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Samiran Bandyopadhyay, Jaydeep Banerjee, Debaraj Bhattacharyya, Indranil Samanta, Achintya Mahanti, Tapan K Dutta, Sarbaswarup Ghosh, Pramod K Nanda, Premanshu Dandapat, Subhasish Bandyopadhyay
We investigated the occurrence of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) and AmpC-type β-lactamase (ACBL) producing quinolone-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (KP) in milk samples of apparently healthy buffaloes (n = 348) and buffaloes (n = 19) with evidence of subclinical mastitis from seven districts of West Bengal, India. In total, 12 ESBL producing KP were isolated with blaCTX-M-15 gene and 7 of them were ACBL producers, as well. The blaCTX-M-15 genes were carried by transposable element ISEcp1. The plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance genes-qnrS, qnrA, qnrB, qepA, and aac(6')-Ib-cr were detected in five, one, three, four, and one isolate (s), respectively...
March 22, 2018: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
Keith Gray, Rebecca Wilde, Karl Shutes
AIM: This article offers nurse managers guidance on analysing, managing and addressing a potentially dissatisfied nursing workforce, focusing on three priority shortage specialties: emergency care, paediatrics and cardiology. The aim of the study was to explore to what extent registered nurses and healthcare assistants, referred to collectively here as 'nursing staff', are satisfied with teamworking opportunities, continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities and workplace autonomy...
March 22, 2018: Nursing Management (Harrow)
Sergei N Drachev, Tormod Brenn, Tordis A Trovik
The objective was to assess the prevalence of and factors associated with dental anxiety (DA) in medical and dental students in North-West Russia. This cross-sectional study included 422 medical and 285 dental undergraduate Russian students aged 18-25 years from the Northern State Medical University in Arkhangelsk. Corah's Dental Anxiety Scale (DAS) was applied to measure DA. Information on socio-demographic and socioeconomic factors, oral health behaviour and general and oral health was obtained from a structured, self-administered questionnaire...
December 2018: International Journal of Circumpolar Health
Indranil Saha, Kamirul Islam, Bobby Paul, Tapas Kumar Som
Background: Tobacco kills half of its users, with smoking and smokeless tobacco killing nearly 6 million people worldwide - one death every 6 s in each year. Use of tobacco over time causes a physical and psychological addiction due to the presence of nicotine. To find out the level of nicotine dependence among adult (18 years and above) tobacco users and the factors responsible for it. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional community-based study was conducted among 128 current tobacco users in an urban slum of Burdwan District, West Bengal, India...
October 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Dewesh Kumar, Shashi Bhushan Singh, Abhishek Kumar, Anupam Kishore, Vivek Kashyap
Background: Following news of deaths in two districts of Jharkhand (West Singhbum and Garhwa) in November 2016, epidemiological investigations were contemplated to investigate any current outbreak of falciparum malaria and deaths attributed to it. Methodology: The epidemiological investigations, verbal autopsy of suspected deaths attributed to malaria and keys interviews were conducted in the 2nd and 4th week of November 2016 in Khuntpani and Dhurki block of West Singhbum and Garhwa districts, respectively, following a strict protocol...
October 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Gunjan Kumar, Josyula G Prasuna, Gaurav Seth
Background: The issue of menstrual hygiene is inadequately acknowledged in our nation. The use of sanitary pads and washing the genital area are essential practices for good menstrual hygiene. Poor menstrual hygiene may lead to itching or rashes in the perineal region, bad odor, and sometimes, major complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease and toxic shock syndrome. Therefore, the objective of this study was to assess the knowledge and practice of menstrual hygiene among reproductive age group women...
October 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Jean-Paul Dossou, Jenny A Cresswell, Patrick Makoutodé, Vincent De Brouwere, Sophie Witter, Veronique Filippi, Lydie G Kanhonou, Sourou B Goufodji, Isabelle L Lange, Lionel Lawin, Fabien Affo, Bruno Marchal
Background: In 2009, the Benin government introduced a user fee exemption policy for caesarean sections. We analyse this policy with regard to how the existing ideas and institutions related to user fees influenced key steps of the policy cycle and draw lessons that could inform the policy dialogue for universal health coverage in the West African region. Methods: Following the policy stages model, we analyse the agenda setting, policy formulation and legitimation phase, and assess the implementation fidelity and policy results...
2018: BMJ Global Health
Fabrice Tonfack Djikeng, Edem Selle, Azia Theresia Morfor, Bernard Tiencheu, Blaise Arnaud Hako Touko, Gires Teboukeu Boungo, Serges Ndomou Houketchang, Mallampalli Sri Lakshmi Karuna, Michel Linder, François Zambou Ngoufack, Hilaire Macaire Womeni
The effect of boiling and roasting on the lipid quality, proximate composition, and mineral content of African walnut seeds ( Tetracarpidium conophorum ) was assessed. Results indicated that the quality of walnut oil significantly ( p  < .05) reduces with the treatments. Oils extracted from DBWN 60   min (Dried and boiled walnuts 60 min) and FBWN 60 min (Boiled fresh walnuts 60 min) were the most altered. The proximate composition and mineral content of walnut seeds was also significantly affected ( p  < ...
March 2018: Food Science & Nutrition
Masahide Yoshikawa, Yukiteru Ouji, Nobuyasu Hirai, Fukumi Nakamura-Uchiyama, Minoru Yamada, Naoki Arizono, Naoaki Akamatsu, Takaharu Yoh, Daisuke Kaya, Toshiya Nakatani, Eiryo Kikuchi, Yuichi Katanami, Kimitoshi Satoh, Ryosuke Maki, Yusuke Miyazato, Yuichiro Oba, Kei Kasahara, Keiichi Mikasa
Background: Countries in the Southeast Asia region have a high prevalence of soil-transmitted helminth, such as roundworm, whipworm, and hookworms [ Ancylostoma duodenale , Necator americanus , Ancylostoma ceylanicum ]. Recent molecular-based surveys have revealed that A . ceylanicum , a zoonotic hookworm, is likely the second most prevalent hookworm species infecting humans in that part of the world, while others have noted that this infection is an emerging public health risk not only for indigenous people but also for visitors from other countries...
2018: Tropical Medicine and Health
J Scott Crowe, Kevin J Roberts, Timothy M Carlton, Luana Maggiore, Marion F Cubitt, Simon Clare, Katherine Harcourt, Jill Reckless, Thomas T MacDonald, Keith P Ray, Anna Vossenkämper, Michael R West
TNFα is an important cytokine in inflammatory bowel disease. V565 is a novel anti-TNFα domain antibody developed for oral administration in IBD patients, derived from a llama domain antibody and engineered to enhance intestinal protease resistance. V565 activity was evaluated in TNFα-TNFα receptor-binding ELISAs as well as TNFα responsive cellular assays and demonstrated neutralisation of both soluble and membrane TNFα with potencies similar to those of adalimumab. Although sensitive to pepsin, V565 retained activity after lengthy incubations with trypsin, chymotrypsin, and pancreatin, as well as mouse small intestinal and human ileal and faecal supernatants...
March 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Wenwen Pang, Pengcheng Shang, Qingfeng Li, Jiao Xu, Lei Bi, Jing Zhong, Xiaofang Pei
Opportunistic infections (OIs) are the most significant complication of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. The prevalence of OIs differs among various countries in part due to different climates and socio-economic conditions. We, therefore, carried out the retrospective study at the Public Health Clinical Center of Chengdu, Sichuan to comprehensively investigate the prevalence of OIs, predictors of OIs, and risk factors for in-hospital death among HIV-infected patients. Sichuan in West China is characterized by the largest population living with HIV/Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) across China...
2018: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
James L West, Jasmeet Singh, Stacey Q Wolfe, Kyle M Fargen
A 33-year-old man presented with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage from a ruptured, blister-type sidewall internal carotid artery (ICA) aneurysm. Balloon-assisted coiling was performed with residual neck. He subsequently developed severe vasospasm requiring intra-arterial therapies on multiple occasions, during which it was noted that despite widespread vasospasm, a focal segment of the ICA at the site of the aneurysm showed no significant spasm, suggesting underlying vessel abnormality. He was discharged without deficit and scheduled for flow diversion given concern over this potentially pathologic segment of vessel...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
James L West, Rebecca M Garner, Garret P Greeneway, Justin R Traunero, Carol A Aschenbrenner, Jasmeet Singh, Stacey Q Wolfe, Kyle M Fargen
INTRODUCTION: Venous outflow obstruction is recognized as a contributing factor in a subset of patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). Little is known about venous sinus waveform morphology or how it changes after stenting. METHODS: Fifteen patients with IIH underwent waveform recording during catheter venography and manometry. Ten patients (Group A) with venous sinus stenosis and pressure gradient ≥7 mm Hg underwent waveform recording during awake venography and during stenting under general anesthesia...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
E F Onyoh, C Kuaban, H-H Lin
SETTING: Thirty-nine tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment units (DTUs) in the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon. OBJECTIVE: To determine the proportion of pre-treatment loss to follow-up (PLTFU) of bacteriologically confirmed pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) patients and its risk factors. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study was conducted to retrieve information from the TB laboratory and treatment registers for all bacteriologically confirmed PTB patients diagnosed in the 39 DTUs during the last 6 months of 2015...
April 1, 2018: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Patrick R J Fortuna, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Dmitry A Ovchinnikov, Ernst Jurgen Wolvetang, Deanne Jeanette Whitworth
Horses are susceptible to a number of neurotropic viruses, including West Nile virus (WNV), which is a pathogen of global significance in both horses and humans. However, there are no in vitro models with which to study infectious neuropathic diseases in the horse. In an effort to redress this we have generated neurons from equine induced pluripotent stem cells (equiPSCs) that express a range of cortical neuron-specific markers, in addition to the membrane-bound ligand Ephrin B3, which plays an important role in axon guidance as well as functioning as the receptor through which henipaviruses, such as Hendra virus, enter mammalian neurons...
March 21, 2018: Stem Cells and Development
Rebecca Voelker
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March 21, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Aurélie Bechoff, Keith Ian Tomlins, Ugo Chijioke, Paul Ilona, Andrew Westby, Erick Boy
Gari, a fermented and dried semolina made from cassava, is one of the most common foods in West Africa. Recently introduced biofortified yellow cassava containing provitamin A carotenoids could help tackle vitamin A deficiency prevalent in those areas. However there are concerns because of the low retention of carotenoids during gari processing compared to other processes (e.g. boiling). The aim of the study was to assess the levels of true retention in trans-β-carotene during gari processing and investigate the causes of low retention...
2018: PloS One
Folachodé U G Akogou, Heidy M W den Besten, A P Polycarpe Kayodé, Vincenzo Fogliano, Anita R Linnemann
Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) extract is traditionally used as red biocolorant in West Africa to colour foods, among which wagashi, a soft cheese. This biocolorant is a source of the phytoalexin apigeninidin and phenolic acids, and users claim that it has preservative effects next to its colouring properties. If such a claim can be scientifically substantiated, it adds a valuable functional property to this natural red colorant, thereby increasing its potential applications in the food industry. Hence, the present study evaluated the antimicrobial properties of dye sorghum extracts using challenge tests in broth and wagashi as a model of a popular food application...
2018: PloS One
Pavla Bartošová-Sojková, Alena Lövy, Cecile C Reed, Martina Lisnerová, Tereza Tomková, Astrid S Holzer, Ivan Fiala
INTRODUCTION: Intertidal rock pools where fish and invertebrates are in constant close contact due to limited space and water level fluctuations represent ideal conditions to promote life cycles in parasites using these two alternate hosts and to study speciation processes that could contribute to understanding the roles of parasitic species in such ecosystems. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Gall bladder and liver samples from five clinid fish species (Blenniiformes: Clinidae) were morphologically and molecularly examined to determine the diversity, prevalence, distribution and host specificity of Ceratomyxa parasites (Cnidaria: Myxozoa) in intertidal habitats along the coast of South Africa...
2018: PloS One
Joseph R Fauver, James Weger-Lucarelli, Lawrence S Fakoli, Kpehe Bolay, Fatorma K Bolay, Joseph W Diclaro, Doug E Brackney, Brian D Foy, Mark D Stenglein, Gregory D Ebel
BACKGROUND: Novel surveillance strategies are needed to detect the rapid and continuous emergence of infectious disease agents. Ideally, new sampling strategies should be simple to implement, technologically uncomplicated, and applicable to areas where emergence events are known to occur. To this end, xenosurveillance is a technique that makes use of blood collected by hematophagous arthropods to monitor and identify vertebrate pathogens. Mosquitoes are largely ubiquitous animals that often exist in sizable populations...
March 21, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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