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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442807/epidemiology-and-clinico-investigative-study-of-organisms-causing-vaginal-discharge
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Swetha Venugopal, Kannan Gopalan, Asha Devi, A Kavitha
BACKGROUND: Abnormal vaginal discharge is a common clinical problem in reproductive age group. It is the second most common problem after abnormal uterine bleeding. It is a neglected health problem, most commonly caused due to vulvovaginal candidiasis, trichomoniasis, and bacterial vaginosis (BV). OBJECTIVES: The present study was conducted to determine the prevalence of common organisms causing vaginal discharge and also to know the variety of clinical presentation...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441168/a-review-of-caffeine-use-as-a-risk-or-protective-factor-for-women-s-health-and-pregnancy
#2
Amy Peacock, Richard P Mattick, Raimondo Bruno
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide a narrative synthesis of recently published studies on caffeine use as a risk or protective factor for health outcomes, with a focus on women's health and pregnancy. RECENT FINDINGS: Based on predominantly observational studies, moderate caffeine intake has been shown to be a protective factor for liver cancer, certain bowel conditions, colorectal cancer, skin cancer, and regular menstrual cycle function. However, heavy consumption is a risk factor for osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, and poorer birth and child developmental outcomes...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435821/utilization-of-pfge-as-a-powerful-discriminative-tool-for-the-investigation-of-genetic-diversity-among-mrsa-strains
#3
Solmaz Ohadian Moghadam, Mohammad Reza Pourmand, Masoumeh Douraghi, Samira Sabzi, Parisa Ghaffari
BACKGROUND: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a significant challenge to the burn patient. The implementation of proper monitoring programs and prompt identification of epidemic MRSA strains are critical to consequently control and eradicate potential outbreaks. This study aimed to define the genetic relatedness of MRSA strains isolated from burn patients by analyzing the large fragments of DNA. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 126 pus/wound swabs from skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) were collected from inpatients of Shahid Motahari Burn Center (Tehran, Iran) in 2013...
March 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434261/strategies-to-prevent-infections-associated-with-cardiovascular-implantable-electronic-devices
#4
Bharath Raj Palraj, Saira Farid, M Rizwan Sohail
Infections involving cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIED) are associated with high morbidity and mortality and substantial financial cost. In the past two decades, the rate of CIED infections has increased disproportionate to the number of devices implanted, likely due to aging patient population with multiple comorbidities. Microbial contamination of the generator pocket and or leads by skin flora at the time of implantation is a major mechanism for early CIED infections. Due to resistance to host immune cells and antibiotics caused by biofilm formation, complete removal of the device generator and leads is required to achieve cure...
April 24, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433864/arsenic-metabolism-and-cancer-risk-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Brenda Gamboa-Loira, Mariano E Cebrián, Francisco Franco-Marina, Lizbeth López-Carrillo
OBJECTIVE: To describe the studies that have reported association measures between risk of cancer and the percentage distribution of urinary inorganic arsenic (iAs) metabolites by anatomical site, in non-ecological epidemiological studies. METHODS: Studies were identified in the PubMed database in the period from 1990 to 2015. Inclusion criteria were: non-ecological epidemiological study, with histologically confirmed cancer cases, reporting the percentage distribution of inorganic arsenic (iAs), monomethylated (MMA) and dimethylated (DMA) metabolites, as well as association measures with confidence intervals (CI) between cancer and %iAs and/or %MMA and/or %DMA...
April 20, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433728/vector-competence-of-amblyomma-americanum-acari-ixodidae-for-rickettsia-rickettsii
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Michael L Levin, Galina E Zemtsova, Lindsay F Killmaster, Alyssa Snellgrove, Lauren B M Schumacher
Rickettsia rickettsii - the etiologic agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) - is widely spread across the Americas. In the US, Dermacentor spp. ticks are identified as primary vectors of R. rickettsii and Rhipicephalus sanguineus s.l. has been implicated in transmission of this pathogen in several locations in the Southwest. Conversely, ticks of the genus Amblyomma are recognized vectors of RMSF in Central and South America, but not in the US. A. americanum is one of the most aggressive human-biting ticks in the US, whose geographical range overlaps with that of reported RMSF cases...
April 12, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428130/development-and-validation-of-an-algorithm-to-accurately-identify-atopic-eczema-patients-in-primary-care-electronic-health-records-from-the-uk
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K Abuabara, A M Magyari, O Hoffstad, Z K Jabbar-Lopez, L Smeeth, H C Williams, J M Gelfand, D J Margolis, S M Langan
Electronic health records hold great promise for clinical and epidemiologic research. Undertaking atopic eczema (AE) research using such data is challenging due to its episodic and heterogeneous nature. We sought to develop and validate a diagnostic algorithm that identifies AE cases based on codes used for electronic records used in the UK Health Improvement Network (THIN). We found that at least one of 5 diagnosis codes plus two treatment codes for any skin-directed therapy were likely to accurately identify patients with AE...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423087/epidemiological-aspects-of-american-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-acl-in-an-endemic-area-of-forest-extractivist-culture-in-western-brazilian-amazonia
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Andreia Fernandes Brilhante, Leonardo Augusto Kohatsu Melchior, Vânia Lúcia Brandão Nunes, Cristiane de Oliveira Cardoso, Eunice Aparecida Bianchi Galati
The study sought to analyze clinical and epidemiological aspects of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) in Xapuri, Acre, Brazil. Data from 2008 to 2014 registered in the notification records of the disease of the Information System of the Complaints of Notification (SINAN), and the data of the Information Department of the Unified Health System (DATASUS) available from 2007 to 2013 were used and analyzed in the light of the statistics of the temporal series by the Prais-Winsten method and chi-squared test. A total of 906 cases were registered with 60...
April 13, 2017: Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422471/-epidemiological-surveillance-for-multidrug-resistant-microorganisms-in-a-general-icu
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A Fernández-Verdugo, J Fernández, D Escudero, L Cofiño, L Forcelledo, M Telenti, E García-Prieto, R Rodríguez-García, L Álvarez-García, A Pérez-García, C Rodríguez-Lucas, F Vazquez
OBJECTIVE: Multidrug resistant (MDR) microorganisms represent a threat for patients admitted in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). The objective of the present study is to analyse the results of epidemiological surveillance cultures for these microorganisms in one of these units. METHODS: General ICU. Retrospective analysis, descriptive statistics. Analysis of epidemiological surveillance cultures for MDR microorganisms in 2015. Studied microorganisms: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), ESBL-and/or carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (CESBL-KP) and MDR Acinetobacter baumannii (MDRAB)...
April 5, 2017: Revista Española de Quimioterapia: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Quimioterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421079/severe-sequelae-to-mold-related-illness-as-demonstrated-in-two-finnish-cohorts
#10
Tamara Tuuminen, Kyösti Sakari Rinne
The presence of toxic indoor molds with accompanying bacterial growth is clearly detrimental to human health. The pathophysiological and toxicological effects of toxins and structural components of molds and bacteria have been clarified in experiments conducted in tissue culture and animals, and there is convincing epidemiologic evidence; nonetheless their implications for human health are either ignored or denied, at least in Finland. In this communication, we describe two cohorts suffering severe sequelae to mold-related illness...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419202/genomic-characterization-of-usa300-mrsa-to-evaluate-intraclass-transmission-and-recurrence-of-ssti-among-high-risk-military-trainees
#11
Eugene V Millar, Gregory K Rice, Emad M Elassal, Carey D Schlett, Jason W Bennett, Cassie L Redden, Deepika Mor, Natasha N Law, David R Tribble, Theron Hamilton, Michael W Ellis, Kimberly A Bishop-Lilly
Background.: Military trainees are at increased risk for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin and soft tissue infection (SSTI). Whole genome sequencing (WGS) can refine our understanding of MRSA transmission and microevolution in congregate settings. Methods.: We conducted a prospective case-control study of SSTI among US Army Infantry trainees at Fort Benning, GA from July 2012-December 2014. We identified clusters of USA300 MRSA SSTI within select training classes and performed WGS on clinical isolates...
April 17, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416258/-description-of-3-cases-of-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-caused-by-streptococcus-pneumoniae
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Mónica Elisabeth Martínez, Sandra Liliana Grenón, Oscar Herminio López, Lorena Beatriz Leguizamón, Marta Eugenia Mollerach, Martha Helena von Specht
The role of Streptococcus pneumoniae as a causative agent of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) is unusual and its clinical interpretation is difficult. We describe here three cases of SSTI due to S. pneumoniae in patients admitted to the Provincial Pediatric Hospital of Misiones, Argentina that were detected during 10 years of invasive disease (ID) surveillance documented in 2010, 2011 and 2015. These cases involved two girls aged 8 and 7 months old, and a two-year-old male child with diagnoses of gluteal abscess, preseptal cellulites and pyoderma respectively...
April 14, 2017: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416002/biological-effects-of-exposure-to-static-electric-fields-in-humans-and-vertebrates-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Anne-Kathrin Petri, Kristina Schmiedchen, Dominik Stunder, Dagmar Dechent, Thomas Kraus, William H Bailey, Sarah Driessen
BACKGROUND: High-voltage direct current (HVDC) lines are the technology of choice for the transport of large amounts of energy over long distances. The operation of these lines produces static electric fields (EF), but the data reviewed in previous assessments were not sufficient to assess the need for any environmental limit. The aim of this systematic review was to update the current state of research and to evaluate biological effects of static EF. METHODS: Using the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses) recommendations, we collected and evaluated experimental and epidemiological studies examining biological effects of exposure to static EF in humans (n = 8) and vertebrates (n = 40)...
April 17, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412931/prevalence-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-in-beef-cattle-at-slaughter-and-beef-carcasses-at-retail-shops-in-ethiopia
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Rosa Abdissa, Woynshet Haile, Akafete Teklu Fite, Ashenafi Feyisa Beyi, Getahun E Agga, Bedaso Mammo Edao, Fanos Tadesse, Mesula Geloye Korsa, Takele Beyene, Tariku Jibat Beyene, Lieven De Zutter, Eric Cox, Bruno Maria Goddeeris
BACKGROUND: There is paucity of information regarding the epidemiology of Escherichia coli O157: H7 in developing countries. In this study, we investigated the occurrence of E. coli O157: H7 associated with beef cattle at processing plants and at retail shops in Ethiopia. METHODS: Various samples were collected from beef cattle at slaughter/processing plants, carcass at retail shops and humans at health centers. E. coli O157: H7 was isolated, identified and characterized for antimicrobial resistance, using standard microbiological methods...
April 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410872/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-wheezing-and-allergic-diseases-in-preschool-children-a-perspective-from-the-mediterranean-coast-of-turkey
#15
E Bolat, T Arikoglu, M A Sungur, S B Batmaz, S Kuyucu
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence and risk factors of allergic diseases in preschool children from one of the biggest cities in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey. METHODS: The study population included 396 preschool children attending to urban daycare centres in Mersin. In the first stage, a comprehensive standardised questionnaire modified from the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) was employed...
April 11, 2017: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410445/integrative-skin-care-dermatology-and-traditional-and-complementary-medicine
#16
Gerard Bodeker, Terence J Ryan, Adva Volk, Jahnavi Harris, Gemma Burford Mbiochem
Skin problems and diseases are extremely common globally and, due to their visibility, often result in severe distress and stigma for sufferers. Traditional (i.e., indigenous or local) and complementary health systems are widely used and incorporate many treatment modalities suitable for skin care, and a body of evidence for their efficacy and safety has built up over many decades. These approaches are often used as part of a broader "integrative medicine" (IM) approach that may also include, for example, nutrition and mind-body approaches...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409160/peripheral-and-autonomic-neuropathy-in-south-asians-and-white-caucasians-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-possible-explanations-for-epidemiological-differences
#17
Abd A Tahrani, Q A Altaf, Milan K Piya, Anthony H Barnett
Objectives. To compare the prevalence of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) and that of cardiac autonomic neuropathy (CAN) between South Asians and White Caucasians with type 2 diabetes and to explore reasons for observed differences. Methods. A cross-sectional study of casually selected South Asian and White Caucasian adults attending a hospital-based diabetes clinic in the UK. DPN and CAN were assessed using the Michigan Neuropathy Screening Instrument (MNSI) and heart rate variability testing, respectively...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408849/a-retrospective-epidemiological-study-of-skin-diseases-among-pediatric-population-attending-a-tertiary-dermatology-referral-center-in-northern-greece
#18
Efstratios Vakirlis, Grigorios Theodosiou, Zoe Apalla, Michael Arabatzis, Elizabeth Lazaridou, Elena Sotiriou, Aimilios Lallas, Demetrios Ioannides
BACKGROUND: The incidence of skin diseases in children is influenced by hereditary, social, and environmental factors. The objective of this study was to determine the incidence of pediatric dermatoses at a University Hospital in Northern Greece. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We reviewed epidemiologic data of 940 patients, aged 0-18 years, who were referred to the outpatient clinic of a University Hospital between January 2013 and December 2015. Demographic data and the frequency of the various diagnoses in various age groups were studied...
2017: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407796/prevalence-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-infection-and-the-molecular-characteristics-of-mrsa-bacteraemia-over-a-two-year-period-in-a-tertiary-teaching-hospital-in-malaysia
#19
Pik San Sit, Cindy Shuan Ju Teh, Nuryana Idris, I-Ching Sam, Sharifah Faridah Syed Omar, Helmi Sulaiman, Kwai Lin Thong, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Sasheela Ponnampalavanar
BACKGROUND: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an established pathogen that causes hospital- and community-acquired infections worldwide. The prevalence rate of MRSA infections were reported to be the highest in Asia. As there is limited epidemiological study being done in Malaysia, this study aimed to determine the prevalence of MRSA infection and the molecular characteristics of MRSA bacteraemia. METHODS: Two hundred and nine MRSA strains from year 2011 to 2012 were collected from a tertiary teaching hospital in Malaysia...
April 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403068/malignant-melanoma-in-african-americans-a-population-based-clinical-outcomes-study-involving-1106-african-american-patients-from-the-surveillance-epidemiology-and-end-result-seer-database-1988-2011
#20
Krishnaraj Mahendraraj, Komal Sidhu, Christine S M Lau, Georgia J McRoy, Ronald S Chamberlain, Franz O Smith
Malignant melanoma accounts for 75% of all skin cancer deaths and is potentially curable if identified early. Although melanoma is rare in African-Americans (AA), it is associated with a worse prognosis than in Caucasians. This study examines the demographic, pathologic, and clinical factors impacting AA melanoma outcomes.Data for 1106 AA and 212,721 Caucasian cutaneous melanoma patients were abstracted from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Result (SEER) database (1988-2011). Data were grouped on the basis of histological subtypes: "Superficial Spreading" (SS), "Nodular" (NM), "Lentigo Maligna" (LM), "Acral Lentiginous" (AL), and "Not otherwise specified" (NOS)...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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