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Tiziana Leone, Diego Alburez-Gutierrez, Rula Gandour, Ernestina Coast, Rita Giacaman
BACKGROUND: Armed conflicts can undermine a country's health-care capacity and disrupt the delivery of basic health services. Yet the public health consequences of war remain difficult to quantify, mainly because adequate data do not exist. We hypothesised that the ongoing conflict in the occupied Palestinian territory (including the restrictions on free movement and the strain on health-care services) have had detrimental effects on maternal and child health outcomes. METHODS: We reconstructed data on delivery by caesarean section and diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus vaccination with pooled data from Demographic and Health Surveys for 2000-14...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Olivia Falconer, Marie-Louise Newell, Christine E Jones
The success of prevention of mother to child transmission programs over the last two decades has led to an increasing number of infants who are exposed to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), but who are not themselves infected (HIV-exposed, uninfected infants). Although the morbidity and mortality among HIV-exposed, uninfected infants is considerably lower than that among HIV-infected infants, they may remain at increased risk of infections in the first 2 years of life compared with their HIV-unexposed peers, especially in the absence of breastfeeding...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Elizabeth C Briere, Tracy Pondo, Mark Schmidt, Tami Skoff, Nong Shang, Alison Naleway, Stacey Martin, Michael L Jackson
PURPOSE: Despite high national vaccination coverage with tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccines among U.S. adolescents, rates of adolescent pertussis disease are increasing. We estimated the duration of protection after Tdap vaccination and the possible effects of the change from whole-cell to acellular childhood pertussis vaccines in the United States during the 1990s. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort analysis among 11- to 18-year-olds enrolled in two integrated health-care delivery systems during 2005-2012...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
Lidia C Serra, Laura J York, Amgad Gamil, Paul Balmer, Chris Webber
International travel has been steadily increasing since the middle of the twentieth century, including travel to regions with high levels of endemic meningococcal disease and areas with sporadic or sustained meningococcal outbreaks. Although invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is relatively rare in travelers since the advent of quadrivalent meningococcal vaccines, it remains a serious concern because of its rapid progression, poor prognosis and outcomes, associated treatment delays, and the potential to precipitate outbreaks...
March 17, 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
Masoud Ghader, Nader Shokoufi, Ali Es-Haghi, Kazem Kargosha
Vaccine production is a biological process in which variation in time and output is inevitable. Thus, the application of Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) will be important in this regard. Headspace solid - phase microextraction (HS-SPME) coupled with GC-MS can be used as a PAT for process monitoring. This method is suitable to chemical profiling of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from microorganisms. Tetanus is a lethal disease caused by Clostridium tetani (C. tetani) bacterium and vaccination is an ultimate way to prevent this disease...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Navaneetha Santhanam, Lee Kumanchik, Xiufang Guo, Frank Sommerhage, Yunqing Cai, Max Jackson, Candace Martin, George Saad, Christopher W McAleer, Ying Wang, Andrea Lavado, Christopher J Long, James J Hickman
There are currently no functional neuromuscular junction (hNMJ) systems composed of human cells that could be used for drug evaluations or toxicity testing in vitro. These systems are needed to evaluate NMJs for diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal muscular atrophy or other neurodegenerative diseases or injury states. There are certainly no model systems, animal or human, that allows for isolated treatment of motoneurons or muscle capable of generating dose response curves to evaluate pharmacological activity of these highly specialized functional units...
February 27, 2018: Biomaterials
Kimberly R Kalli, Matthew S Block, Pashtoon M Kasi, Courtney L Erskine, Timothy J Hobday, Allan Dietz, Douglas Padley, Michael P Gustafson, Barath Shreeder, Danell Puglisi-Knutson, Daniel W Visscher, Toni Kay Mangskau, Glynn Wilson, Keith L Knutson
PURPOSE: Folate receptor alpha (FR) is overexpressed in several cancers. Endogenous immunity to the FR has been demonstrated in patients and suggests the feasibility of targeting FR with vaccine or other immune therapies. CD4 helper T cells are central to the development of coordinated immunity and prior work shows their importance in protecting against relapse. Our previous identification of degenerate HLA-class II epitopes from human FR led to the development of a broad coverage epitope pool potentially useful in augmenting antigen-specific immune responses in most patients...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Geoffrey Masuyer, Sicai Zhang, Sulyman Barkho, Yi Shen, Linda Henriksson, Sara Košenina, Min Dong, Pål Stenmark
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are among the most potent toxins known and are also used to treat an increasing number of medical disorders. There are seven well-established serotypes (BoNT/A-G), which all act as zinc-dependent endopeptidases targeting specific members of the SNARE proteins required for synaptic vesicle exocytosis in neurons. A new toxin serotype, BoNT/X, was recently identified. It cleaves not only the canonical targets, vesicle associated membrane proteins (VAMP) 1/2/3 at a unique site, but also has the unique ability to cleave VAMP4/5 and Ykt6...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Francelena de Sousa Silva, Yonna Costa Barbosa, Mônica Araújo Batalha, Marizélia Rodrigues Costa Ribeiro, Vanda Maria Ferreira Simões, Maria Dos Remédios Freitas Carvalho Branco, Érika Bárbara Abreu Fonseca Thomaz, Rejane Christine de Sousa Queiroz, Waleska Regina Machado Araújo, Antônio Augusto Moura da Silva
This study estimated the percentages of incomplete immunization with new vaccines and old vaccines and associated factors in children 13 to 35 months of age belonging to a birth cohort in São Luís, the capital of Maranhão State, Brazil. The sample was probabilistic, with 3,076 children born in 2010. Information on vaccination was obtained from the Child's Health Card. The new vaccines, namely those introduced in 2010, were meningococcal C and 10-valent pneumococcal, and the old vaccines, or those already on the childhood immunization schedule, were BCG, hepatitis B, human rotavirus, polio, tetravalent (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae b), yellow fever, and triple viral (measles, mumps, rubella)...
March 12, 2018: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
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Tetanus is an acute specific infection caused by obligate anaerobes, which is still a serious public health problem. Tetanus bacterium is an obligate anaerobic bacterium, widely distributed in nature, which can exist in dust, soil, human or animal excrement. The bacteria invade the body primarily through the skin or mucosal wounds, and most commonly in trauma and burn patients, unclean newborns, and unsafe surgical instruments. Exotoxin produced by tetanus bacteria can cause temporary changes in the central nervous system, manifested as systemic skeletal muscle persistence and paroxysmal spasm, severe cases of laryngospasm, asphyxia, lung infections and organ failure, which is a very serious and potentially fatal disease...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Chenghe Xiong, Shaojie Feng, Yin Qiao, Zhongwu Guo, Guofeng Gu
A highly convergent and efficient strategy was developed for the synthesis of complex oligosaccharides of Streptococcus pneumoniae type 3 capsular polysaccharide containing multiple glucuronic acid units. After oligoglucosides were effectively and stereoselectively assembled, the designated glucose units were regioselectively oxidized to glucuronic acid in one step at the final synthetic stage, which helped avoid difficult glycosylations involving glucuronic acid. The target oligosaccharides had a free amino group at the reducing end and varied caps at the non-reducing end to enable further modification and structure-activity relationship study...
March 12, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
A Koïvogui, A Carbunar, L-M Imounga, C Laruade, S Laube
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to estimate the vaccination coverage (VC) rate in persons aged from 9 months to 18 years and to describe it according to the predictive factors of good vaccination status. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive and etiological study. METHODS: The study involved 1332 persons aged below 18 years and members of 521 representative households in French Guiana. VC was estimated by the proportion of people with complete immunization for 13 vaccines (four mandatory, seven recommended, and two specific)...
March 8, 2018: Public Health
Anja Schoeps, Eric Nebié, Ane Baerent Fisker, Ali Sié, Alphonse Zakane, Olaf Müller, Peter Aaby, Heiko Becher
BACKGROUND: Non-specific effects (NSEs) of vaccines have increasingly gained attention in recent years. Recent studies suggest that live vaccines, such as measles vaccine (MV), have beneficial effects on health, while inactivated vaccines, such as the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine, may have harmful effects. If this is the case, it should improve child health to move MV closer to the last vaccination with DTP. The objective of this study was to investigate the NSEs of an additional early dose of MV on hospitalization or mortality...
March 6, 2018: Vaccine
Isaac R Melamed, Michael Borte, Laurenz Trawnicek, Ai-Lan Kobayashi, Roger H Kobayashi, Alan Knutsen, Sudhir Gupta, William Smits, Anna Pituch-Noworolska, Magdalena Strach, Grazyna Pulka, Hans D Ochs, James N Moy
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy is commonly used to treat patients with primary antibody deficiency. This prospective, open-label, non-randomised, multicentre, phase III trial investigated the pharmacokinetics of a new 10% liquid IVIG product (panzyga®; Octapharma) in 51 patients aged 2-75 years with common variable immunodeficiency (n = 43) or X-linked agammaglobulinaemia (n = 8). Patients were treated with IVIG 10% every 3 (n = 21) or 4 weeks (n = 30) at a dose of 200-800 mg/kg for 12 months...
March 6, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ian C Smith, Jahaan Ali, Geoffrey A Power, Walter Herzog
PURPOSE: We examined how muscle length and time between stimuli (inter-pulse interval, IPI) influence declines in force (sag) seen during unfused tetani in the human adductor pollicis muscle. METHODS: A series of 16-pulse contractions were evoked with IPIs between 1 × and 5 × the twitch time to peak tension (TPT) at large (long muscle length) and small (short muscle length) thumb adduction angles. Unfused tetani were mathematically deconstructed into a series of overlapping twitch contractions to examine why sag exhibits length- and IPI-dependencies...
March 8, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Peng Chong Liang, Yong Li Zhang, Ying Liu, Yu Qing Wang, Liu Lu Xia, Bao Ling Ren, Cai Rong Wang, Yu Cao
There is often a delay in offering quality and prompt treatment after a stingray sting. We present 3 cases of stings and discuss the Poisoning Severity Score (PSS) and a simple tool to assess the severity of such injuries. A 34-year-old man, who worked as an aquarium keeper, presented a wound on the left fifth digit caused by a stingray. Acute myocardial injury and rhabdomyolysis were detected. After 6weeks, the wound had almost healed. A 27-year-old man who experienced a stingray injury on the left second digit recovered without sequelae after 5weeks...
February 27, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Matthew C Altman, Elizabeth Whalen, Alkis Togias, George T O'Connor, Leonard B Bacharier, Gordon R Bloomberg, Meyer Kattan, Robert A Wood, Scott Presnell, Petra LeBeau, Katy Jaffee, Cynthia M Visness, William W Busse, James E Gern
BACKGROUND: Childhood asthma in inner city populations is a major public health burden and understanding early life immune mechanisms that promote asthma onset is key to disease prevention. Children who develop asthma demonstrate a high prevalence of aeroallergen sensitization and T helper 2 (Th2)-type inflammation, however the early life immune events that lead to Th2 skewing and disease development are unknown. OBJECTIVE: We sought to use RNA sequencing of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) collected at age 2 to determine networks of immune responses that occur in children who develop allergy and asthma...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Lene Martinsen, Trygve Ottersen, Joseph L Dieleman, Philipp Hessel, Jonas Minet Kinge, Vegard Skirbekk
Background: Per capita allocation of overall development assistance has been shown to be biased towards countries with lower population size, meaning funders tend to provide proportionally less development assistance to countries with large populations. Individuals that happen to be part of large populations therefore tend to receive less assistance. However, no study has investigated whether this is also true regarding development assistance for health. We examined whether this so-called 'small-country bias' exists in the health aid sector...
2018: BMJ Global Health
Abdul Momin Kazi, Murtaza Ali, Khurram Zubair, Hussain Kalimuddin, Abdul Nafey Kazi, Saleem Perwaiz Iqbal, Jean-Paul Collet, Syed Asad Ali
BACKGROUND: Improved routine immunization (RI) coverage is recommended as the priority public health strategy to decrease vaccine-preventable diseases and eradicate polio in Pakistan and worldwide. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to ascertain whether customized, automated, one-way text messaging (short message service, SMS) reminders delivered to caregivers via mobile phones when a child is due for an RI visit can improve vaccination uptake and timelines in Pakistan...
March 7, 2018: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
Jiraprapa Wipasa, Romanee Chaiwarith, Kriangkrai Chawansuntati, Jutarat Praparattanapan, Kritsadee Rattanathammethee, Khuanchai Supparatpinyo
A major characteristic of immunodeficiency associated with life-threatening intracellular infection in adults is the presence of anti-interferon-γ antibodies. Although little is known about the mechanism underlying this syndrome, it is believed that the antibodies inhibit the activity of downstream signaling pathway of interferon-γ. In this study, the characteristics of these antibodies in patients who presented, or have a history of, intracellular infection and were positive to anti-interferon-γ antibodies were investigated...
January 1, 2018: Experimental Biology and Medicine
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