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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102864/transthyretin-v122i-pv142i-cardiac-amyloidosis-an-age-dependent-autosomal-dominant-cardiomyopathy-too-common-to-be-overlooked-as-a-cause-of-significant-heart-disease-in-elderly-african-americans
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Joel N Buxbaum, Frederick L Ruberg
Since the identification of a valine-to-isoleucine substitution at position 122 (TTR V122I; pV142I) in the transthyretin (TTR)-derived fibrils extracted from the heart of a patient with late-onset cardiac amyloidosis, it has become clear that the amyloidogenic mutation and the disease occur almost exclusively in individuals of identifiable African descent. In the United States, the amyloidogenic allele frequency is 0.0173 and is carried by 3.5% of community-dwelling African Americans. Genotyping across Africa indicates that the origin of the allele is in the West African countries that were the major source of the slave trade to North America...
January 19, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102774/interactions-between-c-reactive-protein-and-traditional-risk-factors-in-predicting-mortality-of-older-adults
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Henrik Rudolf, Naemi Wall, Renate Klaassen-Mielke, Ulrich Thiem, Curt Diehm, Hans-Joachim Trampisch, Dietmar Krause
BACKGROUND: Elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) are known to be associated with cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality in older adults, however, there seems to be heterogeneity of this association across subsets of individuals. We aim to assess the effects of interactions between CRP and one of the following traditional CV risk factors regarding all-cause mortality in unselected elderly men and women: age, sex, body mass index, diabetes, and hypertension. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three hundred and forty-four general practitioners all over Germany enrolled 6,817 unselected participants, aged 65 years or older, and performed thorough examinations, including CRP measurement at baseline (getABI study)...
January 19, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101804/white-matter-hyperintensities-correlate-to-cognition-and-fiber-tract-integrity-in-older-adults-with-hiv
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Christa Watson, Edgar Busovaca, Jessica M Foley, I Elaine Allen, Christopher G Schwarz, Neda Jahanshad, Talia M Nir, Pardis Esmaeili-Firidouni, Benedetta Milanini, Howard Rosen, Owen T Carmichael, Paul M Thompson, Victor G Valcour
Our aim was to examine the clinical relevance of white matter hyperintensities (WMH) in HIV. We used an automated approach to quantify WMH volume in HIV seropositive (HIV+; n = 65) and HIV seronegative (HIV-; n = 29) adults over age 60. We compared WMH volumes between HIV+ and HIV- groups in cross-sectional and multiple time-point analyses. We also assessed correlations between WMH volumes and cardiovascular, HIV severity, cognitive scores, and diffusion tensor imaging variables. Serostatus groups did not differ in WMH volume, but HIV+ participants had less cerebral white matter (mean: 470...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100725/genome-wide-association-study-identifies-mapt-locus-influencing-human-plasma-tau-levels
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Jason Chen, Jin-Tai Yu, Kevin Wojta, Hui-Fu Wang, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Jennifer S Yokoyama, Michael W Weiner, Joel H Kramer, Howard Rosen, Bruce L Miller, Giovanni Coppola, Adam L Boxer
OBJECTIVE: To identify genetic loci associated with plasma tau concentrations in healthy elders and individuals with Alzheimer disease. METHODS: Four hundred sixty-three non-Hispanic white individuals exceeding quality control criteria were included from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI-1) cohort. Association of plasma tau with genetic polymorphisms was performed with a linear regression model. Significant associations were validated in an independent replication cohort consisting of 431 healthy elders or individuals with mild cognitive impairment recruited from the University of California, San Francisco Memory and Aging Center...
January 18, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100704/frequency-of-abnormal-pulmonary-computed-tomography-findings-in-asylum-seeking-refugees-in-turkey
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Levent Soydan, Ali Aslan Demir, Atadan Tunaci
BACKGROUND: Lungs are particularly vulnerable to both acute infections, including TB, and chronic diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as to malignancies, all of which require particular attention during war times in which health conditions are far from optimal. METHODS: This retrospective cross-sectional study included 1149 refugees that underwent thoracic computed tomography (CT) for respiratory symptoms between March 2013 and February 2015 in Turkey...
January 18, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100238/chronic-physical-conditions-multimorbidity-and-physical-activity-across-46-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Davy Vancampfort, Ai Koyanagi, Philip B Ward, Simon Rosenbaum, Felipe B Schuch, James Mugisha, Justin Richards, Joseph Firth, Brendon Stubbs
BACKGROUND: There are no nationally representative population-based studies investigating the relationship between physical activity, chronic conditions and multimorbidity (i.e., two or more chronic conditions) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and studies on a multi-national level are lacking. This is an important research gap, given the rapid increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases associated with lifestyle changes in these countries. This cross-sectional study aimed to assess the association between chronic conditions, multimorbidity and low physical activity (PA) among community-dwelling adults in 46 LMICs, and explore the mediators of these relationships...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100086/tracking-down-a-solution-exploring-the-acceptability-and-value-of-wearable-gps-devices-for-older-persons-individuals-with-a-disability-and-their-support-persons
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Brittany Williamson, Tammy Aplin, Desleigh de Jonge, Matthew Goyne
PURPOSE: To explore the acceptability and value of three wearable GPS devices for older persons and individuals with a disability and safety concerns when accessing the community. METHODS: This pilot study explored six wearers' and their support persons' experience of using three different wearable GPS devices (a pendant, watch, and mini GPS phone), each for a two-week period. RESULTS: Participants identified safety as the main value of using a wearable GPS device...
January 18, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100062/prevalence-and-correlates-of-psychological-distress-of-middle-aged-and-older-women-living-with-hiv
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Fabiana Monteiro, Maria Cristina Canavarro, Marco Pereira
The aims of this study were to examine the prevalence and correlates of psychological distress among older women living with HIV in comparison to their male counterparts and younger women and to identify the sociodemographic and disease-related factors associated with psychological distress. The sample consisted of 508 HIV-infected patients (65 older women, 323 women aged below 50 years, and 120 older men) recruited from 10 Portuguese hospitals. Data regarding psychological distress were collected using the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI)...
January 19, 2017: Psychology, Health & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099953/social-networks-among-the-older-chinese-population-in-the-usa-findings-from-the-pine-study
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XinQi Dong, E-Shien Chang
BACKGROUND: Social network research has become central to studies of health and aging. Its results may yield public health insights that are actionable and improve the quality of life of older adults. However, little is known about the social networks of older immigrant adults, whose social relationships often develop in the context of migration, compounded by cultural and linguistic barriers. OBJECTIVES: This report aims to describe the structure, composition, and emotional components of social networks in the Chinese aging population of the USA, and to explore ways in which their social networks may be critical to their health decision-making...
January 19, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099662/effects-of-neighborhood-socioeconomic-status-on-blood-pressure-in-older-adults
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Katia Jakovljevic Pudla Wagner, Antonio Fernando Boing, S V Subramanian, Doroteia Aparecida Höfelmann, Eleonora D'Orsi
OBJECTIVE: To test if the neighborhood socioeconomic status is associated with systolic blood pressure and hypertension in older adults. METHODS: A cross-sectional population-based study with a sample of 1,705 older adults from Florianópolis, SC, Southern Brazil. The contextual variable used was the average years of schooling of the head of the household in census tracts. Participants were considered hypertensive when the systolic blood pressure was ≥ 140 mmHg, diastolic ≥ 90 mmHg, or both...
December 22, 2016: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099479/social-contact-structures-and-time-use-patterns-in-the-manicaland-province-of-zimbabwe
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Alessia Melegaro, Emanuele Del Fava, Piero Poletti, Stefano Merler, Constance Nyamukapa, John Williams, Simon Gregson, Piero Manfredi
BACKGROUND: Patterns of person-to-person contacts relevant for infectious diseases transmission are still poorly quantified in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where socio-demographic structures and behavioral attitudes are expected to be different from those of more developed countries. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We conducted a diary-based survey on daily contacts and time-use of individuals of different ages in one rural and one peri-urban site of Manicaland, Zimbabwe. A total of 2,490 diaries were collected and used to derive age-structured contact matrices, to analyze time spent by individuals in different settings, and to identify the key determinants of individuals' mixing patterns...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099356/increased-risk-of-parkinson-disease-with-diabetes-mellitus-in-a-population-based-study
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Yu-Wan Yang, Teng-Fu Hsieh, Chia-Ing Li, Chiu-Shong Liu, Wen-Yuan Lin, Jen-Huai Chiang, Tsai-Chung Li, Cheng-Chieh Lin
This nationwide population-based study investigated the risk of Parkinson disease (PD) in relation to diabetes mellitus (DM) through the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan.A retrospective study was conducted, consisting of 36,294 patients who were newly diagnosed with DM between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2006 and 108,882 individuals without DM as healthy controls from insurance claims data from Taiwan's National Health Research Institutes Dataset. The subjects were followed up until December 31, 2011 or until the first manifestation of PD...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099297/sedentary-behavior-cadence-and-physical-activity-outcomes-after-knee-arthroplasty
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Sandra C Webber, Shaelyn M Strachan, Navjot S Pachu
PURPOSE: This study comprehensively examined sedentary behaviour and physical activity patterns in people with severe knee osteoarthritis awaiting total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and in individuals after TKA. METHODS: Pre-operative (n=32, mean ± SD = 69.9 ± 5.3 yr) and one-year post-operative participants with TKA (n=38, 67.9 ± 7.3 yr) wore ActiGraph GT3X+ activity monitors for 6.8 ± 0.6 days. Total sedentary time, time in long sedentary bouts (≥ 30 min) and physical activity outcomes (steps, time in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity [MVPA], cadence) were examined...
January 17, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099271/innovative-strategies-for-adverse-karyotype-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Sabine Blum, Gabriele Greve, Michael Lübbert
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Adverse karyotype acute myeloid leukemia is a disease particularly of older patients, but also observed in younger patients. Despite all efforts, standard chemotherapy is still generally applied in fit patients, as already for decades, and for nearly all different subtypes of acute myeloid leukemia. Lack of more specifically targeted therapy and the often older age of the patients are complicating treatment, and in the subgroup of patients achieving a complete remission, the strikingly high frequency of relapse is a characteristic of this disease...
January 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099190/coagulation-imbalance-and-neurocognitive-functioning-in-older-hiv-adults-on-suppressive-antiretroviral-therapy
#15
Jessica L Montoya, Jennifer Iudicello, Hannah A Oppenheim, Pariya L Fazeli, Michael Potter, Qing Ma, Paul J Mills, Ronald J Ellis, Igor Grant, Scott L Letendre, David J Moore
OBJECTIVES: To compare plasma biomarkers of coagulation between HIV-infected individuals and HIV-uninfected controls and to assess the impact of disturbances in coagulation on neurocognitive functioning in HIV. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study of 66 antiretroviral therapy-treated virally suppressed HIV-infected and 34 HIV-uninfected older (≥50 years of age) adults. METHODS: Participants completed standardized neurobehavioral and neuromedical assessments...
January 17, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098053/dairy-consumption-is-associated-with-a-lower-incidence-of-the-metabolic-syndrome-in-middle-aged-and-older-korean-adults-the-korean-genome-and-epidemiology-study-koges
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Dasom Kim, Jihye Kim
This cohort study examined the association between total and individual dairy products and the risk of developing the metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its components in Korean adults from the Korean Genome and Epidemiology Study. We prospectively analysed 5510 participants aged 40-69 years without the MetS at baseline during a 10-year follow-up period. Dairy consumption was assessed with a semi-quantitative FFQ at baseline and after 4 years. The MetS was defined according to the criteria by the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III...
January 18, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097511/brain-calcification-and-movement-disorders
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REVIEW
Vladimir S Kostić, Igor N Petrović
Brain calcifications may be an incidental finding on neuroimaging in normal, particularly older individuals, but can also indicate numerous hereditary and nonhereditary syndromes, and metabolic, environmental, infectious, autoimmune, mitochondrial, traumatic, or toxic disorders. Bilateral calcifications most commonly affecting the basal ganglia may often be found in idiopathic cases, and a new term, primary familial brain calcification (PFBC), has been proposed that recognizes the genetic causes of the disorder and that calcifications occurred well beyond the basal ganglia...
January 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096374/phylogenetic-analysis-of-the-human-antibody-repertoire-reveals-quantitative-signatures-of-immune-senescence-and-aging
#18
Charles F A de Bourcy, Cesar J Lopez Angel, Christopher Vollmers, Cornelia L Dekker, Mark M Davis, Stephen R Quake
The elderly have reduced humoral immunity, as manifested by increased susceptibility to infections and impaired vaccine responses. To investigate the effects of aging on B-cell receptor (BCR) repertoire evolution during an immunological challenge, we used a phylogenetic distance metric to analyze Ig heavy-chain transcript sequences in both young and elderly individuals before and after influenza vaccination. We determined that BCR repertoires become increasingly specialized over a span of decades, but less plastic...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095471/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-prehypertension-and-hypertension-in-southern-china
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Lihua Hu, Xiao Huang, Chunjiao You, Juxiang Li, Kui Hong, Ping Li, Yanqing Wu, Qinhua Wu, Huihui Bao, Xiaoshu Cheng
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to describe the prevalence and risk factors of prehypertension and hypertension in Jiangxi Province, China. Individuals with prehypertension frequently progress into hypertension and are at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease and stroke. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of 15,296 participants (15 years or older) was conducted in Jiangxi Province, China, in 2013, using questionnaire forms and physical measurements. RESULTS: The prevalence of prehypertension and hypertension was 32...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095105/regular-latin-dancing-and-health-education-may-improve-cognition-of-late-middle-aged-and-older-latinos
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David X Marquez, Robert Wilson, Susan Aguiñaga, Priscilla Vásquez, Louis Fogg, Zhi Yang, JoEllen Wilbur, Susan Hughes, Charles Spanbauer
Disparities exist between Latinos and non-Latino whites in cognitive function. Dance is culturally appropriate and challenges individuals physically and cognitively, yet the impact of regular dancing on cognitive function in older Latinos has not been examined. A two-group pilot trial was employed among inactive, older Latinos. Participants (N = 57) participated in the BAILAMOS(©) dance program or a health education program. Cognitive test scores were converted to z-scores and measures of global cognition and specific domains (executive function, episodic memory, working memory) were derived...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
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