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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651111/the-rise-of-zika-infection-and-microcephaly-what-can-we-learn-from-a-public-health-emergency
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B McCloskey, T Endericks
OBJECTIVES: To consider why Zika was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), why it stopped being one and what we can learn from this for the future. STUDY DESIGN: This paper reviews the sequence of events and evidence base for the decision to declare Zika a PHEIC, the global response to this, the challenges in maintaining an evidence-based approach to outbreak response and identifies learning outcomes. METHODS: Evidence review, all published articles in reputable UK and international journals were identified...
June 23, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651012/the-economic-burden-of-human-papillomavirus-related-precancers-and-cancers-in-sweden
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Ellinor Östensson, Maria Silfverschiöld, Lennart Greiff, Christine Asciutto, Johan Wennerberg, Marie-Louise Lydryp, Ulf Håkansson, Pär Sparén, Christer Borgfeldt
BACKGROUND: High-risk (HR) human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is an established cause of malignant disease. We used a societal perspective to estimate the cost of HR HPV-related cervical, vulvar, vaginal, anal, and penile precancer and cancer, and oropharyngeal cancer in Sweden in 2006, 1 year before HPV vaccination became available in the country. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prevalence-based cost-of-illness study used diagnosis-specific data from national registries to determine the number of HR HPV-related precancers and cancers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651007/urban-chikungunya-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-a-systematic-review
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John M Humphrey, Natalie B Cleton, Chantal B E M Reusken, Marshall J Glesby, Marion P G Koopmans, Laith J Abu-Raddad
BACKGROUND: The epidemiology of Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is not well characterized despite increasing recognition of its expanding infection and disease burden in recent years. METHODOLOGY / PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Following Cochrane Collaboration guidelines and reporting our findings following PRISMA guidelines, we systematically reviewed records describing the human prevalence and incidence, CHIKV prevalence/infection rates in vectors, outbreaks, and reported cases for CHIKV across the MENA region...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650945/treatment-approach-for-infection-of-healed-fractures-after-internal-fixation
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Joshua M Lawrenz, Salvatore J Frangiamore, Ajinkya A Rane, W Alex Cantrell, Heather A Vallier
OBJECTIVE: To review the efficacy of a treatment approach for patients with infection and colonized implants after open reduction and internal fixation of fractures. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. SETTING: Level one trauma center. PATIENTS: Twenty patients were treated for wound infection with colonized implants after open reduction and internal fixation. INTERVENTION: Surgical debridement, removal of implants and a short post-operative oral antibiotic course...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650753/lower-extremity-infections-caused-by-serratia-marcescens-a-report-of-three-cases-and-a-literature-review
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Luis Marin, Raymond Rowan, Ana Mantilla, Bamidele Olupona, Ann MacIntyre
Serratia marcescens is a ubiquitous, facultatively anaerobic, gram-negative bacillus that has been cited to cause infection in immunocompromised populations. In the literature, S marcescens infections of the lower extremity have presented as granulomatous ulceration, abscess, bullous cellulitis, and necrotizing fasciitis. Herein we present a series of three cases of lower-extremity infections in which S marcescens was the sole or a contributing pathogen. We discuss the commonalities of these three cases as well as with those previously cited...
May 2017: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650593/hhv-6-in-liver-transplantation-a-literature-review
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Tuan L Phan, Irmeli Lautenschlager, Raymund R Razonable, Flor M Munoz
Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6A and HHV-6B) can cause primary infection or reactivate from latency in liver transplant recipients, which can result in a variety of clinical syndromes, including fever, hepatitis, encephalitis, and higher rates of graft dysfunction as well as indirect effects including increased risks of mortality, CMV disease, hepatitis C progression and greater fibrosis scores. Although HHV-6 infection is currently diagnosed by quantifying viral DNA in plasma or blood, biopsy to demonstrate histopathologic effects of HHV-6 remains the gold standard for diagnosis of end-organ disease...
June 26, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650591/the-silver-lining-towards-the-responsible-and-limited-usage-of-silver
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Kshipra Naik, Meenal Kowshik
Silver has attracted a lot of attention as a powerful, broad spectrum and natural antimicrobial agent since the ancient times because of its non-toxic nature to the human body at low concentrations. It has been used in treatment of various infections and ulcers, storage of water, and prevention of bacterial growth on the surfaces and within materials. However there are numerous medical and health benefits of colloidal or nano silver apart from its microbicidal ability which as yet have not been fully embraced by the medical community...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650313/molecular-mechanisms-and-epidemiology-of-resistance-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae-in-the-middle-east-region
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Grace El Moujaber, Marwan Osman, Rayane Rafei, Fouad Dabboussi, Monzer Hamze
PURPOSE: Streptococcus pneumoniae is a commensal bacterium that normally colonizes the human nasopharyngeal cavity. Once disseminated, it can cause several diseases, ranging from non-invasive infections such as acute otitis media and sinusitis through to invasive infections with higher mortality, including meningitis and septicaemia. Since the identification of the first S. pneumoniae strain with decreased susceptibility to penicillin in the 1960s, antibiotic resistance among S. pneumoniae has increased disturbingly and the mechanisms of resistance have begun to unfold...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650001/brodalumab-the-first-anti-il-17-receptor-agent-for-psoriasis
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L Puig
Psoriasis is a chronic immune-mediated inflammatory skin disease in which the alteration of the interleukin-23 (IL-23)/IL-17 cytokine axis appears to be crucial from a pathogenetic perspective. This has been confirmed by the efficacy of monoclonal antibodies blocking IL-17A, such as secukinumab and ixekizumab. Brodalumab is a human anti-IL-17 receptor A (IL-17RA) monoclonal antibody that inhibits the biological activity of IL-17A, IL-17F and other IL-17 isoforms, and has been approved (210 mg s.c. at weeks 0, 1, 2 and every 2 weeks thereafter) for the treatment of psoriasis vulgaris, psoriatic arthritis, pustular psoriasis and psoriatic erythroderma in Japan (Lumicef)...
May 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649851/avoidance-of-urinary-catheterization-to-minimize-in-hospital-complications-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-an-observational-study
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Sandra B Lauck, Jae-Yung Kwon, David A Wood, Jennifer Baumbusch, Tone M Norekvål, Nay Htun, Leo Stephenson, John G Webb
BACKGROUND: Contemporary transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) devices and approach present opportunities to review historical practices initially informed by early treatment development and cardiac surgery. The avoidance of urinary catheterization in the older TAVI population is a strategy to minimize in-hospital complications. The purpose of the study was to explore elimination-related complications following the phased implementation of a default strategy of avoiding urinary catheterization in patients undergoing transfemoral (TF) TAVI...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649563/symptomatic-congenital-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-children-of-seropositive-women
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Ines Mack, Marie-Anne Burckhardt, Ulrich Heininger, Friederike Prüfer, Sven Schulzke, Sven Wellmann
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most frequent congenital virus infection worldwide. The risk of congenital CMV (cCMV) transmission is highest in seronegative women who acquire primary CMV infection during pregnancy. A growing body of evidence indicates that secondary CMV infections in pregnant women with preconceptual immunity (either through reactivation of latent virus or re-infection with a new strain of CMV) contribute to a much greater proportion of symptomatic cCMV than was previously thought. Here, we describe a case of symptomatic cCMV infection in the newborn of a woman with proven immunity prior to pregnancy...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649485/scedosporium-apiospermum-brain-abscesses-in-a-patient-after-near-drowning-a-case-report-with-10-year-follow-up-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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Sandra C Signore, Christoph P Dohm, Gunther Schütze, Mathias Bähr, Pawel Kermer
Scedosporium apiospermum is known to be a fungal pathogen affecting immunocompromised as well as non-immunodeficient patients. Although this fungus is found rarely, an infection can lead to severe and even fatal disease. Here, we describe the case of a 41-year-old female who developed multiple Scedosporium apiospermum brain abscesses after near-drowning with aspiration of contaminated mud and water. She showed various neurological symptoms. The patient recovered after removal of abscesses in combination with long-term antifungal treatment...
September 2017: Medical Mycology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649373/novel-approaches-to-hiv-therapy
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REVIEW
Eric S Daar
There are approximately 35 million people infected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), with an estimated 2 million incident infections annually across the globe. While HIV infection was initially associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality, advances in therapy have transformed it into a chronic and manageable disease. In addition, there is very strong evidence that those on antiretroviral therapy are much less likely to transmit infection to their partners. The success rates for maintaining viral suppression in treated patients has dramatically increased owing to the development of agents that are potent and well tolerated and can often be co-formulated into single pills for simplification...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649296/clinical-profile-and-outcome-of-diabetic-foot-ulcer-a-view-from-tertiary-care-hospital-in-semarang-indonesia
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Tjokorda Gde Dalem Pemayun, Ridho M Naibaho
Background: This study attempted to determine the disease burden in terms of clinical profile and outcome of diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) admissions at a tertiary care hospital in a developing country. Methods: In this descriptive study, the data were collected from the medical record of diabetic patients with foot ulcer who were treated in Dr. Kariadi General Hospital during a 3-year period. The demographic characteristic, type of foot lesion, etiology, isolated microorganism, treatment, and outcome were reviewed...
2017: Diabetic Foot & Ankle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649246/redirected-primary-human-chimeric-antigen-receptor-natural-killer-cells-as-an-off-the-shelf-immunotherapy-for-improvement-in-cancer-treatment
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Olaf Oberschmidt, Stephan Kloess, Ulrike Koehl
Primary human natural killer (NK) cells recognize and subsequently eliminate virus infected cells, tumor cells, or other aberrant cells. However, cancer cells are able to develop tumor immune escape mechanisms to undermine this immune control. To overcome this obstacle, NK cells can be genetically modified to express chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) in order to improve specific recognition of cancer surface markers (e.g., CD19, CD20, and ErbB2). After target recognition, intracellular CAR domain signaling (CD3ζ, CD28, 4-1BB, and 2B4) leads to activation of PI3K or DNAX proteins (DAP10, DAP12) and finally to enhanced cytotoxicity, proliferation, and/or interferon γ release...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649240/decoding-the-role-of-glycans-in-malaria
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Pollyanna S Gomes, Daniel F Feijó, Alexandre Morrot, Celio G Freire-de-Lima
Complications arising from malaria are a concern for public health authorities worldwide, since the annual caseload in humans usually exceeds millions. Of more than 160 species of Plasmodium, only 4 infect humans, with the most severe cases ascribed to Plasmodium falciparum and the most prevalent to Plasmodium vivax. Over the past 70 years, since World War II, when the first antimalarial drugs were widely used, many efforts have been made to combat this disease, including vectorial control, new drug discoveries and genetic and molecular approaches...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649136/viral-effects-on-the-content-and-function-of-extracellular-vesicles
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Nancy Raab-Traub, Dirk P Dittmer
The release of membrane-bound vesicles from cells is being increasingly recognized as a mechanism of intercellular communication. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) or exosomes are produced by virus-infected cells and are thought to be involved in intercellular communication between infected and uninfected cells. Viruses, in particular oncogenic viruses and viruses that establish chronic infections, have been shown to modulate the production and content of EVs. Viral microRNAs, proteins and even entire virions can be incorporated into EVs, which can affect the immune recognition of viruses or modulate neighbouring cells...
June 26, 2017: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648861/preparing-clinicians-for-re-emerging-arbovirus-infectious-diseases-in-europe
#18
REVIEW
Louise Sigfrid, Chantal Reusken, Isabella Eckerle, Veronique Nussenblatt, Sam Lipworth, Janey Messina, Moritz Kraemer, Onder Ergonul, Anna Papa, Marion Koopmans, Peter Horby
BACKGROUND: Arthropod-borne virus (Arbovirus) infections are considered an emerging threat for Europe, with an increase in cases in recent decades. The increase in global travel and trade has contributed to the introduction of vectors and viruses into new geographical areas. Tropical arboviruses such as dengue and chikungunya have re-emerged causing local, sporadic outbreaks ignited by travel-imported cases. The recent Zika virus outbreak in the Americas highlighted a need to strengthen preparedness to (re-)emerging arbovirus infections globally...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648858/evaluation-of-vancomycin-mic-creep-in-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-infections-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
REVIEW
Raquel Diaz, Vera Afreixo, Elmano Ramalheira, Carmen Rodrigues, Bruno Gago
OBJECTIVES: Vancomycin is currently the primary option treatment for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). However, an increasing number of MRSA isolates with high minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs), within the susceptible range (vancomycin MIC creep), are being reported worldwide. Resorting to a meta-analysis approach, this study aims to assess the evidence of vancomycin MIC creep. METHODS: We searched for studies in the Pubmed database. The inclusion criteria for study eligibility included the possibility of retrieving from the reported data values of vancomycin MIC and information concerning the applied MIC methodology...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648816/how-light-affects-the-life-of-botrytis
#20
REVIEW
Julia Schumacher
Fungi, like other organisms, actively sense the environmental light conditions in order to drive adaptive responses, including protective mechanisms against the light-associated stresses, and to regulate development. Ecological niches are characterized by different light regimes, for instance light is absent underground, and light spectra from the sunlight are changed underwater or under the canopy of foliage due to the absorption of distinct wavelengths by bacterial, algal and plant pigments. Considering the fact that fungi have evolved to adapt to their habitats, the complexities of their 'visual' systems may vary significantly...
June 22, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
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