Gene Discovery in Giants Could Shed Light on Human GrowthGene Discovery in Giants Could Shed Light on Human Growth

A duplication in a gene on the X chromosome is associated with an early-onset form of gigantism; the discovery is likely to shed light on how growth hormone is regulated, the researchers say. Medscape Medical News
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AbstractObjectiveMultiple studies investigated preclinical markers of peripheral vascular damage in acromegaly (ACRO) reporting discordant results. The aim of this study was to run a meta-analysis to examine whether intima media thickness (IMT), flow mediated dilation (FMD) and arterial pulse wave velocity (PWV) are affected in acromegalic patients and to assess the impact of effective treatment of growth hormone excess on these outcomes.Study selectionTwenty-seven studies comparing ACRO vs control (CON) populations and active (ACT) vs inactive (INACT) ACRO were included in the meta-analysis.Data synthesisACRO compared to ...
Source: Pituitary - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
Authors: Gadelha MR, Kasuki L, Lim DS, Fleseriu M Abstract Acromegaly is a chronic systemic disease with many complications and is associated with increased mortality when not adequately treated. Significant advances in acromegaly treatment, as well as in the treatment of many of its complications, mainly diabetes mellitus, heart failure and arterial hypertension, were achieved in the last decades. These developments allowed change in both prevalence and severity of some acromegaly complications and furthermore resulted in a reduction of mortality. Nowadays, mortality seems to be similar to the general population i...
Source: Endocrine Reviews - Category: Endocrinology Tags: Endocr Rev Source Type: research
Authors: Popielarz-Grygalewicz A, Gąsior JS, Konwicka A, Grygalewicz P, Stelmachowska-Banaś M, Zgliczyński W, Dąbrowski M Abstract To determine whether the echocardiographic presentation allows for diagnosis of acromegalic cardiomyopathy. 140 patients with acromegaly underwent echocardiography as part of routine diagnostics. The results were compared with the control group comprising of 52 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers. Patients with acromegaly presented with higher BMI, prevalence of arterial hypertension, and glucose metabolism disorders (i.e., diabetes and/or prediabetes). In patients with acromega...
Source: International Journal of Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Tags: Int J Endocrinol Source Type: research
AbstractPurposeEpidemiological data are pivotal for the estimation of disease burden in populations.AimOf the study was to estimate the incidence and prevalence of acromegaly in Italy along with the impact of comorbidities and hospitalization rates as compared to the general population.MethodsRetrospective epidemiological study (from 2000 to 2014) and case control-study. Data were extracted from the Health Search Database (HSD). HSD contains patient records from about 1000 general practitioners (GPs) throughout Italy, covering a population of more than 1 million patients. It includes information about patient demographics ...
Source: Endocrine - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: This small, observational registry study showed a relevant success rate of initial pituitary surgery in patients with confirmed acromegaly. Initial tumour size and postoperative IGF-1 levels help to risk stratify patients regarding expected outcomes. In the case of disease persistence, a multimodal approach using drug and radiotherapy is mandatory. PMID: 30141524 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Swiss Medical Weekly - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Swiss Med Wkly Source Type: research
Authors: Yamamoto R, Robert Shima K, Igawa H, Kaikoi Y, Sasagawa Y, Hayashi Y, Inoshita N, Fukuoka H, Takahashi Y, Takamura T Abstract A 43-year-old woman with an 8-year history of diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia presented with amenorrhea and convulsion. Her MRI scan revealed a 3.5-cm T2-hyperintense pituitary macroadenoma with suprasellar extension to the frontal lobe and bilateral cavernous sinus invasion. Her serum levels of GH and insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) were elevated to 9.08 ng/mL (normal range:
Source: Endocrine Journal - Category: Endocrinology Tags: Endocr J Source Type: research
Abstract OBJECTIVE: to assess the efficacy and safety after 48 weeks of treatment with pasireotide long-acting-release (PAS-LAR) alone or in combination with pegvisomant in patients with acromegaly. In addition, we assessed the relation between insulin secretion and pasireotide-induced hyperglycemia. DESIGN: The PAPE extension study is a prospective follow-up study until 48 weeks after the core study of 24 weeks. METHODS: 59 out of 61 patients entered the extension study. Efficacy was defined as the percentage of patients achieving IGF-I normalization (≤ 1.2 x the Upper Limit of Normal (ULN)) at 48-we...
Source: European Journal of Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Authors: Tags: Eur J Endocrinol Source Type: research
A study of women with acromegaly provides insight into the impact of the disease on maternal-neonatal pregnancy outcomes.Clinical Endocrinology
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal Article Source Type: news
Francesco Ferra ù, Adriana Albani, Alessandro Ciresi, Carla Giordano, Salvatore Cannavò
Source: Frontiers in Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
Authors: Mercado M, Ramírez-Rentería C Abstract Diabetes is recognized as one of the most common acromegaly co-morbidities with a prevalence ranging 20-53%, while over one-third of these patients have an altered lipid profile. In fact, as in the non-acromegalic population, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism abnormalities are closely linked. Long term exposure to an excess of growth hormone (GH) and Insulin-like growth factor-1 concentrations results in insulin resistance and an increased hepatic glucose production. The lipolytic effect of GH results in the mobilization of free fatty acids that further ...
Source: Frontiers of Hormone Research - Category: Endocrinology Tags: Front Horm Res Source Type: research
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