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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324975/quantification-of-peripheral-and-central-blood-pressure-variability-using-a-time-frequency-method
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Z Kouchaki, M Butlin, A Qasem, A P Avolio
Systolic blood pressure variability (BPV) is associated with cardiovascular events. As the beat-to-beat variation of blood pressure is due to interaction of several cardiovascular control systems operating with different response times, assessment of BPV by spectral analysis using the continuous measurement of arterial pressure in the finger is used to differentiate the contribution of these systems in regulating blood pressure. However, as baroreceptors are centrally located, this study considered applying a continuous aortic pressure signal estimated noninvasively from finger pressure for assessment of systolic BPV by a time-frequency method using Short Time Fourier Transform (STFT)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324935/photoplethysmography-towards-a-non-invasive-pressure-measurement-technique
#2
H Njoum, P A Kyriacou
There is a need for non-invasive and continuous blood pressure measurements. This study explored the relationship between Photoplethysmography (PPG) and Pressure-Volume (P-V) changes in an in vitro model. We proposed and compared methods for an estimation of the pulsatile volume, termed as Normalized Pulse Volume (NPV) and Adjusted Pulse Volume (APV). To validate the methods, pressure, Red (R) and InfraRed (IR) PPG signals were recorded continuously in an arterial model utilizing a pulsatile pump. Flow rates were controlled by varying pumping frequencies at low and high stroke volumes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324879/quantitative-analysis-of-uveitis-macular-edema-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-receiving-deep-posterior-sub-tenon-triamcinolone-acetonide-injection
#3
Svetlana Jovanović, Tatjana Šarenac Vulović, Filip Radotić, Zorica Tončić, Maja Živković, Nenad Petrović
AIM: We aimed to analyze the effects of adjunctive posterior sub-Tenon capsule triamcinolone acetonide injection in the treatment of intermediate uveitis macular edema in multiple sclerosis patients that could not be controlled by systemic corticosteroid medications and immunomodulators. METHODS: The study included 30 eyes of 25 patients with multiple sclerosis who received a posterior sub-Tenon injection of 40 mg/mL triamcinolone acetonide. Parameters monitored for therapy efficiency were best-corrected visual acuity, intraocular pressure, central foveal thickness (CFT), and fluorescein angiography (FA) scores...
March 22, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324861/behavioral-improvements-in-a-valproic-acid-rat-model-of-autism-following-vitamin-d-supplementation
#4
Lin Du, Guolian Zhao, Zipeng Duan, Fan Li
The aim was to identify the effects of early vitamin D supplementation on autism-like behaviors (ASD) induced by valproic acid (VPA, an anti-convulsant and a mood stabilizer) in rats. 10 male Wistar rat pups with prenatal exposure to saline were in control group, and 20 Pups with prenatal exposure to VPA were divided into ASD-N (0.9% saline treated) and ASD-D group (vitamin D 80,000 IU/kg treated) on postnatal day 12. Self-grooming, olfactory habituation/dishabituation, and social interaction tests were conducted to assess social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors...
March 6, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324788/primary-central-nervous-system-vasculitis-and-its-mimicking-diseases-clinical-features-outcome-comorbidities-and-diagnostic-results-a-case-control-study
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J Becker, P A Horn, K Keyvani, I Metz, C Wegner, W Brück, F M Heinemann, J C Schwitalla, P Berlit, M Kraemer
OBJECTIVES: To compare clinical features and outcome, imaging characteristics, biopsy results and laboratory findings in a cohort of 69 patients with suspected or diagnosed primary central nervous system vasculitis (PCNSV) in adults; to identify risk factors and predictive features for PCNSV. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a case-control-study including 69 patients referred with suspected PCNSV from whom 25 were confirmed by predetermined diagnostic criteria based on biopsy (72%) or angiography (28%)...
March 8, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324680/somatic-complications-of-epilepsy-surgery-over-25-years-at-a-single-center
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Inuka K Gooneratne, Shahidul Mannan, Jane de Tisi, Juan C Gonzalez, Andrew W McEvoy, Anna Miserocchi, Beate Diehl, Tim Wehner, Gail S Bell, Josemir W Sander, John S Duncan
INTRODUCTION: Epilepsy surgery is an effective treatment for refractory focal epilepsy. Risks of surgery need to be considered when advising individuals of treatment options. We describe the frequency and nature of physical adverse events associated with epilepsy surgery in a single center. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We reviewed the prospectively maintained records of adults who underwent epilepsy surgery at our center between 1990 and 2014 to identify peri/postsurgical adverse events...
March 1, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324675/arterial-stiffness-in-hiv-infected-youth-and-associations-with-hiv-related-variables
#7
Allison Ross Eckard, Paolo Raggi, Joshua H Ruff, Mary Ann O'Riordan, Julia C Rosebush, Danielle Labbato, Julie E Daniels, Monika Uribe-Leitz, Christopher T Longencker, Grace A McComsey
Children and young adults infected with HIV are at elevated risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, scarce data exist on the utility of non-invasive methods to diagnose subclinical CVD, such as pulse wave velocity (PWV), a non-invasive measure of arterial stiffness. The objectives of this study were to assess the relationship of carotid-femoral PWV with subclinical atherosclerosis measured by carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), compare measurements to healthy controls, and evaluate variables associated with PWV in HIV-infected youth...
March 21, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324268/a-phase-ii-study-of-combined-ridaforolimus-and-dalotuzumab-compared-with-exemestane-in-patients-with-estrogen-receptor-positive-breast-cancer
#8
José Baselga, Serafin M Morales, Ahmad Awada, Joanne L Blum, Antoinette R Tan, Marianne Ewertz, Javier Cortes, Beverly Moy, Kathryn J Ruddy, Tufia Haddad, Eva M Ciruelos, Peter Vuylsteke, Scot Ebbinghaus, Ellie Im, Lamar Eaton, Kumudu Pathiraja, Christine Gause, David Mauro, Mary Beth Jones, Hope S Rugo
PURPOSE: Combining the mTOR inhibitor ridaforolimus and the anti-IGFR antibody dalotuzumab demonstrated antitumor activity, including partial responses, in estrogen receptor (ER)-positive advanced breast cancer, especially in high proliferation tumors (Ki67 > 15%). METHODS: This randomized, multicenter, international, phase II study enrolled postmenopausal women with advanced ER-positive breast cancer previously treated with a nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitor (NCT01234857)...
March 21, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324240/neurocognitive-profiles-in-msud-school-age-patients
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Juliette Bouchereau, Julie Leduc-Leballeur, Samia Pichard, Apolline Imbard, Jean-François Benoist, Marie-Thérèse Abi Warde, Jean-Baptiste Arnoux, Valérie Barbier, Anaïs Brassier, Pierre Broué, Aline Cano, Brigitte Chabrol, Gilles Damon, Claire Gay, Isabelle Guillain, Florence Habarou, Delphine Lamireau, Chris Ottolenghi, Laetitia Paermentier, Frédérique Sabourdy, Guy Touati, Hélène Ogier de Baulny, Pascale de Lonlay, Manuel Schiff
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), an inborn error of amino acids catabolism is characterized by accumulation of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) leucine, isoleucine, valine and their corresponding alpha-ketoacids. Impact on the cognitive development has been reported historically, with developmental delays of varying degree. Currently, earlier diagnosis and improved management allow a better neurodevelopment, without requirement of special education. However, specific impairments can be observed, and so far, results of detailed neurocognitive assessments are not available...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324130/the-oblique-popliteal-ligament-an-anatomic-and-mri-investigation
#10
Mandy Hedderwick, Mark D Stringer, Liam McRedmond, Grant R Meikle, Stephanie J Woodley
PURPOSE: Despite being the largest ligament on the posterior aspect of the knee, relatively little is known about the normal morphology of the oblique popliteal ligament (OPL). The aim of this study was to investigate the detailed anatomy of the OPL in cadavers and healthy volunteers. METHODS: The posterior knee was investigated in 25 cadaver lower limbs (mean age 76 ± 9.5 years; 7 men) by dissection, histology, and serial plastination and in 14 healthy individuals (mean age 23 ± 3...
March 21, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324092/association-between-choice-of-radical-prostatectomy-external-beam-radiotherapy-brachytherapy-or-active-surveillance-and-patient-reported-quality-of-life-among-men-with-localized-prostate-cancer
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Ronald C Chen, Ramsankar Basak, Anne-Marie Meyer, Tzy-Mey Kuo, William R Carpenter, Robert P Agans, James R Broughman, Bryce B Reeve, Matthew E Nielsen, Deborah S Usinger, Kiayni C Spearman, Sarah Walden, Dianne Kaleel, Mary Anderson, Til Stürmer, Paul A Godley
Importance: Patients diagnosed with localized prostate cancer have to decide among treatment strategies that may differ in their likelihood of adverse effects. Objective: To compare quality of life (QOL) after radical prostatectomy, external beam radiotherapy, and brachytherapy vs active surveillance. Design, Setting, and Participants: Population-based prospective cohort of 1141 men (57% participation among eligible men) with newly diagnosed prostate cancer were enrolled from January 2011 through June 2013 in collaboration with the North Carolina Central Cancer Registry...
March 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324040/cord-blood-adipocyte-fatty-acid-binding-protein-levels-correlate-with-gestational-age-and-birth-weight-in-neonates
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Kyoung Eun Joung, Sule Umit Cataltepe, Zoe Michael, Helen Christou, Christos S Mantzoros
Context: Infants born small for gestational age (SGA) have increased risk for obesity and metabolic syndrome in future life, but the underlying mechanisms are not fully elucidated. Adipocyte fatty acid binding protein, is an adipokine that has been implicated in modulation of insulin sensitivity and lipid metabolism. Higher plasma AFABP levels are associated with increased risk of metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular morbidity in adults. Alterations in AFABP levels during fetal growth have not been characterized...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324039/unique-regenerative-mechanism-to-replace-bone-lost-during-dietary-bone-depletion-in-weanling-mice
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Matilda H-C Sheng, Kin-Hing William Lau, Ram Lakhan, Abu Shufian Ishtiaq Ahmed, Charles H Rundle, Patra Biswanath, David J Baylink
This study was undertaken to determine the mechanism whereby calcitropic hormones and mesenchymal stem cell progeny changes involved in bone repletion, a regenerative bone process that restores the bone lost to calcium deficiency. To initiate depletion, weanling mice with a mixed C57BL/6 (75%) and CD1 (25%) genetic background were fed a calcium-deficient diet (0.01%) for 14 days. For repletion, the mice were re-fed a control diet containing 1.2% calcium for 14 days. Depletion decreased plasma calcium and increased plasma PTH, 1,25(OH)2D, and CTX...
January 26, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324031/sex-steroid-hormones-and-fracture-in-a-multi-ethnic-cohort-of-women-the-women-s-health-initiative-study-whi
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Jane A Cauley, Michelle E Danielson, Guru Rajesh Jammy, Doug C Bauer, Rebecca Jackson, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Rowan T Chlebowski, Kristine E Ensrud, Robert Boudreau
CONTEXT: We hypothesize that endogenous sex steroids are associated with fracture risk independent of race/ethnicity. DESIGN AND SETTING: We performed a nested case-control study within the prospective Women's Health Initiative Observational Study (WHI-OS). Incident non-spine fractures were identified in 381 Black, 192 Hispanic, 112 Asian, and 46 Native American women over an average of 8.6 years. A random sample of 400 White women who experienced an incident fracture was chosen...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323987/fibroblast-growth-factor-23-mineral-metabolism-and-adiposity-in-normal-kidney-function
#15
Sarah Zaheer, Ian H de Boer, Matthew Allison, Jenifer M Brown, Bruce M Psaty, Cassianne Robinson-Cohen, Erin D Michos, Joachim H Ix, Bryan Kestenbaum, David Siscovick, Anand Vaidya
Context: Obesity is associated with poor bone mineralization and quality. Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) plays an important role in calcium, phosphate, and skeletal physiology. Objective: To test the hypothesis that greater adiposity results in higher FGF23 levels among individuals with normal estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). Design, Setting, Participants: Cross-sectional analyses among participants of the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis with eGFR ≥60 mL/min/1...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323973/how-to-measure-adipose-tissue-insulin-sensitivity
#16
Esben Søndergaard, Ana Elena Espinosa De Ycaza, Maria Morgan-Bathke, Michael D Jensen
Background: Adipose tissue insulin resistance may be a proximate cause of hepatic and skeletal muscle insulin resistance by releasing excess FFA. However, no consensus exists on how to quantify adipose tissue insulin sensitivity. We compared three methods for measuring adipose tissue insulin sensitivity ranging from the complex multistep pancreatic clamp technique to the simple adipose tissue insulin resistance index (Adipo-IR). Methods: We completed studies of 25 adults with a wide range of insulin sensitivity...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323966/persistent-reduction-of-circulating-myeloid-calcifying-cells-in-acromegaly-relevance-to-the-bone-vascular-axis
#17
Gian Paolo Fadini, Francesca Dassie, Roberta Cappellari, Mariasara Persano, Saula Vigili de Kreutzenberg, Chiara Martini, Matteo Parolin, Angelo Avogaro, Roberto Vettor, Pietro Maffei
Context: Acromegaly is a systemic disease characterized by persistent bone pathology and excess cardiovascular mortality. Despite multiple concomitant risk factors, atherosclerosis does not seem to be accelerated in acromegaly. Objective: To compare the levels of circulating myeloid calcifying cells (MCCs), which promote ectopic calcification and inhibit angiogenesis, in individuals with or without acromegaly. Design: Cross-sectional case-control study...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323935/association-of-in-vivo-adipose-tissue-cellular-kinetics-with-markers-of-metabolic-health-in-humans
#18
Ursula A White, Mark D Fitch, Robbie A Beyl, Marc K Hellerstein, Eric Ravussin
Context: Adipose tissue expansion occurs by hypertrophy and hyperplasia. Impaired hyperplasia, or adipogenesis, has been associated with obesity-related diseases. The cellular mechanisms underlying in vivo adipose cell turnover are not elucidated. Objective: We previously reported differences in in vivo cellular kinetics between the subcutaneous abdominal (scABD) and femoral (scFEM) depots using an 8-week incorporation of deuterium in women with obesity. We have now examined how in vivo kinetics correlate with markers of metabolic health...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323908/effects-of-protease-and-non-starch-polysaccharide-enzyme-on-performance-digestive-function-activity-and-gene-expression-of-endogenous-enzyme-of-broilers
#19
Lin Yuan, Mingfa Wang, Xiaotu Zhang, Zhixiang Wang
Three hundred one-day-old male broiler chickens (Ross-308) were fed corn-soybean basal diets containing non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) enzyme and different levels of acid protease from 1 to 42 days of age to investigate the effects of exogenous enzymes on growth performance, digestive function, activity of endogenous digestive enzymes in the pancreas and mRNA expression of pancreatic digestive enzymes. For days 1-42, compared to the control chickens, average daily feed intake (ADFI) and average daily gain (ADG) were significantly enhanced by the addition of NSP enzyme in combination with protease supplementation at 40 or 80 mg/kg (p<0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323893/effect-of-supervised-exercise-training-during-pregnancy-on-neonatal-and-maternal-outcomes-among-overweight-and-obese-women-secondary-analyses-of-the-etip-trial-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#20
Kirsti Krohn Garnæs, Siri Ann Nyrnes, Kjell Åsmund Salvesen, Øyvind Salvesen, Siv Mørkved, Trine Moholdt
BACKGROUND: Maternal obesity associates with complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Our aim was to investigate if exercise during pregnancy in overweight/obese women could influence birth weight or other neonatal and maternal outcomes at delivery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of a randomised controlled trial of exercise training in pregnancy for women with body mass index (BMI) ≥ 28 kg/m2. Ninety-one women (31.3 ± 4.3 years, BMI 34...
2017: PloS One
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