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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214373/improved-detection-of-zika-virus-rna-in-human-and-animal-specimens-by-a-novel-highly-sensitive-and-specific-real-time-rt-pcr-assay-targeting-the-5-untranslated-region-of-zika-virus
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Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Cyril Chik-Yan Yip, Kah-Meng Tee, Zheng Zhu, Jessica Oi-Ling Tsang, Kenn Ka-Heng Chik, Terance Gi-Wai Tsang, Chris Chung-Sing Chan, Vincent Kwok-Man Poon, Siddharth Sridhar, Feifei Yin, Ivan Fan-Ngai Hung, Sandy Ka-Yee Chau, Anna Jinxia Zhang, Kwok-Hung Chan, Kwok-Yung Yuen
OBJECTIVE AND METHOD: We developed and evaluated five novel real-time RT-PCR assays targeting conserved regions in the 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR), envelope (E'), non-structural protein 2A (NS2A), NS5, and 3'-UTR of the ZIKV genome. RESULTS: The ZIKV-5'-UTR assay exhibited the lowest in-vitro limit of detection (5-10 RNA copies/reaction and 3.0×10(-1) plaque-forming units/ml). Compared to the modified version of a widely adopted RT-PCR assay targeting the ZIKV-E gene, the ZIKV-5'-UTR assay showed better sensitivity in human clinical specimens, and representative mouse specimens, including many organs which are known to be involved in human ZIKV infection but difficult to obtain in clinical settings...
February 18, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214185/characteristics-of-patients-with-liver-cancer-in-the-biobank-japan-project
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Shigekazu Ukawa, Emiko Okada, Koshi Nakamura, Makoto Hirata, Akiko Nagai, Koichi Matsuda, Zentaro Yamagata, Yoichiro Kamatani, Toshiharu Ninomiya, Yutaka Kiyohara, Kaori Muto, Michiaki Kubo, Yusuke Nakamura, Akiko Tamakoshi
BACKGROUND: Liver cancer is the fifth cause of cancer-related deaths in Japan. The BioBank Japan (BBJ) project included 200,000 patients with 47 diseases and samples; their clinical information can be used for further studies. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with liver cancer (n = 1733; 1316 men, 417 women) were included. Histology, patient characteristics, clinical characteristics, and causes of death were collected. Cumulative and relative survival rates for liver cancer were calculated...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214021/arfi-elastography-changes-after-direct-acting-antiviral-treatment-in-transplanted-livers-with-relapse-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
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M Alfageme Zubillaga, T Fontanilla Echeveste, I Pérez González, A Royuela Vicente, A M Duca, R M Ruiz Peralbo, C González Hernando
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the changes in the values obtained in acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastography of the liver after antiviral treatment in patients with liver transplants and hepatitis C virus (HVC) infection recurring after transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We studied 15 patients infected with HVC who had received liver transplants where an HVC infection recurring in the graft within one year after the transplant was treated with direct-acting antivirals...
February 14, 2017: Radiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213381/outcomes-of-treatment-with-direct-acting-antivirals-for-infection-with-hepatitis-c-virus-genotypes-1-4-in-an-ambulatory-care-setting
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Timothy A Bach, Kathy Zaiken
PURPOSE: Outcomes with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1-4 were determined. METHODS: A total of 360 patients at 36 clinical sites in Massachusetts with HCV genotypes 1-4 and a prescription for at least one DAA medication between May 2011 and October 2015 were included. The primary investigator completed a retrospective and concurrent chart review, and data were collected through April 2016. RESULTS: A total of 446 patients were assessed for eligibility into the study, with 86 patients excluded...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211910/link-between-plasminogen-activator-inhibitor-1-and-cardiovascular-risk-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-after-viral-clearance
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Ming-Ling Chang, Yu-Sheng Lin, Li-Heng Pao, Hsin-Chih Huang, Cheng-Tang Chiu
The pathophysiological implications of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) in HCV infection remain obscure. This prospective study evaluated 669 HCV patients, of whom 536 had completed a course of anti-HCV therapy and had pre-, peri- and post-therapy measurements of various profiles, including PAI-1 levels. Multivariate analysis demonstrated, before anti-HCV-therapy, platelet count and PAI-1-rs1799889 genotype were associated with PAI-1 levels. Among patients with a sustained virological response (SVR, n = 445), platelet count was associated with PAI-1 level at 24 weeks post-therapy...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211256/endemic-prevalence-of-hepatitis-b-and-c-in-mongolia-a-nationwide-survey-among-mongolian-adults
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Bekhbold Dashtseren, Andreas Bungert, Purevjargal Bat-Ulzii, Maralmaa Enkhbat, Oyungerel Lkhagva-Ochir, Ganbolor Jargalsaikhan, Anir Enkhbat, Odgerel Oidovsambuu, Jane Klemen, Naranbaatar Dashdorj, Naranjargal Dashdorj, Zulkhuu Genden, Dahgwahdorj Yagaanbuyant
In this study a representative group of Mongolian adults was tested for hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Screening was conducted at 17 different locations on a randomly sampled group, representative of the Mongolian adult population. A total of 1158 adults, 500 (43.1%) men and 659 (56.9%) women were included. The prevalence estimates of HBV and HCV among the general Mongolian adult population were found to be 11.1%± 1% (SE) and 8.5% ± 0.7% or 207,418 and 160,228 cases, respectively. For HCV the majority of cases are concentrated in older age groups with a prevalence of 25...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211090/development-of-proteinuria-and-focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis-during-direct-acting-antiviral-therapy-for-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-hep-16-2474-r1
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Jonathan J Hogan, Mary Ann Lim, Matthew B Palmer, Roy D Bloom, Raymond T Chung, Meghan E Sise
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) presents as proteinuric kidney disease and is associated with poor long-term renal outcomes. Here we describe three patients with solid organ transplants and normal baseline kidney function who developed FSGS during direct acting antiviral therapy for hepatitis C virus infection. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
February 17, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210512/porphyria-cutanea-tarda-in-a-patient-with-end-stage-renal-disease-a-case-of-successful-treatment-with-deferoxamine-and-ferric-carboxymaltose
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Natacha Rodrigues, Fernando Caeiro, Alice Santana, Teresa Mendes, Leonor Lopes
Porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT) is a rare disease, with a strong association with hepatitis C virus. PCT is particularly problematic in end-stage renal disease patients as they have no renal excretion of porphyrins and these are poorly dialyzed. Also, conventional treatment of PCT is compromised in these patients as hydroxychloroquine is contraindicated, phlebotomies with the stipulated frequency are poorly tolerated in already anaemia-prone patients, and iron-chelating agents are less efficient in removing iron and contribute to worsening anaemia...
2017: Case Reports in Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209492/reproductive-considerations-in-the-setting-of-chronic-viral-illness
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REVIEW
Brent M Hanson, Jessie A Dorais
Special considerations must be taken when patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C desire to achieve pregnancy. Patients with chronic viral illnesses desire children at rates similar to the general population, and options are available to decrease both vertical transmission and viral transmission between partners. Preconception counseling or consultation with fertility specialists is imperative in patients with HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C so that reproductive goals can be addressed and optimized...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208856/seroprevalence-of-common-viral-diseases-a-hospital-based-study-from-amritsar-india
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Kanwardeep Singh, Shailpreet K Sidhu, Pushpa Devi, Manpreet Kaur, Maninder Kaur, Nachhatarjit Singh
INTRODUCTION: There is a paucity of published data on epidemiology of the viral infections in Punjab, India. The Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL) located at Government Medical College (GMC), Amritsar conducts the initial diagnosis of common viruses circulating in the region. AIM: To report the seroprevalence of various viral diseases in Amritsar and neighboring districts of Punjab along with the demographic and geographical data of the patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Whole blood sera samples from a total of 5781 patients suspected of various viral diseases (chikungunya, dengue, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis E, herpes simplex-1 or herpes simplex-2) were received at VRDL, GMC, Amritsar from January 2015 to April 2016 and a cross sectional study was conducted...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208127/prevalence-of-occult-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-among-blood-donors-in-jiangsu-china
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Hong Lin, Xian Chen, Shaowen Zhu, Ping Mao, Shanshan Zhu, Yanchun Liu, Chengyin Huang, Jun Sun, Jin Zhu
OBJECTIVE: In 2010, only 1 donor blood sample was found to be anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV) negative and HCV RNA positive, as detected by nucleic acid testing. In occult HCV infection (OCI), HCV RNA is found in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). We investigated the prevalence of OCI among blood donors. METHODS: We collected 513 samples from 334 eligible and 179 deferred donors, including 55 anti-HCV-positive, 113 alanine aminotransferase (ALT)-elevated, and 11 hepatitis B virus surface antigen (HBsAg)-positive blood donors...
February 17, 2017: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208098/-don-t-think-i-m-going-to-leave-you-over-it-accounts-of-changing-hepatitis-c-status-among-couples-who-inject-drugs
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Jake Rance, Carla Treloar, Suzanne Fraser, Joanne Bryant, Tim Rhodes
BACKGROUND: While the health-related benefits of intimate partnership are well documented, little attention has been paid to couples exposed to high levels of social stigma and exclusion. In this project we investigated an important site of stigma for partnerships by collecting accounts of changing hepatitis C (HCV) status ("sero-change") among couples that inject drugs. We explored what these accounts reveal about the meaning of HCV for these couples, and how this understanding contributes to our collective efforts at prevention and care...
January 31, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204717/hepatitis-c-virus-infections-associated-with-unsafe-injection-practices-at-a-pain-management-clinic-michigan-2014-2015
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Joseph R Coyle, Emily Goerge, Kathryn Kacynski, Ruby Rodgers, Patricia Raines, Linda S Vail, Sugandha Lowhim
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February 1, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203449/a-cost-utility-analysis-of-different-antiviral-medicine-regimens-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-1-infection
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Seyed Moayed Alavian, Shekoufeh Nikfar, Abbas Kebriaeezadeh, Farhad Lotfi, Ehsan Sanati, Mohsen Rezaei Hemami, Khosro Keshavarz
BACKGROUND: Despite the introduction of new drug regimens with high effectiveness for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients, especially in HCV genotype 1, no cost-effectiveness study on the selection of the superior drug strategy in Iran has been conducted yet. OBJECTIVES: This study is aimed to assess the cost-effectiveness of the three drug regimens of pegylated interferon and ribavirin (PR), sofosbuvir (SOF) + PR and ledipasvir and sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF) in patients with HCV genotype 1 in Iran in the year 2014...
November 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203284/novel-emerging-treatments-for-hepatitis-c-infection-a-fast-moving-pipeline
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REVIEW
Ara A Kardashian, Paul J Pockros
Advances in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C has been one of the pinnacles of medical science in the last 25 years. The age of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) has led to cure rates >95% with shorter duration and low toxicity regimens, thus changing the landscape of the era of pegylated interferon and ribavirin (RBV). However, there remain some challenges with these therapies as there are multiple regimens available with a fair amount of sophistication required to administer them. Treatment continues to require knowledge of prior treatment status, viral genotype and fibrosis assessment, thus affording an opportunity for improvement in future regimens...
February 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202897/dual-infection-with-hepatitis-b-and-epstein-barr-virus-presenting-with-severe-jaundice-coagulopathy-and-hepatitis-b-virus-chronicity-outcome
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Sirish C Rao, Imran Ashraf, Fazia Mir, Sami Samiullah, Jamal A Ibdah, Veysel Tahan
BACKGROUND Hepatitis B virus (HBV) has been reported as a coinfection with hepatitis C virus (HCV), hepatitis D virus (HDV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). CASE REPORT A 34-year-old female presented to our clinic with epigastric pain and severe acute hepatitis manifested as jaundice associated with hyperbilirubinemia, elevated transaminases, and coagulopathy. The patient was diagnosed with acute HBV with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) coinfection leading to subsequent chronic hepatitis B...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202839/cost-outcome-description-of-peg-ifn-%C3%AE-2b-rbv-for-hepatitis-c-results-based-on-the-interferon-database
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Maiko Akutagawa, Yohei Kawasaki, Atsuko Kawasaki, Kazuki Ide, Hiroshi Yamada, Naohiko Masaki
Economic evaluation of drugs is used in decision-making on medical care and public policy. Recently, real-world data (RWD) have been used in the analysis. In this study, we discuss the risk and benefits of using RWD for economic evaluation. We conducted a cost-outcome description with RWD from a nationwide registry providing information on hepatitis treatment in Japan and estimated the utility of the analysis. We evaluated the cost-outcome description of peginterferon plus ribavirin (PEG-IFN-α2b + RBV) treatment in hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients...
February 15, 2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202801/molecular-epidemiology-and-strain-comparison-between-hepatitis-e-virus-in-human-sera-and-pig-livers-during-2014-2016-in-hong-kong
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Martin C W Chan, Kirsty Kwok, Tin-Nok Hung, Paul K S Chan
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) causes substantial morbidity and mortality in developing countries and is considered an emerging food-borne pathogen in previously non-endemic developed countries. To investigate genetic association between human HEV infection and HEV-contaminated high-risk food in Hong Kong, we compared local virus strains obtained from hepatitis E patient sera with those surveyed from high-risk food items during 2014-2016. Twenty-four cases of laboratory-confirmed human HEV infections were identified from January 2014 to March 2016 in our hospitals...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202798/high-prevalence-and-diversity-of-hepatitis-viruses-in-suspected-cases-of-yellow-fever-in-the-democratic-republic-of-congo
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Sheila Makiala-Mandanda, Frédéric Le Gal, Nadine Ngwaka-Matsung, Steve Ahuka-Mundeke, Richard Onanga, Berthold Bivigou-Mboumba, Elisabeth Pukuta-Simbu, Athenaïs Gerber, Jessica L Abbate, Dieudonné Mwamba, Nicolas Berthet, Eric Maurice Leroy, Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, Pierre Becquart
The majority of patients with acute febrile jaundice (>95%) identified through a yellow fever surveillance program in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) test negative for antibodies against yellow fever virus. However, no etiological investigation has ever been carried out on these patients. Here, we tested for hepatitis A (HAV), B (HBV), C (HCV), D (HDV) and E (HEV) viruses, all of which can cause acute febrile jaundice, in patients included in the yellow fever surveillance program in the DRC. On a total of 498 serum samples collected from suspected cases of yellow fever from January 2003 to January 2012, ELISA techniques were used to screen for antibodies against HAV (IgM) and HEV (IgM) and for antigens and antibodies against HBV (HBsAg and anti-HBc IgM), HCV and HDV...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202736/hiv-and-sti-s-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-dodoma-municipality-tanzania-a-cross-sectional-study
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Elia John Mmbaga, Kåre Moen, Neema Makyao, Rose Mpembeni, Melkizedeck T Leshabari
OBJECTIVES: To determine the seroprevalence of HIV, STI and related risks among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Dodoma municipality, Tanzania. METHODS: A cross-sectional study using respondent-driven sampling was employed to recruit study participants aged 18 years and above. Data on sociodemographics, HIV/STI knowledge and sexual practices were collected. Blood samples were tested for HIV and selected STIs. RESULTS: A total of 409 participants aged from 18 to 60 years took part in this study...
February 15, 2017: Sexually Transmitted Infections
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