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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419653/hcv-viremia-associates-with-nk-cell-activation-and-dysfunction-in-anti-retroviral-hiv-hcv-co-infected-subjects
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E Papasavvas, L Azzoni, X Yin, Q Liu, J Joseph, A Mackiewicz, B Ross, K M Lynn, J M Jacobson, K Mounzer, J R Kostman, L J Montaner
The impact of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA levels on immune status in chronically HCV mono-infected when compared to HIV/HCV co-infected on antiretroviral therapy (ART) remains poorly understood. A total of 78 African American subjects HCV viremic/naïve to HCV treatment (33 HCV genotype 1 mono-infected, 45 HCV genotype 1/HIV co-infected on ART) were studied. Clinical and liver enzymes measurements were performed. Whole blood was analyzed for immune subset changes by flow-cytometry. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were used for same-day constitutive and in vitro Interferon (IFN)-α-induced Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription (STAT) phosphorylation, K562 target cell lysis and K562 target cell recognition-mediated IFN-γ production...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416195/pitavastatin-versus-pravastatin-in-adults-with-hiv-1-infection-and-dyslipidaemia-intrepid-12-week-and-52-week-results-of-a-phase-4-multicentre-randomised-double-blind-superiority-trial
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Judith A Aberg, Craig A Sponseller, Douglas J Ward, Vladimir A Kryzhanovski, Stuart E Campbell, Melanie A Thompson
BACKGROUND: People living with HIV-1 infection are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease than seronegative adults. Treatment of dyslipidaemia with statins has been challenging in people with HIV because of an increased potential for drug interactions due to competing cytochrome P450 metabolism between statins and commonly used antiretroviral agents. Neither pitavastatin nor pravastatin depend on cytochrome P450 for primary metabolism. We aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of pitavastatin versus pravastatin in adults with HIV and dyslipidaemia...
April 13, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412679/epidemic-characteristics-of-main-infectious-diseases-in-yantai-city-between-2010-and-2012-and-prevention-strategy-research
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Huimin Gao, Wenbo Luan, Maobo Wang, Yanjie Dong
To investigate the epidemic characteristics and prevention strategies of main infectious diseases. From 2010 to 2012, 23 notifiable diseases were reported in Yantai with average reported cases of 17,376. The morbidity was the highest in 2012 and the lowest in 2011. The accumulated death toll was 101 with the highest death rate in 2011 and the lowest in 2012. Major class A and B infectious diseases included viral hepatitis, phthisis, syphilis, clap and dysentery. The major class C infectious disease was hand-foot-and-mouth disease every year...
November 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400540/cd56-bright-nk-il-7r%C3%AE-expression-negatively-associates-with-hcv-level-and-il-7-induced-nk-function-is-impaired-during-hcv-and-hiv-infections
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Chelsey J Judge, Lenche Kostadinova, Kenneth E Sherman, Adeel A Butt, Yngve Falck-Ytter, Nicholas T Funderburg, Alan L Landay, Michael M Lederman, Scott F Sieg, Johan K Sandberg, Donald D Anthony
Several lines of evidence support the concept that NK cells play an important role in control of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection via cytokine secretion and cytotoxicity. IL-7 is a homeostatic cytokine with a role in T cell development, activation, proliferation, and cytokine secretion. The IL-7Rα chain [cluster of differentiation (CD)127] is expressed on NK cells, with greatest abundance on the CD56(bright)CD16(dim/-) (CD56(bright)) subset. Here, we measured CD127 expression on CD56(bright), CD56(dim)CD16(+) (CD56(dim)), or CD56(neg)CD16(+) (CD56(neg)) NK cell subsets of 25 uninfected donors (UD); 34 chronic HCV-infected, treatment-naïve; 25 HIV-infected, virally suppressed on antiretroviral therapy (ART); and 42 HCV-HIV-coinfected subjects on ART...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399349/sexually-transmitted-infections-prevalence-knowledge-and-behaviours-among-professional-defence-forces-in-estonia-a-pilot-study
#5
David Parker, Kristi Rüütel
OBJECTIVES: Our study assessed sexually transmitted infections (STI) occurrence and risk behaviours from a sample of the defence forces of Estonia. Previous research on military personnel yields various results on the prevalence of STIs and high risk behaviours. The increasing recognition of high risk behaviours among military personnel is evident given increased programmes that focus on education of drug use and risky sexual behaviours. Many militaries conduct routine, periodic screening for diseases such as HIV and viral hepatitis at entry and pre-foreign deployment...
March 2017: Central European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395689/prevalence-of-hepatitis-b-hepatitis-c-and-human-immunodeficiency-viruses-and-evaluation-of-risk-factors-for-transmission-report-of-a-population-screening-in-nigeria
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U C Okonkwo, H Okpara, A Otu, S Ameh, Y Ogarekpe, H Osim, M Inyama
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV are common blood-borne infections unevenly distributed across regions in Nigeria. Few population-based prevalence studies have been done in Nigeria. OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of HBV, HCV and HIV and risk factors for infection with these viruses in a Nigerian population. METHODS: Hepatitis B surface antigen, anti-HCV and HIV were assayed in 1 498 healthy adult participants...
March 29, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389206/residual-risk-of-hiv-hcv-and-hbv-in-canada
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Sheila F O'Brien, Qi-Long Yi, Wenli Fan, Vito Scalia, Mindy Goldman, Margaret A Fearon
BACKGROUND: Residual risk is estimated as the product of the incidence and the infectious window period, the time during which a blood donation could be infectious but the assay may not detect it. In 2011 nucleic acid multiplex testing (MPX) was implemented in 6 unit minipools (previously 24 unit minipools). MPX also included hepatitis B (HBV) NAT for the first time (complementing HBsAg screening) in addition to HIV-1 and hepatitis C (HCV) as before. We aimed to estimate window period risk-day equivalents for MPX, and the residual risk of viral infections in blood donations updated to reflect current incidence and testing...
March 18, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376824/hepatitis-c-co-infection-is-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-incident-chronic-kidney-disease-in-hiv-infected-patients-initiating-combination-antiretroviral-therapy
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Carmine Rossi, Janet Raboud, Sharon Walmsley, Curtis Cooper, Tony Antoniou, Ann N Burchell, Mark Hull, Jason Chia, Robert S Hogg, Erica E M Moodie, Marina B Klein
BACKGROUND: Combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) has reduced mortality from AIDS-related illnesses and chronic comorbidities have become prevalent among HIV-infected patients. We examined the association between hepatitis C virus (HCV) co-infection and chronic kidney disease (CKD) among patients initiating modern antiretroviral therapy. METHODS: Data were obtained from the Canadian HIV Observational Cohort for individuals initiating cART from 2000 to 2012. Incident CKD was defined as two consecutive serum creatinine-based estimated glomerular filtration (eGFR) measurements <60 mL/min/1...
April 4, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362065/alcohol-use-viral-hepatitis-and-liver-fibrosis-among-hiv-positive-persons-in-west-africa-a-cross-sectional-study
#9
Antoine Jaquet, Gilles Wandeler, Marcellin Nouaman, Didier K Ekouevi, Judicaël Tine, Akouda Patassi, Patrick A Coffie, Aristophane Tanon, Moussa Seydi, Alain Attia, François Dabis
INTRODUCTION: Liver fibrosis is often the first stage of liver disease in people living with HIV (PLWHIV) in industrialized countries. However, little is known about liver fibrosis and its correlates among PLWHIV in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: The study was undertaken in three HIV referral clinics in Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal and Togo. Enrolled PLWHIV underwent a non-invasive assessment of liver fibrosis combining liver stiffness measure (LSM) with transient elastography and the aspartate aminotransferase-to-platelet ratio index (APRI)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356465/viral-hepatitis-and-parkinson-disease-a-national-record-linkage-study
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Julia Pakpoor, Alastair Noyce, Raph Goldacre, Marianna Selkihova, Stephen Mullin, Anette Schrag, Andrew Lees, Michael Goldacre
OBJECTIVE: To study associations between viral hepatitis and Parkinson disease (PD). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was done by analyzing linked English National Hospital Episode Statistics and mortality data (1999-2011). Cohorts of individuals with hepatitis B, hepatitis C, autoimmune hepatitis, chronic active hepatitis, and HIV were constructed, and compared to a reference cohort for subsequent rates of PD. RESULTS: The standardized rate ratio (RR) of PD following hepatitis B was 1...
March 29, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352303/paediatric-virology-a-rapidly-increasing-educational-challenge
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Ioannis N Mammas, Maria Theodoridou, Anna Kramvis, Prakash Thiagarajan, Sharryn Gardner, Georgia Papaioannou, Angeliki Melidou, Maria Koutsaki, Georgia Kostagianni, Vassilis Achtsidis, Chryssie Koutsaftiki, Marcos Calachanis, Apostolos Zaravinos, Anne Greenough, Demetrios A Spandidos
The '2nd Workshop on Paediatric Virology', which took place on Saturday the 8th of October 2016 in Athens, Greece, provided an overview on recent views and advances on Paediatric Virology. Emphasis was given to HIV-1 management in Greece, a country under continuous financial crisis, hepatitis B vaccination in Africa, treatment options for hepatitis C virus in childhood, Zika virus in pregnancy and infancy, the burden of influenza on childhood, hand-foot-mouth disease and myocarditis associated with Coxsackie viruses...
February 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328962/the-blood-dna-virome-in-8-000-humans
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Ahmed Moustafa, Chao Xie, Ewen Kirkness, William Biggs, Emily Wong, Yaron Turpaz, Kenneth Bloom, Eric Delwart, Karen E Nelson, J Craig Venter, Amalio Telenti
The characterization of the blood virome is important for the safety of blood-derived transfusion products, and for the identification of emerging pathogens. We explored non-human sequence data from whole-genome sequencing of blood from 8,240 individuals, none of whom were ascertained for any infectious disease. Viral sequences were extracted from the pool of sequence reads that did not map to the human reference genome. Analyses sifted through close to 1 Petabyte of sequence data and performed 0.5 trillion similarity searches...
March 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323868/-waiting-for-daas-a-retrospective-chart-review-of-patients-with-untreated-hepatitis-c-in-rwanda
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Neil Gupta, Jules Kabahizi, Constance Mukabatsinda, Timothy David Walker, Emmanuel Musabeyezu, Athanase Kiromera, Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil, Kevin Steiner, Joia Mukherjee, Sabin Nsanzimana, Aimable Mbituyumuremyi
BACKGROUND: Access to treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in sub-Saharan Africa is extremely limited. With the advent of direct acting antivirals (DAAs), highly effective and easy-to-deliver oral regimens are now available on the global market. This study was conducted to understand the background and characteristics of a national cohort of patients with HCV infection enrolled in care and awaiting therapy with DAAs. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of all adult patients with confirmed HCV infection who were currently enrolled in care and treatment at the four existing hepatitis referral centers in Rwanda...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321877/pharmacological-interventions-for-acute-hepatitis-b-infection-an-attempted-network-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Konstantinos Mantzoukis, Manuel Rodríguez-Perálvarez, Elena Buzzetti, Douglas Thorburn, Brian R Davidson, Emmanuel Tsochatzis, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: Infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) can be symptomatic or asymptomatic. Apart from chronic HBV infection, the complications related to acute HBV infection are severe acute viral hepatitis and fulminant hepatitis characterised by liver failure. The optimal pharmacological treatment of acute HBV infection remains controversial. OBJECTIVES: To assess the benefits and harms of pharmacological interventions in the treatment of acute HBV infection through a network meta-analysis and to generate rankings of the available treatments according to their safety and efficacy...
March 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306597/diagnosis-of-viral-hepatitis
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Philippa J Easterbrook, Teri Roberts, Anita Sands, Rosanna Peeling
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections and HIV-HBV and HCV coinfection are major causes of chronic liver disease worldwide. Testing and diagnosis is the gateway for access to both treatment and prevention services, but there remains a large burden of undiagnosed infection globally. We review the global epidemiology, key challenges in the current hepatitis testing response, new tools to support the hepatitis global response (2016-2020 Global Hepatitis Health Sector strategy, and 2017 WHO guidelines on hepatitis testing) and future directions and innovations in hepatitis diagnostics...
May 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300059/genetic-basis-for-variation-in-plasma-il-18-levels-in-persons-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-and-human-immunodeficiency-virus-1-infections
#16
C Vergara, C Thio, R Latanich, A L Cox, G D Kirk, S H Mehta, M Busch, E L Murphy, M C Villacres, M G Peters, A L French, E Golub, J Eron, C D Lahiri, S Shrestha, D Gustafson, M Young, K Anastos, B Aouizerat, A Y Kim, G Lauer, D L Thomas, P Duggal
Inflammasomes are multi-protein complexes integrating pathogen-triggered signaling leading to the generation of pro-inflammatory cytokines including interleukin-18 (IL-18). Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections are associated with elevated IL-18, suggesting inflammasome activation. However, there is marked person-to-person variation in the inflammasome response to HCV and HIV. We hypothesized that host genetics may explain this variation. To test this, we analyzed the associations of plasma IL-18 levels and polymorphisms in 10 genes in the inflammasome cascade...
March 16, 2017: Genes and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296739/ugt1a1-28-relationship-with-abnormal-total-bilirubin-levels-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients-outcomes-from-a-case-control-study
#17
Marcelo Moreira Tavares de Souza, Victor Van Vaisberg, Rodrigo Martins Abreu, Aline Siqueira Ferreira, Camila daSilvaFerreira, Paulo Dominguez Nasser, Helena Scavone Paschoale, Flair José Carrilho, Suzane Kioko Ono
Gilbert syndrome (GS) is a frequent benign clinical condition, marked by intermittent unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia, mostly due to the polymorphism uridine diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferase 1A1*28 (UGT1A1*28). Hyperbilirubinemia has been reported in a GS patient undergoing hepatitis C treatment, and other UGT isoforms polymorphisms have been linked to worse outcomes in viral hepatitis. Yet, little is known to GS contributions' to the liver disease scenario. Our aim was to assess UGT1A1 genotypes' frequency in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients and correlate with total bilirubin (TB)...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280398/interrelationship-of-hepatitis-c-virus-genotypes-with-patient-characteristics-in-bahrain
#18
Maheeba A Abdulla, Eman A Murad, Hend A Aljenaidi, Duha R Aljowder, Omar Ik Aljeeran, Eman Farid, Jehad R Al Qamish
AIM: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) shows genotype-based variation in prevalence across geographical regions. This study was conducted to understand the clinical interrelationship of HCV genotypes with patient characteristics. METHODS: Medical records of 122 patients positive for HCV RNA test collected during 2013 and 2014 were included for analysis. Only adults were included in the study. HCV RNA extraction and genotyping was done as part of the routine diagnostic requirements...
2017: Hepatic Medicine: Evidence and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252455/variation-in-the-viral-hepatitis-and-hiv-policies-and-practices-of-methadone-maintenance-programs
#19
Amy B Jessop, Jeffrey K Hom, Monika Burke
OBJECTIVE: Patients prescribed methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) demonstrate elevated prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus, and HIV. Government agencies recommend testing for these infections in MMT programs, but uptake is limited. METHODS: We audited infection-related policies and practices of all 14 MMT programs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2015. Results were tabulated and compared with the results from a 2010 audit of 10 of 12 MMT programs...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250664/potential-of-cannabidiol-for-the-treatment-of-viral-hepatitis
#20
Henry I C Lowe, Ngeh J Toyang, Wayne McLaughlin
Viral hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) pose a major health problem globally and if untreated, both viruses lead to severe liver damage resulting in liver cirrhosis and cancer. While HBV has a vaccine, HCV has none at the moment. The risk of drug resistance, combined with the high cost of current therapies, makes it a necessity for cost-effective therapeutics to be discovered and developed. The recent surge in interest in Medical Cannabis has led to interest in evaluating and validating the therapeutic potentials of Cannabis and its metabolites against various diseases including viruses...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
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