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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786876/temporal-and-long-term-gut-microbiota-variation-in-allergic-disease-a-prospective-study-from-infancy-to-school-age
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Kotryna Simonyté Sjödin, Marie-Louise Hammarström, Patrik Rydén, Andreas Sjödin, Olle Hernell, Lars Engstrand, Christina E West
BACKGROUND: Compositional changes of the early life gut microbiota have been implicated in IgE-associated allergic disease but there is lack of longitudinal studies. We examined gut microbiota development from infancy to school age in relation to onset of IgE-associated allergic diseases. At 8 years of age, we also examined the relationship between gut microbiota and T-cell regulation, estimated as responses to polyclonal T-cell activation. METHODS: Stool samples were collected from 93 children at 4, 6 and 13 months, and 8 years of age...
May 22, 2018: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786524/veterinary-herd-health-management-experience-among-farmers-and-farm-managers-in-swedish-dairy-production
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C Svensson, K Alvåsen, A C Eldh, J Frössling, H Lomander
A preventive herd health approach will most likely reduce incidences of clinical and subclinical disease. Swedish veterinary organizations offer specific veterinary herd health management (HHM) programs, but these services are not used to a large extent. The aim of this study was to investigate dairy farmers' experience of HHM and the conditions for collaboration with veterinarians in HHM. Six focus group discussions were conducted in March 2015 in West Sweden. In total, 33 dairy farmers participated. The recordings were transcribed and coded using thematic analysis, and the transcripts were reviewed to identify potential factors indicating barriers for farmers to engage a veterinarian in HHM...
July 1, 2018: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786132/the-economic-case-for-a-pandemic-fund
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Kevin Berry, Toph Allen, Richard D Horan, Jason F Shogren, David Finnoff, Peter Daszak
The rapid urban spread of Ebola virus in West Africa in 2014 and consequent breakdown of control measures led to a significant economic impact as well as the burden on public health and wellbeing. The US government appropriated $5.4 Billion for FY2015 and WHO proposed a $100 Million emergency fund largely to curtail the threat of future outbreaks. Using epidemiological analyses and economic modeling, we propose that the best use of these and similar funds would be to serve as global insurance against the continued threat of emerging infectious diseases...
May 21, 2018: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785727/body-composition-profiling-in-the-uk-biobank-imaging-study
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Jennifer Linge, Magnus Borga, Janne West, Theresa Tuthill, Melissa R Miller, Alexandra Dumitriu, E Louise Thomas, Thobias Romu, Patrik Tunón, Jimmy D Bell, Olof Dahlqvist Leinhard
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the value of imaging-based multivariable body composition profiling by describing its association with coronary heart disease (CHD), type 2 diabetes (T2D), and metabolic health on individual and population levels. METHODS: The first 6,021 participants scanned by UK Biobank were included. Body composition profiles (BCPs) were calculated, including abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue, visceral adipose tissue (VAT), thigh muscle volume, liver fat, and muscle fat infiltration (MFI), determined using magnetic resonance imaging...
May 22, 2018: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785350/the-effect-of-climate-change-on-the-distribution-of-a-tropical-zoanthid-palythoa-caribaeorum-and-its-ecological-implications
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Leonardo M Durante, Igor C S Cruz, Tito M C Lotufo
Palythoa caribaeorum is a zoanthid often dominant in shallow rocky environments along the west coast of the Atlantic Ocean, from the tropics to the subtropics. This species has high environmental tolerance and is a good space competitor in reef environments. Considering current and future scenarios in the global climate regime, this study aimed to model and analyze the distribution of P. caribaeorum , generating maps of potential distribution for the present and the year 2100. The distribution was modeled using maximum entropy (Maxent) based on 327 occurrence sites retrieved from the literature...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785096/smartphone-apps-for-improving-medication-adherence-in-hypertension-patients-perspectives
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Eimear C Morrissey, Monica Casey, Liam G Glynn, Jane C Walsh, Gerard J Molloy
Purpose: Digital interventions, such as smartphone applications (apps), are becoming an increasingly common way to support medication adherence and self-management in chronic conditions. It is important to investigate how patients feel about and engage with these technologies. The aim of this study was to explore patients' perspectives on smartphone apps to improve medication adherence in hypertension. Methods: This was a qualitative study based in the West of Ireland...
2018: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784662/ibuprofen-decreases-spontaneous-activity-and-enhances-nerve-evoked-contractions-to-minimise-mitomycin-c-induced-bladder-dysfunction
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Eliza G West, Ryan Lang, Donna Sellers, Russ Chess-Williams, Catherine M McDermott
Inflammation may play a causal role in urological side effects reported following intravesical mitomycin C (MMC). Our aim was to investigate the effects of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen (IBU) on the cytotoxic potency of MMC and the potential for IBU to protect against bladder dysfunction. Malignant (RT4, T24) and normal (UROtsa) urothelial lines were treated with MMC followed by ibuprofen, with cell viability and caspase-3 activity assessed. Female C57BL/6JArc mice (Saline/Control, MMC, Saline + IBU and MMC + IBU), received intravesical treatment (1hr) with saline or MMC (2mg/mL), with IBU (1mg/mL) delivered in drinking water (for 7-days)...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784060/neonatal-mortality-in-the-case-of-felege-hiwot-referral-hospital-bahir-dar-amhara-regional-state-north-west-ethiopia-2016-a-one-year-retrospective-chart-review
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Tilahun Tewabe, Yenatfanta Mehariw, Eyerusalem Negatie, Bertukan Yibeltal
BACKGROUND: Ethiopia is among the countries with the highest neonatal mortality with the rate of 37 deaths per 1000 live births. In spite of many efforts by the government and other partners, non significant decline has been achieved over the last 15 years. Thus, identifying the prevalence and associated factors of neonatal mortality is very crucial for policy and program improvement. This study was designed to assess neonatal mortality rate in Felege Hiwot referral hospital, North West Ethiopia...
May 21, 2018: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783848/integrated-access-to-care-and-treatment-i-act-support-groups-for-adolescents-living-with-hiv-in-public-healthcare-facilities-in-south-africa-feasibility-and-acceptability-for-scaling-up
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Shamagonam James, Catherine E Martin, Bafentse Moalusi, Moira Beery, Shenaaz Pahad, John Imrie
Integrated Access to Care and Treatment (I ACT) for adolescents is an educational support group initiative conducted monthly by trained healthcare providers (counsellors/health promoters). It follows a defined educational curriculum of six topics including, HIV/AIDS, disclosure, sexual and reproductive and mental health. Qualitative assessments, conducted midway of I ACT implementation at four primary healthcare facilities in North West province, South Africa, aimed to explore the perceptions of healthcare providers and the experiences of adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV)...
May 21, 2018: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783797/-neuroendocrine-carcinoma-of-cervix-a-clinicopathologic-study-of-82-cases
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M Feng, J Zou, Y Zhang, L Sun
Objective: To investigate the clinicopathological characteristics and prognostic factors of neuroendocrine carcinoma (NEC) of the cervix. Methods: Eight-two patients diagnosed as NEC of cervix from 2008 to 2016 at West China Second University Hospital were analyzed retrospectively including HE slide review, immunohistochemistry and HPV genotyping. Survival analysis was performed using Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression model. Results: The age of the patients ranged from 16 to 75 years with mean age of 43 years...
May 8, 2018: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783274/early-seizure-freedom-is-a-prognostic-factor-for-survival-in-patients-with-west-syndrome
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E J C Krijgh, C E Catsman-Berrevoets, R F Neuteboom
INTRODUCTION:  West syndrome (WS) is a devastating epileptic encephalopathy with substantial mortality. After a study by Riikonen in 1996, further data on mortality and prognostic factors for survival has been scarce. We aimed to study mortality in patients with WS and identify prognostic factors for survival. METHODS:  We performed a single-center retrospective study in a tertiary referral clinic (Erasmus University Hospital/Sophia Children's Hospital). This study obtained data from deceased patients regarding the age of death and cause of death...
May 21, 2018: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782585/exploring-transformations-in-caribbean-indigenous-social-networks-through-visibility-studies-the-case-of-late-pre-colonial-landscapes-in-east-guadeloupe-french-west-indies
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Tom Brughmans, Maaike S de Waal, Corinne L Hofman, Ulrik Brandes
This paper presents a study of the visual properties of natural and Amerindian cultural landscapes in late pre-colonial East-Guadeloupe and of how these visual properties affected social interactions. Through a review of descriptive and formal visibility studies in Caribbean archaeology, it reveals that the ability of visual properties to affect past human behaviour is frequently evoked but the more complex of these hypotheses are rarely studied formally. To explore such complex hypotheses, the current study applies a range of techniques: total viewsheds, cumulative viewsheds, visual neighbourhood configurations and visibility networks...
2018: Journal of archaeological method and theory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782511/prevalence-and-factors-associated-with-underutilization-of-antenatal-care-services-in-nigeria-a-comparative-study-of-rural-and-urban-residences-based-on-the-2013-nigeria-demographic-and-health-survey
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Emmanuel Olorunleke Adewuyi, Asa Auta, Vishnu Khanal, Olasunkanmi David Bamidele, Cynthia Pomaa Akuoko, Kazeem Adefemi, Samson Joseph Tapshak, Yun Zhao
INTRODUCTION: Antenatal care (ANC) is a major public health intervention aimed at ensuring safe pregnancy outcomes. In Nigeria, the recommended minimum of four times ANC attendance is underutilized. This study investigates the prevalence and factors associated with underutilization of ANC services with a focus on the differences between rural and urban residences in Nigeria. METHODS: We analyzed the 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey dataset with adjustment for the sampling weight and the cluster design of the survey...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782238/generation-of-a-lineage-ii-powassan-virus-deer-tick-virus-cdna-clone-assessment-of-flaviviral-genetic-determinants-of-tick-and-mosquito-vector-competence
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Joan L Kenney, Michael Anishchenko, Meghan Hermance, Hannah Romo, Ching-I Chen, Saravanan Thangamani, Aaron C Brault
The Flavivirus genus comprises a diverse group of viruses that utilize a wide range of vertebrate hosts and arthropod vectors. The genus includes viruses that are transmitted solely by mosquitoes or vertebrate hosts as well as viruses that alternate transmission between mosquitoes or ticks and vertebrates. Nevertheless, the viral genetic determinants that dictate these unique flaviviral host and vector specificities have been poorly characterized. In this report, a cDNA clone of a flavivirus that is transmitted between ticks and vertebrates (Powassan lineage II, deer tick virus [DTV]) was generated and chimeric viruses between the mosquito/vertebrate flavivirus, West Nile virus (WNV), were constructed...
May 21, 2018: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782182/a-specifically-designed-multispecies-probiotic-supplement-relieves-seasonal-allergic-rhinitis-symptoms
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Annabelle M Watts, Amanda J Cox, Peter K Smith, Isolde Besseling-van der Vaart, Allan W Cripps, Nicholas P West
BACKGROUND: Probiotics are purported to reduce symptoms of allergic rhinitis. This study sought to determine the proportion of participants with an improvement in the mini Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (mRQLQ) in response to a multispecies probiotic supplement with a Simon Two-Stage design. METHODS: This study was based on a Simon Two-Stage Design for p1 -p0  = 0.18 to account for seasonal variation in symptoms. Under this design, ≥10 patients are required to exhibit an improvement in quality-of-life scores to determine that there was sufficient activity for the supplement to be considered effective...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781706/launch-of-an-infrastructure-for-health-research-bbmri-eric
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Jan-Eric Litton
Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI)- European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) is the largest infrastructure launched in Europe in health research. By nature it is a distributed infrastructure, in which biological samples and data are hosted by the European Member States biobanks. As of today, BBMRI-ERIC consists of 19 European Member States and 1 international organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer. This means that BBMRI-ERIC has a population of >500 million individuals in Europe...
May 21, 2018: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781696/barriers-to-tuberculosis-and-human-immunodeficiency-virus-treatment-guidelines-adherence-among-nurses-initiating-and-managing-anti-retroviral-therapy-in-kwazulu-natal-and-north-west-provinces
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Lufuno Makhado, Mashudu Davhana-Maselesele, Jason E Farley
BACKGROUND:  Nurses, as front-line care providers in the South Africa's health care system, are called upon to deliver integrated interventions for tuberculosis and human immunodeficiency virus (TB and HIV) including nurse-initiated management of anti-retroviral therapy (NIMART) and anti-TB treatment. Adherence to treatment guidelines and factors associated with non-adherence to treatment guidelines among nurses remain under explored. PURPOSE:  To explore and describe barriers to treatment guidelines adherence among nurses initiating and managing anti-retroviral therapy and anti-TB treatment in KwaZulu-Natal and North West provinces...
March 26, 2018: Curationis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781673/rabies-of-canid-biotype-in-wild-dog-lycaon-pictus-and-spotted-hyaena-crocuta-crocuta-in-madikwe-game-reserve-south-africa-in-2014-2015-diagnosis-possible-origins-and-implications-for-control
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Claude T Sabeta, Drienie Janse van Rensburg, Baby Phahladira, Debra Mohale, Robert F Harrison-White, Carlien Esterhuyzen, June H Williams
Both domestic and wild carnivore species are commonly diagnosed with rabies virus (RABV) infection in South Africa. Although the majority of confirmed rabies cases in wild carnivore species are reported from the yellow mongoose (Cynictis penicillata), the rest are from other wild carnivores including the highly endangered wild dog (Lycaon pictus). Lyssavirus infection was confirmed in two wild dogs and a spotted hyaena (Crocuta crocuta) in the Madikwe Game Reserve, North West province in South Africa, in 2014 and 2015, using a direct fluorescent antibody test and immunohistochemistry...
April 26, 2018: Journal of the South African Veterinary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781378/art-attrition-across-health-facilities-implementing-option-b-in-haiti
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Martine Pamphile Myrtil, Nancy Puttkammer, Stephen Gloyd, Julia Robinson, Krista Yuhas, Jean Wysler Domercant, Jean Guy Honoré, Kesner Francois
BACKGROUND: Describing factors related to high attrition is important in order to improve the implementation of the Option B+ strategy in Haiti. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study to describe the variability of antiretroviral therapy (ART) retention across health facilities among pregnant and lactating women and assess for differences in ART retention between Option B+ clients and other ART patients. RESULTS: There were 1989 Option B+ clients who initiated ART in 45 health facilities...
January 2018: Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781359/rhabdoviruses-as-vaccine-platforms-for-infectious-disease-and-cancer
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Franz Zemp, Jahanara Rajwani, Douglas J Mahoney
The family Rhabdoviridae (RV) comprises a large, genetically diverse collection of single-stranded, negative sense RNA viruses from the order Mononegavirales. Several RV members are being developed as live-attenuated vaccine vectors for the prevention or treatment of infectious disease and cancer. These include the prototype recombinant Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (rVSV) and the more recently developed recombinant Maraba Virus, both species within the genus Vesiculoviridae. A relatively strong safety profile in humans, robust immunogenicity and genetic malleability are key features that make the RV family attractive vaccine platforms...
May 21, 2018: Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering Reviews
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