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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144474/puerto-rico-struggles-to-assess-hurricane-s-health-effects
#1
Sara Reardon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144432/climate-change-and-schools-environmental-hazards-and-resiliency
#2
Perry E Sheffield, Simone A M Uijttewaal, James Stewart, Maida P Galvez
The changing climate is creating additional challenges in maintaining a healthy school environment in the United States (U.S.) where over 50 million people, mostly children, spend approximately a third of their waking hours. Chronic low prioritization of funds and resources to support environmental health in schools and lack of clear regulatory oversight in the U.S. undergird the new risks from climate change. We illustrate the extent of risk and the variation in vulnerability by geographic region, in the context of sparse systematically collected and comparable data particularly about school infrastructure...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142254/a-soft-selective-sweep-during-rapid-evolution-of-gentle-behaviour-in-an-africanized-honeybee
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Arian Avalos, Hailin Pan, Cai Li, Jenny P Acevedo-Gonzalez, Gloria Rendon, Christopher J Fields, Patrick J Brown, Tugrul Giray, Gene E Robinson, Matthew E Hudson, Guojie Zhang
Highly aggressive Africanized honeybees (AHB) invaded Puerto Rico (PR) in 1994, displacing gentle European honeybees (EHB) in many locations. Gentle AHB (gAHB), unknown anywhere else in the world, subsequently evolved on the island within a few generations. Here we sequence whole genomes from gAHB and EHB populations, as well as a North American AHB population, a likely source of the founder AHB on PR. We show that gAHB retains high levels of genetic diversity after evolution of gentle behaviour, despite selection on standing variation...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141913/multiplexed-biomarker-panels-discriminate-zika-and-dengue-virus-infection-in-humans
#4
Guang Song, Hee-Sool Rho, Jianbo Pan, Pedro Ramos, Ki-Jun Yoon, Freddy A Medina, Emily M Lee, Daniel J Eichinger, Guo-Li Ming, Jorge L Muñoz-Jordan, Hengli Tang, Ignacio Pino, Hongjun Song, Jiang Qian, Heng Zhu
Zika virus (ZIKV) and dengue virus (DENV) are closely related flaviviruses that cause widespread, acute febrile illnesses, notably microcephaly for fetuses of infected pregnant women. Detecting the viral cause of these illnesses is paramount to determine risks to patients, counsel pregnant women, and help fight outbreaks. A combined diagnostic algorithm for ZIKV and DENV requires Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and IgM antibody detection. RT-PCR differentiates between DENV and ZIKV infections during the acute phases of infection, but differentiation based on IgM antibodies is currently nearly impossible in endemic areas...
November 15, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141761/leptospirosis-cases-infected-with-uncommon-serogroups-puerto-rico-2013-2015
#5
Hector Gorbea, Enid J Garcia-Rivera, Hilda Torres, Olga D Lorenzi, Aidsa Rivera, Renee L Galloway, Tyler M Sharp
Leptospirosis is an emerging bacterial zoonosis that is endemic but underrecognized throughout the tropics. Through prospective surveillance for acute febrile illness (AFI) among patients who presented to the emergency department of a hospital located in an urban region of Puerto Rico, four patients with laboratory-confirmed leptospirosis were identified. All patients had signs and symptoms of AFI, including fever, headache, and dehydration. Three patients had leukocytosis with thrombocytopenia and were admitted to the hospital...
November 6, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140933/t-spot-tb%C3%A2-performance-in-routine-pediatric-practice-in-a-low-tb-burden-setting
#6
Anna M Mandalakas, Heather Y Highsmith, Nadine M Harris, Anna Pawlicka, H Lester Kirchner
BACKGROUND: The T-SPOT.TB, an interferon-γ release assay (IGRA), is an indirect test of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. Due to sparse and conflicting evidence, IGRA use is limited in young and HIV-infected children. We determined the prevalence of invalid, borderline, positive, and negative results and associations with key demographic variables during routine pediatric use in a TB low-burden setting. METHODS: For pediatric samples received at Oxford Diagnostic Laboratories from 2010-2015, the associations between initial test outcome and demographics were estimated by bivariate analysis and logistic regression...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136613/increasing-incidence-and-prevalence-of-multiple-sclerosis-in-puerto-rico-2013-2016
#7
Angel Chinea, Carlos F Ríos-Bedoya, Ivonne Vicente, Cristina Rubí, Guillermo García, Ana Rivera, Astrid Díaz, Eduardo Estades Romero, Yatzka Hernández Silvestrini, Yaritza Díaz
BACKGROUND: The incidence of multiple sclerosis (MS) has been increasing worldwide over the past decades. However, this upward trend has not been examined at the country level in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The aims of this study are to examine trends of MS incidence over 4 years and to provide age- and gender-standardized incidence rate estimates for a Caribbean island. METHODS: Data from the Puerto Rico (PR) MS Foundation's registry was used to identify all newly diagnosed MS cases between 2013 and 2016...
November 14, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135974/early-meteorological-records-from-latin-america-and-the-caribbean-during-the-18th-and-19th-centuries
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Fernando Domínguez-Castro, José Manuel Vaquero, María Cruz Gallego, Ana María Marín Farrona, Juan Carlos Antuña-Marrero, Erika Elizabeth Cevallos, Ricardo García Herrera, Cristina de la Guía, Raúl David Mejía, José Manuel Naranjo, María Del Rosario Prieto, Luis Enrique Ramos Guadalupe, Lizardo Seiner, Ricardo Machado Trigo, Marcos Villacís
This paper provides early instrumental data recovered for 20 countries of Latin-America and the Caribbean (Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, British Guiana, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, France (Martinique and Guadalupe), Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, El Salvador and Suriname) during the 18th and 19th centuries. The main meteorological variables retrieved were air temperature, atmospheric pressure, and precipitation, but other variables, such as humidity, wind direction, and state of the sky were retrieved when possible...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135952/integrated-pest-management-of-coffee-berry-borer-in-hawaii-and-puerto-rico-current-status-and-prospects
#9
Luis F Aristizábal, Melissa Johnson, Suzanne Shriner, Robert Hollingsworth, Nicholas C Manoukis, Roxana Myers, Paul Bayman, Steven P Arthurs
The coffee berry borer (CBB), Hypothenemus hampei, is the most significant insect pest of coffee worldwide. Since CBB was detected in Puerto Rico in 2007 and Hawaii in 2010, coffee growers from these islands are facing increased costs, reduced coffee quality, and increased pest management challenges. Here, we outline the CBB situation, and summarize the findings of growers, researchers, and extension professionals working with CBB in Hawaii. Recommendations for the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program for CBB in Hawaiian Islands and Puerto Rico include: (1) establish a CBB monitoring program, (2) synchronize applications of insecticides with peak flight activity of CBB especially during the early coffee season, (3) conduct efficient strip-picking as soon as possible after harvest and perform pre-harvest sanitation picks in CBB hotspots if needed, (4) establish protocols to prevent the escape of CBB from processing areas and when transporting berries during harvest, and (5) stump prune by blocks...
November 14, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131798/puerto-rico-s-health-system-after-hurricane-maria
#10
Ted Alcorn
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 7, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130830/enhanced-cd103-expression-and-reduced-frequencies-of-virus-specific-cd8-t-cells-among-airway-lymphocytes-after-influenza-vaccination-of-mice-deficient-in-vitamins-a%C3%A2-%C3%A2-d
#11
Sherri L Surman, Bart G Jones, David L Woodland, Julia L Hurwitz
Previous research has evaluated antibody responses toward an influenza virus vaccine in the context of deficiencies for vitamins A and D (VAD+VDD). Results showed that antibodies and antibody-forming cells in the respiratory tract were reduced in VAD+VDD mice. However, effectors were recovered when oral supplements of vitamins A + D were delivered at the time of vaccination. Here we address the question of how vaccine-induced CD8(+) T cell responses are affected by deficiencies for vitamins A + D. VAD+VDD and control mice were vaccinated with an intranasal, cold-adapted influenza virus A/Puerto Rico/8/34 vaccine, with or without oral supplements of vitamins A + D...
November 13, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127563/reasons-for-nonadherence-to-psychiatric-medication-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors-treatment-among-latino-bipolar-disorder-patients-living-in-puerto-rico-a-qualitative-study
#12
Sandra I Ralat, Colin A Depp, Guillermo Bernal
Latinos with bipolar disorder (BD) have a high rate of nonadherence to psychiatric medication and treatment for other medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors than non-Latinos with BD. The aim of this study is to identify patients' perspectives on the reasons for nonadherence to psychiatric medication and for CVD risk factors conditions in outpatients with BD. Three focus group sessions were held for a total of 22 adults ranging from 23 to 60 years old. Participants had BD, Type I/II and CVD risk factors...
November 10, 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123040/giant-radio-telescope-lends-a-hand-in-puerto-rico-relief
#13
Daniel Clery
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 10, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116848/capping-medicaid-funding-lessons-from-puerto-rico
#14
Krista M Perreira, David K Jones, Jonathan Oberlander
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112530/the-prevalence-of-psychiatric-disorders-and-mental-health-services-utilization-by-parents-and-relatives-living-with-individuals-with-autism-spectrum-disorders-in-puerto-rico
#15
Ernesto Magallón-Neri, Dorilyz Vila, Katyana Santiago, Pedro García, Glorisa Canino
Knowledge about prevalence rates of psychiatric disorders and mental health services use among parents and relatives of persons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is limited, particularly when referring to epidemiologic samples. The current study is based on an island-wide probabilistic multistage cluster sample of adult individuals (N = 3062) living in Puerto Rico. Results showed a significantly higher rate of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and serious mental illness in parents (n = 34) or relatives (n = 34) of ASD individuals, as compared with the Puerto Rico adult population as a whole...
November 4, 2017: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111956/childhood-disadvantages-and-the-timing-of-the-onset-of-natural-menopause-in-latin-america-and-the-caribbean
#16
Beatriz Novak, Daniel Lozano-Keymolen
The aim of this study is to investigate the association of early life factors with the timing of the onset of natural menopause in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. We use Cox proportional hazard models to estimate the risk of the onset of menopause. Our results suggest that socioeconomic disadvantages, as expressed by difficulties attending school due to economic hardships or parents never living together, increase the risk of the onset of natural menopause among Puerto Rican women. Among Costa Rican women, early life nutrition, estimated using anthropometric measures, is related to the timing of the onset of natural menopause...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Women & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108912/autophagy-activation-is-required-for-influenza-a-virus-induced-apoptosis-and-replication
#17
B Yeganeh, S Ghavami, Md N Rahim, T Klonisch, A J Halayko, K M Coombs
Autophagy and apoptosis are two major interconnected host cell responses to viral infection, including influenza A virus (IAV). Thus, delineating these events could facilitate the development of better treatment options and provide an effective anti-viral strategy for controlling IAV infection. We used A549 cells and mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEF) to study the role of virus-induced autophagy and apoptosis, the cross-talk between both pathways, and their relation to IAV infection [ATCC strain A/Puerto Rico/8/34(H1N1) (hereafter; PR8)]...
November 3, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095800/incidence-of-end-stage-renal-disease-attributed-to-diabetes-among-persons-with-diagnosed-diabetes-united-states-and-puerto-rico-2000-2014
#18
Nilka Rios Burrows, Israel Hora, Linda S Geiss, Edward W Gregg, Ann Albright
During 2014, 120,000 persons in the United States and Puerto Rico began treatment for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) (i.e., kidney failure requiring dialysis or transplantation) (1). Among these persons, 44% (approximately 53,000 persons) had diabetes listed as the primary cause of ESRD (ESRD-D) (1). Although the number of persons initiating ESRD-D treatment each year has increased since 1980 (1,2), the ESRD-D incidence rate among persons with diagnosed diabetes has declined since the mid-1990s (2,3). To determine whether ESRD-D incidence has continued to decline in the United States overall and in each state, the District of Columbia (DC), and Puerto Rico, CDC analyzed 2000-2014 data from the U...
November 3, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093994/comparative-demography-of-two-common-scleractinian-corals-orbicella-annularis-and-porites-astreoides
#19
Francisco J Soto-Santiago, Alex Mercado-Molina, Koralis Reyes-Maldonado, Yaileen Vélez, Claudia P Ruiz-Díaz, Alberto Sabat
Background: Studies directed at understanding the demography and population dynamics of corals are relatively scarce. This limits our understanding of both the dynamics of coral populations and our capacity to develop management and conservation initiatives directed at conserving such ecosystems. Methods: From 2012 to 2014, we collected data on the growth, survival, and recruitment rates of two common Caribbean coral species, the stress-tolerant Orbicella annularis and the weedy Porites astreoides...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093104/ability-to-serologically-confirm-recent-zika-virus-infection-in-areas-with-varying-past-incidence-of-dengue-virus-infection-united-states-and-territories-2016
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Nicole P Lindsey, J Erin Staples, Krista Powell, Ingrid B Rabe, Marc Fischer, Ann M Powers, Olga I Kosoy, Eric C Mossel, Jorge L Munoz-Jordan, Manuela Beltran, W Thane Hancock, Karrie-Ann E Toews, Esther M Ellis, Brett R Ellis, Amanda J Panella, Alison J Basile, Amanda E Calvert, Janeen Laven, Christin H Goodman, Carolyn V Gould, Stacey W Martin, Jennifer D Thomas, Julie Villanueva, Mary L Mataia, Rebecca Sciulli, Remedios Gose, A Christian Whelen, Susan L Hills
Background. Cross-reactivity within flavivirus antibody assays, produced by shared epitopes in the envelope proteins, can complicate serological diagnosis of Zika virus (ZIKAV) infection. We assessed the utility of the plaque reduction neutralization test (PRNT) to confirm recent ZIKAV infections and rule out misleading positive IgM results in areas with varying past dengue virus (DENV) infection incidence. Methods. We reviewed PRNT results of sera collected for diagnosis of ZIKAV infection from January 1 through August 31, 2016 with positive ZIKAV IgM results and ZIKAV and DENV PRNT performed...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
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