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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432579/hcv-cure-and-reinfection-among-people-with-hiv-hcv-coinfection-and-people-who-inject-drugs
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Marianne Martinello, Behzad Hajarizadeh, Jason Grebely, Gregory J Dore, Gail V Matthews
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Highly effective, well-tolerated interferon-free direct-acting antivirals (DAA) have revolutionised hepatitis C virus (HCV) therapeutics, with the opportunity for broad treatment scale-up among marginalised or "high-risk" populations, including people who inject drugs (PWID) and people with HIV/HCV coinfection. RECENT FINDINGS: Concern that HCV reinfection may compromise HCV treatment outcomes is sometimes cited as a reason for not offering treatment to current and former PWID...
April 21, 2017: Current HIV/AIDS Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431934/etiological-analysis-and-epidemiological-comparison-among-adult-cap-and-nhcap-patients-in-okinawa-japan
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Gretchen Parrott, Daijiro Nebeya, Takeshi Kinjo, Kazuya Miyagi, Shusaku Haranaga, Futoshi Higa, Masao Tateyama, Jiro Fujita
BACKGROUND: Etiological epidemiology and diagnosis are important issues for CAP and NHCAP. Despite the availability of effective therapies, significant morbidity and mortality ensues. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the etiology of 200 pneumonia patients at the University of the Ryukyus Hospital. Patients were categorized into CAP (n = 97) or NHCAP (n = 103), according to the Japanese Respiratory Society guidelines. Diagnoses were made using clinical tests including, Gram stain, bacterial culture, serum and urinary tests...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431584/monitoring-quality-and-coverage-of-harm-reduction-services-for-people-who-use-drugs-a-consensus-study
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Lucas Wiessing, Marica Ferri, Vendula Běláčková, Patrizia Carrieri, Samuel R Friedman, Cinta Folch, Kate Dolan, Brian Galvin, Peter Vickerman, Jeffrey V Lazarus, Viktor Mravčík, Mirjam Kretzschmar, Vana Sypsa, Ana Sarasa-Renedo, Anneli Uusküla, Dimitrios Paraskevis, Luis Mendão, Diana Rossi, Nadine van Gelder, Luke Mitcheson, Letizia Paoli, Cristina Diaz Gomez, Maitena Milhet, Nicoleta Dascalu, Jonathan Knight, Gordon Hay, Eleni Kalamara, Roland Simon, Catherine Comiskey, Carla Rossi, Paul Griffiths
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Despite advances in our knowledge of effective services for people who use drugs over the last decades globally, coverage remains poor in most countries, while quality is often unknown. This paper aims to discuss the historical development of successful epidemiological indicators and to present a framework for extending them with additional indicators of coverage and quality of harm reduction services, for monitoring and evaluation at international, national or subnational levels...
April 22, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431111/correction-of-abnormal-b-cell-subset-distribution-by-interleukin-6-receptor-blockade-in-polymyalgia-rheumatica
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Guillermo Carvajal Alegria, Valérie Devauchelle-Pensec, Yves Renaudineau, Alain Saraux, Jacques-Olivier Pers, Divi Cornec
Objectives.: The aim was to study lymphocyte subsets and circulating cytokines at diagnosis of PMR and after tocilizumab monotherapy. Methods.: Eighteen untreated patients with PMR were included in a prospective study and received 3-monthly tocilizumab infusions without glucocorticoids. Lymphocyte subset distribution was assessed by flow cytometry and serum cytokines were assayed by a 34-cytokine array and ELISA, at baseline and during follow-up. Baseline data were also compared with age- and sex-matched controls...
April 20, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430026/expanding-the-types-of-clients-receiving-sex-therapy-and-sexual-health-services
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Barry McCarthy, Lana Wald Ross
The provision of sex therapy primarily occurs for middle class couples by middle class clinicians. This conceptual/clinical paper advocates for sex therapy approaches that better meet the needs of individuals and couples within a broader socioeconomic range. Every couple, regardless of socio-economic status, deserves first class sex therapy that helps establish a satisfying, secure, and sexual relationship from an empathic, respectful clinician who remains sensitive to specific vulnerabilities and challenges related to economic and social class factors...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428677/hypothyroidism-in-pediatric-population-bosnian-and-herzegovinian-situation
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Edo Hasanbegovic, Snijezana Hasanbegovic, Edin Begic
INTRODUCTION: Thyroid gland diseases in children are in second place by frequency among all endocrine disorders. When interpreting the results of the thyroid function assessment it should be taken into account the significant differences in the concentrations of TSH, thyroid hormones, thyroid binding proteins and calcitonin among children of different ages. GOAL: To present the age and sex structure of the patients diagnosed with hypothyroidism, evaluate diagnostic methods for making diagnosis, evaluation of etiology of hypothyroidism, with special review of the therapeutic modality...
February 2017: Medical Archives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427969/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-is-associated-with-lower-short-and-long-term-mortality-in-patients-with-carbon-monoxide-poisoning
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Chien-Cheng Huang, Chung-Han Ho, Yi-Chen Chen, Hung-Jung Lin, Chien-Chin Hsu, Jhi-Joung Wang, Shih-Bin Su, How-Ran Guo
BACKGROUND: To date, there has been no consensus about the effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) on the mortality of patients with carbon monoxide poisoning (COP). This retrospective nationwide population-based cohort study from Taiwan was conducted to clarify this issue. METHODS: Using the Nationwide Poisoning Database, we identified 25,737 COP patients diagnosed between 1999 and 2012, including 7,278 patients who received HBOT and 18,459 patients who did not...
April 17, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427836/adherence-to-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-in-adults-with-an-intellectual-disability
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Kim A Luijks, Nele L Vandenbussche, Dirk Pevernagie, Sebastiaan Overeem, Sigrid Pillen
STUDY OBJECTIVES: This retrospective study evaluated the feasibility of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy in adults with intellectual disabilities (ID). METHODS: CPAP therapy of 24 obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA) patients with ID were compared to age- and sex-matched adults with normal cognitive functioning. All ID patients received an intensive in-hospital training protocol to stimulate adherence. Good adherence was defined as a use of >70% of the nights and >4 h/night...
March 30, 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427806/decreased-synovial-fluid-ghrelin-levels-are-linked-with-disease-severity-in-primary-knee-osteoarthritis-patients-and-are-increased-following-laser-therapy
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Yu-Cong Zou, Hong-Yu Deng, Zheng Mao, Chang Zhao, Ju Huang, Gang Liu
BACKGROUND: Ghrelin has been proved to inhibit inflammation and promote cartilage growth. So far, its role in patients with primary osteoarthritis has not been investigated. OBJECTIVE: The current study was performed to explore the serum and synovial ghrelin levels as well as the relationship between ghrelin levels and disease severity in primary knee OA patients. METHODS: 52 primary knee OA patients were recruited in the study. 52 sex and age-matched patients visiting our hospital for regular body check were selected as controls...
April 18, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427708/increased-incidence-and-prevalence-of-psoriasis-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Ruth Ann Marrie, Scott B Patten, Helen Tremlett, Christina Wolfson, Stella Leung, John D Fisk
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis and multiple sclerosis (MS) share some risk factors, and fumarates are effective disease-modifying therapies for both psoriasis and MS, suggesting a common pathogenesis. However, findings regarding the occurrence of psoriasis in the MS population are inconsistent. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to estimate the incidence and prevalence of psoriasis in the MS population versus a matched cohort from the general population. METHODS: We used population-based administrative data from the Canadian province of Manitoba to identify 4911 persons with MS and 23,274 age-, sex- and geographically-matched controls aged 20 years and older...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427707/incidence-of-multiple-sclerosis-in-the-republic-of-ireland-a-prospective-population-based-study
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K O'Connell, N Tubridy, M Hutchinson, C McGuigan
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) incidence and prevalence is increasing worldwide, with a disproportionally higher rate in women. Recent studies have questioned the presence of a latitudinal gradient in Europe. Ireland is a high prevalence country for MS with a previously reported North-South gradient making it ideal to further explore this concept. OBJECTIVES: In this study we prospectively determined the incidence rate of newly diagnosed MS in Ireland over a 12-month period and demonstrated the presence of a North-South gradient...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427449/urolithiasis-analysis-in-a-multiethnic-population-at-a-tertiary-hospital-in-nairobi-kenya
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Francis K Wathigo, Alfred Hayombe, Daniel Maina
BACKGROUND: Urolithiasis is a global problem whose incidence is reported to be on the rise across the world. Previously, urolithiasis was reported as being rare among the indigenous African population but recent data suggest otherwise. This study reviewed the demographic and clinical characteristics of patients with urolithiasis seen at the Aga Khan University hospital Nairobi (AKUHN) as well as the chemical composition of the stones and the modalities of therapy used. METHODS: This was a retrospective study which utilized patients' clinical and laboratory records from 2013 to 2014...
April 20, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427421/cerebrospinal-fluid-csf-biomarkers-of-iron-status-are-associated-with-csf-viral-load-antiretroviral-therapy-and-demographic-factors-in-hiv-infected-adults
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Stephanie M Patton, Quan Wang, Todd Hulgan, James R Connor, Peilin Jia, Zhongming Zhao, Scott L Letendre, Ronald J Ellis, William S Bush, David C Samuels, Donald R Franklin, Harpreet Kaur, Jennifer Iudicello, Igor Grant, Asha R Kallianpur
BACKGROUND: HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND) remains common, despite antiretroviral therapy (ART). HIV dysregulates iron metabolism, but cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of iron and iron-transport proteins in HIV-infected (HIV+) persons are largely unknown. The objectives of this study were to characterize CSF iron-related biomarkers in HIV+ adults and explore their relationships to known predictors of HAND. METHODS: We quantified total iron, transferrin and heavy-chain (H)-ferritin by immunoassay in CSF sampled by lumbar puncture in 403 HIV+ participants in a multi-center, observational study and evaluated biomarker associations with demographic and HIV-related correlates of HAND [e...
April 21, 2017: Fluids and Barriers of the CNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427378/assessment-of-cardiac-function-in-children-with-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-a-case-control-study-in-cameroon
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J Tony Nengom, S Sap Ngo Um, D Chelo, R Mbono Betoko, J Boombhi, F Mouafo Tambo, A Chiabi, S Kingue, P Koki Ndombo
BACKGROUND: High level of androgens found in congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) seems to have a deleterious effect on heart function. We therefore evaluate cardiac function of children with CAH in comparison with a healthy group. METHODS: We carried out a case-control study in the single endocrinology unit of the Mother and Child Center of Chantal Biya's Foundation. Cases were matched for age and genotypic sex to 2 healthy controls. We analyzed the ejection fraction (LVEF), fractional shortening and left ventricular mass; output and cardiac index; E and A waves velocities, E/A ratio and the mitral deceleration time and diameter of the left atrium; tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion and pulmonary artery systolic pressure were also measured...
April 20, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426980/hormonal-and-reproductive-risk-factors-of-papillary-thyroid-cancer-a-population-based-case-control-study-in-france
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Emilie Cordina-Duverger, Christophe Leux, Monica Neri, Catherine Tcheandjieu, Anne-Valérie Guizard, Claire Schvartz, Thérèse Truong, Pascal Guénel
The three times higher incidence of thyroid cancer in women compared to men points to a role of female sex hormones in its etiology. However the effects of these factors are poorly understood. We analyzed the association between thyroid cancer and hormonal and reproductive factors among women enrolled in CATHY, a population-based case-control study conducted in France. The study included 430 cases of papillary thyroid cancer and 505 controls frequency-matched on age and area of residence. The odds ratios for thyroid cancer increased with age at menarche (p trend 0...
April 17, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426357/a-qualitative-assessment-of-alcohol-consumption-and-sexual-risk-behaviors-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-and-transgender-women-in-peru
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Panagiotis Vagenas, Shan-Estelle Brown, Jesse L Clark, Kelika A Konda, Javier R Lama, Jorge Sánchez, Ann C Duerr, Frederick L Altice
BACKGROUND: Peruvian men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TGW) experience the double burden of a highly concentrated HIV epidemic with a high prevalence of alcohol use disorders (AUDs). Recent research has associated both with risky sexual behaviors, including unprotected sex, having multiple sexual partners, engaging in sex work, having recent sexually transmitted infections, and having HIV-infected partners. AUDs have also been associated in MSM/TGW with being unaware of HIV+ status...
June 7, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425064/a-pathway-to-personalizing-therapy-for-metastases-using-liver-on-a-chip-platforms
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A S Khazali, A M Clark, A Wells
Metastasis accounts for most cancer-related deaths. The majority of solid cancers, including those of the breast, colorectum, prostate and skin, metastasize at significant levels to the liver due to its hemodynamic as well as tumor permissive microenvironmental properties. As this occurs prior to detection and treatment of the primary tumor, we need to target liver metastases to improve patients' outcomes. Animal models, while proven to be useful in mechanistic studies, do not represent the heterogeneity of human population especially in drug metabolism lack proper human cell-cell interactions, and this gap between animals and humans results in costly and inefficient drug discovery...
April 19, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421833/a-multidimensional-study-of-vocal-function-following-radiation-therapy-for-laryngeal-cancers
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Vrushali Angadi, Emily Dressler, Joseph Stemple
BACKGROUND: Radiation therapy (XRT) has proven to be an effective curative modality in the treatment of laryngeal cancers. However, XRT also has deleterious effects on vocal function. AIM: To demonstrate the multidimensional nature of deficits in vocal function as a result of radiation therapy for laryngeal cancer. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study. METHODOLOGY: Vocal function parameters were chosen from the 5 domains of voice assessment to complete a multidimensional assessment battery...
April 1, 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421354/perceived-barriers-and-facilitators-to-integrating-hiv-prevention-and-treatment-with-cross-sex-hormone-therapy-for-transgender-women-in-lima-peru
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Sari L Reisner, Amaya G Perez-Brumer, Sarah A McLean, Javier R Lama, Alfonso Silva-Santisteban, Leyla Huerta, Jorge Sanchez, Jesse L Clark, Matthew J Mimiaga, Kenneth H Mayer
Transgender women (TW) represent a vulnerable population at increased risk for HIV infection in Peru. A mixed-methods study with 48 TW and 19 healthcare professionals was conducted between January and February 2015 to explore barriers and facilitators to implementing a model of care that integrates HIV services with gender-affirmative medical care (i.e., hormone therapy) in Lima, Peru. Perceived acceptability of the integrated care model was high among TW and healthcare professionals alike. Barriers included stigma, lack of provider training or Peruvian guidelines regarding optimal TW care, and service delivery obstacles (e...
April 18, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421251/defining-the-ultrasound-longitudinal-natural-history-of-newly-diagnosed-pediatric-small-bowel-crohn-disease-treated-with-infliximab-and-infliximab-azathioprine-combination-therapy
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Jonathan R Dillman, Soudabeh Fazeli Dehkordy, Ethan A Smith, Michael A DiPietro, Ramon Sanchez, Vera DeMatos-Maillard, Jeremy Adler, Bin Zhang, Andrew T Trout
BACKGROUND: Little is known about changes in the imaging appearances of the bowel and mesentery over time in either pediatric or adult patients with newly diagnosed small bowel Crohn disease treated with anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha (anti-TNF-α) therapy. OBJECTIVE: To define how bowel ultrasound findings change over time and correlate with laboratory inflammatory markers in children who have been newly diagnosed with pediatric small bowel Crohn disease and treated with infliximab...
April 18, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
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