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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786801/-epilepsy-incidens-prevalens-and-causes
#1
Lars Forsgren, Heléne Sundelin, Olafur Sveinsson
Epilepsy affects people in all ages with the highest incidence in small children, particularly before age one year, and in elderly aged 65 years and older. In Sweden, between 4500-5000 persons develop epilepsy annually. Based on studies from North America and Europe, including the Nordic countries, the number of people with active epilepsy in Sweden is between 60000-70000. The lifetime risk for epilepsy up to age 85 years is 4-5 %, i.e. approximately every 25th person. The new epilepsy classification divides etiology into the following groups: structural, genetic, infectious, metabolic, immune and unknown...
May 21, 2018: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786689/gridded-birth-and-pregnancy-datasets-for-africa-latin-america-and-the-caribbean
#2
W H M James, N Tejedor-Garavito, S E Hanspal, A Campbell-Sutton, G M Hornby, C Pezzulo, K Nilsen, A Sorichetta, C W Ruktanonchai, A Carioli, D Kerr, Z Matthews, A J Tatem
Understanding the fine scale spatial distribution of births and pregnancies is crucial for informing planning decisions related to public health. This is especially important in lower income countries where infectious disease is a major concern for pregnant women and new-borns, as highlighted by the recent Zika virus epidemic. Despite this, the spatial detail of basic data on the numbers and distribution of births and pregnancies is often of a coarse resolution and difficult to obtain, with no co-ordination between countries and organisations to create one consistent set of subnational estimates...
May 22, 2018: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786654/a-comparative-study-of-oral-health-status-between-international-and-japanese-university-student-patients-in-japan
#3
Ai Ohsato, Masanobu Abe, Kazumi Ohkubo, Hidemi Yoshimasu, Liang Zong, Kazuto Hoshi, Tsuyoshi Takato, Shintaro Yanagimoto, Kazuhiko Yamamoto
Background: The number of international students enrolled in universities in Japan is increasing. To provide better oral care services for international students, we have to understand their oral environment and dental health behaviors. However, few studies have investigated the oral health status of international university students. The object of the present study was to clarify the current oral status of international university students. Methods: The subjects were students who visited the dental department at the University of Tokyo's Health Services Center between April 2012 and March 2013...
May 22, 2018: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785626/sex-attractant-pheromones-of-virgin-queens-of-sympatric-slave-making-ant-species-in-the-genus-polyergus-and-their-possible-roles-in-reproductive-isolation
#4
Les Greenberg, Christine A Johnson, James C Trager, J Steven McElfresh, Joshua Rodstein, Jocelyn G Millar
Species of the ant genus Polyergus are social parasites that steal brood from colonies of their hosts in the closely related genus Formica. Upon emergence as adults in a mixed population, host Formica workers carry out all the normal worker functions within the Polyergus colony, including foraging, feeding, grooming, and rearing brood of the parasitic Polyergus ants. Some unmated Polyergus gynes (queens) run in the raiding columns of their colonies and attract males by releasing a pheromone from their mandibular glands...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785356/examining-the-potential-for-south-american-arboviruses-to-spread-beyond-the-new-world
#5
Víctor Hugo Peña-García, Michael K McCracken, Rebecca C Christofferson
Zika and chikungunya viruses emerged as public health emergencies in the Western Hemisphere where previously they had not been reported on a large scale. Millions were infected as the viruses met with virtually no herd immunity upon emergence. Purpose of the Review: We explore the histories of these two recent arbovirus experiences in South America. We then review similarly three endemic South American viruses: yellow fever, Oropouche, and Mayaro viruses. Recent Findings: We discuss the commonalities of the transmission systems and the possibility of an atypical emergence, that of New World virus to the Old World...
December 2017: Current Clinical Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785104/respiratory-medication-used-in-copd-patients-from-seven-latin-american-countries-the-lassyc-study
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Alejandro Casas, Maria Montes de Oca, Ana Mb Menezes, Fernando C Wehrmeister, Maria Victorina Lopez Varela, Laura Mendoza, Larissa Ramírez, Marc Miravitlles
Background: Limited information is available regarding medication use in COPD patients from Latin America. This study evaluated the type of medication used and the adherence to different inhaled treatments in stable COPD patients from the Latin American region. Methods: This was an observational, cross-sectional, multinational, and multicenter study in COPD patients attended by specialist doctors from seven Latin American countries. Adherence to inhaled therapy was assessed using the Test of Adherence to Inhalers (TAI) questionnaire...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785100/gender-specific-estimates-of-copd-prevalence-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#7
Georgios Ntritsos, Jacob Franek, Lazaros Belbasis, Maria A Christou, Georgios Markozannes, Pablo Altman, Robert Fogel, Tobias Sayre, Evangelia E Ntzani, Evangelos Evangelou
Rationale: COPD has been perceived as being a disease of older men. However, >7 million women are estimated to live with COPD in the USA alone. Despite a growing body of literature suggesting an increasing burden of COPD in women, the evidence is limited. Objectives: To assess and synthesize the available evidence among population-based epidemiologic studies and calculate the global prevalence of COPD in men and women. Materials and methods: A systematic review and meta-analysis reporting gender-specific prevalence of COPD was undertaken...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784969/north-american-domestic-pigs-are-susceptible-to-experimental-infection-with-japanese-encephalitis-virus
#8
So Lee Park, Yan-Jang S Huang, Amy C Lyons, Victoria B Ayers, Susan M Hettenbach, D Scott McVey, Kenneth R Burton, Stephen Higgs, Dana L Vanlandingham
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that is capable of causing encephalitic diseases in children. While humans can succumb to severe disease, the transmission cycle is maintained by viremic birds and pigs in endemic regions. Although JEV is regarded as a significant threat to the United States (U.S.), the susceptibility of domestic swine to JEV infection has not been evaluated. In this study, domestic pigs from North America were intravenously challenged with JEV to characterize the pathological outcomes...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784825/global-patterns-of-protection-of-elevational-gradients-in-mountain-ranges
#9
Paul R Elsen, William B Monahan, Adina M Merenlender
Protected areas (PAs) that span elevational gradients enhance protection for taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity and facilitate species range shifts under climate change. We quantified the global protection of elevational gradients by analyzing the elevational distributions of 44,155 PAs in 1,010 mountain ranges using the highest resolution digital elevation models available. We show that, on average, mountain ranges in Africa and Asia have the lowest elevational protection, ranges in Europe and South America have intermediate elevational protection, and ranges in North America and Oceania have the highest elevational protection...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784796/paleocene-ipomoea-convolvulaceae-from-india-with-implications-for-an-east-gondwana-origin-of-convolvulaceae
#10
Gaurav Srivastava, Rakesh C Mehrotra, David L Dilcher
The morning glory family, Convolvulaceae, is globally important in medicine and food crops. The family has worldwide distribution in a variety of habitats; however, its fossil record is very poorly documented. The current fossil record suggests an origin in North America, which is in contrast to molecular data that indicate an East Gondwana origin. We report Ipomoea leaves from the late Paleocene (Thanetian; 58.7-55.8 million years ago) of India, which was a part of East Gondwana during this time. This is the earliest fossil record for both the family Convolvulaceae and the order Solanales...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784785/trait-overdispersion-and-the-role-of-sociality-in-the-assembly-of-social-spider-communities-across-the-americas
#11
Philippe Fernandez-Fournier, Jennifer Guevara, Catherine Hoffman, Leticia Avilés
Among the factors that may lead to differences in resource use among closely related species, body size and morphology have been traditionally considered to play a role in community assembly. Here we argue that for animals that live and forage in groups, level of sociality, reflecting differences in group size and cooperative tendencies, can be an additional and powerful dimension separating species in niche space. We compare 50+ communities of the social spider genus Anelosimus across the Americas against a null model that accounts for known effects of biotic and abiotic factors on the distribution of social systems in the genus...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784698/aspects-of-multicomponent-integrated-care-promote-sustained-improvement-in-surrogate-clinical-outcomes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Lee Ling Lim, Eric S H Lau, Alice P S Kong, Melanie J Davies, Naomi S Levitt, Björn Eliasson, Carlos A Aguilar-Salinas, Guang Ning, Yutaka Seino, Wing Yee So, Margaret McGill, Graham D Ogle, Trevor J Orchard, Philip Clarke, Rury R Holman, Edward W Gregg, Juan José Gagliardino, Juliana C N Chan
OBJECTIVE: The implementation of the Chronic Care Model (CCM) improves health care quality. We examined the sustained effectiveness of multicomponent integrated care in type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We searched PubMed and Ovid MEDLINE (January 2000-August 2016) and identified randomized controlled trials comprising two or more quality improvement strategies from two or more domains (health system, health care providers, or patients) lasting ≥12 months with one or more clinical outcomes...
June 2018: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784457/the-dynamic-role-of-dengue-cross-reactive-immunity-changing-the-approach-to-defining-vaccine-safety-and-efficacy
#13
REVIEW
Kathryn B Anderson, Timothy P Endy, Stephen J Thomas
Dengue virus infections cause a substantial public health burden in tropical and subtropical regions. A single dengue vaccine has been approved by regulatory authorities in 19 countries, but concerns regarding vaccine safety in people who are dengue naive at the time of immunisation has introduced uncertainty into the vaccine's future. As other dengue vaccines complete or enter large-scale efficacy trials, we argue that foundational work by Sabin, historic epidemiological observations of dengue outbreaks, and prospective cohort studies in Asia and the Americas indicate that modifications must be made to the methods of assessing dengue vaccines...
May 18, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784418/transmission-infrared-imaging-microscopy-and-multivariate-curve-resolution-applied-to-the-forensic-examination-of-automotive-paints
#14
Francis Kwofie, Undugodage Don Nuwan Perera, Matthew D Allen, Barry K Lavine
In the forensic examination of automotive paint, each layer of paint is analyzed individually by infrared (IR) spectroscopy. Laboratories in North America typically hand section each layer and present each separated layer to the spectrometer for analysis, which is time consuming. In addition, sampling too close to the boundary between adjacent layers can pose a problem as it produces an IR spectrum that is a mixture of the two layers. Not having a "pure" spectrum of each layer will prevent a meaningful comparison between each paint layer or in the situation of searching an automotive database will prevent the forensic paint examiner from developing an accurate hit list of potential suspects...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784067/yeast-derivatives-and-wheat-germ-in-the-adult-diet-modulates-fecundity-in-a-tephritid-pest
#15
L Goane, P M Pereyra, F Castro, M J Ruiz, M L Juárez, D F Segura, M T Vera
Anastrepha fraterculus (Wiedemann), a pest of great economic importance in South America, needs urgently to be controlled by environmentally friendly methods such as the sterile insect technique for which mass rearing of insects is required. Because oogenesis takes place during the adult stage, mass-rearing facilities should provide the females a diet that maximizes egg production at the lowest cost. Accordingly, we investigated the effect of artificial protein sources in the adult diet (yeast derivatives of different cost but with similar amino acids profiles, and the addition of wheat germ) on fecundity...
May 22, 2018: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783717/associations-of-maternal-vitamin-d-deficiency-with-pregnancy-and-neonatal-complications-in-developing-countries-a-systematic-review
#16
REVIEW
Paige van der Pligt, Jane Willcox, Ewa A Szymlek-Gay, Emily Murray, Anthony Worsley, Robin M Daly
Pregnant women in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America are at risk of vitamin D deficiency (VDD) and prevalence throughout these regions are among the highest, globally. Maternal VDD has been associated with increased risk of a number of adverse maternal and neonatal health outcomes, yet research from developing countries is limited. We assessed the associations of maternal VDD during pregnancy with adverse health outcomes by synthesizing the literature from observational studies conducted in developing countries...
May 18, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783104/school-climate-and-physical-adolescent-relationship-abuse-differences-by-sex-socioeconomic-status-and-bullying
#17
Sonia Jain, Alison K Cohen, Taylor Paglisotti, Malavika A Subramanyam, Alison Chopel, Elizabeth Miller
Little is known about the association between school climate and adolescent relationship abuse (ARA). We used 2011-2012 data from surveys of California public school students (in the United States of America) who were in a dating relationship in the last year (n = 112 378) to quantify the association between different school climate constructs and physical ARA. Fifty-two percent of students were female, and all students were in 9th or 11th grade (approximately ages 14-17). Over 11% of students reported experiencing physical ARA in the last year...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783021/a-hyper-diverse-genus-of-acanthocephalans-revealed-by-tree-based-and-non-tree-based-species-delimitation-methods-ten-cryptic-species-of-neoechinorhynchus-in-middle-american-freshwater-fishes
#18
Carlos Daniel Pinacho-Pinacho, Martín García-Varela, Ana L Sereno-Uribe, Gerardo Pérez-Ponce de León
The genus Neoechinorhynchus represents a hyper-diverse group of acanthocephalans, parasites of fresh and brackish water fish and freshwater turtles, with approximately 116 species described worldwide. Forty-nine species have been recorded in the Americas, nine of them in Middle America. Even though species delimitation methods using DNA sequences have been rarely used for parasitic helminths, the genetic library for species of Neoechinorhynchus has grown in the past few years, enhancing the possibility of using these methods for inferring evolutionary relationships and for establishing more robust species boundaries...
May 18, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783009/antiplatelet-medication-reversal-strategies-in-operative-intracranial-hemorrhage-a-survey-of-practicing-neurosurgeons
#19
Paul M Foreman, Adeel Ilyas, James Mooney, Philip G R Schmalz, Beverly C Walters, Christoph J Griessenauer
OBJECTIVE: Antiplatelet therapy is common and complicates the operative management of acute intracranial hemorrhage. Little data exist to guide antiplatelet reversal strategies. METHODS: An online survey detailing antiplatelet reversal strategies in patients presenting with acute operative intracranial hemorrhage (subdural hematoma (SDH), epidural hematoma (EDH), and intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) was distributed to board certified neurosurgeons in the North America...
May 18, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782922/dengue-chikungunya-and-zika-infections-imported-to-paris-between-2009-and-2016-characteristics-and-correlation-with-outbreaks-in-the-french-overseas-territories-of-guadeloupe-and-martinique
#20
Victor Vasquez, Elie Haddad, Alice Perignon, Stéphane Jaureguiberry, Ségolène Brichler, Isabelle Leparc-Goffart, Eric Caumes
BACKGROUND: Dengue (DV), chikungunya (CV) and Zika virus (ZV) infections are rapidly expanding across countries and diagnosed in returned travelers who represent epidemiological sentinels. French Territories of America (FTA) such as Guadeloupe and Martinique are highly touristic places and have experienced three consecutive outbreaks by such viruses in the last decade. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated how ill returned travelers could be deemed as epidemiological sentinels for these three expanding arboviral diseases during eight consecutive years...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
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