Volume 3 Issue 1

Volume 3 Issue 1

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Research Article

Prevalence, Lipid Abnormalities Combinations and Risk Factors Associated with Low HDL-C Levels in Maracaibo City, Venezuela

Valmore Bermúdez*, Juan Salazar, Joselyn Roja, María Sofía Martínez, Luis Bello, Roberto Añez, Robys González, Carmen Chávez, Vanessa Apruzzese, Wheeler Torres, José Carlos Mejía, Edgar Miquilena, Maricarmen Chacín, Clímaco Cano Ponce, Manuel Velasco, José López-Miranda

The purpose of this study was to analyze the epidemiologic behavior of HDL-C and the factors associated with Low HDL-C within the Maracaibo city Metabolic Syndrome Prevalence Study (MMSPS). A total of 2,230 individuals from both sexes were enrolled in the MMSPS. Low levels of HDL-C were defined according to ATP-III criteria. Qualitative variables were expressed as absolute and relative frequencies, using chi2 test for association assessment. A logistic regression model was built to evaluate the main risk factors associated with Low levels of HDL-C. Low Level HDL-C (isolated and combined) was 57.8% (n=1,288), 751 women and 537 men.

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Review Article

Brain Plasticity and the Enhancement of Brain Functioning

Robert Perna*

Neuroscience methods and knowledge base are evolving quickly and there is a growing understanding of brain plasticity. There is now growing empirical evidence for specific and disparate mechanisms of plasticity. There appears great promise for future brain rehabilitation treatments, however, other than stimulation and forced use paradigms there is limited understanding of how to drive plasticity mechanisms.

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