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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526938/reducing-liver-cancer-risk-in-african-born-immigrants-through-culturally-targeted-hepatitis-b-group-education-programs
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Kemi Bolutayo, Alexandre Ly van Manh, Noah Cohen, Daouda Ndiaye, Lina Jandorf, Ponni V Perumalswami
Of 900 West African-born immigrants living in New York City who were tested for hepatitis B virus (HBV), over 9% were found to have the infection (Shankar H et al. Clin Infectious Dis 62(S4):S289-s297, 2016). Community targeted group education programs (EP) have been shown to improve immigrant population's health (Bailey E et al. J Natl Med Assoc 92(3):136-42, 2000). Our aim is to enhance HBV screening in at-risk West African immigrants through the development of a group EP as a first critical step to reducing liver cancer risk...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498723/advances-in-preimplantation-genetic-testing-for-monogenic-disease-and-aneuploidy
#2
Nathan R Treff, Rebekah S Zimmerman
Genetic testing of preimplantation embryos promises to prevent monogenic disease in children born to at-risk couples, the transfer of unbalanced embryos to patients carrying a balanced translocation, and the use of aneuploid embryos created during in vitro fertilization. Technologies have evolved from fluorescence in situ hybridization to next-generation-sequencing-based aneuploidy screening and allow for simultaneous testing of multiple genetic abnormalities in a single biopsy. The field has also shifted away from polar body or blastomere biopsy and toward trophectoderm biopsy as the new standard...
May 12, 2017: Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487561/crowdsourcing-based-nationwide-tick-collection-reveals-the-distribution-of-ixodes-ricinus-and-i-persulcatus-and-associated-pathogens-in-finland
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Maija Laaksonen, Eeva Sajanti, Jani J Sormunen, Ritva Penttinen, Jari Hänninen, Kai Ruohomäki, Ilari Sääksjärvi, Eero J Vesterinen, Ilppo Vuorinen, Jukka Hytönen, Tero Klemola
A national crowdsourcing-based tick collection campaign was organized in 2015 with the objective of producing novel data on tick distribution and tick-borne pathogens in Finland. Nearly 20 000 Ixodes ticks were collected. The collected material revealed the nationwide distribution of I. persulcatus for the first time and a shift northwards in the distribution of I. ricinus in Finland. A subset of 2038 tick samples containing both species was screened for Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (the prevalence was 14...
May 10, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473426/european-evidence-based-recommendations-for-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-paediatric-antiphospholipid-syndrome-the-share-initiative
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Noortje Groot, Nienke de Graeff, Tadej Avcin, Brigitte Bader-Meunier, Pavla Dolezalova, Brian Feldman, Gili Kenet, Isabelle Koné-Paut, Pekka Lahdenne, Stephen D Marks, Liza McCann, Clarissa A Pilkington, Angelo Ravelli, Annet van Royen-Kerkhof, Yosef Uziel, Sebastiaan J Vastert, Nico M Wulffraat, Seza Ozen, Paul Brogan, Sylvia Kamphuis, Michael W Beresford
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is rare in children, and evidence-based guidelines are sparse. Consequently, management is mostly based on observational studies and physician's experience, and treatment regimens differ widely. The Single Hub and Access point for paediatric Rheumatology in Europe (SHARE) initiative was launched to develop diagnostic and management regimens for children and young adults with rheumatic diseases. Here, we developed evidence-based recommendations for diagnosis and treatment of paediatric APS...
May 4, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461066/seroprevalence-of-rubella-antibodies-and-determinants-of-susceptibility-to-rubella-in-a-cohort-of-pregnant-women-in-canada-2008-2011
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Nicolas L Gilbert, Jenny Rotondo, Janna Shapiro, Lindsey Sherrard, William D Fraser, Brian J Ward
Long term control of rubella and congenital rubella syndrome relies on high population-level immunity against rubella, particularly among women of childbearing age. In Canada, all pregnant women should be screened so that susceptible new mothers can be offered vaccination for rubella before discharge. This study was undertaken to estimate rubella susceptibility in a cohort of pregnant women in Canada and to identify associated socio-economic and demographic factors. Biobanked plasma samples were obtained from the Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) study, in which pregnant women were recruited between 2008 and 2011...
April 28, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458583/current-perspectives-on-fetal-and-neonatal-alloimmune-thrombocytopenia-increasing-clinical-concerns-and-new-treatment-opportunities
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Heidi Tiller, Anne Husebekk, Maria Therese Ahlen, Tor B Stuge, Bjørn Skogen
Differences in platelet type between the fetus and the mother can lead to maternal immunization and destruction of the fetal platelets, a condition named fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT). FNAIT is reported to occur in ~1 per 1,000 live born neonates. The major risk is intracranial hemorrhage in the fetus or newborn, which is associated with severe neurological complications or death. Since no countries have yet implemented a screening program to detect pregnancies at risk, the diagnosis is typically established after the birth of a child with symptoms...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
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
#9
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
#10
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...
June 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421178/applying-precision-public-health-to-prevent-preterm-birth
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REVIEW
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/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...
May 3, 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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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