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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651014/a-decade-of-haart-in-latin-america-long-term-outcomes-among-the-first-wave-of-hiv-patients-to-receive-combination-therapy
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Marcelo J Wolff, Mark J Giganti, Claudia P Cortes, Pedro Cahn, Beatriz Grinsztejn, Jean W Pape, Denis Padgett, Juan Sierra-Madero, Eduardo Gotuzzo, Stephany N Duda, Catherine C McGowan, Bryan E Shepherd
BACKGROUND: In Latin America, the first wave of HIV-infected patients initiated highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) 10 or more years ago. Characterizing their treatment experience and corresponding outcomes across a decade of HAART may yield insights relevant to the ongoing care of such patients and those initiating HAART more recently in similar clinical settings. METHODS: This retrospective study included adults initiating HAART before 2004 at 8 sites in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Haiti, Honduras, and Mexico...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650741/microbial-culturomics-application-for-global-health-noncontiguous-finished-genome-sequence-and-description-of-pseudomonas-massiliensis-strain-cb-1-t-sp-nov-in-brazil
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Lucie Bardet, Teresa Cimmino, Clémence Buffet, Caroline Michelle, Jaishriram Rathored, Fatalmoudou Tandina, Jean-Christophe Lagier, Saber Khelaifia, Jônatas Abrahão, Didier Raoult, Jean-Marc Rolain
Culturomics is a new postgenomics field that explores the microbial diversity of the human gut coupled with taxono-genomic strategy. Culturomics, and the microbiome science more generally, are anticipated to transform global health diagnostics and inform the ways in which gut microbial diversity contributes to human health and disease, and by extension, to personalized medicine. Using culturomics, we report in this study the description of strain CB1(T) ( = CSUR P1334 = DSM 29075), a new species isolated from a stool specimen from a 37-year-old Brazilian woman...
June 26, 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649850/three-new-noroleanane-type-triterpenes-from-the-roots-of-pfaffia-glomerata
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Yan-Zhen Han, Yan Zhou, Zhi-Tao Zhang, Shuang-Ying Niu, Xiao-Hong Liu, Xiao-Yan Jia
The Amaranthaceae plant, Pfaffia glomerata, which is so-called as Brazil ginseng, is widely distributed in South American countries. Three new noroleanane-type triterpenes and four known oleanane-type triterpenes were isolated from the roots of P. glomerata. Their structures were determined by spectroscopic methods including 1D and 2D NMR experiments. Their effects on melanogenesis were also reported.
June 25, 2017: Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649619/variable-frequency-of-lrrk2-variants-in-the-latin-american-research-consortium-on-the-genetics-of-parkinson-s-disease-large-pd-a-case-of-ancestry
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Mario Cornejo-Olivas, Luis Torres, Mario R Velit-Salazar, Miguel Inca-Martinez, Pilar Mazzetti, Carlos Cosentino, Federico Micheli, Claudia Perandones, Elena Dieguez, Victor Raggio, Vitor Tumas, Vanderci Borges, Henrique B Ferraz, Carlos R M Rieder, Artur Shumacher-Schuh, Carlos Velez-Pardo, Marlene Jimenez-Del-Rio, Francisco Lopera, Jorge Chang-Castello, Brennie Andreé-Munoz, Sarah Waldherr, Dora Yearout, Cyrus P Zabetian, Ignacio F Mata
Mutations in Leucine-Rich Repeat Kinase 2 (LRRK2), primarily located in codons G2019 and R1441, represent the most common genetic cause of Parkinson's disease in European-derived populations. However, little is known about the frequency of these mutations in Latin American populations. In addition, a prior study suggested that a LRRK2 polymorphism (p.Q1111H) specific to Latino and Amerindian populations might be a risk factor for Parkinson's disease, but this finding requires replication. We screened 1734 Parkinson's disease patients and 1097 controls enrolled in the Latin American Research Consortium on the Genetics of Parkinson's disease (LARGE-PD), which includes sites in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Uruguay...
2017: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648683/reliability-and-validity-analyses-of-the-north-star-ambulatory-assessment-in-brazilian-portuguese
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Larissa O Okama, Lívia M Zampieri, Carina L Ramos, Flávia O Toledo, Cyntia R J Alves, Ana Cláudia Mattiello-Sverzut, Anna Mayhew, Cláudia F R Sobreira
The North Star Ambulatory Assessment measures motor performance in ambulatory boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a hereditary and degenerative muscle disorder. To use the North Star Ambulatory Assessment in Brazilian boys, we performed the cross-cultural adaptation to the Portuguese language spoken in Brazil and evaluated the reliability and validity of the instrument. Cross-cultural adaptation included: independent translations, synthesis, committee review, pre-testing in 12 boys, back-translation and comparison with the original instrument...
May 26, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648543/seasonal-influenza-vaccine-effectiveness-against-laboratory-confirmed-influenza-hospitalizations-latin-america-2013
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Nathalie El Omeiri, Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner, Mark G Thompson, Wilfrido Clará, Mauricio Cerpa, Rakhee Palekar, Sara Mirza, Alba María Ropero-Álvarez
BACKGROUND: Despite widespread utilization of influenza vaccines, effectiveness (VE) has not been routinely measured in Latin America. METHODS: We used a case test-negative control design to estimate trivalent inactivated influenza VE against laboratory-confirmed influenza among hospitalized children aged 6months-5years and adults aged ≥60years which are age-groups targeted for vaccination. We sought persons with severe acute respiratory infections (SARI), hospitalized at 71 sentinel hospitals in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, and Paraguay during January-December 2013...
June 22, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648422/troponin-i-elevation-after-elective-percutaneous-coronary-interventions-prevalence-and-risk-factors
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Roberto Muniz Ferreira, Nelson Albuquerque de Souza E Silva, Lúcia Helena Alvares Salis, Paula Dias Maia, Lucas Felipe Bastos Horta
Troponin elevation after coronary angioplasty is a prognostic marker associated with significant morbidity and mortality, although its prevalence varies according to clinical and procedural characteristics. We analyzed the frequency of post-procedural enzyme elevation among 112 elective interventions between 2013 and 2014 in a private hospital in Brazil. Troponin increase was observed in 62.5% of the procedures, and was related to age, female sex, low pre-procedural hemoglobin, prior angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker use and multivessel angioplasty...
May 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647854/the-influence-of-head-of-bed-elevation-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea
#8
Fábio José Fabrício de Barros Souza, Pedro Rodrigues Genta, Albino José de Souza Filho, Andrew Wellman, Geraldo Lorenzi-Filho
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to test the effects of a mild degree of head-of-bed elevation (HOBE) (7.5°) on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) severity and sleep quality. METHODS: OSA patients were recruited from a single sleep clinic (Criciúma, Santa Catarina, Brazil). Following a baseline polysomnography (PSG), all patients underwent a PSG with HOBE (within 2 weeks). In addition, a subset of patients performed a third PSG without HOBE. RESULTS: Fifty-two patients were included in the study (age 53...
June 24, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647486/geographically-weighted-negative-binomial-regression-applied-to-zonal-level-safety-performance-models
#9
Marcos José Timbó Lima Gomes, Flávio Cunto, Alan Ricardo Silva
Generalized Linear Models (GLM) with negative binomial distribution for errors, have been widely used to estimate safety at the level of transportation planning. The limited ability of this technique to take spatial effects into account can be overcome through the use of local models from spatial regression techniques, such as Geographically Weighted Poisson Regression (GWPR). Although GWPR is a system that deals with spatial dependency and heterogeneity and has already been used in some road safety studies at the planning level, it fails to account for the possible overdispersion that can be found in the observations on road-traffic crashes...
June 22, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647340/a-simulator-for-training-in-endovascular-aneurysm-repair-the-use-of-three-dimensional-printers
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I O Torres, N De Luccia
OBJECTIVES: To develop an endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) simulation system using three dimensional (3D) printed aneurysms, and to evaluate the impact of patient specific training prior to EVAR on the surgical performance of vascular surgery residents in a university hospital in Brazil. METHODS: This was a prospective, controlled, single centre study. During 2015, the aneurysms of patients undergoing elective EVAR at São Paulo University Medical School were 3D printed and used in training sessions with vascular surgery residents...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647304/phylogenies-of-symbiotic-genes-of-bradyrhizobium-symbionts-of-legumes-of-economic-and-environmental-importance-in-brazil-support-the-definition-of-the-new-symbiovars-pachyrhizi-and-sojae
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Jakeline Renata Marçon Delamuta, Pâmela Menna, Renan Augusto Ribeiro, Mariangela Hungria
Bradyrhizobium comprises most tropical symbiotic nitrogen-fixing strains, but the correlation between symbiotic and core genes with host specificity is still unclear. In this study, the phylogenies of the nodY/K and nifH genes of 45 Bradyrhizobium strains isolated from legumes of economic and environmental importance in Brazil (Arachis hypogaea, Acacia auriculiformis, Glycine max, Lespedeza striata, Lupinus albus, Stylosanthes sp. and Vigna unguiculata) were compared to 16S rRNA gene phylogeny and genetic diversity by rep-PCR...
June 7, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647218/the-environmental-performance-of-smes-in-the-brazilian-textile-industry-and-the-relationship-with-their-financial-performance
#12
Wagner Cezar Lucato, Elpidio Moreira Costa, Geraldo Cardoso de Oliveira Neto
Currently, the concern with the environment is increasing and organizations seek solutions to preserve nature and at the same time earn higher profits or competitiveness. For this, they make frequent use of structured procedures in order to reduce their costs and expenses. However, it has not been always considered the environmental performance related to the financial performance of these processes. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the relationship between environmental performance measured by eco-efficiency level with the financial performance of small and medium textile manufacturing companies...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647173/an-update-on-zika-virus-infection
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REVIEW
David Baud, Duane J Gubler, Bruno Schaub, Marion C Lanteri, Didier Musso
The epidemic history of Zika virus began in 2007, with its emergence in Yap Island in the western Pacific, followed in 2013-14 by a larger epidemic in French Polynesia, south Pacific, where the first severe complications and non-vector-borne transmission of the virus were reported. Zika virus emerged in Brazil in 2015 and was declared a national public health emergency after local researchers and physicians reported an increase in microcephaly cases. In 2016, WHO declared the recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders reported in Brazil a global public health emergency...
June 21, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647172/infection-related-microcephaly-after-the-2015-and-2016-zika-virus-outbreaks-in-brazil-a-surveillance-based-analysis
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Wanderson Kleber de Oliveira, Giovanny Vinícius Araújo de França, Eduardo Hage Carmo, Bruce Bartholow Duncan, Ricardo de Souza Kuchenbecker, Maria Inês Schmidt
BACKGROUND: On Nov 11, 2015, the Brazilian Ministry of Health declared a Public Health Emergency of National Concern in response to an increased number of microcephaly cases, possibly related to previous Zika virus outbreaks. We describe the course of the dual epidemics of the Zika virus infection during pregnancy and microcephaly in Brazil up to Nov 12, 2016, the first anniversary of this declaration. METHODS: We used secondary data for Zika virus and microcephaly cases obtained through the Brazilian Ministry of Health's surveillance systems from Jan 1, 2015, to Nov 12, 2016...
June 21, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646713/substance-use-among-hiv-infected-patients-in-rio-de-janeiro-brazil-agreement-between-medical-records-and-the-assist-questionnaire
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Iona K Machado, Paula M Luz, Jordan E Lake, Rodolfo Castro, Luciane Velasque, Jesse L Clark, Valdilea G Veloso, Beatriz Grinsztejn, Raquel B De Boni
BACKGROUND: Substance use assessment is a challenge in busy clinical settings that may adversely affect HIV-infected persons. This study aimed to evaluate agreement between the medical chart and a standardized substance use screening questionnaire. METHODS: Of adults (n=1050) in HIV care in Rio de Janeiro who completed the World Health Organization's Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST), we randomly selected 200 participants for medical chart review...
June 16, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646619/early-insights-into-zika-s-microcephaly-physiopathology-from-the-epicentre-of-the-outbreak-teratogenic-apoptosis-on-the-central-nervous-system
#16
Patricia Jungmann, Pedro Pires, Edward Araujo
Foetal infection by the Zika virus has been implicated in the exceptional rise in the number of mycrocephalic newborns recorded by the end of 2015 in Brazil. The mechanism by which this teratogenic effect is produced in the developing brain has not been entirely established. Very early in the outbreak, we addressed this question by evaluating available initial data from a gestational and post-natal clinical investigation in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco. The present study was undertaken to test the hypothesis that the subtractive dysmorphic brain malformations observed in Zika's microcephaly are primarily due to the massive induction of apoptosis of neuroprogenitor cells...
June 24, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646574/a-novel-habitat-based-approach-to-predict-impacts-of-marine-protected-areas-on-fishers
#17
João B Teixeira, Rodrigo L Moura, Morena Mills, Carissa Klein, Christopher J Brown, Vanessa M Adams, Hedley Grantham, Matthew Watts, Deborah Faria, Gilberto M Amado-Filho, Alex C Bastos, Reinaldo Lourival, Hugh P Possingham
While marine protected areas (MPAs) can simultaneously contribute to biodiversity conservation and fisheries management, the global network is biased towards particular ecosystem types, as it was largely established in an ad hoc fashion. The optimization of trade-offs between biodiversity benefits and socio-economic values increases implementation success and minimizes enforcement costs in the long run, but is often neglected in marine spatial planning (MSP). Although the acquisition of spatially explicit socioeconomic data is often perceived as a costly/secondary step in MSP, it is critical to account for lost opportunities by people whose activities will be restricted, especially fishers...
June 24, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646277/standardization-and-prevalence-of-the-booster-phenomenon-evaluation-using-a-two-step-skin-test-with-43%C3%A2-kda-glycoprotein-in-individuals-from-an-endemic-region-of-paracoccidioidomycosis
#18
Ana Paula C Marques, Sandra Maria V L Oliveira, Grazielli R Rezende, Dayane A Melo, Sonia M Fernandes-Fitts, Elenir Rose J C Pontes, Maria da Glória Bonecini-Almeida, Zoilo P Camargo, Rinaldo P Mendes, Anamaria M M Paniago
BACKGROUND: We estimated the occurrence rate of the booster phenomenon by using an intradermal test with 43 kDa glycoprotein in an endemic area of paracoccidioidomycosis in the central-west region of Brazil. METHODS: Individuals who had a negative result on a survey performed by using an intradermal test with 43 kDa glycoprotein in an endemic area of paracoccidioidomycosis underwent a second intradermal test after 10-15 days to determine the presence or absence of the booster phenomenon...
June 23, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645921/the-east-asian-origin-of-the-giant-lobelias
#19
Eric B Knox, Chunjiao Li
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Rapid radiations are difficult to reconstruct when organismal diversification and biogeographic movement outpace the evolution of genes typically used in phylogenetic analyses. The 125 kb of unique sequence from complete plastid genomes (= plastomes) largely solves the molecular sampling problem, and taxon sampling that triangulates the base of each major subclade largely solves the long-branch attraction problem. This combination of molecular and phylogenetic sampling is used to reconstruct the cosmopolitan radiation of lobeliads, with special focus on the origin of the giant lobelias...
June 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645459/-hotline-for-zika-virus-experience-of-a-tropical-and-travel-medicine-unit
#20
Marta Díaz-Menéndez, Fernando de la Calle-Prieto, Marta Arsuaga, Elena Trigo, Concepción Ladrón de Guevara, Pablo Barreiro, Clara Crespillo, Mar Lago
The current outbreak of Zika virus has caused great social alarm, generated in part by the lack of information in the general population. In order to provide accurate and verified information, the Tropical and Travel Medicine Unit of Hospital Carlos III-La Paz (Madrid, Spain) established a hotline for Zika virus infection. We present the data concerning the first 6 months of operation of the telephone hotline. The predominant call profile consisted of women seeking information about the risk of acquiring the disease before travelling...
June 20, 2017: Gaceta Sanitaria
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