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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929347/an-ethical-assessment-model-for-digital-disease-detection-technologies
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Kerstin Denecke
Digital epidemiology, also referred to as digital disease detection (DDD), successfully provided methods and strategies for using information technology to support infectious disease monitoring and surveillance or understand attitudes and concerns about infectious diseases. However, Internet-based research and social media usage in epidemiology and healthcare pose new technical, functional and formal challenges. The focus of this paper is on the ethical issues to be considered when integrating digital epidemiology with existing practices...
September 20, 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904791/brucellosis-in-livestock-and-wildlife-zoonotic-diseases-without-pandemic-potential-in-need-of-innovative-one-health-approaches
#2
Jacques Godfroid
Human brucellosis remains the commonest zoonotic disease worldwide with more than 500 000 new cases annually. Understanding the biology of Brucella infections and the transmission patterns at the wildlife/livestock/human interface is of paramount importance before implementing any brucellosis control or eradication program in animals, even more so should interventions be justified within One Health. In addition to calling for transdisciplinary collaboration, One Health formally aims to conserve the environment and to promote the well-being of animals...
2017: Archives of Public Health, Archives Belges de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893741/prevention-and-assessment-of-infectious-diseases-among-children-and-adult-migrants-arriving-to-the-european-union-european-economic-association-a-protocol-for-a-suite-of-systematic-reviews-for-public-health-and-health-systems
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Kevin Pottie, Alain D Mayhew, Rachael L Morton, Christina Greenaway, Elie A Akl, Prinon Rahman, Dominik Zenner, Manish Pareek, Peter Tugwell, Vivian Welch, Joerg Meerpohl, Pablo Alonso-Coello, Charles Hui, Beverley-Ann Biggs, Ana Requena-Méndez, Eric Agbata, Teymur Noori, Holger J Schünemann
INTRODUCTION: The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is developing evidence-based guidance for voluntary screening, treatment and vaccine prevention of infectious diseases for newly arriving migrants to the European Union/European Economic Area. The objective of this systematic review protocol is to guide the identification, appraisal and synthesis of the best available evidence on prevention and assessment of the following priority infectious diseases: tuberculosis, HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis (polio), Haemophilus influenza disease, strongyloidiasis and schistosomiasis...
September 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885366/acute-vanishing-bile-duct-syndrome-after-therapy-with-cephalosporin-metronidazole-and-clotrimazole-a-case-report
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Zonghao Zhao, Lei Bao, Xiaolan Yu, Chuanlong Zhu, Jing Xu, Yu Wang, Ming Yin, Yi Li, Wenting Li
RATIONALE: Vanishing bile duct syndrome (VBDS) consists of a series of diseases characterized by the loss of >50% bile duct in portal areas. Many factors are associated with VBDS including infections, neoplasms, and drugs. Antibiotic is one of the most frequently reported causes of VBDS. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 29-year-old female was admitted because of liver injury for over 3 months. Tests for viruses that can cause hepatitis and autoantibodies were all negative...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859347/a-hospital-based-committee-of-moral-philosophy-to-revive-ethics
#5
Margaux Illy, Pierre Le Coz, Jean-Louis Mege
The Méditerranée Infection Foundation's primary goal is supporting a research hospital for the treatment of infectious diseases in Marseille. The main objective of this innovative center is to understand the mechanisms of contagion and face them. The Foundation will include a committee on moral philosophy that will accompany and supervise biomedical research. This is not a conventional ethics committee, frequently giving rise to a board's bureaucratic excesses, which might slow down creative biomedical clinical research without necessarily restricting abuses...
August 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854138/health-communication-in-the-time-of-ebola-a-culture-centered-interrogation
#6
Shaunak Sastry, Mohan J Dutta
This brief essay is a commentary on how critical health communication theory can contribute to an understanding of the cultural dynamics of infectious disease pandemics. In particular, we focus on a specific trajectory of health communication theorizing-the culture-centered approach-and its heuristic and pragmatic utility in enhancing knowledge about public health crises like infectious disease outbreaks. In the backdrop of the mobilizations against the 2014 Ebola virus disease epidemic in the 3 West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, indigenous cultural practices were construed as pathogenic and local agency of affected communities disregarded, even as the global risks of the epidemic were highlighted...
2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830109/mind-the-scales-harnessing-spatial-big-data-for-infectious-disease-surveillance-and-inference
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REVIEW
Elizabeth C Lee, Jason M Asher, Sandra Goldlust, John D Kraemer, Andrew B Lawson, Shweta Bansal
Spatial big data have the velocity, volume, and variety of big data sources and contain additional geographic information. Digital data sources, such as medical claims, mobile phone call data records, and geographically tagged tweets, have entered infectious diseases epidemiology as novel sources of data to complement traditional infectious disease surveillance. In this work, we provide examples of how spatial big data have been used thus far in epidemiological analyses and describe opportunities for these sources to improve disease-mitigation strategies and public health coordination...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830104/connecting-mobility-to-infectious-diseases-the-promise-and-limits-of-mobile-phone-data
#8
REVIEW
Amy Wesolowski, Caroline O Buckee, Kenth Engø-Monsen, C J E Metcalf
Human travel can shape infectious disease dynamics by introducing pathogens into susceptible populations or by changing the frequency of contacts between infected and susceptible individuals. Quantifying infectious disease-relevant travel patterns on fine spatial and temporal scales has historically been limited by data availability. The recent emergence of mobile phone calling data and associated locational information means that we can now trace fine scale movement across large numbers of individuals. However, these data necessarily reflect a biased sample of individuals across communities and are generally aggregated for both ethical and pragmatic reasons that may further obscure the nuance of individual and spatial heterogeneities...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814239/homology-modeling-and-molecular-docking-studies-of-bacillomycin-and-iturin-synthetases-with-novel-ligands-for-the-production-of-therapeutic-lipopeptides
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Jujjavarapu Satya Eswari, Swasti Dhagat, Shubham Kaser, Anoop Tiwari
BACKGROUND: Lipopeptide synthetases play an important role in the production of lipopeptides. Lipopeptides are molecules made up of peptides and fatty acid moieties and have shown to have a broad range of antimicrobial activity. As infectious diseases have caused severe health problems mainly resulting from the development of antibiotic resistant strains of disease causing microorganisms there is a need of alternatives to antibiotics. The lipopeptide synthetase of the corresponding lipopeptides can be used as templates to design these as drugs using computational techniques...
August 15, 2017: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793117/hospitalization-of-people-50-years-old-or-older-living-with-hiv-aids
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Daiana Patrícia Marchetti Pio, Lilian Andreia Fleck Reinato, Letícia Pimenta Lopes, Juliano de Souza Caliari, Elucir Gir
Objective: Identify the rate and predictive factors of the hospitalization of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA), aged 50 years or older. Method: A quantitative, cross-sectional study was conducted at two inpatient units specialized in infectious diseases in a teaching hospital. Data were gathered through individual interviews between August 2011 and February 2015. All ethical precepts were followed. Results: Of the 532 admitted patients, 95 were PLHA 50 years old or older; 30...
July 2017: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763076/-study-plan-2016-of-the-licentiate-of-medical-surgery-of-the-faculty-of-higher-studies-iztacala
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Adolfo René Méndez-Cruz, Xavier de Jesús Novales-Castro, Lilia Isabel Ramírez-García, Eugenio Camarena-Ocampo, Julia Reyes-Reali, Uriel Calderón-Abundes, Dante Amato
The 2016 undergraduate medical degree curriculum at the Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) is presented. It is the result of a long institutional reflection and academic dialog process of approximately three years, which culminated in its approval by UNAM's Academic Council for the Biology, Chemistry, and Health Sciences areas on January 25, 2016. Its most relevant characteristics are: modular organization, four knowledge areas (biomedical, methodological, socio-psychological, and humanistic and medical practice), and new modules such as Seminar of socio-psycho-biological integration; Genetics and molecular biology; Biochemistry and cellular biology; Pharmacological basis of therapeutics; Infectious diseases, microbiology and parasitology; Medical ethics; Public health; and Evidence-based medicine - clinical epidemiology...
May 2017: Gaceta Médica de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760798/protocol-for-a-randomised-crossover-trial-to-evaluate-patient-and-nurse-satisfaction-with-electronic-and-elastomeric-portable-infusion-pumps-for-the-continuous-administration-of-antibiotic-therapy-in-the-home-the-comparing-home-infusion-devices-chid-study
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Jodie G Hobbs, Melissa K Ryan, Brett Ritchie, Janet K Sluggett, Andrew J Sluggett, Lucy Ralton, Karen J Reynolds
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies comparing satisfaction with electronic and elastomeric infusion pumps are limited, and improvements in size and usability of electronic pumps have since occurred. The Comparing Home Infusion Devices (CHID) study plans to assess patient and nurse satisfaction with an elastomeric and electronic pump for delivering intravenous antibiotic treatment in the home. Secondary objectives are to determine pump-related complications and actual antibiotic dose administered, evaluate temperature variation and compare pump operating costs...
July 31, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742315/w%C3%A5-adys%C3%A5-aw-biega%C3%A5-ski-md-1857-1917
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Hanna Stypułkowska-Misiurewicz
Dr W. Biegański was an eminent doctor of internal medicine mostly the acute infectious diseases and tuberculosis, he was scientist doing the research on the origin of the diseases and on the medical ethics, but more he was also a social activist taking care on the public health of the society in his time still living under the Russian rule. W. Biegański living on the XIX/XX century in small provincial town, grace to his knowledge, self education and energy created the important scientific center in the municipal small hospital...
2017: Przegla̧d Epidemiologiczny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706038/improving-vaccine-trials-in-infectious-disease-emergencies
#14
REVIEW
Marc Lipsitch, Nir Eyal
Unprecedented global effort is under way to facilitate the testing of countermeasures in infectious disease emergencies. Better understanding of the various options for trial design is needed in advance of outbreaks, as is preliminary global agreement on the most suitable designs for the various scenarios. What would enhance the speed, validity, and ethics of clinical studies of such countermeasures? Focusing on studies of vaccine efficacy and effectiveness in emergencies, we highlight three needs: for formal randomized trials-even in most emergencies; for individually randomized trials-even in many emergencies; and for six areas of innovation in trial methodology...
July 14, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662751/considerations-for-infectious-disease-research-studies-using-animals
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Lesley A Colby, Lauriane E Quenee, Lois A Zitzow
Animal models are vital in understanding the transmission and pathogenesis of infectious organisms and the host immune response to infection. In addition, animal models are essential in vaccine and therapeutic drug development and testing. Prior to selecting an animal model to use when studying an infectious agent, the scientific team must determine that sufficient in vitro and ex vivo data are available to justify performing research in an animal model, that ethical considerations are addressed, and that the data generated from animal work will add useful information to the body of scientific knowledge...
June 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617263/vaccine-hesitancy-parental-professional-and-public-responsibility
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Maria Luisa Di Pietro, Andrea Poscia, Adele Anna Teleman, Davide Maged, Walter Ricciardi
The opposition to vaccinations is a well-known phenomenon that dates back to the Victorian age when it was self-limited by the awareness of the importance to be protected against fearsome infectious diseases. In the XX century, the mass use of vaccination has - instead - consented to eradicate or drastically reduce the burden of diseases such as smallpox and polio. These positive effects of the vaccination campaigns have blurred out, if not erased, the memory of the tragic consequences of the past's widespread diseases, leading people to underestimate the severity of the harm that vaccinations prevent...
April 2017: Annali Dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604319/establishing-an-academic-biobank-in-a-resource-challenged-environment
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Cassandra Claire Soo, Freedom Mukomana, Scott Hazelhurst, Michele Ramsay
Past practices of informal sample collections and spreadsheets for data and sample management fall short of best-practice models for biobanking, and are neither cost effective nor efficient to adequately serve the needs of large research studies. The biobank of the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience serves as a bioresource for institutional, national and international research collaborations. It provides high-quality human biospecimens from African populations, secure data and sample curation and storage, as well as monitored sample handling and management processes, to promote both non-communicable and infectious-disease research...
May 24, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601833/targeted-simplification-versus-antipseudomonal-broad-spectrum-beta-lactams-in-patients-with-bloodstream-infections-due-to-enterobacteriaceae-simplify-a-study-protocol-for-a-multicentre-open-label-phase-iii-randomised-controlled-non-inferiority-clinical-trial
#18
Luis Eduardo López-Cortés, Clara Rosso-Fernández, María Núñez-Núñez, Lucía Lavín-Alconero, José Bravo-Ferrer, Ángel Barriga, Mercedes Delgado, Carmen Lupión, Pilar Retamar, Jesús Rodríguez-Baño
INTRODUCTION: Within the context of antimicrobial stewardship programmes, de-escalation of antimicrobial therapy is one of the proposed strategies for reducing the unnecessary use of broad-spectrum antibiotics (BSA). The empirical treatment of nosocomial and some healthcare-associated bloodstream infections (BSI) frequently includes a beta-lactam with antipseudomonal activity as monotherapy or in combination with other drugs, so there is a great opportunity to optimise the empirical therapy based on microbiological data...
June 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556800/disease-prevention-an-opportunity-to-expand-edible-plant-based-vaccines
#19
REVIEW
Christopher Concha, Raúl Cañas, Johan Macuer, María José Torres, Andrés A Herrada, Fabiola Jamett, Cristian Ibáñez
The lethality of infectious diseases has decreased due to the implementation of crucial sanitary procedures such as vaccination. However, the resurgence of pathogenic diseases in different parts of the world has revealed the importance of identifying novel, rapid, and concrete solutions for control and prevention. Edible vaccines pose an interesting alternative that could overcome some of the constraints of traditional vaccines. The term "edible vaccine" refers to the use of edible parts of a plant that has been genetically modified to produce specific components of a particular pathogen to generate protection against a disease...
May 30, 2017: Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527664/a-new-hdv-mouse-model-identifies-mitochondrial-antiviral-signaling-protein-mavs-as-a-key-player-in-ifn-%C3%AE-induction
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Lester Suárez-Amarán, Carla Usai, Marianna Di Scala, Cristina Godoy, Yi Ni, Mirja Hommel, Laura Palomo, Víctor Segura, Cristina Olagüe, Africa Vales, Alicia Ruiz-Ripa, Maria Buti, Eduardo Salido, Jesús Prieto, Stephan Urban, Francisco Rodríguez-Frias, Rafael Aldabe, Gloria González-Aseguinolaza
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Studying hepatitis delta virus (HDV) and developing new treatments is hampered by the limited availability of small animal models. Here a description of a robust mouse model of HDV infection that mimics several important characteristics of the human disease is presented. METHODS: HDV and hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication competent genomes were delivered to the mouse liver using adeno-associated viruses (AAV; AAV-HDV and AAV-HBV). Viral load, antigen expression and genomes were quantified at different time points after AAV injection...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
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