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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925418/mhealth-application-areas-and-technology-combinations-a-comparison-of-literature-from-high-and-low-middle-income-countries
#1
Haitham Abaza, Michael Marschollek
BACKGROUND: With the continuous and enormous spread of mobile technologies, mHealth has evolved as a new subfield of eHealth. While eHealth is broadly focused on information and communication technologies, mHealth seeks to explore more into mobile devices and wireless communication. Since mobile phone penetration has exceeded other infrastructure in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), mHealth is seen as a promising component to provide pervasive and patient-centered care. OBJECTIVES: The aim of our research work for this paper is to examine the mHealth literature to identify application areas, target diseases, and mHealth service and technology types that are most appropriate for LMICs...
August 8, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921677/clinical-profile-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-a-developing-country-india
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Ramit Mahajan, Vandana Midha, Omesh Goyal, Varun Mehta, Vikram Narang, Kirandeep Kaur, Arshdeep Singh, Dharmatma Singh, Rishu Bhanot, Ajit Sood
BACKGROUND: The epidemiology and clinical profile of hepatitis C virus (HCV) varies worldwide and data from developing countries is sparse. AIMS: To study the clinical profile of HCV infection in a developing country in South East Asia (India). METHODS: This observational study assessed patient demographics, viral characteristics, risk factors for virus acquisition and disease characteristics in HCV patients diagnosed between January 2004 and December 2015...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911765/prevalence-of-hepatitis-d-virus-infection-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#3
Alexander J Stockdale, Mas Chaponda, Apostolos Beloukas, Richard Odame Phillips, Philippa C Matthews, Athanasios Papadimitropoulos, Simon King, Laura Bonnett, Anna Maria Geretti
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis D virus (also known as hepatitis delta virus) can establish a persistent infection in people with chronic hepatitis B, leading to accelerated progression of liver disease. In sub-Saharan Africa, where HBsAg prevalence is higher than 8%, hepatitis D virus might represent an important additive cause of chronic liver disease. We aimed to establish the prevalence of hepatitis D virus among HBsAg-positive populations in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: We systematically reviewed studies of hepatitis D virus prevalence among HBsAg-positive populations in sub-Saharan Africa...
October 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903510/changes-in-liver-steatosis-after-switching-from-efavirenz-to-raltegravir-among-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-patients-with-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#4
Juan Macías, María Mancebo, Dolores Merino, Francisco Téllez, M Luisa Montes-Ramírez, Federico Pulido, Antonio Rivero-Juárez, Miguel Raffo, Montserrat Pérez-Pérez, Nicolás Merchante, Manuel Cotarelo, Juan A Pineda
Background: Antiretroviral drugs with a lower potential to induce hepatic steatosis in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection need to be identified. We compared the effect of switching efavirenz (EFV) to raltegravir (RAL) on hepatic steatosis among HIV-infected patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) receiving EFV plus 2 nucleoside analogues. Methods: HIV-infected patients on EFV plus tenofovir/emtricitabine or abacavir/lamivudine with NAFLD were randomized 1:1 to switch from EFV to RAL (400 mg twice daily), maintaining nucleoside analogues unchanged, or to continue with EFV plus 2 nucleoside analogues...
September 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899424/clade-homogeneity-and-low-rate-of-delta-virus-despite-hyperendemicity-of-hepatitis-b-virus-in-ethiopia
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Yeshambel Belyhun, Uwe Gerd Liebert, Melanie Maier
BACKGROUND: Although hepatitis B virus (HBV) is hyperendemic and heterogeneous in its genetic diversity in Ethiopia, little is known about hepatitis D virus (HDV) circulating genotypes and molecular diversity. METHODS: A total of 321 hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) positives (125 HIV co-infected, 102 liver disease patients and 94 blood donors) were screened for anti-HDV antibody. The anti-HDV positive sera were subjected to Real time PCR for HDV-RNA confirmation...
September 12, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887858/liver-transplantation-equity-supply-demand-and-access
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EDITORIAL
David Axelrod, Heidi Yeh
Despite advances in treatment for end stage liver disease (ESLD), death from cirrhosis and chronic liver disease remains a major source of morbidity and mortality, particularly in younger patients. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that the years of life lost prior to age 75 due to ESLD has increased from 164.1 per 100,000 in 2000 to 190.3 in 2015, exceeding life years lost from cerebrovascular disease (161.0), colorectal cancer (123.3), and HIV (50.4).(1) Liver transplantation is the sole treatment for patients with decompensated liver failure, with exceptional success among patients who make it through transplant...
September 9, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883647/circulating-mir-122-and-mir-200a-as-biomarkers-for-fatal-liver-disease-in-art-treated-hiv-1-infected-individuals
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Daniel D Murray, Kazuo Suzuki, Matthew Law, Jonel Trebicka, Jacquie Neuhaus Nordwall, Margaret Johnson, Michael J Vjecha, Anthony D Kelleher, Sean Emery
Liver disease is one of the main contributors to the increased levels of morbidity and mortality seen in the HIV-1-infected, ART-treated population. Circulating miRNAs, particularly those located inside extracellular vesicles, are seen as promising biomarkers for a number of human disease conditions, including liver-related diseases. Here, we show that serum levels of miR-122 and miR-200a are greater in HIV/HCV co-infected individuals compared to HIV-1 mono-infected individuals. We also show that miR-122 and miR-200a are elevated in ART-treated, HIV-1-infected individuals prior to the development of fatal liver disease, suggesting that these miRNA may have some potential clinical utility as biomarkers...
September 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857896/viral-hepatitis-screening-in-transgender-patients-undergoing-gender-identity-hormonal-therapy
#8
Neeraj Mangla, Rifat Mamun, Ilan S Weisberg
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Viral hepatitis is a global health issue and can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Guidelines for viral hepatitis screening in the transgender population do not exist. Transgender patients may be at higher risk for contracting viral hepatitis due to socioeconomic and behavioral factors. The aim of this study was to measure the quality of screening, prevalence, and susceptibility of viral hepatitis, and to identify barriers to screening in transgender patients undergoing gender identity hormonal therapy...
August 29, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856081/genetic-factors-influencing-drug-induced-liver-injury-do-they-have-a-role-in-prevention-and-diagnosis
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REVIEW
Kathleen E Clare, Michael H Miller, John F Dillon
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The pathogenesis of DILI is currently unknown; however, research has shown strong genetic associations with some DILIs. This paper describes the variant alleles uncovered by GWAS and discusses their potential role as susceptibility biomarkers. RECENT FINDINGS: An association with HLADRB1*15:01 and amoxicillin/clavulanate DILI has been shown by a number of research groups. The presence of the HLA-B*57:01 allele has been associated with an 81-fold increased risk of flucloxacillin DILI...
2017: Current Hepatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836955/prevalence-of-hepatitis-b-in-people-living-with-hiv-aids-in-latin-america-and-the-caribbean-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#10
Fatima Mitiko Tengan, Edson Abdala, Marisa Nascimento, Wanderley Marques Bernardo, Antonio Alci Barone
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major cause of chronic liver disease worldwide. In immunocompromised patients, the chronicity rates of HBV infection are higher, but the rates of hepatitis Be antigen (HBeAg) and HBsAg loss and seroconversion to anti-HBe and anti-HBs are lower than those in immunocompetent subjects. This study aimed to evaluate articles on the prevalence of HBsAg in people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) /AIDS (PLWHA) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)...
August 24, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833602/langerhans-cell-exciting-developments-in-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
D H Atmatzidis, W C Lambert, M W Lambert
Langerhans cells (LCs) have been the subject of much research since their discovery in 1868. LCs belong to the subset of leucocytes called dendritic cells. They are present in the epidermis and the pilosebaceous apparatus and monitor the cutaneous environment for changes in homeostasis. During embryogenesis, a wave of yolk sac macrophages seed the fetal skin. Then, fetal liver monocytes largely replace the yolk sac macrophages and comprise the majority of adult LCs. In the presence of skin irritation, LCs process antigen and travel to regional lymph nodes to present antigen to reactive T lymphocytes...
August 17, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832660/a-cross-sectional-study-of-hepatitis-c-among-people-living-with-hiv-in-cambodia-prevalence-risk-factors-and-potential-for-targeted-screening
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Anja De Weggheleire, Sokkab An, Irith De Baetselier, Pisith Soeung, Huy Keath, Veasna So, Sreyphors Ros, Syna Teav, Bart Smekens, Jozefien Buyze, Eric Florence, Johan van Griensven, Sopheak Thai, Sven Francque, Lutgarde Lynen
The epidemiology of hepatitis C in Cambodia is not well-known. We evaluated the prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and risk factors in the HIV cohort of Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope in Phnom Penh to strengthen the evidence for suitable HCV testing strategies among people living with HIV (PLWH) in Cambodia. All consenting adult PLWH without a history of HCV treatment were tested for HCV between November 2014 and May 2016 according to the CDC algorithm (HCV antibody II electro-chemiluminescence immunoassay, followed by COBAS® AmpliPrep/COBAS® TaqMan® HCV PCR and INNO-LIA® HCV Score immunoblot end-testing)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828009/liver-fibrosis-and-hepatitis-b-coinfection-among-art-na%C3%A3-ve-hiv-infected-patients-at-a-tertiary-level-hospital-in-northwestern-tanzania-a-cross-sectional-study
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Semvua B Kilonzo, Daniel W Gunda, Flora Kashasha, Bonaventura C Mpondo
BACKGROUND: Liver fibrosis which is a common complication of chronic hepatitis B infection is rarely diagnosed in low-resource countries due to limited capacity to perform biopsy studies. Data on the utilization of noninvasive techniques which are feasible for diagnosis of liver fibrosis in these settings among HIV-infected patients is scarce. The objective of this study was to establish the magnitude of liver fibrosis by using both aspartate-aminotransferase-to-platelets ratio and fibrosis-4 scores with associated hepatitis B coinfection among antiretroviral therapy naïve HIV-infected patients...
2017: Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817333/the-epidemic-of-despair-among-white-americans-trends-in-the-leading-causes-of-premature-death-1999-2015
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Elizabeth M Stein, Keith P Gennuso, Donna C Ugboaja, Patrick L Remington
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate trends in premature death rates by cause of death, age, race, and urbanization level in the United States. METHODS: We calculated cause-specific death rates using the Compressed Mortality File, National Center for Health Statistics data for adults aged 25 to 64 years in 2 time periods: 1999 to 2001 and 2013 to 2015. We defined 48 subpopulations by 10-year age groups, race/ethnicity, and county urbanization level (large urban, suburban, small or medium metropolitan, and rural)...
October 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811694/estimation-of-upper-limit-of-normal-for-serum-alanine-transaminase-in-healthy-south-indian-population
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Pazhanivel Mohan, Varun Sundar, Emmanuel Bhaskar, Syluvai Anthony
Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) is the most common and cost effective screening test for asymptomatic liver disease. There is paucity of data on normal ALT among healthy individuals in India. An observational cross sectional study was conducted from January to July 2013 to estimate the upper limit of normal for ALT in healthy south Indian population. Adults undergoing voluntary or pre-employment health screening were included. Those with current and past alcoholism or smoking, acute illness or hospitalization during preceding 12 months, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory or over the counter medication use within a month, current or past intake of herbal medications, any chronic medical illness, abnormal body mass index (BMI), fatty liver in ultrasound, abnormality in haemoglobin, platelet count, blood sugar, creatinine, lipid profile and thyroid function test and positive serology (Hepatitis B, C or HIV) were excluded...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797039/impact-of-pnpla3-and-ifnl3-polymorphisms-on-hepatic-steatosis-in-asian-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c
#16
Chao-Min Huang, Kuo-Chin Chang, Chao-Hung Hung, King-Wah Chiu, Sheng-Nan Lu, Jing-Houng Wang, Chien-Hung Chen, Kwong-Ming Kee, Yuan-Hung Kuo, Ming-Chao Tsai, Po-Lin Tseng, Ming-Tsung Lin, Cheng-Kun Wu, Tsung-Hui Hu, Chung-Lung Cho, Yi-Hao Yen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: A recent meta-analysis revealed that the genotype PNPLA3 rs738409 GG is associated with a higher risk of hepatic steatosis (HS) in Caucasian patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). However, controversial results were found regarding Asian populations. Furthermore, previous studies have shown a negative association between interferon lambda 3 (IFNL3) rs12979860 CC and HS in Caucasian CHC patients, but there have been no reports indicating any such association in Asian populations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793879/septic-arthritis-significantly-increased-the-long-term-mortality-in-geriatric-patients
#17
Chia-Jung Wu, Chien-Cheng Huang, Shih-Feng Weng, Ping-Jen Chen, Chien-Chin Hsu, Jhi-Joung Wang, How-Ran Guo, Hung-Jung Lin
BACKGROUND: The elderly are predisposed to septic arthritis (SA) because of the aging nature and increasing comorbidities. SA may in turn increase the long-term mortality in the geriatric patients; however, it remains unclear. We conducted this prospective nationwide population-based cohort study to clarify this issue. METHODS: Using Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD), we identified 1667 geriatric participants (≥ 65 years) with SA and 16,670 geriatric participants without SA matched at a ratio of 1:10 by age, sex, and index date between 1999 and 2010...
August 9, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776387/the-baveno-vi-criteria-for-predicting-esophageal-varices-validation-in-real-life-practice
#18
Mafalda Sousa, Sónia Fernandes, Luísa Proença, Ana Paula Silva, Sónia Leite, Joana Silva, Ana Ponte, Jaime Rodrigues, João Carlos Silva, João Carvalho
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: According to the Baveno VI consensus, patients with liver stiffness < 20 kPa and a platelet count > 150,000 ul have very low risk of clinically significant varices and do not need a screening endoscopy. The aim of this study was to evaluate non-invasive methods as predictors of esophageal varices according to the Baveno VI recommendations, in real life clinical practice. METHODS: Retrospective evaluation of patients with chronic liver disease who underwent transient elastography between January 2013 and December 2015...
August 4, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768434/metabolic-reprogramming-during-hepatitis-b-disease-progression-offers-novel-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-opportunities
#19
REVIEW
Jesse Jr Masson, Hugh Ww Billings, Clovis S Palmer
Metabolic remodeling occurs in immune cells during an infection. Host cells must upregulate energy production for growth, proliferation, and effector functions to limit the damage imposed by pathogens. One example, the hepatitis B virus, induces hepatic injury in human hepatocytes through dysregulation of aerobic glycolysis and lipid metabolism. Increased glycolytic metabolism mediated by elevated expression of Glut1, glucose influx, and lactate secretion is associated with this Warburg phenotype, a classic metabolic signature also observed in cancer cells...
August 2017: Antiviral Chemistry & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757763/immune-reconstitution-inflammatory-syndrome-associated-disseminated-kaposi-s-sarcoma-in-a-patient-infected-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-report-of-an-autopsy-case
#20
Chiu-Hsuan Cheng, Yung-Hsiang Hsu
Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome is a collection of inflammatory disorders associated with paradoxical worsening of preexisting infectious processes following the initiation of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in individuals infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It involves a wide range of pathogens, neoplasms such as Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) and some autoimmune diseases. We describe an autopsy report of a 40-year-old man infected with HIV. He experienced a rapid dissemination of KS resulting in death within 6 months after starting HAART...
January 2017: Ci Ji Yi Xue za Zhi, Tzu-chi Medical Journal
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