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Vascular endothelial dysfunction occurs during the human aging process, and it is considered as a crucial event in the development of many vasculopathies. We investigated the underlying mechanisms of this process, particularly those related with oxidative stress and inflammation, in the vasculature of subjects aged 18-91 years without cardiovascular disease(More)
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS Extracellular pre-B cell colony-enhancing factor/nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase/visfatin (ePBEF/NAMPT/visfatin) is an adipocytokine, whose circulating levels are enhanced in metabolic disorders, such as diabetes mellitus and obesity. Here, we explored the ability of ePBEF/NAMPT/visfatin to promote vascular inflammation, as a(More)
BACKGROUND A standard phenotype of frailty was independently associated with an increased risk of adverse outcomes including comorbidity, disability and with increased risks of subsequent falls and fractures. Postural control deficit measurement during quiet standing has been often used to assess balance and fall risk in elderly frail population. Real time(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate for the first time the longitudinal relationship between abdominal obesity and the onset of frailty. METHODS Study based on results from two population-based cohorts, the Seniors-ENRICA, with 1801 individuals aged ≥60, and the Toledo Study for Healthy Ageing (TSHA), with 1289 participants ≥65 years. Incident frailty was assessed with(More)
BACKGROUND Hyperglycemia is acknowledged as an independent risk factor for developing diabetes-associated atherosclerosis. At present, most therapeutic approaches are targeted at a tight glycemic control in diabetic patients, although this fails to prevent macrovascular complications of the disease. Indeed, it remains highly controversial whether or not the(More)
UNLABELLED An observational cross-sectional study was conducted to assess calcium intake and vitamin D status by measurement of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), in postmenopausal osteoporotic women (PMOW) treated and untreated for osteoporosis. To assess the influence of sunlight exposure on vitamin D status, the study group was categorized on the basis of(More)
BACKGROUND Frailty can be an important clinical target to reduce rates of disability. OBJECTIVE To ascertain if a supervised-facility multicomponent exercise program (MEP) when performed by frail older persons can reverse frailty and improve functionality; cognitive, emotional, and social networking; as well as biological biomarkers of frailty, when(More)
BACKGROUND There is no consensus regarding the definition of frailty for clinical uses. METHODS A modified Delphi process was used to attempt to achieve consensus definition. Experts were selected from different fields and organized into five Focus Groups. A questionnaire was developed and sent to experts in the area of frailty. Responses and comments(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effectiveness of acute geriatric units compared with conventional care units in adults aged 65 or more admitted to hospital for acute medical disorders. DESIGN Systematic review and meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES Medline, Embase, and the Cochrane Library up to 31 August 2008, and references from published literature. Review methods(More)