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BACKGROUND & AIMS Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), a hormone predominantly secreted by the liver, has been shown to be positively associated with the severity of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in cross-sectional studies. We investigated the prospective association of FGF21 with NAFLD development in a 3-year prospective study involving a(More)
BACKGROUND Recent advance in genetic studies added the confirmed susceptible loci for type 2 diabetes to eighteen. In this study, we attempt to analyze the independent and joint effect of variants from these loci on type 2 diabetes and clinical phenotypes related to glucose metabolism. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Twenty-one single nucleotide polymorphisms(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate haemoglobin A1c (HbA(1c)) in diagnosing diabetes and identify the optimal HbA(1c) threshold to be used in Chinese adults. DESIGN Multistage stratified cross sectional epidemiological survey. SETTING Shanghai, China, 2007-8. PARTICIPANTS 4886 Chinese adults over 20 years of age with no history of diabetes. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES(More)
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS Most genetic variants identified for type 2 diabetes have been discovered in European populations. We performed genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in a Chinese population with the aim of identifying novel variants for type 2 diabetes in Asians. METHODS We performed a meta-analysis of three GWAS comprising 684 patients with type 2(More)
There have been considerable advances in the understanding of species concepts in the genus Colletotrichum. This has lead to the need to carry out fresh surveys of Colletotrichum species associated with important hosts. Colletotrichum species are associated with Citrus plants as saprobes, important pre-harvest and post-harvest pathogens, as well as(More)
The automatic extraction of blood vessels in non-fluorescein eye fundus images is a tough task in applications such as diabetic retinopathy screening. However, vessel shapes have complex variations, and accurate modeling of retinal vascular structures is challenging. We have therefore developed a new approach to accurately extract blood vessels in(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of diabetes in China is increasing rapidly. However, scarce data are available on serum electrolyte levels in Chinese adults with diabetes, especially in those with cardiovascular complications. This study measured serum electrolyte levels and examined their relationship with macrovascular complications in Chinese adults with(More)
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) on the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in a Chinese population. A total of 2,656 participants (aged 30 to 95 years) with baseline hs-CRP levels available were monitored for the incidence of a composite of CVD events (stroke and coronary heart(More)
BACKGROUND Whether metabolic syndrome (MetS) could serve as a valid indicator for cardiovascular disease (CVD) is in controversy. The aim of the study was to prospectively evaluate the predictive value of the MetS for CVD events in Chinese population by different MetS definitions. METHODS This was a community-based cohort study. MetS was defined according(More)
OBJECTIVES Osteocalcin, a bone-derived protein, has recently been reported to affect energy metabolism. We investigated the relationship between serum osteocalcin and parameters of adiposity, glucose tolerance, and lipid profile in Chinese subjects. METHODS Serum osteocalcin was measured by electrochemiluminescence immunoassay in 254 men (128 with newly(More)