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BMC Psychiatry ; 20(1): 498, 2020 10 08.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33032571


BACKGROUND: This study aimed to screen cardiovascular patients for depressive symptoms at a tertiary centre in Trinidad and Tobago; and to determine any significant associations amongst patients' demographics, comorbidities, and cardiovascular medications with depressive symptoms. METHODS: In this observational, cross-sectional study, patients (n = 1203) were randomly selected from the cardiology outpatient clinics at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. After meeting selection criteria, informed consent was obtained, and patients were administered a case report form, which included the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9). Descriptive analyses included frequency, percentage and summary statistics. Inferential analyses included 95% confidence intervals (CIs), independent sample t-test, Fisher's exact test, Chi-square test, and multivariate logistic regression. RESULTS: The study had a 96% respondent rate, whereby the average age was 62 years old. Slightly less than half were male, and 52.5% were female. Over 90 % of the sample had cardiovascular disease (CVD). One-quarter of the sample had a PHQ-9 score of ≥10, with almost one-fifth having no depressive symptoms. Females, lower levels of education and income were all found to be statistically significant at risk for depressive symptoms (all p-values < 0.001). Comorbidities associated with depressive symptoms included hypertension, prior cerebrovascular events, chronic kidney disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) of OR 1.988 (CI 1.414-2.797), OR 1.847 (CI 1.251-2.728), OR 1.872 (CI 1.207-2.902) and OR 1.703 (CI 1.009-2.876) respectively. Only the cardiovascular medication of ticagrelor was found to be significantly associated with depressive symptoms (p-value < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Twenty-five percent of screened cardiovascular patients displayed significant depressive symptoms with a PHQ-9 ≥ 10. This study also highlights the importance of implementing a multidisciplinary approach to managing cardiovascular disease and screening for depressive symptoms in this subpopulation. Further studies are required to validate these findings. TRIAL REGISTRATION: number, NCT03863262 . This trial was retrospectively registered on 20th February 2019.

Depresión , Cuestionario de Salud del Paciente , Estudios Transversales , Depresión/diagnóstico , Depresión/epidemiología , Femenino , Humanos , Masculino , Encuestas y Cuestionarios , Trinidad y Tobago/epidemiología
Molecules ; 19(6): 7429-39, 2014 Jun 06.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24914892


An interesting new approach was developed for the synthesis of Evans' chiral auxiliaries with excellent yields. In turn, another new stereoselective and efficient strategy has also allowed for the preparation of a 2-oxazolidinone derivative in 34% overall yield from the Morita-Baylis-Hillman adduct. The antibacterial activity of this oxazolidinone was tested against Staphylococcus aureus strains isolated from animals with mastitis infections.

Antibacterianos/síntesis química , Antibacterianos/farmacología , Oxazolidinonas/síntesis química , Oxazolidinonas/farmacología , Animales , Antibacterianos/química , Bovinos , Femenino , Mastitis Bovina/microbiología , Oxazolidinonas/química , Staphylococcus aureus/efectos de los fármacos , Estereoisomerismo
Hum Immunol ; 74(2): 181-8, 2013 Feb.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-23220499


Chagas' disease is one of the most serious parasitic diseases of Latin America, with a social and economic impact far outweighing the combined effects of other parasitic diseases such as malaria, leishmaniasis and schistosomiasis. In the chronic phase of this disease, the destruction of enteric nervous system (ENS) components leads to megacolon development. Previous data presented that the regeneration tax in the ENS neurons is augmented in chagasic patients. Although, there are several neuronal types with different functions in the intestine a detailed study about the regeneration of every neuronal type was never performed before. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the regeneration tax of every neuronal cell type in the ENS from chagasic patients with megacolon and non-infected individuals. A neuronal regeneration marker (GAP-43) was used in combination with a pan-neuronal marker (Peripherin) and several neuropeptides markers (cChat, Substance P, NPY, VIP and NOS), and it was considered as positive just with the combination of these markers. Our results demonstrated that the regeneration levels of cChat, Substance P, and NPY were similar in chagasic patients and non-infected individuals. However, levels of VIP and NOS neuropeptides were increased in chagasic patients when compared with non-infected individuals. We believe that the augment in the regeneration occur due to an increased destruction of selective neuronal types. These results corroborates with previous studies that pointed out to selective destruction of VIP and NOS neurons in chagasic patients.

Enfermedad de Chagas/metabolismo , Enfermedad de Chagas/patología , Megacolon/patología , Neuronas/metabolismo , Regeneración , Adulto , Anciano , Sistema Nervioso Entérico/metabolismo , Femenino , Proteína GAP-43/metabolismo , Ganglios Autónomos/metabolismo , Humanos , Masculino , Persona de Mediana Edad , Óxido Nítrico Sintasa/metabolismo , Péptido Intestinal Vasoactivo/metabolismo
Hum Pathol ; 41(4): 528-34, 2010 Apr.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-20004942


Chagas disease is caused by infestation with the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, and some patients who are serologically positive develop chronic megaesophagus, whereas others are symptom-free. Gastrointestinal form of Chagas disease involves an inflammatory invasion of the enteric plexuses and degeneration of enteric neurons and previous works related that enteroglial cells would be involved in enteric inflammatory responses. Because of this, the aims of this study were to determine the relation of enteroglial cells with the denervation process in chagasic patients with and without megaesophagus and seronegative individuals. Our results indicated that the innervation of the esophageal muscle was substantially reduced in patients with megaesophagus, but asymptomatic seropositive subjects were not different to seronegative controls. Besides, patients with megaesophagus had significant decreased of enteroglial cells labeled with S-100 and glial fibrillary acidic protein, whereas patients without megaesophagus presented an increased of both labels. We believe that enteroglial cells would operate a mechanism of defense in the enteric nervous system against the Trypanosoma cruzi infection, which could prevent the organ denervation and preserve the esophagus function.

Enfermedad de Chagas/patología , Sistema Nervioso Entérico/patología , Acalasia del Esófago/patología , Esófago/inervación , Neuroglía/patología , Enfermedad de Chagas/complicaciones , Enfermedad de Chagas/fisiopatología , Acalasia del Esófago/complicaciones , Acalasia del Esófago/fisiopatología , Esofagitis/inmunología , Esofagitis/patología , Esófago/inmunología , Proteína Ácida Fibrilar de la Glía/metabolismo , Humanos , Persona de Mediana Edad , Proteínas S100/metabolismo