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Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption: combined analysis of individual-participant data for 599 912 current drinkers in 83 prospective studies

The Lancet, Thursday, April 12, 2018

Low-risk limits recommended for alcohol consumption vary substantially across different national guidelines. To define thresholds associated with lowest risk for all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease, we studied individual-participant data from 599 912 current drinkers without previous cardiovascular disease.

Association between precipitation and diarrheal disease in Mozambique

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Diarrheal diseases are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Africa. Although research documents the magnitude and pattern of diarrheal diseases are associated with weather in particular locations, there is limited quantification of this association in sub-Saharan Africa and no studies conducted in Mozambique. Our study aimed to determine whether variation in diarrheal disease was associated with precipitation in Mozambique.

The burden of cardiovascular diseases among US States, 1990-2016

JAMA Cardiology, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 In this study using the Global Burden of Disease methodology, large disparities in total burden of CVD were found between US states despite marked improvements in CVD burden.

Future prospects and challenges for Alzheimer's disease drug development in the era of the NIA-AA Research Framework

Alzheimer's & Dementia, Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The development of novel therapeutics aimed at slowing and eventually preventing progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD) remains an important international public health goal.

Comparison of algorithms to triage patients to express care in a sexually transmitted disease clinic

Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The ideal approach to triaging STD clinic patients between testing-only express visits and standard visits with clinician evaluation is uncertain. n this cross-sectional study, we used classification and regression tree analysis to develop and validate the optimal algorithm for predicting which patients need a standard visit with clinician assessment (i.e., to maximize correct triage). 

Refining the accuracy of validated target identification through coding variant fine-mapping in type 2 diabetes

Nature Genetics, Monday, April 9, 2018

We aggregated coding variant data for 81,412 type 2 diabetes cases and 370,832 controls of diverse ancestry, identifying 40 coding variant association signals (P < 2.2 × 10−7); of these, 16 map outside known risk-associated loci.

Genome-wide association study and meta-analysis identify loci associated with ventricular and supraventricular ectopy

Scientific Reports, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The genetic basis of supraventricular and ventricular ectopy (SVE, VE) remains largely uncharacterized, despite established genetic mechanisms of arrhythmogenesis. To identify novel genetic variants associated with SVE/VE in ancestrally diverse human populations, we conducted a genome-wide association study of electrocardiographically identified SVE and VE in five cohorts including approximately 43,000 participants of African, European and Hispanic/Latino ancestry.

Relationship of lipids and lipid-lowering medications with cognitive function: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis

The American Journal of Epidemiology, Monday, April 2, 2018

Studies on the relationship of cholesterol concentrations and lipid-lowering medications with dementia risk have yielded inconsistent findings. Therefore, we investigated the association of lipid concentrations and lipid-lowering medications with cognitive function in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis.

Ambient Air Pollution and Clinical Implications for Susceptible Populations

Annals of the American Thoracic Society, Sunday, April 1, 2018

Air pollution is associated with a diversity of health effects, and evidence for a causal relationship with specific diseases exists. Exposure to air pollution is ubiquitous and typically beyond the control of the individual; the resulting health burden for the population can be high. Disproportionate effects are seen in individuals who have increased susceptibility to air pollution owing to individual- or community-level characteristics.

Circulating sphingolipids, insulin, HOMA-IR and HOMA-B: the Strong Heart Family Study

Diabetes, Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Experimental studies suggest ceramides may play a role in insulin resistance. However, the relationships of circulating ceramides and related sphingolipids with plasma insulin have been underexplored in humans.