Overweight

Activin A is associated with asthma in underweight and overweight patients

L. L. Zhang and Liu, C. T., Activin A is associated with asthma in underweight and overweight patients, vol. 14, pp. 440-452, 2015.

There are limited data regarding the effects of activin A on underweight, normal weight, and overweight patients with asthma. We determined serum levels of activin A in asthmatic patients in relation to body mass index. The study protocol included questionnaires, measurement of exhaled nitric oxide, blood sampling for inflammatory biomarkers, and high-resolution computed tomography of the lungs to identify bronchial wall thickening. Serum and sputum activin A levels were measured using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 94 asthmatic patients.

Prevalence and risk factors of overweight and obesity among individuals over 40 years old in Luzhou city

J. Zeng, Wan, Q., Bai, X., Li, X. Z., Liu, F., Li, C., Liu, X. Y., and Wang, Y., Prevalence and risk factors of overweight and obesity among individuals over 40 years old in Luzhou city, vol. 13, pp. 9262-9270, 2014.

In this study, a survey was conducted through questionnaire distribution and physical examinations were performed in 10,150 residents that were over 40 years old in Luzhou city. Respondents were selected by the multi-stage sampling method. The mean body mass index (BMI) of the sample population was 23.9 ± 3.3 kg/m2. Among men, BMI showed a negative relationship with increasing age (P

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