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Tammy Toscos, Maria Carpenter, Mindy Flanagan, Kislaya Kunjan, Bradley N Doebbeling
Background: Despite health care access challenges among underserved populations, patients, providers, and staff at community health clinics (CHCs) have developed practices to overcome limited access. These "positive deviant" practices translate into organizational policies to improve health care access and patient experience. Objective: To identify effective practices to improve access to health care for low-income, uninsured or underinsured, and minority adults and their families...
January 2018: Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology
Abdel-Rahman N Zekri, Enas Reda El-Sisi, Amira Salah El-Din Youssef, Mahmoud M Kamel, Auhood Nassar, Ola Sayed Ahmed, Mohamed El Kassas, Ahmed Barakat Barakat, Alaa Ismail Abd El-Motaleb, Abeer A Bahnassy
AIM: Molecular characterization of the CD133+ stem cells associated with hepatocarinogensis through identifying the expression patterns of specific microRNAs (miRNAs). METHODS: We investigated the expression pattern of 13 miRNAs in purified CD133+ cells separated from the peripheral blood of healthy volunteers, chronic hepatitis C (CHC), liver cirrhosis (LC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients a long with bone marrow samples from the healthy volunteers and the LC patients using custom miScript miRNA PCR array...
2018: PloS One
Arun K Aggarwal, Rakesh Gupta, Dhritiman Das, Anar S Dhakar, Gourav Sharma, Himani Anand, Kamalpreet Kaur, Kiran Sheoran, Suresh Dalpath, Jaidev Khatri, Madhu Gupta
Context: "Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illnesses" (IMNCI) needs regular supportive supervision (SS). Aims: The aim of this study was to find suitable SS model for implementing IMNCI. Settings and Design: This was a prospective interventional study in 10 high-focus districts of Haryana. Subjects and Methods: Two methods of SS were used: (a) visit to subcenters and home visits (model 1) and (b) organization of IMNCI clinics/camps at primary health center (PHC) and community health center (CHC) (model 2)...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Community Medicine
Giovanni Damiani, Chiara Franchi, Paolo Pigatto, Andrea Altomare, Alessia Pacifico, Stephen Petrou, Sebastiano Leone, Maria Caterina Pace, Marco Fiore
AIM: To evaluate the outcomes in biological treatment and quality of life of psoriatic patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) treated with new Direct-Acting Antiviral agents (DAAs) compared to pegylated interferon-2α plus ribavirin (P/R) therapy. METHODS: This is a retrospective study involving psoriatic patients in biological therapy who underwent anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment at the Department of Dermatology Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute Milan, Italy from January 2010 to November 2017...
February 27, 2018: World Journal of Hepatology
Wilson Nadruz, Luciana Gioli-Pereira, Sabrina Bernardez-Pereira, Fabiana G Marcondes-Braga, Miguel M Fernandes-Silva, Odilson M Silvestre, Andrei C Sposito, Antonio L Ribeiro, Fernando Bacal, Fabio Fernandes, Jose E Krieger, Alfredo J Mansur, Alexandre C Pereira
BACKGROUND: Chagas cardiomyopathy (ChC) prevalence is decreasing in Brazil and medical therapies for heart failure (HF) have improved in the last decade. Whether these changes modified the prognosis of ChC relative to non-Chagas cardiomyopathies (NChC) remains unknown. This study evaluated the temporal trends in population attributable risk (PAR) of ChC for 2-year mortality among patients with HF enrolled at years 2002-2004 (era 1) and 2012-2014 (era 2) in a Brazilian university hospital...
March 9, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Ching-I Huang, Chung-Feng Huang, Ming-Lun Yeh, Yi-Hung Lin, Po-Cheng Liang, Shang-Yin Vanson Liu, Meng-Hsuan Hsieh, Zu-Yau Lin, Shinn-Cherng Chen, Jee-Fu Huang, Wan-Long Chuang, Chia-Yen Dai, Ming-Lung Yu
Reports of the role of host interleukin 28B (IL-28B) genetic variants in liver disease severity in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) have obtained conflicting results. The impact of IL-28B in Asian patients with different viral genotypes remains elusive.We try to elucidate the effect of IL-28B genetic variants in a large Asian cohort with different viral genotypes.The association between the IL-28B rs8099917 genotype and liver fibrosis was investigated in 1288 patients with biopsy-proven CHC.Patients with hepatitis C virus genotype 1 (HCV-1) infection comprised 59...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Mazin Khalid, Sumit Dahal, Vijay Gayam, Amrendra Mandal, Muhammad R Hossain, Osama Mukhtar, Mowyad Khalid, Pavani Garlapati, Mohammed Mansour
Background: Despite recent advances in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) treatment, only a small proportion of patients are connected with care and receive treatment. Internal medicine (IM) residents spend nearly one-third of their training in primary care settings and play a crucial role in diagnosing and counseling patients as well as linking patients with care and following up. Methods: IM residents in a community hospital completed an anonymous questionnaire regarding their knowledge, attitude, and practice associated with CHC treatment and its challenges...
February 2018: Gastroenterology Research
Selena G Burgess, Manjeet Mukherjee, Sarah Sabir, Nimesh Joseph, Cristina Gutiérrez-Caballero, Mark W Richards, Nicolas Huguenin-Dezot, Jason W Chin, Eileen J Kennedy, Mark Pfuhl, Stephen J Royle, Fanni Gergely, Richard Bayliss
Aurora-A regulates the recruitment of TACC3 to the mitotic spindle through a phospho-dependent interaction with clathrin heavy chain (CHC). Here, we describe the structural basis of these interactions, mediated by three motifs in a disordered region of TACC3. A hydrophobic docking motif binds to a previously uncharacterized pocket on Aurora-A that is blocked in most kinases. Abrogation of the docking motif causes a delay in late mitosis, consistent with the cellular distribution of Aurora-A complexes. Phosphorylation of Ser558 engages a conformational switch in a second motif from a disordered state, needed to bind the kinase active site, into a helical conformation...
March 6, 2018: EMBO Journal
Mabel C Ezeonwu
Introduction: Community health clinics/centers (CHCs) comprise the US's core health-safety net and provide primary care to anyone who walks through their doors. However, access to specialty care for CHC patients is a big challenge. Materials and methods: In this descriptive qualitative study, semistructured interviews of 37 referral coordinators of CHCs were used to describe their perspectives on processes and barriers to patients' access to specialty care. Analysis of data was done using content analysis...
2018: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
M Antonia Biggs, Shelly Kaller, Cynthia C Harper, Lori Freedman, Aisha R Mays
OBJECTIVE: To assess community health centers' (CHCs) capacity to offer streamlined intrauterine devices (IUDs) services. METHODS: Prior to implementing a contraceptive training project, we surveyed health care staff (N=97) from 11 CHC sites that offer IUDs onsite. Twenty interviews with clinicians explored more deeply their challenges offering IUDs in the CHC setting. RESULTS: Most practices required multiple visits for IUD placement, most (66%) clinician survey respondents had placed an IUD and 19% had placed an IUD as emergency contraception...
2018: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Tayibe Bal, Yusuf Onlen
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Occult hepatitis B infection (OBI) is known to be mostly prevalent in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients and OBI reactivation might be life-threatening in patients undergoing interferon (IFN)-free direct acting antiviral (DAA) therapy. As previous studies have revealed a relationship between OBI and non-response to IFN-based antiviral therapy, the aim of the current study was to determine if there was a higher prevalence of OBI in IFN non-responders than responders...
March 1, 2018: Arab Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Publication of the Pan-Arab Association of Gastroenterology
Per Kempe, Daniel Eklund, Agnes Hallin, Mats Hammar, Tomas Olsson, Jan Brynhildsen, Jan Ernerudh
To prospectively study systemic in vivo immunological effects of sex hormones, using different phases of oral combined hormonal contraceptives (CHC), and the natural menstrual cycles in both healthy women and in women with multiple sclerosis (MS), blood samples from sixty female MS patients and healthy controls with and without CHC were drawn in high and low estrogenic/progestogenic phases. Expression of Th-associated genes in blood cells was determined by qPCR and a panel of cytokines and chemokines was measured in plasma...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Hiroteru Kamimura, Satoshi Yamagiwa, Iwasaki Tomohiro, Wataru Higuchi, Norio Ogata, Atsunori Tsuchiya, Kenya Kamimura, Masaaki Takamura, Hirokazu Kawai, Shuji Terai
BACKGROUND Hepatitis C virus infection is probably the most common chronic viral infection and affects an estimated 180 million people worldwide. Extrahepatic manifestations are well recognized among patients with chronic HCV infection. CASE REPORT We report a case of melena occurring in a 69-year-old Japanese man who had been diagnosed with CHC and who was treated with antiviral therapy. CONCLUSIONS Finally, he was diagnosed with multiple small intestine ulcers in a short time. We herein report the case of HCV with rapidly developing small intestine ulcers...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Anqiang Wang, Liangcai Wu, Jianzhen Lin, Longzhe Han, Jin Bian, Yan Wu, Simon C Robson, Lai Xue, Yunxia Ge, Xinting Sang, Wenze Wang, Haitao Zhao
Hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma (H-ChC) is a rare subtype of liver cancer with clinicopathological features of both hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (iCCA). To date, molecular mechanisms underlying the co-existence of HCC and iCCA components in a single tumor remain elusive. Here, we show that H-ChC samples contain substantial private mutations from WES analyses, ranging from 33.1 to 86.4%, indicative of substantive intratumor heterogeneity (ITH). However, on the other hand, numerous ubiquitous mutations shared by HCC and iCCA suggest the monoclonal origin of H-ChC...
March 1, 2018: Nature Communications
Takako Inoue, Yuji Tsuzuki, Etsuko Iio, Noboru Shinkai, Kayoko Matsunami, Kei Fujiwara, Kentaro Matsuura, Shunsuke Nojiri, Yasuhito Tanaka
This study aimed to assess the association between the serum glycobiomarker Wisteria floribunda agglutinin-positive Mac-2 binding protein (WFA+ -M2BP) for liver fibrosis and outcomes and carcinogenesis (HCC) in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients with advanced fibrosis. Serum WFA+ -M2BP levels were measured in 128 consecutive CHC patients including 49 HCC histopathologically diagnosed with advanced fibrosis (F3; 44, F4; 84) in our hospital. The median WFA+ -M2BP level was significantly higher in F4 than F3 patients (6...
February 28, 2018: Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases
Sunil Taneja, Ajay Duseja, Arka De, Manu Mehta, Raja Ramachandran, Vivek Kumar, Harbir Singh Kohli, Krishan Lal Gupta, Radha Krishan Dhiman, Yogesh Chawla
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There is sparse data on the use of Sofosbuvir based directly acting antiviral (DAA) drug regimens in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) less than 30 mL/min/1.73 m2 . We evaluated the safety and efficacy of low-dose Sofosbuvir plus full-dose Daclatasvir in CHC patients with CKD. METHODS: Sixty-five CHC patients with CKD with eGFR less than 30 mL/min/1.73 m2 [54 (83%) patients with ESRD on hemodialysis] were included...
February 26, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Xinxu Yuan, Lei Wang, Owais M Bhat, Hannah Lohner, Pin-Lan Li
Short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), a family of gut microbial metabolites, have been reported to promote preservation of endothelial function and thereby exert anti-atherosclerotic action. However, the precise mechanism mediating this protective action of SCFAs remains unknown. The present study investigated the effects of SCFAs (acetate, propionate and butyrate) on the activation of Nod-like receptor pyrin domain 3 (Nlrp3) inflammasome in endothelial cells (ECs) and associated carotid neointima formation. Using a partial ligated carotid artery (PLCA) mouse model fed with the Western diet (WD), we found that butyrate significantly decreased Nlrp3 inflammasome formation and activation in the carotid arterial wall of wild type mice (Asc+/+ ), which was comparable to the effect of gene deletion of the adaptor protein apoptosis-associated speck-like protein gene (Asc-/- )...
February 13, 2018: Redox Biology
Sílvia Abril, Mireia Diaz, Alain Lenoir, Carolina Ivon Paris, Raphaël Boulay, Crisanto Gómez
In insect societies, chemical communication plays an important role in colony reproduction and individual social status. Many studies have indicated that cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) are the main chemical compounds encoding reproductive status. However, these studies have largely focused on queenless or monogynous species whose workers are capable of egg laying and have mainly explored the mechanisms underlying queen-worker or worker-worker reproductive conflicts. Less is known about what occurs in highly polygynous ant species with permanently sterile workers...
2018: PloS One
Hend Ibrahim Shousha, Rasha Ahmed Abdelaziz, Sherief Musa Azab, Marwa Khairy, Shahira Ahmed Afifi, Mai Ismael Mehrez, Mohamed Ali Eshra, Ayman Yosry Abdelrahim
BACKGROUND: Direct Acting Agents (DAAs) have high cure rate but still lack the knowledge of their effect on hepatic steatosis in chronic hepatitis C (CHC). Controlled Attenuation Parameter (CAP), evaluated with transient elastography, could help in assessment of steatosis grades. We aim to evaluate the effect of DAAs on BMI and steatosis in CHC using CAP. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This cohort study included 155 CHC Egyptian patients divided into three groups according to the DAAs regimens...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Medical Virology
Tobias Otte, Monika Hilker, Sven Geiselhardt
The insect integument is covered by cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) which provide protection against environmental stresses, but are also used for communication. Here we review current knowledge on environmental and insect-internal factors which shape phenotypic plasticity of solitary living insects, especially herbivorous ones. We address the dynamics of changes which may occur within minutes, but may also last weeks, depending on the species and conditions. Two different modes of changes are suggested, i.e...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Chemical Ecology
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