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Luis Malpica, Agustin Pimentel, Isildinha M Reis, Eduardo Gotuzzo, Lazaros Lekakis, Krishna Komanduri, Thomas Harrington, Glen N Barber, Juan C Ramos
Adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) is a fatal disease caused by human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1). We retrospectively analyzed 195 patients with ATLL (lymphomatous n = 96, acute n = 80, unfavorable chronic n = 7, chronic n = 5, smoldering n = 3, and unclassified n = 4) diagnosed between 1987 and 2016 (median age 52 years, 77% Afro-Caribbean). Hypercalcemia was associated with acute ATLL (65%, vs 23% lymphomatous) ( P = .012). The median survival for patients treated with modern therapies between 2000 and 2016 was 4...
March 27, 2018: Blood Advances
Robert Munashe Maweni, Nicholas Sunderland, Zahra Rahim, Emmanuella Odih, Jins Kallampallil, Thomas Saunders, Srikanth Akunuri
BACKGROUND: Hypertensive urgency is defined as a severely elevated systolic blood pressure (SBP) of ≥ 180 mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) of ≥ 120 mmHg, in the absence of end organ damage. It is known that there are racial differences in prevalence and severity of hypertension but there is a dearth of studies looking at hypertensive urgency in Black populations living in Europe. AIMS: We sought to define the clinical characteristics of Black patients presenting with hypertensive urgency, in order to better define the risks and complications this growing population of patients faces...
March 14, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Trevor S Ferguson, Novie O M Younger-Coleman, Marshall K Tulloch-Reid, Nadia R Bennett, Amanda E Rousseau, Jennifer M Knight-Madden, Maureen E Samms-Vaughan, Deanna E Ashley, Rainford J Wilks
Background: Although several studies have identified risk factors for high blood pressure (BP), data from Afro-Caribbean populations are limited. Additionally, less is known about how putative risk factors operate in young adults and how social factors influence the risk of high BP. In this study, we estimated the relative risk for elevated BP or hypertension (EBP/HTN), defined as BP ≥ 120/80 mmHg, among young adults with putative cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in Jamaica and evaluated whether relative risks differed by sex...
2018: PeerJ
N M Panhuyzen-Goedkoop, H T Jørstad, J L R M Smeets
Sudden cardiac arrest or death (SCA/SCD) in athletes has a low event rate. Pre-participation or eligibility screening is a widely accepted method of primary prevention of SCA/SCD in athletes. Most European countries and international sports governing bodies perform ECG-inclusive screening. However, implementation of a resting 12-lead ECG in pre-participation or eligibility cardiac screening is still a topic of debate. Recently, the 'International recommendations for electrocardiographic interpretation in athletes' was published in three leading international medical journals...
February 1, 2018: Netherlands Heart Journal
Sophie Antoine-Jonville, Cecile Faure, Olivier Hue, Stephane Henri
The objective is to present the case of a 21-yr-old athlete observed with non-physiological immediate postprandial insulin response (1162 pmol/l; normal glucose excursion: 6.6 mmol/l), in a warm environment. No suspicion or evidence of any underlying pathology was found in this well-trained Afro-Caribbean male runner. He never reported any hypoglycemic episode. When performing the same protocol performed in a cooler environment (21.0°C vs 30.3°C), only physiological responses were observed. We conclude that 1) youth, leanness and regular exercise training are not absolutely protective against glucose metabolism impairment in apparently healthy subjects; 2) ambient temperature should be regarded as a potential source of glucose metabolism impairment...
2018: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Kemesha S Gabbidon, Mary Shaw-Ridley
This study characterized (a) mothers' childhood and teenage experiences with sex conversations and (b) families' perceptions of current parent-child sex conversations within two underserved Afro-Caribbean communities in the U.S. Fourteen dyads comprised of Haitian and Jamaican mothers and teens (aged 14-18) living in Miami, Florida, completed semi-structured interviews sharing their experiences with sex conversations. Researchers analyzed data using thematic content analysis. Mothers' mean age was 41.85 years, (SD = 5...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Ansu Basu, Nithya Sukumar, Robert Ej Ryder
Objective: To understand the ethnic differences in coronary heart disease risk among inpatients with diabetes following acute coronary syndrome. Design: Single-centre retrospective cohort-analysis of patients with type II diabetes over a six-year period receiving standard care. Setting: Birmingham, UK. Participants: One thousand and one hundred and five patients with type II diabetes from a multi-ethnic background. Main outcome measures: Odds ratios of coronary heart disease events among three ethnic groups...
January 2018: JRSM Open
M Vasalaki, E Papavasileiou, S Velissaris, C Garnavou-Xirou, V Zygoura, O Theodorou, R Zakir, G Duguid, T Sandinha, D Steel, T L Jackson
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this multicentre retrospective study was to investigate the characteristics and role of ethnicity and socioeconomic status amongst patients with idiopathic macular holes (IMH) and the surgical outcome. SUBJECTS AND METHOD: Consecutive patients undergoing primary IMH surgery at three vitreoretinal units in the UK (King's College Hospital, London, UK, Western Eye Hospital, London, UK, Sunderland Eye Infirmary, Sunderland, UK) between January 2007 and May 2017 were included...
September 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Angela M Bowman Heads, Angel M Glover, Linda G Castillo, Shelley Blozis, Su Yeong Kim
OBJECTIVE: To examine ethnic identity and ethnic socialization as potential protective factors for risk behaviors among U.S. college students. PARTICIPANTS: Participants were 398 African American and Afro-Caribbean students recruited from 30 colleges and universities September 2008 - October 2009. METHODS: Data on hazardous alcohol use, substance use, sexual behaviors, ethnic identity and ethnic/racial socialization were collected. Hierarchical linear and negative binomial regression analyses were conducted to determine the degree to ethnic identity and ethnic/racial socialization predicted the risk behaviors...
December 13, 2017: Journal of American College Health: J of ACH
Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, Nadine Matthie, Jessica Wells, Sandra B Dunbar, Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, Lisa A Cooper, Rasheeta D Chandler
In the United States (U.S.), Blacks have higher morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD) than other racial groups. The Black racial group includes African Americans (AAs), African immigrants (AIs), and Afro-Caribbeans (ACs); however, little research examines how social determinants differentially influence CVD risk factors in each ethnic subgroup. We analyzed the 2010-2014 National Health Interview Survey, a cross-sectional, nationally representative survey of non-institutionalized civilians...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Lydia Foucan, Laurent Larifla, Emmanuelle Durand, Christine Rambhojan, Christophe Armand, Carl-Thony Michel, Rachel Billy, Véronique Dhennin, Franck De Graeve, Iandry Rabearivelo, Olivier Sand, Jean-Marc Lacorte, Philippe Froguel, Amélie Bonnefond
Context: The population of Guadeloupe Island exhibits a high prevalence of obesity. Objective: We aimed to investigate whether rare genetic mutations in genes involved in monogenic obesity (or diabetes) might be causal in this population of Afro-Caribbean ancestry. Design and Setting: This was a secondary analysis of a study on obesity conducted in schoolchildren from Guadeloupe in 2013 that aimed to assess changes in children's profiles after a lifestyle intervention program...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Shamir O Cawich, Zulema Ledesma, Lian Sampath, Sherisse Sandy
Pancreatic solid pseudopapillary neoplasms (SPNs) are uncommon lesions across the globe. Their incidence is unknown in the Caribbean. This retrospective study sought to document the clinicopathologic features of pancreatic SPNs in an Eastern Caribbean population. We examined data from the hospital records of all patients with SPN in Trinidad and Tobago, finding 11 cases over five years, equating to an incidence of 0.17 cases per 100,000 population per year. The lesions occurred in girls and young women at a mean age of 25 years, with a propensity for those of Afro-Caribbean descent...
January 1, 2017: Tropical Doctor
Zahra Rahemi, Christine Lisa Williams, Ruth Marchand Tappen, Gabriella Anna Engstrom
We investigated the influence of sociodemographic factors, acculturation, ethnicity, health status, and spirituality on older adults' health-related decisions when confronted with a choice between competing options. The sample included 451 participants: African Americans (15.74%), Afro-Caribbeans (25.5%), European Americans (36.36%), and Hispanic Americans (22.4%). Compared with others, European Americans and Hispanic Americans favored quality of life over a lengthy life. Sociodemographic factors, acculturation, ethnicity, health status, and spirituality accounted for variations of decisions...
November 14, 2017: ANS. Advances in Nursing Science
Jacques Ducros, Laurent Larifla, Henri Merault, Lydia Foucan
BACKGROUND: We aimed to evaluate the association between NT-proBNP and malnutrition in HD patients while taking into account the four established categories of parameters for diagnosis of protein energy wasting (PEW). METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed in Afro-Caribbean dialysis patients. One component in each of the 4 categories for the wasting syndrome was retained: serum albumin ≤ 38 g/L, BMI ≤ 23 Kg/m(2), serum creatinine ≤ 818 µmol/L, and normalized protein catabolic rate (nPCR) ≤ 0...
2017: International Journal of Nephrology
Olabola Awosika, Cheryl M Burgess, Pearl E Grimes
BACKGROUND: Men of color include a diverse population encompassing individuals with Fitzpatrick skin Types IV through VI. Yet, there is a paucity of data describing the cosmetic concerns of this population. OBJECTIVE: To review the basic science of advantages and disadvantages of skin of color and pathophysiology, incidence, and treatment of disorders of cosmetic concern in men of color. METHODS: A MEDLINE search was performed for publications on sex and racial differences in basic science of skin, common disorders in men of color, and evidence-based treatments...
November 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
Shivani B Kaushik, Andrew F Alexis
Background: Nonablative laser resurfacing represents one of the major advances in procedural dermatology over the past decade. However, its use in darker skin types is limited by safety concerns and a relative lack of available data. Aim: To provide evidence-based recommendations for the use of fractional lasers in darker skin types. Evidence review: A broad literature search of PubMed/Medline database was conducted in April 2016 using the term fractional lasers. A free text search of keywords including fractional resurfacing, nonablative lasers, skin type, skin of color, ethnic skin, Fitzpatrick skin type, Asian skin, African Americans, Afro-Caribbean, and Hispanics was also executed...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Tony Realini, Hazel Shillingford-Ricketts, Darra Burt, Goundappa K Balasubramani
PURPOSE: To characterize the 12-month intraocular pressure (IOP)-lowering efficacy of selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) as sole therapy for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) in an Afro-Caribbean population. DESIGN: Stepped-wedge trial. METHODS: Subjects in St. Lucia and Dominica with established POAG were randomized to prompt washout of IOP-lowering medications followed by SLT, 3-month delay followed by washout and SLT, or 6-month delay followed by washout and SLT...
December 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Aviane Auguste, Stanie Gaëte, Cécile Herrmann-Storck, Leah Michineau, Clarisse Joachim, Jacqueline Deloumeaux, Suzy Duflo, Danièle Luce
PURPOSE: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is known to play a role in the development of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) and to date, no study has reported on the association between oral HPV infection and HNSCC in the Caribbean. The objective was to determine the prevalence of oral HPV infection in the French West Indies (FWI), overall and by HPV genotype, among HNSCC cases and healthy population controls. METHOD: We used data from a population-based case-control study conducted in the FWI...
November 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
Agata M Plonczak, Aimee N DiMarco, Roberto Dina, Dorothy M Gujral, Fausto F Palazzo
BACKGROUND: Metastases to the thyroid are rare. The most common primary cancer to metastasize to the thyroid is renal cell carcinoma, followed by malignancies of the gastrointestinal tract, lungs, and skin, with breast cancer metastases to the thyroid being rare. Overall, the outcomes in malignancies that have metastasized to the thyroid are poor. There are no prospective studies addressing the role of surgery in metastatic disease of the thyroid. Isolated thyroidectomy has been proposed as a local disease control option to palliate and prevent the potential morbidity of tumor extension related to the airway...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Shravana Kumar Jyoti, Camille Blacke, Pallavi Patil, Vibha P Amblihalli, Amanda Nicholson
INTRODUCTION: The common tool for diagnosing prostate cancer is prostate-specific antigen (PSA), but the high sensitivity and low specificity of PSA testing are the problems in clinical practice. There are no proper guidelines to investigate the suspected prostate cancer in the Cayman Islands. We correlated PSA levels with the incidence of prostate cancers by tissue diagnosis and proposed logical protocol for prostate screening by using PSA test in this small population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 165 Afro Caribbean individuals who had prostate biopsy done after the investigations for PSA levels from year 2005 to 2015 were studied retrospectively...
September 16, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
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