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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723901/2b-rad-genotyping-for-population-genomic-studies-of-chagas-disease-vectors-rhodnius-ecuadoriensis-in-ecuador
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Luis E Hernandez-Castro, Marta Paterno, Anita G Villacís, Björn Andersson, Jaime A Costales, Michele De Noia, Sofía Ocaña-Mayorga, Cesar A Yumiseva, Mario J Grijalva, Martin S Llewellyn
BACKGROUND: Rhodnius ecuadoriensis is the main triatomine vector of Chagas disease, American trypanosomiasis, in Southern Ecuador and Northern Peru. Genomic approaches and next generation sequencing technologies have become powerful tools for investigating population diversity and structure which is a key consideration for vector control. Here we assess the effectiveness of three different 2b restriction site-associated DNA (2b-RAD) genotyping strategies in R. ecuadoriensis to provide sufficient genomic resolution to tease apart microevolutionary processes and undertake some pilot population genomic analyses...
July 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722615/assessing-the-short-term-global-health-experience-a-cross-sectional-study-of-demographics-socioeconomic-factors-and-disease-prevalence
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Olivia Geen, Allison Pumputis, Cristina Kochi, Andrew Costa, Karl Stobbe
Interest in short-term global health experiences to underserviced populations has grown rapidly in the last few decades. However, there remains very little research on what participants can expect to encounter. At the same time, it has been suggested that in order for physicians and workers to provide safe and effective care, volunteers should have a basic understanding of local culture, health systems, epidemiology, and socioeconomic needs of the community before arriving. Our objective was to add to the limited literature on what short-term global health trips can expect to encounter through a cross-sectional study of patient demographics, socioeconomic markers, and the prevalence of diseases encountered on a short-term medical service trip to Lima, Peru...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722595/multidrug-resistant-microorganisms-colonizing-lower-extremity-wounds-in-patients-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-lima-peru
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Rafael Mendo-Lopez, Luis Jasso, Ximena Guevara, Aurora Lizeth Astocondor, Saul Alejos, Ana C Bardossy, Tyler Prentiss, Marcus J Zervos, Jan Jacobs, Coralith García
Multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) infections cause high morbidity and mortality, and high costs to patients and hospitals. The study aims were to determine the frequency of MDRO colonization and associated factors in patients with lower-extremity wounds with colonization. A cross-sectional study was designed during November 2015 to July 2016 in a tertiary care hospital in Lima, Peru. A wound swab was obtained for culture and susceptibility testing. MDRO colonization was defined if the culture grew with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, vancomycin-resistant enterococci, and/or extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) microorganisms...
June 19, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721334/draft-genome-sequence-of-bradyrhizobium-paxllaeri-lmtr-21-t-isolated-from-lima-bean-phaseolus-lunatus-in-peru
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Ernesto Ormeño-Orrillo, Luis Rey, David Durán, Carlos A Canchaya, Marco A Rogel, Doris Zúñiga-Dávila, Juan Imperial, Tomás Ruiz-Argüeso, Esperanza Martínez-Romero
Bradyrhizobium paxllaeri is a prevalent species in root nodules of the Lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus) in Peru. LMTR 21(T) is the type strain of the species and was isolated from a root nodule collected in an agricultural field in the Peruvian central coast. Its 8.29 Mbp genome encoded 7635 CDS, 71 tRNAs and 3 rRNAs genes. All genes required to stablish a nitrogen-fixing symbiosis with its host were present. The draft genome sequence and annotation have been deposited at GenBank under the accession number MAXB00000000...
September 2017: Genomics Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720809/microbial-turnover-times-in-the-deep-seabed-studied-by-amino-acid-racemization-modelling
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Stefan Braun, Snehit S Mhatre, Marion Jaussi, Hans Røy, Kasper U Kjeldsen, Christof Pearce, Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz, Bo Barker Jørgensen, Bente Aa Lomstein
The study of active microbial populations in deep, energy-limited marine sediments has extended our knowledge of the limits of life on Earth. Typically, microbial activity in the deep biosphere is calculated by transport-reaction modelling of pore water solutes or from experimental measurements involving radiotracers. Here we modelled microbial activity from the degree of D:L-aspartic acid racemization in microbial necromass (remains of dead microbial biomass) in sediments up to ten million years old. This recently developed approach (D:L-amino acid modelling) does not require incubation experiments and is highly sensitive in stable, low-activity environments...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720395/acetazolamide-and-n-acetylcysteine-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-mountain-sickness-monge-s-disease
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Shailendra Sharma, Jane Gralla, Joyce Gonzalez Ordonez, Maria-Elena Hurtado, Erik R Swenson, Robert B Schoene, Jackeline Pando Kelly, David Callacondo, Christopher Rivard, Carlos Roncal-Jimenez, Jeffrey Sirota, Richard Fuquay, Brian P Jackson, Kai E Swenson, Richard J Johnson, Abdias Hurtado, Elizabeth Escudero
Patients suffering from chronic mountain sickness (CMS) have excessive erythrocytosis. Low -level cobalt toxicity as a likely contributor has been demonstrated in some subjects. We performed a randomized, placebo controlled clinical trial in Cerro de Pasco, Peru (4,380 m), where 84 participants with a hematocrit (HCT) ≥65% and CMS score>6, were assigned to four treatment groups of placebo, acetazolamide (ACZ, which stimulates respiration), N-acetylcysteine (NAC, an antioxidant that chelates cobalt) and combination of ACZ and NAC for 6 weeks...
July 15, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719254/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-human-cystic-echinococcosis-in-the-cusco-region-of-the-peruvian-highlands-diagnosed-using-focused-abdominal-ultrasound
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Francesca Tamarozzi, Amy Hou, Maria Luisa Morales, Maria Teresa Giordani, Freddy Vilca, Karen Mozo, Ruben Bascope, A Clinton White, Enrico Brunetti, Lin Chen, Miguel M Cabada
AbstractLatin America is among the highly endemic regions for cystic echinococcosis (CE). In Peru, an estimated 1,139 disability-adjusted life years are lost annually from surgical treatment of CE. This is comparable with the combined total for Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Chile. The prevalence of human infection has been investigated in the central Peruvian Andes, but there are no community-based screening data from other regions of Peru. We carried out a population survey in January 2015 using abdominal ultrasound to estimate the prevalence of abdominal CE in the Canas and Canchis provinces, in the Cusco region of Peru...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718835/do-refuge-plants-favour-natural-pest-control-in-maize-crops
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Reinaldo Quispe, Marina Mazón, Alexander Rodríguez-Berrío
The use of non-crop plants to provide the resources that herbivorous crop pests' natural enemies need is being increasingly incorporated into integrated pest management programs. We evaluated insect functional groups found on three refuges consisting of five different plant species each, planted next to a maize crop in Lima, Peru, to investigate which refuge favoured natural control of herbivores considered as pests of maize in Peru, and which refuge plant traits were more attractive to those desirable enemies...
July 18, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717712/egfr-mutations-in-latinos-from-the-united-states-and-latin-america
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Ariel Lopez-Chavez, Anish Thomas, Moses O Evbuomwan, Liqiang Xi, Guinevere Chun, Tatiana Vidaurre, Oscar Arrieta, George Oblitas, Ana Belen Oton, Alejandro R Calvo, Arun Rajan, Mark Raffeld, Seth M Steinberg, Lorena Arze-Aimaretti, Giuseppe Giaccone
PURPOSE: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations confer sensitivity to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). There are limited and conflicting reports on the frequency of EGFR mutations in Latinos. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Samples from 642 patients with NSCLC from seven institutions in the United States and Latin America were assessed for EGFR mutations (exons 18 to 21) at Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments-certified central laboratories...
October 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717643/chronic-airflow-obstruction-after-successful-treatment-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis
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Anthony L Byrne, Ben J Marais, Carole D Mitnick, Frances L Garden, Leonid Lecca, Carmen Contreras, Yaninna Yauri, Fanny Garcia, Guy B Marks
Cross-sectional studies reveal an association between tuberculosis (TB) and chronic airflow obstruction, but cannot adequately address confounding. We hypothesised that treated pulmonary TB is an independent risk factor for chronic airflow obstruction. The Pulmones Post TB cohort study enrolled participants from Lima, Peru, aged 10-70 years with a history of drug-susceptible (DS)- or multidrug-resistant (MDR)-TB who had completed treatment and were clinically cured. Unexposed participants without TB were randomly selected from the same districts...
July 2017: ERJ Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715677/protected-area-coverage-of-threatened-vertebrates-and-ecoregions-in-peru-comparison-of-communal-private-and-state-reserves
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Sam Shanee, Noga Shanee, Bruno Monteferri, Nestor Allgas, Alejandro Alarcon Pardo, Robert H Horwich
Protected areas (PAs) are a conservation mainstay and arguably the most effective conservation strategy for species protection. As a 'megadiverse' country, Peru is a priority for conservation actions. Peruvian legislation allows for the creation of state PAs and private/communal PAs. Using publicly available species distribution and protected area data sets we evaluated the coverage of Threatened terrestrial vertebrate species distributions and ecoregions provided by both kinds of PA in Peru. Peru's state PA system covers 217,879 km(2) and private/communal PAs cover 16,588 km(2)...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712873/the-effect-of-oil-sands-tailings-pond-sediments-on-embryo-larval-walleye-sander-vitreus
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J C Raine, D Turcotte, V Tumber, K M Peru, Z Wang, C Yang, J V Headley, J L Parrott
Walleye (Sander vitreus) are a commercially important North American fish species that inhabit the Athabasca River. This river flows through the Athabasca oil sands where natural sources of bitumen erode from the McMurray formation. Little information is available on responses of walleye embryos to oil sands tailings pond sediments in a laboratory setting. The current study describes the design and implementation of a daily-renewal bioassay to assess the potential effects of tailings pond sediments from the Athabasca oil sands area on walleye development...
July 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712155/economic-activity-and-patterns-of-infant-growth-in-a-high-altitude-district-of-peru
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Morgan K Hoke
OBJECTIVES: Changing economic activities bring significant cultural, epidemiological, and nutritional transitions. Infancy represents a critical period when rapid growth and metabolic programming occur, making infants particularly vulnerable to long-lasting biological changes due to such transitions. This paper examines the relationship between residence in distinct economic production zones (urban, herding, and dairy) and early growth in a highland district of Peru. METHODS: The length, weight, body mass index, and triceps skinfold of 93 infants (55 boys and 38 girls, aged 2 to 24 months) from 3 economic zones were measured at two time points 6 months apart...
July 16, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712003/association-between-chronic-conditions-and-health-related-quality-of-life-differences-by-level-of-urbanization-in-peru
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Alvaro Taype-Rondan, Elizabeth Sarah Abbs, Maria Lazo-Porras, William Checkley, Robert H Gilman, Liam Smeeth, J Jaime Miranda, Antonio Bernabe-Ortiz
PURPOSE: To evaluate the role of urbanization as an effect modifier for the association between specific chronic conditions and number of conditions with health-related quality of life (QOL). METHODS: We analyzed cross-sectional data from the CRONICAS Cohort Study conducted in Lima (highly urbanized), Tumbes (semi-urban), as well as rural and urban sites in Puno. Exposures of interest were chronic bronchitis, depressive mood, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and a composite variable aggregating the number of chronic conditions (the four exposures plus heart disease and stroke)...
July 15, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706988/unsustainable-development-pathways-caused-by-tropical-deforestation
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Luis Roman Carrasco, Thi Phuong Le Nghiem, Zhirong Chen, Edward B Barbier
Global sustainability strategies require assessing whether countries' development trajectories are sustainable over time. However, sustainability assessments are limited because losses of natural capital and its ecosystem services through deforestation have not been comprehensively incorporated into national accounts. We update the national accounts of 80 nations that underwent tropical deforestation from 2000 to 2012 and evaluate their development trajectories using weak and strong sustainability criteria...
July 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705974/draft-genome-sequence-of-klebsiella-michiganensis-3t412c-harboring-an-arsenic-resistance-genomic-island-isolated-from-mine-tailings-in-peru
#16
Robert Ccorahua-Santo, Miguel Cervantes, Yerson Duran, Mac Aguirre, Claudia Marin, Pablo Ramírez
An arsenic resistance genomic island in the bacterium Klebsiella michiganensis 3T412C was isolated from mine tailings from Peru. This genomic island confers adaptation to extreme environments with high concentrations of arsenic. Isolate 3T412C contained a complete set of genes involved in resistance to arsenic. This operon is surrounded by putative genes for resistance to other heavy metals.
July 13, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705359/misconceived-equity-health-care-resources-contextual-poverty-and-child-health-disparities-in-peru
#17
Heeju Shin, Lissette Aliaga-Linares, Marcus Britton
Although many studies have examined determinants of child health, fewer have explored factors explaining regional disparities in child health outcomes. In the Peruvian context, we examined the relationship between regional disparities in child malnutrition and local variation in health resources (health care resources and the socioeconomic environment). Using the Peruvian 2007-2008 Continuous Demographic and Health Survey (N = 8020) and governmental administrative data, our analyses show that 1) only selected types of health care resources (medical professionals and outpatient visits) are related to child nutritional status, 2) local poverty predicts nutritional status net of household characteristics, and, most importantly, 3) a significant portion of regional differences in child malnutrition are explained by local poverty, whereas health care resources are not associated with regional disparities...
August 2017: Social Science Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704570/signs-of-eclampsia-during-singleton-deliveries-and-early-neonatal-mortality-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-from-three-who-regions
#18
Saverio Bellizzi, Howard L Sobel, Mohamed M Ali
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of eclampsia symptoms and to explore associations between eclampsia and early neonatal mortality. METHODS: The present secondary analysis included Demographic and Health Surveys data from 2005 to 2012; details of signs related to severe obstetric adverse events of singleton deliveries during interviewees' most recent delivery in the preceding 5 years were included. Data and delivery history were merged for pooled analyses. Convulsions-used as an indicator for having experienced eclampsia-and early neonatal mortality rates were compared, and a generalized random effect model, adjusted for heterogeneity between and within countries, was used to investigate the impact of presumed eclampsia on early neonatal mortality...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702356/genome-sequence-of-bradyrhizobium-sp-lmtr-3-a-diazotrophic-symbiont-of-lima-bean-phaseolus-lunatus
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Ernesto Ormeño-Orrillo, Luis Rey, David Durán, Carlos A Canchaya, Doris Zúñiga-Dávila, Juan Imperial, Esperanza Martínez-Romero, Tomás Ruiz-Argüeso
Bradyrhizobium sp. LMTR 3 is a representative strain of one of the geno(species) of diazotrophic symbionts associated with Lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus) in Peru. Its 7.83 Mb genome was sequenced using the Illumina technology and found to encode a complete set of genes required for nodulation and nitrogen fixation, and additional genes putatively involved in root colonization. Its draft genome sequence and annotation have been deposited at GenBank under the accession number MAXC00000000.
September 2017: Genomics Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699276/y-chromosome-and-mtdna-variation-confirms-independent-domestications-and-directional-hybridization-in-south-american-camelids
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J C Marín, K Romero, R Rivera, W E Johnson, B A González
Investigations of genetic diversity and domestication in South American camelids (SAC) have relied on autosomal microsatellite and maternally-inherited mitochondrial data. We present the first integrated analysis of domestic and wild SAC combining male and female sex-specific markers (male specific Y-chromosome and female-specific mtDNA sequence variation) to assess: (i) hypotheses about the origin of domestic camelids, (ii) directionality of introgression among domestic and/or wild taxa as evidence of hybridization and (iii) currently recognized subspecies patterns...
July 11, 2017: Animal Genetics
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