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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728201/-fever-and-headache-after-a-vacation-in-thailand
#1
Benedikt Schwermer, Daniel Eschle, Constantine Bloch-Infanger
History 50 year-old man with fever and headache starting one week after returning from his vacation in Thailand. His general practitioner prescribed amoxicillin/clavulanic acid, without further analyses to pinpoint the infection. Examinations The examination of cerebro-spinal fluid was crucial for the final diagnosis. Lumbar puncture demonstrated a predominantly mononuclear pleocytosis of 80 cells/µl (< 5) with an elevated protein of 782 mg/l (< 450); glucose and lactate were within normal limits...
July 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727827/diversity-and-phylogenetic-relationships-among-bartonella-strains-from-thai-bats
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Clifton D McKee, Michael Y Kosoy, Ying Bai, Lynn M Osikowicz, Richard Franka, Amy T Gilbert, Sumalee Boonmar, Charles E Rupprecht, Leonard F Peruski
Bartonellae are phylogenetically diverse, intracellular bacteria commonly found in mammals. Previous studies have demonstrated that bats have a high prevalence and diversity of Bartonella infections globally. Isolates (n = 42) were obtained from five bat species in four provinces of Thailand and analyzed using sequences of the citrate synthase gene (gltA). Sequences clustered into seven distinct genogroups; four of these genogroups displayed similarity with Bartonella spp. sequences from other bats in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727779/contemporary-status-of-insecticide-resistance-in-the-major-aedes-vectors-of-arboviruses-infecting-humans
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REVIEW
Catherine L Moyes, John Vontas, Ademir J Martins, Lee Ching Ng, Sin Ying Koou, Isabelle Dusfour, Kamaraju Raghavendra, João Pinto, Vincent Corbel, Jean-Philippe David, David Weetman
Both Aedes aegytpi and Ae. albopictus are major vectors of 5 important arboviruses (namely chikungunya virus, dengue virus, Rift Valley fever virus, yellow fever virus, and Zika virus), making these mosquitoes an important factor in the worldwide burden of infectious disease. Vector control using insecticides coupled with larval source reduction is critical to control the transmission of these viruses to humans but is threatened by the emergence of insecticide resistance. Here, we review the available evidence for the geographical distribution of insecticide resistance in these 2 major vectors worldwide and map the data collated for the 4 main classes of neurotoxic insecticide (carbamates, organochlorines, organophosphates, and pyrethroids)...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727678/progress-toward-measles-elimination-bangladesh-2000-2016
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Sudhir Khanal, Rajendra Bohara, Stephen Chacko, Mohammad Sharifuzzaman, Mohammad Shamsuzzaman, James L Goodson, Alya Dabbagh, Katrina Kretsinger, Deepak Dhongde, Jayantha Liyanage, Sunil Bahl, Arun Thapa
In 2013, at the 66th session of the Regional Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Region (SEAR), a regional goal was established to eliminate measles and control rubella and congenital rubella syndrome* by 2020 (1). WHO-recommended measles elimination strategies in SEAR countries include 1) achieving and maintaining ≥95% coverage with 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine (MCV) in every district, delivered through the routine immunization program or through supplementary immunization activities (SIAs)(†); 2) developing and sustaining a sensitive and timely measles case-based surveillance system that meets targets for recommended performance indicators; and 3) developing and maintaining an accredited measles laboratory network (2)...
July 21, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727538/per-diems-in-polio-eradication-perspectives-from-community-health-workers-and-officials
#5
Svea Closser, Anat Rosenthal, Judith Justice, Kenneth Maes, Marium Sultan, Sarah Banerji, Hailom Banteyerga Amaha, Ranjani Gopinath, Patricia Omidian, Laetitia Nyirazinyoye
Nearly all global health initiatives give per diems to community health workers (CHWs) in poor countries for short-term work on disease-specific programs. We interviewed CHWs, supervisors, and high-level officials (n = 95) in 6 study sites across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia in early 2012 about the per diems given to them by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. These per diems for CHWs ranged from $1.50 to $2.40 per day. International officials defended per diems for CHWs with an array of arguments, primarily that they were necessary to defray the expenses that workers incurred during campaigns...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727183/a-randomised-controlled-trial-on-a-nurse-led-smartphone-based-self-management-programme-for-patients-with-poorly-controlled-type-2-diabetes-a-study-protocol
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Wenru Wang, Betsy Seah, Ying Jiang, Violeta Lopez, Cherry Tan, Suan Tee Lim, Hongliang Ren, Yin Hao Khoo
AIM: To develop and compare a nurse-led smartphone-based self-management programme with an existing nurse-led diabetes service on health-related outcomes for patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes in Singapore. BACKGROUND: Over the past decades, Asia has emerged as the 'diabetes epicentre' in the world due to rapid economic development, urbanisation and nutrition transition. There is an urgent need to develop more effective care management strategies in response to this rising diabetes epidemic...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726798/gene-therapy-research-in-asia
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REVIEW
Hong-Xin Deng, Yuan Wang, Qiu-Rong Ding, Da-Li Li, Yu-Quan Wei
Gene therapy has shown great potential for the treatment of diseases that previously were either untreatable or treatable but not curable with conventional schemes. Recent progress in clinical gene therapy trials has emerged in various severe diseases, including primary immunodeficiencies, leukodystrophies, Leber's congenital amaurosis, haemophilia as well as retinal dystrophy. The clinical transformation and industrialization of gene therapy in Asia have been remarkable and continue making steady progress...
July 20, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726065/automatic-referral-to-standardize-palliative-care-access-an-international-delphi-survey
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David Hui, Masanori Mori, Yee-Choon Meng, Sharon M Watanabe, Augusto Caraceni, Florian Strasser, Tiina Saarto, Nathan Cherny, Paul Glare, Stein Kaasa, Eduardo Bruera
PURPOSE: Palliative care referral is primarily based on clinician judgment, contributing to highly variable access. Standardized criteria to trigger automatic referral have been proposed, but it remains unclear how best to apply them in practice. We conducted a Delphi study of international experts to identify a consensus for the use of standardized criteria to trigger automatic referral. METHODS: Sixty international experts stated their level of agreement for 14 statements regarding the use of clinician-based referral and automatic referral over two Delphi rounds...
July 19, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726035/evaluation-of-physical-activity-in-sarcopenic-conditions-of-kidney-transplantation-recipients
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Masaaki Yanishi, Hiroyasu Tsukaguchi, Yutaka Kimura, Yuya Koito, Kenji Yoshida, Maiko Seo, Eri Jino, Motohiko Sugi, Hidefumi Kinoshita, Tadashi Matsuda
INTRODUCTION: Sarcopenia is an involuntary decline in skeletal muscle mass, strength, and function that normally proceed with aging but may develop faster under some chronic disease conditions. In this study, we compared the physical activity between sarcopenia and non-sarcopenia subgroups in kidney transplant recipients. METHODS: Fifty-eight recipients (42 males and 16 females) were enrolled in this study. Mean age of the recipients was 46.6 ± 12.7 years. Mean duration of dialysis was 2...
July 19, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725677/a-population-based-study-of-cervical-cytology-findings-and-human-papillomavirus-infection-in-a-suburban-area-of-thailand
#10
Natacha Phoolcharoen, Nuttavut Kantathavorn, Thaniya Sricharunrat, Siriporn Saeloo, Waraphorn Krongthong
Despite the high incidence of cervical cancer in Thailand, large population-based studies on cervical cytology and HPV prevalence and genotype distribution are rare. This study aimed to determine cervical cytology results and the prevalence and distribution of HPV among Thai females in Bangkhayaeng subdistrict, Pathumthani province, Thailand. Of 4681 female inhabitants, aged 20-70 years, 1523 women finally participated in the study. Cervical samples using liquid-based cytology were collected during February-August 2013 and analyzed for HPV genotype by the LINEAR ARRAY® HPV Genotyping Test (Roche, USA)...
August 2017: Gynecologic Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725545/a-severe-transmissible-majocchi-s-granuloma-in-an-immunocompetent-returned-traveler
#11
James G Gallo, Marion Woods, Rikki M Graham, Amy V Jennison
Severe dermatophyte infection is rare in immunocompetent adults. Recently cases have been described in travelers returning from South East Asia (Luchsinger et al., 2015) [1]. These may be sexually transmitted and can have permanent sequelae. We describe the first reported case of Majocchi's granuloma (MG) in an Australian returned traveler and its subsequent transmission via sexual contact. Both patients were successfully treated with systemic antifungals. MG should be considered in patients with severe rash after travel to South East Asia...
December 2017: Medical Mycology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725146/lc-esi-ms-ms-profiling-of-phenolics-from-eleutherococcus-spp-inflorescences-structure-activity-relationship-as-antioxidants-inhibitors-of-hyaluronidase-and-acetylcholinesterase
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Daniel Załuski, Marta Olech, Rafał Kuźniewski, Robert Verpoorte, Renata Nowak, Helena D Smolarz
Nature is a source of many plant-based molecules used as pro- or drugs. Eleutherococcus species are native to Asia and the North Russia, and are traditionally used to treat various diseases. In turn, neither secondary metabolites of the species cultivated in the West Europe nor the bioactivity is known. No differences in the phenols and flavonoids content in the inflorescences were found. The richest in polyphenols was E. giraldii (5.18 mg/g), while in flavonoids it was E. gracilistylus (1.80 mg/g). Using LC-ESI-MS/MS, protocatechuic and trans-caffeic acids have been identified as the most abundant compounds in E...
July 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724952/global-alterations-in-areas-of-suitability-for-maize-production-from-climate-change-and-using-a-mechanistic-species-distribution-model-climex
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Nadiezhda Y Z Ramirez-Cabral, Lalit Kumar, Farzin Shabani
At the global level, maize is the third most important crop on the basis of harvested area. Given its importance, an assessment of the variation in regional climatic suitability under climate change is critical. CliMond 10' data were used to model the potential current and future climate distribution of maize at the global level using the CLIMEX distribution model with climate data from two general circulation models, CSIRO-Mk3.0 and MIROC-H, assuming an A2 emissions scenario for 2050 and 2100. The change in area under future climate was analysed at continental level and for major maize-producing countries of the world...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724923/contrasting-evolutionary-patterns-between-two-haplogroups-of-haematobia-exigua-diptera-muscidae-from-the-mainland-and-islands-of-southeast-asia
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Van Lun Low, Tiong Kai Tan, Batah Kunalan Prakash, Wei Yin Vinnie-Siow, Sun Tee Tay, Roungthip Masmeatathip, Upik Kesumawati Hadi, Yvonne Ai Lian Lim, Chee Dhang Chen, Yusoff Norma-Rashid, Mohd Sofian-Azirun
Uncovering the hidden diversity and evolutionary history of arthropods of medico-veterinary importance could have significant implications for vector-borne disease control and epidemiological intervention. The buffalo fly Haematobia exigua is an obligate bloodsucking ectoparasite of livestock. As an initial step towards understanding its population structures and biogeographic patterns, we characterized partial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) and cytochrome b (Cytb) sequences of H. exigua from three distinct geographic regions in Southeast Asia...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724649/significant-associations-of-neurological-complications-of-herpes-zoster-with-stroke-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#15
Tsai-Ling Liao, Ching-Heng Lin, Hsin-Hua Chen, Yi-Ming Chen, Che-Chen Lin, Der-Yuan Chen
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence suggests an increased risk of stroke after herpes zoster (HZ). This risk is elevated in immunocompromised patients. The incidence of HZ in Asia is higher than in Western countries. However, the epidemiology of HZ and HZ-related stroke among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients in Asia remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study using a population-based database to investigate the epidemiology of HZ in RA patients in Taiwan during the period of 2000-2011...
July 19, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724415/identification-and-characterization-of-the-antiplasmodial-activity-of-hsp90-inhibitors
#16
Claribel Murillo-Solano, Chunmin Dong, Cecilia G Sanchez, Juan C Pizarro
BACKGROUND: The recent reduction in mortality due to malaria is being threatened by the appearance of Plasmodium falciparum parasites that are resistant to artemisinin in Southeast Asia. To limit the impact of resistant parasites and their spread across the world, there is a need to validate anti-malarial drug targets and identify new leads that will serve as foundations for future drug development programmes targeting malaria. Towards that end, the antiplasmodial potential of several Hsp90 inhibitors was characterized...
July 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724402/a-dual-colour-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-fish-assay-for-identifying-the-zoonotic-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-knowlesi-with-a-potential-application-for-the-specific-diagnosis-of-knowlesi-malaria-in-peripheral-level-laboratories-of-southeast-asia
#17
Jyotsna Shah, Akhila Poruri, Olivia Mark, Urmila Khadilka, Franziska Mohring, Robert W Moon, Ranjan Ramasamy
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium knowlesi is primarily responsible for zoonotic malaria in several Southeast Asian countries. Precise identification of the parasite in the blood of patients presently relies on an expensive and elaborate PCR procedure because microscopic examination of blood and other available field identification techniques lack adequate specificity. Therefore, the use of a simple and inexpensive dual-colour fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) assay, analogous to FISH assays recently described for Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax, was investigated as a potential tool for identifying P...
July 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724321/diospyros-kaki-calyx-inhibits-immediate-type-hypersensitivity-via-the-reduction-of-mast-cell-activation
#18
Min-Jong Kim, Hae Ran Park, Tae-Yong Shin, Sang-Hyun Kim
CONTEXT: Diospyros kaki L. (Ebenaceae) fruit is widely distributed in Asia and is known to exert anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic effects. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the inhibitory effect of aqueous extract of D. kaki calyx (AEDKC) on mast cell-mediated immediate-type hypersensitivity and underlying mechanism of action. MATERIALS AND METHODS: For in vivo, ovalbumin (OVA)-induced active systemic anaphylaxis (ASA) and immunoglobulin (Ig) E-mediated passive cutaneous anaphylaxis (PCA) models were used...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724098/nitrogen-sulfur-and-oxygen-isotope-ratios-of-animal-and-plant-based-organic-fertilizers-used-in-south-korea
#19
Woo-Jin Shin, Jong-Sik Ryu, Bernhard Mayer, Kwang-Sik Lee, Insu Kim
Organic fertilizers are increasingly used in agriculture in Asia and elsewhere. Tracer techniques are desirable to distinguish the fate of nutrients added to agroecosystems with organic fertilizers from those contained in synthetic fertilizers. Therefore, we determined the nitrogen, sulfur, and oxygen isotope ratios of nitrogen- and sulfur-bearing compounds in animal- and plant-based organic fertilizers (ABOF and PBOF, respectively) used in South Korea to evaluate whether they are isotopically distinct. The δN values of total and organic nitrogen for ABOF ranged from +7 to +19‰ and were higher than those of PBOF (generally <+6‰)...
May 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724093/persistence-of-ascaris-spp-ova-in-tropical-soil-cultivated-with-eucalyptus-and-fertilized-with-municipal-biosolids
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Marianne F de Faria, Iraê A Guerrini, Fernando C Oliveira, Maria Inês Z Sato, Elayse M Hachich, José Raimundo S Passos, Lívia M L Goulart, Thiago T de S Silva, José L Gava, Joel C Furches, Jason James, Robert B Harrison
In many countries, the main reason for severely restricting or outright banning the land application of class B biosolids is the lack of risk assessment for adverse human health impacts. Among pathogens that are not often studied are helminth ova, including that of the spp. Almost all of the knowledge about the persistence of spp. ova in soils fertilized with biosolids is based on studies developed in North America, Europe, and Asia. These studies have almost always been conducted under temperate climate conditions, which may cause erroneous interpretations when the conclusions are extrapolated to tropical regions such as those found in Brazil...
May 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
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