Sánchez-Lozada
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Mesoamerican nephropathy (MeN) is an emerging pathophysiological entity of Chronic kidney desease (CKD) not related to traditional risk factors (diabetes and hypertension) that have caused thousands of deaths in Central America, mainly in sugarcane workers. The focus of this review is to discuss the risk factors and probable mechanisms involved in the initiation and progression of this devastating disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Frequent episodes of subclinical Acute kidney injury caused by repetitive heat stress, dehydration, and strenuous work have been regarded as the main risk factors for MeN...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425928/porcine-circoviruses-and-xenotransplantation
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REVIEW
Joachim Denner, Annette Mankertz
Allotransplantation and xenotransplantation may be associated with the transmission of pathogens from the donor to the recipient. Whereas in the case of allotransplantation the transmitted microorganisms and their pathogenic effect are well characterized, the possible influence of porcine microorganisms on humans is mostly unknown. Porcine circoviruses (PCVs) are common in pig breeds and they belong to porcine microorganisms that still have not been fully addressed in terms of evaluating the potential risk of xenotransplantation using pig cells, tissues, and organs...
April 20, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424611/modafinil-induced-changes-in-functional-connectivity-in-the-cortex-and-cerebellum-of-healthy-elderly-subjects
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Miriam Punzi, Tommaso Gili, Laura Petrosini, Carlo Caltagirone, Gianfranco Spalletta, Stefano L Sensi
In the past few years, cognitive enhancing drugs (CEDs) have gained growing interest and the focus of investigations aimed at exploring their use to potentiate the cognitive performances of healthy individuals. Most of this exploratory CED-related research has been performed on young adults. However, CEDs may also help to maintain optimal brain functioning or compensate for subtle and or subclinical deficits associated with brain aging or early-stage dementia. In this study, we assessed effects on resting state brain activity in a group of healthy elderly subjects undergoing acute administration of modafinil, a wakefulness-promoting agent...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424174/the-clinical-value-of-regular-thyroid-function-tests-during-amiodarone-treatment
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Stan Benjamens, Robin P F Dullaart, Wim J Sluiter, Michiel Rienstra, Isabelle C van Gelder, Thera P Links
OBJECTIVE: Amiodarone is used for the maintenance of sinus rhythm in patients with arrhythmias, but thyroid dysfunction (amiodarone-induced thyrotoxicosis(AIT) or -hypothyroidism(AIH)) is a common adverse effect. Since the onset of AIT and AIH may be unpredictable, the value of long-term regular monitoring of amiodarone treated patients for thyroid dysfunction is still uncertain. DESIGN: We retrospectively documented the frequency at which overt thyroid dysfunction was preceded by subclinical thyroid dysfunction...
April 19, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423986/global-longitudinal-strain-from-resting-echocardiogram-is-associated-with-long-term-adverse-cardiac-outcomes-in-patients-with-suspected-coronary-artery-disease
#17
Ajay Yadlapati, Timothy R Maher, James D Thomas, Mark Gajjar, Kofo O Ogunyankin, Jyothy J Puthumana
PURPOSE: Measuring myocardial strain using two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography has emerged as a new tool to identify subclinical ventricular dysfunction. Abnormal strain has been shown to have superior sensitivity compared with dobutamine stress echocardiography for viability assessment; however, there is a paucity of data regarding the prediction of long-term major adverse cardiac events. We compared the prognostic ability of both global longitudinal strain (GLS) from resting echocardiograms to regional wall motion score index (WMSI) from stress echocardiograms in their ability to predict long-term major adverse cardiac events...
March 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422817/incidence-and-implications-of-left-ventricular-distention-during-venoarterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-support
#18
Lauren K Truby, Koji Takeda, Christine Mauro, Melana Yuzefpolskaya, Arthur R Garan, Ajay J Kirtane, Veli Topkara, Darryl Abrams, Daniel Brodie, Paolo C Colombo, Yoshifumi Naka, Hiroo Takayama
Left ventricular distention (LVD) during venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) support is increasingly recognized but seldom reported in the literature. The present study defined LVD as not present (LVD-); subclinical (LVD+, evidence of pulmonary edema on chest radiograph AND pulmonary artery diastolic blood pressure greater than 25 mmHg within the first 2 hours of ICU admission); or clinical (LVD++, need for decompression of the left ventricle immediately following VA-ECMO initiation)...
April 12, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422753/steroid-metabolome-analysis-reveals-prevalent-glucocorticoid-excess-in-primary-aldosteronism
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Wiebke Arlt, Katharina Lang, Alice J Sitch, Anna S Dietz, Yara Rhayem, Irina Bancos, Annette Feuchtinger, Vasileios Chortis, Lorna C Gilligan, Philippe Ludwig, Anna Riester, Evelyn Asbach, Beverly A Hughes, Donna M O'Neil, Martin Bidlingmaier, Jeremy W Tomlinson, Zaki K Hassan-Smith, D Aled Rees, Christian Adolf, Stefanie Hahner, Marcus Quinkler, Tanja Dekkers, Jaap Deinum, Michael Biehl, Brian G Keevil, Cedric H L Shackleton, Jonathan J Deeks, Axel K Walch, Felix Beuschlein, Martin Reincke
BACKGROUND: Adrenal aldosterone excess is the most common cause of secondary hypertension and is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity. However, adverse metabolic risk in primary aldosteronism extends beyond hypertension, with increased rates of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis, which cannot be easily explained by aldosterone excess. METHODS: We performed mass spectrometry-based analysis of a 24-hour urine steroid metabolome in 174 newly diagnosed patients with primary aldosteronism (103 unilateral adenomas, 71 bilateral adrenal hyperplasias) in comparison to 162 healthy controls, 56 patients with endocrine inactive adrenal adenoma, 104 patients with mild subclinical, and 47 with clinically overt adrenal cortisol excess...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422564/evaluation-of-two-in-house-immunoenzymatic-tests-to-serodiagnose-subclinical-paratuberculisis-in-a-sheep-flock-in-mexicali-valley-mexico
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Elizama Ponce Barraza, Tomás Cárdenas Reyna, Carlos Angulo, José Carlomán Herrera Ramírez, Gilberto V López, Gerardo Enrique Medina-Basulto, Shigetoshi Eda, Sawako Hori-Oshima
Paratuberculosis (PTB) or Johne's disease is a common ruminant infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP). In this study, two MAP antigens were compared for their diagnostic utility to detect subclinical PTB in a sheep flock in Mexicali, Mexico. Sheep (n = 31) without clinical signs but positive on a direct fecal-polymerase chain reaction were tested with two preabsorbed in-house enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) using: (1) an ethanol-extracted surface lipid antigen (EVELISA) and (2) a protoplasmic antigen (ELISA-PPA)...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Immunoassay & Immunochemistry
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