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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912964/is-the-south-african-triage-scale-valid-for-use-in-afghanistan-haiti-and-sierra-leone
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Mohammed Dalwai, Pola Valles, Michele Twomey, Yvonne Nzomukunda, Prince Jonjo, Manoj Sasikumar, Masood Nasim, Abdul Razaaq, Olivia Gayraud, Pierre Ronald Jecrois, Lee Wallis, Katie Tayler-Smith
OBJECTIVE: To assess the validity of the South African Triage Scale (SATS) in four Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-supported emergency departments (ED, two trauma-only sites, one mixed site (both medical and trauma cases) and one paediatric-only site) in Afghanistan, Haiti and Sierra Leone. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study conducted between June 2013 and June 2014. Validity was assessed by comparing patients' SATS ratings with their final ED outcome (ie, hospital admission, death or discharge)...
2017: BMJ Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902158/controlled-shrinkage-of-expanded-glass-particles-in-metal-syntactic-foams
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Kadhim Al-Sahlani, Mehdi Taherishargh, Erich Kisi, Thomas Fiedler
Metal matrix syntactic foams have been fabricated via counter-gravity infiltration of a packed bed of recycled expanded glass particles (EG) with A356 aluminum alloy. Particle shrinkage was studied and has been utilized to increase the particles' strength and tailor the mechanical properties of the expanded glass/metal syntactic foam (EG-MSF). The crushing strength of particles could be doubled by shrinking them for 20 min at 700 °C. Owing to the low density of EG (0.20-0.26 g/cm³), the resulting foam exhibits a low density (1...
September 13, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889650/correlation-of-recommendations-of-treatment-guidelines-and-frequently-prescribed-antibiotics-evaluation-of-their-pharmaceutical-pack-size
#3
Shoma Mukherjee, Nilanjan Saha
There are various factors that contribute to development of antimicrobial resistance. Overuse, inappropriate prescribing and extensive agricultural use of antibiotics are some of the factors which have been identified. Antibiotics are almost always universally packaged by manufacturers in packs that are heavily driven by cost of economies and convenience rather than by any scientific basis or duration of therapy. So, in the present study, the correlation of the treatment guidelines with the choice of antibiotics and whether packing size contributes to left-over dosing units when used according to guideline recommendations were assessed...
September 10, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881037/comparison-of-vessel-enhancement-algorithms-applied-to-time-of-flight-mra-images-for-cerebrovascular-segmentation
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Renzo Phellan, Nils D Forkert
PURPOSE: Vessel enhancement algorithms are often used as a preprocessing step for vessel segmentation in medical images to improve the overall segmentation accuracy. Each algorithm uses different characteristics to enhance vessels, such that the most suitable algorithm may vary for different applications. This paper presents a comparative analysis of the accuracy gains in vessel segmentation generated by the use of nine vessel enhancement algorithms: Multiscale vesselness using the formulas described by Erdt (MSE), Frangi (MSF), and Sato (MSS), optimally oriented ux (OOF), ranking orientations responses path operator (RORPO), the regularized Perona-Malik approach (RPM), vessel enhanced diffusion (VED), hybrid diffusion with continuous switch (HDCS), and the white top hat algorithm (WTH)...
September 7, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860305/msf-criticises-india-s-decision-to-grant-pneumococcal-vaccine-patent-to-pfizer
#5
Sumi S Dutta
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 31, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852784/-orthopedic-surgery-with-limited-resources-after-mass-disasters-and-during-armed-conflicts-first-international-guidelines-for-the-management-of-limb-injuries-and-the-experience-of-doctors-without-borders
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REVIEW
Inga Osmers
Disasters and armed conflicts are often the unfortunate basis for aid projects run by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The nature of war and disasters means that surgery is an integral part of this medical emergency aid. In these situations, resources are usually limited. As a result, surgical work in these contexts differs significantly from the daily routine of a surgeon working in a highly resourced hospital. The principles of surgery do not change but surgeons must adapt their tactical approach to the changed context otherwise there is a high risk of failing to improve the health of patients and potentially jeopardizing their prospects for recovery...
August 29, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835247/the-modified-south-african-triage-scale-system-for-mortality-prediction-in-resource-constrained-emergency-surgical-centers-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Jacques Massaut, Pola Valles, Arnold Ghismonde, Claudinette Jn Jacques, Liseberth Pierre Louis, Abdulmutalib Zakir, Rafael Van den Bergh, Lunick Santiague, Rose Berly Massenat, Nathalie Edema
BACKGROUND: The South African Triage Scale (SATS) was developed to facilitate patient triage in emergency departments (EDs) and is used by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in low-resource environments. The aim was to determine if SATS data, reason for admission, and patient age can be used to develop and validate a model predicting the in-hospital risk of death in emergency surgical centers and to compare the model's discriminative power with that of the four SATS categories alone. METHODS: We used data from a cohort hospitalized at the Nap Kenbe Surgical Hospital in Haiti from January 2013 to June 2015...
August 23, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770590/delivering-hiv-care-in-challenging-operating-environments-the-msf-experience-towards-differentiated-models-of-care-for-settings-with-multiple-basic-health-care-needs
#8
REVIEW
Charles Ssonko, Lucia Gonzalez, Anita Mesic, Marcio Silveira da Fonseca, Jay Achar, Nadia Safar, Beatriz Martin, Sidney Wong, Esther C Casas
INTRODUCTION: Countries in the West and Central African regions struggle to offer quality HIV care at scale, despite HIV prevalence being relatively low. In these challenging operating environments, basic health care needs are multiple, systems are highly fragile and conflict disrupts health care. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been working to integrate HIV care in basic health services in such settings since 2000. We review the implementation of differentiated HIV care and treatment approaches in MSF-supported programmes in South Sudan (RoSS), Central African Republic (CAR) and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770589/implications-of-differentiated-care-for-successful-art-scale-up-in-a-concentrated-hiv-epidemic-in-yangon-myanmar
#9
REVIEW
Anita Mesic, Julie Fontaine, Theingy Aye, Jane Greig, Thin Thin Thwe, Laura Moretó-Planas, Jarmila Kliesckova, Khin Khin, Nana Zarkua, Lucia Gonzalez, Erwin Lloyd Guillergan, Daniel P O'Brien
INTRODUCTION: National AIDS Programme in Myanmar has made significant progress in scaling up antiretroviral treatment (ART) services and recognizes the importance of differentiated care for people living with HIV. Indeed, long centred around the hospital and reliant on physicians, the country's HIV response is undergoing a process of successful decentralization with HIV care increasingly being integrated into other health services as part of a systematic effort to expand access to HIV treatment...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750691/the-use-of-interpreters-in-medical-triage-during-a-refugee-mass-gathering-incident-in-europe
#10
Lykourgos Christos Alexakis, Anastasia Papachristou, Chiara Baruzzi, Angeliki Konstantinou
Introduction During a refugees' mass-gathering incident in Kos Island, Greece, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF; Brussels, Belgium) teams provided emergency medical care. A case report of the event focusing on difficulties encountered by the interpreters during triage and emergency response was prepared. METHODS: Data collected during the event were reviewed from the patient's register and qualitative interviews were obtained from the MSF interpreters involved in the response. In addition, a description of the event and a literature review were included...
July 28, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725259/cardiovascular-disease-risk-and-prevention-amongst-syrian-refugees-mixed-methods-study-of-m%C3%A3-decins-sans-fronti%C3%A3-res-programme-in-jordan
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Dylan R J Collins, Kiran Jobanputra, Thomas Frost, Shoaib Muhammed, Alison Ward, Abed Alrazzaq Shafei, Taissir Fardous, Sadeq Gabashneh, Carl Heneghan
BACKGROUND: The growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) presented new challenges for medical humanitarian aid and little was known about primary health care approaches for these diseases in humanitarian response. We aimed to evaluate Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF's) use of total CVD risk based prevention strategies amongst Syrian refugees in northern Jordan to identify opportunities to improve total CVD risk based guidance for humanitarian settings. METHODS: We evaluated CVD risk assessment and management in two outpatient NCD clinics in the Irbid governorate of Jordan using a mixed methods design with qualitative and quantitative strands of equal priority, integrated during data collection and interpretation...
2017: Conflict and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645279/diabetes-care-in-a-complex-humanitarian-emergency-setting-a-qualitative-evaluation
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Adrianna Murphy, Michel Biringanine, Bayard Roberts, Beverley Stringer, Pablo Perel, Kiran Jobanputra
BACKGROUND: Evidence is urgently needed from complex emergency settings to support efforts to respond to the increasing burden of diabetes mellitus (DM). We conducted a qualitative study of a new model of DM health care (Integrated Diabetic Clinic within an Outpatient Department [IDC-OPD]) implemented by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Mweso Hospital in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We aimed to explore patient and provider perspectives on the model in order to identify factors that may support or impede it...
June 23, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604768/rosetta-msf-a-modular-framework-for-multi-state-computational-protein-design
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Patrick Löffler, Samuel Schmitz, Enrico Hupfeld, Reinhard Sterner, Rainer Merkl
Computational protein design (CPD) is a powerful technique to engineer existing proteins or to design novel ones that display desired properties. Rosetta is a software suite including algorithms for computational modeling and analysis of protein structures and offers many elaborate protocols created to solve highly specific tasks of protein engineering. Most of Rosetta's protocols optimize sequences based on a single conformation (i. e. design state). However, challenging CPD objectives like multi-specificity design or the concurrent consideration of positive and negative design goals demand the simultaneous assessment of multiple states...
June 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576365/influence-of-soy-fortification-on-microbial-diversity-during-cassava-fermentation-and-subsequent-physicochemical-characteristics-of-garri
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Ndidiamaka Nnenaya Ahaotu, Amarachukwu Anyogu, Promiselynda Obioha, Lawrence Aririatu, Vincent Ifeanyi Ibekwe, Solomon Oranusi, Jane P Sutherland, Labia Irene Ivette Ouoba
This study investigated the influence of the addition of soy products on the microbiology, nutritional and physico-chemical characteristics of garri, a fermented cassava product. Malted soy flour (MSF) and soy protein (SP) were separately added (12% w/w) to cassava mash prior to controlled fermentation, while non-supplemented cassava mash served as a control. Identification of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and aerobic mesophilic bacteria was accomplished by repetitive sequence based (rep)-PCR analysis and 16S rRNA gene sequencing...
September 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567113/research-ethics-governance-in-times-of-ebola
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Doris Schopper, Raffaella Ravinetto, Lisa Schwartz, Eunice Kamaara, Sunita Sheel, Michael J Segelid, Aasim Ahmad, Angus Dawson, Jerome Singh, Amar Jesani, Ross Upshur
The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ethics review board (ERB) has been solicited in an unprecedented way to provide advice and review research protocols in an 'emergency' mode during the recent Ebola epidemic. Twenty-seven Ebola-related study protocols were reviewed between March 2014 and August 2015, ranging from epidemiological research, to behavioural research, infectivity studies and clinical trials with investigational products at (very) early development stages. This article examines the MSF ERB's experience addressing issues related to both the process of review and substantive ethical issues in this context...
April 2017: Public Health Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493692/uptake-kinetics-and-subcellular-compartmentalization-explain-lethal-but-not-sublethal-effects-of-cadmium-in-two-closely-related-amphipod-species
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Lena Jakob, Daria S Bedulina, Denis V Axenov-Gribanov, Michael Ginzburg, Zhanna M Shatilina, Yulia A Lubyaga, Ekaterina V Madyarova, Anton N Gurkov, Maxim A Timofeyev, Hans-O Pörtner, Franz J Sartoris, Rolf Altenburger, Till Luckenbach
Eulimnogammarus cyaneus and Eulimnogammarus verrucosus, closely related amphipod species endemic to Lake Baikal, differ with respect to body size (10- to 50-fold lower fresh weights of E. cyaneus) and cellular stress response (CSR) capacity, potentially causing species-related differences in uptake, internal sequestration, and toxic sensitivity to waterborne cadmium (Cd). We found that, compared to E. verrucosus, Cd uptake rates, related to a given exposure concentration, were higher, and lethal concentrations (50%; LC50) were 2...
June 1, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491211/-rickettsiosis-associated-with-cerebral-infarction-a-new-case-study
#17
Tarik Boulahri, Abdellah Taous, Maha Aït Berri, Imane Traibi, Jalal Elbenaye, Abdelhadi Rouimi
Mediterranean spotted fever (MSF) is a rickettsiosis of the spotted fever group caused by rickettsia conorii. This zoonosis is benign but it can be complicated by severe neurological impairment (hence its severity). We report the case of a 49-year old patient hospitalized in the Department of Dermatology for rickettsiosis, who suffered from right massive hemiplegia of brutal onset. Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) of the brain showed deep left sylvian fissure ischemic stroke. The diagnosis of conorii-type rickettsiosis has been retained based on the aspect of skin lesions and on positive sierologic testing with the indirect immunofluorescence method...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489890/unmasking-inequalities-sub-national-maternal-and-child-mortality-data-from-two-urban-slums-in-lagos-nigeria-tells-the-story
#18
Erin Anastasi, Ekanem Ekanem, Olivia Hill, Agnes Adebayo Oluwakemi, Oluwatosin Abayomi, Andrea Bernasconi
INTRODUCTION: Nigeria has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world as well as high perinatal mortality. Unfortunately, the country does not have the resources to assess this critical indicator with the conventional health information system and measuring its progress toward the goal of ending preventable maternal deaths is almost impossible. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) conducted a cross-sectional study to assess maternal and perinatal mortality in Makoko Riverine and Badia East, two of the most vulnerable slums of Lagos...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470349/cadmium-compartmentalization-in-the-pulmonate-snail-lymnaea-stagnalis-improving-our-understanding-of-exposure
#19
Evelyn G Reátegui-Zirena, Amanda D French, David M Klein, Christopher J Salice
In ecotoxicology, analytical compartmentalization analysis can be used to better understand metal sequestration and detoxification. Metals are typically found in two main compartments, biologically detoxified metal (BDM) and metal sensitive fractions (MSF). The purpose of this study was to analyze the subcellular distribution of cadmium (Cd) in Lymnaea stagnalis. Adult snails were exposed to three concentrations of Cd for 56 days as part of a global ring test for L. stagnalis. At the end of the 56-day exposure, organisms were separated in two sections (viscera and foot)...
May 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459838/ebola-management-centre-proximity-associated-with-reduced-delays-of-healthcare-of-ebola-virus-disease-evd-patients-tonkolili-sierra-leone-2014-15
#20
Georgios Theocharopoulos, Kostas Danis, Jane Greig, Alexandra Hoffmann, Henriette De Valk, Augustine Jimissa, Sumaila Tejan, Mohammed Sankoh, Karline Kleijer, Will Turner, Jay Achar, Jennifer Duncombe, Kamalini Lokuge, Ivan Gayton, Rob Broeder, Ronald Kremer, Grazia Caleo
Between August-December 2014, Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patients from Tonkolili District were referred for care to two Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Ebola Management Centres (EMCs) outside the district (distant EMCs). In December 2014, MSF opened an EMC in Tonkolili District (district EMC). We examined the effect of opening a district-based EMC on time to admission and number of suspect cases dead on arrival (DOA), and identified factors associated with fatality in EVD patients, residents in Tonkolili District...
2017: PloS One
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