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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777994/analysis-of-incidence-mortality-and-survival-for-pancreatic-and-biliary-tract-cancers-across-europe-with-assessment-of-influence-of-revised-european-age-standardisation-on-estimates
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Pamela Minicozzi, Tiziana Cassetti, Claudia Vener, Milena Sant
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic (PC) and biliary tract (BTC) cancers have higher incidence and mortality in Europe than elsewhere. We analysed time-trends in PC/BTC incidence, mortality, and survival across Europe. Since the European standard population (ESP) was recently revised to better represent European age structure, we also assessed the effect of adopting the revised ESP to age-standardise incidence and mortality data. METHODS: We analysed PCs/BTCs (≥15 years) diagnosed in 2000-2007 and followed-up to end of 2008, in 29 European countries across five regions: UK/Ireland, and northern, central, southern, and eastern Europe...
May 16, 2018: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777978/the-buffering-role-of-the-family-in-the-relationship-between-job-loss-and-self-perceived-health-longitudinal-results-from-europe-2004-2011
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Giulia Tattarini, Raffaele Grotti, Stefani Scherer
Unemployment has numerous negative consequences for health, but the family and the welfare state can mitigate these consequences. How the family supports its members and whether and to what extent this interacts with the broader context is still an open question. Our evidence show that job loss is causally linked to significant declines in health for men, but not for women. Yet, the increased risk of poor health is lower for coupled men, especially if the partner is employed. This suggests that both emotional and economic support play a role...
May 16, 2018: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777749/burden-of-liver-disease-in-europe-epidemiology-and-analysis-of-risk-factors-to-identify-prevention-policies
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REVIEW
Laura Pimpin, Helena Cortez-Pinto, Francesco Negro, Emily Corbould, Jeffrey V Lazarus, Laura Webber, Nick Sheron
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The burden of liver disease in Europe continues to grow. We aimed to describe the epidemiology of liver diseases and their risk factors in European countries, and identify public health interventions that could impact on these risk factors to reduce the burden of liver disease. METHODS: As part of the HEPAHEALTH project, commissioned by EASL, we extracted information on historical and current prevalence and mortality from national and international literature and databases on liver disease in 35 countries in the WHO European region, as well as historical and recent prevalence data on their main determinants; alcohol consumption, obesity and hepatitis B and C virus infections...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774388/withholding-or-withdrawing-of-life-sustaining-therapy-in-older-adults-%C3%A2-80-years-admitted-to-the-intensive-care-unit
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Bertrand Guidet, Hans Flaatten, Ariane Boumendil, Alessandro Morandi, Finn H Andersen, Antonio Artigas, Guido Bertolini, Maurizio Cecconi, Steffen Christensen, Loredana Faraldi, Jesper Fjølner, Christian Jung, Brian Marsh, Rui Moreno, Sandra Oeyen, Christina Agwald Öhman, Bernardo Bollen Pinto, Ivo W Soliman, Wojciech Szczeklik, Andreas Valentin, Ximena Watson, Tilemachos Zafeiridis, Dylan W De Lange
PURPOSE: To document and analyse the decision to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment (LST) in a population of very old patients admitted to the ICU. METHODS: This prospective study included intensive care patients aged ≥ 80 years in 309 ICUs from 21 European countries with 30-day mortality follow-up. RESULTS: LST limitation was identified in 1356/5021 (27.2%) of patients: 15% had a withholding decision and 12.2% a withdrawal decision (including those with a previous withholding decision)...
May 17, 2018: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773820/genetic-diversity-of-prrsv-1-in-central-eastern-europe-in-1994-2014-origin-and-evolution-of-the-virus-in-the-region
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Gyula Balka, Katarzyna Podgórska, Manreetpal Singh Brar, Ádám Bálint, Daniel Cadar, Vladimir Celer, Lilla Dénes, Zuzana Dirbakova, Anna Jedryczko, Lázár Márton, Dinko Novosel, Tamaš Petrović, Ivo Sirakov, Dóra Szalay, Ivan Toplak, Frederick Chi-Ching Leung, Tomasz Stadejek
More than 20 years after the first outbreaks, the phylogenetic picture of PRRSV is still incomplete and full of gaps, especially in regards of PRRSV 1. Due to the exceptional diversity observed at the eastern borders of Europe and the low number of available sequences from Central Eastern European countries, the authors collected and analyzed both recent as well as already submitted sequences comparing them to a large backbone set of available ORF5 sequences representing the full spectrum of PRRSV 1 Subtype 1 diversity to conduct a systematic phylogenetic analysis and reclassification elucidating the diversity of the virus in these countries...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773666/ancient-genomes-document-multiple-waves-of-migration-in-southeast-asian-prehistory
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Mark Lipson, Olivia Cheronet, Swapan Mallick, Nadin Rohland, Marc Oxenham, Michael Pietrusewsky, Thomas Oliver Pryce, Anna Willis, Hirofumi Matsumura, Hallie Buckley, Kate Domett, Nguyen Giang Hai, Trinh Hoang Hiep, Aung Aung Kyaw, Tin Tin Win, Baptiste Pradier, Nasreen Broomandkhoshbacht, Francesca Candilio, Piya Changmai, Daniel Fernandes, Matthew Ferry, Beatriz Gamarra, Eadaoin Harney, Jatupol Kampuansai, Wibhu Kutanan, Megan Michel, Mario Novak, Jonas Oppenheimer, Kendra Sirak, Kristin Stewardson, Zhao Zhang, Pavel Flegontov, Ron Pinhasi, David Reich
Southeast Asia is home to rich human genetic and linguistic diversity, but the details of past population movements in the region are not well known. Here, we report genome-wide ancient DNA data from eighteen Southeast Asian individuals spanning from the Neolithic period through the Iron Age (4100-1700 years ago). Early farmers from Man Bac in Vietnam exhibit a mixture of East Asian (southern Chinese agriculturalist) and deeply diverged eastern Eurasian (hunter-gatherer) ancestry characteristic of Austroasiatic speakers, with similar ancestry as far south as Indonesia providing evidence for an expansive initial spread of Austroasiatic languages...
May 17, 2018: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773122/cost-effectiveness-of-the-controlled-temperature-chain-for-the-hepatitis-b-virus-birth-dose-vaccine-in-various-global-settings-a-modelling-study
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Nick Scott, Anna Palmer, Christopher Morgan, Olufunmilayo Lesi, C Wendy Spearman, Mark Sonderup, Margaret Hellard
BACKGROUND: The controlled temperature chain (CTC) strategy allows vaccines to be kept outside the cold chain for a short period of time. In remote rural areas, the CTC strategy for the hepatitis B virus (HBV) birth dose vaccination could improve its geographical coverage and timeliness of delivery, but with additional outreach costs. We assessed the cost-effectiveness of the CTC strategy for the HBV birth dose across six world regions and 72 countries according to their HBV prevalence, delivery costs, and birth dose coverage and timing...
June 2018: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771156/achievement-of-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-goals-in-18-countries-outside-western-europe-the-international-cholesterol-management-practice-study-iclps
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Nicolas Danchin, Wael Almahmeed, Khalid Al-Rasadi, Joseph Azuri, Abdelkrim Berrah, Carlos Alberto Cuneo, Yuri Karpov, Upendra Kaul, Meral Kayıkçıoğlu, Olena Mitchenko, Alvaro J Ruiz, Carlos A Aguilar Salinas, Raul D Santos, Florence Mercier, Dirk Blom
Background Little is known about the achievement of low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) targets in patients at cardiovascular risk receiving stable lipid-lowering therapy (LLT) in countries outside Western Europe. Methods This cross-sectional observational study was conducted in 452 centres (August 2015-August 2016) in 18 countries in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Patients ( n = 9049) treated for ≥3 months with any LLT and in whom an LDL-C measurement on stable LLT was available within the previous 12 months were included...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764177/solidarity-and-compassion-prisoners-as-hospice-volunteers-in-poland
#9
Piotr Krakowiak, Renata Deka, Anna Janowicz
Democracy in Eastern Europe arrived after a long fight with a communist regime, and the activities of medical volunteers have been developing in opposition to the existing then in Poland mentality called Homo Sovieticus. From 1981 onwards the Polish Hospice Movement there was inspired by practitioners and international experiences brought by visits of Dr. Cicely Saunders. The history of modern end-of-life care in Poland was connected to caring communities, which could be called compassionate, because of the volunteering of all hospice team members...
April 2018: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759086/comprehensive-nationwide-analysis-of-mother-to-child-hiv-transmission-in-finland-from-1983-to-2013
#10
I Aho, P Kivelä, M Kaijomaa, H-M Surcel, M Ristola, O Heikinheimo, J Sutinen
HIV-positive children are still born in Europe despite low mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) rates. We aimed to clarify the remaining barriers to the prevention of MTCT. By combining the national registers, we identified all women living with HIV delivering at least one child during 1983-2013. Of the 212 women delivering after HIV diagnosis, 46% were diagnosed during the pregnancy. In multivariate analysis, age >30 years (P = 0.001), sexual transmission (P = 0.012), living outside of the metropolitan area (P = 0...
May 15, 2018: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755350/extracts-from-hypericum-hircinum-subsp-majus-exert-antifungal-activity-against-a-panel-of-sensitive-and-drug-resistant-clinical-strains
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Noemi Tocci, Daniele Perenzoni, Duilio Iamonico, Francesca Fava, Tobias Weil, Fulvio Mattivi
During the last two decades incidences of fungal infections dramatically increased and the often accompanying failure of available antifungal therapies represents a substantial clinical problem. The urgent need for novel antimycotics called particular attention to the study of natural products. The genus Hypericum includes many species that are used in the traditional medicine to treat pathological states like inflammations and infections caused by fungi. However, despite the diffused use of Hypericum -based products the antifungal potential of the genus is still poorly investigated...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751756/prevalence-of-asthma-among-the-adult-general-population-of-five-middle-eastern-countries-results-of-the-snapshot-program
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Hesham Tarraf, Omur Aydin, Dilsad Mungan, Mohammad Albader, Bassam Mahboub, Adam Doble, Aaicha Lahlou, Luqman Tariq, Fayaz Aziz, Abdelkader El Hasnaoui
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a common chronic respiratory disease leading to morbidity, mortality and impaired quality of life worldwide. Information on asthma prevalence in the Middle East is fragmented and relatively out-dated. The SNAPSHOT program was conducted to obtain updated information. METHODS: SNAPSHOT is a cross-sectional epidemiological program carried out in five Middle Eastern countries (Egypt, Turkey, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, the latter three grouped into a Gulf cluster) to collect data on asthma, allergic rhinitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia and bipolar disorder...
May 11, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750345/paradoxical-affinities-otherness-and-ambivalence-as-creative-pathways
#13
Jan Wiener
Referring to her own background as the child of Jewish refugees forced to leave their countries of origin before the second World War, the author describes how her attitude towards Jung and his ideas has evolved. The role of paradoxical affinities that have affected the author's life and identity as a Jungian analyst are considered, alongside the impact of experiences of otherness whilst supervising and teaching abroad, particularly in Eastern Europe.
June 2018: Journal of Analytical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749871/first-reported-case-of-chancroid-in-the-czech-republic
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Filip Rob, David Jilich, Šárka Lásiková, Veronika Křížková, Jana Hercogová
We describe the first case of chancroid seen in the Czech Republic, diagnosed in a 40-year-old heterosexual HIV-positive man. Despite genital localization of the ulcer, the transmission of Haemophilus ducreyi infection in our patient remains unclear, as he denied having sexual intercourse and he did not travel outside the Czech Republic for several months before the ulcer appeared. The correct diagnosis has been revealed by a multiplex nucleic acid amplification test. Physicians in countries in the eastern and central Europe region should be aware that chancroid can occur in their patients...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749059/global-statistics-on-alcohol-tobacco-and-illicit-drug-use-2017-status-report
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REVIEW
Amy Peacock, Janni Leung, Sarah Larney, Samantha Colledge, Matthew Hickman, Jürgen Rehm, Gary A Giovino, Robert West, Wayne Hall, Paul Griffiths, Robert Ali, Linda Gowing, John Marsden, Alize J Ferrari, Jason Grebely, Michael Farrell, Louisa Degenhardt
AIMS: This review provides an up-to-date curated source of information on alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use and their associated mortality and burden of disease. Limitations in the data are also discussed, including how these can be addressed in the future. METHODS: Online data sources were identified through expert review. Data were mainly obtained from the World Health Organization, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation...
May 10, 2018: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742137/genetic-characterization-of-indigenous-goat-breeds-in-romania-and-hungary-with-a-special-focus-on-genetic-resistance-to-mastitis-and-gastrointestinal-parasitism-based-on-40-snps
#16
Daniela Elena Ilie, Szilvia Kusza, Maria Sauer, Dinu Gavojdian
Goat breeding has become an important sector in Eastern Europe, with Romania and Hungary being among the major producer countries. Given the limited number of research done up-to-date concerning genetic studies of indigenous goat breeds reared in Romania and Hungary, the current preliminary study aimed to analyze the variability of genes related to mastitis and gastrointestinal parasitism by using Kompetitive Allele Specific PCR (KASP™). We studied 52 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) belonging to 19 genes in indigenous breeds from both countries, namely Banat's White (n = 36), Carpatina (n = 35) from Romania and Hungarian Milking (n = 79) and identified 16 polymorphic SNPs among 10 genes (PTX3, IL6, CLEC4E, IL8, IL1RN, IL15RA, TNFSF13, SOCS3, TNF and TLR3) in 150 animals...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742014/complete-genomic-characterization-of-three-tick-borne-encephalitis-viruses-detected-along-the-china-north-korea-border-2011
#17
Xiaoxia He, Junwei Zhao, Shihong Fu, Lisi Yao, Xiaoyan Gao, Yan Liu, Ying He, Guodong Liang, Huanyu Wang
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) causes neurological infections with serious sequelae in Europe and Northeast Asia. In China, the major epidemic areas are along the borders with Russia and North Korea. Although several TBEV isolates have been reported, the biological characteristics of the Chinese strains, especially those along the China-North Korea border, are unclear. In this study, we detected seven TBEV fragment sequences in 602 adult Dermacentor silvarum collected in the Changbai Mountain area of Jilin Province on the China-North Korea border and characterized the genome of three TBEV strains (JLCB11-08, JLCB11-35, and JLCB11-40)...
May 9, 2018: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29741535/amanita-muscaria-fly-agaric-from-a-shamanistic-hallucinogen-to-the-search-for-acetylcholine
#18
M R Lee, E Dukan, I Milne
The mushroom Amanita muscaria (fly agaric) is widely distributed throughout continental Europe and the UK. Its common name suggests that it had been used to kill flies, until superseded by arsenic. The bioactive compounds occurring in the mushroom remained a mystery for long periods of time, but eventually four hallucinogens were isolated from the fungus: muscarine, muscimol, muscazone and ibotenic acid. The shamans of Eastern Siberia used the mushroom as an inebriant and a hallucinogen. In 1912, Henry Dale suggested that muscarine (or a closely related substance) was the transmitter at the parasympathetic nerve endings, where it would produce lacrimation, salivation, sweating, bronchoconstriction and increased intestinal motility...
March 2018: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740500/have-geopolitics-influenced-decisions-on-american-health-foreign-assistance-efforts-during-the-obama-presidency
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REVIEW
Vin Gupta, Alexander C Tsai, Alexandre Mason-Sharma, Eric P Goosby, Ashish K Jha, Vanessa B Kerry
Background: This study sought to characterize the possible relationship between US geopolitical priorities and annual decisions on health foreign assistance among recipient nations between 2009 and 2016. Methods: Data on total planned United States (US) foreign aid and health aid were collected for the 194 member nations of the World Health Organization (WHO) from publicly available databases. Trends in per-capita spending were examined between 2009 and 2016 across the six regions of the WHO (Africa, Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Western Pacific)...
June 2018: Journal of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738577/widespread-plant-specialization-in-the-polyphagous-planthopper-hyalesthes-obsoletus-cixiidae-a-major-vector-of-stolbur-phytoplasma-evidence-of-cryptic-speciation
#20
Andrea Kosovac, Jes Johannesen, Oliver Krstić, Milana Mitrović, Tatjana Cvrković, Ivo Toševski, Jelena Jović
The stolbur phytoplasma vector Hyalesthes obsoletus is generally considered as a polyphagous species associated with numerous wild and cultivated plants. However, recent research in southeastern Europe, the distribution centre of H. obsoletus and the area of most stolbur-inflicted crop diseases, points toward specific host-plant associations of the vector, indicating specific vector-based transmission routes. Here, we study the specificity of populations associated with four host-plants using mitochondrial and nuclear genetic markers, and we evaluate the evolution of host-shifts in H...
2018: PloS One
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