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Soluble factors released from activated T-lymphocytes regulate C2C12 myoblast proliferation and cellular signalling, but effects are blunted in the elderly (2018)
Journal Article
Al-Dabbagh, S., McPhee, J. S., Piasecki, M., Stewart, C. E., & Al-Shanti, N. (2018). Soluble factors released from activated T-lymphocytes regulate C2C12 myoblast proliferation and cellular signalling, but effects are blunted in the elderly. Journals of Gerontology, Series A, doi:10.1093/gerona/gly238. ISSN 1079-5006

The key objective of this work was to investigate the impact of young and old human lymphocyte secretomes on C2C12 myoblasts regeneration. Conditioned media (CMs) were harvested from isolated young and older lymphocytes treated with (activated AC), o... Read More

The effectiveness of drama-based activities to teach the cardiac cycle to undergraduate students (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Hughes, G., & Davies, . A. (2018). The effectiveness of drama-based activities to teach the cardiac cycle to undergraduate students

Active learning modes are thought to promote higher levels of student engagement, understanding and thus, improve test scores and satisfaction. Nevertheless, few studies have used drama as an active learning tool to learn complex physiological concep... Read More

Short-term impact of bariatric surgery on best-corrected distance visual acuity and diabetic retinopathy progression (2018)
Journal Article
Richardson, P., Hulpus, A., & Idris, I. (2018). Short-term impact of bariatric surgery on best-corrected distance visual acuity and diabetic retinopathy progression. Obesity Surgery, doi:10.1007/s11695-018-3445-z. ISSN 0960-8923

The immediate impact of rapid glucose lowering induced by bariatric surgery on diabetic retinopathy (DR) progression remains unclear. We present 3-year changes in the best-corrected visual acuity and DR grade in a retrospective observational study of... Read More

The relationship between urinary albumin excretion, cardiovascular outcomes and total mortality among a large cohort of insulin-treated patients with type 2 diabetes in routine primary care practices (2018)
Journal Article
Anyanwagu, U., Donnelly, R., & Idris, I. (2018). The relationship between urinary albumin excretion, cardiovascular outcomes and total mortality among a large cohort of insulin-treated patients with type 2 diabetes in routine primary care practices. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, doi:10.1093/ndt/gfy258. ISSN 0931-0509

Background: Albuminuria is a recognized diagnostic and prognostic marker of chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular (CV) risk but the well-known relationship between increments in urinary albumin:creatinine ratio (UACR) and CV outcomes and mortalit... Read More

Genetic polymorphisms of the endocannabinoid system in obesity and diabetes (2018)
Journal Article
Doris, J. M., Millar, S. A., Idris, I., & O'Sullivan, S. E. (2018). Genetic polymorphisms of the endocannabinoid system in obesity and diabetes. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, doi:10.1111/dom.13504. ISSN 1462-8902

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is involved in many physiological processes including fertility, pain and energy regulation. The aim of this systematic review was to examine the contribution of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the ECS to ad... Read More

Lung cancer CT screening: psychological responses in the presence and absence of pulmonary nodules (2018)
Journal Article
Clark, M. E., Bedford, L. E., Young, B., Robertson, J. F., das Nair, R., Vedhara, K., …Kendrick, D. (2018). Lung cancer CT screening: psychological responses in the presence and absence of pulmonary nodules. Lung Cancer, 124, (160-167). doi:10.1016/j.lungcan.2018.08.001. ISSN 0169-5002

Objectives: To determine the psychological response (thoughts, perceptions and affect) to a diagnosis of pulmonary nodules following a novel antibody blood test and computed tomography (CT) scans within a UK population. Materials and methods: This... Read More

The contributions of fiber atrophy, fiber loss, in situ specific force, and voluntary activation to weakness in sarcopenia (2018)
Journal Article
McPhee, J. S., Cameron, J., Maden-Wilkinson, T., Piasecki, M., Yap, M. H., Jones, D. A., & Degens, H. (2018). The contributions of fiber atrophy, fiber loss, in situ specific force, and voluntary activation to weakness in sarcopenia. Journals of Gerontology, Series A, 73(10), (1287-1294). doi:10.1093/gerona/gly040. ISSN 1079-5006

The contributions of fiber atrophy, fiber loss, in situ specific force, and voluntary activation to weakness in sarcopenia remain unclear. To investigate, 40 older (20 women; age 72 ± 4 years) and 31 younger adults (15 women, age 22 ± 3 years) comple... Read More

The strength of weight-bearing bones is similar in amenorrheic and eumenorrheic elite long-distance runners (2018)
Journal Article
Piasecki, J., Ireland, A., Piasecki, M., Cameron, J., McPhee, J. S., & Degens, H. (2018). The strength of weight-bearing bones is similar in amenorrheic and eumenorrheic elite long-distance runners. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 28(5), 1559-1568. doi:10.1111/sms.13062

Regular intense endurance exercise can lead to amenorrhea with possible adverse consequences for bone health. We compared whole body and regional bone strength and skeletal muscle characteristics between amenorrheic (AA: n = 14) and eumenorrheic (EA:... Read More

The reliability of methods to estimate the number and size of human motor units and their use with large limb muscles (2018)
Journal Article
Piasecki, M., Ireland, A., Piasecki, J., Stashuk, D., McPhee, J., & Jones, D. (2018). The reliability of methods to estimate the number and size of human motor units and their use with large limb muscles. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 118(4), 767-775. doi:10.1007/s00421-018-3811-5

Purpose Current methods for estimating muscle motor unit (MU) number provide values which are remarkably similar for muscles of widely differing size, probably because surface electrodes sample from similar and relatively small volumes in each mus... Read More

Age-dependent motor unit remodelling in human limb muscles (2015)
Journal Article
Piasecki, M., Ireland, A., Jones, D. A., & McPhee, J. S. (2016). Age-dependent motor unit remodelling in human limb muscles. Biogerontology, 17(3), (485-496). doi:10.1007/s10522-015-9627-3. ISSN 1389-5729

Voluntary control of skeletal muscle enables humans to interact with and manipulate the environment. Lower muscle mass, weakness and poor coordination are common complaints in older age and reduce physical capabilities. Attention has focused on ways... Read More