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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913526/update-from-the-latest-who-classification-of-mpns-a-user-s-manual
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Francesco Passamonti, Margherita Maffioli
The 2016 multiparameter World Health Organization (WHO) classification for Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) integrates clinical features, morphology, and genetic data to diagnose polycythemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythemia (ET), and primary myelofibrosis (PMF). The main novelties are: (1) the reduction of the hemoglobin (Hb) level threshold to diagnose PV, now established at 16.5 g/dL for men and 16 g/dL for women (based on the identification of MPN patients with PV-consistent bone marrow [BM] features and a Hb level lower than that established in the 2008 WHO classification for PV); (2) the recognition of prefibrotic/early PMF, distinguishable from ET on the basis of BM morphology, an entity having a higher tendency to develop overt myelofibrosis or acute leukemia, and characterized by inferior survival; (3) the central role of BM morphology in the diagnosis of ET, prefibrotic/early PMF, PMF, and PV with borderline Hb values; megakaryocyte number and morphology (typical in ET, atypical in both PMF forms) accompanied by a new distinction of reticulin fibrosis grade in PMF (grade 1 in prefibrotic/early PMF and grade 2-3 in PMF) constitute diagnostic criteria; and (4) the inclusion of all mutually exclusive MPN driver mutations (JAK2, CALR, and MPL) as major diagnostic criteria in ET and PMF; 10% to 15% of these patients are triple negative, and in these cases the search for an additional clonal marker (eg, mutations in ASXL1, EZH2, TET2, IDH1/IDH2, SRSF2, and SF3B1) is warranted...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913398/cancer-burden-with-ageing-population-in-urban-regions-in-china-projection-on-cancer-registry-data-from-world-health-organization
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REVIEW
Kelvin K F Tsoi, Hoyee W Hirai, Felix C H Chan, Sian Griffiths, Joseph J Y Sung
BACKGROUND: China is facing the challenges of an expanding ageing population and the impact of rapid urbanization, cancer rates are subsequently increasing. This study focuses on the changes of the ageing population and projects the incidence of common ageing-related cancers in the urban regions in China up to 2030. SOURCES OF DATA: Cancer incidence data and population statistics in China were extracted from the International Agency for Research on Cancer. AREAS OF AGREEMENT: Due to improving longevity in China, continuous and remarkable increasing trends for the lung, colorectal and prostate cancers are expected...
December 1, 2016: British Medical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913312/crossborder-travel-and-multidrugresistant-tuberculosis-mdrtb-in-europe
#3
Alberto Matteelli, Rosella Centis, Giorgia Sulis, Marina Tadolini
The number of international migrants worldwide has continued to grow rapidly over the past fifteen years and the trend is expected to continue, making the health matters associated with migration a crucial public health challenges faced by governments and societies. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is a paradigm of transmissible diseases that do not respect borders and poses a multifaceted and complex challenge on migrant health. The guiding principles for the health response are the respect of equity and human rights as well as the accurate analysis of epidemiological trends and determinants of TB in migrants...
November 29, 2016: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913229/a-single-arm-phase-iii-study-exploring-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-lng-ius-8-a-low-dose-levonorgestrel-intrauterine-contraceptive-system-total-content-13-5-mg-in-an-asia-pacific-population
#4
Guangsheng Fan, Sukho Kang, Mulan Ren, Edith Weisberg, Eeva Lukkari-Lax, Katrin Roth, SoYoung Shin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of a low-dose levonorgestrel intrauterine system with total content 13.5 mg (average approx. 8 μg/24 h over the first year; LNG-IUS 8; Jaydess®) in an Asia-Pacific population. STUDY DESIGN: An open-label, single-arm Phase III study conducted at 25 centers in China, Australia, and Korea assessed LNG-IUS 8 use over 3 years in nulliparous and parous women (N=1114) aged 18-40 years with regular menstrual cycles (21-35 days)...
November 29, 2016: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913201/early-mortality-and-associated-factors-among-patients-with-stroke-admitted-to-a-large-teaching-hospital-in-tanzania
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Kigocha Okeng'o, Pilly Chillo, William K Gray, Richard W Walker, William Matuja
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a major cause of death worldwide and 85.5% of stroke deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries due to stroke. The aim of this study was to investigate correlates and predictors of 30-day mortality in stroke patients in urban Tanzania. METHODS: A prospective 30-day follow-up study was conducted at the Muhimbili National Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. We recruited all patients with stroke seen at the Emergency Medicine Department and medical wards...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913029/pharmacovigilance-and-biomedical-informatics-a-model-for-future-development
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Paul Beninger, Michael A Ibara
PURPOSE: The discipline of pharmacovigilance is rooted in the aftermath of the thalidomide tragedy of 1961. It has evolved as a result of collaborative efforts by many individuals and organizations, including physicians, patients, Health Authorities, universities, industry, the World Health Organization, the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences, and the International Conference on Harmonisation. Biomedical informatics is rooted in technologically based methodologies and has evolved at the speed of computer technology...
November 29, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912980/lack-of-sustained-efficacy-for-alcohol-based-surgical-hand-rubs-containing-residual-active-ingredients-according-to-en-12791
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REVIEW
G Kampf, A Kramer, M Suchomel
The World Health Organization recommends the use of hand rubs with 'sustained activity' for surgical hand preparation. This review aims to verify whether any of the alcohol-based hand rubs containing non-volatile 'active ingredients' such as chlorhexidine digluconate (CHG), mecetronium ethylsulphate (MES), or ortho-phenylphenol (OPP) provides such sustained efficacy for surgical hand disinfection. Literature was searched to find studies according to EN 12791. Published data sets were analysed to verify whether any of the formulations has a superior efficacy (P<0...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912937/honey-prevents-oral-mocositis-in-children-undergoing-chemotherapy-a-quasi-experimental-study-with-a-control-group
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Hacer Kobya Bulut, Fatma Güdücü Tüfekci
BACKGROUND: There are numerous pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options available in the treatment of oral mucositis. However, in spite of so many methods and products, medical professionals have not come to a consensus as to which of these offer the best results. OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted to assess the effect of oral care with honey on children undergoing chemotherapy for the prevention and healing of oral mucositis. METHODS: This quasi-experimental study was conducted on children undergoing chemotherapy...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912864/clinical-and-epidemiological-aspects-of-scorpionism-in-the-world-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Maria S V Santos, Cláudio G L Silva, Basílio Silva Neto, Cícero R P Grangeiro Júnior, Victor H G Lopes, Antônio G Teixeira Júnior, Deryk A Bezerra, João V C P Luna, Josué B Cordeiro, Jucier Gonçalves Júnior, Marcos A P Lima
OBJECTIVE: Scorpion stings are registered worldwide, but the incidence and the features of the envenomations vary depending on the region. The aim of this review was to summarize the epidemiological, clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic data worldwide regarding humans stung by scorpions. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature was conducted through the online databases of the Virtual Health Library (VHL), which hosts Medline and the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Informational (LILACS) database...
December 2016: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912782/health-systems-strengthening-in-german-development-cooperation-making-the-case-for-a-comprehensive-strategy
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REVIEW
Khullat Munir, Ilse Worm
In the aftermath of the Ebola crisis and with renewed attention to resilient health systems, the process of improving approaches of global health actors to health systems strengthening is of great relevance. Despite the increased amount of attention paid to health systems strengthening, there is no standard definition of this concept among global health actors. Germany is no exception. Though there have been recent commitments to increase resources allocated to health systems strengthening, German Development Cooperation has no comprehensive strategy for its pursuit...
December 3, 2016: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912187/holistic-risk-assessment-of-surface-water-contamination-due-to-pb-210-in-oil-produced-water-from-the-bakken-shale
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Luisa Torres, Om Prakash Yadav, Eakalak Khan
A holistic risk assessment of surface water (SW) contamination due to lead-210 (Pb-210) in oil produced water (PW) from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota (ND) was conducted. Pb-210 is a relatively long-lived radionuclide and very mobile in water. Because of limited data on Pb-210, a simulation model was developed to determine its concentration based on its parent radium-226 and historical total dissolved solids levels in PW. Scenarios where PW spills could reach SW were analyzed by applying the four steps of the risk assessment process...
November 29, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912090/advances-in-zika-virus-research-stem-cell-models-challenges-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Guo-Li Ming, Hengli Tang, Hongjun Song
The re-emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV) and its suspected link with various disorders in newborns and adults led the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency. In response, the stem cell field quickly established platforms for modeling ZIKV exposure using human pluripotent stem cell-derived neural progenitors and brain organoids, fetal tissues, and animal models. These efforts provided significant insight into cellular targets, pathogenesis, and underlying biological mechanisms of ZIKV infection as well as platforms for drug testing...
December 1, 2016: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912069/immunogenicity-and-safety-of-southern-hemisphere-quadrivalent-inactivated-influenza-vaccine-a-phase-iii-open-label-study-of-adults-in-brazil
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Cristiano A F Zerbini, Rodrigo Ribeiro Dos Santos, Maria Jose Nunes, Jyoti Soni, Ping Li, Varsha K Jain, Opokua Ofori-Anyinam
The World Health Organization influenza forecast now includes an influenza B strain from each of the influenza B lineages (B/Yamagata and B/Victoria) for inclusion in seasonal influenza vaccines. Traditional trivalent influenza vaccines include an influenza B strain from one lineage, but because two influenza B lineages frequently co-circulate, the effectiveness of trivalent vaccines may be reduced in seasons of influenza B vaccine-mismatch. Thus, quadrivalent vaccines may potentially reduce the burden of influenza compared with trivalent vaccines...
November 29, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911983/fibrin-glue-versus-sutures-for-conjunctival-autografting-in-primary-pterygium-surgery
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REVIEW
Vito Romano, Mario Cruciani, Luigi Conti, Luigi Fontana
BACKGROUND: Pterygium, a growth of the conjunctiva over the cornea, is a progressive disease leading in advanced stages to visual impairment, restriction of ocular motility, chronic inflammation and cosmetic concerns. Surgical removal is the treatment of choice, but recurrence can be a problem. Currently the best surgical option in terms of recurrence is conjunctival autograft. To date the most common surgical methods of attaching conjunctival autografts to the sclera are through suturing or fibrin glue...
December 2, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911897/heterologous-protection-against-asian-zika-virus-challenge-in-rhesus-macaques
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Matthew T Aliota, Dawn M Dudley, Christina M Newman, Emma L Mohr, Dane D Gellerup, Meghan E Breitbach, Connor R Buechler, Mustafa N Rasheed, Mariel S Mohns, Andrea M Weiler, Gabrielle L Barry, Kim L Weisgrau, Josh A Eudailey, Eva G Rakasz, Logan J Vosler, Jennifer Post, Saverio Capuano, Thaddeus G Golos, Sallie R Permar, Jorge E Osorio, Thomas C Friedrich, Shelby L O'Connor, David H O'Connor
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV; Flaviviridae, Flavivirus) was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) in February 2016, because of the evidence linking infection with ZIKV to neurological complications, such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome in adults and congenital birth defects including microcephaly in the developing fetus. Because development of a ZIKV vaccine is a top research priority and because the genetic and antigenic variability of many RNA viruses limits the effectiveness of vaccines, assessing whether immunity elicited against one ZIKV strain is sufficient to confer broad protection against all ZIKV strains is critical...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911489/palliative-care-interventions-in-advanced-dementia
#16
REVIEW
Edel Murphy, Katherine Froggatt, Sheelah Connolly, Eamon O'Shea, Elizabeth L Sampson, Dympna Casey, Declan Devane
BACKGROUND: Dementia is a chronic, progressive and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disease. Advanced dementia is characterised by profound cognitive impairment, inability to communicate verbally and complete functional dependence. Usual care of people with advanced dementia is not underpinned universally by a palliative approach. Palliative care has focused traditionally on care of people with cancer but for more than a decade, there have been increased calls worldwide to extend palliative care services to include all people with life-limiting illnesses in need of specialist care, including people with dementia...
December 2, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911487/external-inspection-of-compliance-with-standards-for-improved-healthcare-outcomes
#17
REVIEW
Gerd Flodgren, Daniela C Gonçalves-Bradley, Marie-Pascale Pomey
BACKGROUND: Inspection systems are used in healthcare to promote quality improvements (i.e. to achieve changes in organisational structures or processes, healthcare provider behaviour and patient outcomes). These systems are based on the assumption that externally promoted adherence to evidence-based standards (through inspection/assessment) will result in higher quality of healthcare. However, the benefits of external inspection in terms of organisational-, provider- and patient-level outcomes are not clear...
December 2, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911254/neutralizing-and-enhancing-antibody-responses-to-five-genotypes-of-dengue-virus-type-1-denv-1-in-denv-1-patients
#18
Atsushi Yamanaka, Meng Ling Moi, Tomohiko Takasaki, Ichiro Kurane, Eiji Konishi
Dengue virus has four distinct serotypes, DENV-1-4, with 4-6 genotypes in each serotype. The World Health Organization recommends tetravalent formulations including one genotype of each serotype as safe and effective dengue vaccines. Here, we investigated the impact of genotype on the neutralizing antibody responses to DENV-1 in humans. Convalescent sera collected from patients with primary infection of DENV-1 were examined for neutralizing antibody against single-round infectious particles of the five DENV-1 genotypes (GI-GV)...
December 2, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910947/renal-cell-carcinoma-with-tfe3-translocation-and-succinate-dehydrogenase-b-mutation
#19
Anna Calió, David J Grignon, Bradley A Stohr, Sean R Williamson, John N Eble, Liang Cheng
Translocation renal cell carcinoma and succinate dehydrogenase (SDH)-deficient renal cell carcinoma are now recognized as specific renal tumor types in the World Health Organization (WHO) classification. Both have limited immunohistochemical positivity for epithelial markers, and the spectrum of morphology continues to widen for both of these entities. We identified four renal cell carcinomas with positive TFE3 immunohistochemical staining and negative SDHB staining. The patients (2F, 2M) ranged in age from 19 to 65 years...
December 2, 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910805/ebola-virus-vaccines-where-do-we-stand
#20
REVIEW
Vincent Pavot
The recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa has led to more than 11,000 deaths, with a peak in mortality from August through December of 2014. A meeting convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) in September 2014, concluded that an urgent unmet need exists for efficacy and safety testing of the Ebola virus vaccine candidates and that clinical trials should be expedited. These vaccines could be used both in an outbreak setting and to provide long-term protection in populations at risk of sporadic outbreaks...
October 28, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
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