Luciana Parlea

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Publications (7)20.22 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: There is emerging evidence of a relationship between vitamin D insufficiency and glucose intolerance. The aim of this study was to determine whether low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in early pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of gestational diabetes mellitus. This nested case-control study examined the association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D and risk of gestational diabetes within a cohort of pregnant women from March 2008 to December 2009, who had undergone antenatal screening between 15 and 18 weeks gestation and subsequent glucose tolerance testing. Cases were women diagnosed with gestational diabetes and each case was matched to up to two controls without gestational diabetes on age, race and date of blood collection. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D was measured from stored antenatal screening samples and compared between cases and controls. Of the 116 women with gestational diabetes and 219 control subjects studied, the average age was 34.3 years and 41% were of non-Caucasian race. Women with gestational diabetes had significantly lower serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D compared with control subjects (56.3 vs. 62.0 nmol/l, P = 0.018). After adjusting for gestational age and maternal weight, serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D below the top quartile (< 73.5 nmol/l) was associated with a twofold greater likelihood of gestational diabetes (adjusted odds ratio 2.21, 95% confidence interval 1.19-4.13). Lower vitamin D status in early pregnancy was associated with a significantly increased risk of subsequent gestational diabetes that was independent of race, age, season and maternal weight. This study suggests that vitamin D may influence glucose tolerance during pregnancy and provides support for studies of vitamin D as a potential intervention to prevent gestational diabetes.
    Diabetic Medicine 12/2011; 29(7):e25-32. · 3.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The risk of second primary malignancies (SPMs) associated with cancer therapies is an important concern of thyroid cancer survivors and physicians. Our objective was to determine if the risk of SPMs is increased in individuals with thyroid cancer treated with radioactive iodine (RAI), compared to those not treated with RAI. We performed a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis. Two independent reviewers screened citations and reviewed full-text papers. If not reported by the primary authors, the relative risk (RR) of SPMs was calculated by dividing the standardized incidence ratio of SPM in individuals with thyroid cancer treated with RAI compared to those not treated with RAI (with associated 95% confidence intervals [CI]). The natural logarithms of RRs of respective SPMs, weighted by the inverse of the variance, were pooled using fixed effects models and the exponential of the results was reported. Two multi-center studies (one from Europe and the other from North America) were included in this review. The RR of SPMs in thyroid cancer survivors treated with RAI was significantly increased at 1.19 (95% confidence interval [CI] 1.04, 1.36, p = 0.010), relative to thyroid cancer survivors not treated with RAI (data from 16,502 individuals), using a minimum latency period of 2 to 3 years after thyroid cancer diagnosis. The RR of leukemia was also significantly increased in thyroid cancer survivors treated with RAI, with an RR of 2.5 (95% CI 1.13, 5.53, p = 0.024). We did not observe a significantly increased risk of the following cancers related to prior RAI treatment: bladder, breast, central nervous system, colon and rectum, digestive tract, stomach, pancreas, kidney (and renal pelvis), lung, or melanoma of skin. The risk of SPMs in thyroid cancer survivors treated with RAI is slightly increased compared to thyroid cancer survivors not treated with RAI.
    Thyroid: official journal of the American Thyroid Association 04/2009; 19(5):451-7. · 2.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the risk of second primary malignancies (SPMs) in thyroid cancer survivors. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis examining the standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) of SPMs in thyroid cancer survivors (compared to individuals without thyroid cancer). Two independent reviewers screened citations and reviewed all full-text papers deemed potentially relevant. Final consensus was reached on inclusion of papers in the review. Data were pooled using fixed effects models. Thirteen full-text papers were included. The incidence of SPMs in thyroid cancer survivors was increased with an SIR of 1.20 (95% confidence interval 1.17, 1.24) (based on pooled data from six studies of 70,844 thyroid cancer survivors). The SIR of the following SPMs was significantly increased: salivary gland, stomach, colon/colorectal, breast, prostate, kidney, brain/central nervous system, soft tissue sarcoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, multiple myeloma, leukemia, bone/joints, and adrenal. A significantly reduced risk of lung and cervical cancers was observed. Thyroid cancer survivors are at increased risk of SPMs, which may be related to disease-specific treatments or genetic predisposition.
    Thyroid 01/2008; 17(12):1277-88. · 3.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Distant metastases as initial presentation of follicular carcinoma of the thyroid is rare, especially in young patients. We report the clinical and pathological features of a 33-year old pregnant patient with follicular carcinoma of the thyroid who presented with widespread bone and lung metastases at the time of diagnosis. the resected tumor had a focal insular component that showed extensive vascular invasion spreading beyond the thyroid capsule, and was associated with widespread bone and lung metastases. Despite its aggressive behavior, the tumor had low mitotic activity and Ki-67 nuclear labeling index. tumor cells showed high microvascular density and down-regulation of E-cadherin, a calcium-dependent trans-membrane epithelial protein molecule known to promote intercellular adhesion. We suggest that architectural differentiation of the tumor and cell proliferation rate are not reliable markers of metastatic behavior in this particular thyroid neoplasm. Microvascular density and down-regulation of E-cadherin expression in the tumor should be included among histologic hallmarks of metastatic potential. the role of pregnancy in the aggressive behavior of this tumor is discussed along with a literature review.
    Hormones (Athens, Greece) 10/2006; 5(4):295-302. · 2.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hypothermia in the perioperative period is associated with adverse effects, particularly bleeding. Before termination of cardiopulmonary bypass, rewarming times and perfusion temperatures are often increased to avoid post-cardiopulmonary bypass hypothermia and the presumed complications. This practice may, however, also have adverse effects, particularly cerebral hyperthermia. We present safety outcomes from a trial in which patients undergoing coronary artery surgery were randomly assigned to normothermia or hypothermia for the entire surgical procedure. Consenting patients over the age of 60 years presenting for a first, elective coronary artery surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass were randomly assigned to having their nasopharyngeal temperature maintained at either 37 degrees C (group N; 73 patients) or 34 degrees C (group H; 71 patients) throughout the intraoperative period, with no rewarming before arrival in the intensive care unit. All received tranexamic acid. There was no clinically important difference in intraoperative blood product or inotrope use. Temperatures on arrival in the intensive care unit were 36.7 degrees C +/- 0.38 degrees C and 34.3 degrees C +/- 0.38 degrees C in groups N and H, respectively. Blood loss during the first 12 postoperative hours was 596 +/- 356 mL in group N and 666 +/- 405 mL in group H (mean difference +/- 95% confidence interval, 70 +/- 126 mL; P =.28). There was no significant difference in blood product utilization, intubation time, time in the hospital, myocardial infarction, or mortality. The mean time in the intensive care unit was 8.4 hours less in the hypothermic group (P =.02). Our data support the safety of perioperative mild hypothermia in patients undergoing elective nonreoperative coronary artery surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass. These findings suggest that complete rewarming after hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass is not necessary in all cases.
    Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 06/2004; 127(5):1270-5. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia 50:A69-A183. · 2.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Our goal was to characterize the geometry of simple-lobed cerebral aneurysms and to find the absolute size of these lesions from angiographic tracings. Measurements of angiographic neck width (N), dome height (H), dome diameter (D), and semi-axis height (S) were obtained from tracings of 87 simple-lobed lesions located at the basilar bifurcation (BB), middle cerebral (MCA), anterior communicating (AcomA), posterior communicating (PcomA), superior cerebellar (SCA), and posterior cerebral (PCA) arteries. The following ratios were analyzed as subgroups according to location and as a collective sample: dome diameter/dome height (D/H), dome height/neck width (H/N), dome diameter/neck width (D/N), and dome height/semi-axis height (H/S). Using the parent artery as a reference, aneurysm dimensions were normalized to absolute in vivo size. Estimations were validated using angiographic markers. For the entire sample, mean ratios were D/H = 1.11, D/N = 1.91, and H/N = 1.86. For the H/S ratio, the value was 1.98 for BB, MCA, and PcomA lesions and significantly smaller for the AcomA subgroup, at 1.52. The average sizes (in mm) for these dimensions were N = 3.4 for MCA, 3.0 for AcomA, 3.1 for PcomA, and 6.5 for BB; D = 6.1 for MCA, 5.9 for AcomA, 5.3 for PcomA, and 11.7 for BB; H = 5.6 for MCA, 5.0 for AcomA, 5.3 for PcomA, and 11.3 for BB. On average, BB aneurysms were twice as large as aneurysms at other locations. Good correlations were found between the scaled values for D and N, H and N, and H and D. These results have been used to characterize the typical simple-lobed aneurysm geometry and to provide a framework for the development of a method of assessment of treatment choice and outcome on the basis of lesion geometry.
    American Journal of Neuroradiology 20(6):1079-89. · 3.17 Impact Factor