Basil O. Burney

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Human ghrelin is transported across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) of normal mice. Here, we studied the effects of triglycerides, obesity, and starvation in retired breeder mice maintained on a high fat diet, mice age-matched to the retired breeders but maintained on normal chow, and 8-week-old mice maintained on breeder chow. The rate of ghrelin transport(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Current therapies proven to slow the progression of diabetic nephropathy include blockade of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) with either angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers. Given our better understanding of the pathophysiology of diabetic nephropathy, newer therapies to treat this condition are(More)
BACKGROUND Advanced colon cancer is associated with weight loss and decreased survival. Studies suggest that angiotensin and β-adrenergic blockade decrease colon cancer progression and ameliorate weight loss. This study aims to determine whether exposure to β-adrenoceptor blockers (BBs), angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs), or angiotensin(More)
CONTEXT Male cancer patients suffer from fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and decreased functional performance and muscle mass. These symptoms are seen in men with hypogonadism and/or inflammatory conditions. However, the relative contribution of testosterone and inflammation to symptom burden in cancer has not been well-established. OBJECTIVE The aim of this(More)
Prevalence of hypogonadism in men with cancer has been reported between 40% and 90%, which is significantly higher than in the general population. Hypogonadism is likely to affect the quality of life in these patients by contributing to non-specific symptoms, including decreased energy, anorexia, sarcopenia, weight loss, depression, insomnia, fatigue,(More)
Diabetes increases cardiovascular (CV) risk to a similar extent as myocardial infarction. Epidemiologic data support the same concept for the presence of Stage 3 (ie, glomerular filtration rate of < 60 mL/min) or higher nephropathy without diabetes. The most common cause of end-stage kidney disease requiring dialysis is diabetes. Hence, CV risk is highest(More)
Many trials focused on cardiovascular outcomes demonstrate that reduction in blood pressure to levels below 140/90 mm Hg reduce cardiovascular events including stroke and myocardial infarction. There are very few such trials, however, in the elderly cohort, especially among those aged 70 and older. In the few outcome trials that have been completed in this(More)
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