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Edilberto Díaz Bonilla, Claudia L Torres Galvis, Rossana Gómez Campos, Miguel de Arruda, Jaime Pacheco Carrillo, Marco Cossio Bolaños
INTRODUCTION: There is increasing concern over the study of physical growth in different regions of the world, although altitude is not considered an adjustment factor. OBJECTIVES: Compare physical growth variables and body mass index (BMI) patterns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2012 reference data and develop percentiles for children and adolescents. METHODOLOGY: School children living at moderate altitude in Bogotá (Colombia) were studied...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Grace Trompeter, Matthew R Grigsby, Catherine H Miele, Robert A Wise, Robert H Gilman, J Jaime Miranda, Antonio Bernabe-Ortiz, William Checkley
PURPOSE: Body composition is known to influence the development and progression of chronic respiratory diseases (CRDs). We sought to characterize the unique anthropometric phenotypes that present with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and chronic bronchitis across four distinct settings in Peru. METHODS: We collected sociodemographic, clinical history, and spirometry data from 2959 participants from Lima, Tumbes, and rural and urban Puno. We compared the prevalence of CRDs among different study sites and described disease phenotypes...
March 20, 2018: Lung
Claudia Alviso-Orellana, Dayna Estrada-Tejada, Rodrigo M Carrillo-Larco, Antonio Bernabé-Ortiz
OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between consumption of snacks and sweetened beverages and risk of overweight among children. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of the Young Lives cohort study in Peru. SETTING: Twenty sentinel sites from a total of 1818 districts available in Peru. SUBJECTS: Children in the younger cohort of the Young Lives study in Peru, specifically those included in the third (2009) and the fourth (2013) rounds...
March 20, 2018: Public Health Nutrition
Beatriz Paulina Ayala Quintanilla, Wendy E Pollock, Susan J McDonald, Angela J Taft
INTRODUCTION: Preventing and reducing violence against women (VAW) and maternal mortality are Sustainable Development Goals. Worldwide, the maternal mortality ratio has fallen about 44% in the last 25 years, and for one maternal death there are many women affected by severe acute maternal morbidity (SAMM) requiring management in the intensive care unit (ICU). These women represent the most critically ill obstetric patients of the maternal morbidity spectrum and should be studied to complement the review of maternal mortality...
March 14, 2018: BMJ Open
José Sánchez-Carbonel, Derek Tantaléan-Yépez, Miguel Angel Aguilar-Luis, Wilmer Silva-Caso, Pablo Weilg, Fernando Vásquez-Achaya, Luis Costa, Johanna Martins-Luna, Isabel Sandoval, Juana Del Valle-Mendoza
OBJECTIVE: To assess the presence of Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika in serum samples of patients with acute febrile illness in Piura, Peru and describe the most common clinical features. RESULTS: Dengue was the most common arbovirus detected in 170/496 (34.3%), followed by Zika in 39/496 (7.9%) and Chikungunya in 23/496 (4.6%). Among the 170 samples positive for Dengue, serotype 2 was the most predominant type present in 97/170 (57.1%) of samples, followed by the serotype 3 in 9/170 (5...
March 14, 2018: BMC Research Notes
J Smith Torres-Roman, Diego Urrunaga-Pastor, Jose L Avilez, Luis M Helguero-Santin, German Malaga
BACKGROUND: Childhood obesity is emerging as a major public health problem worldwide. To date, most studies of obesity and overweight in Peru are focused on adults, with few of them involving children, a population at a critical stage of development. The trend in overweight and obesity prevalence in Peruvian children under the age of five has not yet been determined. Thus, the objective of the present study is to evaluate the prevalence rates of overweight and obesity between 2010 and 2015 in children under the age of five, stratified by geographical areas in Peru...
March 14, 2018: BMC Public Health
Luis Palma-Garcia, Victor Velásquez-Rimachi, Armando Pezo-Pezo, Joseph Roig, Julio Perez-Villegas
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) is an extracorporeal procedure which consists of removing the patient's plasma and replacing it with an appropriate replacement fluid. Plasma and blood cells are separated by a centrifugation process. Our department has used TPE for several years, and in 2013 we introduced an institutional apheresis protocol. The main objective of this report is to describe the TPE procedures performed between 2013 and 2016 in the Peruvian population. METHODS: We analyzed the technical and clinical aspects of 864 centrifugal TPE procedures as well as the associated complications...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
J M Colston, A M S Ahmed, S B Soofi, E Svensen, R Haque, J Shrestha, R Nshama, Z Bhutta, I F N Lima, A Samie, L Bodhidatta, A A M Lima, P Bessong, M Paredes Olortegui, A Turab, V R Mohan, L H Moulton, E N Naumova, G Kang, M N Kosek
Improving understanding of the pathogen-specific seasonality of enteric infections is critical to informing policy on the timing of preventive measures and to forecast trends in the burden of diarrhoeal disease. Data obtained from active surveillance of cohorts can capture the underlying infection status as transmission occurs in the community. The purpose of this study was to characterise rotavirus seasonality in eight different locations while adjusting for age, calendar time and within-subject clustering of episodes by applying an adapted Serfling model approach to data from a multi-site cohort study...
March 14, 2018: Epidemiology and Infection
Sadie J Ryan, Anna M Stewart-Ibarra, Eunice Ordóñez-Enireb, Winnie Chu, Julia L Finkelstein, Christine A King, Luis E Escobar, Christina Lupone, Froilan Heras, Erica Tauzer, Egan Waggoner, Tyler G James, Washington B Cárdenas, Mark Polhemus
Cholera emergence is strongly linked to local environmental and ecological context. The 1991-2004 pandemic emerged in Perú and spread north into Ecuador's El Oro province, making this a key site for potential re-emergence. Machala, El Oro, is a port city of 250,000 inhabitants, near the Peruvian border. Many livelihoods depend on the estuarine system, from fishing for subsistence and trade, to domestic water use. In 2014, we conducted biweekly sampling for 10 months in five estuarine locations, across a gradient of human use, and ranging from inland to ocean...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Diana Wrigley de Basanta, Arturo Estrada-Torres, Iván García-Cunchillos, Asunción Cano Echevarría, Carlos Lado
A new species of Didymium (Myxomycetes), D. azorellae, isolated from plant debris in a moist chamber, collected during studies of cold arid areas of Argentina and Peru, is described. It can be distinguished by its small size, the tightly packed layer of lime crystals on the peridium, the very scant, or absent, capillitium, and the unique spore ornamentation, especially by scanning electron microscopy. The species developed on dead leaves of cushion plants growing in the extremely harsh environments of the central Andean puna at almost 5000 m elevation and the Andino-Patagonian steppe...
January 25, 2018: Mycologia
Daniel J Becker, Gábor Á Czirják, Dmitriy V Volokhov, Alexandra B Bentz, Jorge E Carrera, Melinda S Camus, Kristen J Navara, Vladimir E Chizhikov, M Brock Fenton, Nancy B Simmons, Sergio E Recuenco, Amy T Gilbert, Sonia Altizer, Daniel G Streicker
Human activities create novel food resources that can alter wildlife-pathogen interactions. If resources amplify or dampen, pathogen transmission probably depends on both host ecology and pathogen biology, but studies that measure responses to provisioning across both scales are rare. We tested these relationships with a 4-year study of 369 common vampire bats across 10 sites in Peru and Belize that differ in the abundance of livestock, an important anthropogenic food source. We quantified innate and adaptive immunity from bats and assessed infection with two common bacteria...
May 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
C L Shannon, C C Bristow, N A Hoff, A Wynn, M Nguyen, A Medina-Marino, J Cabeza, A W Rimoin, J D Klausner
BACKGROUND: Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG), and Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) infections during pregnancy are linked with adverse birth outcomes. However, few countries have prenatal CT, NG, or TV screening programs. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of CT, NG, and TV screening and treatment among pregnant women across six low-to-middle income countries. METHODS: A total 1,817 pregnant women were screened for CT, NG, and TV in Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Haiti, South Africa, and Vietnam...
March 9, 2018: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Carlos Culquichicón, Emanuel Ramos-Cedano, Luis Helguero-Santin, Roberto Niño-Garcia, Alfonso J Rodriguez-Morales
Carrion's disease is a major re-emerging and occupational health disease. This bibliometric study aimed to evaluate scientific production on this disease both globally and in Latin America. SCI-E, MEDLINE/GoPubMed, SCOPUS, ScIELO, and LILACS databases were searched for Carrion's disease-related articles. They were classified according to publication year, type, city and institution of origin, international cooperation, scientific journal, impact factor, publication language, author(s), and H-index. There were 170 articles in SCI-E...
March 1, 2018: Le Infezioni in Medicina
David A Prieto-Torres, Andrés M Cuervo, Elisa Bonaccorso
We studied the phylogeography and plumage variation of the Russet-crowned Warbler (Myiothlypis coronata), from Venezuela to Bolivia, with focus on populations from Ecuador and northern Peru. We analyzed sequences of mitochondrial and nuclear genes, geographic distributions, as well as photographs of specimens deposited at museum collections. Phylogenetic analyses identified three major lineages formed by populations from: Venezuela and Colombia (M. c. regulus), Ecuador and northern Peru (M. elata, M. castaneiceps, M...
2018: PloS One
Javier R Lama, Audrey Brezak, James G Dobbins, Hugo Sanchez, Robinson Cabello, Jessica Rios, Carolyn Bain, Angela Ulrich, Robert De la Grecca, Jorge Sanchez, Ann Duerr
The Sabes study evaluates a treatment-as-prevention intervention in cis-gender men who have sex with men and transgender women in Lima, Peru, populations disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic. The intervention is designed to prevent onward transmission of HIV by identifying HIV-negative, high-risk individuals, testing them monthly for the presence of HIV, and then rapidly treating those who become HIV positive. The main outcome of interest is the development of a model predicting the population-level impact of early detection of HIV infection and immediate initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in this population From July 2013 to September 2015, 3,336 subjects were screened for HIV; 2,682 (80...
March 7, 2018: American Journal of Epidemiology
Ernesto Ormeño-Orrillo, Marco A Rogel, Doris Zúñiga-Dávila, Esperanza Martínez-Romero
The complete genome sequence of Bradyrhizobium icense LMTR 13T , a root nodule bacterium isolated from the legume Phaseolus lunatus , is reported here. The genome consists of a circular 8,322,773-bp chromosome which codes for a large and novel symbiotic island as well as genes putatively involved in soil and root colonization.
March 8, 2018: Genome Announcements
Kentaro Tohma, Mayuko Saito, Holger Mayta, Mirko Zimic, Cara J Lepore, Lauren A Ford-Siltz, Robert H Gilman, Gabriel I Parra
Norovirus, a leading cause of acute gastroenteritis in humans, is a highly diverse virus. Here, we report the complete genome sequence of a nontypeable genogroup II (GII) norovirus that was detected in a symptomatic Peruvian child in 2008. This virus showed low nucleotide sequence identities (≤82%) against all known genotypes.
March 8, 2018: Genome Announcements
Sandra Morales Ruiz, Jorge Bendezu Eguis, Ricardo Montesinos, Luis Tataje-Lavanda, Manolo Fernández-Díaz
We report here the first genome sequence of infectious laryngotracheitis virus isolated in Peru from tracheal tissues of layer chickens. The genome showed 99.98% identity to the J2 strain genome sequence. Single nucleotide polymorphisms were detected in five gene-coding sequences related to vaccine development, virus attachment, and viral immune evasion.
March 8, 2018: Genome Announcements
Carolina Belmar-Lopez, Carlos A Castaneda, Miluska Castillo, Pamela García-Corrochano, Enrique Orrego, Barbara Meléndez, Sandro Casavilca, Claudio Flores, Enrique Orrego
Purpose: O6 -methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase ( MGMT ) promoter methylation predicts the outcome and response to alkylating chemotherapy in glioblastoma. The aim of this study is to evaluate the prevalence of MGMT methylation in Peruvian glioblastoma cases. Patients and methods: We evaluated retrospectively 50 cases of resected glioblastoma during the period 2008-2013 at Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas in Peru. Samples consisted of paraffin embedded and frozen tumour tissue...
2018: Ecancermedicalscience
Andrés J Cortés, Matthew W Blair
Drought will reduce global crop production by >10% in 2050 substantially worsening global malnutrition. Breeding for resistance to drought will require accessing crop genetic diversity found in the wild accessions from the driest high stress ecosystems. Genome-environment associations (GEA) in crop wild relatives reveal natural adaptation, and therefore can be used to identify adaptive variation. We explored this approach in the food crop Phaseolus vulgaris L., characterizing 86 geo-referenced wild accessions using genotyping by sequencing (GBS) to discover single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
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