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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544728/index-case-finding-facilitates-identification-and-linkage-to-care-of-children-and-young-adults-living-with-hiv-aids-in-malawi
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Saeed Ahmed, Rachael A Sabelli, Katie Simon, Nora E Rosenberg, Elijah Kavuta, Mwelura Harawa, Spencer Dick, Frank Linzie, Peter N Kazembe, Maria H Kim
OBJECTIVES: Evaluation of a novel index case-finding and linkage-to-care program to identify and link HIV-infected children (1-15 years) and young adults (>15-24 years) to care. METHODS: HIV-infected patients enrolled in HIV services were screened and those who reported untested household members (index cases) were offered home or facility-based HIV testing and counseling (HTC) of their household by a community health worker (CHW). HIV-infected household members identified were enrolled in a follow-up program offering home and facility-based follow-up by CHWs...
May 23, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544070/the-importance-of-assessing-out-of-pocket-payments-when-the-financing-of-antiretroviral-therapy-is-transitioned-to-domestic-funding-findings-from-vietnam
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Benjamin Johns, Le Bao Chau, Kieu Huu Hanh, Nguyen Thuy Huong, Hoa Mai Do, Anh Thuy Duong, Long Hoang Nguyen
OBJECTIVE: To assess out-of-pocket payments and catastrophic health expenditures among antiretroviral therapy (ART) patients in Vietnam, and to model catastrophic payments under different copayment scenarios when the primary financing of ART changes to social health insurance. METHODS: Cross-sectional facility-based survey of 843 patients at 42 health facilities representative of 87% of ART patients in 2015. RESULTS: Because of donor and government funding, no payments were made for antiretroviral drugs...
May 19, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543173/a-clinical-review-of-communication-training-for-haematologists-and-haemato-oncologists-a-case-of-art-versus-science
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REVIEW
Deborah Christie, Sarah Glew
The art of communication at times seems at odds with the science of medicine. Poor communication is associated with risks for patient and physician. Communication skills are highly relevant for haematologists and are associated with increased physician and patient satisfaction, positive psychosocial outcomes and possible health outcomes. Medical communication training has recently become widespread but is largely restricted to junior medical professionals. In haematology, the proliferation of high quality communication skills is low and there are few interventions catering for the required skillset...
May 22, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542796/interleukin-2-as-an-adjunct-to-antiretroviral-therapy-for-hiv-positive-adults
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REVIEW
Jennifer Onwumeh, Charles I Okwundu, Tamara Kredo
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) continues to be a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Although antiretroviral drugs have helped to improve the quality of life and life expectancy of HIV-positive individuals, there is still a need to explore other interventions that will help to further reduce the disease burden. One potential strategy is the use of interleukin-2 (IL-2) in combination with antiretroviral therapy (ART). IL-2 is a cytokine that regulates the proliferation and differentiation of lymphocytes and may help to boost the immune system...
May 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542359/performance-evaluation-of-bd-facspresto%C3%A2-point-of-care-cd4-analyzer-to-enumerate-cd4-counts-for-monitoring-hiv-infected-individuals-in-nigeria
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Olubunmi Ruth Negedu-Momoh, Feyisayo Ebenezer Jegede, Ali Yakubu, Oluseyi Balogun, Musa Abdullahi, Titilope Badru, Edward Adekola Oladele, Chinedu Agbakwuru, Hadiza Khamofu, Kwasi Torpey
BACKGROUND: Despite the upsurge in support and intervention of donor agencies in HIV care and treatment programing in Sub-Sahara African, antiretroviral (ART) programs are still confronted with access and coverage challenges which influence enrolment of new patients. This study investigated the validity of point of care BD FACSPresto™ CD4 analyzer for CD4+ cell count, overall agreement, correlation, sensitivity, and specificity in comparison to a reference standard flow cytometry method...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542309/predictors-of-loss-to-follow-up-among-patients-on-art-at-a-rural-hospital-in-kwazulu-natal-south-africa
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Rachel Arnesen, Anthony P Moll, Sheela V Shenoi
INTRODUCTION: Improved HIV outcomes as a result of expanded antiretroviral therapy (ART) access is threatened by increasing rates of loss to follow up (LTFU) among those on ART, largely reported in urban populations. Some reports suggest that LTFU rates are overestimated due to patient movement to other facilities and inadequate medical records. STUDY OBJECTIVE: To define the proportion disengaging from HIV care as well as the characteristics of those LTFU in order to design and implement appropriate interventions to increase retention...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542260/hookworm-infection-is-associated-with-decreased-cd4-t-cell-counts-in-hiv-infected-adult-ugandans
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Bozena M Morawski, Miya Yunus, Emmanuel Kerukadho, Grace Turyasingura, Logose Barbra, Andrew Mijumbi Ojok, Andrew DiNardo, Stefanie Sowinski, David R Boulware, Rojelio Mejia
Most studies evaluating epidemiologic relationships between helminths and HIV have been conducted in the pre-ART era, and evidence of the impact of helminth infections on HIV disease progression remains conflicting. Less is known about helminth infection and clinical outcomes in HIV-infected adults receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART). We sampled HIV-infected adults for eight gastrointestinal parasites and correlated parasitic infection with demographic predictors, and clinical and immunologic outcomes. Contrasting with previous studies, we measured parasitic infection with a quantitative, highly sensitive and specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method...
May 25, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542255/detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-from-the-stool-of-hiv-sero-positive-individuals-suspected-of-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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Gizaw E Abaye, Tamrat Abebe, Adane Worku, Debela Tolessa, Gobena Ameni, Adane Mihret
BACKGROUND: The impact of tuberculosis (TB) is exacerbated in Africa because of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pandemic. Pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) diagnosis is difficult in HIV-infected patients and negative sputum results are more common which leads to diagnostic delay and increases morbidity and mortality. Extra-pulmonary samples such as stool may be easier to obtain and our approach may therefore significantly improve PTB detection in people living with HIV. OBJECTIVE: To detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis from the stool of HIV sero-positive individuals suspected of pulmonary TB...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542239/projected-savings-through-public-health-voluntary-licences-of-hiv-drugs-negotiated-by-the-medicines-patent-pool-mpp
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Sandeep Juneja, Aastha Gupta, Suerie Moon, Stephen Resch
The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) was established in 2010 to ensure timely access to low-cost generic versions of patented antiretroviral (ARV) medicines in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) through the negotiation of voluntary licences with patent holders. While robust data on the savings generated by MPP and other major global public health initiatives is important, it is also difficult to quantify. In this study, we estimate the savings generated by licences negotiated by the MPP for ARV medicines to treat HIV/AIDS in LMICs for the period 2010-2028 and generate a cost-benefit ratio-based on people living with HIV (PLHIVs) in any new countries which gain access to an ARV due to MPP licences and the price differential between originator's tiered price and generics price, within the period where that ARV is patented...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542080/manuscript-title-multidisciplinary-point-of-care-testing-in-south-african-primary-healthcare-clinics-accelerates-hiv-art-initiation-but-does-not-alter-retention-in-care
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Wendy S Stevens, Natasha M Gous, William B MacLeod, Lawrence C Long, Ebrahim Variava, Neil A Martinson, Ian Sanne, Regina Osih, Lesley E Scott
BACKGROUND: Lack of accessible laboratory infrastructure limits HIV antiretroviral (ART) treatment initiation, monitoring and retention in many resource-limited settings. Point-of-care testing (POCT) is advocated as a mechanism to overcome these limitations. We executed a pragmatic, prospective, randomized, controlled trial comparing the impact of POCT versus standard-of-care (SOC) on treatment initiation and retention in care. METHOD: Selected POC technologies were embedded at 3 primary health clinics in South Africa...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541549/cognitive-development-in-children-up-to-age-11-years-born-after-art-a-longitudinal-cohort-study
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Anna Barbuscia, Melinda C Mills
STUDY QUESTION: How does the cognitive development of children conceived after ART (IVF and ICSI) - measured as cognitive skills at age 3, 5, 7 and 11 years - differ over time from those born after natural conception (NC)? SUMMARY ANSWER: Improved measures of cognitive development up to age 5 years were recorded in children conceived with ART compared to NC, which attenuates by 11 years, with ART children still scoring slightly better than NC children. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Results on the cognitive outcomes of children conceived after ART have been highly contradictory...
May 24, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540367/lived-lives-a-pavee-perspective-an-arts-science-community-intervention-around-suicide-in-an-indigenous-ethnic-minority
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Kevin M Malone, Seamus G McGuinness, Eimear Cleary, Janis Jefferies, Christabel Owens, Cecily C Kelleher
Background: Suicide is a significant public health concern, which impacts on health outcomes. Few suicide research studies have been interdisciplinary. We combined a psychobiographical autopsy with a visual arts autopsy, in which families donated stories, images and objects associated with the lived life of a loved one lost to suicide. From this interdisciplinary research platform, a mediated exhibition was created (Lived Lives) with artist, scientist and families, co-curated by communities, facilitating dialogue, response and public action around suicide prevention...
April 13, 2017: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538874/clinical-and-laboratory-characteristics-staging-and-outcomes-of-individuals-with-aids-associated-kaposi-s-sarcoma-at-an-university-hospital
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Catarina Tenório de Lima, Paulo Sérgio Ramos de Araújo, Heberton Medeiros de Teixeira, Josemir Belo Dos Santos, Vera Magalhães da Silveira
Background: Kaposi's sarcoma continues to be the most common human immunodeficiency virus - associated neoplasm with considerable morbidity and mortality. Objective: To describe the clinical and laboratory characteristics, initial staging, and outcomes of aids patients with Kaposi's sarcoma at an university hospital of Recife, Pernambuco. Methods: This is a descriptive study with analytic character, retrospective, of a case series between 2004 and 2014...
March 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538421/malnutrition-is-associated-with-hiv-infection-in-children-less-than-5-years-in-bobo-dioulasso-city-burkina-faso-a-case-control-study
#14
Ghislain Gnimbar Poda, Chien-Yeh Hsu, Jane C-J Chao
Pediatric human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and malnutrition are still 2 major health issues in sub-Saharan Africa including Burkina Faso where few studies have been conducted on child malnutrition and HIV infection. This study assessed the effects of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in HIV infection and also compared the prevalence of malnutrition in terms of an inadequate diet, underweight, stunting, and wasting among HIV-infected and uninfected children less than 5 years in Bobo-Dioulasso city, Burkina Faso...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535848/potential-predictors-of-injury-among-pre-professional-ballet-and-contemporary-dancers
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Rebecca K Yau, Yvonne M Golightly, David B Richardson, Cristin D Runfola, Anna E Waller, Stephen W Marshall
Injuries occur frequently among ballet and contemporary dancers. However, limited literature exists on injuries to pre-professional dancers in the USA. The goals of this study were to 1. provide a descriptive epidemiology of the incidence of musculoskeletal injuries in an adolescent and young adult dance population and 2. identify parsimonious regression models that could be potentially used to predict injury incidence. The study was based at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) from Fall 2009 to Spring 2015...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Dance Medicine & Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535847/perceptions-of-pain-injury-and-transition-retirement-the-experiences-of-professional-dancers
#16
Carly Harrison, Mandy Ruddock-Hudson
Dancers are often referred to as "athletes of the arts," and like other athletes they undergo years of hard physical training in pursuit of excellence. Previous research has indicated that dancers develop high pain thresholds and push past their pain barriers. This has potential implications for their health and wellbeing in both their professional careers and life after dance. Therefore, the purpose of this pilot study was to explore the perceptions and experiences of injury, pain, and retirement among professional dancers...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Dance Medicine & Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535841/the-epigenetic-effects-of-assisted-reproductive-technologies-ethical-considerations
#17
M-C Roy, C Dupras, V Ravitsky
The use of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) has increased significantly, allowing many coping with infertility to conceive. However, an emerging body of evidence suggests that ART could carry epigenetic risks for those conceived through the use of these technologies. In accordance with the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease hypothesis, ART could increase the risk of developing late-onset diseases through epigenetic mechanisms, as superovulation, fertilization methods and embryo culture could impair the embryo's epigenetic reprogramming...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535616/drug-induced-osteonecrosis-of-the-jaw-the-state-of-the-art
#18
A Fassio, F Bertoldo, L Idolazzi, O Viapiana, M Rossini, D Gatti
Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) is a rare adverse event of antiresorptive drugs such as bisphosphonates (BP) and denosumab (DMAb). The diagnosis of ONJ is considered in cases where exposed bone in the maxillofacial region does not heal within 8 weeks in a patient previously treated with an antiresorptive agent. In patients with osteoporosis, ONJ is reported as a very rare adverse event while in oncologic patients with bone metastases or malignant hypercalcemia the incidence is significantly higher (up to the 1-10% of the patients)...
May 22, 2017: Reumatismo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534313/class-based-chronicities-of-suffering-and-seeking-help-comparing-addiction-treatment-programs-in-uganda
#19
Julia Vorhölter
Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this article looks at changing discourses and practices in the field of mental health care in Uganda. In particular, it analyzes two psychotherapeutic institutions designed to treat drug- and alcohol-addiction, and their accessibility and affordability for people from different class backgrounds. The first center is a high-class residential facility near Kampala which offers state-of-the-art addiction therapy, but is affordable only for the rich. The second center, a church-funded organization in Northern Uganda, cares mainly for people from poor, rural families who cannot afford exp/tensive treatment...
May 22, 2017: Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533622/the-effects-of-a-combined-physical-activity-recreation-and-art-and-craft-program-on-adl-cognition-and-depression-in-the-elderly
#20
DeokJu Kim
[Purpose] To determine the effects of a combined physical activity, arts and crafts, and recreational program on the activities of daily living (ADL), cognitive function, and depression in the elderly. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty-eight elderly persons aged 65 years or older who live in P City, South Korea participated in a program combining arts and crafts and physical and recreational activities, twice weekly for eight weeks (a total of 16 sessions). The subjects' ADL, cognitive function, and depression were measured before and after the program using the following assessment instruments: the FIM, MMSE-K, and BDI, respectively...
April 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
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