Archives of medical research

Publisher: Elsevier

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Current impact factor: 2.41

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 2.406
2012 Impact Factor 2.079
2011 Impact Factor 1.733
2010 Impact Factor 1.986
2009 Impact Factor 1.884
2008 Impact Factor 1.703
2007 Impact Factor 1.772
2006 Impact Factor 1.275
2005 Impact Factor 1.382
2004 Impact Factor 1.286
2003 Impact Factor 1.277
2002 Impact Factor 0.606
2001 Impact Factor 0.476

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

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5-year impact 2.00
Cited half-life 4.90
Immediacy index 0.11
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.51
Other titles Archives of medical research (En ligne), Archives of medical research
ISSN 1873-5487
OCLC 77547537
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
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    ABSTRACT: The extent in which sickle cell anemia (SCA) impacts myocardial function in children is unclear. Doppler tissue imaging (DTI) was introduced as a new non-invasive echocardiographic method for assessment of ventricular systolic and diastolic functions. We undertook this study to assess subclinical impact of SCA on global myocardial performance in affected children using DTI and to correlate it with mean hemoglobin concentration. Eighty five children with SCA (mean age 11.82 ± 3.7 years) was included as the study group and 55 age- and sex-matched healthy children as the control group. Conventional two-dimensional echocardiography was performed in both groups and DTI was used to determine right ventricular (RV) and left ventricular (LV) Tei indexes. Mean Hb concentration was correlated to the cardiac functions of SCA children. RV and LV Tei indexes were significantly higher in SCA group (mean ± SD: 0.54 ± 0.19 vs. 0.27 ± 0.01, p <0.0001 and 0.47 ± 0.09 vs. 0.30 ± 0.07, p <0.0001, respectively). Also, mean Hb concentration was correlated negatively with both LV Tei index (r = -0.611, p <0.0001) and with RV Tei index (r = -0.894, p <0.0001). On the contrary, fractional shortening (FS) did not correlate with mean Hb concentration (r = -0.044, p = 0.681). DTI technique appears to be more sensitive than conventional echocardiography in the early detection of myocardial dysfunction in children with SCA. This provides insights into the value of early screening and the potential for preventive therapy in children to avert cardiac morbidity and mortality in adults with SCA. Copyright © 2015 IMSS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of medical research 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2015.08.002
  • Francisco Flores-Ramírez · Claudia Palacios-Guerrero · Constanza García-Delgado · Ariadna Berenice Morales-Jiménez · Christian Martín Arias-Villegas · Alicia Cervantes · Verónica Fabiola Morán-Barroso
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    ABSTRACT: Trisomy 21 is the most frequent genetic cause of intellectual disability. It is caused by different cytogenetic aberrations: free trisomy, Robertsonian translocations, mosaicism, duplication of the critical region and other structural rearrangements of chromosome 21. The aim of the study was to identify in Mexican trisomy 21 patients who attended Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez from 1992-2011 the type and frequency of the cytogenetic aberration and to evaluate the effect of maternal age. A retrospective analysis of epidemiological data and karyotype reports were carried out; type and frequency of the cytogenetic variants were determined. We identified 2,018 cases referred with a clinical diagnosis of trisomy 21. In 1,921 analyses (95.2%) a cytogenetic variant of trisomy 21 was identified: free trisomy 21 in 1,787 cases (93.02%), four cases (0.21%) had an additional non-contributory aberration; Robertsonian translocations in 92 cases (4.79%); mosaicism in 31 cases (1.61%) and seven cases (0.36%) had other chromosomal abnormalities, five (0.26%) had other contributory structural rearrangements and two corresponded to double aneuploidies (0.10%). Gender distribution was 1,048 (54.56%) males and 873 (45.44%) females. A maternal age effect was observed in patients with free trisomy 21 with mothers >36 years of age. The present work reports the experience of a Mexican referral center regarding the karyotype diagnosis of patients with trisomy 21 and is one of the most extensive studies published so far. Percentages of the cytogenetic abnormalities present in our population reflect the ones previously reported for these cytogenetic alterations worldwide. Copyright © 2015 IMSS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of medical research 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2015.08.001
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    ABSTRACT: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a disorder that includes a cluster of several risk factors for the development of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The R230C variant of the ABCA1 gene has been associated with low HDL-cholesterol in several studies, but its association with MetS in children remains to be determined. The aim of this study was to analyze the association of the R230C variant with MetS and other metabolic traits in school-aged Mexican children. The study was performed in seven urban primary schools in the State of Mexico. Four hundred thirty-two Mexican school-age children 6-13 years old were recruited. MetS was identified using the International Diabetes Federation definition. The R230C variant of the ABCA1 gene was genotyped to seek associations with MetS and other metabolic traits. The prevalence of MetS was 29% in children aged 10-13 years. The R230C variant was not associated with MetS (OR = 1.65; p = 0.139). Furthermore, in the whole population, the R230C variant was associated with low HDL-cholesterol levels (β coefficient = -3.28, p <0.001). Interestingly, in the total population we found a novel association of this variant with high triglyceride levels (β coefficient = 14.34; p = 0.027). We found a new association of the R230C variant of the ABCA1 gene with high triglyceride levels. Our findings also replicate the association of this variant with low HDL-cholesterol levels in Mexican school-age children. Copyright © 2015 IMSS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of medical research 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2015.07.008
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    ABSTRACT: Few studies have described the association between hepcidin levels and cardiometabolic risk in the general population and more so by considering robust adjustment for confounding factors. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the associations between circulating hepcidin and anthropometric, biochemical and vascular variables related to cardiometabolic risk in healthy individuals adjusting for relevant covariates. Two-hundred thirty nine individuals (20-65 years old) were included in this cross-sectional study. Outcome variables were fasting glucose, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, waist circumference, systolic and diastolic blood pressures, and the Framingham risk score. Multivariate linear regression and ANCOVA analyses including covariates of body mass index (BMI), menopausal status, physical inactivity, alcohol intake, insulin resistance, subclinical/chronic inflammation, ferritin and soluble transferrin receptors were used to describe the associations between hepcidin and cardiometabolic risk markers. In adjusted linear regression analyses, there was no significant association in men. In women, a relationship between hepcidin and triglycerides became significant after adjustments (p <0.05). By comparing quartiles of hepcidin levels, systolic blood pressure values in men were significantly higher in the upper quartile of hepcidin vs. the rest of quartiles independently of BMI, chronic inflammation, insulin resistance and other iron markers (ANCOVA, p <0.05). There were no significant independent associations with the Framingham risk score (total points). We found a threshold effect of hepcidin levels on systolic blood pressure specifically in men. Further larger studies and experimental research are required to investigate possible mechanisms for the relationship between hepcidin metabolism and vascular function. Copyright © 2015 IMSS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of medical research 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2015.07.007
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    ABSTRACT: Background Iodine deficiency disorders have been known to mankind since antiquity and various researchers elucidated the role of iodine in its causation. However, recent evidence shows that the entire control program ignored multi-causality and association of increased iodine intake with hypothyroidism. This study was conducted to assess differences of iodine intake as measured by urinary iodine excretion (UIE) between cases of hypothyroidism and healthy controls. Methods A case-control study was conducted with three groups (cases, hospital controls and community controls) in two cities of India. Patients with overt hypothyroidism were cases (n = 150) and were compared with age, sex and socioeconomic status-matched hospital (n = 154) and community (n = 488) controls. Thyroid function tests (T3, T4, TSH) were used as diagnostic and inclusion criteria. TPOAb and UIE estimation were carried out for all study participants. Results Mean values of TPOAb and UIE were higher in cases as compared to hospital controls as well as community controls (p <0.05). With a cut off of 34 IU/mL for TPOAb, more cases had an anti-TPO level >34 as compared to hospital controls (p <0.001) as well as community controls (p <0.001); OR, 0.06 (95% CI, 0.03, 0.12) and 0.08 (0.05, 0.12), respectively. For UIE cut-off of 300 μg/L, more cases than hospital controls (p = 0.090) and community controls (p = 0.001) had higher levels; OR, 0.671, (0.422, 1.066) and 0.509, (0.348, 0.744), respectively. Conclusion The study has clearly shown that cases of hypothyroidism are associated with excess iodine intake. Cohort studies to generate further evidence and an eco-social epidemiological approach have been suggested as the way forward.
    Archives of medical research 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2015.07.005
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    ABSTRACT: This study aims to investigate the effects of cannabinoid (CB)-1 and CB2 receptor ligands on intestinal motor function and muscular electrophysiological activity in rodent gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was used to induce intestinal hypomotility. The effect of selective CB1 and CB2 agonists and antagonists on contractility of the muscle strips from rat jejunum was measured using organ bath and the membrane potential of the jejunal smooth muscle cells was recorded with intracellular microelectrodes. The single cell patch clamp technique was applied to record delayed rectifying potassium currents (IKV) and spontaneous transient outward currents (STOC). LPS significantly reduced contractility of the smooth muscle strips (p <0.010) and caused hyperpolarization of membrane potential of the smooth muscle cells (p <0.010). This LPS-induced effect was reversed by AM251 and AM630, selective CB1 and CB2 antagonists, respectively, which promoted contractions of smooth muscle strips and triggered cell depolarization (p <0.050). LPS-induced changes were further enhanced in the presence of CB agonists, HU210 and WIN55 (p <0.050 or p <0.010). No effect of HU210 or AM251 on IKV and STOC has been observed. This ex vivo study suggests that CB1 and CB2 receptors are involved in intestinal motor function in normal and LPS-induced pathological states and the regulation of the membrane potential of smooth muscle cells is very likely one of the effective mechanisms. This is one of the first reports on neuronal regulation of intestinal motility through CB-dependent pathways with potential application in the treatment of inflammatory and functional GI disorders. Copyright © 2015 IMSS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of medical research 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2015.07.006
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    ABSTRACT: Information comparing treatment outcome for diffuse large B cell (DLBCL) and follicular (FL) non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) patients treated with schemes with and without rituximab from low- and middle-income countries is scarce. Clinical characteristics, response to therapy and long-term outcome of DLBCL and FL patients were studied. Patients with DLBCL and FL diagnosed over 8 years at a reference center in northeast Mexico were included. Kaplan-Meier method was used to determine overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS). Cox regression model was used to evaluate the association between risk factors, rituximab therapy and clinical outcome. One hundred-sixteen patients with DLBCL and 65 with FL in advanced stages were included. Median age was 57.79 and 56 years, respectively. Clinical characteristics between groups receiving or not receiving rituximab were comparable. Stages III and IV were found in 63.8% of DLBCL and 84.56% in FL patients, respectively. OS and PFS at 60 months were 63.8 and 51.2% in DLBCL and 70.6 and 33.8% in FL. No difference in OS was found in DLBCL and FL when rituximab-based regimens vs. non rituximab-based regimens were compared, but a statistically significant difference was documented in PFS in FL patients. Addition of rituximab to CHOP-like regimens did not improve OS in DLBCL and FL NHL subtypes. In developed countries, diagnosis of NHL was made a decade earlier and in advanced clinical stages. Cost-efficiency of adding rituximab to therapy for these patients should be assessed. Copyright © 2015 IMSS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of medical research 07/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2015.07.004
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    ABSTRACT: Cellular and animal models investigating extremely low frequency magnetic fields (ELF-MF) have reported promotion of leukocyte-endothelial interactions, angiogenesis, myofibroblast and keratinocyte proliferation, improvement of peripheral neuropathy and diabetic wound healing. In humans, it has also been reported that systemic exposure to ELF-MF stimulates peripheral blood mononuclear cells, promoting angiogenesis and healing of chronic leg ulcers. The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of exposing different blood volumes to specific ELF-MFs (120 Hz sinusoidal waves of 0.4-0.9 mT RMS) to induce healing of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). Twenty six diabetic patients with non-responsive DFUs were divided into two exposure groups to receive treatment and record healing time. The forearm group, exposed to ELF-MF 2 h/day, twice weekly (3.6 l of blood/session); and the thorax group, exposed 25 min/day, 2 times/week (162.5 l of blood/session). Treatment period was 100 days or upon complete healing. Ulcer recurrences and adverse effects were investigated during short-term (<1 year) and long-term (3.4-7.8 years) follow-up. Mean healing time was 61.48 ± 33.08 days in the forearm group and 62.56 ± 29.33 days for the thorax group. No adverse effects or ulcer recurrences in the original ulcer site were reported during treatment, the short-term follow-up period or the long-term follow-up period in both groups. Healing time was independent of the amount of blood exposed to ELF-MF used in this trial. ELF-MFs are effective and safe and could be applied to non-healing DFUs in conjunction with other preventive interventions to reduce DFUs complications. Copyright © 2015 IMSS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of medical research 07/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2015.07.002
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    ABSTRACT: Pregnancy-related hypertensive disorders are complications in which risk factors are identified such as nulliparity, age, malnutrition, obesity and social issues. Those statements are explained by theories of abnormal placentation, immunological inadequacy, genetics and oxidative stress, but all theories converge in endothelial damage, which is able to mechanically deform and hemolyze erythrocytes as they pass through the capillaries. Given the effects of endothelial damage, the aim of the study was to determine erythrocyte alterations in peripheral blood smear of patients with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy that could be used as prognostic condition. We performed a prospective, descriptive and observational study where all patients with hypertensive disorders admitted to the obstetrics and gynecology service of a specialty hospital were recruited. Patients who provided signed informed consent underwent peripheral blood smear. Results were tabulated in percentage graphics and analyzed with Cramer's V based on χ(2). The peripheral blood smear consisted of an extended drop of peripheral blood from the patient with subsequent hematological staining done with Romanowsky stain. A total of 119 samples were analyzed; 74% showed abnormal morphology of erythrocytes and the most frequent abnormality was the presence of schistocytes in up to 39% of samples. Descriptive analysis showed a degree of association to independent variables with Cramer's V = 0.41 value (p <0.05). A high percentage of patients with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy show some morphologic alterations of erythrocytes in peripheral blood smear. Copyright © 2015 IMSS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of medical research 07/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2015.07.003
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    ABSTRACT: The IL28B single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs12979860 is a major predictor of treatment outcomes in hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, but its distribution widely varies among populations and ethnicities. We undertook this study to investigate the distribution of IL28B SNP rs12979860 in Mexican patients with HCV infection and to assess its usefulness in predicting response to pegylated interferon-alpha and ribavirin (PegIFN-α/RVB) therapy. Three hundred and fifty patients with chronic HCV infection were studied. The frequency of sustained virologic response (SVR), non-responders and relapses following a course of standard therapy was longitudinally assessed in 295 of these patients. IL28B SNP rs12979860 was genotyped from genomic DNA using real-time RT-PCR. The number needed to treat (NNT) to achieve a SVR was calculated. Seventy six (22%) patients were CC homozygous, 210 (60%) were heterozygous and 64 (18%) showed TT homozygosity for the IL28B SNP rs12979860. After a standard course of PegIFN-α/RVB, 69% of patients with the CC genotype, 46% of the heterozygous group and 38% of those with the TT genotype (p = 0.001) achieved a SVR. Conversely, the percentage of non-responders was 15, 43, and 48% (p < 0.0001), respectively. The NNT to achieve a SVR was strongly influenced by the IL28B rs12979860 genotype and ranged from 2-10. The IL-28B rs12979860 CC genotype was found in 22% of Mexican patients chronically infected by HCV. Genotyping IL28B SNP rs12979860 is useful to predict the response to a standard regimen with PegIFN-α/RVB, especially in those infected with HCV genotype 1. Copyright © 2015 IMSS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of medical research 07/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2015.07.001
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    Archives of medical research 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2015.06.008
  • Archives of medical research 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2015.06.007
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    ABSTRACT: The atherosclerotic process in coronary arteries begins with endothelial dysfunction and may provoke thrombotic total occlusion and myocardial infarction. In this state-of-the-art review, we discuss recent evidence of atheroslerosis, vulnerable plaque, and hemodynamic changes in the coronary tree, as well as the current techniques we implement in the catheterization lab to evaluate coronary stenosis. It is clear that atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory condition with several consequences in the coronary tree, however, we are able now to characterize the plaque and to select the appropriate treatment for many patients. Copyright © 2015 IMSS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of medical research 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2015.06.005
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    ABSTRACT: We targeted to investigate the efficacy and the mechanisms of two gastric bypass surgeries, Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) and Billroth II gastrojejunostomy on managing obese patients with T2DM and nonobese T2DM patients, respectively. Seven nonobese T2DM patients with gastric cancer submitted to Billroth II gastrojejunostomy were compared with nine obese T2DM patients undergoing RYGB about their baseline characteristics, weight loss and glycemic control, 3 months and 2 years after surgery. Meanwhile, β-cell function, glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), peptide YY (PYY) and gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP) levels were also investigated. Significant weight loss and improvement of glycemic control were observed in both groups and in the two follow-up periods. Reduction of body mass index was greater in obese patients with T2DM. The efficacy of Billroth II gastrojejunostomy on controlling blood glucose of nonobese T2DM was similar to that of RYGB on managing obese T2DM. Insulin levels and HOMA-IR were decreased in obese T2DM patients, whereas they remained unchanged in nonobese T2DM patients. Generally, levels of GLP-1 and PYY were increased, whereas GIP levels were decreased in both groups. Glycemic control efficacy of Billroth II gastrojejunostomy on managing nonobese T2DM is similar to that of RYGB on treating obese T2DM in the short- and mid-term. The underlying mechanisms of both surgeries may be related to weight loss and gut hormone modulations. Copyright © 2015 IMSS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of medical research 06/2015; 46(4). DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2015.06.003
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    ABSTRACT: The protective effect of ischemic preconditioning (IP) in liver transplantation (LT) has been studied with controversial results. We undertook this study to investigate whether IP of cadaveric donor livers is protective to allografts. IP (LT + IP, n = 6) was induced by 10-min hilar clamping. These were compared to cadaver donors with no IP (LT, n = 7). Clinical data and blood were obtained in donors and recipients for biochemical and inflammatory mediator (IM) measurements (P-selectin, leukotriene B4, myeloperoxidase, ICAM-1, IL-1, IL-6, and TNF-α). Liver tissue samples were obtained from donors and recipients (90 min after reperfusion). No significant differences were found in demographic characteristics between donors and recipients. When comparing both groups (LT + IP vs. LT only), ICU stay was longer in LT + IP group. For biochemical parameters, a significant difference was found only with a higher total bilirubin at postoperative day 3 in LT + IP group. There was no statistical difference in IM between LT and LT + IP groups at different stages of the study. Histological analysis of donor grafts indicated the presence of steatosis (50%) in one graft from the LT + IP group. However, in post-reperfusion biopsies neither neutrophil infiltration nor grade of necrosis showed significant difference between groups. No incidence of primary graft nonfunction (PGNF) was observed and graft and patient survival was similar in the two groups at 24 months. IP does not seem to protect against I/R injury in cadaveric LT, and no PGNF was seen. Copyright © 2015 IMSS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of medical research 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2015.06.002