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Erin Traister, Kim L Larson, Dell Hagwood
PURPOSE: We sought to understand decision making, family involvement, and cultural factors that influence palliative care for Guatemalans. DESIGN: A qualitative descriptive study was conducted in Guatemala to explore palliative care experiences among seven participants. FINDINGS: The overarching theme was Relief from Suffering, reinforced by three support systems: the family, community rezadora, and priest. The family made decisions and provided physical care...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Transcultural Nursing: Official Journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society
Thomas Edwards, Leticia Del Carmen Castillo Signor, Christopher Williams, Evelin Donis, Luis E Cuevas, Emily R Adams
We screened serum samples referred to the national reference laboratory in Guatemala that were positive for chikungunya or dengue viruses in June 2015. Co-infection with both viruses was detected by reverse transcription PCR in 46 (32%) of 144 samples. Specimens should be tested for both arboviruses to detect co-infections.
November 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Peter Giovannini, Melanie-Jayne R Howes, Sarah E Edwards
The data described in this article is related to the review article "Medicinal plants used in the traditional management of diabetes and its sequelae in Central America: a review" (Giovannini et al., 2016) [1]. We searched publications on the useful plants of Central America in databases and journals by using selected relevant keywords. We then extracted reported uses of medicinal plants within the disease categories: diabetes mellitus, kidney disease, urinary problems, skin diseases and infections, cardiovascular disease, sexual dysfunction, vision loss, and nerve damage...
June 2016: Data in Brief
Amílcar E Challú, Sergio Silva-Castañeda
We examine the evolution of adult female heights in twelve Latin American countries during the second half of the twentieth century based on demographic health surveys and related surveys compiled from national and international organizations. Only countries with more than one survey were included, allowing us to cross-examine surveys and correct for biases. We first show that average height varies significantly according to location, from 148.3cm in Guatemala to 158.8cm in Haiti. The evolution of heights over these decades behaves like indicators of human development, showing a steady increase of 2...
October 7, 2016: Economics and Human Biology
Maritza Samayoa-Peláez, Nancy Ayala, Zaida E Yadon, Einar Heldal
Objective To assess whether the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) guidelines for culture and drug sensitivity testing (DST) in Guatemala were successfully implemented, particularly in cases of smear-negative pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) or previously treated TB, by documenting notification rates by department (geographic area), disease type and category, and culture and DST results. Methods This was a cross-sectional, operational research study that merged and linked all patients registered by the NTP and the National Reference Laboratory in 2013, eliminating duplicates...
January 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
Fernando Stuardo Wyss Quintana
Latin America has 23 countries ranging from Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, of these 19 countries are considered by the WHO as countries with high and very high risk, one of the similarities of our countries is poor access to services health and medicine, resulting from poor government investment in health as the amount used in this sector occupies only the best 3% of the national budget and gross domestic product.Thus we know that the prevalence of hypertension varies widely from country to country and from city to city, presenting in Guatemala a prevalence of 40%, while in other countries in the area ranges between 25 and 35%, most complicated problem is that within the same country as the population this prevalence can vary greatly and have a different impact between populationsTherefore we know that the impact of cardiovascular disease within the range of non-communicable diseases occupies at least 30% and of these about 70% occupied countries of low and moderate income...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Brent A Burket
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to (1) describe and compare two obstetric Mayan populations in Guatemala, the Tz'utujil and the Kachiquel and (2) evaluate possible associations of demographics, wood fuel use, and obesity with pregnancy/newborn outcomes. DESIGN: This cross-sectional study interviewed participants at the time of routine obstetric ultrasounds at three institutions in Santiago Atitlán and one institution in San Lucas Tolimán. Data were collected from January 2010 to May 2013...
October 17, 2016: Ethnicity & Health
Jeremy Snyder, Valorie A Crooks, Rory Johnston, Alejandro Cerón, Ronald Labonte
BACKGROUND: Medical tourism has attracted considerable interest within the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region. Governments in the region tout the economic potential of treating foreign patients while several new private hospitals primarily target international patients. This analysis explores the perspectives of a range of medical tourism sector stakeholders in two LAC countries, Guatemala and Barbados, which are beginning to develop their medical tourism sectors. These perspectives provide insights into how beliefs about international patients are shaping the expanding regional interest in medical tourism...
October 7, 2016: Globalization and Health
Jason Davis
A growing body of literature addresses the positive impacts of international migration and remittances on children's education. This paper offers a nuanced, qualitative view that addresses the positive remittance-related benefits to children's education and the negative repercussions of parental absences on children's relationships with schooling from the perspectives of parents and local educators. A case study approach including field interviews of parents, teachers and school administrators from five western Guatemalan communities was used...
August 2016: Journal of Latin American Studies
Pilar Requena, Edmilson Rui, Norma Padilla, Flor E Martínez-Espinosa, Maria Eugenia Castellanos, Camila Bôtto-Menezes, Adriana Malheiro, Myriam Arévalo-Herrera, Swati Kochar, Sanjay K Kochar, Dhanpat K Kochar, Alexandra J Umbers, Maria Ome-Kaius, Regina Wangnapi, Dhiraj Hans, Michela Menegon, Francesca Mateo, Sergi Sanz, Meghna Desai, Alfredo Mayor, Chetan C Chitnis, Azucena Bardají, Ivo Mueller, Stephen Rogerson, Carlo Severini, Carmen Fernández-Becerra, Clara Menéndez, Hernando Del Portillo, Carlota Dobaño
P. vivax infection during pregnancy has been associated with poor outcomes such as anemia, low birth weight and congenital malaria, thus representing an important global health problem. However, no vaccine is currently available for its prevention. Vir genes were the first putative virulent factors associated with P. vivax infections, yet very few studies have examined their potential role as targets of immunity. We investigated the immunogenic properties of five VIR proteins and two long synthetic peptides containing conserved VIR sequences (PvLP1 and PvLP2) in the context of the PregVax cohort study including women from five malaria endemic countries: Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, India and Papua New Guinea (PNG) at different timepoints during and after pregnancy...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Manuel A Barrios-Izás, Robert S Anderson, Juan J Morrone
We describe the Mesoamerican leaf litter weevil genus Plumolepilius Barrios-Izás & Anderson, new genus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Molytinae: Conotrachelini) (type species P. trifiniensis Barrios-Izás & Anderson, new species), species of which inhabit mountain ecosystems from the state of Chiapas in southeastern Mexico to northern Panama. In this paper we describe nine new species from Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador: P. trifiniensis Barrios-Izás & Anderson, new species (El Salvador and Guatemala); P...
September 14, 2016: Zootaxa
Dorian E Ramírez, Charles C Branas, Therese S Richmond, Kent Bream, Dawei Xie, Magda Velásquez-Tohom, Douglas J Wiebe
OBJECTIVE: To assess if violent deaths were associated with pay days in Guatemala. DESIGN: Interrupted time series analysis. SETTING: Guatemalan national autopsy databases. PARTICIPANTS: Daily violence-related autopsy data for 22 418 decedents from 2009 to 2012. Data were provided by the Guatemalan National Institute of Forensic Sciences. Multiple pay-day lags and other important days such as holidays were tested. OUTCOME MEASURES: Absolute and relative estimates of excess violent deaths on pay days and holidays...
October 3, 2016: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
Lisa Stroux, Boris Martinez, Enma Coyote Ixen, Nora King, Rachel Hall-Clifford, Peter Rohloff, Gari D Clifford
Limited funding for medical technology, low levels of education and poor infrastructure for delivering and maintaining technology severely limit medical decision support in low- and middle-income countries. Perinatal and maternal mortality is of particular concern with millions dying every year from potentially treatable conditions. Guatemala has one of the worst maternal mortality ratios, the highest incidence of intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR), and one of the lowest gross national incomes per capita within Latin America...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
Varun K Kasaraneni, Vinka Oyanedel-Craver
Exposure to high concentrations of carcinogenic pollutants in soils and sediments can result in increased health risks. Determining the levels and sources of contamination in developing communities is important for helping to reduce pollution and mitigate the risk of exposure. In the Mayan community of San Mateo Ixtatán, Guatemala, 24 samples of topsoil from urban, peri-urban, and agricultural sites and six samples of river sediment were collected and analyzed for 17 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)...
September 2016: Journal of Environmental Quality
Federico G Antillón, Jessica G Blanco, Patricia D Valverde, Mauricio Castellanos, Claudia P Garrido, Veronica Girón, Tomas R Letona, Emilia J Osorio, Dyna A Borrayo, Ricardo A Mack, Mario A Melgar, Rodolfo Lorenzana, Raul C Ribeiro, Monika Metzger, Valentino Conter, Emanuela Rossi, Maria Grazia Valsecchi
BACKGROUND: The National Pediatric Oncology Unit (UNOP) is the only pediatric hemato-oncology center in Guatemala. METHODS: Patients ages 1 to 17 years with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) were treated according to modified ALL Intercontinental Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster (IC-BFM) 2002 protocol. Risk classification was based on age, white blood cell count, immunophenotype, genetics (when available), and early response to therapy. RESULTS: From July 2007 to June 2014, 787 patients were treated, including 160 who had standard-risk ALL, 450 who had intermediate-risk ALL, and 177 who had high-risk ALL...
September 28, 2016: Cancer
Andrew B T Smith
Five new species of Trigonopeltastes Burmeister and Schaum, 1840 are described: Trigonopeltastes arborfloricola sp. n. from Nicaragua, Trigonopeltastes formidulosus sp. n. from Costa Rica, Trigonopeltastes henryi sp. n. from Costa Rica, Trigonopeltastes mombachoensis sp. n. from Nicaragua, and Trigonopeltastes warneri sp. n. from Belize and Guatemala. An updated key to species of Trigonopeltastes is presented. Trigonopeltastes nigrinus Bates, 1889 and Trigonopeltastes carus Bates, 1889 are placed in synonymy with Trigonopeltastes geometricus Schaum, 1841, syn...
2016: ZooKeys
Cheryl B Sawyer, Judith Márquez
The southwestern U.S. border has recently seen a significant increase in the number of unaccompanied children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States. Many of these children leave home to flee violence, starvation, impoverished living conditions, or other life-threatening situations. The treatment of acute stress, anxiety, and depression associated with traumatic events is crucial in helping these children address these negative psychological events they have experienced so that they can move forward with their lives...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Psychology
Amy K Wray, Kevin J Olival, David Morán, Maria Renee Lopez, Danilo Alvarez, Isamara Navarrete-Macias, Eliza Liang, Nancy B Simmons, W Ian Lipkin, Peter Daszak, Simon J Anthony
Certain bat species serve as natural reservoirs for pathogens in several key viral families including henipa-, lyssa-, corona-, and filoviruses, which may pose serious threats to human health. The Common Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus), due to its abundance, sanguivorous feeding habit involving humans and domestic animals, and highly social behavioral ecology, may have an unusually high potential for interspecies disease transmission. Previous studies have investigated rabies dynamics in D. rotundus, yet the diversity of other viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that these bats may carry remains largely unknown...
September 22, 2016: EcoHealth
Timothy S Laux, Joaquin Barnoya, Ever Cipriano, Erick Herrera, Noemi Lopez, Vicente Sanchez Polo, Marcos Rothstein
Objective To document the prevalence of patients on hemodialysis in southwestern Guatemala who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) of non-traditional causes (CKDnt). Methods This cross-sectional descriptive study interviewed patients on hemodialysis at the Instituto Guatemalteco de Seguridad Social on their health and occupational history. Laboratory serum, urine and vital sign data at the initiation of hemodialysis were obtained from chart reviews. Patients were classified according to whether they had hypertension or obesity or neither...
April 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
Nicole D Ford, Reynaldo Martorell, Neil K Mehta, Manuel Ramirez-Zea, Aryeh D Stein
BACKGROUND: Latin America has experienced increases in obesity. Little is known about the role of early life factors on body mass index (BMI) gain over the life course. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this research was to examine the role of early life factors [specifically, nutrition supplementation during the first 1000 d (from conception to 2 y of age) and childhood household socioeconomic status (SES)] on the pattern of BMI gain from birth or early childhood through midadulthood by using latent class growth analysis...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Nutrition
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