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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545155/rapid-diagnostic-tests-for-typhoid-and-paratyphoid-enteric-fever
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Lalith Wijedoru, Sue Mallett, Christopher M Parry
BACKGROUND: Differentiating both typhoid (Salmonella Typhi) and paratyphoid (Salmonella Paratyphi A) infection from other causes of fever in endemic areas is a diagnostic challenge. Although commercial point-of-care rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for enteric fever are available as alternatives to the current reference standard test of blood or bone marrow culture, or to the widely used Widal Test, their diagnostic accuracy is unclear. If accurate, they could potentially replace blood culture as the World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended main diagnostic test for enteric fever...
May 26, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544418/assessing-knowledge-and-attitudes-about-end-of-life-evaluation-of-three-instruments-designed-for-adults-with-intellectual-disability
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R J Stancliffe, M Y Wiese, S Read, G Jeltes, J M Clayton
BACKGROUND: This paper examines the development and psychometric characteristics of three instruments about end of life, designed for use with adults with intellectual disability (ID). Respectively, the instruments assess understanding of the concept of death, end-of-life planning, and fear of death. METHODS: Part 1: instruments were developed or adapted, and pilot tested with 11 adults with ID and 2 disability staff. Part 2: 39 adults with ID and 40 disability staff were assessed on all three instruments...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities: JARID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544134/depression-and-cognitive-impairment-among-newly-admitted-nursing-home-residents-in-the-usa
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Christine M Ulbricht, Anthony J Rothschild, Jacob N Hunnicutt, Kate L Lapane
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to describe the prevalence of depression and cognitive impairment among newly admitted nursing home residents in the USA and to describe the treatment of depression by level of cognitive impairment. METHODS: We identified 1,088,619 newly admitted older residents between 2011 and 2013 with an active diagnosis of depression documented on the Minimum Data Set 3.0. The prevalence of receiving psychiatric treatment was estimated by cognitive impairment status and depression symptoms...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543690/smokeless-tobacco-consumption-and-stillbirth-population-based-case-control-study-in-rural-bangladesh
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Mohammad Shakhawat Hossain, Kypros Kypri, Bayzidur Rahman, Abul Hasnat Milton
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: To investigate the association between smokeless tobacco consumption (STC) during pregnancy and risk of stillbirth. DESIGN AND METHODS: We conducted a population-based case-control study of 253 cases and 759 randomly selected control women in Madaripur, Bangladesh. We conducted a survey of two rural local government areas, including 8082 women, and identified cases based on self-report of a stillbirth outcome of each participant's first pregnancy...
May 25, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543620/squamous-cell-carcinoma-in-the-afro-caribbean-community-an-11-year-retrospective-study
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Nadège Cordel, Lucie Bonnecarrère, Benoit Tressières
BACKGROUND: Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is considered the most frequent skin cancer in black people. Its incidence is not known in the Afro-Caribbean population. OBJECTIVE: To assess the incidence of SCC in Guadeloupe, the largest island of the Lesser Antilles (405 000 inhabitants, mostly black people of African and European descent). The second objective was to characterize clinical and histological patterns of SCC occurring in the Afro-Caribbean community. METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted over an 11-year period (2000-2010)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543069/real-time-dynamic-mr-image-reconstruction-using-compressed-sensing-and-principal-component-analysis-cs-pca-demonstration-in-lung-tumor-tracking
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Bryson Dietz, Eugene Yip, Jihyun Yun, B Gino Fallone, Keith Wachowicz
PURPOSE: This work presents a real-time dynamic image reconstruction technique, that combines compressed sensing and principal component analysis (CS-PCA), to achieve real-time adaptive radiotherapy with the use of a linac-magnetic resonance imaging system. METHODS: Six retrospective fully sampled dynamic data sets of patients diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer were used to investigate the CS-PCA algorithm. Using a database of fully sampled k-space, principal components (PC's) were calculated to aid in the reconstruction of undersampled images...
May 19, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543019/the-burden-of-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria-is-substantial-real-world-evidence-from-assure-csu
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Marcus Maurer, Mohamed Abuzakouk, Frédéric Bérard, Walter Canonica, Hanneke Oude Elberink, Ana Giménez-Arnau, Clive Grattan, Kelly Hollis, André Knulst, Jean-Philippe Lacour, Charles Lynde, Alexander Marsland, Doreen McBride, Alla Nakonechna, Javier Ortiz de Frutos, Christina Proctor, Gordon Sussman, Carolyn Sweeney, Haijun Tian, Karsten Weller, Daniel Wolin, Maria-Magdalena Balp
BACKGROUND: Chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) can be debilitating, difficult to treat, and frustrating for patients and physicians. Real-world evidence for the burden of CSU is limited. The objective of this study was to document disease duration, treatment history, and disease activity, as well as impact on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and work among patients with inadequately controlled CSU, and to describe its humanistic, societal, and economic burden. METHODS: This international observational study assessed a cohort of 673 adult patients with CSU whose symptoms persisted for ≥12 months despite treatment...
May 19, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542918/multisite-external-validation-of-a-risk-prediction-model-for-the-diagnosis-of-blood-stream-infections-in-febrile-pediatric-oncology-patients-without-severe-neutropenia
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Adam J Esbenshade, Zhiguo Zhao, Catherine Aftandilian, Raya Saab, Rachel L Wattier, Melissa Beauchemin, Tamara P Miller, Jennifer J Wilkes, Michael J Kelly, Alison Fernbach, Michael Jeng, Cindy L Schwartz, Christopher C Dvorak, Yu Shyr, Karl G M Moons, Maria-Luisa Sulis, Debra L Friedman
BACKGROUND: Pediatric oncology patients are at an increased risk of invasive bacterial infection due to immunosuppression. The risk of such infection in the absence of severe neutropenia (absolute neutrophil count ≥ 500/μL) is not well established and a validated prediction model for blood stream infection (BSI) risk offers clinical usefulness. METHODS: A 6-site retrospective external validation was conducted using a previously published risk prediction model for BSI in febrile pediatric oncology patients without severe neutropenia: the Esbenshade/Vanderbilt (EsVan) model...
May 23, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542709/maternal-deaths-in-the-nordic-countries
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Siri Vangen, Birgit Bødker, Liv Ellingsen, Sissel Saltvedt, Mika Gissler, Reynir T Geirsson, Lill T Nyfløt
INTRODUCTION: Despite the seriousness of the event, maternal deaths are substantially underreported. There is often a missed opportunity to learn from such tragedies. The aim of the study was to identify maternal deaths in the five Nordic countries, to classify causes of death based on internationally acknowledged criteria, and to identify areas that would benefit from further teaching, training or research to possibly reduce the number of maternal deaths. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We present data for the years 2005-2013...
May 23, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542692/association-between-undetected-10-2-visual-field-damage-and-vision-related-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-glaucoma
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Dana M Blumberg, Carlos Gustavo De Moraes, Alisa J Prager, Qi Yu, Lama Al-Aswad, George A Cioffi, Jeffrey M Liebmann, Donald C Hood
Importance: Recent evidence supports the presence of macular damage (within 8° of the central field) to retinal ganglion cells and associated central visual field (VF) defects in glaucoma, even in early stages. Despite this, to our knowledge, the association of 10-2 VF damage with vision-related quality of life (QOL) has not been well studied. Objective: To determine the association between QOL and visual function as measured by 24-2 and 10-2 VFs in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma and to test the hypothesis that patients with vision-related QOL disproportionate to their 24-2 VF status may exhibit 10-2 damage overlooked by the 24-2 test...
May 25, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542586/antigen-delivery-to-dendritic-cells-shapes-human-cd4-and-cd8-t-cell-memory-responses-to-staphylococcus-aureus
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Julia Uebele, Christoph Stein, Minh-Thu Nguyen, Anja Schneider, Franziska Kleinert, Olga Tichá, Gabriele Bierbaum, Friedrich Götz, Isabelle Bekeredjian-Ding
Intracellular persistence of Staphylococcus aureus favors bacterial spread and chronic infections. Here, we provide evidence for the existence of human CD4+ and CD8+ T cell memory against staphylococcal antigens. Notably, the latter could provide a missing link in our understanding of immune control of intracellular S. aureus. The analyses showed that pulsing of monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MoDC) with native staphylococcal protein antigens induced release of Th2-associated cytokines and mediators linked to T regulatory cell development (G-CSF, IL-2 and IL-10) from both CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, thus revealing a state of tolerance predominantly arising from preformed memory T cells...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542389/cognitive-distortions-among-older-adult-gamblers-in-an-asian-context
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Mythily Subramaniam, Siow Ann Chong, Colette Browning, Shane Thomas
AIMS: The study aims to describe the construct of cognitive distortions based on the narratives of older adult gamblers (aged 60 years and above) in Singapore. METHODS: Singapore residents (citizens or permanent residents) aged 60 years and above, who were current or past regular gamblers were included in the study. Participants were recruited using a combination of venue based approach, referrals from service providers as well as by snowball sampling. In all, 25 in-depth interviews were conducted with older adult gamblers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542200/predicting-cryptic-links-in-host-parasite-networks
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Tad Dallas, Andrew W Park, John M Drake
Networks are a way to represent interactions among one (e.g., social networks) or more (e.g., plant-pollinator networks) classes of nodes. The ability to predict likely, but unobserved, interactions has generated a great deal of interest, and is sometimes referred to as the link prediction problem. However, most studies of link prediction have focused on social networks, and have assumed a completely censused network. In biological networks, it is unlikely that all interactions are censused, and ignoring incomplete detection of interactions may lead to biased or incorrect conclusions...
May 25, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542123/malaria-surveillance-united-states-2014
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Kimberly E Mace, Paul M Arguin
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Malaria in humans is caused by intraerythrocytic protozoa of the genus Plasmodium. These parasites are transmitted by the bite of an infective female Anopheles mosquito. The majority of malaria infections in the United States occur among persons who have traveled to regions with ongoing malaria transmission. However, malaria is occasionally acquired by persons who have not traveled out of the country through exposure to infected blood products, congenital transmission, laboratory exposure, or local mosquitoborne transmission...
May 26, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541529/statistical-algorithms-improve-accuracy-of-gene-fusion-detection
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Gillian Hsieh, Rob Bierman, Linda Szabo, Alex Gia Lee, Donald E Freeman, Nathaniel Watson, E Alejandro Sweet-Cordero, Julia Salzman
Gene fusions are known to play critical roles in tumor pathogenesis. Yet, sensitive and specific algorithms to detect gene fusions in cancer do not currently exist. In this paper, we present a new statistical algorithm, MACHETE (Mismatched Alignment CHimEra Tracking Engine), which achieves highly sensitive and specific detection of gene fusions from RNA-Seq data, including the highest Positive Predictive Value (PPV) compared to the current state-of-the-art, as assessed in simulated data. We show that the best performing published algorithms either find large numbers of fusions in negative control data or suffer from low sensitivity detecting known driving fusions in gold standard settings, such as EWSR1-FLI1...
May 24, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540766/hiv-1-full-genome-phylogenetics-of-generalized-epidemics-in-sub-saharan-africa-impact-of-missing-nucleotide-characters-in-next-generation-sequences
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Oliver Ratmann, Chris Wymant, Caroline Colijn, Siva Danaviah, M Essex, Simon D W Frost, Astrid Gall, Simani Gaiseitsiwe, Mary Grabowski, Ronald Gray, Stephane Guindon, Arndt von Haeseler, Pontiano Kaleebu, Michelle Kendall, Alexey Kozlov, Justen Manasa, Bui Quang Minh, Sikhulile Moyo, Vladimir Novitsky, Rebecca Nsubuga, Sureshnee Pillay, Thomas C Quinn, David Serwadda, Deogratius Ssemwanga, Alexandros Stamatakis, Jana Trifinopoulos, Maria Wawer, Andrew Leigh Brown, Tulio de Oliveira, Paul Kellam, Deenan Pillay, Christophe Fraser
To characterize HIV-1 transmission dynamics in regions where the burden of HIV-1 is greatest, the 'Phylogenetics and Networks for Generalised HIV Epidemics in Africa' consortium (PANGEA-HIV) is sequencing full-genome viral isolates from across sub-Saharan Africa. We report the first 3,985 PANGEA-HIV consensus sequences from four cohort sites (Rakai Community Cohort Study, n=2,833; MRC/UVRI Uganda, n=701; Mochudi Prevention Project, n=359; Africa Health Research Institute Resistance Cohort, n=92). Next-generation sequencing success rates varied: more than 80% of the viral genome from the gag to the nef genes could be determined for all sequences from South Africa, 75% of sequences from Mochudi, 60% of sequences from MRC/UVRI Uganda, and 22% of sequences from Rakai...
May 25, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540740/the-incomplete-glutathione-puzzle-just-guessing-at-numbers-and-figures
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Marcel Deponte
SIGNIFICANCE: Glutathione metabolism is comparable to a jigsaw puzzle with too many pieces. It supposably comprises (i) the reduction of disulfides, hydroperoxides, sulfenic acids and nitrosothiols, (ii) the detoxification of aldehydes, xenobiotics and heavy metals, and (iii) the synthesis of eicosanoids, steroids and iron-sulfur clusters. Furthermore, glutathione affects oxidative protein folding and redox signaling. Here, I review the relevance of glutathione-dependent pathways with an emphasis on quantitative data...
May 25, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540159/what-makes-vietnamese-not-attend-periodic-general-health-examinations-a-2016-cross-sectional-study
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Quan-Hoang Vuong, Quang-Hoi Vu, Thu-Trang Vuong
OBJECTIVES: General health examinations (GHE) have become an increasingly common measure for preventive medicine in Vietnam. However, little is known about the factors among Viet-namese people who attend or miss GHE. Budget or time constraints remain to be evaluated for better-informed policy making. This study investigates factors affecting behaviors in attending periodic GHE. The main objectives are as follows: (1) to explore empirical relationships between influencing factors and periodic GHE frequencies, and (2) to predict the probabilities of attending GHE under associated conditions...
April 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539533/evaluation-of-control-measures-for-bovine-viral-diarrhea-implemented-in-nemuro-district-hokkaido-japan-using-a-scenario-tree-model
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Norikazu Isoda, Akihiro Asano, Michiru Ichijo, Shiho Wakamori, Hiroshi Ohno, Kazuhiko Sato, Hirokazu Okamoto, Shigeru Nakao, Hajime Kato, Kazuma Saito, Naoki Ito, Akira Usui, Hiroaki Takayama, Yoshihiro Sakoda
A scenario tree model was developed to propose efficient bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) control measures. The model used field data in eastern Hokkaido where the risk of BVDV infection in cattle has been reduced by an eradication program including mass vaccination, individual tests prior to communal pasture grazing, herd screening tests using bulk milk, and outbreak investigations of newly infected herds. These four activities were then used as hypothesized control measures in the simulation. In each simulation, the numbers of cattle infected persistently and transiently with BVDV detected by clinical manifestations and diagnosis tests and of missed by all of the diagnosis tests were calculated, and the numbers were used as indicators to be compared for the efficacy of the control measures...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539120/comprehensive-whole-genome-sequence-analyses-yields-novel-genetic-and-structural-insights-for-intellectual-disability
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Farah R Zahir, Jill C Mwenifumbo, Hye-Jung E Chun, Emilia L Lim, Clara D M Van Karnebeek, Madeline Couse, Karen L Mungall, Leora Lee, Nancy Makela, Linlea Armstrong, Cornelius F Boerkoel, Sylvie L Langlois, Barbara M McGillivray, Steven J M Jones, Jan M Friedman, Marco A Marra
BACKGROUND: Intellectual Disability (ID) is among the most common global disorders, yet etiology is unknown in ~30% of patients despite clinical assessment. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) is able to interrogate the entire genome, providing potential to diagnose idiopathic patients. METHODS: We conducted WGS on eight children with idiopathic ID and brain structural defects, and their normal parents; carrying out an extensive data analyses, using standard and discovery approaches...
May 24, 2017: BMC Genomics
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