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Mark S Springer, William J Murphy, Alfred L Roca
The mammalian order Eulipotyphla includes four extant families of insectivorans: Solenodontidae (solenodons); Talpidae (moles); Soricidae (shrews); and Erinaceidae (hedgehogs). Of these, Solenodontidae includes only two extant species, which are endemic to the largest islands of the Greater Antilles: Cuba and Hispaniola. Most molecular studies suggest that eulipotyphlan families diverged from each other across several million years, with the basal split between Solenodontidae and other families occurring in the Late Cretaceous...
January 10, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Richard Stone
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 12, 2018: Science
Thaís Tâmara Castro Minuzzi-Souza, Nadjar Nitz, César Augusto Cuba Cuba, Luciana Hagström, Mariana Machado Hecht, Camila Santana, Marcelle Ribeiro, Tamires Emanuele Vital, Marcelo Santalucia, Monique Knox, Marcos Takashi Obara, Fernando Abad-Franch, Rodrigo Gurgel-Gonçalves
Vector-borne pathogens threaten human health worldwide. Despite their critical role in disease prevention, routine surveillance systems often rely on low-complexity pathogen detection tests of uncertain accuracy. In Chagas disease surveillance, optical microscopy (OM) is routinely used for detecting Trypanosoma cruzi in its vectors. Here, we use replicate T. cruzi detection data and hierarchical site-occupancy models to assess the reliability of OM-based T. cruzi surveillance while explicitly accounting for false-negative and false-positive results...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Carmen M González-Domenech, Isabel Viciana, Luis Delaye, María Luisa Mayorga, Rosario Palacios, Javier de la Torre, Francisco Jarilla, Manuel Castaño, Alfonso Del Arco, Encarnación Clavijo, Jesús Santos
BACKGROUND: CRF19_cpx is a complex circulating recombination form (CRF) of HIV-1. We describe the characteristics of an outbreak of the CRF19_cpx variant among treatment-naïve patients in southern Spain. METHODS: The study was undertaken at the Virgen de la Victoria Hospital, a reference centre for the analysis of HIV-1 genotype in Malaga (Spain). Subtyping was performed through REGA v3.0 and the relationship of our CRF19_cpx sequences, among themselves and regarding other reference sequences from the same variant, was defined by phylogenetic analysis...
2018: PloS One
Juan J Llibre Rodriguez, A Matthew Prina, Daisy Acosta, Mariella Guerra, Yueqin Huang, K S Jacob, Ivonne Z Jimenez-Velasquez, Aquiles Salas, Ana Luisa Sosa, Joseph D Williams, A T Jotheeswaran, Isaac Acosta, Zhaorui Liu, Martin J Prince
BACKGROUND: There have been few cross-national studies of the prevalence of the frailty phenotype conducted among low or middle income countries. We aimed to study the variation in prevalence and correlates of frailty in rural and urban sites in Latin America, India, and China. METHODS: Cross-sectional population-based catchment area surveys conducted in 8 urban and 4 rural catchment areas in 8 countries; Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Peru, Mexico, China, and India...
January 3, 2018: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Marisa Boff Costa, Paulo Dornelles Picon, Guilherme Becker Sander, Hugo Nodarse Cuni, Carmen Valenzuela Silva, Rolando Páez Meireles, Ana Carolina Magalhães Andrade Góes, Nadia Maria Batoreu, Maria de Lourdes de Sousa Maia, Elizabeth Maciel Albuquerque, Denise Cristina de Souza Matos, Pedro Lopez Saura
BACKGROUND: Several countries have used pegylation technology to improve the pharmacokinetic properties of essential drugs. Recently, a novel interferon alfa-2b protein conjugated to four-branched 12 kDa polyethylene glycol molecules was developed jointly between Cuba and Brazil. The aim of this study was to compare the pharmacokinetic properties of BIP48 (pegylated interferon alfa-2b from Bio-Manguinhos/Fiocruz, Brazil) to those of PEGASYS® (commercially available pegylated interferon alfa-2a from Roche Pharmaceutical)...
January 4, 2018: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
Caridad Ivette Fernandez, Jessica López, Lázara Martinez
In 2016, 19.8% of the Cuban population was aged 60 or over. As a result, age-associated degenerative diseases and other diseases have become priority targets from a prophylactic, diagnostic and therapeutic perspective. As a result, the Cuban biomedical scientific community has addressed its basic, preclinical and epidemiological research in order to rise up to the challenge. A firm step in this direction has been the international congress "State of the art in non-clinical models for neurodegenerative diseases" which has brought together preclinical and clinical researchers, technicians and regulatory staff members from different countries to review the state of the art in neurodegenerations, find unifying ideas, objectives and collaborations or partnership...
December 2017: Behavioral Sciences
Hossein Jadvar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Mariana Medell-Gago, Tamara Guerra-Guerra, Orlando González-Pérez, Leonardo Concepción-Quiñones
Nevus lipomatosus cutaneus superficialis is a rare, hamartomatous disorder, characterized by the presence of ectopic mature adipose tissue within the superficial dermis. Lesions occur within the first three decades of life. We report four new cases, including a patient with the most extensive affectation reported to date, which was associated with massive lipomas in the subcutaneous cell tissue and diffuse lipomatosis. To our knowledge, it is the first report of this disorder in Cuba.
January 2018: Revista Española de Patología
Kelly Urban
In 1936, Fulgencio Batista, the head of the Cuban military (and the de facto ruler of Cuba), founded the National Tuberculosis Council (CNT) to lead a state-directed anti-tuberculosis campaign. While most national and colonial governments neglected tuberculosis until the postwar period, populist politics pushed Batista to prioritize a disease of poverty by the mid-1930s. However, national politics also undermined efforts to control the disease in Cuba. Authoritarianism facilitated Batista's considerable influence over tuberculosis policy, and he and his advisors pursued political objectives rather than following the technical advice offered by professional groups...
2017: Bulletin of the History of Medicine
P Oropesa Verdecia, L García Rodríguez, R A Serra Águila, Y Moreno León, Y Jénez Magaña, P Cassette
The realization and dissemination of the 68Ga activity measurement unit in Cuba is presented. Firstly, the implementation of the Triple to Double Coincidence Ratio (TDCR) method is described for the calibration of the activity concentration of a 68Ga solution using a Hidex™ commercial liquid scintillation counter and a FORTRAN code developed for the calculation of the 68Ga counting efficiencies in the given measurement system. The relative expanded uncertainty (k = 2) associated with the 68Ga activity concentration obtained with the TDCR method is equal to 2%...
November 9, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Adianez Sugrañes-Montalván, Eduardo Barreto-Suárez, Elizabeth Nicolau-Pestana, Lidyce Quesada-Leyva
BACKGROUND: Chronic spontaneous urticaria is a frequent disease that affects the quality of life of patients. Helicobacter pylori infection has increased in the world, linking current studies with a link between both entities. OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship between chronic urticaria and Helicobacter pylori infection. METHODS: An observational cohort study was conducted with the objective of demonstrating the relationship between chronic urticaria and Helicobacter pylori infection in the allergology clinic of the Hospital Universitario "Manuel Ascunce Domenech" in the province of Camagüey, Cuba, in the period from January 2015 to December of 2016...
October 2017: Revista Alergia Mexico: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Mexicana de Alergia e Inmunología, A.C
Greta Carioli, Matteo Malvezzi, Teresa Rodriguez, Paola Bertuccio, Eva Negri, Carlo La Vecchia
OBJECTIVES: We considered trends in breast cancer mortality for 12 American and 8 Australasian countries during 1970-2014, and predicted rates for 2020. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We obtained official death certification data for breast cancer and population figures from the World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization and United Nations databases. We derived age-standardized rates (world standard population), and predictions for 2020 using joinpoint regression...
December 12, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
Annery Serrano, Miguel Ángel Morón
Four new species in the genus Phyllophaga Harris 1827, subgenus Cnemarachis Saylor 1942 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) from Cuba are described: Phyllophaga barroi new species, Phyllophaga guanahacabibensis new species, Phyllophaga pauli new species, and Phyllophaga sabanalamarensis new species. Each species is illustrated using photographs of the habitus, diagnostic features, and male aedeagi. A map is provided showing the geographical distributions of the new species.
December 7, 2017: Zootaxa
Dalia C Barragán-Barrera, Laura J May-Collado, Gabriela Tezanos-Pinto, Valentina Islas-Villanueva, Camilo A Correa-Cárdenas, Susana Caballero
The current conservation status of the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) under the IUCN is 'least concern'. However, in the Caribbean, small and localized populations of the 'inshore form' may be at higher risk of extinction than the 'worldwide distributed form' due to a combination of factors including small population size, high site fidelity, genetic isolation, and range overlap with human activities. Here, we study the population genetic structure of bottlenose dolphins from the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro in Panama...
2017: PloS One
Vanete Thomaz Soccol, Aline Kuhn Sbruzzi Pasquali, Eliane Maria Pozzolo, André de Souza Leandro, Luciana Chiyo, Rafael Antunes Baggio, Mario Sergio Michaliszyn, Carlos Silva, Patrícia Hoerner Cubas, Ricardo Peterlle, Otacilio Lopes de Souza Paz, Ivana Lucia Belmonte, Alceu Bisetto-Junior
A cross-sectional epidemiological study in the extreme-west of the state of Paraná was carried out to access the prevalence, distribution, and risk variables of canine Visceral Leishmaniases (cVL). This study was conducted in three areas, two cities of far west of Parana state: Foz do Iguaçu (FI) and Santa Terezinha de Itaipu (STI), and along two transects between these two municipalities. To sample the entire urban area, the cities (FI and STI) were divided into a grid of squares of 400 m2 (patch). Among the 526 patches, 123 in FI, 40 in the transects and 33 in STI were selected according to the 'worst scenario' criterion...
2017: PloS One
Amely Arencibia, Alexander Piñón, Belsy Acosta, Leandro Fernandez, Mayra Muné, Odalys Valdés, Clara Savón, Suset Oropesa, Grehete Gonzalez, Rosmery Roque, Guelsys Gonzalez, Bárbara Hernández, Javier Martínez Alfonso
Annual trivalent influenza vaccines contain one of influenza B lineages; influenza B/Victoria-lineage or influenza B/Yamagata viruses. Theoretically, these vaccines should protect against viruses expected to circulate in the next influenza season. The National Influenza Centers, based on surveillance data from National Reference Laboratories, selects the strains composing each annual trivalent or tetravalent vaccine. Nevertheless, in some epidemics, vaccine strains do not match genetically with circulating strains...
December 8, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Christian Cuba Samaniego, Elisa Franco
Life is sustained by a variety of cyclic processes such as cell division, muscle contraction, and neuron firing. The periodic signals powering these processes often direct a variety of other downstream systems, which operate at different time scales and must have the capacity to divide or multiply the period of the master clock. Period modulation is also an important challenge in synthetic molecular systems, where slow and fast components may have to be coordinated simultaneously by a single oscillator whose frequency is often difficult to tune...
December 11, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
Mariusz S Wiglusz, Jerzy Landowski, Wiesław J Cubała
OBJECTIVE: Anxiety disorders (ADs) are common in patients with epilepsy (PWE). The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of specific ADs in outpatients with epilepsy. METHODS: A group of 118 consecutive outpatients with epilepsy were screened, and 96 patients meeting inclusion criteria were examined by a trained psychiatrist using Structured Clinical Interview (SICD-I) for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition (Text Revision) (DSM-IV-TR)...
December 7, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Li Li, Xiao-Wei Ma, Ru-Lin Zhan, Hong-Xia Wu, Quan-Sheng Yao, Wen-Tian Xu, Chun Luo, Yi-Gang Zhou, Qing-Zhi Liang, Song-Biao Wang
Aroma is important in assessing the quality of fresh fruit and their processed products, and could provide good indicators for the development of local cultivars in the mango industry. In this study, the volatile diversity of 25 mango cultivars from China, America, Thailand, India, Cuba, Indonesia, and the Philippines was investigated. The volatile compositions, their relative contents, and the intervarietal differences were detected with headspace solid phase microextraction tandem gas chromatography-mass spectrometer methods...
2017: PloS One
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