The evidence regarding fatty acids and breast cancer risk is inconclusive. Adipose tissue fatty acids can be used as biomarkers of fatty acid intake and of endogenous fatty acid exposure. Fatty acids in adipose tissue are correlated owing to common dietary sources and shared metabolic pathways, which group fatty acids into naturally occurring patterns. We aimed to prospectively investigate associations between adipose tissue fatty acid patterns and long-term risk of total breast cancer and breast cancer subtypes characterised by oestrogen and progesterone receptor status (ER and PR).
This case-cohort study was based on data from the Danish cohort Diet, Cancer and Health. At baseline, a fat biopsy and information on lifestyle and reproductive factors were collected. From the 31 original fatty acids measured, patterns of fatty acids were identified using the treelet transform. During a median follow-up of 5.3 years, 474 breast cancer cases were identified. Hazard ratios and 95% confidence intervals of risk of total breast cancer and of subtypes according to quintiles of factor score were determined by weighted Cox proportional hazards regression.
After adjustment for potential confounders, factor scores for the seven patterns identified by the treelet transform were not associated with risk of total breast cancer, nor with risk of ER+, ER-, PR+ or PR- tumours.
No clear associations between the patterns of fatty acids at baseline and long-term risk of total breast cancer or ER+, ER-, PR+ or PR- tumours were observed.
To compare patients with increased risk of bleeding who received combined blood reinfusion and femoral nerve block in total knee replacement (TKR) to regular patients treated routinely with respect to pain relief, blood loss, and knee function.
In a consecutive series of 67 patients who underwent unilateral TKR, 12 patients with increased risk of bleeding owing to cardiac disease or previous thromboembolic events received continuous femoral nerve block and blood reinfusion, without tranexamic acid (TA) injection. The remaining 55 patients were controls who received standard postoperative treatment (TA injection, local injection of analgesics, and suction drainage without reinfusion). The volume of blood loss (drained or reinfused), pain score (using a visual analogue scale) and knee function (using the Knee Society Score [KSS]) in the 2 groups were compared.
In the study group, patients were 5 years older and tended to have a lower preoperative KSS function score (35 vs. 45, p=0.08) and a higher function-related pain score (6.5 vs. 6, p=0.10). The mean volume of drained blood wasted in the study group did not differ significantly from the mean total volume of drained blood in the control group (235 vs. 300 ml, p=0.14). Similarly, the mean decrease in postoperative haemoglobin concentration did not differ significantly between the respective groups (2.1 vs. 2.1 mmol/l, p=0.97). A significantly greater proportion of patients received allogenic blood transfusion in the study group than in controls (3/12 vs. 2/55, p
The purpose was to elucidate the association between parity and the incidence of diabetes using national register data.
The study population consisted of all Danish women with a singleton delivery in 1982/1983 (n = 100,669), who subsequently had 74,966 deliveries. The included women were followed up via registries until the end of 2006 for subsequent deliveries, diagnosis of diabetes and death/emigration.
A total of 2021 cases (2.0%) were diagnosed with diabetes in connection with hospitalization or outpatient treatment during follow-up. Analyses were adjusted for fetal weight and duration of gestation, both at index pregnancy. Cox regression analysis with parity as a time-varying exposure, stratified in two age groups, showed an association between parity and risk of a diagnosis of diabetes. In women 33 years of age, parity 2 was associated with a significantly lower risk of diabetes diagnosis compared with parity 1, whereas parity 4 + was associated with a significantly higher risk of diabetes diagnosis compared with parity 1.
The study shows that the risk of diabetes diagnosis increases with parity in young Danish women. This may support a causal association between diabetes and parity.
There is a perception among physicians that lack of routine monitoring with non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) may lead to poor adherence to medication. We studied adherence during the first year of usage in a cohort of patients with newly diagnosed non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) started on the NOAC, dabigatran etexilate.
Nationwide Danish patient and prescription purchase registries were used to identify newly diagnosed AF patients taking dabigatran, comorbidities, and refill patterns under a twice-daily, one pill regimen. Adherence was characterized among remaining users (N = 2960) after 1 year using the proportion of days covered (PDC), gap rates and restart rates. The overall 1-year PDC was 83.9%, with 76.8% of patients having a 1-year PDC in excess of 80%. Patients with a CHA2 DS2 -VASc score = 2 were more adherent to medication regimes than patients with a CHA2 DS2 -VASc score of 1 (PDC ratio, 1.12; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.08-1.17) and generally patients with higher morbidity showed more adherence. Patients with prior bleeding were not less adherent to medication regimes than patients with no prior bleeding (PDC ratio, 1.02; 95% CI, 0.98-1.06). The overall gap rate was 1.4 gaps per year. There were no clear tendencies in gap rates among subgroups, although patients with higher morbidity tended to have slightly more, but shorter, gap periods.
More than 75% of patients were showed > 80% adherence to medication regimes during the first year. Patients with higher morbidity, including patients with a higher risk of stroke or bleeding, exhibited better adherence. This improvement may be attributable to more regular contact with the healthcare system.