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Delivery of eye care for patients with diabetes

Patients should know that they have diabetes mellitus and that the condition requires care. General population screening for diabetes mellitus with existing methods is considered neither appropriate nor beneficial, although use of such methods to reach subpopulations with a very high prevalence of diabetes mellitus might be both appropriate and feasible for some Member States. Patients should receive adequate care for diabetes mellitus. The only means of preventing diabetic retinopathy is regulating blood sugar, blood pressure and other risk factors that can be controlled by patients, under the guidance of their care provider. Often, however, physicians do not care for diabetes patients in the manner indicated by the results of randomized controlled trials. Patients should undergo periodic eye examinations. Professional organizations advocate annual eye examinations for patients with diabetes and prompt treatment when indicated. Nevertheless, many patients with diabetes are not...

Control of insulin secretion by the pcell

At rest, the KATP channels on the p-cell are open. When blood glucose rises, it enters the cell through a membrane-bound glucose transporter (GLUT2). In the p-cell glucose is phosphorylated by glucokinase, which leads to an increase in ATP ADP ratio. As ATP rises, the KATP channel closes causing depolarization of the cell, which in turn opens voltage-dependent calcium channels, resulting in an influx of calcium. High calcium in the cytosol stimulates exocytosis of insulin from secretory granules (Figure 3.2).

Evaluation and improvement of eye care for patients with diabetes mellitus

The performance of systems for eye care for patients with diabetes, even in developed countres, leaves much to be desired. Application of a systems approach to the current systems indicates that alternatives should be explored to improve performance in every area of eye care for patients with diabetes in countres throughout the word.

Insulin and Amino Acids

It is well established that insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) plasma concentrations reflect the intake of dietary protein 17, 18 . In a study comparing growth of infants fed formulas with different protein concentrations 19 , determinations of plasma concentrations of IGF-1 were obtained 20 . One formula contained protein at a concentration of 2.39g 100kcal and the other at 1.90g 100kcal. Similar determinations were made in a group of exclusively breast-fed infants participating in another study (unpublished). The results summarized in table 2 show that plasma IGF-1 concentrations were similar in the 2 groups of formula-fed infants and in the breast-fed infants at 1 month of age. However, by 4 months of age, the IGF-1 concentrations of breast-fed infants and infants fed the lower protein formula had declined significantly, whereas they remained unchanged in infants fed the higher protein formula. At 4 months of age, the IGF-1 levels of breast-fed infants were significantly lower...

Insulin resistanceglucose intolerance

Increased insulin resistance is seen in pregnancy and is greatest in the third trimester when hypertension typically presents. Obesity, which is a risk factor for hypertension in pregnancy (Eskenazi et al., 1991) is associated with decreased insulin sensitivity. Gestational diabetics also have an increased risk of hypertension in pregnancy (Suhonen and Teramo, 1993). A strong association has been shown between glucose intolerance and subsequent development of hypertension in pregnancy (Solomon et al., 1994). No absolute glucose level can distinguish between women who will remain normotensive and those who will develop new onset hypertension in pregnancy. However, only 9 of normotensives had glucose loading tests of 7.8 mmol or greater compared to 27 of women who develop hypertension. Fasting plasma insulin at 20 weeks gestation in African-American women who became pre-eclamptic was significantly greater than those who remain normotensive (Sowers et al., 1995). Using discriminant...

InsulinIGF1 Signaling

Hormones, but the most important deficiency is growth hormone, because very similar effects are achieved by germline disruption in the growth hormone receptor (161). In turn, the most important consequence of growth hormone deficiency for life-span extension is the marked reduction in IGF-1 production (158). These mice also show a reduction in insulin levels (158). Moreover, cells from these animals are resistant to multiple exogenous stresses, although it is not known whether this stress resistance is due to reduced senescence or reduced apoptosis (162). Mice that are constitutively deficient in growth hormones and IGF-1 suffer from dwarfism, compromised fertility, and other problems (163). However, mouse models in which there is a more modest reduction in IGF-1 signaling, for example, mice in which only one copy of the IGF-1 receptor was genetically inactivated, are phenotypically normal yet long lived (164). In this case, however, life span extension was also modest (16-33 )....

Global Prevalence Of Diabetes Mellitus And Its Complications

2 ' Current burden Diabetes mellitus is among the leading causes of death, disability and and trends were 171 million people worldwde with diabetes mellitus in 2000 and predicted that 366 million people will have diabetes mellitus by 2030 (4). The increase will be due mainly to increases in low- and middle-income countries (Figure 1). The International Diabetes Federation has estimated that another 314 million persons have impaired glucose tolerance, and that number will increase to 472 million by 2030 (5). In the United States of America, for example, as much as 6.3 of the population had diabetes mellitus in 2002, and the prevalence and incidence are increasing (6). The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have estimated that 13 million persons in the United States have diagnosed diabetes mellitus and an additional 5.2 million have the disease but it has not yet been diagnosed (7). The prevalences in other countries are comparable, even in those with newly...

United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study

These studies are notable for two additional findings. First, there is no threshold below which diabetic retinopathy does not occur when glycosylated haemoglobin is elevated rather, there is a linear relationship between achieved glycosylated haemoglobin level and the risk for visual complications of diabetes. Secondly, persons receiving intensive control had a significant rate of hypoglycaemic reactions, which might argue against such aggressive control in every situation. The choice of a 'target' glycosylated haemoglobin level is therefore arbitrary, involving consideration of the benefits and costs for each patient and thus for each society. The findings of the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (19771999) were similar to those of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial for persons with type 2 diabetes mellitus (36,37). In addition, it highlighted the independent role of systemic hypertension (or its control) in potentiating the development and worsening the progression...

Toxicopharmacology the Example of Type 2 Diabetes

The simultaneous identification, characterisation and quantitation of numerous gene products and their post-translational modifications is required to evaluate how multiple overlapping pathways are affected by drug treatment or toxins. In the past, several authors used 2-DE as the core technique for pharmaceutical and toxicological studies. The aim of this section is to demonstrate how proteomic approaches have already been of help in improving our understanding of the pharmacology and toxicology of drugs in type 2 diabetes.

Insulin Products for Travel

There are over 30 types of insulin manufactured in the United States alone, which are potential sources of confusion and error while abroad. Insulin preparations in the United States are now all U-100 strength, but they can still be sold as U-40 or -80 abroad. Use of a U-100 syringe with these preparations would result in underdosing insulin. Insulin's onset of action may vary with the site injected, in addition to the type of insulin preparation. The abdomen injection site produces the fastest insulin response, then upper arms, followed by nonexercised thighs and buttocks. Insulin is absorbed more quickly from all injection sites in hotter climates. Patient and physician should discuss the objectives of insulin therapy during long, complicated flights and foreign travel. Should they aim for very tight glycemic control (intensive insulin therapy) during the trip, with the potential for hypoglycemia Or should they settle for conventional therapy with programmed dosing throughout the...

New Insulin Delivery Systems for Travelers

Some diabetic patients use insulin pumps but most do not. Insulin delivery systems in the form of convenient, easy-to-carry, profiled pens may offer diabetics tremendous advantages during travel. The manufacturers of insulin in the United States produce regular insulin and mixtures of 70 30 (NPH regular) insulin among others, which are available in cartridge pen systems. Either the entire pen can be disposed of when the insulin has been used, or a new cartridge can be inserted in a nondispos-able unit. The insulin is stable, even if not refrigerated for 1 week (70 30 mixtures), or up to a month (regular insulin). With a traveler able to carry these devices as simply as a pen, compliance increases. Control of glycemia, whether individuals are traveling or not, also relates to the often mistimed usage of regular insulin before meals. This is a difficult area for compliance because regular insulin must be given 30-45 min before a meal. Usually it is not. Compliance has been made much...

Insulinlike Growth Factor

Insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), including IGF-1 and IGF-2, are mitogenic peptides involved in regulation of cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis in the prostate. IGF-1 and IGF-2 share a structural homology with proinsulin.38 Both growth factors, IGF-1 and IGF-2, are present in high concentration in serum and nearly every mammalian cell type can synthesize and export them. Main production sites are the liver and bone marrow. The IGF regulatory system in each organ is tissue specific, but all systems share certain components, including ligands (IGF-1 and IGF-2), insulin-like growth factor binding proteins (IGFBPs) 1-6, IGF receptors (1 and 2), and IGFBP specific proteases. Extracellular IGF-1 is bound to a family of IGFBPs. A total of 75 or more of circulating IGF-1 is carried in a trimeric complex composed of IGFBP-3 and a liver-derived glycoprotein known as the acid labile subunit (ALS).39 One of the most important IGFBP-specific proteases is prostate specific...

[44 Insulysin and Pitrilysin Insulin Degrading Enzymes of Mammals and Bacteria

Insulin regulates a wide variety of metabolic and cellular processes in target tissues. Most, if not all, of the varied effects of insulin appear to be mediated through a specific cell-surface receptor.1,2 After insulin binds to its receptor, the receptor-hormone complex is internalized in endocytic vesicles.35 When the vesicles are acidified, the complex dissociates, with most of the insulin receptors being recycled to the cell surface and the insulin being degraded inside of the cell. Although the process of insulin degradation and the role the process plays in cellular regulation has been studied for approximately 40 years, significant progress on understanding the enzymes responsible for hormone degradation has only occurred since the 1980s. One enzyme which has been postulated to play a role in the process of insulin degradation has been given the name insulin-degrading enzyme (to be referred to as IDE), insu-linase, and, most recently, insulysin (EC 3.4.24.56).6,7 There are...

Insulin Sensitizing Agents

Given the prevalence of insulin resistance seen in PCOS, a number of insulin-sensitizing agents have been studied in the treatment of symptoms. Currently metformin, a biguanide, and pioglitazone and rosiglitazone, thiazolidinediones, are available clinically, and all have been studied in PCOS. The single most common agent for use in PCOS is metformin. Metformin appears to work by reducing hepatic glucose output thereby reducing the demand for insulin. A meta-analysis of thirteen studies of metformin in PCOS concluded that metformin significantly enhanced the rate of ovulation. There was also evidence for improved insulin levels and reduced cholesterol. There is conflicting evidence that metformin's effects are partially mediated through weight reduction. Metformin has been noted in several studies to be associated with weight reduction in the initial phase of treatment, but this is not consistently seen. The effects of metformin on pregnancy loss and gesta-tional diabetes have been...

For severe hyperinsulinism

Site a central line (e.g. long silastic) for glucose infusion. This should be done at an early stage. Glucagon 100-200 g kg dose intramuscularly (IM) or sub-cutaneously (SC) can be used for emergencies (i.e. if the drip has tissued) but will cause rebound increase in insulin secretion thereafter. Buccal hypostop (1 mL kg dose) will also allow time for venous access to be obtained. If the blood glucose requirement is > 12 mg kg min, drugs may be needed to suppress insulin secretion. If the blood glucose is persistently in the 15-20 mg kg min range, the infant will almost definitely need drug therapy and specialist endocrine advice should be sought at an early stage (Figure 3.1). If the infant is tolerating oral feeds (but be aware that the protein load of milk may stimulate insulin secretion), use diazoxide (5-20 mg kg day divided into three doses, e.g. start at 5-10 mg kg day and work up) always with chlorothiazide (3.5-5 mg kg 12 hourly). Chlorothiazide helps counteract the fluid...

Principles In Eye Care For Patients With Diabetes

Diabetic retinopathy remains the leading cause of new-onset blindness in populations of working age, even in the United States (21) and other industralized countres. Despite clearly defined clinical standards for evaluating and treating diabetic retinopathy cost-effectively, for a varety of reasons (see below), effective treatments such as laser surgery are underused. It has been estimated that 50 of adults with diabetes mellitus in the United States do not receive the recommended annual eye care that would allow diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy (38-41). Studies have also shown that many persons who require sight-preserving laser surgery do not receive it (42,43). It has been reported that about 26 of patients with type 1 and 36 of those with type 2 diabetes mellitus have never had their eyes examined (44). These patients tend to be older, less educated and to have had a more recent diagnosis than those receiving regular eye care. They are also likely to live in rural...

Education about eye health among patients with diabetes should be patientcentred

Public awareness about diabetes mellitus and diabetic retinopathy is lacking in all societies. It is recommended that health education about these conditions be intensified, and education material and campaigns be oriented to address issues from the patient perspective and not solely that of the provider. Providers and organizations should therefore reassess their educational campaigns and change them into marketing campaigns. Health education must involve local populations and health care workers, customize the messages to fit the needs and expectations of the target audience and use various means of communication.

Diagnosis of superimposed preeclampsia in chronic hypertension renal disease and diabetes

Chronic hypertension is subdivided into essential and secondary due to underlying causes such as renal disease (e.g. glomerulonephritis, reflux nephropathy, adult polycystic kidney disease), systemic disease with renal complications (e.g. systemic lupus erythema-tosus, diabetes), renal artery stenosis or endocrine disorders (e.g. cushings, phaeochromocytoma) (Brown et al., 2000). The diagnosis of superimposed pre-eclampsia in the context of chronic hypertension, renal disease or diabetes is difficult. The signs (hypertension and proteinuria) used to make the diagnosis may already be present. Further, new or worsening hypertension or proteinuria can occur alone in these conditions, and do not indicate pre-eclampsia per se. As a consequence of these inherent difficulties, recent definitions do not offer very precise criteria for the diagnosis of superimposed pre-eclampsia (Anonymous, 2000 Brown et al., 2000). Superimposed pre-eclampsia is likely when there is a...

Introduction to Diabetes

The identification of new molecular targets that could lead to new treatments for diabetes is an area where proteomics could have a key role. Epidemiological data from the late nineteenth century described diabetes mellitus (from the Greek for 'pass through' and the Latin for 'sweet as honey') as a rather frequent disorder in man, in obese people above 50 years old, in cities and in western countries (Pavy 1894). Even at that time, diabetes was seen as a disease of urban life. There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, also known as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, is an autoimmune disorder associated with MHC genes (Campbell and Milner 1993). Type 2 diabetes, known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, is a complex multifactorial disease. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 of the diabetic population, affects nearly 130 million people and is expected to reach epidemic proportions in the next 10 years (Zimmet and McCarthy 1995 Zimmet 1995). This dramatic increase in...

Pathogenesis of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is characterised by an abnormal glucose homeostasis leading to hyperglycaemia. Diagnosis often occurs after many years of a prediabetic state accompanied by an absence of pathognomic symptoms. When diabetes is suspected, the standard test is to measure glucose concentration in the plasma after an overnight fast. The diagnostic value is considered to be around 7.1 mmol L and has to be measured on two different occasions. The oral glucose tolerance test or the intravenous glucose tolerance test also have the ability to diagnose diabetes but are used less widely. Another test used by clinicians is the measurement of glycosylated haemoglobin. It reflects the antecedent glycaemia over a period of 3 months under real-life conditions. The glucose homeostasis deregulation is mainly due to a combination of insulin resistance and defects in insulin secretion. The pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes is multifactorial and complex, involving interactions between genetic and...

Diabetes

The initial evaluation of a diabetic traveller should include the individual's understanding of his or her own disease and what to do in case of complications while abroad, the availability of health care in the areas visited, the availability and understanding of glycaemia (usually capillary), the possibility of carrying insulin for the whole trip or the need to make adjustment with local products (insulin preparations vary quite significantly from one country to another), the understanding of the importance of foot care, and of the role of the sun on a more rapid absorption of insulin, the adjustment needed for jet lag, and the need to carry syringes and a letter of authorisation. Diabetic patients should be prepared for travel like most other travellers. They can be given all the vaccines indicated. Special attention should be taken to ensure that influenza and pneumococcal immunisations are up to date. Hepatitis B vaccination is strongly recommended as diabetics are at greatest...

Insulin

In 1982, Eli Lilly made history by launching the world's first successful product of modern biotechnology for human healthcare recombinant human insulin for treatment of diabetes. In 1969, Lilly filed a patent on a novel crystallization method for pancreatic insulin 33 . This crystallization process has been used for over thirty years to manufacture insulin. This is the 8.2 process, so named because the maximum yield of crystalline insulin occurs at pH 8.2 (Table 5.4). In this process, insulin is dissolved in 0.5 M acetic acid to yield a solution at pH 3.6. Addition of 1 M NaOH brings the solution to pH 8.2 where crystallization occurs spontaneously in about 15 min, and is complete after the solution is stirred for about 18 h at 22 C. Yield is about 90 . In 1996, Lilly introduced fast-acting insulin called lispro, which also uses crystallization for large-scale production. However, the 8.2 process does not work for lispro 34 . Instead, a solution of 20 g l lispro in 0.75 M acetic...

Insulin Gene Therapy

Insulin regulates the blood glucose level in mammals Under physiological conditions, the secretion of insulin from fi-cells is closely coordinated with the blood sugar level. An inability to deliver insulin for glucose homeostasis is manifested as diabetes mellitus The underlying basis for improper insulin delivery is either nonfunctional insulin secretory cells or defective regulation. Diabetes associated with damaged insulin producing cells is classified as type 1 or insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), whereas type 2 diabetes is due to the relative insulin resistance of the insulin-sensitive tissues and defective secretion of insulin. The current focus of gene transfer technology for diabetes therapy is the development of engineered cell lines that would closely mimic glucose stimulated insulin secretion (42). The use of retroviral-medi-ated gene therapy of (3-cell dysfunction is also being envisioned (42,43). The challenge for insulin gene therapy is to restore the normal...

Principles for organizing an eye health system for the care of diabetic retinopathy

Accuracy of examination results If diabetic retinopathy is suspected after screening, a decision must be made about the overall management for a given level of diabetic retinopathy. In many developing countres, there are too few persons to provide even basic eye care to the population, let alone specialized eye care for patients with diabetes and related blindness prevention. Involving non-ophthalmic health care providers in varous aspects of eye care for patients with diabetes is a viable alternative. Locations for detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy Diabetes mellitus and diabetic retinopathy are usually detected and treated at health care facilities ranging from prvate offices to hospital-based facilities. Alternative sites for providing care might be mobile health vans or health care services, which move to or take up fixed locations near patients' homes. Another alternative is mass community examinations or screening, in which large numbers of patients are seen in a...

Member States should choose the most appropriate interval between examinations

Because diabetic retinopathy is usually a progressive condition, long intervals between screenings might preclude timely detection of sight-threatening disease. Therefore, annual eye examinations are recommended for patients with diabetes (and every other year for persons with excellent glycaemic control and no retinopathy at the previous examination in certain contexts). In all cases in which treatment is indicated, it should be prompt. The choice of interval is up to each Member State on the basis of its assessment of the trade-off between costs and incremental vision loss associated with longer intervals.

Provide seed support for designing lowercost socially appropriate techniques for better detection and treatment

The use in China and India of low-cost, locally or regionally produced techniques for a variety of medical and other uses offers a compelling model for reducing the costs of photographic systems for detection and laser systems for treatment of diabetic retinopathy. Further, collaboration and changes within and external to such societies will provide new global models that may improve care and cost-effectiveness throughout the word, including in developed countres. Another promising innovation might be use of 'prediction rules' or 'models' to strengthen a suspicion of diabetic retinopathy (or even diabetes mellitus) without an examination.

Conduct international research into systemic deficiencies in health and eye care that contribute to blindness from

Improvements to increase the cost-effectiveness of eye care for diabetes patients are a global necessity. Blindness due to diabetic retinopathy occurs in part because factors important to both patients and health care providers have not been recognized or incorporated into current diabetes education, screening and treatment programmes. Systems analyses are needed in varous cultures to understand better why patients with diabetic retinopathy go bind, particularly when the technical knowledge and services to prevent the condition exist. Operations research is needed for comprehensive, evidence-based characterzation of the contrbutions of significant factors and their interactions to blindness among patients with diabetic retinopathy. Within a standardized protocol, focus group methods can give detailed insight about bind and non-blind patients with retinopathy, members of their families or social support systems and diabetes and eye care providers, including information on the actual...

Use of photographic systems by nonphysician nonprofessional providers

Diabetes mellitus and diabetic retinopathy are usually detected and treated at a health care facility, where one or more eye care professionals are available, in developed countries. Ophthalmologists and optometrists (in certain countries) provide most eye care services and can at least diagnose (ophthalmologists and optometrists) and treat (ophthalmologists) diabetic retinopathy, in private offices, pubic outpatient clinics and hospital facilities. Eye care can be given in the offices of primary health care providers or general practitioners, but eye care services for diabetic retinopathy are rarely provided in these settings. A research group at the University of Melbourne, Australia, showed that most of the Australian general practitioners surveyed examined none or less than half of their patients with diabetes mellitus of those who did examine these patients, two-thirds did not use pupil-dilating drops (89). The level of examination had not changed appreciably after the release of...

Communitybased screening

Another widely used alternative is mass community examinations or screening. These have been conducted throughout Asia (93) and Latin Amerca (94). In these programmes, large numbers of patents are seen in a coordinated fashion by teams of providers and associated personnel. The programmes have been widely seen to be successful in reaching many people with diabetes mellitus who would not otherwise have been seen because of varous obstacles in obtaining care. In the most successful programmes, detection is coupled with treatment of sight-threatening retinopathy.

Principles in assessing methods of care

Ophthalmology (50) prescrbe observation by a trained, experienced observer or a full seven-field photographic interpretation according to the standards of the Wisconsin Reading Center as the gold standard. Thus, any study of the value of a system, such as remote telemedicine care in diabetic retinopathy, must establish its performance and reliability relative to either of these gold standards. Nevertheless, no system is perfect at the outset. If a new approach offers added advantages, such as better access to care, reaching more people with diabetes at a lower unit cost, then a level of technical performance that is at least as good as (or perhaps lower than) current care even i not up to the gold standard might be approprate. Thirdly, the success and actual performance of different eye care systems for diabetes patients should be evaluated in various settings, as has been done by the Aravind Eye Health System and other groups in India (93). While the design of such systems has been...

Agenda purpose and expected outcome

The global burden of diabetes mellitus and complications Current burden and trends Diagnosis and classification of complications of diabetes mellitus Clinical practice guidelines for diabetes and its complications Issues in eye care in diabetics Improving integration of eye care within diabetes management Development and publication of materais Integration with diabetes information Community distrbution Clinics provider distrbution Training of general practitioners in diabetic retinopathy detection Detection and referral within diabetes care clinics Detection within eye care clinics (prmary, secondary tertiary) Community-based screening modes Review the global burden of diabetes mellitus, its distribution and future trends. Identify core diabetic retinopathy related eye health education messages for integration with diabetes patient education materials.

Appropriate followup intervals

Once diabetes mellitus has been diagnosed and patients have had an initial eye assessment, of any kind, they must continue eye care. As there is no cure for diabetes mellitus, prevention of vision loss requires regular examinations. Nevertheless, there are significant problems in ensurng appropriate follow-up. The shortfall in efforts to ensure approprate follow-up is illustrated by studies showing that only 68-85 of patients referred for treatment start the treatment, and only 85 who start treatment compete it (43-45), indicating that 28-42 of patients who are referred for treatment do not receive the necessary care. The fact that over 40 of patients with diabetes who are referred for treatment do not actually compete it has not been addressed in educational and intervention programmes. Merely concentrating on ensurng that patients are examined (and that those examinations are accurate) is not sufficient. The best reported follow-up rates (higher than 90 ) on a recurrng basis have...

Nonophthalmic health professionals

Having to see yet another doctor (an ophthalmologist) presents an additional burden (59). Thus, being able to see just one doctor for comprehensive diabetes care enhances the continuity of care and thus the ability to receive higher quality care. General practitioners are usually best paced to situate the rsk for vision loss for each patent as part of the overall care strategy for diabetes, as the known rsk factors for retinopathy are among the conditions managed by the general practitioner or endocrinologist. Awh, Coupes & Javitt (66) conducted pre- and post-educational assessments of 10 university-affiliated physicians (five in family practice, three internists and two endodcrmologists), who examined 20 patients. I n the pre-test, 80 found that pupil dilatation for direct ophthalmoscopy was both unfamiliar and uncomfortable, and only one physician could name a medication used for dilatation. The mean score on a written examination on eye conditions and diabetes was 49 30 were...

Background

Diabetes mellitus is an important public health problem worldwide, and more than 75 of patients who have had diabetes mellitus for more than 20 years will have some form of retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy correlates with the duration of diabetes thus, with increasing life expectancy, diabetic retinopathy and the ensuing blindness will tend to increase. In view of the increasing prevalence of diabetes mellitus and diabetic retinopathy throughout most of the word, a consultation on prevention of blindness from diabetes mellitus was convened by the WHO unit of Prevention of Blindness and Deafness to review the current status of diabetic retinopathy care and to define approaches for screening, early detection and management in populations in different settings. (See agenda in Annex 1.) The consultation was held within the context of a contractual agreement between the programme for Prevention of Blindness and Deafness, WHO, and the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of...

Performance levels

As for any technique to care for patients with diabetes, the technical parameters of performance must be assessed (72) to determine the accuracy (and sensitivity, specificity and predictive value) of interpretation of images relative to the gold standard being used the technical standards of image capture resolution, colour depth, image handling and display resolution used and, perhaps more realistically, how such systems perform in comparison not only with the gold standard but also with community practices in Member States.

Executive Summary

Global prevalence of diabetes mellitus and diabetic retinopathy Diabetes mellitus currently affects more than 170 million persons worldwide and will affect an estimated 366 million by 2030, with the most rapid growth in low and middle-income countries, among populations of working age. More than 75 of patients who have had diabetes mellitus for more than 20 years will have some form of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is a microvascular complication of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. The condition is a leading cause of new-onset blindness in many industrialized countries and is an increasingly more frequent cause of blindness elsewhere. WHO has estimated that diabetic retinopathy is responsible for 4.8 of the 37 million cases of blindness throughout the worid.

The National Academies

Prenatal care is currently primarily directed at identifying and managing preeclampsia maternal infections, diabetes, and other major illnesses birth defects and intrauterine fetal growth failure. As our knowledge and understanding of preterm birth increases, prenatal care will provide a health infrastructure for women from which it is possible to prevent, diagnose, and treat preterm births.

Vascular defects in different disorders of pregnancy

Defects in placental bed development have also been described in other groups of patients, including women with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. Placentas of such cases may show severe infarction, and acute atherosis was observed in the attached decidual fragments (De Wolf et al., 1982 Magid et al., 1998). However, the only systematic study so far on placental bed biopsies from this particular group of patients showed higher concentrations of inflammatory cells, but absence of atherosis (Stone et al., 2006). Recently, disturbed invasion and defective physiological changes were also found in cases of pre-term pre-labor rupture of membranes, but less frequently than in pre-eclampsia (Kim et al., 2002). In diabetic women without hypertension, atherotic lesions with foam cells were described by Emmrich and colleagues (1975). In contrast, Bjork and colleagues (1984) mentioned ''intramural fibrosis'' as the only placental bed lesion in diabetes without hypertension, but their illustrated...

Process Of Cancer Metastasis

On the other hand, several cytokines and growth factors produced and secreted by osteoblast are also stored in cortical bone tissue insulin-like growth factor II (IGF-II) is the most abundant of cytokines, followed by TGFp, IGF-I, platelet-derived epidermal growth factor (PDEGF) and bFGF. The incidence of pure osteoblastic metastasis is approximately 95 of prostate cancer skeletal metastases the remaining 5 is of the mixed type (osteoblastic and osteolytic). Osteolysis is also an important step in the establishment of osteoblastic metastasis from prostate cancer. Two possible mechanisms of osteolysis prior to the osteoblastic metastasis are a cell-mediated mechanism and a non-cell-mediated one.12 The direct release of proteases (serine proteases, cystine proteases or metalloproteases) by tumor cells generally resulting in extracellular matrix degradation and host-cell lysis, and facilitating tumor invasion is the so-called non-cell-mediated mechanism. The...

Sources for Further Study

Strasburger, Victor C., and Robert T. Brown. Adolescent Medicine A Practical Guide. 2d ed. Philadelphia Lippincott-Raven, 1998. This book addresses the physical and psychosocial problems of teenagers that physicians are most likely to treat. The emphasis is on practical information. Applied diagnostic and treatment guidelines cover conditions such as asthma, diabetes mellitus, developmental problems, headaches, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, depression, and eating disorders.

Susceptibility to Hypoglycaemia

Diabetic patients should take all necessary precautions to avoid hypoglycaemia. Fast sugars and snacks should be carried as well as glucagon. When travelling alone, a person in charge (flight attendant, tour guide) should be informed of the treatment to be given in case of suspected hypoglycaemia. To decrease the risks, doses of insulin may be omitted on long trips with many time zones being crossed. With severe jet lag, hyperglycaemia would be preferred over hypoglycaemia. Never overlap two insulin injections.

Prenatal and Early Postnatal Life Stages

While it is necessary in practical terms for researchers to fragment the biologic study of living organisms, such divisions can obscure the dynamic relationships that operate at many levels of organization and cross arbitrarily set age boundaries. We should recall here that human development depends on a program of genetic switches that turn on in a highly regulated manner, at specific places (in the organism) and times, and that responses to environmental challenges fostering changes early on may reverberate decades later in the guise of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes (16). Indeed, there is increasing experimental and epidemiological evidence suggesting that events in earlier ages (and even in utero) can set the stage for disease in adult and old ages (5,16,17) (Chapter 3) . Thus the

Endosomal Acidification And Irk Deactivation

Rats were injected with insulin (1.5 g 100 g body wt) and sacrificed after 2 min. Fresh hepatic ENs were incubated for 15 min at 37 C with ATP at the indicated concentration. IRK was partially purified from solubilized ENs and assayed for tyrosine kinase activity and -subunit phospho-tyrosine content. (A) Effect of ATP on IRK activity. Equal amounts of WGA-purified IRK were assayed for exogenous tyrosine kinase activity using Poly (Glu Tyr) (4 1) as substrate. Exokinase activity was expressed as pmol 10 min 10 fmol insulin binding. Each point is the mean SEM of determination from four to six separate experiments. (B) Effect of ATP on -subunit phosphotyrosine content. Wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) eluates were subjected to SDS-PAGE and then immu-noblotted with aPY or a960 antibodies (with 125I-GAR as second antibody) and exposed for autoradiography to measure phosphotyrosine and IRK content respectively. (This figure is from Contreres et al., 1998, in which experimental details...

Other signalling pathways

Erythropoiesis is also influenced by pathways other than Epo-EpoR. Erythroid progenitors express receptors for Epo, SCF, insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) and insulin. After Epo, the second most important signalling system for erythropoiesis involves SCF (Kit ligand) and its receptor (c-Kit). Activation by SCF induces tyrosine phosphorylation of its own receptor. SCF was originally identified by its ability to stimulate proliferation of multipotent haemopoietic progenitors, but it is also effective in supporting growth of committed progenitors, including erythroid progenitors, acting synergistically with Epo.

Regulation Of Irk Activity Summary

The foregoing has identified a number of factors involved in the regulation of IRK activity. Those recognized to date are summarized in Table 4 where it can be seen that four out of the six known mechanisms are processes that occur in the endosomal system. This highlights the significance of the endosomal system in mediating and regulating the insulin response. As alluded to previously it is possible that disturbances in endosomal regulatory processes might contribute to the pathogenesis of NIDDM.

Nonparametric estimation in degradationrenewalfailure models

Some degradation processes are not non-reversible and degradation processes may be renewed. For example, the degradation of pancreas and thyroid can be defined by the quantities of secreted insulin and thyroidal hormone, respectively. By injection of insulin the degradation process of pancreas is (indirectly) renewed. By injection of thyroxine (case of hyperthyroid) or car-bimazole (case of hypothyroid) the degradation process of thyroid is (indirectly) renewed. If the value of hormone (for example, insulin) approaches a critical value, the risk of failure increases quickly.

GH Exhibits a Broad Range of Metabolic Actions

GH exposure, the nature of the target cell or tissue, and the hormonal milieu of the tissue. Acute exposure of GH-starved cells or tissues to GH stimulates insulin-like effects, such as glucose uptake and lipo-genesis. These insulinomimetic effects of GH are observed both in cell culture models and following GH infusion into normal human volunteers. Chronic GH exposure, however, is diabetogenic in that insulinmediated glucose uptake, for example, is impaired. In humans, such diabetogenic actions of excessive GH can be seen most readily in patients with chronic GH elevation due to GH-secreting pituitary adenomas (acromegaly), some of whom manifest overt type 2 diabetes mellitus with a frequency and severity that correlates with the level of circulating GH. Moreover, acromegalics nearly always have detectable insulin resistance at both hepatic and extrahepatic sites, without associated changes in insulin receptor number or insulin binding characteristics. Dissection of the molecular...

Growth Factors And Prostate Cancer

The insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system has been shown to play an important role in proliferation and differentiation of tissues. IGF promotes cancer cell growth in an autocrine paracrine manner via the IGF-1 receptor. It has also been implicated in the process of transformation to human epithelial prostate carcinoma. Recent studies suggest that there is a strong association between serum IGF-1 levels and prostate carcinoma, and that this growth factor may even be an important predictor of risk for prostate cancer.43,44 These growth factors activate their corresponding receptors leading to phosphorylation of second-messenger signaling systems and initiation of their individual downstream effects. Insulin-like growth factor determined. However, hormone manipulation induces the expression of insulin-like growth factor binding protein (IGFBP)-2, 3, 4 and 5, which can sequester away free IGF-I. IGF-I is known to act downstream of the c-myc oncogene and so block entry into the...

What to tell parents

In vulnerable babies, explain why blood sugar monitoring is important. If treatment is required, explain this is likely to be for a short period until enteral feeds tolerated, and or underlying cause treated. If persisting hypoglycaemia, explain importance of investigations and update with results. The need to keep the baby normoglycaemic because of potential effects on the brain should be discussed. Further information will depend on subsequent diagnoses. If the hypoglycaemia is severe or prolonged, the baby will need neurodevelopmental follow-up.

Selected bibliography

Barrett TG, Bundey S, Macleod AF (1995) Neurodegeneration and diabetes UK nationwide study of Weifrom (DIDMOAD) syndrome. Lancet 346 1458-63. Lebay V, Ras T, Baran D et al. (1999) Mutations in SCL19AZ cause thiamine-responsive megaloblastic anaemia associated with diabetes mellitus and deafness. Nature Genetics 22 300-4.

Summary Preventability Definition

* Specificity and sensitivity express measurement validity. Validity is discussed in Chapters 7 and 11. Interestingly, the Faris panel rejected MacKinnon's indicator 21 because they preferred blood glucose level over glycosylated hemoglobin as a more sensitive measure for diabetes control.

IRS Molecules Participate in GH Signaling

Insulin receptor substrates-1 and -2 (IRS-1 and -2) are nontransmembrane proteins of 160-180 kDa that become tyrosine phosphorylated at multiple sites in response to insulin, IGF-1, IL-4, and several other cytokines. Upon tyrosine phosphorylation, these proteins function as adaptors, providing docking sites for associations with signaling molecules such as the p85 subunit of PI-3-kinase, the adaptor Grb2, and the SH2 domain tyrosine phosphatase SHP-2. The IRS-mediated, insulin-induced activation of PI-3-kinase is of potential importance for insulin-induced glucose transport (Fig. 6). Targeted disruption of IRS-1 in mice leads to growth retardation and mild insulin resistance however, knockout of the gene encoding IRS-2 results in a phenotype quite similar to human type 2 diabetes mellitus, with peripheral insulin resistance and inadequate pancreatic P-cell growth and insulin production to overcome the resistance. a possible mechanism to account for some of the insulinomimetic and...

Increased iron intake

Gene have been excluded but mutations of the ferroportin gene may play a role (see above). Iron deposition, as in type 4 haemochromatosis, occurs both in hepatocytes and in reticu-loendothelial cells. Serum ferritin is usually elevated, but transferrin saturation may be normal. The condition occurs in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a cause of hepatic fibrosis and cirrhosis, and associations with diabetes mellitus, peritonitis, scurvy and osteoporosis have been described. The iron overload is associated with a poor outcome in tuberculosis, an infection that is highly prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa.

Soluble fmslike tyrosine kinase 1 sFlt1

Whereas healthy maternal endothelium is crucial for the physiological adaptation to normal pregnancy, widespread endothelial dysfunction is an integral part of the multi-organ involvement of preeclampsia (Roberts and Redman, 1993). Women with pre-existing medical disorders that are characterized by endothelial dysfunction, such as hypertension and diabetes, are at increased risk of pre-eclampsia. Indeed, many of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease (all except smoking) are also risk factors for pre-eclampsia. Poor placental implantation also plays an important but not yet

Tyrosine Phosphatase SHP2 Positively Regulates GH Signaling

In contrast to these data pointing to a negative regulatory role for SHP-1 in GH signaling, a related SH2 domain-containing tyrosine phosphatase, termed SHP-2, appears to exert positive effects on GH signaling. GH treatment of cultured preadipocytes leads to tyrosine phosphorylation of SHP-2 and the association of SHP-2 with the adaptor molecule Grb2 and with a transmembrane glycoprotein known as SIRPa. SIRPa and the closely related protein SHPS-1 interact via their intracellular phosphotyrosine residues with the SH2 domains of SHP-2, and in some cases SHP-1, and serve as substrates for the SHPs' tyrosine phosphatase activity. In the case of EGF and insulin signaling, SIRPs exert a negative role that is dependent on SIRP tyrosine phosphorylation. While SIRPs can apparently be tyrosine phosphorylated by JAK2 in response to GH, their role (positive or negative, direct or indirect) in GH signaling is uncertain.

Fetal Development and Early Infancy

Three groups of complications are consistently associated with the development of schizophrenia (1) complications of pregnancy bleeding, diabetes, rhesus incompatibility (2) abnormal fetal growth and development low birth weight, congenital malformations, reduced head circumference and (3) complications of delivery asphyxia, emergency cesarean section. However, the degree to which any of these factors explains the incidence of schizophrenia is relatively small (Cannon et al., 2002). Among the general population these complications, which are rather common, double the chance of developing schizophrenia, from about 1 to 2 . Thus, most people who experience these complications do not develop schizophrenia however, for those at genetic risk, they may be particularly significant.

Spontaneously Arising Phenotypic Models

Mutations which cause disease can arise spontaneously. Genetic mapping methods utilizing positional cloning can help identify disease-causative genes and their proteins in animals which have spontaneously developed diseases similar to those of humans. An example of this type of technology is the ob ob genetic mouse, which is obese, and has mutations in a gene for a peptide hormone known as leptin. This mouse, and its counterpart the db db mouse, which has mutations in the leptin receptor, can be used as animal models for obesity. A similar mouse, the Agouti strain, is also obese and has defects in melanocortin receptors, which regulate hair color as well as appetite, and the expression or release of leptin by adipose tissue. The Agouti mouse develops type II diabetes, and therefore can be used as an animal model of that disease in humans. Of course, human disease is rarely as simple as a single genetic misread, so these models must be used with some caution when testing drugs or when...

Gene Expression Profiling by Microarrays

Microarray-based studies attempt to monitor transcript levels in differentiating cells, genetic mutants, complex diseases, and others. Microarrays have been successfully used to link a previously unsuspected gene to a particular disease. For example, by comparing and following the diagnosis of hundreds of tumor samples, marker genes linked to metastatic tumors were isolated (Laura et al., 2002). In another case, examining genes that were differentially expressed between insulin-resistant and normal strains of rat identified a gene linked to the regulation of glucose metabolism (Aitman et al., 1999). Finally, by examining gene-expression profiles in a family affected by sudden infant death syndrome, a gene linked to the disease was discovered (Puffenberger et al., 2005). A number of clinical trials using microarrays are currently underway for the prognosis and therapeutic guidance of these and other diseases.

Public Health Databases

Important ultrasounds early in pregnancy increases the number of births determined to be full term by LMP but reclassified as preterm by ultrasound assessment more than ultrasounds late in the pregnancy. Multiparous mothers and mothers with small stature, diabetes, and high prepregnancy BMIs and fetuses with chromosomal anomalies were more likely to have large (> 7-day) discrepancies between LMP- and early ultrasound-based gestational ages (Morin et al., 2005). Thus, a gradual shift toward the use of prenatal ultrasound to determine or confirm gestational age may be contributing to the rising preterm birth rates.

Clarifying Mortality Rates

Attention to the quality of data regarding causes of death could provide insight into the mechanisms of preterm birth as well as the causes of fetal and early neonatal deaths. This approach would require clinicians to vigorously search for causes of death whenever a fetal or early neonatal death occurs. Petersson et al. (2004) found that 11.5 percent of fetal deaths that would have been characterized as unexplained were due to infections with parvovirus, cytomegalovirus, or enterovirus. Other possible causes that should be explored include thrombophilias (e.g., Factor V Leiden), fetomaternal hemorrhage, chorioamnionitis (which would include pathologic examination of the placenta and the umbilical cord), uterine anomalies, umbilical cord or placental anomalies, toxin or drug exposures, and maternal illness (e.g., diabetes, hypertension with or without preeclampsia, thyroid disease, and autoimmune diseases) (Gardosi et al., 2005). Because the most common condition associated with fetal...

Genotyping Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms

More than 99 of the genome sequence is identical across the human population. SNPs reflect the small sequence variations (often a single base change) that can occur within an individual gene. It is important to note that SNPs do not change much from generation to generation. Human genome sequencing projects have identified more than 2 million SNPs as genetic markers. Most SNPs are found outside of coding sequences, but some SNPs found within a coding sequence are of particular interest to researchers, because the change may alter the biological function of a protein. Because of the enormous potential to associate SNP maps with the development of complex diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and hypertension, researchers are feverishly working to identify thousands of useful SNP markers. For example, SNPs in the breast cancer genes 1 and 2 are associated with the development of breast cancers (Freedman et al., 2005). SNPs in the apolipoprotein E gene have been linked to a...

Metabolic Complications

Although PCOS often presents in the early reproductive years, it is now recognized that the consequences of PCOS extend beyond the reproductive axis and the reproductive years. Women with PCOS appear to be at substantial risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Several studies indicate that the risk of metabolic syndrome in PCOS is approximately 50 in young adulthood. Metabolic syndrome is a constellation of metabolic risk factors that increase the risk of cardiovascular events 2-fold. For women, these include increased abdominal waist circumference (> 88 cm), elevated triglycerides (> 150 mg dL), reduced HDL (< 50 mg dL), elevated blood pressure (> 130 mm Hg systolic or > 85 mm Hg diastolic or drug treatment for hypertension), and elevated fasting glucose (> 100 mg dL). Many women with PCOS develop impaired glucose tolerance or frank diabetes. In studies of obese women with PCOS 30-40 will have previously undiagnosed impaired glucose tolerance and as many...

Inmate Rights to Medical and Mental Health Under the ADA

Diabetic inmates successfully raised claims under the ADA that they were denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a prison treatment and diagnostic center by presenting evidence of failure to adequately treat the inmates' diabetes and the complications of diabetes.48 An inmate who needed crutches to assist his mobility, but was denied the use of them, successfully alleged a claim for violation of the rights protected by the ADA that required the prison to make the crutches available to him when appropriate.49

Waiting Lists and Waiting Period

During the waiting period, both the nephrology team and the transplant team follows the ESRD patient. Scheduled serum samples are taken at regular intervals during dialysis visits to ascertain fluctuations of the PRA and crossmatch status. In general, waiting periods can be measured in years for these patients. During this time, dialysis allows for patient optimization, though progressive loss of vascular access can be a life-threatening factor, especially for diabetic patients. Also during this period, the patient may undergo surgical intervention aimed at optimizing the outcome of the future KT. These commonly include bilateral nephrectomy (e.g., for polycystic disease or chronically infected kidneys), cholecystectomy (for gallstones) and coronary artery bypass grafting (for CAD).

Second Trimester Ultrasonography

Congenital cardiac defects are common and may affect up to 1 of neonates. Some of these are amenable to prenatal diagnosis. Improved Gray-scale imaging has allowed more detail of intracardiac structures and colour flow Doppler imaging has advanced the diagnosis of valvular abnormalities and anomalous cardiac connections. The routine second trimester ultrasound assessment includes a standard four chamber view of the heart. This view demonstrates the four cardiac chambers, the ventricular and atrial septa and heart valves (De Vore, 1985). An inability to obtain this view will detect 25 ) of fetal cardiac abnormalities, which includes the majority of the most serious cardiac anomalies. Specialist fetal echocardiographers increase the sensitivity of the fetal cardiac scan. Women at high risk of fetal cardiac anomalies are referred prenatally for assessment, e.g. diabetics or those with a family history of cardiac malformation. It is important to remember that cardiac abnormalities have...

Mortality Among African Americans

African Americans have excess death because of seven conditions. Excess deaths are defined as the number of deaths among minorities that would not have occurred had mortality rates for minorities equaled that of nonminorities. These conditions are (1) heart disease and stroke (2) homicide and accidents (3) cancer (4) infant mortality (5) cirrhosis (6) diabetes and (7) AIDS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,

Indications and Testing

Pancreas transplantation is established therapy for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes. As of 1998, over 11,000 transplants had been performed worldwide. Indications include the development of secondary diabetic complications such as renal insufficiency failure, cardiovascularinsufficiency, retinopathy, neuropathy, and life-threatening glucose unawareness. Over one third of type 1 diabetics develop ESRD. Ideally, the procedure is performed before the complications reach end stage. Pancreas transplant provides tight glucose control without insulin reactions and hypoglycemic episodes. However, it does this at a cost. Immuno-suppression renders the recipient at risk for the development of certain cancers and many types of infection. For this reason, pancreas transplantation is only performed when the quality of life has become seriously impaired. The evaluation of candidates follows a similar pattern to that of the kidney patient, with emphasis in the diabetic complications that can...

Oral Contraceptives and Progestins

The metabolic effects of oral contraceptives have raised some concerns about the use of these agents in insulin resistant women. Some but not all studies indicate worsening of insulin resistance in PCOS women on oral contraceptives. They have not, however, been shown to increase the rate of type 2 diabetes. Effects of oral contraceptives on vascular reactivity and inflammation in PCOS are yet not well studied, and it should be recognized that there may be potential adverse effects when considering these agents for PCOS treatment.

Exposure to Trauma and Risk for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder is one of many reactions to danger. Traumatic events signal danger to life, limb, and even one's sanity. Just how dangerous is our world How risky is it to just wake up in the morning Accidents represent the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, ahead of diabetes, influenza, pneumonia, and Alzheimer's disease, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. What about violence Violence, including war, is one the most common sources of traumatic stress.

Diagnostic Frameworks for General Practice

'The masqueraders can be grouped into primary and secondary groups. The primary (most common) masqueraders are depression, diabetes mellitus, drugs, anemia, thyroid disease, spinal dysfunction, and urinary tract infection. A secondary (less common) list includes chronic renal failure, HIV AIDS, rare bacterial infections (e.g. subacute bacterial endocarditis, tuberculosis), systemic viral infections (e.g. infectious mononucleosis, hepatitis A, B, C, D, E), neurological dilemmas (e.g. Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis), connective tissue disorders (e.g. systemic lupus erythe-matosus, polymyalgia rheumatica).

Haemolytic anaemia and dialysis

In the rare disease orotic aciduria, two consecutive enzymes in purine synthesis are defective. The condition responds to therapy with uridine, which bypasses the block. In thiamine-responsive megalo-blastic anaemia, there is a genetic defect in the high-affinity thiamine transport (SLC19A2) gene. This causes defective RNA ribose synthesis through impaired activity of transketolase, a thiamine-dependent enzyme in the pentose cycle. This leads to reduced nucleic acid production and consequent induction of cell cycle arrest or apoptosis. It may be associated with diabetes mellitus and deafness and the presence of many ringed sideroblasts in the marrow (p. 41). The explanation is unclear for megaloblastic changes in the marrow in patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), especially FABM6, and other leukaemias and myelodysplasia. When assessed by the dU suppression test (p. 75), the fault is not at the thymidylate synthase reaction.

Maternal predisposing factors

Some medical conditions are well known to predispose to pre-eclampsia, including obesity (Ros et al., 1998), diabetes (Garner et al., 1990) and chronic hypertension (Sibai etal., 1995). Low grade systemic inflammation is a feature of all these conditions in men or non-pregnant women. It also is evident in chronic arterial disease such as ischemic heart disease (Hansson et al., 2002). For example, elevated circulating C-reactive protein is as important a risk factor for chronic arterial disease as circulating cholesterol (Ridker, 2001). Arterial disease and chronic hypertension are closely associated, and the latter is also associated with a systemic inflammatory response. Angiotensin II and endothelin-I, both potent vasoconstrictors, are pro-inflammatory (Luft, 2002), and chronic hypertension is also a state of systemic inflammation (Dalekos etal., 1996). Hyperglycemia stimulates a systemic inflammatory response (Esposito et al., 2002) as does both type 1 (Lechleitner et al., 2000)...

Gel Based Proteomic Protocol

Gel separations are common experiments for evaluating the components of protein complexes. Early proteomics efforts were grafted onto existing gel-separation technologies, as in the discovery by Lawrence and co-workers (1999) of a regulatory factor of insulin-like growth factor. The protocol for gel-based proteomics experiments begins with the denaturation of proteins. The proteins are separated by one- or 2D-GE, and bands or spots containing proteins of interest are cut from the gel. Disulfide bridges are reduced and alkylated, and proteolytic enzymes cleave proteins to peptides. These peptides are separated by reverse phase LC en route to a tandem mass spectrometer (see Figure 5.1).

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Comparison of the cleavage specificity of proteinase A toward the B chain of oxidized insulin with those of some related acid proteinases. aK. Oda and S. Murao, Agric. Biol. Chem. 40, 1221 (1976) bD. C. Williams, J. R. Whitaker, and P. V. Caldwell, Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 149, 52 (1972) CG. Mains, M. Takahashi, J. Sodek, and T. Hofmann, Can. J. Biochem. 49, 1134 (1971). (S-sulfo B chain was used as substrate) dD. Tsuru, A. Hattori, H. Tsuji, T. Yamamoto, and J. Fukumoto, Agric. Biol. Chem. 33,1419 (1969) eF. Sanger and H. Tuppy, Biochem. J. 49,481 (1951) fB. Foltmann, C. R. Trav. Lab. Carlsberg 34,319 (1964). The arrows indicate relative rates of cleavage for each peptide. Substrate Specificity. The specificity of action of the enzyme toward several peptides, including oxidized insulin B chain and oxidized ribo-nuclease A, has been investigated, and the results are summarized in Figs. 3 and 4 and Table II. The enzyme hydrolyzes fairly specifically the three peptide bonds in...

Metastatic Profile Osseous Metastases

It has long been recognized that both prostate and breast cancer belong to a well-defined group of tumors that readily metastasize to bone. One autopsy series reported that 64 and 66 of patients with metastatic breast and prostate cancer, respectively, had metastases to the bone.44 There are important differences, however, most notably being the pattern of bone metastasis seen in each of these cancers, i.e. typically osteoclastic in breast cancer and osteoblastic in prostate cancer. In an effort to further characterize this phenomenon, researchers have identified several osteoblast-stimulating factors produced by prostate cancer cells, such as bone mor-phogenic proteins, osteoblast mitogenic factor, prostatic osteo-blastic factor and bone phosphatase-elevating factor. Other studies have suggested that insulin-like growth factor binding proteins sequestered in the bone matrix, which normally inhibit the osteoblastic activity of insulin-like growth factors, may undergo PSA-dependent...

Management and Treatment

Curettage, cryotherapy, surgical excision, or else careful removal of the flea and eggs are the curative therapeutic choices. Early treatment and avoidance of secondary infection are of the utmost importance in all infested travellers, and particularly in individuals with diabetes mellitus, leprosy, or other debilitating conditions of the feet. A haemorrhagic nodule caused by T. penetrans may pose differential diagnostic difficulty with an inflamed common wart or a malignant melanoma but the short duration of the lesion and the history of exposure indicate the acute nature of this parasitic disease.

Cell Cultures see Note

2 Megakaryocytes from CD34+ cells CD34+ cells were obtained from human bone marrow of healthy patients undergoing hip surgery with their informed consent. Briefly, cells were separated over a Ficoll-metrizoate gradient (Ficoll-separating solution Biochrom KG, Berlin, Germany) then, CD34+ cells were isolated using the immunomagnetic beads technique (Miltenyi, Biotec, France 11 ). The purity was usually in the range 70 to 90 . CD34+ cells were grown for 5 d in Iscove's modified Dulbeco's medium (Gibco BRL) containing penicillin (100 U mL), streptomycine (100 pg mL), glutamine (2 mmol L Sigma Chemical Co, St Louis, MO), a-monothioglycerol (76 nmol L Sigma), 1.5 deionized bovine serum albumin (BSA Cohn fraction V Sigma) 1 100 of insulin-transferrin selenium X (Gibco BRL) and sonicated lipids (20 pg mL). The culture medium was supplemented with PEG-rhuMGDF (10 ng mL) and recombinant human stem cell fac

Factors Related To Health Care Adherence Among African Americans With Disabilities

For persons with disabilities and chronic illnesses, adherence to prescribed health recommendations may not only impact the quality of their lives, but whether they live or die. For example, for some persons with diabetes, taking insulin prevents coma. For an individual who is living with AIDS, learning how to deal with stressors that can negatively im pact the immune system is critical. For persons with any chronic illness or debilitating condition, regular medical appointments to follow the progression of the disease may be necessary and circumvent potential problems. For an obese person, eating the wrong foods and failure to exercise increase the risk of several diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. As noted in chapter 1, African Americans are at increased risk for several of these diseases. Lack of adherence may be a larger concern when the individual has a chronic illness or a disability and recommendations aimed at decreasing the deleterious effects...

Degradation of standard proteins and peptides

The oxidized B-chain of insulin has served for over 30 years as the substrate of choice for the initial screening of the specificity of a newly discovered protease. The sequence, given in Table 4, contains a selection of peptide bonds 'on offer' to a proteolytic enzyme, and almost certainly has an unfolded structure so that all peptide bonds are freely accessible. Table 4 Insulin B-chain, oxidized cleavage points with several proteases Table 4 Insulin B-chain, oxidized cleavage points with several proteases

Are There any Limitations for Advising a Low Anterior Resection and to Whom Should an APR be Recommended

Many experienced surgeons would probably advise against a low anterior resection for anaplastic tumours, and otherwise bulky and or fixed tumours, reserving the operation for mainly local and limited growths, and those with low-grade malignancy. An APR may also be preferable for old age, particularly for those with a short life expectancy and those with a serious contemporary disease (diabetes, cardiac or pulmonary insufficiency etc.). In these patients an ultralow rectal resection - with square stapling of the anorectal remnant, omitting the perineal dissection - would be justified, considerably reducing the operative trauma and post-operative morbidity.

Pharmaceutical Therapies

It is important to reduce cerebrovascular risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, smoking, hyperlipidemia, and coronary artery disease in patients with vascular dementia. Dementia resulting from neurologic conditions (Parkinson's disease, normal-pressure hydrocephalus, brain lesions, carotid artery disease) requires a neurological workup. Dementia related to a hereditary condition requires referral for genetic counseling.

Endocrinological Aspects

Decreased growth hormone (GH) response to pharmacological stimulation has been found in children and adolescents during an episode of major depressive disorder and after recovery. GH secretion is similarly altered in children and adolescents who had never experienced depression but were at high risk of developing depression 53 . These results suggest that the decreased GH response found in high-risk subjects may represent a trait marker for depression in children and adolescents. It is interesting to note that one of the candidate psychogenes identified by our work using convergent functional genomics 5 described below is insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1), a downstream effector in the GH pathway.

Channel Interaction with Membrane Phospholipids

Membrane phospholipids have recently been identified as significant regulatory elements in ion channel activation. The activity of the ATP-sensitive, inwardly rectifying K+ channels expressed in insulin-secreting P cells in vascular smooth muscle and heart is dependent upon both intracellular levels of ATP and coexpression of the sulfonylurea receptor. The activity of KATP is inhibited by ATP binding to the tightly linked sulfonylurea receptor and, therefore, highly sensitive to cellular metabolism. Although the mechanism of channel activation inhibition by ATP is similar in channels expressed in all three tissues, their sensitivity to ATP varies widely. Recently, it has been shown that the inhibitory effect of ATP on channel activation is dependent on the membrane phospholipids phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate and phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate. Membrane phospholipid composition may vary from tissue to tissue. The profound effects of membrane phospholip-ids on KATP activity...

For The Treatment Of Lethal Prostate Cancer Metastasis

Interrupting paracrine autocrine growth factors and growth factor receptors or extracellular matrix and integrin interactions by the use of antibodies, such as insulin-like growth factor-1R or platelet-derived growth factor receptor antibodies, integrin isotype-specific antibodies, and antibodies to the stem cell hedgehog signaling pathway hijacked by cancer cells (5,125,126).

Models of Disease and Therapy

Many of the illnesses seen in office practice are not really diagnosed, just labeled (e.g., respiratory symptoms as a cold) or treated empirically. The causes of mental illness, cancer, and AIDS were scientifically unknown for years. Some disagreement still exists, for example, about the causes of AIDS.18 Neither does scientific medicine explain the impact of diseases and their treatments on people's lives as well as it explains the biology of the disease. For example, think of migraine, epilepsy, or insulin-dependent diabetes, or almost any serious disease, especially as it complicates the life of a child and his or her family.

Nature of the Donor Site

Flap vascular pedicle should be carefully evaluated. The length of the pedicle and the status of the vessels are of great importance. Diseased vessels are not uncommonly found in diabetics and in patients with arteriosclerosis when flaps are taken from the lower part of the body, below the aortic bifurcation.

Preface To The First Edition

The depth and breadth of opportunity that tissue engineering provides for medicine is extraordinary. In the United States alone, it has been estimated that nearly half-a-trillion dollars are spent each year to care for patients who suffer either tissue loss or end-stage organ failure. Over four million patients suffer from burns, pressure sores, and skin ulcers, over twelve million patients suffer from diabetes, and over two million patients suffer from defective or missing supportive structures such as long bones, cartilage, connective tissue, and intervertebral discs. Other potential applications of tissue engineering include the replacement of worn and poorly functioning tissues as exemplified by aged muscle or cornea replacement of small caliber arteries, veins, coronary, and peripheral stents replacement of the bladder, ureter, and fallopian tube and restoration of cells to produce necessary enzymes, hormones, and other bioactive secretory products.

Other Medications and Herbal Supplements

Many agents have as an unintended side effect weight loss. These include metformin, a biguanide used to treat type 2 diabetes, acarbose, an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor also used to treat type 2 diabetes, and topiramate an anti-epileptic drug. It should be noted that these agents do not have an FDA indication for the treatment of obesity and trials, including those specifically in some cases designed as weight loss trials have shown a lack of efficacy or an unfavorable risk benefit ratio. Therefore their use can not be routinely recommended. Dietary supplements and herbal preparations are not prospectively reviewed by the FDA for safety or efficacy. These agents are only reviewed if they are shown to present a significant or unreasonable risk, as has been the case with ephedra supplements. Herbals and supplements include chitosan, chromium picolinate, conjugated linoleic acid, ephedra alkaloids (ma huang) and garcinia cambogia. There is insufficient data on these agents except for...

Introduction 711 Nota Optn and UNOS

The goals of the management center around maintaining hemodynamic stability, appropriate oxygenation, biochemical homeostasis, and adequate organ perfusion. This usually represents a complete reversal of the management the patient had been receiving to the point of brain death. Thus, donors frequently need to be hydrated and to be given vasopressin to counteract diabetes insipidus, which is frequently seen after brain death. Though the detailed management of the brain dead organ donor is beyond the scope of this manual, suffice to say that

Symptomatic treatment

Well-transfused children maintained on a good diet do not usually develop important vitamin deficiency states. However, folic acid deficiency occurs in poorly transfused children or in those with thalassaemia intermedia, and it is probably better to maintain these patients on regular folate supplements. In those who develop iron loading with end-organ failure, endocrine replacement therapy may be necessary to improve growth and secondary sexual development and, if necessary, to treat diabetes mellitus. These children require expert endocrinological assessment before treatment. Because the occurrence of osteoporosis is also likely to be due to hypogonadism, similar precautions should be followed. In those who develop cardiac abnormalities, intensive chelation therapy may improve cardiac function.

Medical Illnesses And Conditions

A number of maternal medical conditions are associated with an increased risk of indicated preterm birth (Table 5-1). Maternal medical illnesses such as chronic hypertension, pre-pregnancy diabetes mellitus, or systemic lupus erythematosus can alter or limit the placental delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the developing fetus, possibly resulting in fetal growth restriction. These same maternal medical illnesses also increase the risk of preeclampsia and, thus, the risk of indicated preterm birth. The mechanism(s) that places a woman at increased risk for preeclampsia is unknown. Acute maternal medical conditions may also result in preterm birth. For example, severe trauma and shock are acute conditions that could create a nonreassur-ing fetal status or placental abruption and thus lead to indicated preterm birth. The progressive course of some medical illnesses could mandate indicated preterm birth to preserve the health and well-being of the mother. Functional or structural...

Growth from Birth to 4 Months

Concentrations of IGF-1, insulin and insulin-releasing amino acids (IRAA) in breast-fed and formula-fed infants insulin, pmol l IRAA, mmol l insulin, pmol l IRAA, mmol l Table 2. Concentrations of IGF-1, insulin and insulin-releasing amino acids (IRAA) in breast-fed and formula-fed infants IGF-1 data for formula-fed infants are from Steenhout et al. 20 and those for breastfed infants are unpublished data. The insulin and IRAA data are from Dewey et al. 21 . Values in same column with different superscripts differ significantly p < 0.01. *Value significantly lower than corresponding value at 1 month p < 0.01. IGF-1 data for formula-fed infants are from Steenhout et al. 20 and those for breastfed infants are unpublished data. The insulin and IRAA data are from Dewey et al. 21 . Values in same column with different superscripts differ significantly p < 0.01. *Value significantly lower than corresponding value at 1 month p < 0.01.

Common Concepts Of Cancer Chemoprevention

Several biomarkers can be used to monitor carcinogenesis in the prostate, such as PSA, PIN, nuclear and nucleolar mor-phometry, DNA ploidy, etc. Other potentially useful biomarkers are associated with cellular proliferation kinetics (proliferating cell nuclear antigen and apoptosis) differentiation (blood group antigens, vinentins) genetic damage (loss of heterozygosity on chromosome 8) signal transduction (tumor growth factor -TGFa, TGFP, insulin-like growth factor I, c-erb B-2 expression) and angiogenesis and biochemical changes (PSA changes).37

Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

Porphyria cutanea tarda is the most common of the porphyrias, with significant cutaneous involvement. This form may be hereditary but far more frequently is due to an exogenous agent, such as alcohol, oestrogens, iron, antimalarials (high doses), hexachlorobenzene, and chlorinated phenols. Other predisposing factors include diabetes mellitus and hepatitis C. While patients do have photosensitivity, there is some delay between sun exposure and the development of the lesions and they actually complain of skin fragility and, conversely, may appear sun-tanned.

Miscellaneous Conditions Ainhum

This uncommon condition affecting the fifth toe of adults in tropical Africa is also called spontaneous dactylolysis. A painful constricting band of fibrotic tissue results in spontaneous amputation of the toe. A number of contributing factors have been identified, including familial occurrence, decreased blood supply locally, mechanical trauma from walking on bare feet, and chronic diseases with neuropathy, such as leprosy and diabetes mellitus. General hygiene measures, avoidance of infection, and surgical amputation, if required in advanced cases, are the therapeutic interventions of choice (Browne, 1976).

Maternal and Child Risks

Other risks associated with hormonal ovulation stimulation include ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, in which fluid imbalances and ovary enlargement become problematic rupture of the ovaries is also a possibility (for a review of the well-being of women during the use of ARTs, see The Presidents Council on Bioethics 2004 ). Multiple pregnancies pose higher risks of mortality and morbidity to the mothers than singleton pregnancies. Mothers with multiple pregnancies are more likely to experience high blood pressure, anemia, preeclampsia, and gestational diabetes and to require delivery by cesarean (Sebire et al., 2001 Wen et al., 2004).

Free fatty acids oxidative stress and vascular dysfunction

Increased serum FFA, as a facet of the metabolic syndrome, adversely alters vascular function and constitutes an independent risk factor for coronary disease (Sattar et al., 1998). Experiments on endothelial cells in culture and on rat femoral artery segments in vitro suggest that physiologically relevant concentrations of FFA cause reductions in vasodilator prostacyclin and nitric oxide and reductions in vascular relaxation responsiveness (Davda et al., 1995 Endresen et al., 1994). In lean, insulin-sensitive subjects, manipulations to increase circulating FFA levels to the range observed in insulin-resistant patients (two- to ninefold elevations) impair relaxation to the endothelium-dependent vasodilator methacholine as measured by leg blood flow (Steinberg et al., 1997, 2000). Endogenous FFA correlate well with adverse vascular function in vivo (Steinberg et al., 1996, 1997, 2000). As discussed by these authors, elevated FFA may induce formation of reactive oxygen species which...

Gap Junctions and Ca2 Wave Propagation

Gap junctions are found in a variety of cell types and serve many functional roles, including normal and abnormal brain functions, wound healing, ciliary beating, bile flow, insulin secretion, follicular growth, oogenesis, ovulation, and bioluminescence. Mutations or defective productions in gap junction channels have been linked to a number of diseases, including Charcot-Marie-Tooth X-linked neuropathy, malignancy, infertility, cataractogenesis, and deafness.

Advances and Insights from Pharmacological Studies

Ondansetron, an anti-nausea drug best known for its use in cancer chemotherapy, has been reported to be effective in reducing drinking, especially in patients with early-onset alcoholism (before age 25) 81 . In their discussion, the authors speculate that ondansetron changes the balance of activity among the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. In particular, it reduces the activity at one of the serotonin receptors, 5-HT3 in previous animal studies, blocking this receptor had been found to reduce the consumption of alcohol. It is hypothesized that early-onset alcoholics may carry a genetic variant of the receptor that makes them more vulnerable to the addictive effects of alcohol. Interestingly, the blood test used to measure alcohol use in this study is a new one it measures carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (CDT), which accumulates in the blood with sustained heavy drinking, as haemoglobin Aic does in diabetes, and persists at elevated levels for weeks after drinking stops....

Longterm complications

The Medicare claims, 19.5 of patients identified to have had RRP by claim underwent one or more procedures for bladder neck obstruction or stricture after RRP.37 This contrasts with other studies reporting lower rates of postoperative BNC after RRP.38-40 Several studies have reported risk factors for the development of postoperative BNC, including previous prostate procedures or transurethral resections, excessive intraoperative blood loss, postoperative urinary extravasation and asymptomatic bacteriuria.39,41,42 In contrast, other studies found no relationship between development of BNC and previous transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), or pathologic features including cancer volume, positive surgical margins, lymph node or seminal vesicle involvement.36'42 Patient comorbidities have also been implicated as risk factors for the development of BNC after RRP, including cigarette smoking, coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus and hypertension, suggesting a microvascular...

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