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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342404/association-between-severity-of-liver-disease-frequency-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-and-degree-of-gastric-lesion-in-egyptian-patients-with-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Amal A Mohamed, Amal A Elshimy, Abir O El Sadik, Elham Ezzat, Mona Nasar, Shereen S M Elshaer, Moataz M Sayed
The relationship between hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, severity of liver disease, frequency of Helicobacter pylori infection, and degree of gastric lesions was not yet fully investigated in Egyptian patients. The present work was performed on 100 Egyptian patients with HBV from the National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Institute and 70 healthy volunteers as control group. The participants were subjected to full medical history taking, clinical examination, and laboratory investigations. All patients were positive for HBV surface antigen (HBV sAg), HBV DNA, and negative for hepatitis C virus antibodies...
January 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342283/non-typhoidal-salmonella-serovars-associated-with-invasive-and-non-invasive-disease-in-the-lao-people-s-democratic-republic
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Tu Le Thi Phuong, Sayaphet Rattanavong, Manivanh Vongsouvath, Viengmon Davong, Nguyen Phu Huong Lan, James I Campbell, Thomas C Darton, Guy E Thwaites, Paul N Newton, David A B Dance, Stephen Baker
Background: Invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella (iNTS) disease is a well-described cause of mortality in children and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected adults in sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, there is an ill-defined burden of iNTS disease in Southeast Asia. Methods: Aiming to investigate the causative serovars of non-invasive and iNTS disease and their associated antimicrobial susceptibility profiles in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, we performed multilocus sequence typing and antimicrobial susceptibility profiling on 168 NTS (63 blood and 105 faecal) organisms isolated in Lao between 2000 and 2012...
January 12, 2018: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342269/a-silent-epidemic-the-prevalence-incidence-and-persistence-of-mycoplasma-genitalium-among-young-asymptomatic-high-risk-women-in-the-united-states
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Arlene C Seña, Jeannette Y Lee, Jane Schwebke, Susan S Philip, Harold C Wiesenfeld, Anne M Rompalo, Robert L Cook, Marcia M Hobbs
Background: Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can result in pelvic inflammatory disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes. We analyzed data collected from a prospective study of asymptomatic bacterial vaginosis (BV) to determine the natural history of MG. Methods: Women aged 15-25 years, with ≥2 STI risk factors and asymptomatic BV were recruited from 10 sites throughout the United States. Vaginal swabs were collected at enrollment, and by home-based testing every 2 months over 12 months...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342262/preliminary-study-of-1940-nm-thulium-laser-usage-in-peroral-endoscopic-myotomy-for-achalasia
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J Liu, Y Jiao, Y Niu, L Yu, M Ji, S Zhang
Esophageal achalasia is a type of motility disorder characterized by incomplete relaxation of lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and absence of esophageal peristalsis. Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is a new treatment option for achalasia that is less invasive, more effective, and safe as compared to surgery. High-frequency electrotome is commonly used in POEM, but takes longer time to make the tunnel in the esophagus and causes many complications. The thulium laser decreases the risk of bleeding and perforation in endoscopy but has not been reported in digestive diseases, especially in POEM...
January 9, 2018: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342212/sequence-variation-in-plasmodium-falciparum-merozoite-surface-protein-2-is-associated-with-virulence-causing-severe-and-cerebral-malaria
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Suwanna Chaorattanakawee, Pornlada Nuchnoi, Hathairad Hananantachai, Uranan Tumkosit, David Saunders, Izumi Naka, Jun Ohashi, Jintana Patarapotikul
Parasite virulence, an important factor contributing to the severity of Plasmodium falciparum infection, varies among P. falciparum strains. Relatively little is known regarding markers of virulence capable of identifying strains responsible for severe malaria. We investigated the effects of genetic variations in the P.f. merozoite surface protein 2 gene (msp2) on virulence, as it was previously postulated as a factor. We analyzed 300 msp2 sequences of single P. falciparum clone infection from patients with uncomplicated disease as well as those admitted for severe malaria with and without cerebral disease...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342180/increased-prevalence-of-pregnancy-and-comparative-risk-of-program-attrition-among-individuals-starting-hiv-treatment-in-east-africa
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Charles B Holmes, Constantin T Yiannoutsos, Batya Elul, Elizabeth Bukusi, John Ssali, Andrew Kambugu, Beverly S Musick, Craig Cohen, Carolyn Williams, Lameck Diero, Nancy Padian, Kara K Wools-Kaloustian
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization now recommends initiating all pregnant women on life-long antiretroviral therapy (ART), yet there is limited information about the characteristics and program outcomes of pregnant women already on ART in Africa. Our hypothesis was that pregnant women comprised an increasing proportion of those starting ART, and that sub-groups of these women were at higher risk for program attrition. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We used the International Epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS- East Africa (IeDEA-EA) to conduct a retrospective cohort study including HIV care and treatment programs in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342165/increased-colon-cancer-risk-after-severe-salmonella-infection
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Lapo Mughini-Gras, Michael Schaapveld, Jolanda Kramers, Sofie Mooij, E Andra Neefjes-Borst, Wilfrid van Pelt, Jacques Neefjes
BACKGROUND: Colon cancer constitutes one of the most frequent malignancies. Previous studies showed that Salmonella manipulates host cell signaling pathways and that Salmonella Typhimurium infection facilitates colon cancer development in genetically predisposed mice. This epidemiological study examined whether severe Salmonella infection, usually acquired from contaminated food, is associated with increased colon cancer risk in humans. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We performed a nationwide registry-based study to assess colon cancer risk after diagnosed Salmonella infection...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342164/environmental-dust-inhalation-in-the-european-badger-meles-meles-systemic-distribution-of-silica-laden-macrophages-pathological-changes-and-association-with-mycobacterium-bovis-infection-status
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Janne M Schoening, Leigh A L Corner, Locksley L McV Messam, Joseph P Cassidy, Alan Wolfe
Chronic inhalation of crystalline silica and silicates may lead to severe lung disease in humans, termed silicosis. The disease is an occupational health concern in miners and related professions worldwide. Silicosis is also a strong risk factor for tuberculosis in humans. Due to its subterranean lifestyle, the European badger (Meles meles) is continuously exposed to environmental dust, while this species is also susceptible to tuberculosis, caused by Mycobacterium bovis. To date, a thorough investigation of mineral dust retention and its possible implication as a risk factor for mycobacterial infection in badgers has not been performed...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342162/comparison-of-diagnostic-methods-to-detect-histoplasma-capsulatum-in-serum-and-blood-samples-from-aids-patients
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Katia Cristina Dantas, Roseli Santos de Freitas, Marcos Vinicius da Silva, Paulo Ricardo Criado, Olinda do Carmo Luiz, Adriana Pardini Vicentini
BACKGROUND: Although early and rapid detection of histoplasmosis is essential to prevent morbidity and mortality, few diagnostic tools are available in resource-limited areas, especially where it is endemic and HIV/AIDS is also epidemic. Thus, we compared conventional and molecular methods to detect Histoplasma capsulatum in sera and blood from HIV/AIDS patients. METHODOLOGY: We collected a total of 40 samples from control volunteers and patients suspected of histoplasmosis, some of whom were also infected with other pathogens...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342100/modulation-of-the-fungal-host-interaction-by-the-intra-species-diversity-of-c-albicans
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REVIEW
Christina Braunsdorf, Salomé LeibundGut-Landmann
The incidence of human infections caused by the opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans is on the rise due to increasing numbers of immunosuppressed patients. The importance of the immune system in preventing overgrowth of the colonizing fungus and thereby limiting infection is well recognized and host protective mechanisms widely investigated. Only recently, it was recognized that the natural diversity in the fungal species could also influence the outcome of the interaction between the fungus and the host...
January 17, 2018: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341953/lethality-among-patients-with-hiv-aids-monitored-in-the-clinic-of-infectious-diseases-in-st-george-university-hospital-plovdiv-2010-2014
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Mariyana V Stoycheva, Nikolay T Vatev, Vania B Georgieva, Antonina P Dineva, Maria V Atanasova, Tatiana A Popova
BACKGROUND: The introduction of complex antiretroviral therapy has resulted in signifi cant decrease in the mortality rate of HIV positive patients, but it still remains unacceptably high, especially in some groups of patients. AIM: To investigate the death rate in patients with HIV/AIDS, lethality and mortality in co-infection, and the most common causes and predictors of fatal outcome, focused on early diagnosis and appropriate therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included 53 deceased patients with HIV/AIDS, monitored at the Clinic of Infectious Diseases in St George University Hospital, Plovdiv between 01...
December 20, 2017: Folia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341950/clinical-characteristics-of-ulceroglandular-tularemia-in-two-bulgarian-regions-2014-2015-a-report-of-five-cases
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Liliya M Pekova, Magdalena P Baymakova, Pavlina O Parousheva, Mariya D Fartunova, Nikolay E Dimitrov, Iskra A Tomova
We present here the first five human cases with tularemia from two regions in South Bulgaria in which there had been no previous report of the infection. The cases occurred over a period of 8 months (December 2014 - August 2015). They were treated at the Department of Infectious Diseases in Stara Zagora University Hospital, Bulgaria. We present the clinical, epidemiological and laboratory data for four men and one woman (age range 52 to 73 years). Three men were hunters, four patients took part in handling, preparing/skinning and cooking the game animals...
December 20, 2017: Folia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341942/enteritis-associated-acute-febrile-neutrophilic-dermatosis-with-acute-monoarthritis
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Stamatis S Papadatos, Christos Zissis, Georgios Deligiannis, Stefanos Mylonas
Febrile neutrofilic dermatosis is an uncommon entity with complex pathophysiology, usually secondary to an infection, a malignancy or an autoimmune disease. Extracutaneous manifestations of the disease are very rare as well. We report a patient with histologically confirmed acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis caused by viral enteritis that was presented with painful rash along with acute monoarthritis and treated with oral corticosteroids.
December 20, 2017: Folia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341934/advances-in-the-delivery-of-antisense-oligonucleotides-for-combating-bacterial-infectious-diseases
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REVIEW
Xiao-Yan Xue, Xing-Gang Mao, Ying Zhou, Zhou Chen, Yue Hu, Zheng Hou, Ming-Kai Li, Jing-Ru Meng, Xiao-Xing Luo
Discovery and development of new antibacterial drugs against multidrug resistant bacterial strains have become more and more urgent. Antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) show immense potential to control the spread of resistant microbes due to its high specificity of action, little risk to human gene expression, and easy design and synthesis to target any possible gene. However, efficient delivery of ASOs to their action sites with enough concentration remains a major obstacle, which greatly hampers their clinical application...
January 13, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341929/the-infection-of-red-seabream-iridovirus-in-mandarin-fish-siniperca-chuatsi-and-the-host-immune-related-gene-expression-profiles
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Xiaodan Liu, Nan Chen, Xiaojian Gao, Yingying Zhang, Xixi Li, Yue Zhang, Xuwen Bing, Hezhong Huang, Xiaojun Zhang
Red Sea bream iridovirus (RSIV) was initially isolated from marine fish, which belongs to Megalocytivirus, Iridoviridae. It can cause great economic losses in fish culture with high morbidity and mortality. In the present study, the pathogenicity and immune response associated with a RSIV genotype megalocytivirus infection were determined in mandarin fish (Siniperca chuatsi). Fish challenged showed typical clinical signs of iridovirus infection, including acute haemorrhages and enlarged visceral organs. Histopathological analysis revealed that extensive necrosis, vacuolization and inflammation were presented in the stomach, spleen, kidney and liver of the diseased fish...
January 13, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341890/periodontal-diseases-and-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-is-there-a-role-for-vitamin-d
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REVIEW
Anne Marie Uwitonze, Peace Uwambaye, Moses Isyagi, Chrispinus H Mumena, Alice Hudder, Afrozul Haq, Kamrun Nessa, Mohammed S Razzaque
Studies have shown a relationship between maternal periodontal diseases (PDs) and premature delivery. PDs are commonly encountered oral diseases which cause progressive damage to the periodontal ligament and alveolar bones, leading to loss of teeth and oral disabilities. PDs also adversely affect general health by worsening cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Moreover, maternal PDs are thought to be related to increasing the frequency of preterm-birth with low birth weight (PBLBW) new-borns. Prematurity and immaturity are the leading causes of prenatal and infant mortality and is a major public health problem around the world...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341860/risk-management-of-free-radicals-involved-in-air-travel-syndromes-by-antioxidants
#17
Jeum-Nam Kim, Byung-Mu Lee
Frequent air travelers and airplane pilots may develop various types of illnesses. The environmental risk factors associated with air travel syndromes (ATS) or air travel-related adverse health outcomes raised concerns and need to be assessed in the context of risk management and public health. Accordingly, the aim of the present review was to determine ATS, risk factors, and mechanisms underlying ATS using scientific data and information obtained from Medline, Toxline, and regulatory agencies. Additional information was also extracted from websites of organizations, such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT), and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341586/development-of-a-novel-cytopathic-effect-based-phenotypic-screening-assay-against-cryptosporidium
#18
Alexander T Chao, Boon Heng Lee, Kah Fei Wan, Jeremy Selva, Bin Zou, Peter Gedeck, David Beer, Thierry T Diagana, Ghislain Bonamy, Ujjini H Manjunatha
Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrheal disease predominantly caused by Cryptosporidium parvum (Cp) and Cryptosporidium hominis (Ch), apicomplexan parasites which infect the intestinal epithelial cells of their human hosts. The only approved drug for cryptosporidiosis is nitazoxanide, which shows limited efficacy in immunocompromised children, the most vulnerable patient population. Thus, new therapeutics and in vitro infection models are urgently needed to address the current unmet medical need. Toward this aim, we have developed novel cytopathic effect (CPE)-based Cp and Ch assays in human colonic tumor (HCT-8) cells and compared them to traditional imaging formats...
January 17, 2018: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341496/association-of-genetic-variants-in-the-interleukin-18-gene-promoter-with-risk-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-metastasis-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
#19
Noha M Bakr, Ashraf Awad, Emad A Moustafa
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a primary malignancy of the liver, characterized by high vascularization and rapid tumor progression. The current case-control study aimed to analyze the influence of -607C/A and -137G/C polymorphisms in the interleukin-18 (IL-18) promoter on the risk of HCC occurrence and metastasis in Egyptian patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Both genetic variations were genotyped in 279 subjects including HCV patients with and without HCC and unrelated healthy subjects, using the allele-specific polymerase chain reaction (AS-PCR) method...
January 17, 2018: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341490/containing-influenza-outbreaks-with-antiviral-use-in-long-term-care-facilities-in-taiwan-2008-2014
#20
Hao-Yuan Cheng, Wan-Chin Chen, Yu-Ru Chou, Angela Song-En Huang, Wan-Ting Huang
BACKGROUNDS: Influenza can spread rapidly in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) and residents are usually at higher risk for influenza infections. OBJECTIVE: Our study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of antiviral interventions on outbreak control. METHODS: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control used a syndromic surveillance system to monitor outbreaks in LTCFs. Local public health authorities verified those outbreaks and logged reports to the Epidemic Investigation Report Files Management System (EIRFMS)...
January 17, 2018: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
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