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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735813/atypical-memory-b-cells-in-human-chronic-infectious-diseases-an-interim-report
#1
Silvia Portugal, Nyamekye Obeng-Adjei, Susan Moir, Peter D Crompton, Susan K Pierce
Immunological memory is a remarkable phenomenon in which survival of an initial infection by a pathogen leads to life-long protection from disease upon subsequent exposure to that same pathogen. For many infectious diseases, long-lived protective humoral immunity is induced after only a single infection in a process that depends on the generation of memory B cells (MBCs) and long-lived plasma cells. However, over the past decade it has become increasingly evident that many chronic human infectious diseases to which immunity is not readily established, including HIV-AIDS, malaria and TB, are associated with fundamental alterations in the composition and functionality of MBC compartments...
July 11, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732472/genexpert-hiv-1-quant-assay-a-new-tool-for-scale-up-of-viral-load-monitoring-in-the-success-of-art-programme-in-india
#2
Smita Kulkarni, Sushama Jadhav, Priyanka Khopkar, Suvarna Sane, Rajkumar Londhe, Vaishali Chimanpure, Veronica Dhilpe, Manisha Ghate, Rajendra Yelagate, Narayan Panchal, Girish Rahane, Dilip Kadam, Nitin Gaikwad, Bharat Rewari, Raman Gangakhedkar
BACKGROUND: Recent WHO guidelines identify virologic monitoring for diagnosing and confirming ART failure. In view of this, validation and scale up of point of care viral load technologies is essential in resource limited settings. METHODS: A systematic validation of the GeneXpert® HIV-1 Quant assay (a point-of-care technology) in view of scaling up HIV-1 viral load in India to monitor the success of national ART programme was carried out. Two hundred nineteen plasma specimens falling in nine viral load ranges (<40 to >5 L copies/ml) were tested by the Abbott m2000rt Real Time and GeneXpert HIV-1 Quant assays...
July 21, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729474/trilateral-overlap-of-tuberculosis-diabetes-and-hiv-1-in-a-high-burden-african-setting-implications-for-tb-control
#3
Tolu Oni, Natacha Berkowitz, Mmamapudi Kubjane, Rene Goliath, Naomi S Levitt, Robert J Wilkinson
The diabetes mellitus burden is growing in countries where tuberculosis (TB) and HIV-1 remain major challenges, threatening TB control efforts. This study determined the association between TB and diabetes/impaired glucose regulation in the context of HIV-1.A cross-sectional study was conducted at a TB clinic in Cape Town (South Africa). Participants were screened for diabetes and impaired glucose regulation using fasting plasma glucose, oral glucose tolerance test and glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c).414 TB and 438 non-TB participants were enrolled...
July 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727491/impact-of-point-of-care-xpert-mtb-rif-on-tuberculosis-treatment-initiation-a-cluster-randomised-trial
#4
Richard J Lessells, Graham S Cooke, Nuala McGrath, Mark P Nicol, Marie-Louise Newell, Peter Godfrey-Faussett
RATIONALE: Point-of-care (POC) diagnostics have potential to reduce pre-treatment loss to follow-up and delays to initiation of appropriate TB treatment. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of a POC diagnostic strategy on initiation of appropriate TB treatment. METHODS: A cluster randomised trial of adults with cough who were HIV positive and/or at high risk of drug-resistant TB. Two-week time blocks were randomised to two strategies (i) Xpert performed at district hospital laboratory (ii) POC Xpert performed at primary health care clinic...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725166/tuberculosis-and-hiv-are-the-leading-causes-of-adult-death-in-northwest-ethiopia-evidence-from-verbal-autopsy-data-of-dabat-health-and-demographic-surveillance-system-2007-2013
#5
Yigzaw Kebede, Gashaw Andargie, Abebaw Gebeyehu, Tadesse Awoke, Mezgebu Yitayal, Solomon Mekonnen, Mamo Wubshet, Temesgen Azmeraw, Yihunie Lakew, Kassahun Alemu
BACKGROUND: Reliable data on causes of death form the basis for building evidence on health policy, planning, monitoring, and evaluation. In Ethiopia, the majority of deaths occur at home and civil registration systems are not yet functional. The main objective of verbal autopsy (VA) is to describe the causes of death at the community or population level where civil registration and death certification systems are weak and where most people die at home without having had contact with the health system...
2017: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724374/cost-effectiveness-of-isoniazid-preventive-therapy-among-hiv-infected-patients-clinicaly-screened-for-latent-tuberculosis-infection-in-dar-es-salaam-tanzania-a-prospective-cohort-study
#6
Grace A Shayo, Dereck Chitama, Candida Moshiro, Said Aboud, Muhammad Bakari, Ferdinand Mugusi
BACKGROUND: One of the reasons why Isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) for Tuberculosis (TB) is not widely used in low income countries is concerns on cost of excluding active TB. We analyzed the cost-effectiveness of IPT provision in Tanzania having ruled out active TB by a symptom-based screening tool. METHODS: Data on IPT cost-effectiveness was prospectively collected from an observational cohort study of 1283 HIV-infected patients on IPT and 1281 controls; followed up for 24 months...
July 19, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724359/the-burden-of-hiv-on-tuberculosis-patients-in-the-volta-region-of-ghana-from-2012-to-2015-implication-for-tuberculosis-control
#7
Eric Osei, Joyce Der, Richard Owusu, Philip Kofie, Wisdom Kudzo Axame
BACKGROUND: The impact of HIV on TB, and the implications for TB control, has been acknowledged as a public health challenge. It is imperative therefore to assess the burden of HIV on TB patients as an indicator for monitoring the control efforts of the two diseases in this part of the world. This study aimed at determining the burden of HIV infection in TB patients. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of TB registers in five districts of the Volta Region of Ghana...
July 19, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719501/evaluation-of-the-adequacy-of-the-2010-revised-world-health-organization-recommended-dosages-of-the-first-line-antituberculosis-drugs-for-children
#8
Hongmei Yang, Anthony Enimil, Fizza S Gillani, Sampson Antwi, Albert Dompreh, Antoinette Ortsin, Eugene Adu Awhireng, Maxwell Owusu, Lubbe Wiesner, Charles A Peloquin, Awewura Kwara
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization recommended increased dosages of the first-line antituberculosis (anti-TB) drugs for children in 2010. We examined the frequency of and factors associated with low plasma maximum concentration (Cmax) of each drug in children treated with the revised dosages. METHODS: Children on anti-TB therapy for at least 4 weeks underwent pharmacokinetic testing. Plasma Cmax below the lower limit of proposed reference range was considered low...
July 14, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719295/regional-differences-in-the-prevalence-of-major-opportunistic-infections-among-antiretroviral-na%C3%A3-ve-human-immunodeficiency-virus-patients-in-japan-northern-thailand-northern-vietnam-and-the-philippines
#9
Louie Mar A Gangcuangco, Ikumi Sawada, Naho Tsuchiya, Cuong D Do, Thanh Thuy T Pham, Archawin Rojanawiwat, Marissa Alejandria, Katerina Leyritana, Yoshiyuki Yokomaku, Panita Pathipvanich, Koya Ariyoshi
To identify regional differences in the distribution of opportunistic infections (OIs) among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients in Asia, the medical records of antiretroviral therapy (ART)-naïve patients who attended the following tertiary hospitals from 2003 to 2011 were reviewed: Nagoya Medical Center (NMC, Nagoya, Japan), Lampang Hospital (LPH, Lampang, northern Thailand), Bach Mai Hospital (BMH, Hanoi, northern Vietnam), and Philippine General Hospital (PGH, Manila, Philippines). Logistic regression analyses were performed to identify associations between country of origin and risk of major OIs...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716809/determining-clinical-decision-thresholds-for-hiv-positive-patients-suspected-of-having-tuberculosis
#10
Tom Boyles, Isabella Locatelli, Nicolas Senn, Mark Ebell
Clinical decision thresholds may aid the evaluation of diagnostic tests but have rarely been determined for tuberculosis (TB). We presented clinicians with six web-based clinical scenarios, describing patients with HIV and possible TB at various sites and with a range of clinical stability. The probability of disease was varied randomly and clinicians asked to make treatment decisions; threshold curves and therapeutic thresholds were calculated. Test and treatment thresholds were calculated using Bayes theorem and the diagnostic accuracy of Xpert MTB/RIF...
July 17, 2017: Evidence-based Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716042/tuberculosis-and-hiv-are-the-leading-causes-of-adult-death-in-northwest-ethiopia-evidence-from-verbal-autopsy-data-of-dabat-health-and-demographic-surveillance-system-2007-2013
#11
Yigzaw Kebede, Gashaw Andargie, Abebaw Gebeyehu, Tadesse Awoke, Mezgebu Yitayal, Solomon Mekonnen, Mamo Wubshet, Temesgen Azmeraw, Yihunie Lakew, Kassahun Alemu
BACKGROUND: Reliable data on causes of death form the basis for building evidence on health policy, planning, monitoring, and evaluation. In Ethiopia, the majority of deaths occur at home and civil registration systems are not yet functional. The main objective of verbal autopsy (VA) is to describe the causes of death at the community or population level where civil registration and death certification systems are weak and where most people die at home without having had contact with the health system...
July 17, 2017: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709493/sternoclavicular-joint-tuberculosis-a-series-of-9-cases
#12
Umesh Kumar Meena, Balaji Saibaba, Prateek Behera, Ramesh Chand Meena
Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic disease that may affect any part of the human body. Though the osteoarticular TB is not uncommonly seen, TB of the sternoclavicular joint (SC joint) is an infrequently reported condition. The very fact that many physicians have never seen a single case of SC joint TB in their entire career makes them never think of this condition in cases of chronic swellings of the medial end of clavicle. We are reporting here our experience with nine cases of SC joint TB that were treated by us...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709077/phytonanotherapy-for-management-of-diabetes-using-green-synthesis-nanoparticles
#13
K Anand, C Tiloke, Pragalathan Naidoo, A A Chuturgoon
The world has a rich diversity of indigenous medicinal plants. The World Health Organization (WHO) gives high priority to eco-friendly, non-hazardous and cost effective healthcare such as the use of medicinal plants to treat various illnesses, including Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), tuberculosis (TB), diabetes mellitus (DM), malaria, and cancer. In developing countries, a high proportion of the population tends to use complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) together with conventional prescription drugs...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708844/diagnostic-accuracy-of-xpert-mtb-rif-for-tuberculosis-detection-in-different-regions-with-different-endemic-burden-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#14
Shiying Li, Bin Liu, Mingli Peng, Min Chen, Wenwei Yin, Hui Tang, Yuxuan Luo, Peng Hu, Hong Ren
PURPOSE: To estimate the diagnostic accuracy of Xpert MTB/RIF, a systematic review and meta-analysis were carried out. METHODS: Up to June 20, 2015, multiple databases were screened for relevant studies. RESULTS: Accordingly, 106 studies included 52,410 samples were selected. Diagnostic accuracy of Xpert MTB/RIF for TB detection was validated against either culture or a composite reference standard (CRS). Additionally, selected studies were further subgrouped in four groups based on sample's type, subject's age, status of HIV co-infection and smear-positivity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705215/feasibility-of-district-wide-screening-of-health-care-workers-for-tuberculosis-in-zambia
#15
Suzanne Verver, Nathan Kapata, Mathildah Kakungu Simpungwe, Seraphine Kaminsa, Mavis Mwale, Chitambeya Mukwangole, Bernard Sichinga, Sevim Ahmedov, Max Meis
BACKGROUND: Many health care workers (HCWs) are at increased risk for tuberculosis (TB). The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends screening HCWs for TB in high burden settings but this is often not implemented in countries with a high TB incidence. We assessed the feasibility of TB screening among HCWs, including participation rate and yield, as part of a project introducing facility specific TB interventions. METHODS: This study had a cross-sectional design...
July 14, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700743/polymorphisms-in-the-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-are-associated-with-reduced-rate-of-sputum-culture-conversion-in-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-patients-in-south-africa
#16
Matthew J Magee, Yan V Sun, James C M Brust, N Sarita Shah, Yuming Ning, Salim Allana, Angela Campbell, Qin Hui, Koleka Mlisana, Pravi Moodley, Neel R Gandhi
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D modulates the inflammatory and immune response to tuberculosis (TB) and also mediates the induction of the antimicrobial peptide cathelicidin. Deficiency of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene may increase the risk of TB disease and decrease culture conversion rates in drug susceptible TB. Whether these VDR SNPs are found in African populations or impact multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB treatment has not been established...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697621/undiagnosed-tuberculosis-in-patients-with-hiv-infection-who-present-with-severe-anaemia-at-a-district-hospital
#17
Mbulelo Mntonintshi, Don O'Mahony, Sikhumbuzo Mabunda, Kakia A F Namugenyi
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) is a major cause of severe anaemia in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in South Africa. However, TB can be difficult to diagnose as it may be extra pulmonary and paucibacillary. AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate undiagnosed TB in patients with HIV infection and severe anaemia and to identify the optimal investigations for diagnosing TB. SETTING: Mthatha General Hospital, a district hospital...
June 30, 2017: African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695803/bioinformatic-analysis-of-differentially-expressed-genes-in-peripheral-blood-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-tubercle-bacilli-co-infected-patients
#18
Rongqiang Zhang, Qiling Liu, Na Sun, Wulin Kang, Puwei Yuan
Objective To analyze the differentially expressed genes in peripheral blood of human immunodeficiency(HIV)/tubercle bacilli co-infected patients and explore the biological regulatory mechanism and network of key proteins,so as to provide new evidence for early diagnosis and clinical treatment of HIV/TB co-infected patients. Methods Microarray gene chip data of HIV/TB co-infected patients were downloaded from public databases GEO and imported into the analysis software GEO,STRING,PANTHER,and GenClip. The gene expression profiles,protein interaction networks,processes of molecular biology,and gene functions were analyzed...
June 20, 2017: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694828/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-delayed-sputum-conversion-among-patients-treated-for-smear-positive-ptb-in-northwestern-rural-tanzania-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#19
Daniel W Gunda, Igembe Nkandala, Godfrey A Kavishe, Semvua B Kilonzo, Rodrick Kabangila, Bonaventura C Mpondo
INTRODUCTION: Smear positive TB carries high morbidity and mortality. The TB treatment aims at sputum conversion by two months of antituberculous. Patients who delay sputum conversion remain potentially infectious, with risk of treatment failure, drug resistance, and mortality. Little is known about the magnitude of this problem in our setting. This study was designed to determine the prevalence and risk factors of delayed sputum conversion in northwestern rural part of Tanzania. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study involving smear positive TB patients at Sengerema DDH in 2015...
2017: Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694201/use-of-quantiferon-tb-gold-in-tube-assay-in-screening-for-neutralizing-anti-interferon-gamma-autoantibodies-in-patients-with-disseminated-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-infection
#20
Un-In Wu, Yu-Chung Chuang, Wang-Huei Sheng, Hsin-Yun Sun, Yi-Ting Jhong, Jann-Yuan Wang, Shan-Chwen Chang, Jann-Tay Wang, Yee-Chun Chen
OBJECTIVE: Anti-interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) autoantibodies (anti-IFN-γ Abs) have been increasingly recognized as an important cause of disseminated nontuberculous mycobacterial (DNTM) infection, and identification of this immunodeficiency impacts clinical management. However, the protean disease manifestations and inaccessibility to diagnostic tests in clinical settings hamper its early diagnosis. Here, we sought to determine whether QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-tube (QFT-GIT), a commercialized IFN-γ release assay, could be used to screen for neutralizing anti-IFN-γ Abs among previously healthy adults with DNTM infection...
July 7, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
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