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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330330/a-combined-chloroplast-atpb-rbcl-and-trnl-f-phylogeny-unveils-the-ancestry-of-balsams-impatiens-spp-in-the-western-ghats-of-india
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P P Shajitha, N R Dhanesh, P J Ebin, Joseph Laly, Devassy Aneesha, John Reshma, Jomy Augustine, Mathew Linu
Only a few Impatiens spp. from South India (one of the five centers of diversity for Impatiens species) were included in the published datum of molecular phylogeny of the family Balsaminaceae. The present investigation is a novel attempt to reveal the phylogenetic association of Impatiens species of South India, by placing them in the global phylogeny of Impatiens based on a combined analysis of two chloroplast genes. Thirty species of genus Impatiens were collected from different locations of South India. Total genomic DNA was extracted from fresh plant leaf, and polymerase chain reaction was carried out using atpB-rbcL and trnL-F intergenic spacer-specific forward and reverse primers...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329062/comparison-of-demographic-and-photobiological-features-of-chronic-actinic-dermatitis-in-patients-with-lighter-vs-darker-skin-types
#2
Ki-Wei Tan, Ann K Haylett, Tsui C Ling, Lesley E Rhodes
Importance: Chronic actinic dermatitis (CAD) is classically described in older, white men, although increasing reports describe younger patients with darker skin types, particularly South Asians. Photocontact allergy occurs in CAD but is less studied than contact allergy in this exquisitely photosensitive condition. Objective: To evaluate for differences in demographic and photobiological features between persons with darker and lighter skin types who have CAD. Design, Setting, and Participants: This retrospective review included 70 consecutive adult patients (≥18 years) undergoing investigation for photosensitivity who were diagnosed with CAD from November 1, 2000, through August 31, 2015, at the specialist Photobiology Unit of a tertiary academic referral center...
March 22, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327576/genotypic-spectrum-and-phenotype-correlations-of-abca4-associated-disease-in-patients-of-south-asian-descent
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Winston Lee, Kaspar Schuerch, Jana Zernant, Frederick T Collison, Srilaxmi Bearelly, Gerald A Fishman, Stephen H Tsang, Janet R Sparrow, Rando Allikmets
Variants in the ABCA4 gene are the most common cause of juvenile-onset blindness affecting close to 1 in 10 000 people worldwide. Disease severity varies largely according to genotype, which can be specific to ethnic and racial groups. Here we investigate the spectrum of ABCA4 variation and its phenotypic expression in 38 patients of South Asian descent, notably from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Sequencing of all exons and flanking intronic sequences of ABCA4 revealed disease-causing variants in all patients: 3 in 2...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327168/identification-of-two-novel-reassortant-avian-influenza-a-h5n6-viruses-in-whooper-swans-in-korea-2016
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Jipseol Jeong, Chanjin Woo, Hon S Ip, Injung An, Youngsik Kim, Kwanghee Lee, Seong-Deok Jo, Kidong Son, Saemi Lee, Jae-Ku Oem, Seung-Jun Wang, Yongkwan Kim, Jeonghwa Shin, Jonathan Sleeman, Weonhwa Jheong
BACKGROUND: On November 20, 2016 two novel strains of H5N6 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIVs) were isolated from three whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) at Gangjin Bay in South Jeolla province, South Korea. Identification of HPAIVs in wild birds is significant as there is a potential risk of transmission of these viruses to poultry and humans. RESULTS: Phylogenetic analysis revealed that Gangjin H5N6 viruses classified into Asian H5 clade 2.3.4.4 lineage and were distinguishable from H5N8 and H5N1 HPAIVs previously isolated in Korea...
March 21, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327145/diagnostic-challenges-and-case-management-of-the-first-imported-case-of-plasmodium-knowlesi-in-sri-lanka
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A Dewanee Ranaweera, Manjula N Danansuriya, Kusumawathie Pahalagedera, W M Kumudunayana T de A W Gunasekera, Priyani Dharmawardena, Keng Wai Mak, Pei-Sze Jeslyn Wong, Mei-Zhi Irene Li, Cheong Huat Tan, Hapuarachchige C Hapuarachchi, Hema D B Herath, Deepika Fernando
BACKGROUND: Sri Lanka has achieved 'malaria-free' status and is now in the phase of prevention of re-introduction of malaria. Imported malaria remains a challenge to resurgence of the disease. The diagnostic challenges encountered and the rapid response initiated to manage a Plasmodium infection, which was later confirmed as Plasmodium knowlesi, the first reported case from Sri Lanka, is discussed. CASE PRESENTATION: An army officer who returned from Malaysia in October 2016 was found to be positive for Plasmodium both by microscopy and rapid diagnostic test (RDT) by the Anti Malaria Campaign Sri Lanka (AMC) during his third visit to a health care provider...
March 21, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325968/a-new-genus-and-two-new-species-of-southeast-asian-bidessini-as-well-as-new-synonyms-for-oceanian-species-coleoptera-dytiscidae
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Michael Balke, Johannes Bergsten, Liang-Jong Wang, Lars Hendrich
Rompindessus jenisi Balke, Bergsten & Hendrich, gen. n. et sp. n. is described from near Rompin village in West Malaysia. The new genus is characterized by the presence of an occipital line and basal pronotal striae, the presence of a thick anterior bead on clypeus and two-segmented parameres as well as by the absence of basal elytral striae, the absence of sutural line on elytron, the absence of basal epipleural transverse carina, and the absence of longitudinal elytral carina. Moreover, male pro- and mesotarsus appear stout, and distinctly dilated laterally; the pronotum is comparably long and parallel-sided and the colour of beetle conspicuous dark orange...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325931/body-mass-index-adjustments-to-increase-the-validity-of-body-fatness-assessment-in-uk-black-african-and-south-asian-children
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M T Hudda, C M Nightingale, A S Donin, M S Fewtrell, D Haroun, S Lum, J E Williams, C G Owen, A R Rudnicka, J C K Wells, D G Cook, P H Whincup
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: BMI (weight/height(2)) is the most widely used marker of childhood obesity and total body fatness (BF). However, its validity is limited, especially in children of South Asian and black African origins. We aimed to quantify BMI adjustments needed for UK children of black African and South Asian origins so that adjusted BMI related to BF in the same way as for white European children. METHODS: We used data from four recent UK studies which made deuterium dilution BF measurements in UK children of white European, South Asian and black African origins...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325245/south-east-asia-differing-socioeconomic-factors-differing-access-to-radiotherapy-the-philippines-a-microcosm
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REVIEW
Miriam Joy C Calaguas, Johannes A Gubat
The accessibility of radiotherapy in Southeast Asia, a region characterized by diversity in both economy and culture, differ widely among its member countries. In most countries, access is not universal and is generally limited by radiotherapy resources and the health-seeking behavior of patients. This in turn relates to the current health policy in place, the practice of radiation oncology, and cultural factors such as religion and family dynamics. Although it is clear that radiotherapy access parallel economic development, it is also affected by different social factors that work to facilitate or impede its improvement...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323832/age-related-cognitive-decline-and-associations-with-sex-education-and-apolipoprotein-e-genotype-across-ethnocultural-groups-and-geographic-regions-a-collaborative-cohort-study
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Darren M Lipnicki, John D Crawford, Rajib Dutta, Anbupalam Thalamuthu, Nicole A Kochan, Gavin Andrews, M Fernanda Lima-Costa, Erico Castro-Costa, Carol Brayne, Fiona E Matthews, Blossom C M Stephan, Richard B Lipton, Mindy J Katz, Karen Ritchie, Jacqueline Scali, Marie-Laure Ancelin, Nikolaos Scarmeas, Mary Yannakoulia, Efthimios Dardiotis, Linda C W Lam, Candy H Y Wong, Ada W T Fung, Antonio Guaita, Roberta Vaccaro, Annalisa Davin, Ki Woong Kim, Ji Won Han, Tae Hui Kim, Kaarin J Anstey, Nicolas Cherbuin, Peter Butterworth, Marcia Scazufca, Shuzo Kumagai, Sanmei Chen, Kenji Narazaki, Tze Pin Ng, Qi Gao, Simone Reppermund, Henry Brodaty, Antonio Lobo, Raúl Lopez-Anton, Javier Santabárbara, Perminder S Sachdev
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of dementia varies around the world, potentially contributed to by international differences in rates of age-related cognitive decline. Our primary goal was to investigate how rates of age-related decline in cognitive test performance varied among international cohort studies of cognitive aging. We also determined the extent to which sex, educational attainment, and apolipoprotein E ε4 allele (APOE*4) carrier status were associated with decline. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We harmonized longitudinal data for 14 cohorts from 12 countries (Australia, Brazil, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States), for a total of 42,170 individuals aged 54-105 y (42% male), including 3...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323563/isolation-of-an-h5n8-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-virus-strain-from-wild-birds-in-seoul-a-highly-urbanized-area-in-south-korea
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Jung-Hoon Kwon, Dong-Hun Lee, Jei-Hyun Jeong, Seong-Su Yuk, Tseren-Ochir Erdene-Ochir, Jin-Yong Noh, Woo-Tack Hong, Sol Jeong, Gyeong-Bin Gwon, Sang-Won Lee, In-Soo Choi, Chang-Seon Song
Asian-lineage H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses (HPAIV) have caused recurrent outbreaks in poultry and wild birds. In January 2014, H5N8 HPAIV caused outbreaks in South Korea and subsequently spread to East Asia, Europe, and North America. We report the isolation of an H5N8 HPAIV strain from wild birds in Seoul, the most-developed city in South Korea. We analyzed the complete genome sequence of this isolate and estimated its origin using a phylogenetic analysis. The Seoul H5N8 isolate clustered phylogenetically with strains isolated from migratory wild birds but was distinct from Korean poultry isolates...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323330/insights-on-the-evolutionary-origin-of-detarioideae-a-clade-of-ecologically-dominant-tropical-african-trees
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Manuel de la Estrella, Félix Forest, Jan J Wieringa, Marie Fougère-Danezan, Anne Bruneau
African tropical forests are generally considered less diverse than their Neotropical and Asian counterparts. By contrast, the Detarioideae is much more diverse in Africa than in South America and Asia. To better understand the evolution of this contrasting diversity pattern, we investigated the biogeographical and ecological origin of this subfamily, testing whether they originated in dry biomes surrounding the Tethys Seaway as currently hypothesized for many groups of Leguminosae. We constructed the largest time-calibrated phylogeny for the subfamily to date, reconstructed ancestral states for geography and biome/habitat, estimated diversification and extinction rates, and evaluated biome/habitat and geographic shifts in Detarioideae...
March 21, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321765/recruitment-and-retention-of-south-asian-ethnic-minority-populations-in-behavioral-interventions-to-improve-type-2-diabetes-outcomes
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REVIEW
Bushra Mahmood, Rowshanak Afshar, Tricia S Tang
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: South Asian (SA) immigrants have a higher burden of type 2 diabetes, report poor self-management, and remain a hard-to-engage group in behavioral interventions. The purpose of this review was to characterize recruitment and retention of SAs in behavioral interventions. RECENT FINDINGS: We identified 14 studies with limited information regarding recruitment and retention. Overall recruitment rates were low: 12 studies had a mean recruitment rate of 44% among those screened, and 9 studies with complete information on eligibility had a mean recruitment rate of 65...
April 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319801/first-trimester-prediction-of-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-a-clinical-model-based-on-maternal-demographic-parameters
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Arianne N Sweeting, Heidi Appelblom, Glynis P Ross, Jencia Wong, Heikki Kouru, Paul F Williams, Mikko Sairanen, Jon A Hyett
AIM: Develop a first trimester risk prediction model for GDM based on maternal clinical characteristics in a large metropolitan multi-ethnic population and compare its performance to that of other recently published GDM prediction models and clinical risk scoring systems. METHODS: A retrospective case control study of 248 women who developed GDM and 732 controls who did not. Maternal clinical parameters were prospectively obtained at 11-13(+6) weeks' gestation. A predictive multivariate regression model for GDM was developed, evaluated using areas under the receiver-operating characteristic (AUC) curve...
March 7, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315357/therapeutic-potential-of-krait-venom
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Antony Gomes, Partha Pratim Saha, Shamik Bhattacharya, Sourav Ghosh, Aparna Gomes
Kraits belong to Elapideae and are widely distributed in East and South-East Asian countries. Krait venom possesses neurotoxins, membrane toxins, cardiotoxins, three finger toxins, metalloproteinases, cholinesterases, L-amino acid oxidases and serine proteases. The therapeutic potential of krait venom in pathophysiological conditions such as microbial and parasitic infections, cancer, arthritis, inflammation and blood coagulation disorder is discussed in this review. More intensive new research ventures are required to establish the therapeutic potential of krait venom in complex and emerging diseases...
March 14, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303732/mitochondrial-dna-sequence-variation-in-iranian-native-dogs
#15
Zeinab Amiri Ghanatsaman, Adeniyi C Adeola, Masood Asadi Fozi, Ya-Ping Ma, Min-Sheng Peng, Guo-Dong Wang, Ali Esmailizadeh, Ya-Ping Zhang
The dog mtDNA diversity picture from wide geographical sampling but from a small number of individuals per region or breed, displayed little geographical correlation and high degree of haplotype sharing between very distant breeds. For a clear picture, we extensively surveyed Iranian native dogs (n = 305) in comparison with published European (n = 443) and Southwest Asian (n = 195) dogs. Twelve haplotypes related to haplogroups A, B and C were shared by Iranian, European, Southwest Asian and East Asian dogs...
March 17, 2017: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302271/risk-stratification-model-for-30-day-heart-failure-readmission-in-a-multiethnic-south-east-asian-community
#16
Kui Toh Gerard Leong, Lai Yin Wong, Khin Chaw Yu Aung, Michael Macdonald, Yan Cao, Sheldon Lee, Wai Leng Chow, Sanjay Doddamani, Arthur Mark Richards
There are limited accurate 30-day heart failure (HF) readmission risk scores using readily available clinical patient information on a well-defined HF cohort. We analyzed 1,475 admissions discharged from our hospital with a primary diagnosis of HF between 2010 and 2012. HF diagnostic criteria included satisfying clinical Framingham criteria, elevated serum N-terminal pro-natriuretic peptide, and evidence of cardiac dysfunction on transthoracic echocardiography. The patients were randomly divided into 2 groups; 60% were used as the derivation cohort and 40% as the validation cohort...
February 10, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301424/joint-estimation-of-cd4-progression-and-survival-in-untreated-individuals-with-hiv-1-infection-a-pooled-analysis-of-data-from-25-countries
#17
T D Mangal
OBJECTIVE: We compiled the largest dataset of seroconverter cohorts to date from 25 countries across Africa, North America, Europe, and SE/E. Asia to simultaneously estimate transition rates between CD4 stages and death, in ART-naive HIV-1 infected individuals. DESIGN: A hidden Markov model incorporating a misclassification matrix was used to represent natural short-term fluctuations and measurement errors in CD4 counts. Covariates were included to estimate the transition rates and survival probabilities for each subgroup...
March 15, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300135/a-combination-mode-of-climate-variability-responsible-for-extremely-poor-recruitment-of-the-japanese-eel-anguilla-japonica
#18
Yong-Fu Lin, Chau-Ron Wu, Yu-San Han
Satellite data and assimilation products are used to investigate fluctuations in the catch of Japanese eel (Anguilla japonica) in eastern Asian countries. It has been reported that the salinity front has extended farther south, which has shifted the eel's spawning grounds to a lower latitude, resulting in smaller eel catches in 1983, 1992, and 1998. This study demonstrates that interannual variability in the eel catch is strongly correlated with the combination mode (C-mode), but not with the El Niño-Southern Oscillation...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299405/validation-of-the-international-consultation-on-incontinence-questionnaire-vaginal-symptoms-iciq-vs-in-two-south-asian-languages
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Chanil D Ekanayake, Arunasalam Pathmeswaran, Rasika P Herath, H Suharshi S Perera, Malitha Patabendige, Prasantha S Wijesinghe
INTRODUCTION: The multifaceted nature of pelvic floor disorders means that a systematic evaluation is required for optimal treatment outcome. It is also generally acknowledged that a valid tool is necessary to objectively assess symptoms reported by affected women. METHODS: The International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire-Vaginal Symptoms (ICIQ-VS) questionnaire was translated to Sinhala and Tamil and a validation study carried out among women attending gynecology clinics at North Colombo Teaching Hospital, Ragama, and the district general hospitals Mannar and Vavuniya...
March 16, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299392/examining-sedentary-time-as-a-risk-factor-for-cardiometabolic-diseases-and-their-markers-in-south-asian-adults-a-systematic-review
#20
REVIEW
S Ahmad, S Shanmugasegaram, K L Walker, S A Prince
OBJECTIVES: The objective was to systematically review the literature to determine whether sedentary time was associated with cardiometabolic diseases and their risk factors among South Asian adults. METHODS: Six electronic databases were searched to identify all studies that examined the association between sedentary time and cardiometabolic diseases (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease) and their risk factors [e.g., body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), lipids, blood pressure (BP), glucose] among South Asian adults...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Public Health
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