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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103310/epidemiological-and-molecular-characterization-of-a-mexican-population-isolate-with-high-prevalence-of-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-type-2a-due-to-a-novel-calpain-3-mutation
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Carlos A Pantoja-Melendez, Antonio Miranda-Duarte, Bladimir Roque-Ramirez, Juan C Zenteno
Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy type 2 (LGMD2) is a group of autosomally recessive inherited disorders defined by weakness and wasting of the shoulder and pelvic girdle muscles. In the past, several population isolates with high incidence of LGMD2 arising from founder mutation effects have been identified. The aim of this work is to describe the results of clinical, epidemiologic, and molecular studies performed in a Mexican village segregating numerous cases of LGMD2. A population census was conducted in the village to identify all LGMD affected patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095904/evaluation-of-the-tsima-community-mobilization-intervention-to-improve-engagement-in-hiv-testing-and-care-in-south-africa-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Sheri A Lippman, Audrey Pettifor, Dumisani Rebombo, Aimée Julien, Ryan G Wagner, Mi-Suk Kang Dufour, Chodziwadziwa Whiteson Kabudula, Torsten B Neilands, Rhian Twine, Ann Gottert, F Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Stephen M Tollman, Ian Sanne, Dean Peacock, Kathleen Kahn
BACKGROUND: HIV transmission can be decreased substantially by reducing the burden of undiagnosed HIV infection and expanding early and consistent use of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Treatment as prevention (TasP) has been proposed as key to ending the HIV epidemic. To activate TasP in high prevalence countries, like South Africa, communities must be motivated to know their status, engage in care, and remain in care. Community mobilization (CM) has the potential to significantly increase uptake testing, linkage to and retention in care by addressing the primary social barriers to engagement with HIV care-including poor understanding of HIV care; fear and stigma associated with infection, clinic attendance and disclosure; lack of social support; and gender norms that deter men from accessing care...
January 17, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078947/monitoring-of-plasmodium-infection-in-humans-and-potential-vectors-of-malaria-in-a-newly-emerged-focus-in-southern-iran
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Mohsen Kalantari, Zahra Soltani, Mostafa Ebrahimi, Masoud Yousefi, Masoumeh Amin, Ayda Shafiei, Kourosh Azizi
Despite control programs, which aim to eliminate malaria from Iran by 2025, transmission of malaria has not been removed from the country. This study aimed to monitor malaria from asymptomatic parasitaemia and clinical cases from about one year of active case surveillance and potential vectors of malaria in the newly emerged focus of Mamasani and Rostam, southern Iran during 2014-2015. Samples were collected and their DNAs were extracted for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) assay using specific primers for detection of Plasmodium species...
January 12, 2017: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077750/the-association-between-neurocysticercosis-and-hippocampal-atrophy-is-related-to-age
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Oscar H Del Brutto, Naoum P Issa, Perla Salgado, Victor J Del Brutto, Mauricio Zambrano, Julio Lama, Héctor H García
Neurocysticercosis (NCC) has been associated with hippocampal atrophy, but the prevalence and pathogenic mechanisms implicated in this relationship are unknown. Using a population-based, case-control study design, residents in a rural village (Atahualpa) aged ≥ 40 years with calcified NCC were identified as cases and paired to NCC-free individuals (control subjects) matched by age, sex, and level of education. Cases and control subjects underwent magnetic resonance imaging for hippocampal rating according to the Scheltens' scale for medial temporal atrophy and were interviewed to identify those with a clinical seizure disorder...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056038/comparison-of-primary-care-experiences-in-village-clinics-with-different-ownership-models-in-guangdong-province-china
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Shanshan Feng, Leiyu Shi, Jiazhi Zeng, Wen Chen, Li Ling
OBJECTIVES: In order to improve the quality of services at village clinics (VCs), which are important primary care service providers in rural China, the Chinese government has encouraged the township hospitals to own and manage VCs. There are currently three models of ownership and management of VCs: township hospital-owned and -managed (HVC), village committee-owned and -managed (VVC), and private-owned and -managed (PVC). This study aims to examine the association between these ownership models of VCs and patients' primary care experiences...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034768/characteristics-and-epidemiological-profile-of-buruli-ulcer-in-the-district-of-tiassal%C3%A3-south-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire
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Raymond R T A S N'krumah, Brama Koné, Guéladio Cissé, Marcel Tanner, Jürg Utzinger, Gerd Pluschke, Issaka Tiembré
Buruli ulcer (BU) is a cutaneous infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. It is the third most common mycobacterial disease in the world in the immunocompetent patient and second in Côte d'Ivoire after tuberculosis. This study aimed to assess the characteristics and epidemiological profile of BU in the district of Tiassalé, an important focus of the disease in south Côte d'Ivoire, in order to better direct actions for prevention and control. Retrospective clinical data of BU cases in the period 2005-2010 from all 19 district health centres were collected and linked with geographical and environmental survey data...
December 26, 2016: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024856/newcastle-disease-vaccines-a-solved-problem-or-a-continuous-challenge
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Kiril M Dimitrov, Claudio L Afonso, Qingzhong Yu, Patti J Miller
Newcastle disease (ND) has been defined by the World Organisation for Animal Health as infection of poultry with virulent strains of Newcastle disease virus (NDV). Lesions affecting the neurological, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and reproductive systems are most often observed. The control of ND must include strict biosecurity that prevents virulent NDV from contacting poultry, and also proper administration of efficacious vaccines. When administered correctly to healthy birds, ND vaccines formulated with NDV of low virulence or viral-vectored vaccines that express the NDV fusion protein are able to prevent clinical disease and mortality in chickens upon infection with virulent NDV...
December 16, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989266/the-mountainous-cretan-dietary-patterns-and-their-relationship-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors-the-hellenic-isolated-cohorts-manolis-study
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Aliki-Eleni Farmaki, Nigel William Rayner, Angela Matchan, Panagiota Spiliopoulou, Arthur Gilly, Vasiliki Kariakli, Chrysoula Kiagiadaki, Emmanouil Tsafantakis, Eleftheria Zeggini, George Dedoussis
OBJECTIVE: We carried out de novo recruitment of a population-based cohort (MANOLIS study) and describe the specific population, which displays interesting characteristics in terms of diet and health in old age, through deep phenotyping. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study where anthropometric, biochemical and clinical measurements were taken in addition to interview-based completion of an extensive questionnaire on health and lifestyle parameters. Dietary patterns were derived through principal component analysis based on a validated FFQ...
December 19, 2016: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987380/coxiella-burnetii-q-fever-prevalence-in-associated-populations-of-humans-and-small-ruminants-in-the-gambia
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Jeroen Bok, Lenny Hogerwerf, Eveline A Germeraad, Hendrik I J Roest, Tisbeh Faye-Joof, Momodou Jeng, Davis Nwakanma, Arss Secka, Arjan Stegeman, Bart Goossens, Rita Wegmüller, Marianne A B van der Sande, Wim van der Hoek, Ousman Secka
OBJECTIVES: To simultaneously estimate the prevalence of antibodies against Coxiella burnetii (Q fever) among adults and small ruminants, and C. burnetii shedding prevalence among small ruminants in households in the Kiang West district of The Gambia; and to assess associated risk factors. METHODS: Sera of 599 adults and 615 small ruminants from 125 compounds within 12 villages were tested for antibodies against C. burnetii using ELISA. Vaginal swabs and milk samples of 155 small ruminants were tested using PCR to investigate shedding of C...
December 17, 2016: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976565/different-clinical-spectrum-of-leptospirosis
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Fatma Deniz Aygün, Pınar Özge Avar-Aydın, Haluk Çokuğraş, Yıldız Camcıoğlu
Leptospirosis is a prevalent zoonotic disease. Human infection usually occurs through exposure to environmental sources. Clinical course of leptospirosis is variable. We presented five patients, aged between 4-14 years, having a history of contact with rodents and symptoms 7-10 days after contact. The first three cases were relatives and had contact with dead rats after applying insecticides to bakery across from their house. The first case diagnosed as isolated meningitis, others as flu-like illness. The fourth case had a contact history with a rat inundate in the canalization and diagnosed as acute hepatitis...
2016: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27968882/effects-of-patient-load-and-travel-distance-on-hiv-transmission-in-a-cohort-of-serodiscordant-couples-in-rural-china-a-longitudinal-analysis
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M Kumi Smith, William C Miller, Huixin Liu, Chuanyi Ning, Wensheng He, Myron S Cohen, Ning Wang
BACKGROUND: Sustained viral suppression through antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces the risk of sexual HIV transmission. However, it can require routine access to reliable and effective medical care, which can be difficult to obtain in resource-constrained areas. We investigated the effects of patient load and travel distance to an HIV care clinic on transmission risk in HIV serodiscordant couples in the Henan Province, China. METHODS: The study cohort arises from a population of HIV-infected individuals in central rural China where regional blood selling scandals in the 1990s led to mass HIV transmission of up to 30 000 people though unsanitary blood collection practices...
October 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27968827/operational-challenges-to-the-1-3-7-surveillance-strategy-for-malaria-elimination-in-china-a-qualitative-study
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Guang-Yu Lu, Yao-Bao Liu, Claudia Beiersmann, Yu Feng, Jun Cao, Olaf Müller
BACKGROUND: China aims to eliminate malaria by 2020. In 2012, China launched its 1-3-7 malaria surveillance strategy, which refers to case reporting within one day, case investigation within three days, and focus investigation and public health actions within seven days. The aim of this study was to identify operational challenges to the 1-3-7 surveillance strategy. METHODS: This qualitative study was conducted in northwestern (Gansu Province) and southeastern (Jiangsu Province) China...
October 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941101/feasibility-of-malaria-diagnosis-and-management-in-burkina-faso-nigeria-and-uganda-a-community-based-observational-study
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IkeOluwapo O Ajayi, Jesca Nsungwa-Sabiiti, Mohamadou Siribié, Catherine O Falade, Luc Sermé, Andrew Balyeku, Chinenye Afonne, Armande K Sanou, Vanessa Kabarungi, Frederick O Oshiname, Zakaria Gansane, Josephine Kyaligonza, Ayodele S Jegede, Alfred B Tiono, Sodiomon B Sirima, Amidou Diarra, Oyindamola B Yusuf, Florence Fouque, Joëlle Castellani, Max Petzold, Jan Singlovic, Melba Gomes
BACKGROUND:  Malaria-endemic countries are encouraged to increase, expedite, and standardize care based on parasite diagnosis and treat confirmed malaria using oral artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) or rectal artesunate plus referral when patients are unable to take oral medication. METHODS:  In 172 villages in 3 African countries, trained community health workers (CHWs) assessed and diagnosed children aged between 6 months and 6 years using rapid histidine-rich protein 2 (HRP2)-based diagnostic tests (RDTs)...
December 15, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918232/the-prevalence-of-trachoma-in-tigray-region-northern-ethiopia-results-of-11-population-based-prevalence-surveys-completed-as-part-of-the-global-trachoma-mapping-project
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Sadik Taju Sherief, Colin Macleod, Goitum Gigar, Hagos Godefay, Atakelit Abraha, Michael Dejene, Amir B Kello, Aberash Belete, Yitbarek Assefa, Rebecca Willis, Brian K Chu, Anthony W Solomon
PURPOSE: We aimed to estimate the prevalence of trachoma in each district ("woreda") of Tigray Region, Ethiopia. METHODS: We conducted 11 cross-sectional community-based surveys in evaluation units covering 34 rural woredas from January to March 2013 using the standardized methodology developed for the Global Trachoma Mapping Project. RESULTS: Teams visited 8034 households in 275 villages. A total of 28,581 consenting individuals were examined, 16,163 (56...
2016: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903304/association-between-taenia-solium-infection-and-hiv-aids-in-northern-tanzania-a-matched-cross-sectional-study
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Veronika Schmidt, Christian Kositz, Karl-Heinz Herbinger, Hélène Carabin, Bernard Ngowi, Ezra Naman, Patricia P Wilkins, John Noh, William Matuja, Andrea Sylvia Winkler
BACKGROUND: The frequency of Taenia solium, a zoonotic helminth, is increasing in many countries of sub-Saharan Africa, where the prevalence of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is also high. However, little is known about how these two infections interact. The aim of this study was to compare the proportion of HIV positive (+) and negative (-) individuals who are infected with Taenia solium (TSOL) and who present with clinical and neurological manifestations of cysticercosis (CC)...
December 1, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902900/sensitivity-and-specificity-estimation-for-the-clinical-diagnosis-of-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-in-the-egyptian-participatory-disease-surveillance-program
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C Verdugo, I El Masry, Y Makonnen, H Hannah, F Unger, M Soliman, S Galal, J Lubroth, D Grace
Many developing countries lack sufficient resources to conduct animal disease surveillance. In recent years, participatory epidemiology has been used to increase the cover and decrease the costs of surveillance. However, few diagnostic performance assessments have been carried out on participatory methods. The objective of the present study was to estimate the diagnostic performance of practitioners working for the Community-Based Animal Health and Outreach (CAHO) program, which is a participatory disease surveillance system for the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks in Egypt...
December 2016: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900751/-reflection-on-the-differences-and-similarities-of-mental-health-care-in-virginia-and-taiwan-geography-history-culture-and-nurse-practitioners
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Chueh-Fen Lu, Ching-Chuan Tung, Linda Ely
Sponsored by the pilot overseas internships project of the Ministry of Education, Taiwan, the authors and ten undergraduate students from Taiwan visited several mental health facilities in Virginia for one month. These facilities included the Catawba State Hospital, Salem Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Carilion Saint Albans Behavioral Health (New River Valley Medical Center), Warm Hearth Village, Adult & Child Family Counseling private outpatient clinic, the Free Clinic of the New River Valley, New Life Clubhouse, and Self-Government Program for Assertive Community Treatment...
December 2016: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898715/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-in-hunan-province-china-2009-2014-epidemiology-and-death-risk-factors
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Kai-Wei Luo, Li-Dong Gao, Shi-Xiong Hu, Hong Zhang, Zhi-Hong Deng, Wei Huang, Qian-Lai Sun, Fan Zhang, Si-Yu Zhang, Yu Chen
Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is an arising public health problem in Asia, including China. Epidemiological data is necessary to enable judicious public health responses and interventions. We analyzed the epidemiological and laboratory data of 759,301 HFMD cases reported to the Hunan Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention from 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2014. Univariate and multivariable conditional logistic regression analyses were used to identify risk factors of fatality in HFMD. The incidence of HFMD was highest among children aged 1-3 years, compared with other age groups...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898671/prevalence-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-districts-of-high-and-low-endemicity-in-mali
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Bourama Traoré, Fabiano Oliveira, Ousmane Faye, Adama Dicko, Cheick A Coulibaly, Ibrahim M Sissoko, Samake Sibiry, Nafomon Sogoba, Moussa Brema Sangare, Yaya I Coulibaly, Pierre Traore, Sekou F Traore, Jennifer M Anderson, Somita Keita, Jesus G Valenzuela, Shaden Kamhawi, Seydou Doumbia
Historically the western sahelian dry regions of Mali are known to be highly endemic for cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) caused by Leishmania major, while cases are rarely reported from the Southern savanna forest of the country. Here, we report baseline prevalence of CL infection in 3 ecologically distinct districts of Mali (dry sahelian, north savanna and southern savanna forest areas). We screened 195 to 250 subjects from 50 to 60 randomly selected households in each of the 6 villages (four from the western sahelian district of Diema in Kayes region, one from the central district of Kolokani and one from the southern savanna district of Kolodieba, region of Sikasso)...
November 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890977/health-and-socioeconomic-status-of-the-elderly-people-living-in-hilly-areas-of-pakhribas-kosi-zone-nepal
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Ankit Amar Gupta, Amrit Kumar Lall, Aditi Das, Anshu Saurav, Abnish Nandan, Deepa Shah, Anand Agrahari, Deepak Kumar Yadav
BACKGROUND: The rising geriatric population is facing significant health and social problems in the developing world that are impacting the quality of their lives. OBJECTIVE: The study describes the general health status and the socioeconomic characteristics of the elderly people of Pakhribas village development committee (VDC) of Eastern Nepal. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out targeting the people aged 60 years and above in the sample area using a semi-structured questionnaire and convenient sampling to get the required sample size...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Community Medicine
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