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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820896/a-strategy-for-scaling-up-access-to-comprehensive-care-in-adults-with-chagas-disease-in-endemic-countries-the-bolivian-chagas-platform
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Maria-Jesus Pinazo, Jimy Pinto, Lourdes Ortiz, Jareth Sánchez, Wilson García, Ruth Saravia, Mirko-R Cortez, Silvia Moriana, Enric Grau, Daniel Lozano, Joaquim Gascon, Faustino Torrico
BACKGROUND: Bolivia has the highest prevalence of Chagas disease (CD) in the world (6.1%), with more than 607,186 people with Trypanosoma cruzi infection, most of them adults. In Bolivia CD has been declared a national priority. In 2009, the Chagas National Program (ChNP) had neither a protocol nor a clear directive for diagnosis and treatment of adults. Although programs had been implemented for congenital transmission and for acute cases, adults remained uncovered. Moreover, health professionals were not aware of treatment recommendations aimed at this population, and research on CD was limited; it was difficult to increase awareness of the disease, understand the challenges it presented, and adapt strategies to cope with it...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820688/the-phenotype-of-circulating-neutrophils-during-visceral-leishmaniasis
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Smriti Sharma, Shweta Srivastva, Richard E Davis, Siddharth Sankar Singh, Rajiv Kumar, Susanne Nylén, Mary E Wilson, Shyam Sundar
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a chronic parasitic disease associated with suppressed T cell responses. Although parasites reside intracellularly in macrophages during chronic VL, neutrophils are the first host cell to infiltrate the infection site and phagocytose the parasite. Subsets of neutrophils with unusual characteristics have been documented in human VL, but whether the total neutrophil population is aberrant during disease is not known. Therefore, we examined phenotypic characteristics of unfractionated polymorphonuclear leukocyte (neutrophils) from subjects with active VL, and compared these with neutrophils from healthy controls or subjects who have been treated for VL...
July 31, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820382/myocarditis-caused-by-human-parechovirus-in-adult
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Khai Lin Kong, Jillian S Y Lau, Su Mei Goh, Heather L Wilson, Mike Catton, Tony M Korman
The infectious etiology of myocarditis often remains unidentified. We report a case of myocarditis associated with human parechovirus (HPeV) infection in an adult. HPeV is an emerging pathogen that can cause serious illness, including myocarditis, in adults. Testing for HPeV should be considered in differential diagnosis of myocarditis.
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819825/ceus-li-rads-algorithm-implementation-and-key-differences-from-ct-mri
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Stephanie R Wilson, Andrej Lyshchik, Fabio Piscaglia, David Cosgrove, Hyun-Jung Jang, Claude Sirlin, Christoph F Dietrich, Tae Kyoung Kim, Juergen K Willmann, Yuko Kono
Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) is a specialized form of ultrasound (US) performed with an intravenous injection of microbubble contrast agents. It has been successfully used for a variety of applications including characterization of liver tumors. In April 2014, the American College of Radiology (ACR) convened a working group of international experts to develop ACR CEUS Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System (CEUS LI-RADS). An initial version of CEUS LI-RADS was published in August 2016. Although the CEUS LI-RADS concept and principles for liver lesion characterization, using dynamic contrast enhancement features, are similar to those for CT or MRI, there are significant differences between CT/MRI and CEUS LI-RADS...
August 17, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819661/a-computational-study-of-the-influence-of-methyl-substituents-on-competitive-ring-closure-to-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-lactones
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Philippe B Wilson, Ian H Williams
Ring-closure of substituted 2-chlorosuccinates to α- or β-lactones has been studied by means of MP2/6-311+G(d,p)//MP2/6-31+G(d) calculations in water treated as a polarised continuum (PCM) and in vacuum. Optimised geometries have been obtained for 2-chlorosuccinate and its 2-methyl, 3,3-dimethyl, and 2,3,3-trimethyl derivatives, along with the transition structures and products for intramolecular nucleophilic displacement leading to the 3- or 4-membered rings. Relative enthalpies and Gibbs free energies of activation and reaction are presented, along with key geometrical parameters, and changes in electrostatic-potential-derived atomic charges...
August 18, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819513/strengthening-and-expanding-the-capacity-of-health-worker-education-in-zambia
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Charles Michelo, Joseph Mumba Zulu, Moses Simuyemba, Benjamin Andrews, Max Katubulushi, Benjamin Chi, Evariste Njelesani, Bellington Vwalika, Kasonde Bowa, Margaret Maimbolwa, James Chipeta, Fastone Goma, Selestine Nzala, Sekelani Banda, John Mudenda, Yusuf Ahmed, Lotti Hachambwa, Craig Wilson, Sten Vermund, Yakub Mulla
INTRODUCTION: Zambia is facing a chronic shortage of health care workers. The paper aimed at understanding how the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) program facilitated strengthening and expanding of the national capacity and quality of medical education as well as processes for retaining faculty in Zambia. METHODS: Data generated through documentary review, key informant interviews and observations were analyzed using a thematic approach. RESULTS: The MEPI program triggered the development of new postgraduate programs thereby increasing student enrollment...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819487/an-evaluation-of-wb123-antibody-elisa-in-individuals-treated-with-ivermectin-and-albendazole-and-implementation-challenges-in-africa
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Dziedzom Komi de Souza, Irene Offei Owusu, Joseph Otchere, Michelle Adimazoya, Kwadwo Frempong, Collins Stephen Ahorlu, Daniel Adjei Boakye, Michael David Wilson
The development of antibody testing for the diagnosis of lymphatic filariasis (LF) is intended to enhance the monitoring and evaluation activities of the Global Program for the Elimination of LF. This is due to the fact that antibody tests are expected to be the most sensitive at detecting exposure to LF compared to antigen that takes longer to develop. To this end a new antibody-based enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to Wuchereria bancrofti antigen Wb123 has been developed and further designed into a point of care rapid diagnostic test, under evaluation...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819017/adrenocortical-carcinoma-and-succinate-dehydrogenase-gene-mutations
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Tobias Else, Antonio Marcondes Lerario, Jessica Everett, Lori Haymon, Deborah Wham, Michael Mullane, Tremika LeShan Wilson, Irene Rainville, Huma Rana, Andrew J Worth, Nathaniel W Snyder, Ian A Blair, Rana McKay, Kerry Kilbridge, Gary D Hammer, Justine Barletta, Anand Vaiyda
OBJECTIVE: Germline loss-of-function mutations in succinate dehydrogenase (SDHx) genes results in rare tumor syndromes that include pheochromocytoma, paraganglioma, and others. Here we report a case series of patients with adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) that harbor SDHx germline mutations. PATIENTS AND RESULTS: We report four unrelated patients with ACC and SDHx mutations. All cases presented with Cushing syndrome and large adrenal masses that were confirmed to be ACC on pathology...
August 17, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818633/patient-and-caregiver-reported-assessment-tools-for-palliative-care-summary-of-the-2017-ahrq-technical-brief
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Rebecca Aslakson, Sydney M Dy, Renee F Wilson, Julie Waldfogel, Allen Zhang, Sarina R Isenberg, Alex Blair, Joshua Sixon, Karen A Robinson
CONTEXT: Assessment tools are data collection instruments that are completed by or with patients or caregivers and which collect data at the individual patient or caregiver level. OBJECTIVES: To (1) summarize palliative care assessment tools completed by or with patients or caregivers, and (2) identify needs for future tool development and evaluation. METHODS: We completed: (1) a systematic review of systematic reviews; (2) a supplemental search of previous reviews and websites, and/or (3) a targeted search for primary articles when no tools existed in a domain...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818059/influence-of-sense-of-coherence-on-adolescents-self-perceived-dental-aesthetics-a-cross-sectional-study
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Aline Cavalcanti da Costa, Fabrícia Soares Rodrigues, Priscila Prosini da Fonte, Aronita Rosenblatt, Nicola Patricia Thérèse Innes, Mônica Vilela Heimer
BACKGROUND: Sense of coherence (SOC) is a psychosocial factor capable of influencing perception of health, improving one's ability to manage life. It is the central construct of salutogenesis. SOC allows for identification and mobilization of resources to effectively manage or solve problems, promoting health and quality of life. Using Wilson-Cleary's conceptual model we hypothesized that SOC might contribute to self-perception of dental aesthetics. The aim of this study was to investigate whether SOC levels were related to self-perception of dental aesthetics against assessed normative orthodontic treatment need among adolescents...
August 17, 2017: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817824/parametric-linkage-analysis-identifies-five-novel-genome-wide-significant-loci-for-familial-lung-cancer
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Anthony M Musolf, Claire L Simpson, Mariza de Andrade, Diptasri Mandal, Colette Gaba, Ping Yang, Yafang Li, Ming You, Elena Y Kupert, Marshall W Anderson, Ann G Schwartz, Susan M Pinney, Christopher I Amos, Joan E Bailey-Wilson
OBJECTIVE: One of four American cancer patients dies of lung cancer. Environmental factors such as tobacco smoking are known to affect lung cancer risk. However, there is a genetic factor to lung cancer risk as well. Here, we perform parametric linkage analysis on family-based genotype data in an effort to find genetic loci linked to the disease. METHODS: 197 individuals from families with a high-risk history of lung cancer were recruited and genotyped using an Illumina array...
August 18, 2017: Human Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817161/biomechanical-evaluation-of-unicortical-stress-risers-of-the-proximal-humerus-associated-with-pectoralis-major-repair
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David J Wilson, Brian P Milam, William F Scully, Todd P Balog, Kyong S Min, Christopher S Chen, Bryant G Marchant, Edward D Arrington
Proximal humerus fracture after pectoralis major tendon repair has been recently reported. Although this complication is rare, it may be possible to decrease such risk using newer techniques for myotenodesis. This study was designed to evaluate various unicortical stress risers created at the proximal humeral metadiaphysis during myotenodesis for repair of pectoralis major ruptures. A simulated pectoralis major myotenodesis was performed using fourth-generation Sawbones (N=30). Using previously described anatomic landmarks for the tendinous insertion, 3 repair techniques were compared: bone trough, tenodesis screws, and suture anchors (N=10 each)...
August 17, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817111/prospective-cohort-study-for-identification-of-underlying-genetic-causes-in-neonatal-encephalopathy-using-whole-exome-sequencing
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Theodora U J Bruun, Caro-Lyne DesRoches, Diane Wilson, Vann Chau, Tadashi Nakagawa, Masahiro Yamasaki, Shinya Hasegawa, Toshiyuki Fukao, Christian Marshall, Saadet Mercimek-Andrews
PurposeNeonatal encephalopathy, which is characterized by a decreased level of consciousness, occurs in 1-7/1,000 live-term births. In more than half of term newborns, there is no identifiable etiological factor. To identify underlying genetic defects, we applied whole-exome sequencing (WES) in term newborns with neonatal encephalopathy as a prospective cohort study.MethodsTerm newborns with neonatal encephalopathy and no history of perinatal asphyxia were included. WES was performed using patient and both parents' DNA...
August 17, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816808/influences-on-infant-feeding-perceptions-of-mother-father-parent-dyads
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Wilson Majee, Matthew J Thullen, Alexandra N Davis, Tarunjot K Sethi
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine interrelational-, organizational-, and community-level influences on how coparents collaborate about infant and toddler feeding. STUDY DESIGN AND SAMPLE: Using qualitative methods, we interviewed mother-father parent dyads to explore the potential influences on infant and toddler feeding. Participants were purposively recruited from two Midwest, rural, university-system pediatric clinics. Thematic analysis was used to code the data...
September 2017: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816363/the-suicidal-inmate-a-comparison-of-inmates-who-attempt-versus-complete-suicide
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Emily A Boren, Johanna B Folk, Jennifer M Loya, June P Tangney, Sharen E Barboza, John S Wilson
The aim of this study was to identify risk factors distinguishing inmates who attempt suicide from inmates who complete suicide. Compared with attempters, completers tended to be older, male, more educated, and married or separated/divorced; pretrial, committed for a violent crime, incarcerated in jail, housed in an inpatient mental health unit or protective custody setting, living in a single cell, not on suicide precautions, not previously under close observation; and more likely to act during overnight hours and die by hanging/self-strangulation...
August 17, 2017: Suicide & Life-threatening Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816303/reversible-surface-functionalisation-of-emulsion-templated-porous-polymers-using-dithiophenol-maleimide-functional-macromolecules
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A M Eissa, P Wilson, C Chen, J Collins, M Walker, D M Haddleton, N R Cameron
A new facile and efficient route for the chemical functionalisation of thiol-acrylate polyHIPE materials with responsive macromolecules using the highly emissive dithiomaleimide (DTM) linker is demonstrated. Functionalisation is found to be reversible upon addition of a thiol-containing compound, glutathione, resulting in switchable surface properties including fluorescence and wettability, hence broadening the scope of applications.
August 17, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816137/high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-in-the-management-of-operable-rectal-cancer-a-systematic-review
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Hannah Buckley, Charles Wilson, Thankamma Ajithkumar
PURPOSE: To evaluate the role of high-dose-rate endorectal brachytherapy (HDREBT) in the preoperative and definitive management of operable rectal cancer in terms of clinical outcomes and toxicities using a systematic review. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A review of published articles from January 1990 to December 2016 was conducted using the PubMed, Embase, and Scopus databases using the search terms "rectal" or "rectum" in combination with "brachytherapy," "high dose rate," "HDR," and "endorectal...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815814/supporting-end-of-life-decision-making-case-studies-of-relational-closeness-in-supported-decision-making-for-people-with-severe-or-profound-intellectual-disability
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Joanne Watson, Erin Wilson, Nick Hagiliassis
BACKGROUND: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) promotes the use of supported decision making in lieu of substitute decision making. To date, there has been a lack of focus on supported decision making for people with severe or profound intellectual disability, including for end of life decisions. METHODS: Five people with severe or profound intellectual disability's experiences of supported decision making were examined...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities: JARID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815604/chronic-morphine-reduces-the-readily-releasable-pool-of-gaba-a-presynaptic-mechanism-of-opioid-tolerance
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Adrianne R Wilson-Poe, Hyo-Jin Jeong, Christopher W Vaughan
The midbrain periaqueductal grey (PAG) plays a critical role in tolerance to the analgesic actions of opioids such as morphine. While numerous studies have identified the postsynaptic adaptations induced by chronic morphine treatment in this and other brain regions, the presence of presynaptic adaptations remains uncertain. We examined GABAergic synaptic transmission within rat PAG brain slices from animals which underwent a low dose morphine treatment protocol which produces tolerance, but not withdrawal. Evoked GABAergic IPSCs (inhibitory postsynaptic currents) were less in morphine compared to control saline treated animals...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815553/osteoporosis-in-erythropoietic-protoporphyria-patients
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M Biewenga, R H S Matawlie, E C H Friesema, H Koole-Lesuis, M Langeveld, J H P Wilson, J G Langendonk
BACKGROUND: Erythropoietic protoporphyria is a rare metabolic disease with painful photosensitivity due to protoporphyrin IX accumulation, resulting in lifelong light avoidance behaviour. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate bone mineral density and known osteoporosis risk factors in erythropoietic protoporphyria patients. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study all erythropoietic protoporphyria patients attending the Erasmus MC outpatient clinic that had undergone bone mineral density measurements were included...
August 17, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
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