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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526989/first-molecular-detection-and-characterization-of-hepatozoon-and-sarcocystis-spp-in-field-mice-and-voles-from-japan
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Mohamed Abdallah Mohamed Moustafa, Michito Shimozuru, Wessam Mohamed, Kyle Rueben Taylor, Ryo Nakao, Mariko Sashika, Toshio Tsubota
Sarcocystis and Hepatozoon species are protozoan parasites that are frequently detected in domestic and wild animals. Rodents are considered common intermediate and paratenic hosts for several Sarcocystis and Hepatozoon species. Here, blood DNA samples from a total of six rodents, including one Myodes rutilus, one Myodes rufocanus, and four Apodemus speciosus, collected from Hokkaido, Japan, were shown by conventional PCR of the 18S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene to contain Sarcocystis and Hepatozoon DNA. Sequencing of the DNA detected one Sarcocystis sp...
May 19, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526812/soluble-axl-is-an-accurate-biomarker-of-cirrhosis-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-development-results-from-a-large-scale-multicenter-analysis
#2
Mirko Dengler, Katharina Staufer, Heidemarie Huber, Rudolf Stauber, Heike Bantel, Karl Heinz Weiss, Patrick Starlinger, Hannelore Pock, Petra Klöters-Plachky, Daniel N Gotthardt, Peter Rauch, Carolin Lackner, Judith Stift, Christine Brostjan, Thomas Gruenberger, Takashi Kumada, Hidenori Toyoda, Toshifumi Tada, Thomas S Weiss, Michael Trauner, Wolfgang Mikulits
Patients with chronic liver disease (CLD) and cirrhosis are at high risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Current diagnostic tools for HCC detection include imaging techniques and serum biomarkers such as α-fetoprotein (AFP). Yet, these methods are limited in sensitivity and specificity to accurately detect early HCC. Here we focused on the potential of soluble Axl (sAxl) as a biomarker in CLD patients by analyzing serum samples of 1067 patients and healthy controls from centers in Europe and Asia. We show that serum concentrations of sAxl were significantly increased at early (82...
May 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526419/a-brief-history-of-the-discovery-of-tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-in-the-late-1930s-based-on-reminiscences-of-members-of-the-expeditions-their-colleagues-and-relatives
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REVIEW
Vladimir I Zlobin, Vanda V Pogodina, Olaf Kahl
Tick-borne encephalitis virus is the etiological agent of a severe human disease transmitted by hard ticks. It occurs in large parts of eastern, central, and western Asia and in Europe with thousands of human cases each year. Here, the discovery of the virus by Soviet scientists in the late 1930s in the Far East is described. The pioneering work involved with this discovery, which resulted in great scientific and epidemiological achievement, was undertaken under the most difficult conditions, and some of the scientists and their technical assistants paid for it with their health and even their lives...
May 5, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526291/direct-radiocarbon-dating-and-dna-analysis-of-the-darra-i-kur-afghanistan-human-temporal-bone
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Katerina Douka, Viviane Slon, Chris Stringer, Richard Potts, Alexander Hübner, Matthias Meyer, Fred Spoor, Svante Pääbo, Tom Higham
The temporal bone discovered in the 1960s from the Darra-i-Kur cave in Afghanistan is often cited as one of the very few Pleistocene human fossils from Central Asia. Here we report the first direct radiocarbon date for the specimen and the genetic analyses of DNA extracted and sequenced from two areas of the bone. The new radiocarbon determination places the find to ∼4500 cal BP (∼2500 BCE) contradicting an assumed Palaeolithic age of ∼30,000 years, as originally suggested. The DNA retrieved from the specimen originates from a male individual who carried mitochondrial DNA of the modern human type...
June 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526288/the-association-between-mid-facial-morphology-and-climate-in-northeast-europe-differs-from-that-in-north-asia-implications-for-understanding-the-morphology-of-late-pleistocene-homo-sapiens
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Andrej A Evteev, Alla A Movsesian, Alexandra N Grosheva
The climate of northeastern Europe is likely to resemble in many ways Late Pleistocene periglacial conditions in Europe, but there have been relatively few studies exploring the association between climate and morphology in the mid-face of modern northeastern European populations. To fill this gap, we sampled 540 male skulls from 22 European and Near Eastern groups, including 314 skulls from 11 populations from northeastern Europe, to test for possible climate-morphology association at the continental scale...
June 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526213/epidemiology-of-neurocysticercosis-and-epilepsy-is-everything-described
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REVIEW
Jose F Tellez-Zenteno, Lizbeth Hernandez-Ronquillo
In recent years clinical and epidemiological research on cysticercosis has gained significant interest in some countries, especially in Latin American countries and some countries in Asia and Africa. For many years it has been proposed that the higher prevalence of epilepsy seen in some regions such as Latin-America could be explained by parasitic infections, particularly neurocysticercosis (NCC). In this review we discussed selected epidemiological topics of the association of NCC and epilepsy, such as global distribution around the world, identification of NCC in developed countries, drug resistant epilepsy and NCC...
May 16, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525619/epidemiology-and-clinical-characteristics-of-invasive-mould-infections-a-multicenter-retrospective-analysis-in-five-asian-countries
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R Porpon, Y C Chen, A Chakrabarti, R Y Li, R M Shivaprakash, J Yu, H C Kung, S Watcharananan, A L Tan, S E Saffari, B H Tan
Formal, large-scale, multicenter studies of invasive mould infection (IMI) in Asia are rare. This 1-year, retrospective study was designed to assess the incidence and clinical determinants of IMI in centers in five countries (Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, China, India). Patients treated in a single year (2012) were identified through discharge diagnoses, microbiology, and histopathology logs, and entered based on published definitions of IMI. A total of 155 cases were included (median age 54 years; 47.7% male)...
May 19, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524619/use-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicines-is-associated-with-delay-to-initiation-of-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drug-therapy-in-early-inflammatory-arthritis
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Manjari Lahiri, Amelia Santosa, Lay Kheng Teoh, Jane A Clayton, Sheen Yee Lim, Gim Gee Teng, Peter P M Cheung
OBJECTIVES: To study the predictors of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in patients with early inflammatory arthritis (EIA), and its impact on delay to initiation of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARD). METHODS: Data were collected prospectively from EIA patients aged ≥ 21 years. Current or prior CAM use was ascertained by face-to-face interview. Predictors of CAM use and its effect on time to DMARD initiation were determined by multivariate logistic regression and Cox proportional hazards, respectively...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524093/protective-effect-of-dietary-calcium-intake-on-esophageal-cancer-risk-a-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
#9
Qianwen Li, Lingling Cui, Yalan Tian, Han Cui, Li Li, Weifeng Dou, Haixia Li, Ling Wang
Although several epidemiological studies have investigated the association between dietary calcium intake and the risk of esophageal cancer, the results are inconsistent. This study aimed to make a comprehensive evaluation regarding the association between calcium intake and risk of esophageal cancer through a meta-analysis approach. We searched for all relevant articles from the inception to April 2017, using PUBMED, EMBASE, and Web of Knowledge. The pooled odds ratio (ORs) with the 95% confidence interval (95% CI) for the highest versus the lowest categories of calcium intake was calculated using a Mantel-Haenszel fixed-effect model...
May 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523482/an-rct-investigating-patient-driven-versus-physician-driven-titration-of-biasp-30-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-uncontrolled-using-nph-insulin
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Abdelmjid Chraibi, Shoorook Al-Herz, Bich Dao Nguyen, Djoko W Soeatmadji, Anil Shinde, Balasubramanian Lakshmivenkataraman, Samir H Assaad-Khalil
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to confirm the efficacy of patient-driven titration of BIAsp 30 in terms of glycemic control, by comparing it to physician-driven titration of BIAsp 30, in patients with type 2 diabetes in North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. METHODS: A 20-week, open-label, randomized, two-armed, parallel-group, multicenter study in Egypt, Indonesia, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam. Patients (n = 155) with type 2 diabetes inadequately controlled using neutral protamine Hagedorn (NPH) insulin were randomized to either patient-driven or physician-driven BIAsp 30 titration...
May 18, 2017: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523434/salivary-exosomal-psma7-a-promising-biomarker-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#11
Xiaowen Zheng, Feng Chen, Qian Zhang, Yulan Liu, Peng You, Shan Sun, Jiuxiang Lin, Ning Chen
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an intestinal immune-dysfunctional disease worldwide whose prevalence increasing in Asia including China. It is a chronic disease of the gastrointestinal tract with unknown cause. Exosomes are small vesicles in various body fluids. They have diameters of 40-120 nm, and one of their functions is long-distance transfer of various substances. In this study, we investigated the contents of salivary exosomes in patients with IBD and in healthy controls to explore a new biomarker in patients with IBD...
May 18, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523362/transoral-endoscopic-thyroidectomy-our-initial-experience-using-a-new-endoscopic-technique
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Jun-Ook Park, Dong-Il Sun
BACKGROUND: A transoral approach has been experimentally introduced to the field of thyroid surgery and several groups in Asia have recently used the technique to treat patients. We performed transoral endoscopic thyroidectomies on patients with thyroid cancer or a benign tumor. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of patients who underwent transoral endoscopic thyroid surgery between July 2016 and January 2017. A midline incision was made in the vestibule, and a 10 mm cannula was placed; then, the working space was widened by insufflating CO2 at a pressure of 5-6 mmHg...
May 18, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523047/alpha-thalassemia-deletions-found-in-suspected-cases-of-beta-thalassemia-major-in-pakistani-population
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Saba Shahid, Muhammad Nadeem, Danish Zahid, Jawad Hassan, Saqib Ansari, Tahir Shamsi
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE: Alpha (α) thalassemia is a hereditary disorder and is caused by deletions or mutations in globin genes. It is present in two clinically significant forms: hemoglobin Bart hydrops fetalis (Hb Bart) syndrome and hemoglobin H (HbH) disease. It is highly prevalent in South-East Asia or Mediterranean countries. The most common deletion reported in alpha thalassemia in Pakistani population was -α(3.7) with a frequency of 8.3%, and the rare forms were -α(4.2) (0.2%) and ααα(anti3...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522950/red-flag-symptoms-detailed-account-of-clinicopathological-features-in-young-onset-colorectal-cancer
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Ramish Riaz, Nosheen Masood, Arfa Benish
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Colorectal cancer has long been considered disease of the West, typically occurring in old age; however, the incidence is rising in Asia. The pattern of disease is quite different in Asia, occurring at a younger age and at an advanced stage. Recognition of disease at an early stage is still a challenge for physicians. Few data are available regarding young-onset colorectal cancer in Pakistan. We conducted this study to fill this gap and provide deeper insight into clinical symptoms and histopathological features of young-onset colorectal cancer...
April 2017: Intestinal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522869/ancient-river-inference-explains-exceptional-oriental-freshwater-mussel-radiations
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Ivan N Bolotov, Alexander V Kondakov, Ilya V Vikhrev, Olga V Aksenova, Yulia V Bespalaya, Mikhail Yu Gofarov, Yulia S Kolosova, Ekaterina S Konopleva, Vitaly M Spitsyn, Kitti Tanmuangpak, Sakboworn Tumpeesuwan
The concept of long-lived (ancient) lakes has had a great influence on the development of evolutionary biogeography. According to this insight, a number of lakes on Earth have existed for several million years (e.g., Baikal and Tanganyika) and represent unique evolutionary hotspots with multiple intra-basin radiations. In contrast, rivers are usually considered to be variable systems, and the possibility of their long-term existence during geological epochs has never been tested. In this study, we reconstruct the history of freshwater basin interactions across continents based on the multi-locus fossil-calibrated phylogeny of freshwater mussels (Unionidae)...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522861/comparative-analysis-of-dendrobium-plastomes-and-utility-of-plastomic-mutational-hotspots
#16
Niu Zhitao, Zhu Shuying, Pan Jiajia, Li Ludan, Sun Jing, Ding Xiaoyu
Dendrobium is one of the largest genera in Orchidaceae, comprising about 800-1500 species mainly distributed in tropical Asia, Australasia, and Australia. There are 74 species and two varieties of this genus in China. Because of their ornamental and commercial value, Dendrobium orchids have been studied at low taxonomic levels. However, structural changes and effective mutational hotspots of Dendrobium plastomes have rarely been documented. Here, 30 Dendrobium plastomes were compared, comprising 25 newly sequenced in this study and five previously published...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521935/rainfall-contributes-30-of-the-dissolved-inorganic-nitrogen-exported-from-a-southern-great-barrier-reef-river-basin
#17
Robert Packett
A study was conducted to estimate how much of the annual load of dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) from Great Barrier Reef (GBR) river basins could come from rainfall. Results suggest rainfall contributed ~37% of the average annual DIN load from the Fitzroy Basin over three wet seasons. Rainfall DIN contribution at plot to sub-catchment scale ranged from 5 to >100% for study sites in the Fitzroy and Pioneer Basins. An estimate using measured and modelled data indicates ~28% of the longer-term average annual DIN load from the entire GBR catchment may originate from rainfall...
May 15, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521805/thalassemias-in-south-asia-clinical-lessons-learnt-from-bangladesh
#18
REVIEW
Mohammad Sorowar Hossain, Enayetur Raheem, Tanvira Afroze Sultana, Shameema Ferdous, Nusrat Nahar, Sazia Islam, Mohammad Arifuzzaman, Mohammad Abdur Razzaque, Rabiul Alam, Sonia Aziz, Hazera Khatun, Abdur Rahim, Manzur Morshed
Thalassemias are emerging as a global public health concern. Due to remarkable success in the reduction of childhood mortality by controlling infectious diseases in developing countries, thalassemias are likely to be a major public health concern in the coming decades in South Asia. Despite the fact that Bangladesh lies in the world's thalassemia belt, the information on different aspects (epidemiology, clinical course, mortality, complications and treatment outcomes) of thalassemias is lacking. In this comprehensive review, the aim is to to depict the epidemiological aspects of thalassemias, mutation profile and current treatment and management practices in the country by sharing the experience of dealing with 1178 cases over 2009-2014 time periods in a specialized thalassemia treatment centre...
May 18, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521001/etiology-of-travellers-diarrhea
#19
Z D Jiang, H L DuPont
Eleven published studies of the etiology of travellers' diarrhea (TD) were reviewed define the etiology of TD and to exam newly developed technology such as Real-Time multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to identify multiple pathogens in one assay to define the cause of TD. Using PCR methods bacterial pathogens were found in 72% of patients acquiring diarrhea in Latin America and in 80% in travellers with illness acquired in Southeast Asia). In these studies, enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli as the predominant pathogen (42% in Latin America and 28% in Southeast Asia)...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Travel Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520998/medications-for-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-travellers-diarrhea
#20
David N Taylor, Davidson H Hamer, David R Shlim
Background: . Travellers' diarrhea (TD) remains one of the most common illnesses encountered by travellers to less developed areas of the world. Because bacterial pathogens such as enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC), enteroaggregative E. coli , Campylobacter spp. and Shigella spp. are the most frequent causes, antibiotics have been useful in both prevention and treatment of TD. Methods.: Results of trials that assessed the use of medications for the prevention and treatment of TD were identified through PubMed and MEDLINE searches using search terms 'travellers' diarrhea', 'prevention' and 'treatment'...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Travel Medicine
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