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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230309/evaluation-of-positive-and-false-positive-results-in-syphilis-screening-of-blood-donors-in-rio-de-janeiro-brazil
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V S Sandes, S G C Silva, I J F Motta, L G C Velarde, S R de Castilho
OBJECTIVES: We propose to analyse the positive and false-positive results of treponemal and nontreponemal tests in blood donors from Brazil and to evaluate possible factors associated with the results of treponemal tests. BACKGROUND: Treponemal tests have been used widely for syphilis screening in blood banks. The introduction of these tests in donor screening has caused an impact and a loss of donors who need to be assessed. METHODS: This was a retrospective cross-sectional study of syphilis screening and confirmatory test results of blood donors that were obtained before and after adopting a chemiluminescent immunoassay (CLIA)...
February 23, 2017: Transfusion Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228097/alkaloid-extracts-from-combretum-zeyheri-inhibit-the-growth-of-mycobacterium-smegmatis
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Tafadzwa Nyambuya, Ruvimbo Mautsa, Stanley Mukanganyama
BACKGROUND: Current tuberculosis regimens have failed to combat the issue of drug resistance and ethno medicines may represent a possible source of antimycobacterial agents. Combretum species are well known in African traditional medicines and used for various ailments including pneumonia, venereal diseases like syphilis, mental problems, relief of sore throats and colds, fever, and chest coughs associated with tuberculosis. Alkaloids function as either hydrogen-acceptor or hydrogen-donor in hydrogen bonding critical for the interaction between targets thus, potentiating effects of curative agents on diseases...
February 23, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125925/an-unusual-case-of-reversible-mild-cognitive-impairment
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R K Mahajan, Shweta Sharma, Vikas Dhikav, K S Anand, Nandini Duggal
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is cognitive dysfunction greater than expected for age and education in either a single cognitive domain or in multiple domains without impairment of activities of daily living. The present case report describes the case of an elderly male patient of 71 years who presented with MCI and was Venereal Disease Research Laboratory test reactive in serum. This was confirmed by Treponema pallidum Hemagglutination Assay. After a complete course of antibiotic therapy, his memory complaints disappeared completely...
January 26, 2017: Neurocase
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118946/high-frequency-of-leptospiral-vaginal-carriers-among-slaughtered-cows
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A P Loureiro, C Pestana, M A Medeiros, W Lilenbaum
Bovine leptospirosis is one of the most important reproductive diseases that compromise the productivity of cattle farming. However, the presence of the agent on vaginal environment is still poorly understood in cattle. Considering this context, the present study aimed to detect the presence of pathogenic Leptospira sp. in vaginal fluid (VF) of cows. VF and urine were collected from 254 cows from a slaughterhouse for bacteriological culture and PCR (lipL32 gene). Overall, eleven pure culture (4.3%) of leptospiral isolates were obtained...
January 19, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110563/the-hexane-fraction-of-bursera-microphylla-a-gray-induces-p21-mediated-antiproliferative-and-proapoptotic-effects-in-human-cancer-derived-cell-lines
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Sabrina Adorisio, Alessandra Fierabracci, Giulia Gigliarelli, Isabella Muscari, Lorenza Cannarile, Anna Marina Liberati, Maria Carla Marcotullio, Carlo Riccardi, Massimo Curini, Ramon Enrique Robles Zepeda, Domenico V Delfino
Bursera microphylla (BM), one of the common elephant trees, is widely distributed in the Sonoran desert in Mexico. The Seri ethnic group in the Sonoran desert uses BM as an anti-inflammatory and painkiller drug for the treatment of sore throat, herpes labialis, abscessed tooth, and wound healing. Dried stems and leaves of BM are used in a tea to relieve painful urination and to stimulate bronchial secretion. Furthermore, BM is used for fighting venereal diseases. To investigate the effects of the hexane fraction of resin methanol extract (BM-H) on cell growth, the acute myeloid cell line (OCI-AML3) was treated with 250, 25, or 2...
January 1, 2017: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099323/anesthesia-and-databases-pediatric-cardiac-disease-as-a-role-model
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David F Vener, Sara K Pasquali, Emad B Mossad
Large data sets have now become ubiquitous in clinical medicine; they are particularly useful in high-acuity, low-volume conditions such as congenital heart disease where data must be collected from many centers. These data fall into 2 categories: administrative data arising from hospital admissions and charges and clinical data relating to specific diseases or procedures. In congenital cardiac diseases, there are now over a dozen of these data sets or registries focusing on various elements of patient care...
February 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096307/-he-would-by-no-means-risque-his-reputation-patient-and-doctor-shame-in-daniel-turner-s-de-morbis-cutaneis-1714-and-syphilis-1717
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Emily Cock
This article offers a historical corollary to the examination of shame in medical practice by considering the negotiation of shame in the treatment of a stigmatised disease at a time in which surgeons themselves occupied a highly ambivalent social position. It will focus on case studies provided by Daniel Turner (1667-1741), prominent surgeon and later member of the College of Physicians, in his textbooks De Morbis Cutaneis. A Treatise of Diseases Incident to the Skin (1714) and Syphilis. A Practical Dissertation on the Venereal Disease (1717)...
January 17, 2017: Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033081/clinical-databases-and-registries-in-congenital-and-pediatric-cardiac-surgery-cardiology-critical-care-and-anesthesiology-worldwide
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David F Vener, Michael Gaies, Jeffrey P Jacobs, Sara K Pasquali
The growth in large-scale data management capabilities and the successful care of patients with congenital heart defects have coincidentally paralleled each other for the last three decades, and participation in multicenter congenital heart disease databases and registries is now a fundamental component of cardiac care. This manuscript attempts for the first time to consolidate in one location all of the relevant databases worldwide, including target populations, specialties, Web sites, and participation information...
January 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998328/-apostles-of-continence-doctors-and-the-doctrine-of-sexual-necessity-in-progressive-era-america
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Timothy Verhoeven
In the first decades of the twentieth century, a group of doctors under the banner of the social hygiene movement set out on what seemed an improbable mission: to convince American men that they did not need sex. This was in part a response to venereal disease. Persuading young men to adopt the standard of sexual discipline demanded of women was the key to preserving the health of the nation from the ravages of syphilis and gonorrhoea. But their campaign ran up against the doctrine of male sexual necessity, a doctrine well established in medical thought and an article of faith for many patients...
January 2017: Medical History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993399/-boyer-s-conditions-hygi%C3%A3-niques-actuelles-de-beyrouth-current-sanitary-conditions-in-beirut-the-first-document-on-the-epidemiology-of-venereal-disease-in-lebanon
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I Maatouk
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856515/very-high-incidence-of-syphilis-in-hiv-infected-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-buenos-aires-city-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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E Bissio, V Cisneros, G D Lopardo, L I Cassetti
BACKGROUND: The incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), particularly syphilis, is high and continues to rise among some populations, especially among men who have sex with men (MSM). Furthermore, a higher incidence of STIs has been reported in HIV-positive than in HIV-negative MSM. OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence of syphilis in a cohort of men with HIV in Buenos Aires city. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study. We examined the records and visits made by men with HIV aged >18 years in our institution during a 1-year period...
November 17, 2016: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845266/psidium-guajava-l-from-ethnobiology-to-scientific-evaluation-elucidating-bioactivity-against-pathogenic-microorganisms
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Maria Flaviana B Morais-Braga, Joara Nalyda P Carneiro, Antonio Júdson T Machado, Antonia Thassya L Dos Santos, Débora L Sales, Luciene F Lima, Fernando G Figueredo, Henrique Douglas M Coutinho
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The use of popular plants has guided pharmaceutical research aimed at combating pathogenic microorganisms. Psidium guajava L. is a plant of great versatility and it has been used both as food and as a therapeutic agent. Root, bark, leaves, fruits, flowers and seeds are used for medicinal purposes, especially in infusions and decoctions for oral and topical use. P. guajava is utilized in symptomatology treatment related to organ malfunction and of diseases caused by the action of pathogenic and/or opportunistic microorganisms...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818966/sexually-transmitted-infections-among-hospitalized-patients-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection-and-acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome-hiv-aids-in-zahedan-southeastern-iran
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Seyed Mohammad Hashemi-Shahri, Batool Sharifi-Mood, Hamid-Reza Kouhpayeh, Javad Moazen, Mohsen Farrokhian, Masoud Salehi
BACKGROUND: Studies show that nearly 40 million people are living with human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) around the world and since the beginning of the epidemic, about 35 million have died from AIDS. Heterosexual intercourse is the most common route for transmission of HIV infection (85%). People with a sexually transmitted infection (STI), such as syphilis, genital herpes, chancroid, or bacterial vaginosis, are more likely to obtain HIV infection during sex...
September 2016: International Journal of High Risk Behaviors & Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810982/multifocal-neuropathic-arthropathy-in-patient-with-undiagnosed-neurosyphilis-a-case-report
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Chang-Wan Kim, Chang-Rack Lee
Although the prevalence of syphilis has decreased significantly, syphilis is still a common cause of neuropathic arthropathy. Tabetic arthropathy means progressive painless joint destruction that is related to neurosensory deficits caused by syphilis. In general, lower limb joints are involved and gradual swelling and instability of the involved joints are observed. Diagnosis of tabetic arthropathy is difficult as its clinical presentation is not specific and differential diagnosis is wide ranging. Hence, diagnosis of tabetic arthropathy requires clinical suspicion and an appropriate serological test...
November 2, 2016: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27751728/macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-as-a-novel-cerebrospinal-fluid-marker-for-neurosyphilis-among-hiv-negative-patients
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Li-Rong Lin, Dan-Hong Lin, Man-Li Tong, Li-Li Liu, Jin-Yi Fan, Xiao-Zhen Zhu, Kun Gao, Mei-Jun Chen, Wei-Hong Zheng, Hui-Lin Zhang, Shu-Lian Li, Hui-Ling Lin, Zhi-Feng Lin, Jian-Jun Niu, Tian-Ci Yang
BACKGROUND: Neurosyphilis (NS) is difficult to diagnose, especially in syphilis patients with negative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rapid plasma reagin (RPR) or Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) tests. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study and an analysis of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) in syphilitic patients to identify a novel marker for the diagnosis of NS, with a focus on probable NS (NS with negative VDRL/RPR tests). For this purpose, CSF and serum MIF concentrations were determined in 43 NS and 43 syphilis/non-NS (N-NS) patients at the Zhongshan Hospital of the Medical College of Xiamen University from July 2014 to June 2015...
December 1, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27664906/dr-hugh-hampton-young-s-impact-on-venereal-disease-during-world-war-i-the-chaste-of-american-soldiers
#16
Kayla Dmytruk, Zachary Klaassen, Shenelle N Wilson, Reena Kabaria, Michael W Kemper, Martha K Terris, Ronald W Lewis, Durwood E Neal, Arthur M Smith
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650493/cxcl13-cxcl10-and-cxcl8-as-potential-biomarkers-for-the-diagnosis-of-neurosyphilis-patients
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Cuini Wang, Kaiqi Wu, Qian Yu, Sufang Zhang, Zixiao Gao, Yudan Liu, Liyan Ni, Yuanyuan Cheng, Zhifang Guan, Mei Shi, Haikong Lu, Yongliang Lou, Pingyu Zhou
At present, diagnosis for neurosyphilis remains a major clinical challenge. Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) titer of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is suboptimally sensitive to diagnose neurosyphilis, which can be negative in neurosyphilis patients, especially in asymptomatic neurosyphilis patients. In the search for biomarkers of neurosyphilis, we investigated the chemokine profile in CSF of neurosyphilis patients and found that the concentrations of CXCL13, CXCL10 and CXCL8 were selectively elevated in neurosyphilis patients and correlated with CSF protein concentration and CSF-VDRL titer...
2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27639040/-health-and-social-conditions-in-brod-na-savi-during-world-war-i
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Marica Jandrić-Balen, Ivica Balen
During World War I, social and health conditions were difficult in Brod na Savi, as it stationed a large number of troops, and the military hospital was crowded with patients. With so many able-bodied men and breadwinners mobilised, the town's economy verged on the brink of poverty, but people managed to keep starvation at bay. The most common diseases among civilians were tuberculosis, malaria, intestinal infectious diseases, diphtheria, and venereal diseases, and in 1915 cholera broke out that lasted five months...
November 2015: Acta Medico-historica Adriatica: AMHA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27627462/recent-advances-and-future-directions-in-understanding-and-treating-chlamydia-induced-reactive-arthritis
#19
John D Carter, Alan P Hudson
INTRODUCTION: Reactive arthritis (ReA) is an inflammatory disease that can follow gastrointestinal or genitourinary infections. The primary etiologic agent for post-venereal ReA is the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis; its relative, C pneumoniae, has also been implicated in disease induction although to a lesser degree. Studies have indicated that the arthritis is elicited by chlamydiae infecting synovial tissue in an unusual biologic state designated persistence. We review clinical aspects, host-pathogen interactions, and treatments for the disease...
September 20, 2016: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27625961/severe-acute-syphilitic-posterior-placoid-chorioretinitis-with-complete-spontaneous-resolution-the-natural-course
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Mónica Franco, Vanda Nogueira
PURPOSE: We report on a case of unilateral acute syphilitic posterior placoid chorioretinitis (ASPPC) with spontaneous resolution of the lesions, and discuss the role of an altered versus adequate immune response as the major pathogenic factor. METHODS: We describe a case of acute loss of visual acuity (VA) in the left eye (LE) in a 55-year-old healthy man. RESULTS: The patient presented with VA of 20/20 in the right eye (RE) and hand movements in the LE...
2016: GMS Ophthalmology Cases
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