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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088124/nipah-virus-transmission-of-a-zoonotic-paramyxovirus
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REVIEW
Bronwyn Anne Clayton
Nipah virus is a recently-recognised, zoonotic paramyxovirus that causes severe disease and high fatality rates in people. Outbreaks have occurred in Malaysia, Singapore, India and Bangladesh, and a putative Nipah virus was also recently associated with human disease in the Philippines. Worryingly, human-to-human transmission is common in Bangladesh, where outbreaks occur with near-annual frequency. Onward human transmission of Nipah virus in Bangladesh is associated with close contact with clinically-unwell patients or their infectious secretions...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086808/a-quiet-harvest-linkage-between-ritual-seed-selection-and-the-historical-use-of-the-finger-bladed-knife-as-a-traditional-plant-breeding-tool-in-ifugao-philippines
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REVIEW
Kevin M Murphy
The transverse harvest knife, also commonly called the finger or finger-bladed knife, has been utilized by rice farmers in southeast Asia for many centuries. The finger knife persisted in many traditional cultures long after the introduction of the sickle, a tool which provided farmers with the means to execute a much faster harvest. Several theories in interpretative archaeology have attempted to account for this rejection of more modern technological innovations. These theories, which include community-based social organization ideas and practical reasons for the continued use of the finger knife, are presented in this paper...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081562/male-facial-appearance-and-offspring-mortality-in-two-traditional-societies
#3
Lynda G Boothroyd, Alan W Gray, Thomas N Headland, Ray T Uehara, David Waynforth, D Michael Burt, Nicholas Pound
It has been hypothesised that facial traits such as masculinity and a healthy appearance may indicate heritable qualities in males (e.g. immunocompetence) and that, consequently, female preferences for such traits may function to increase offspring viability and health. However, the putative link between paternal facial features and offspring health has not previously been tested empirically in humans. Here we present data from two traditional societies with little or no access to modern medicine and family planning technologies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075249/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-as04-adjuvanted-human-papillomavirus-16-18-vaccine-compared-with-human-papillomavirus-6-11-16-18-vaccine-in-the-philippines-with-the-new-2-dose-schedule
#4
Maria Julieta Germar, Carrie Purugganan, Ma Socorro Bernardino, Benjamin Cuenca, Y-Chen Chen, Xiao Li, Georges Van Kriekinge, I-Heng Lee
Cervical cancer (CC) is the second leading cause of cancer death among Filipino women. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination protects against CC. Two vaccines (AS04-HPV-16/18 and 4vHPV) are approved in the Philippines; they were originally developed for a 3-dose (3 D) administration and have recently been approved in a 2-dose schedule (2 D). This study aims to evaluate the cost-effectiveness and budget impact of HPV vaccination of 13-year-old Filipino girls, in addition to current screening, in the new 2 D schedule...
January 11, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070723/anorectal-malformations-definitive-surgery-during-adulthood
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M P J Lopez, V I Encila, S G Alamo, H J Monroy Iii, M F T Roxas
BACKGROUND: Anorectal malformations (ARMs) are rarely seen in adults, since majority of cases are corrected in infancy or childhood. The aim of this study was to describe the profile of patients who underwent definitive surgery to correct their ARM in adulthood, and to discuss the outcomes of surgery (morbidity, mortality, and function). METHODS: This retrospective study included patients 18 years old and above, managed surgically by the Division of Colorectal Surgery at the Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines, Manila, from January 1, 2004, to December 31, 2012...
January 9, 2017: Techniques in Coloproctology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068558/targeted-next-generation-sequencing-of-the-entire-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-reveals-polymorphisms-correlated-with-vitamin-d-deficiency-among-older-filipino-women-with-and-without-fragility-fracture
#6
Mark Pretzel Zumaraga, Paul Julius Medina, Juan Miguel Recto, Lauro Abrahan, Edelyn Azurin, Celeste C Tanchoco, Cecilia A Jimeno, Cynthia Palmes-Saloma
This study aimed to discover genetic variants in the entire 101 kB vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene for vitamin D deficiency in a group of postmenopausal Filipino women using targeted next generation sequencing (TNGS) approach in a case-control study design. A total of 50 women with and without osteoporotic fracture seen at the Philippine Orthopedic Center were included. Blood samples were collected for determination of serum vitamin D, calcium, phosphorus, glucose, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase and as primary source for targeted VDR gene sequencing using the Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067290/chimeric-virus-like-particles-containing-influenza-ha-antigen-and-gpi-ccl28-induce-long-lasting-mucosal-immunity-against-h3n2-viruses
#7
Teena Mohan, Zachary Berman, Yuan Luo, Chao Wang, Shelly Wang, Richard W Compans, Bao-Zhong Wang
Influenza virus is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, with worldwide seasonal epidemics. The duration and quality of humoral immunity and generation of immunological memory to vaccines is critical for protective immunity. In the current study, we examined the long-lasting protective efficacy of chimeric VLPs (cVLPs) containing influenza HA and GPI-anchored CCL28 as antigen and mucosal adjuvant, respectively, when immunized intranasally in mice. We report that the cVLPs induced significantly higher and sustainable levels of virus-specific antibody responses, especially IgA levels and hemagglutination inhibition (HAI) titers, more than 8-month post-vaccination compared to influenza VLPs without CCL28 or influenza VLPs physically mixed with sCCL28 (soluble) in mice...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066813/risks-posed-by-reston-the-forgotten-ebolavirus
#8
REVIEW
Diego Cantoni, Arran Hamlet, Martin Michaelis, Mark N Wass, Jeremy S Rossman
Out of the five members of the Ebolavirus family, four cause life-threatening disease, whereas the fifth, Reston virus (RESTV), is nonpathogenic in humans. The reasons for this discrepancy remain unclear. In this review, we analyze the currently available information to provide a state-of-the-art summary of the factors that determine the human pathogenicity of Ebolaviruses. RESTV causes sporadic infections in cynomolgus monkeys and is found in domestic pigs throughout the Philippines and China. Phylogenetic analyses revealed that RESTV is most closely related to the Sudan virus, which causes a high mortality rate in humans...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059025/a-multi-group-confirmatory-factor-analyses-of-the-lupuspro-between-southern-california-and-filipino-samples-of-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#9
D R Azizoddin, R Olmstead, C Cost, M Jolly, J Ayeroff, G Racaza, L A Sumner, S Ormseth, M Weisman, P M Nicassio
Introduction Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) leads to a range of biopsychosocial health outcomes through an unpredictable and complex disease path. The LupusPRO is a comprehensive, self-report measure developed specifically for populations with SLE, which assesses both health-related quality of life and non-health related quality of life. Given its increasingly widespread use, additional research is needed to evaluate the psychometric integrity of the LupusPRO across diverse populations. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the performance of the LupusPRO in two divergent patient samples and the model fit between both samples...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054216/psychometric-evaluation-of-the-filipino-versions-of-the-duke-university-religion-index-and-the-spiritual-coping-strategies-scale-in-filipino-hemodialysis-patients
#10
Jonas Preposi Cruz, Ralph Warren P Reyes, Paolo C Colet, Joel C Estacio, Sílvia Caldeira, Luciano Magalhães Vitorino, Harold G Koenig
This study evaluated the psychometric properties of the Filipino versions of the Duke University Religion Index (DUREL-F) and the Spiritual Coping Strategies scale (SCS-F) for hemodialysis (HD) patients in the Philippines. A convenient sample of 162 HD patients was included in this descriptive, cross-sectional study. The DUREL-F and SCS-F exhibited acceptable internal consistency and stability reliability, as well as excellent content and construct validity. The findings confirmed the soundness of the psychometric properties of the two scales...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053140/efficient-bayesian-species-tree-inference-under-the-multispecies-coalescent
#11
Bruce Rannala, Ziheng Yang
We develop a Bayesian method for inferring the species phylogeny under the multispecies coalescent (MSC) model. To improve the mixing properties of the Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithm that traverses the space of species trees, we implement two efficient MCMC proposals: the first is based on the Subtree Pruning and Regrafting (SPR) algorithm and the second is based on a node-slider algorithm. Like the Nearest-Neighbor Interchange (NNI) algorithm we implemented previously, both new algorithms propose changes to the species tree while simultaneously altering the gene trees at multiple genetic loci to automatically avoid conflicts with the newly proposed species tree...
January 4, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049039/new-insights-into-the-phylogeny-of-burasaieae-menispermaceae-with-the-recognition-of-a-new-genus-and-emphasis-on-the-southern-taiwanese-and-mainland-chinese-disjunction
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Wei Wang, Rosa Del C Ortiz, Frédéric M B Jacques, Shih-Wen Chung, Yang Liu, Xiao-Guo Xiang, Zhi-Duan Chen
Taiwan is a continental island lying at the boundary between the Eurasian and the Philippine tectonic plates and possesses high biodiversity. Southern Taiwan, viz. Hengchun Peninsula, is notably floristically different from northern Taiwan. The floristic origin and relationships of the Hengchun Peninsula have been rarely investigated in a phylogenetic context. In this study, data from six plastid and nuclear sequences were used to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships within Burasaieae (Menispermaceae), which mainly inhabits tropical rainforests...
December 31, 2016: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045934/priority-setting-for-novel-drug-regimens-to-treat-tuberculosis-an-epidemiologic-model
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Emily A Kendall, Sourya Shrestha, Ted Cohen, Eric Nuermberger, Kelly E Dooley, Lice Gonzalez-Angulo, Gavin J Churchyard, Payam Nahid, Michael L Rich, Cathy Bansbach, Thomas Forissier, Christian Lienhardt, David W Dowdy
BACKGROUND: Novel drug regimens are needed for tuberculosis (TB) treatment. New regimens aim to improve on characteristics such as duration, efficacy, and safety profile, but no single regimen is likely to be ideal in all respects. By linking these regimen characteristics to a novel regimen's ability to reduce TB incidence and mortality, we sought to prioritize regimen characteristics from a population-level perspective. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We developed a dynamic transmission model of multi-strain TB epidemics in hypothetical populations reflective of the epidemiological situations in India (primary analysis), South Africa, the Philippines, and Brazil...
January 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045888/look-who-is-talking-now-eliciting-the-concept-of-fatherhood-among-filipino-fathers-using-metaphor-analysis
#14
Neil Jupiter E Villamor, Allan B de Guzman, Evangeline T Matienzo
BACKGROUND: Although the increased interest in investigating the dynamics of fatherhood in developed nations has been documented in the literature, its collective meaning and implications in nursing remain largely unknown in the context of East Asia, especially in developing countries such as the Philippines. PURPOSE: Capitalizing on the unique power of metaphors to improve the understanding of complex and abstract ideas and to shape healthcare practices, this qualitative semiotic investigation intended to define the essence of fatherhood from the perspective of Filipino fathers...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Nursing Research: JNR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043540/nationwide-hiv-mdr-tb-survey-in-japan-and-collaborative-study-in-the-philippines
#15
Toshio Hattori, Nobuyuki Kobayashi, Hideaki Nagai, Haorile Chagan-Yasutan, Elizabeth Telan, Marietta B Solante
BACKGROUND: Although the prevalence of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) and HIV infection in Japan is low, careful monitoring of these two diseases is necessary. We conducted a nationwide survey on multidrug resistant (MDR)-TB (2011-2013) and HIV-TB (2007-2014) to understand the mode of prevention and the effect of therapy. A study on MDR-TB and HIV in San Lazaro Hospital (SLH) in the Philippines was also conducted. These studies introduced an international collaborative study against the global epidemics of HIV-TB/MDR-TB...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043240/being-both-helpers-and-victims-health-professionals-experiences-of-working-during-a-natural-disaster
#16
Karin Hugelius, Annsofie Adolfsson, Per Örtenwall, Mervyn Gifford
BACKGROUND: In November 2013, the Haiyan typhoon hit parts of the Philippines. The typhoon caused severe damage to the medical facilities and many injuries and deaths. Health professionals have a crucial role in the immediate disaster response system, but knowledge of their experiences of working during and in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster is limited. Aim The aim of this study was to explore health professionals' experiences of working during and in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster...
January 3, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030526/long-term-immunogenicity-of-a-single-dose-of-japanese-encephalitis-chimeric-virus-vaccine-in-toddlers-and-booster-response-5-years-after-primary-immunization
#17
Pope Kosalaraksa, Veerachai Watanaveeradej, Chitsanu Pancharoen, Maria Rosario Capeding, Emmanuel Feroldi, Alain Bouckenooghe
BACKGROUND: Japanese encephalitis (JE) is an important mosquito-borne viral disease that is endemic in Asia, Western Pacific countries, and Northern Australia. Although there is no antiviral treatment, vaccination is effective in preventing this disease. METHODS: We followed a cohort of 596 children for 5 years after primary vaccination at 12-18 months of age with JE chimeric virus vaccine (JE-CV; IMOJEV) in a multicenter, phase III trial in Thailand and the Philippines to assess antibody persistence and safety...
December 27, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028721/prevalence-and-determinants-of-traditional-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-provider-use-among-adults-from-32-countries
#18
Karl Peltzer, Supa Pengpid
OBJECTIVE: To estimate recent prevalence data (2011-2013) on traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) provider use and sociodemographic and health related correlates in nationally representative population samples from 32 countries from all world regions. METHODS: This secondary analysis was based on the International Social Survey Program (ISSP), 2011-2013, Health and Health Care Module. In a cross-sectional population-based survey (N=52,801), simple or multi-stage stratified random sampling was used, resulting in representative samples of the adult population of respective countries...
December 27, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002419/seasonality-of-influenza-and-respiratory-syncytial-viruses-and-the-effect-of-climate-factors-in-subtropical-tropical-asia-using-influenza-like-illness-surveillance-data-2010-2012
#19
Taro Kamigaki, Liling Chaw, Alvin G Tan, Raita Tamaki, Portia P Alday, Jenaline B Javier, Remigio M Olveda, Hitoshi Oshitani, Veronica L Tallo
INTRODUCTION: The seasonality of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is well known, and many analyses have been conducted in temperate countries; however, this is still not well understood in tropical countries. Previous studies suggest that climate factors are involved in the seasonality of these viruses. However, the extent of the effect of each climate variable is yet to be defined. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We investigated the pattern of seasonality and the effect of climate variables on influenza and RSV at three sites of different latitudes: the Eastern Visayas region and Baguio City in the Philippines, and Okinawa Prefecture in Japan...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002140/look-who-is-talking-now-eliciting-the-concept-of-fatherhood-among-filipino-fathers-using-metaphor-analysis
#20
Neil Jupiter E Villamor, Allan B de Guzman, Evangeline T Matienzo
BACKGROUND: Although the increased interest in investigating the dynamics of fatherhood in developed nations has been documented in the literature, its collective meaning and implications in nursing remain largely unknown in the context of East Asia, especially in developing countries such as the Philippines. PURPOSE: Capitalizing on the unique power of metaphors to improve the understanding of complex and abstract ideas and to shape healthcare practices, this qualitative semiotic investigation intended to define the essence of fatherhood from the perspective of Filipino fathers...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Nursing Research: JNR
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