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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439419/chronic-complications-and-quality-of-life-of-patients-living-with-sickle-cell-disease-and-receiving-care-in-three-hospitals-in-cameroon-a-cross-sectional-study
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Anne M Andong, Eveline D T Ngouadjeu, Cavin E Bekolo, Vincent S Verla, Daniel Nebongo, Yannick Mboue-Djieka, Simeon-Pierre Choukem
BACKGROUND: Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is associated with chronic multisystem complications that significantly influence the quality of life (QOL) of patients early in their life. Although sub-Saharan Africa bears 75% of the global burden of SCD, there is a paucity of data on these complications and their effects on the QOL. We aimed to record these chronic complications, to estimate the QOL, and to identify the corresponding risk factors in patients with SCD receiving care in three hospitals in Cameroon...
2017: BMC Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439259/increased-biological-activity-of-aneurinibacillus-migulanus-strains-correlates-with-the-production-of-new-gramicidin-secondary-metabolites
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Faizah N Alenezi, Imen Rekik, Ali Chenari Bouket, Lenka Luptakova, Hedda J Weitz, Mostafa E Rateb, Marcel Jaspars, Stephen Woodward, Lassaad Belbahri
The soil-borne gram-positive bacteria Aneurinibacillus migulanus strain Nagano shows considerable potential as a biocontrol agent against plant diseases. In contrast, A. migulanus NCTC 7096 proved less effective for inhibition of plant pathogens. Nagano strain exerts biocontrol activity against some gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, fungi and oomycetes through the production of gramicidin S (GS). Apart from the antibiotic effects, GS increases the rate of evaporation from the plant surface, reducing periods of surface wetness and thereby indirectly inhibiting spore germination...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431639/advances-in-molecular-diagnosis-of-malaria
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Zhi Zheng, Zhibin Cheng
Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by five species of Plasmodium parasites. Accurate diagnosis of malaria plays an essential part in malaria control. With traditional diagnostic methodologies, malaria control programs have achieved remarkable success during the past decade, and are now heading toward malaria elimination in many areas. This new situation, however, calls for novel diagnostics with improved sensitivity, throughput, and reduced cost for active screening of malaria parasites, as all transfected individuals have to be identified in order to block transmission...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426310/a-public-health-approach-to-hepatitis-c-in-an-urban-setting
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Fabienne Laraque, Jay K Varma
The clinical consequences of HCV infection are increasing because the population with the highest prevalence of the infection, persons born between 1945 and 1965, is aging. As a result, health care expenditures are expected to increase. Now that a cure for HCV infection is the norm, a public health approach is necessary to identify, link to care, and treat infected persons and prevent new infections. We believe that the success of public health interventions, such as those for tuberculosis, can be translated to HCV infection...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421178/applying-precision-public-health-to-prevent-preterm-birth
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John P Newnham, Matthew W Kemp, Scott W White, Catherine A Arrese, Roger J Hart, Jeffrey A Keelan
Preterm birth (PTB) is one of the major health-care challenges of our time. Being born too early is associated with major risks to the child with potential for serious consequences in terms of life-long disability and health-care costs. Discovering how to prevent PTB needs to be one of our greatest priorities. Recent advances have provided hope that a percentage of cases known to be related to risk factors may be amenable to prevention; but the majority of cases remain of unknown cause, and there is little chance of prevention...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389832/assessing-hepatitis-b-knowledge-among-immigrant-communities-in-new-york-city
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Michael Bride, Ponni V Perumalswami, Alexandre Ly van Manh, Lina Jandorf
The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) among New York City immigrants. Data were obtained from cohort of 2385 persons at-risk for HBV, who completed a knowledge assessment survey during HBV screening events in 2010-2013. HBV knowledge scores were very low among the tested population, with the majority answering every question incorrectly. Participants had higher odds of obtaining a better score if they were fluent in English or born in the US, where participants had lower odds if they were born in Africa or spoke French as their native language...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377847/participation-and-retention-in-the-breast-cancer-screening-program-in-new-brunswick-canada
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James Ted McDonald, Yunli Wang, Zikuan Liu
New Brunswick (NB) Canada uses its breast cancer screening service program to assess the extent to which eligible NB women are complying with mammography guidelines. While many studies have investigated factors associated with participation in periodic breast cancer screening in Canada and elsewhere, most work has relied on self-reported surveys or smaller scale primary data collection. Using a longitudinal administrative dataset for NB over the period 1996-2011 of 255,789 eligible women aged 45-69, this study examined demographic, socioeconomic and geographic factors associated with initial participation in regular screening at age 50 and ongoing retention in the program...
June 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371451/novel-coronaviruses-astroviruses-adenoviruses-and-circoviruses-in-insectivorous-bats-from-northern-china
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H-J Han, H-L Wen, L Zhao, J-W Liu, L-M Luo, C-M Zhou, X-R Qin, Y-L Zhu, M-M Liu, R Qi, W-Q Li, H Yu, X-J Yu
Bats are considered as the reservoirs of several emerging infectious disease, and novel viruses are continually found in bats all around the world. Studies conducted in southern China found that bats carried a variety of viruses. However, few studies have been conducted on bats in northern China, which harbours a diversity of endemic insectivorous bats. It is important to understand the prevalence and diversity of viruses circulating in bats in northern China. In this study, a total of 145 insectivorous bats representing six species were collected from northern China and screened with degenerate primers for viruses belonging to six families, including coronaviruses, astroviruses, hantaviruses, paramyxoviruses, adenoviruses and circoviruses...
April 1, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366768/asgct-20-th-anniversary-special-issue-of-molecular-therapy-evolving-gene-therapy-in-primary-immunodeficiency
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REVIEW
Adrian J Thrasher, David A Williams
Prior to the first successful bone marrow transplant in 1968, patients born with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) invariably died. Today, with a widening availability of newborn screening, major improvements in the application of allogeneic procedures, and the emergence of successful hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell (HSC/P) gene therapy, the majority of these children can be identified and cured. Here, we trace key steps in the development of clinical gene therapy for SCID and other primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs), and review the prospects for adoption of new targets and technologies...
March 30, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348206/high-throughput-identification-of-small-molecules-that-affect-human-embryonic-vascular-development
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Helena Vazão, Susana Rosa, Tânia Barata, Ricardo Costa, Patrícia R Pitrez, Inês Honório, Margreet R de Vries, Dimitri Papatsenko, Rui Benedito, Daniel Saris, Ali Khademhosseini, Paul H A Quax, Carlos F Pereira, Nadia Mercader, Hugo Fernandes, Lino Ferreira
Birth defects, which are in part caused by exposure to environmental chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs, affect 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States each year. The current standard to screen drugs that affect embryonic development is based on prenatal animal testing; however, this approach yields low-throughput and limited mechanistic information regarding the biological pathways and potential adverse consequences in humans. To develop a screening platform for molecules that affect human embryonic development based on endothelial cells (ECs) derived from human pluripotent stem cells, we differentiated human pluripotent stem cells into embryonic ECs and induced their maturation under arterial flow conditions...
April 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333256/analgesia-use-during-pregnancy-and-risk-of-cryptorchidism-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jason Gurney, Lorenzo Richiardi, Katherine A McGlynn, Virginia Signal, Diana Sarfati
STUDY QUESTION: Are boys who are born to mothers who use analgesics during pregnancy at increased risk of cryptorchidism compared to those born to mothers who do not take analgesia? SUMMARY ANSWER: In this systematic review and meta-analysis of 10 published studies, we observed only weak evidence of an association between analgesia use during pregnancy and risk of cryptorchidism in the son. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Concentrations of analgesia relevant to human exposure have been implicated as causing endocrine disturbances in the developing foetal testis...
May 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323910/progressive-development-of-pth-resistance-in-patients-with-inactivating-mutations-on-the-maternal-allele-of-gnas
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Alessia Usardi, Asmaa Mamoune, Elodie Nattes, Jean-Claude Carel, Anya Rothenbuhler, Agnès Linglart
Background: PTH resistance is characterized by hypocalcaemia, hyperphosphatemia and elevated PTH in absence of vitamin D deficiency. Pseudohypoparathyroidism (PHP) type 1A (or iPPSD2, inactivating Signaling PTH/PTHrp Disorder 2 according to the new classification) is caused by mutations in the maternal GNAS allele. Objective: To assess PTH resistance over time in 20 patients affected by iPPSD2 (PHP1A), diagnosed because of family history, ectopic ossification or short stature and carrying a GNAS mutation...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298223/migration-to-middle-income-countries-and-tuberculosis-global-policies-for-global-economies
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Julia Moreira Pescarini, Laura Cunha Rodrigues, M Gabriela M Gomes, Eliseu Alves Waldman
BACKGROUND: International migration to middle-income countries is increasing and its health consequences, in particular increasing transmission rates of tuberculosis (TB), deserve consideration. Migration and TB are a matter of concern in high-income countries and targeted screening of migrants for active and latent TB infection is a main strategy to manage risk and minimize transmission. In this paper, we discuss some aspects of TB control and migration in the context of middle-income countries, together with the prospect of responding with equitable and comprehensive policies...
March 15, 2017: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295785/improving-support-and-education-of-low-income-baby-boomers-diagnosed-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-through-universal-screening
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Barbara J Turner, Kathryn Craig, Vidhi S Makanji, Bertha E Flores, Ludivina Hernandez
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to identify support needs of low income baby boomers recently diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C virus infection. BACKGROUND: The United States Preventive Services Task Force has endorsed one-time screening of all baby boomers (born 1945 to 1965) for hepatitis C because 75% of the estimated 2 to 3 million persons with chronic infection are in this age range. We hypothesized that persons diagnosed by routine screening would have significant psycho-emotional, cognitive, and health care challenges that need to be met by collaborative care and services from nurses and other health care personnel...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263303/pentamidine-sensitizes-gram-negative-pathogens-to-antibiotics-and-overcomes-acquired-colistin-resistance
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Jonathan M Stokes, Craig R MacNair, Bushra Ilyas, Shawn French, Jean-Philippe Côté, Catrien Bouwman, Maya A Farha, Arthur O Sieron, Chris Whitfield, Brian K Coombes, Eric D Brown
The increasing use of polymyxins(1) in addition to the dissemination of plasmid-borne colistin resistance threatens to cause a serious breach in our last line of defence against multidrug-resistant Gram-negative pathogens, and heralds the emergence of truly pan-resistant infections. Colistin resistance often arises through covalent modification of lipid A with cationic residues such as phosphoethanolamine-as is mediated by Mcr-1 (ref. 2)-which reduce the affinity of polymyxins for lipopolysaccharide(3). Thus, new strategies are needed to address the rapidly diminishing number of treatment options for Gram-negative infections(4)...
March 6, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258854/-analysis-of-prenatal-follow-up-strategies-for-trisomy-21-affected-pregnancies-in-france
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J-M Dupont, B Simon-Bouy, A Zebina, F Pessione, D Royère, M Doco-Fenzy
OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this study was to screen the prenatal follow-up of women with live birth trisomy 21 child in order to evaluate the proportion of prenatal screening failure versus cases where the women refused either the screening or the prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. This study covers the period of time from 2009 to 2012 when the national prenatal screening policy changed from second to first trimester and allows for a comparative assessment of the nationwide efficiency of the various maternal serum marker based strategies...
February 28, 2017: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250672/utility-of-cytokine-adhesion-molecule-and-acute-phase-proteins-in-early-diagnosis-of-neonatal-sepsis
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M A Fattah, Al Fadhil A Omer, S Asaif, R Manlulu, T Karar, A Ahmed, A Aljada, Ayman M Saleh, Shoeb Qureshi, A Nasr
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Neonatal infection, including bacterial sepsis, is a major health care issue with an annual global mortality in excess of one million lives. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the potential diagnostic value of C-reactive protein (CRP), E-selectin, procalcitonin (PCT), interleukins-6 (IL-6), and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) both independently and in combination for the diagnosis of neonatal sepsis in its earliest stages. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 320 subjects were included in this study...
January 2017: Journal of Natural Science, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250095/evaluation-of-a-screening-program-to-detect-critical-congenital-heart-defects-in-newborns
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Rachel Klausner, Eugene D Shapiro, Robert W Elder, Eve Colson, Jaspreet Loyal
OBJECTIVES: To report the results of and to identify problems with implementing a screening program to detect critical congenital heart defects (CCHDs) in newborns by using differential pulse oximetry (POx). METHODS: Charts of all live-born infants from 4 Yale-New Haven health system hospitals in Connecticut between January 1 and December 31, 2014, were reviewed. RESULTS: Of 10 589 newborns, 171 (1.6%) underwent an echocardiogram before screening, 10 320 (97...
March 1, 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222713/the-mental-health-status-of-refugees-and-asylum-seekers-attending-a-refugee-health-clinic-including-comparisons-with-a-matched-sample-of-australian-born-residents
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Frances Shawyer, Joanne C Enticott, Andrew A Block, I-Hao Cheng, Graham N Meadows
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to survey refugees and asylum-seekers attending a Refugee Health Service in Melbourne, Australia to estimate the prevalence of psychiatric disorders based on screening measures and with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) specifically highlighted. A secondary aim was to compare the prevalence findings with Australian-born matched comparators from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Well-Being. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of 135 refugees and asylum-seeker participants using instruments including Kessler-10 (K10) and PTSD-8 to obtain estimates of the prevalence of mental disorders...
February 21, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218388/the-new-neuromuscular-disease-related-with-defects-in-the-asc-1-complex-report-of-a-second-case-confirms-ascc1-involvement
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J Oliveira, M Martins, R Pinto Leite, M Sousa, R Santos
Next-generation sequencing technology aided the identification of the underlying genetic cause in a female newborn with a severe neuromuscular disorder. The patient presented generalized hypotonia, congenital bone fractures, lack of spontaneous movements and poor respiratory effort. She died within the first days of life. Karyotyping and screening for several genes related with neuromuscular diseases all tested negative. A male sibling was subsequently born with the same clinical presentation. Whole-exome sequencing was performed with variant filtering assuming a recessive disease model...
February 20, 2017: Clinical Genetics
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