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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510604/ebola-exposure-illness-experience-and-ebola-antibody-prevalence-in-international-responders-to-the-west-african-ebola-epidemic-2014-2016-a-cross-sectional-study
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Catherine F Houlihan, Catherine R McGowan, Steve Dicks, Marc Baguelin, David A J Moore, David Mabey, Chrissy H Roberts, Alex Kumar, Dhan Samuel, Richard Tedder, Judith R Glynn
BACKGROUND: Healthcare and other front-line workers are at particular risk of infection with Ebola virus (EBOV). Despite the large-scale deployment of international responders, few cases of Ebola virus disease have been diagnosed in this group. Since asymptomatic or pauci-symptomatic infection has been described, it is plausible that infections have occurred in healthcare workers but have escaped being diagnosed. We aimed to assess the prevalence of asymptomatic or pauci-symptomatic infection, and of exposure events, among returned responders to the West African Ebola epidemic 2014-2016...
May 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510573/comparison-of-artemether-lumefantrine-and-chloroquine-with-and-without-primaquine-for-the-treatment-of-plasmodium-vivax-infection-in-ethiopia-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Tesfay Abreha, Jimee Hwang, Kamala Thriemer, Yehualashet Tadesse, Samuel Girma, Zenebe Melaku, Ashenafi Assef, Moges Kassa, Mark D Chatfield, Keren Z Landman, Stella M Chenet, Naomi W Lucchi, Venkatachalam Udhayakumar, Zhiyong Zhou, Ya Ping Shi, S Patrick Kachur, Daddi Jima, Amha Kebede, Hiwot Solomon, Addis Mekasha, Bereket Hailegiorgis Alemayehu, Joseph L Malone, Gunewardena Dissanayake, Hiwot Teka, Sarah Auburn, Lorenz von Seidlein, Ric N Price
BACKGROUND: Recent efforts in malaria control have resulted in great gains in reducing the burden of Plasmodium falciparum, but P. vivax has been more refractory. Its ability to form dormant liver stages confounds control and elimination efforts. To compare the efficacy and safety of primaquine regimens for radical cure, we undertook a randomized controlled trial in Ethiopia. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Patients with normal glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase status with symptomatic P...
May 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486524/rotavirus-vaccine-will-have-an-impact-in-asia
#3
Carl D Kirkwood, A Duncan Steele
Carl Kirkwood and Duncan Steele discuss the evidence supporting rotavirus vaccine deployment in Asian countries.
May 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486495/long-term-inpatient-disease-burden-in-the-adult-life-after-childhood-cancer-in-scandinavia-aliccs-study-a-cohort-study-of-21-297-childhood-cancer-survivors
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Sofie de Fine Licht, Kathrine Rugbjerg, Thorgerdur Gudmundsdottir, Trine G Bonnesen, Peter Haubjerg Asdahl, Anna Sällfors Holmqvist, Laura Madanat-Harjuoja, Laufey Tryggvadottir, Finn Wesenberg, Henrik Hasle, Jeanette F Winther, Jørgen H Olsen
BACKGROUND: Survivors of childhood cancer are at increased risk for a wide range of late effects. However, no large population-based studies have included the whole range of somatic diagnoses including subgroup diagnoses and all main types of childhood cancers. Therefore, we aimed to provide the most detailed overview of the long-term risk of hospitalisation in survivors of childhood cancer. METHODS AND FINDINGS: From the national cancer registers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden, we identified 21,297 5-year survivors of childhood cancer diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20 years in the periods 1943-2008 in Denmark, 1971-2008 in Finland, 1955-2008 in Iceland, and 1958-2008 in Sweden...
May 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486492/mortality-and-kidnapping-estimates-for-the-yazidi-population-in-the-area-of-mount-sinjar-iraq-in-august-2014-a-retrospective-household-survey
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Valeria Cetorelli, Isaac Sasson, Nazar Shabila, Gilbert Burnham
BACKGROUND: In August 2014, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacked the Yazidi religious minority living in the area of Mount Sinjar in Nineveh governorate, Iraq. We conducted a retrospective household survey to estimate the number and demographic profile of Yazidis killed and kidnapped. METHODS AND FINDINGS: The survey covered the displaced Yazidi population from Sinjar residing in camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Fieldwork took place between 4 November and 25 December, 2015...
May 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486474/vitamin-d-levels-and-susceptibility-to-asthma-elevated-immunoglobulin-e-levels-and-atopic-dermatitis-a-mendelian-randomization-study
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Despoina Manousaki, Lavinia Paternoster, Marie Standl, Miriam F Moffatt, Martin Farrall, Emmanuelle Bouzigon, David P Strachan, Florence Demenais, Mark Lathrop, William O C M Cookson, J Brent Richards
BACKGROUND: Low circulating vitamin D levels have been associated with risk of asthma, atopic dermatitis, and elevated total immunoglobulin E (IgE). These epidemiological associations, if true, would have public health importance, since vitamin D insufficiency is common and correctable. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We aimed to test whether genetically lowered vitamin D levels were associated with risk of asthma, atopic dermatitis, or elevated serum IgE levels, using Mendelian randomization (MR) methodology to control bias owing to confounding and reverse causation...
May 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464041/a-universal-testing-and-treatment-intervention-to-improve-hiv-control-one-year-results-from-intervention-communities-in-zambia-in-the-hptn-071-popart-cluster-randomised-trial
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Richard Hayes, Sian Floyd, Ab Schaap, Kwame Shanaube, Peter Bock, Kalpana Sabapathy, Sam Griffith, Deborah Donnell, Estelle Piwowar-Manning, Wafaa El-Sadr, Nulda Beyers, Helen Ayles, Sarah Fidler
BACKGROUND: The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 targets require that, by 2020, 90% of those living with HIV know their status, 90% of known HIV-positive individuals receive sustained antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 90% of individuals on ART have durable viral suppression. The HPTN 071 (PopART) trial is measuring the impact of a universal testing and treatment intervention on population-level HIV incidence in 21 urban communities in Zambia and South Africa...
May 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464003/towards-control-of-the-global-hiv-epidemic-addressing-the-middle-90-challenge-in-the-unaids-90-90-90-target
#8
Collins Iwuji, Marie-Louise Newell
In a Perspective, Collins Iwuji and Marie-Louise Newell discuss early findings from Richard Hayes and colleagues' PopART study on HIV testing and treatment.
May 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463996/first-trimester-artemisinin-derivatives-and-quinine-treatments-and-the-risk-of-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-in-africa-and-asia-a-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
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Stephanie Dellicour, Esperança Sevene, Rose McGready, Halidou Tinto, Dominic Mosha, Christine Manyando, Stephen Rulisa, Meghna Desai, Peter Ouma, Martina Oneko, Anifa Vala, Maria Rupérez, Eusébio Macete, Clara Menéndez, Seydou Nakanabo-Diallo, Adama Kazienga, Innocent Valéa, Gregory Calip, Orvalho Augusto, Blaise Genton, Eric M Njunju, Kerryn A Moore, Umberto d'Alessandro, Francois Nosten, Feiko Ter Kuile, Andy Stergachis
BACKGROUND: Animal embryotoxicity data, and the scarcity of safety data in human pregnancies, have prevented artemisinin derivatives from being recommended for malaria treatment in the first trimester except in lifesaving circumstances. We conducted a meta-analysis of prospective observational studies comparing the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and major congenital anomaly (primary outcomes) among first-trimester pregnancies treated with artemisinin derivatives versus quinine or no antimalarial treatment...
May 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441435/implementation-science-relevance-in-the-real-world-without-sacrificing-rigor
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EDITORIAL
Elvin H Geng, David Peiris, Margaret E Kruk
Three members of PLOS Medicine's editorial board who are leading researchers in implementation science define the characteristics of high-quality studies and invite their submission to the journal.
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441426/identification-of-genes-associated-with-dissociation-of-cognitive-performance-and-neuropathological-burden-multistep-analysis-of-genetic-epigenetic-and-transcriptional-data
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Charles C White, Hyun-Sik Yang, Lei Yu, Lori B Chibnik, Robert J Dawe, Jingyun Yang, Hans-Ulrich Klein, Daniel Felsky, Alfredo Ramos-Miguel, Konstantinos Arfanakis, William G Honer, Reisa A Sperling, Julie A Schneider, David A Bennett, Philip L De Jager
INTRODUCTION: The molecular underpinnings of the dissociation of cognitive performance and neuropathological burden are poorly understood, and there are currently no known genetic or epigenetic determinants of the dissociation. METHODS AND FINDINGS: "Residual cognition" was quantified by regressing out the effects of cerebral pathologies and demographic characteristics on global cognitive performance proximate to death. To identify genes influencing residual cognition, we leveraged neuropathological, genetic, epigenetic, and transcriptional data available for deceased participants of the Religious Orders Study (n = 492) and the Rush Memory and Aging Project (n = 487)...
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441387/governing-multisectoral-action-for-health-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Kumanan Rasanathan, Sara Bennett, Vincent Atkins, Robert Beschel, Gabriel Carrasquilla, Jodi Charles, Rajib Dasgupta, Kirk Emerson, Douglas Glandon, Churnrurtai Kanchanachitra, Pete Kingsley, Don Matheson, Rees Murithi Mbabu, Charles Mwansambo, Michael Myers, Jeremias Paul, Thulisile Radebe, James Smith, Orielle Solar, Agnès Soucat, Aloysius Ssennyonjo, Matthias Wismar, Shehla Zaidi
Kumanan Rasanathan and colleagues argue that the potential of multisectoral collaboration for improving health remains untapped in many low- and middle-income countries.
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441386/graft-derived-cell-free-dna-a-noninvasive-early-rejection-and-graft-damage-marker-in-liver-transplantation-a-prospective-observational-multicenter-cohort-study
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Ekkehard Schütz, Anna Fischer, Julia Beck, Markus Harden, Martina Koch, Tilo Wuensch, Martin Stockmann, Björn Nashan, Otto Kollmar, Johannes Matthaei, Philipp Kanzow, Philip D Walson, Jürgen Brockmöller, Michael Oellerich
BACKGROUND: Graft-derived cell-free DNA (GcfDNA), which is released into the blood stream by necrotic and apoptotic cells, is a promising noninvasive organ integrity biomarker. In liver transplantation (LTx), neither conventional liver function tests (LTFs) nor immunosuppressive drug monitoring are very effective for rejection monitoring. We therefore hypothesized that the quantitative measurement of donor-derived cell-free DNA (cfDNA) would have independent value for the assessment of graft integrity, including damage from acute rejection...
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430777/correction-the-subclonal-architecture-of-metastatic-breast-cancer-results-from-a-prospective-community-based-rapid-autopsy-program-cascade
#14
Peter Savas, Zhi Ling Teo, Christophe Lefevre, Christoffer Flensburg, Franco Caramia, Kathryn Alsop, Mariam Mansour, Prudence A Francis, Heather A Thorne, Maria Joao Silva, Nnennaya Kanu, Michelle Dietzen, Andrew Rowan, Maik Kschischo, Stephen Fox, David D Bowtell, Sarah-Jane Dawson, Terence P Speed, Charles Swanton, Sherene Loi
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002204.].
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419108/changes-in-prices-sales-consumer-spending-and-beverage-consumption-one-year-after-a-tax-on-sugar-sweetened-beverages-in-berkeley-california-us-a-before-and-after-study
#15
Lynn D Silver, Shu Wen Ng, Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra, Lindsey Smith Taillie, Marta Induni, Donna R Miles, Jennifer M Poti, Barry M Popkin
BACKGROUND: Taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) meant to improve health and raise revenue are being adopted, yet evaluation is scarce. This study examines the association of the first penny per ounce SSB excise tax in the United States, in Berkeley, California, with beverage prices, sales, store revenue/consumer spending, and usual beverage intake. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Methods included comparison of pre-taxation (before 1 January 2015) and first-year post-taxation (1 March 2015-29 February 2016) measures of (1) beverage prices at 26 Berkeley stores; (2) point-of-sale scanner data on 15...
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419097/clinical-decision-tools-are-needed-to-identify-hiv-positive-patients-at-high-risk-for-poor-outcomes-after-initiation-of-antiretroviral-therapy
#16
Margaret L McNairy, Elaine J Abrams, Miriam Rabkin, Wafaa M El-Sadr
Margaret McNairy and colleagues highlight the need for clinical decision tools to help identify HIV patients who would benefit from tailored services to avoid poor outcomes such as death and loss to follow-up.
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419095/effectiveness-of-a-live-oral-human-rotavirus-vaccine-after-programmatic-introduction-in-bangladesh-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
K Zaman, David A Sack, Kathleen M Neuzil, Mohammad Yunus, Lawrence H Moulton, Jonathan D Sugimoto, Jessica A Fleming, Ilias Hossain, Shams El Arifeen, Tasnim Azim, Mustafizur Rahman, Kristen D C Lewis, Andrea J Feller, Firdausi Qadri, M Elizabeth Halloran, Alejandro Cravioto, John C Victor
BACKGROUND: Rotavirus vaccines are now globally recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), but in early 2009 WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization reviewed available data and concluded that there was no evidence for the efficacy or effectiveness of a two-dose schedule of the human rotavirus vaccine (HRV; Rotarix) given early at 6 and 10 wk of age. Additionally, the effectiveness of programmatic rotavirus vaccination, including possible indirect effects, has not been assessed in low-resource populations in Asia...
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419094/an-open-source-pharma-roadmap
#18
Manica Balasegaram, Peter Kolb, John McKew, Jaykumar Menon, Piero Olliaro, Tomasz Sablinski, Zakir Thomas, Matthew H Todd, Els Torreele, John Wilbanks
In an Essay, Matthew Todd and colleagues discuss an open source approach to drug development.
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403209/correction-how-much-can-the-usa-reduce-health-care-costs-by-reducing-smoking
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[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002021.].
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399160/a-new-cascade-of-hiv-care-for-the-era-of-treat-all
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Matthew P Fox, Sydney Rosen
Matthew Fox and Sydney Rosen discuss a cascade of HIV care adapted to WHO-recommended antiretroviral therapy irrespective of CD4 cell count.
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
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