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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633900/analytical-and-clinical-performance-of-a-chikungunya-qrt-pcr-for-central-and-south-america
#1
Thomas Edwards, Leticia Del Carmen Castillo Signor, Christopher Williams, Clément Larcher, Mauricio Espinel, Jane Theaker, Evelin Donis, Luis E Cuevas, Emily R Adams
Chikungunya was introduced into the Americas in 2015 causing a pandemic across the continent. Testing during the acute phase of infection relies on qRT-PCR, but available assays have a number of limitations. A qRT-PCR assay specific to the chikungunya E1 gene was designed using sequence data from contemporary strains. A probit analysis established the 95% limit of detection as 19.6 copies per reaction. We compared the assay with a US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) chikungunya qRT-PCR as the reference standard...
June 8, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625087/the-ex-pat-effect-presence-of-recent-western-immigrants-is-associated-with-changes-in-age-at-first-birth-and-birth-rate-in-a-maya-population-from-rural-guatemala
#2
Luseadra McKerracher, Mark Collard, Rachel Altman, Michael Richards, Pablo Nepomnaschy
BACKGROUND: Economic transitions expose indigenous populations to a variety of ecological and cultural challenges, especially regarding diet and stress. These kinds of challenges are predicted by evolutionary ecological theory to have fitness consequences (differential reproduction) and, indeed, are often associated with changes in fertility dynamics. It is currently unclear whether international immigration might impact the nature of such an economic transition or its consequences for fertility...
June 18, 2017: Annals of Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617005/using-adolescents-drawings-to-reveal-stereotypes-about-ethnic-groups-in-guatemala
#3
Brien K Ashdown, Judith L Gibbons, Yetilú de Baessa, Carrie M Brown
It is important to identify stereotypes about indigenous people because those stereotypes influence prejudice and discrimination, both obstacles to social justice and universal human rights. The purpose of the current study was to document the stereotypes, as held by Guatemalan adolescents, of indigenous Maya people (e.g., Maya) and nonindigenous Ladinos in Guatemala (the 2 main ethnic groups in Guatemala). Guatemalan adolescents (N = 465; 38.3% female; Mage = 14.51 years; SDage = 1.81 years) provided drawings and written characteristics about indigenous Maya and nonindigenous Ladino people, which were then coded for patterns in the data...
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610219/a-new-species-of-i-neoeutrypanus-i-monn%C3%A3-1977-from-guatemala-coleoptera-cerambycidae
#4
Miguel A Monné, Juan Pablo Botero
Neoeutrypanus Monné, 1977 was reviewed by Botero & Monné (2015); currently, the genus is composed by 12 species, distributed from Mexico to the north of Argentina (Monné, 2017). Herein, we describe a new species from Guatemala and a modify the key proposed by Botero & Monné (2015) to include the new species.
June 9, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610165/studies-in-guatemalan-ensifera-new-i-glaphyrosoma-i-species-orthoptera-anostostomatidae-and-additional-data-for-other-described-species
#5
Oscar J Cadena-Castañeda, José Monzón-Sierra
We describe three new species in the genus Glaphyrosoma: G. magnaproctalis n. sp., G. franciscoasturiasi n. sp. and G. hectorcentenoi n. sp. We provide new data on the distribution of G. karnyi, G. beretka and G. anderi in Guatemala. We propose G. bruneri as nomen dubium and we define the status of specimens recorded as G. gracile in Guatemala and Costa Rica. We also include a species distribution map of this genus with the information available to us up to date and a key to species.
March 13, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609890/revision-of-the-funnel-web-spider-genus-i-novalena-i-araneae-agelenidae
#6
Julieta Maya-Morales, María Luisa Jiménez
The Western Hemisphere genus Novalena Chamberlin & Ivie 1942 (Araneae: Agelenidae) is revised. The genus now includes a total of 53 species, of which 40 are new species from USA, Mexico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica: N. ajusco sp. nov. (♀), N. alamo sp. nov. (♂), N. alvarezi sp. nov. (♀), N. atzimbo sp. nov. (♀), N. bosencheve sp. nov. (♂), N. chamberlini sp. nov. (♂ ♀), N. cieneguilla sp. nov. (♀), N. cintalapa sp. nov. (♂ ♀), N. clara sp. nov. (♂ ♀), N. comaltepec sp. nov. (♀), N. creel sp...
May 5, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604825/burden-and-impact-of-plasmodium-vivax-in-pregnancy-a-multi-centre-prospective-observational-study
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Azucena Bardají, Flor Ernestina Martínez-Espinosa, Myriam Arévalo-Herrera, Norma Padilla, Swati Kochar, Maria Ome-Kaius, Camila Bôtto-Menezes, María Eugenia Castellanos, Dhanpat Kumar Kochar, Sanjay Kumar Kochar, Inoni Betuela, Ivo Mueller, Stephen Rogerson, Chetan Chitnis, Dhiraj Hans, Michela Menegon, Carlo Severini, Hernando Del Portillo, Carlota Dobaño, Alfredo Mayor, Jaume Ordi, Mireia Piqueras, Sergi Sanz, Mats Wahlgren, Laurence Slutsker, Meghna Desai, Clara Menéndez
BACKGROUND: Despite that over 90 million pregnancies are at risk of Plasmodium vivax infection annually, little is known about the epidemiology and impact of the infection in pregnancy. METHODOLOGY AND PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We undertook a health facility-based prospective observational study in pregnant women from Guatemala (GT), Colombia (CO), Brazil (BR), India (IN) and Papua New Guinea PNG). Malaria and anemia were determined during pregnancy and fetal outcomes assessed at delivery...
June 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598309/reclassification-of-arthrobacter-viscosus-as-rhizobium-viscosum-comb-nov
#8
José David Flores-Félix, Martha Helena Ramírez-Bahena, Sergio Salazar, Alvaro Peix, Encarna Velázquez
The species Arthrobacter viscosus was isolated from soil from Guatemala and it was classified into the genus Arthrobacter on the basis of phenotypic traits. Nevertheless, the results of16S rRNA gene analysis indicated that this species is a member of the genus Rhizobium, with Rhizobium alamii GBV016T and Rhizobium mesosinicum CCBAU 25010T as the most closely related species with 99.64 and 99.48 % similarity, respectively. The similarity values for the recA gene are 92.2 and 94.4 % with respect to R. alamii GBV016T and R...
June 9, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580662/development-and-assessment-of-postcranial-sex-estimation-methods-for-a-guatemalan-population
#9
Gillian Fowler, Cris Hughes
This study tests whether postcranial sex estimation methods generated from Hispanic, and mainly Mexican samples, can be successfully applied to other increasingly common migrant populations from Central America. We use a sample of postcranial data from a modern (1980s) Guatemalan Maya sample (n = 219). Results indicate a decrease in classification accuracies for previously established univariate methods when applied to the Guatemalan study sample, specifically for males whose accuracies ranged from 30 to 84%...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580354/how-a-training-program-is-transforming-the-role-of-traditional-birth-attendants-from-cultural-practitioners-to-unique-health-care-providers-a-community-case-study-in-rural-guatemala
#10
Sasha Hernandez, Jessica Bastos Oliveira, Taraneh Shirazian
In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where the rates of maternal mortality continue to be inappropriately high, there has been recognition of the importance of training traditional birth attendants (TBAs) to help improve outcomes during pregnancy and childbirth. In Guatemala, there is no national comprehensive training program in place despite the fact that the majority of women rely on TBAs during pregnancy and childbirth. This community case study presents a unique education program led by TBAs for TBAs in rural Guatemala...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575102/development-of-indicators-for-monitoring-community-based-rehabilitation
#11
Catherine Mason, Joerg Weber, Seryan Atasoy, Carla Sabariego, Alarcos Cieza
BACKGROUND: Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is a multi-sectoral approach working to equalize opportunities and include people with disability in all aspects of community life. Reliable and internationally comparable data needed to monitor and evaluate CBR are scarce, partially due to the absence of standardized indicators. The objective of this manuscript is to describe the collaborative development process which led to the World Health Organization's (WHO) recently launched set of standardized CBR outcome indicators...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573463/detection-and-identification-of-leishmania-spp-application-of-two-hsp70-based-pcr-rflp-protocols-to-clinical-samples-from-the-new-world
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Ana M Montalvo, Jorge Fraga, Dídier Tirado, Gustavo Blandón, Annia Alba, Gert Van der Auwera, Iván Darío Vélez, Carlos Muskus
Leishmaniasis is highly prevalent in New World countries, where several methods are available for detection and identification of Leishmania spp. Two hsp70-based PCR protocols (PCR-N and PCR-F) and their corresponding restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLP) were applied for detection and identification of Leishmania spp. in clinical samples recruited in Colombia, Guatemala, and Honduras. A total of 93 cases were studied. The samples were classified into positive or suspected of leishmaniasis according to parasitological criteria...
July 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548622/fungal-contamination-in-green-coffee-beans-samples-a-public-health-concern
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Carla Viegas, Cátia Pacífico, Tiago Faria, Ana Cebola de Oliveira, Liliana Aranha Caetano, Elisabete Carolino, Anita Quintal Gomes, Susana Viegas
Studies on the microbiology of coffee cherries and beans have shown that the predominant toxigenic fungal genera (Aspergillus and Penicillium) are natural coffee contaminants. The aim of this study was to investigate the distribution of fungi in Coffea arabica L. (Arabica coffee) and Coffea canephora L. var. robusta (Robusta coffee) green coffee samples obtained from different sources at the pre-roasting stage. Twenty-eight green coffee samples from different countries of origin (Brazil, Timor, Honduras, Angola, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, India, and Uganda) were evaluated...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536551/dissociating-effects-of-scrambling-and-topicalization-within-the-left-frontal-and-temporal-language-areas-an-fmri-study-in-kaqchikel-maya
#14
Shinri Ohta, Masatoshi Koizumi, Kuniyoshi L Sakai
Some natural languages grammatically allow different types of changing word orders, such as object scrambling and topicalization. Scrambling and topicalization are more related to syntax and semantics/phonology, respectively. Here we hypothesized that scrambling should activate the left frontal regions, while topicalization would affect the bilateral temporal regions. To examine such distinct effects in our functional magnetic resonance imaging study, we targeted the Kaqchikel Maya language, a Mayan language spoken in Guatemala...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513837/maternal-near-miss-in-low-resource-areas
#15
Robert L Goldenberg, Sarah Saleem, Sumera Ali, Janet L Moore, Adrien Lokangako, Antoinette Tshefu, Musaku Mwenechanya, Elwyn Chomba, Ana Garces, Lester Figueroa, Shivaprasad Goudar, Bhalachandra Kodkany, Archana Patel, Fabian Esamai, Paul Nsyonge, Margo S Harrison, Melissa Bauserman, Carl L Bose, Nancy F Krebs, K Michael Hambidge, Richard J Derman, Patricia L Hibberd, Edward A Liechty, Dennis D Wallace, Jose M Belizan, Menachem Miodovnik, Marion Koso-Thomas, Waldemar A Carlo, Alan H Jobe, Elizabeth M McClure
OBJECTIVE: To describe the Global Network Near-Miss Maternal Mortality System and its application in seven sites. METHODS: In a population-based study, pregnant women eligible for enrollment in the Maternal and Newborn Health Registry at seven sites (Democratic Republic of the Congo; Guatemala; Belagavi and Nagpur, India; Kenya; Pakistan; and Zambia) between January 2014 and April 2016 were screened to identify those likely to have a near-miss event. The WHO maternal near-miss criteria were modified for low-resource settings...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512124/use-of-propranolol-in-a-remote-region-of-rural-guatemala-to-treat-a-large-facial-infantile-haemangioma
#16
Vera Goldberg, Boris Martinez, Katia Cnop, Peter Rohloff
We present a female infant with a right-sided facial and neck haemangioma, from a remote, resource-poor community in rural Guatemala. She received first-line treatment, propranolol, with marked reduction in tumour size and erythema. Treatment was stopped after 35 weeks due to recurrent diarrhoea and sustained weight loss. Propranolol can be used to safely treat infants with haemangiomas in remote, rural communities if there is adequate follow-up, education and communication. Periocular haemangiomas should be treated promptly to avoid visual impairment...
May 16, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511055/professional-midwifery-in-guatemala-a-qualitative-exploration-of-perceptions-attitudes-and-expectations-among-stakeholders
#17
Anna Summer, Sylvia Guendelman, Edgar Kestler, Dilys Walker
BACKGROUND: Despite recommendations that women give birth with a skilled birth attendant (SBA), 70% of births in Guatemala occur outside health facilities with informally trained traditional birth attendants (TBAs). To increase SBA in rural, indigenous communities, a professional midwifery school accredited by the government is scheduled to open in 2017. Drawing from Filby's model on barriers to the successful integration of professional midwifery into health systems, this paper aims to identify threats - and facilitators-toward professional midwifery's re-introduction in Guatemala...
May 4, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503003/characterization-of-moderate-ash-and-gas-explosions-at-santiaguito-volcano-guatemala-from-infrasound-waveform-inversion-and-thermal-infrared-measurements
#18
S De Angelis, O D Lamb, A Lamur, A J Hornby, F W von Aulock, G Chigna, Y Lavallée, A Rietbrock
The rapid discharge of gas and rock fragments during volcanic eruptions generates acoustic infrasound. Here we present results from the inversion of infrasound signals associated with small and moderate gas-and-ash explosions at Santiaguito volcano, Guatemala, to retrieve the time history of mass eruption rate at the vent. Acoustic waveform inversion is complemented by analyses of thermal infrared imagery to constrain the volume and rise dynamics of the eruption plume. Finally, we combine results from the two methods in order to assess the bulk density of the erupted mixture, constrain the timing of the transition from a momentum-driven jet to a buoyant plume, and to evaluate the relative volume fractions of ash and gas during the initial thrust phase...
June 28, 2016: Geophysical Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490239/components-of-successful-staple-food-fortification-programs-lessons-from-latin-america
#19
Reynaldo Martorell, Daniel López de Romaña
BACKGROUND: There are few effectiveness evaluations of food fortification programs, and little is known about what makes programs successful. OBJECTIVE: We examined 3 food fortification programs in Latin America to identify common features that might explain their success and to draw lessons for program design and implementation everywhere: The vitamin A fortification of sugar in Guatemala with impact on vitamin A status of the population, the fortification of a basket of foods with iron and other micronutrients in Costa Rica with impact on iron status and anemia in women and children, and the fortification of wheat flour with folic acid in Chile, which reduced the incidence of neural tube defects...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486632/a-quality-improvement-project-using-statistical-process-control-methods-for-type-2-diabetes-control-in-a-resource-limited-setting
#20
David Flood, Kate Douglas, Vera Goldberg, Boris Martinez, Pablo Garcia, MaryCatherine Arbour, Peter Rohloff
Quality issue: Quality improvement (QI) is a key strategy for improving diabetes care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This study reports on a diabetes QI project in rural Guatemala whose primary aim was to improve glycemic control of a panel of adult diabetes patients. Initial assessment: Formative research suggested multiple areas for programmatic improvement in ambulatory diabetes care. Choice of solution: This project utilized the Model for Improvement and Agile Global Health, our organization's complementary healthcare implementation framework...
May 9, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
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