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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917949/linear-association-between-number-of-modifiable-risk-factors-and-multiple-chronic-conditions-results-from-the-behavioral-risk-factor-surveillance-system
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Mary L Adams, Joseph Grandpre, David L Katz, Douglas Shenson
Multiple (≥2) chronic conditions (MCCs) are responsible for a large fraction of healthcare costs. Our aim was to examine possible associations between MCCs and composite measures of behavioral risk factors (RFs). Data were publicly available 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and included 483,865 non-institutionalized US adults ages ≥18years. Chronic conditions included asthma, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cognitive impairment, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and kidney disease...
September 13, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904729/evaluation-of-the-maternal-mortality-surveillance-system-in-mutare-district-zimbabwe-2014-2015-a-cross-sectional-study
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Faith Mutsigiri-Murewanhema, Patron Trish Mafaune, Tsitsi Juru, Notion Tafara Gombe, Donewell Bangure, More Mungati, Mufuta Tshimanga
INTRODUCTION: In Zimbabwe the integrated disease surveillance and response guidelines include maternal mortality as a notifiable event reported through the Maternal Mortality Surveillance System (MMSS). A preliminary review of the MMSS data for Mutare district for the period January to June 2014 revealed that there were some discrepancies in cases notified and those captured on the T5 monthly return form. There were also delays in reporting of some maternal deaths. Poor reporting indicated shortcomings in the MMSS in Mutare district and we therefore sought to assess the performance of the maternal mortality surveillance system in Mutare district...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891811/nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-regulates-gdf-15-to-suppress-macrophage-surveillance-during-early-tumor-development
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Nivedita M Ratnam, Jennifer M Peterson, Erin E Talbert, Katherine J Ladner, Priyani V Rajasekera, Carl R Schmidt, Mary E Dillhoff, Benjamin J Swanson, Ericka Haverick, Raleigh D Kladney, Terence M Williams, Gustavo W Leone, David J Wang, Denis C Guttridge
Macrophages are attracted to developing tumors and can participate in immune surveillance to eliminate neoplastic cells. In response, neoplastic cells utilize NF-κB to suppress this killing activity, but the mechanisms underlying their self-protection remain unclear. Here, we report that this dynamic interaction between tumor cells and macrophages is integrally linked by a soluble factor identified as growth and differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15). In vitro, tumor-derived GDF-15 signals in macrophages to suppress their proapoptotic activity by inhibiting TNF and nitric oxide (NO) production...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886171/positive-predictive-value-and-effectiveness-of-measles-case-based-surveillance-in-uganda-2012-2015
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Fred Nsubuga, Immaculate Ampaire, Simon Kasasa, Henry Luzze, Annet Kisakye
INTRODUCTION: Disease surveillance is a critical component in the control and elimination of vaccine preventable diseases. The Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization strives to have a sensitive surveillance system within the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) framework. We analyzed measles surveillance data to determine the effectiveness of the measles case-based surveillance system and estimate its positive predictive value in order to inform policy and practice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879156/africa-cdc-establishing-integrated-surveillance-and-laboratory-networks-for-rapid-disease-detection-and-response-control-prevention-and-clinical-care-in-africa
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Timothy Amukele
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2017: African Journal of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875085/remote-sensing-and-spatial-statistical-techniques-for-modelling-ommatissus-lybicus-hemiptera-tropiduchidae-habitat-and-population-densities
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Khalifa M Al-Kindi, Paul Kwan, Nigel R Andrew, Mitchell Welch
In order to understand the distribution and prevalence of Ommatissus lybicus (Hemiptera: Tropiduchidae) as well as analyse their current biographical patterns and predict their future spread, comprehensive and detailed information on the environmental, climatic, and agricultural practices are essential. The spatial analytical techniques such as Remote Sensing and Spatial Statistics Tools, can help detect and model spatial links and correlations between the presence, absence and density of O. lybicus in response to climatic, environmental, and human factors...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859049/awareness-beliefs-and-actions-concerning-zika-virus-among-pregnant-women-and-community-members-u-s-virgin-islands-november-december-2016
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Christine E Prue, Joseph N Roth, Amanda Garcia-Williams, Alison Yoos, Lena Camperlengo, Leah DeWilde, Mohammed Lamtahri, Andra Prosper, Cosme Harrison, Lauren Witbart, Irene Guendel, Douglas M Wiegand, Natasha R Lamens, Braeanna Hillman, Michelle S Davis, Esther M Ellis
As of May 2, 2017, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), comprising St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix, had reported 1,021 probable or confirmed cases* of Zika virus disease in its population of approximately 100,000 (1); 222 symptomatic and asymptomatic pregnant women in the USVI had tested positive for Zika virus. In January 2016, USVI Department of Health (USVI DOH) initiated Zika response measures, including surveillance, vector control, and a communications program. Interventions included education and outreach, distribution of Zika prevention kits(†) to pregnant women in the USVI, and provision of free Zika virus laboratory testing and vector control services...
September 1, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854137/the-development-of-standard-operating-procedures-for-social-mobilization-and-community-engagement-in-sierra-leone-during-the-west-africa-ebola-outbreak-of-2014-2015
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Danielle Pedi, Amaya Gillespie, Jamie Bedson, Mohamed F Jalloh, Mohammad B Jalloh, Alusine Kamara, Kathryn Bertram, Katharine Owen, Mohamed A Jalloh, Lansana Conte
This article describes the development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for social mobilization and community engagement (SM/CE) in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015. It aims to (a) explain the rationale for a standardized approach, (b) describe the methodology used to develop the resulting SOPs, and (c) discuss the implications of the SOPs for future outbreak responses. Mixed methodologies were applied, including analysis of data on Ebola-related knowledge, attitudes, and practices; consultation through a national forum; and a series of workshops with more than 250 participants active in SM/CE in seven districts with recent confirmed cases...
2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841872/from-habits-of-attrition-to-modes-of-inclusion-enhancing-the-role-of-private-practitioners-in-routine-disease-surveillance
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Revati K Phalkey, Carsten Butsch, Kristine Belesova, Marieke Kroll, Frauke Kraas
BACKGROUND: Private practitioners are the preferred first point of care in a majority of low and middle-income countries and in this position, best placed for the surveillance of diseases. However their contribution to routine surveillance data is marginal. This systematic review aims to explore evidence with regards to the role, contribution, and involvement of private practitioners in routine disease data notification. We examined the factors that determine the inclusion of, and the participation thereof of private practitioners in disease surveillance activities...
August 25, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838175/using-acute-flaccid-paralysis-surveillance-as-a-platform-for-vaccine-preventable-disease-surveillance
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Steven G F Wassilak, Cheryl L Williams, Christopher S Murrill, Benjamin A Dahl, Chima Ohuabunwo, Rudolf H Tangermann
Surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) is a fundamental cornerstone of the global polio eradication initiative (GPEI). Active surveillance (with visits to health facilities) is a critical strategy of AFP surveillance systems for highly sensitive and timely detection of cases. Because of the extensive resources devoted to AFP surveillance, multiple opportunities exist for additional diseases to be added using GPEI assets, particularly because there is generally 1 district officer responsible for all disease surveillance...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797285/large-cholera-outbreak-in-brong-ahafo-region-ghana
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Charles Lwanga Noora, Kofi Issah, Ernest Kenu, Emmanuel George Bachan, Robert Domo Nuoh, Kofi Mensah Nyarko, Paulina Appiah, Timothy Letsa
BACKGROUND: A nationwide outbreak of Vibrio cholerae occurred in Ghana in 2014 with Accra, the nation's capital as the epi-center. The outbreak spread to the Brong Ahafo Region (BAR) which is geographically located in the middle of the country. In this region a review of data collected during the outbreak was carried out and analyzed descriptively to determine the hot spots and make recommendations for effective response to future outbreaks. METHODS: A review of patient records and line lists of cases of cholera reported in all hospitals during the period of the outbreak (July-December 2014) was conducted...
August 10, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779900/sensing-danger-key-to-activating-plant-immunity
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REVIEW
Andrea A Gust, Rory Pruitt, Thorsten Nürnberger
In both plants and animals, defense against pathogens relies on a complex surveillance system for signs of danger. Danger signals may originate from the infectious agent or from the host itself. Immunogenic plant host factors can be roughly divided into two categories: molecules which are passively released upon cell damage ('classical' damage-associated molecular patterns, DAMPs), and peptides which are processed and/or secreted upon infection to modulate the immune response (phytocytokines). We highlight the ongoing challenge to understand how plants sense various danger signals and integrate this information to produce an appropriate immune response to diverse challenges...
September 2017: Trends in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774694/improvement-of-fungal-disease-identification-and-management-combined-health-systems-and-public-health-approaches
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REVIEW
Donald C Cole, Nelesh P Govender, Arunaloke Chakrabarti, Jahit Sacarlal, David W Denning
More than 1·6 million people are estimated to die of fungal diseases each year, and about a billion people have cutaneous fungal infections. Fungal disease diagnosis requires a high level of clinical suspicion and specialised laboratory testing, in addition to culture, histopathology, and imaging expertise. Physicians with varied specialist training might see patients with fungal disease, yet it might remain unrecognised. Antifungal treatment is more complex than treatment for bacterial or most viral infections, and drug interactions are particularly problematic...
July 31, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774277/novel-approaches-to-the-prediction-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-cardiac-late-effects-in-survivors-of-childhood-cancer-a-multi-centre-observational-study
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Amy Skitch, Seema Mital, Luc Mertens, Peter Liu, Paul Kantor, Lars Grosse-Wortmann, Cedric Manlhiot, Mark Greenberg, Paul C Nathan
BACKGROUND: Anthracycline-induced cardiac toxicity is a cause of significant morbidity and early mortality in survivors of childhood cancer. Current strategies for predicting which children are at greatest risk for toxicity are imperfect and diagnosis of cardiac injury is usually made relatively late in the natural history of the disease. This study aims to identify genomic, biomarker and imaging parameters that can be used as predictors of risk or aid in the early diagnosis of cardiotoxicity...
August 3, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769892/herpesviral-micrornas-in-cellular-metabolism-and-immune-responses
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REVIEW
Hyoji Kim, Hisashi Iizasa, Yuichi Kanehiro, Sintayehu Fekadu, Hironori Yoshiyama
The microRNAs (miRNAs) function as a key regulator in many biological processes through post-transcriptional suppression of messenger RNAs. Recent advancements have revealed that miRNAs are involved in many biological functions of cells. Not only host cells, but also some viruses encode miRNAs in their genomes. Viral miRNAs regulate cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, and the cell cycle to establish infection and produce viral progeny. Particularly, miRNAs encoded by herpes virus families play integral roles in persistent viral infection either by regulation of metabolic processes or the immune response of host cells...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765517/the-hedgehog-gli-pathway-in-embryonic-development-and-cancer-implications-for-pulmonary-oncology-therapy
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REVIEW
Armas López Leonel, Zúñiga Joaquín, Arrieta Oscar, Ávila-Moreno Federico
Transcriptional regulation and epigenetic mechanisms closely control gene expression through diverse physiological and pathophysiological processes. These include the development of germ layers and post-natal epithelial cell-tissue differentiation, as well as, involved with the induction, promotion and/or progression of human malignancies.Diverse studies have shed light on the molecular similarities and differences involved in the stages of embryological epithelial development and dedifferentiation processes in malignant tumors of epithelial origin, of which many focus on lung carcinomas...
July 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750257/the-endodermis-a-tightly-controlled-barrier-for-nutrients
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REVIEW
Verónica G Doblas, Niko Geldner, Marie Barberon
Plant roots acquire nutrients from the soil and transport them upwards to the aerial parts. To reach the central vasculature of the root, water and nutrients radially cross all external cell layers. The endodermis surrounds the vascular tissues and forms diffusion barriers. It thereby compartmentalizes the root and allows control of nutrient transport from the soil to the vasculature, as well as preventing backflow of nutrients from the stele. To achieve this role, endodermal cells undergo two specialized differentiations states consisting of deposition of two impermeable polymers in the cell wall: lignin, forming the Casparian strips, and suberin lamellae...
July 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724326/sting-signalling-an-emerging-common-pathway-in-autoimmunity-and-cancer
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David McCaffary
The equipoise between the disease states of cancer and autoinflammation has perhaps been underappreciated in clinical practice and biomedical research. However, since the discover of STING (stimulator of interferon genes) as an integral regulator of innate immunity, a wealth of information has implicated this signaling pathway in both of these diseases. Under cellular homeostasis, STING serves to detect - and promote immune defense against - DNA viruses and intracellular bacteria, as described in its initial discovery...
July 20, 2017: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721176/from-one-to-the-other-responding-to-ebola-cases-on-either-side-of-the-line
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Rebecca Day Merrill, Sadie Elizabeth Ward, Marydale Cauble Oppert, Dana Allison Schneider
This case study is adapted from events that occurred along the Sierra Leone and Guinea land border during the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The response activities involved Sierra Leone and Guinea officials, along with assistance from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). This case study builds upon an understanding of basic surveillance systems and outbreak response activities. Through this exercise, students will understand how to incorporate communication and coordination into surveillance and response efforts with counterparts across the border in neighbouring countries...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721173/detecting-reporting-and-analysis-of-priority-diseases-for-routine-public-health-surveillance-in-liberia
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Joseph Asamoah Frimpong, Meeyoung Mattie Park, Maame Pokuah Amo-Addae, Peter Adebayo Adewuyi, Thomas Knue Nagbe
An essential component of a public health surveillance system is its ability to detect priority diseases which fall within the mandate of public health officials at all levels. Early detection, reporting and response to public health events help to reduce the burden of mortality and morbidity on communities. Analysis of reliable surveillance data provides relevant information which can enable implementation of timely and appropriate public health interventions. To ensure that a resilient system is in place, the World Health Organization (WHO) has provided guidelines for detection, reporting and response to public health events in the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) strategy...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
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