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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244111/serum-albumin-as-a-prognostic-marker-for-serious-non-aids-endpoints-in-the-strategic-timing-of-antiretroviral-treatment-start-study
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Andreas Ronit, Shweta Sharma, Jason V Baker, Rosie Mngqibisa, Tristan Delory, Luis Caldeira, Nicaise Ndembi, Jens D Lundgren, Andrew N Phillips
Background: Serum albumin may be used to stratify human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected persons with high CD4 count according to their risk of serious non-AIDS endpoints. Methods: Cox proportional hazards models were used to analyze the risk of serious non-AIDS events in the Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Treatment (START) study (NCT00867048) with serum albumin as a fixed and time-updated predictor. Models with exclusion of events during initial follow-up years were built to assess the ability of serum albumin to predict beyond shorter periods of time...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243402/national-burden-of-hospitalized-and-non-hospitalized-influenza-associated-severe-acute-respiratory-illness-in-kenya-2012-2014
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Jeanette A Dawa, Sandra S Chaves, Bryan Nyawanda, Henry N Njuguna, Carolyne Makokha, Nancy A Otieno, Omu Anzala, Marc-Alain Widdowson, Gideon O Emukule
BACKGROUND: Influenza-associated respiratory illness was substantial during the emergence of the 2009 influenza pandemic. Estimates of influenza burden in the post-pandemic period are unavailable to guide Kenyan vaccine policy. OBJECTIVES: To update estimates of hospitalized and non-hospitalized influenza-associated severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) during a post-pandemic period (2012-2014) and describe the incidence of disease by narrow age categories. METHODS: We used data from Siaya County Referral Hospital to estimate age-specific base rates of SARI...
December 15, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243000/rna-interference-based-therapy-and-its-delivery-systems
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Xiuhui Chen, Lingegowda S Mangala, Cristian Rodriguez-Aguayo, Xianchao Kong, Gabriel Lopez-Berestein, Anil K Sood
RNA interference (RNAi) is considered a highly specific approach for gene silencing and holds tremendous potential for treatment of various pathologic conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, viral infections, and cancer. Although gene silencing approaches such as RNAi are widely used in preclinical models, the clinical application of RNAi is challenging primarily because of the difficulty in achieving successful systemic delivery. Effective delivery systems are essential to enable the full therapeutic potential of RNAi...
December 14, 2017: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241768/zika-virus-the-transboundary-pathogen-from-mosquito-and-updates
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REVIEW
Weili Kong, Jian Zhu
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that was relatively obscure until outbreaks started in 2013. ZIKV is associated with neurological manifestations such as Guillan-Barrè Syndrome in adult and microcephaly in the newborn population. Although the majority of disease mechanisms of ZIKV is unclear, some information was updated with new scientific evidence. Currently, there are no approved drugs or vaccine that can be used for therapy during ZIKV infection. Based on the transmission mechanism of ZIKV, vector control and safe sex seem to be the most effective available preventive measures against ZIKV spread...
December 11, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241674/ethnomedicinal-plant-diversity-in-thailand
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Methee Phumthum, Kamonnate Srithi, Angkhana Inta, Auemporn Junsongduang, Kornkanok Tangjitman, Wittaya Pongamornkul, Chusie Trisonthi, Henrik Balslev
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Plants have provided medicine to humans for thousands of years, and in most parts of the world people still use traditional plant-derived medicine. Knowledge related to traditional use provides an important alternative to unavailable or expensive western medicine in many rural communities. At the same time, ethnomedicinal discoveries are valuable for the development of modern medicine. Unfortunately, globalization and urbanization causes the disappearance of much traditional medicinal plant knowledge...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241475/israeli-national-policy-for-carbapenem-resistant-enterobacteriaceae-screening-carrier-isolation-and-discontinuation-of-isolation
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Ester Solter, Amos Adler, Bina Rubinovitch, Elizabeth Temkin, David Schwartz, Debby Ben-David, Samira Masarwa, Yehuda Carmeli, Mitchell J Schwaber
Since 2006, Israel has been confronting an outbreak of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), and in 2007 Israel implemented a national strategy to contain spread. The intervention was initially directed toward acute-care hospitals and later expanded to include an established reservoir of carriage in long-term-care hospitals. It included regular reporting of CRE cases to a central registry and daily oversight of management of the outbreak at the institutional level. Microbiological methodologies were standardized in clinical laboratories nationwide...
December 15, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238359/mapping-x-disease-phytoplasma-resistance-in-prunus-virginiana
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Ryan R Lenz, Wenhao Dai
Phytoplasmas such as "Candidatus Phytoplasma pruni," the causal agent of X-disease of stone fruits, lack detailed biological analysis. This has limited the understanding of plant resistance mechanisms. Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana L.) is a promising model to be used for the plant-phytoplasma interaction due to its documented ability to resist X-disease infection. A consensus chokecherry genetic map "Cho" was developed with JoinMap 4.0 by joining two parental maps. The new map contains a complete set of 16 linkage groups, spanning a genetic distance of 2,172 cM with an average marker density of 3...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237320/clinical-management-of-women-with-listeriosis-risk-during-pregnancy-a-review-of-national-guidelines
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Lisa Pucci, Mario Massacesi, Giuseppina Liuzzi
INTRODUCTION: Listeriosis is an uncommon foodborne infection that may cause moderate maternal illness, but can be extremely serious for the fetus and the newborn. Several guidelines have been elaborated in order to help clinicians on the care of pregnant women with known or suspected exposure to Listeria monocytogenes. The aim of this review is to collect, assess and summarize them, in order to provide a comprehensive overlook and to highlight the grey areas in the guidance that could result in failure to detect some infected but asymptomatic women...
December 13, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236286/corticosteroids-for-pneumonia
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REVIEW
Anat Stern, Keren Skalsky, Tomer Avni, Elena Carrara, Leonard Leibovici, Mical Paul
BACKGROUND: Pneumonia is a common and potentially serious illness. Corticosteroids have been suggested for the treatment of different types of infection, however their role in the treatment of pneumonia remains unclear. This is an update of a review published in 2011. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy and safety of corticosteroids in the treatment of pneumonia. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group's Specialised Register, CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, and LILACS on 3 March 2017, together with relevant conference proceedings and references of identified trials...
December 13, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234216/recommendations-from-the-2016-guidelines-for-the-management-of-adults-with-hospital-acquired-or-ventilator-associated-pneumonia
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Samir T Kumar, Arsheena Yassin, Tanaya Bhowmick, Deepali Dixit
Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) continue to represent the most common nosocomial-associated infections, resulting in significant attributable mortality, increased length of hospital stay, and financial burden.1 The updated Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidelines provide guidance on the diagnosis and management of nonimmunocompromised hosts with HAP and VAP.
December 2017: P & T: a Peer-reviewed Journal for Formulary Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233182/apparent-life-threatening-events-alte-italian-guidelines
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REVIEW
Raffaele Piumelli, Riccardo Davanzo, Niccolò Nassi, Silvia Salvatore, Cinzia Arzilli, Marta Peruzzi, Massimo Agosti, Antonella Palmieri, Maria Giovanna Paglietti, Luana Nosetti, Raffaele Pomo, Francesco De Luca, Alessandro Rimini, Salvatore De Masi, Simona Costabel, Valeria Cavarretta, Anna Cremante, Fabio Cardinale, Renato Cutrera
Five years after the first edition, we have revised and updated the guidelines, re-examining the queries and relative recommendations, expanding the issues addressed with the introduction of a new entity, recently proposed by the American Academy of Pediatrics: BRUE, an acronym for Brief Resolved Unexplained Events. In this manuscript we will use the term BRUE only to refer to mild, idiopathic cases rather than simply replace the acronym ALTE per se.In our guidelines the acronym ALTE is used for severe cases that are unexplainable after the first and second level examinations...
December 12, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229609/recent-advances-in-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-for-hiv
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REVIEW
Monica Desai, Nigel Field, Robert Grant, Sheena McCormack
Although pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)-the use of antiretroviral drugs by non-infected people to prevent the acquisition of HIV-is a promising preventive option, important public health questions remain. Daily oral emtricitabine (FTC)-tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) is highly efficacious in preventing the acquisition of HIV in people at risk as a result of a range of different types of sexual exposure. There is good evidence of efficacy in women and men, and when men who have sex with men use event based dosing...
December 11, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229573/merkel-cell-carcinoma-an-update-and-review-part-ii-current-and-future-therapy
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REVIEW
Tiffany L Tello, Kathleen Coggshall, Sue S Yom, Siegrid S Yu
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare neuroendocrine tumor of the skin associated with a high risk of local recurrence and distant metastases. It most commonly occurs on sun-exposed areas of Caucasian patients over the age of 65.1,2 The Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV) is thought to be responsible for malignant transformation in approximately 80% of cases in the northern hemisphere,3 while ultraviolet radiation induced DNA damage is implicated in MCV-negative tumors.4 The overall incidence of MCC is low, with approximately 1600 cases diagnosed annually in the United States...
December 8, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229361/a-literature-review-on-maternal-fetal-and-reproductive-disorders-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection
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REVIEW
Shirzad Fallahi, Ali Rostami, Malihe Nourollahpour Shiadeh, Hamed Behniafar, Shahrokh Paktinat
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasma gondii infection is one of the most prevalent infectious disease with worldwide distribution. Congenital toxoplasmosis is annually responsible for 1.20 million disability-adjusted life years around the world, but often it is overlooked many countries. METHODS: We performed an updated review to summarize the current researches on fetal, neonatal and maternal consequences of T. gondii infection and also adverse effects of toxoplasmosis on women reproductive organs...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229070/infective-endocarditis-an-update-for-dental-surgeons
#15
REVIEW
Andrew Narendran Robinson, Paul Anantharajah Tambyah
Infective endocarditis (IE) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The prevention of infective endocarditis, for many years, has involved the identification of at risk patients undergoing medical or dental procedures and the use of pre-procedural antibiotic prophylaxis. However, evidence regarding the effectiveness of such measures is lacking while evidence is mounting for the adverse effects of inappropriate antibiotic use. International guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis were amended, radically in some cases to reflect this...
December 2017: Singapore Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229019/clostridium-difficile-epidemiology-pathogenicity-and-an-update-on-the-limitations-of-and-challenges-in-its-diagnosis
#16
Abdullah A Alyousef
The bacterium originally named Bacillus difficilis was later renamed Clostridium difficile because of the difficulty associated with its isolation in the laboratory. C. difficile causes human-associated diarrhea, which is now known as C. difficile infection (CDI), a major cause of nosocomial infection mainly occurring in developed countries. Changes in antibiotic patterns in its strains produce toxins that are responsible for the high mortality rates associated with CDI; therefore, the epidemiology and severity of CDI have recently changed...
December 12, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227352/epidemiology-of-axial-spondyloarthritis-an-update
#17
Runsheng Wang, Michael M Ward
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide an update of the prevalence and incidence of axial spondyloarthritis in the general population and in patients with spondyloarthritis-related conditions, environmental risk factors for ankylosing spondylitis, progression from nonradiographic axial spondyloarthritis to ankylosing spondylitis, mortality, and risks for cardiovascular events in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. RECENT FINDINGS: Increasingly, administrative healthcare data have been used to study disease frequency and outcomes...
December 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226959/larvivorous-fish-for-preventing-malaria-transmission
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REVIEW
Deirdre P Walshe, Paul Garner, Ahmed A Adeel, Graham H Pyke, Thomas R Burkot
BACKGROUND: Adult female Anopheles mosquitoes can transmit Plasmodium parasites that cause malaria. Some fish species eat mosquito larvae and pupae. In disease control policy documents, the World Health Organization (WHO) includes biological control of malaria vectors by stocking ponds, rivers, and water collections near where people live with larvivorous fish to reduce Plasmodium parasite transmission. In the past, the Global Fund has financed larvivorous fish programmes in some countries, and, with increasing efforts in eradication of malaria, policymakers may return to this option...
December 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226171/antimicrobial-resistance-of-sterile-site-infections-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-systematic-review
#19
Meklit Workneh, Morgan J Katz, Mohammed Lamorde, Sara E Cosgrove, Yukari C Manabe
Sparse data exist from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) on the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). A prior review of antimicrobial resistance in SSA from 1990 to 2013 showed a high prevalence of AMR to commonly used antibiotics in this setting. We reviewed the literature published since 2013. Four databases (PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane, and African Journals Online) were searched for articles between February 2013 and March 2016 with a focus on sterile site infections (bacteremia, urinary tract infections [UTIs], and meningitis)...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226107/cholangitis-diagnosis-treatment-and-prognosis
#20
REVIEW
Amir Houshang Mohammad Alizadeh
Cholangitis is a serious life-threatening situation affecting the hepatobiliary system. This review provides an update regarding the clinical and pathological features of various forms of cholangitis. A comprehensive search was performed in the PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Knowledge databases. It was found that the etiology and pathogenesis of cholangitis are heterogeneous. Cholangitis can be categorized as primary sclerosing (PSC), secondary (acute) cholangitis, and a recently characterized form, known as IgG4-associated cholangitis (IAC)...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
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