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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643672/switch-from-agalsidase-beta-to-agalsidase-alfa-in-the-enzyme-replacement-therapy-of-patients-with-fabry-disease-in-latin-america
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Diego Ripeau, Hernán Amartino, Martín Cedrolla, Luis Urtiaga, Bella Urdaneta, Marilis Cano, Rita Valdez, Norberto Antongiovanni, Francisca Masllorens
There are currently two available enzyme replacement therapies for Fabry disease and little information regarding efficacy and safety of switching therapies. Between 2009 and 2012 there was a worldwide shortage of agalsidase beta and patients on that enzyme were switched to agalsidase alfa. This retrospective observational study assessed a 2-year period of efficacy and safety in a population of Fabry patients, in Argentina (30 patients) and Venezuela (3 patients), who switched therapies from algasidase beta to agalsidase alfa...
2017: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642040/global-geriatric-oncology-achievements-and-challenges
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REVIEW
Enrique Soto-Perez-de-Celis, Nienke A de Glas, Tina Hsu, Ravindran Kanesvaran, Christopher Steer, Ana Patricia Navarrete-Reyes, Nicolo Matteo Luca Battisti, Yanin Chavarri-Guerra, Anita O'Donovan, Jose Alberto Avila-Funes, Arti Hurria
The aging of the population is a global challenge. The number of older adults is rapidly growing, leading to an increase in the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases associated with aging, such as cancer. Worldwide, older adults account for approximately half of all cancer cases, and this proportion is projected to increase globally. Furthermore, the majority of older adults live in less developed regions, where health systems are generally ill-equipped to provide care for complex chronic conditions. Worldwide, there is paucity of geriatric training, and most of the oncology workforce lacks the skills and knowledge to provide comprehensive care for older patients...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642017/patterns-of-care-and-temporal-trends-in-ischemic-stroke-management-a-brazilian-perspective
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Monique Bueno Alves, Gisele Sampaio Silva, Renata Carolina Acri Miranda, Rodrigo Meireles Massaud, Andreia Maria Heins Vaccari, Miguel Cendoroglo-Neto, Solange Diccini
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Demonstration of an improvement process of quality indicators in stroke care is essential to obtain certification as a primary stroke center (PSC). Our aim was to evaluate factors that influence temporal trends in quality indicators of ischemic stroke (IS) in a Brazilian hospital. METHODS: We evaluated patients discharged with IS from a tertiary hospital from January 2009 to December 2013. Ten predefined performance measures selected by the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke program were assessed...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641598/progress-towards-elimination-of-trans-fatty-acids-in-foods-commonly-consumed-in-four-latin-american-cities
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Rafael Monge-Rojas, Uriyoán Colón-Ramos, Enrique Jacoby, Thelma Alfaro, Maria das Graças Tavares do Carmo, Salvador Villalpando, Claudio Bernal
OBJECTIVE: To assess progress towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids (TFA) in foods after the 2008 Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recommendation of virtual elimination of TFA in Latin America. DESIGN: A descriptive, comparative analysis of foods that were likely to contain TFA and were commonly consumed in four cities in Latin America. SETTING: San José (Costa Rica), Mexico City (Mexico), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina)...
June 23, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641305/incidence-of-autoimmune-myasthenia-gravis-in-a-health-maintenance-organization-in-buenos-aires-argentina
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Mariela Bettini, Marcelo Chaves, Edgardo Cristiano, Vanina Pagotto, Lucia Perez, Diego Giunta, Marcelo Rugiero
BACKGROUND: Different epidemiological studies, especially in Europe, have estimated the incidence density of myasthenia gravis (MG) to range between 1.7 and 21.3/1,000,000/person-year; however, data from regions such as Latin America are scarce. This study is aimed at estimating the incidence and prevalence of acquired MG in Buenos Aires, Argentina. METHODS: The study population comprised of affiliates of the Italian Hospital Medical Care Program, a prepaid health maintenance organization located in Buenos Aires...
June 23, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639238/multiple-sclerosis-in-latin-americans-genetic-aspects
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REVIEW
Victor M Rivera
Latin Americans (LA) are a heterogeneous, multiethnic group of individuals who inhabit the continental countries in Latin America (LATAM), Caribbean islands and constitute the largest ethnic minority in the USA. Commonly used terminology and ethno racial classifications to define these groups may not be accurate. Risk for multiple sclerosis (MS) among LA is generally low to medium but frequencies are increasing in the American hemisphere. Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) in LA show diverse variants and genetic proportions among Mestizos, the most representative ethnic population, who themselves are the product of centuries of interracial mixing between Native Americans (or Amerindians), White Caucasian Europeans, and Black Africans...
August 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638628/multiple-sclerosis-epidemiology-in-latin-america-an-updated-survey
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Edgardo Cristiano, Juan Ignacio Rojas
Novel epidemiological data have appeared in recent years in Latin America (LATAM). The objective of this study was to perform an updated systematic review of the epidemiology of the disease reported in LATAM. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of published epidemiological articles from January 1995 to December 2016. RESULTS: Incidence data were found in four studies and ranged from 0.3 to 3 annual cases per 100,000 person-years. Prevalence was reported in 13 studies and ranged from 0...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis Journal—Experimental, Translational and Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638627/environmental-factors-influencing-multiple-sclerosis-in-latin-america
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Jorge Correale, Mauricio F Farez, María Inés Gaitán
It is generally accepted that autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) arise from complex interactions between genetic susceptibility and environmental factors. Genetic variants confer predisposition to develop MS, but cannot be therapeutically modified. On the other hand, several studies have shown that different lifestyle and environmental factors influence disease development, as well as activity levels and progression. Unlike genetic risk factors, these can be modified, with potential for prevention, particularly in high-risk populations...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis Journal—Experimental, Translational and Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638232/epidemiology-of-functional-gastrointestinal-disorders-in-children-and-adolescents-a-systematic-review
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Alexandre Canon Boronat, Ana Paula Ferreira-Maia, Alicia Matijasevich, Yuan-Pang Wang
AIM: To assess the prevalence of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) in children and adolescents. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE, and Scopus databases were searched for original articles from inception to September 2016. The literature search was made in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) recommendations. For inclusion, each study had to report epidemiological data on FGIDs in children between 4 and 18 years old and contain standardized outcome based on Rome II, III or IV criteria...
June 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637649/measuring-the-distribution-of-adolescent-births-among-15-19-year-olds-in-chile-an-ecological-study
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Marissa Velarde, Fernando Zegers-Hochschild
BACKGROUND: Although within Latin America Chile has one of the lowest birth rates among adolescents, it has a high rate in comparison to other developed nations. AIM: To explore trends in birth rates among adolescents by selected demographics in Chile. METHODS: The national trend in birth rates was examined for women aged 15-19 years between 1992 and 2012. The birth rates for regions and communes were calculated using birth and census data and were analysed to determine its relationship to the regional or communal poverty rate, which were obtained from the Casen Survey...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637515/current-globalization-of-drug-interventional-clinical-trials-characteristics-and-associated-factors-2011-2013
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Sohyun Jeong, Minji Sohn, Jae Hyun Kim, Minoh Ko, Hee-Won Seo, Yun-Kyoung Song, Boyoon Choi, Nayoung Han, Han-Sung Na, Jong Gu Lee, In-Wha Kim, Jung Mi Oh, Euni Lee
BACKGROUND: Clinical trial globalization is a major trend for industry-sponsored clinical trials. There has been a shift in clinical trial sites towards emerging regions of Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Our study objectives were to evaluate the current characteristics of clinical trials and to find out the associated multiple factors which could explain clinical trial globalization and its implications for clinical trial globalization in 2011-2013. METHODS: The data elements of "phase," "recruitment status," "type of sponsor," "age groups," and "design of trial" from 30 countries were extracted from the ClinicalTrials...
June 21, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636694/placebo-response-and-practice-effects-in-schizophrenia-cognition-trials
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Richard S E Keefe, Vicki G Davis, Philip D Harvey, Alexandra S Atkins, George M Haig, Owen Hagino, Stephen Marder, Dana C Hilt, Daniel Umbricht
Importance: Patients' previous experience with performance-based cognitive tests in clinical trials for cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia can create practice-related improvements. Placebo-controlled trials for cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia are at risk for these practice effects, which can be difficult to distinguish from placebo effects. Objectives: To conduct a systematic evaluation of the magnitude of practice effects on the Measurement and Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia Consensus Cognitive Battery (MCCB) in cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia and to examine which demographic, clinical, and cognitive characteristics were associated with improvement in placebo conditions...
June 21, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636445/developing-a-casper-survey-to-assess-the-prevalence-of-risk-factors-for-neglected-tropical-diseases-in-texas
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Seth Smitherman, Tracy Hammond, Daniel Goldberg, Jennifer Horney
While more than a billion people live at risk of neglected tropical diseases in areas of Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America, the degree to which such diseases burden countries like the United States is currently unclear. Even though many neglected tropical diseases such as dengue, leishmaniasis, and Chagas disease are not endemic to the United States, the possibility of their emergence is noteworthy, especially in states like Texas, which has high levels of poverty, a large immigrant population, and a climate amenable to the vectors for these diseases and is geographically proximate to endemic areas...
May 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632823/-features-of-bordetella-pertussis-bordetella-spp-infection-and-whopping-cough-in-c%C3%A3-rdoba-province-argentina
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Víctor O Giayetto, Sebastián Blanco, Arnaldo Mangeaud, María G Barbás, Analía Cudolá, Sandra V Gallego
INTRODUCTION: Whooping cough is a re-emerging infection in the world and Latin America. OBJECTIVE: It was considered relevant to investigate the clinical and epidemiological profile of Bordetella spp. and Bordetella pertussis infection in Córdoba province, Argentina; evaluating, at the same time, the co-infection with virus producing respiratory infections that may be confused with whooping cough. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All whooping cough suspected cases were studied by Polimerase Chain Reaction, amplifying the repeated insertion sequence (IS) 481 and the promoter gene encoding pertussis toxin, between 2011 and 2013...
April 2017: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632771/avian-influenza-in-latin-america-a-systematic-review-of-serological-and-molecular-studies-from-2000-2015
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Alejandra Afanador-Villamizar, Carlos Gomez-Romero, Andres Diaz, Julian Ruiz-Saenz
Avian influenza or bird flu is a highly contagious acute viral disease that can occur in epidemics and cross-border forms in poultry and wild birds. The characteristics of avian influenza viruses (AIVs) allow the emergence of new viral variants, some with zoonotic and pandemic potential. AIVs have been identified in Latin America; however, there is a lack of understanding of these viruses at the regional level. We performed a systematic literature review on serological or molecular evidence of AIVs circulation in Latin America...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632191/sexually-transmitted-infections-a-novel-screening-strategy-for-improving-women-s-health-in-vulnerable-populations
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Elena R Frati, Ester Fasoli, Marianna Martinelli, Daniela Colzani, Silvia Bianchi, Luciana Carnelli, Antonella Amendola, Pierfranco Olivani, Elisabetta Tanzi
BACKGROUND: Migrant women are one of the most vulnerable population to health problems and well-being. This study aimed at implementing a counseling and preventive strategy for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in undocumented migrant women in Milan, Italy. METHODS: Women (ages 18-65) were enrolled at the NAGA Centre (2012-2013) and asked for a urine sample in order to carry out molecular detection of Human papillomavirus (HPV), Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct), Trichomonas vaginalis (Tv), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (Ng)-DNA...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630540/the-dublin-declaration-on-maternal-health-care-and-anti-abortion-activism-examples-from-latin-america
#17
Lynn M Morgan
The Dublin Declaration on Maternal Healthcare-issued by self-declared pro-life activists in Ireland in 2012-states unequivocally that abortion is never medically necessary, even to save the life of a pregnant woman. This article examines the influence of the Dublin Declaration on abortion politics in Latin America, especially El Salvador and Chile, where it has recently been used in pro-life organizing to cast doubt on the notion that legalizing abortion will reduce maternal mortality. Its framers argue that legalizing abortion will not improve maternal mortality rates, but reproductive rights advocates respond that the Dublin Declaration is junk science designed to preserve the world's most restrictive abortion laws...
June 2017: Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629328/impact-of-systematic-capacity-building-on-cataract-surgical-service-development-in-25-hospitals
#18
Katherine Judson, Paul Courtright, Thulsiraj Ravilla, Rohit Khanna, Ken Bassett
BACKGROUND: This study measured the effectiveness and cost of a capacity building intervention in 25 eye hospitals in South Asia, East Africa and Latin America over 4 years. The intervention involved eye care non-governmental organizations or high-performing eye hospitals acting as "mentors" to underperforming eye hospitals- "mentees" in 10 countries. Intervention activities included systematic planning and support for training and key equipment purchases as well as hospital-specific mentoring which focused on strengthening leadership, increasing the volume and equity of community outreach, improving surgical quality and volume, strengthening organizational and financial management and streamlining operational processes...
June 19, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628842/matching-genomic-molecular-aberrations-with-molecular-targeted-agents-are-biliary-tract-cancers-an-ideal-playground
#19
REVIEW
Loic Verlingue, Antoine Hollebecque, Valérie Boige, Michel Ducreux, David Malka, Charles Ferté
Biliary tract cancers (BTCs) are a heterogeneous group of tumours with geographical discrepancies in terms of incidence and risk factors. However, a convergent genomic and epigenetic mutational landscape emerges from the genome-wide screens of BTCs in South East Asia, Latin America and in the Western World. Specificities are observed for some alterations and anatomical subtypes: frequent fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR2) and isocitrate dehydrogenase 1/2 (IDH1/2) alterations are specific to intrahepatic cholangiocarcinomas (ICCs), whereas frequent ERBB2 oncogene alterations are specific to extrahepatic cholangiocarcinomas (ECCs) and gallbladder carcinomas (GBCs)...
June 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627851/zika-virus-practical-guidelines
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Gilles Eperon, Manuel Schibler, Noémie Wagner, François Chappuis, Isabelle Eperon
Zika virus suddenly emerged in Latin America in 2015‑2016. Congenital malformations have been observed in infected pregnant women, causing a major public health impact in affected countries, particularly in Brazil. In addition, sexual transmission of Zika virus has been well documented. This led to the development of prevention strategies and recommendations for travellers visiting at risk countries. These documents are regularly amended depending on the evolution of scientific knowledge, the epidemiologic trends and the national and international guidelines...
May 3, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
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