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Roshini Claire Anthony, 16 Oct 2017

Treatment failure in osteoporosis remains a problem, even among patients who are treatment-adherent, according to a presentation at the recent meeting of the Asian Federation of Osteoporosis Societies (AFOS 2017), held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Elvira Manzano, 6 days ago
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Rectus abdominis muscle thickness predicts metabolic syndrome in middle-aged males

21 Sep 2017

Rectus abdominis muscle thickness at the umbilical level (RAM) is significantly associated with metabolic syndrome in middle-aged males, a recent study from Korea has shown.

Computed tomography (CT) images at the umbilicus level were taken for 725 middle-aged Korean males, of which 251 had metabolic syndrome (MS; mean age 48.8±6.1 years) while the remaining 474 did not (mean age 49.5±6.5 years).

Images showed that RAM was significantly thinner for the patients with MS than for those without (2.46±0.01 vs 2.52±0.01; p<0.01).

Moreover, patients who had more MS components had significantly thinner RAM (p<0.01 for trend). Those with three or more MS components had significantly thinner RAM than those without any diagnostic criteria (2.46±0.01 vs 2.55±0.02; p<0.01). Patients meeting two or less MS criteria also had significantly thicker RAM than those with at least three criteria (p<0.01).

Stepwise multiple regression showed that RAM was an independent factor significantly correlated with MS (odds ratio, 0.860; 95 percent CI, 0.767 to 0.965; p=0.01) after adjusting for covariates such as total cholesterol, fasting glucose and creatinine.

Partial correlation showed that RAM was significantly positively correlated with body mass index (p<0.01), creatinine (p<0.01) and skeletal muscle index (p<0.01). On the other hand, significant negative correlations with RAM were observed for age (p<0.01), waist circumference (p<0.01), fasting glucose (p<0.01) and triglycerides (p<0.01).

Participants were recruited from the Health Promotion Centre of the Chung-ang University Hospital. Anthropometric and laboratory measurements, and CT images were obtained from the participants. Non-Koreans were excluded from the study.

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Roshini Claire Anthony, 16 Oct 2017

Treatment failure in osteoporosis remains a problem, even among patients who are treatment-adherent, according to a presentation at the recent meeting of the Asian Federation of Osteoporosis Societies (AFOS 2017), held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Elvira Manzano, 6 days ago
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Drinking coffee, whether caffeinated or decaffeinated, is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and ischaemic heart disease (IHD) mortality in patients with a prior myocardial infarction (MI), according to a recent study.
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Breast cancer patients have notably different microbiomes in the local breast tissue and urinary tract, a recent study reveals. Particularly, species in the Methylobacterium genus are reduced in the local breast tissue while the urinary tract is enriched in gram-positive bacteria.