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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786689/gridded-birth-and-pregnancy-datasets-for-africa-latin-america-and-the-caribbean
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W H M James, N Tejedor-Garavito, S E Hanspal, A Campbell-Sutton, G M Hornby, C Pezzulo, K Nilsen, A Sorichetta, C W Ruktanonchai, A Carioli, D Kerr, Z Matthews, A J Tatem
Understanding the fine scale spatial distribution of births and pregnancies is crucial for informing planning decisions related to public health. This is especially important in lower income countries where infectious disease is a major concern for pregnant women and new-borns, as highlighted by the recent Zika virus epidemic. Despite this, the spatial detail of basic data on the numbers and distribution of births and pregnancies is often of a coarse resolution and difficult to obtain, with no co-ordination between countries and organisations to create one consistent set of subnational estimates...
May 22, 2018: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785104/respiratory-medication-used-in-copd-patients-from-seven-latin-american-countries-the-lassyc-study
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Alejandro Casas, Maria Montes de Oca, Ana Mb Menezes, Fernando C Wehrmeister, Maria Victorina Lopez Varela, Laura Mendoza, Larissa Ramírez, Marc Miravitlles
Background: Limited information is available regarding medication use in COPD patients from Latin America. This study evaluated the type of medication used and the adherence to different inhaled treatments in stable COPD patients from the Latin American region. Methods: This was an observational, cross-sectional, multinational, and multicenter study in COPD patients attended by specialist doctors from seven Latin American countries. Adherence to inhaled therapy was assessed using the Test of Adherence to Inhalers (TAI) questionnaire...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783717/associations-of-maternal-vitamin-d-deficiency-with-pregnancy-and-neonatal-complications-in-developing-countries-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Paige van der Pligt, Jane Willcox, Ewa A Szymlek-Gay, Emily Murray, Anthony Worsley, Robin M Daly
Pregnant women in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America are at risk of vitamin D deficiency (VDD) and prevalence throughout these regions are among the highest, globally. Maternal VDD has been associated with increased risk of a number of adverse maternal and neonatal health outcomes, yet research from developing countries is limited. We assessed the associations of maternal VDD during pregnancy with adverse health outcomes by synthesizing the literature from observational studies conducted in developing countries...
May 18, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782493/dissecting-the-phyloepidemiology-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-i-tci-in-brazil-by-the-use-of-high-resolution-genetic-markers
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Fabiola Roman, Samanta das Chagas Xavier, Louisa A Messenger, Márcio G Pavan, Michael A Miles, Ana María Jansen, Matthew Yeo
BACKGROUND: Trypanosoma cruzi, the causal agent of Chagas disease, is monophyletic but genetically heterogeneous. It is currently represented by six genetic lineages (Discrete Typing Units, DTUs) designated TcI-TcVI. TcI is the most geographically widespread and genetically heterogeneous lineage, this as is evidenced by a wide range of genetic markers applied to isolates spanning a vast geographic range in Latin America. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In total, 78 TcI isolated from hosts and vectors distributed in 5 different biomes of Brazil, were analyzed using 6 nuclear housekeeping genes, 25 microsatellite loci and one mitochondrial marker...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781799/an-outbreak-of-a-rare-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-serotype-o117-h7-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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Kate S Baker, Timothy J Dallman, Nicholas R Thomson, Claire Jenkins
Sexually transmissible enteric infections (STEIs) are commonly associated with transmission among men who have sex with men (MSM). In the past decade, the UK has experienced multiple parallel STEI emergences in MSM caused by a range of bacterial species of the genus Shigella, and an outbreak of an uncommon serotype (O117 : H7) of Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC). Here, we used microbial genomics on 6 outbreak and 30 sporadic STEC O117 : H7 isolates to explore the origins and pathogenic drivers of the STEC O117 : H7 emergence in MSM...
May 21, 2018: Microbial Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781395/judicialization-2-0-understanding-right-to-health-litigation-in-real-time
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João Biehl, Mariana P Socal, Varun Gauri, Debora Diniz, Marcelo Medeiros, Gabriela Rondon, Joseph J Amon
Over the past two decades, debate over the whys, the hows, and the effects of the ever-expanding phenomenon of right-to-health litigation ('judicialization') throughout Latin America have been marked by polarised arguments and limited information. In contrast to claims of judicialization as a positive or negative trend, less attention has been paid to ways to better understand the phenomenon in real time. In this article, we propose a new approach-Judicialization 2.0-that recognises judicialization as an integral part of democratic life...
May 21, 2018: Global Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777926/epidemiology-of-acute-febrile-illness-in-latin-america
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REVIEW
José Moreira, Clarisse S Bressan, Patricia Brasil, Andre M Siqueira
BACKGROUND: The causes of acute febrile illness (AFI) in Latin America (LA) are diverse and its complexity increase as the proportion of fever due to malaria decreases as control and new pathogens emerge in the region. In this context, it is important to shed light over the gaps on the epidemiological characteristics and the geographic range for many AFI aetiologies. AIMS: To review studies on community-acquired fever etiology other than malaria in LA, and to highlight knowledge gaps and challenges needing further investigation...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777650/modeling-dengue-vector-population-using-remotely-sensed-data-and-machine-learning
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Juan M Scavuzzo, Francisco Trucco, Manuel Espinosa, Carolina B Tauro, Marcelo Abril, Carlos M Scavuzzo, Alejandro C Frery
Mosquitoes are vectors of many human diseases. In particular, Aedes ægypti (Linnaeus) is the main vector for Chikungunya, Dengue, and Zika viruses in Latin America and it represents a global threat. Public health policies that aim at combating this vector require dependable and timely information, which is usually expensive to obtain with field campaigns. For this reason, several efforts have been done to use remote sensing due to its reduced cost. The present work includes the temporal modeling of the oviposition activity (measured weekly on 50 ovitraps in a north Argentinean city) of Aedes ægypti (Linnaeus), based on time series of data extracted from operational earth observation satellite images...
May 16, 2018: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775825/binding-capacity-of-mannose-binding-lectin-mbl-is-associated-with-the-severity-of-chronic-chagas-cardiomyopathy
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Elisa de A N Azevedo, Silvana Barreto, Raul Emídio de Lima, Romero Henrique Teixeira, George Diniz, Wilson Oliveira, Maria da Glória A M Cavalcanti, Yara M Gomes, Patrícia M M de F Moura, Clarice N L Morais
Chagas disease (CD) is a global problem. Currently, it affects approximately 15 million individuals in Latin America. It is well know that the human immune response is related to different clinical manifestations. Mannose binding lectin (MBL) plays an important role in innate immunity, and it mediates the phagocytosis and complement-mediated destruction of pathogens. The binding capacity is enhanced by the oligomerization of MBL. In this study, we evaluated the serum concentration and the binding capacity of MBL in patients with chronic chagasic cardiomyopathy...
May 15, 2018: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774774/undertreatment-of-pain-and-low-use-of-opioids-in-latin-america
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César Amescua García, Joao Batista Santos Garcia, María Del Rosario Berenguel Cook, Frantz Colimon, José Alberto Flores Cantisani, Carlos Guerrero, María Del Rocío Guillén Núnez, John Jairo Hernández Castro, Durval Campos Kraychete, Argelia Lara-Solares, Osvandré Lech, María Antonieta Rico Pazos, Manuel Sempértegui Gallegos, Lizandra Pattaro Marcondes
Pain is highly prevalent among the adult Latin American population. However, many patients with moderate to severe pain do not have access to effective pain management with opioids due to limited access to healthcare, overuse of nonopioid analgesics, regulatory barriers and lack of appropriate information about opioids. There is scarce training on use of opioids among physicians and other healthcare providers, which leads to misconceptions, mainly related to a fear of prescribing opioids. Although opioids are safe and effective drugs for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain, the use of opioids in Latin American nations is clearly below standards compared with developed countries...
May 18, 2018: Pain Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773419/a-changing-etiologic-scenario-in-liver-transplantation-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-a-multicenter-cohort-study-from-latin-america
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Federico Piñero, Paulo Costa, Yuri Longatto Boteon, Sergio Hoyos Duque, Sebastian Marciano, Margarita Anders, Adriana Varón, Alina Zerega, Jaime Poniachik, Alejandro Soza, Martín Padilla Machaca, Josemaría Menéndez, Rodrigo Zapata, Mario Vilatoba, Linda Muñoz, Martín Maraschio, Luis G Podestá, Lucas McCormack, Adrian Gadano, Ilka S F Fatima Boin, Parente García, Marcelo Silva
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an increasing cause of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and liver transplantation (LT). Our study focused on changing trends of liver related HCC etiologies during the last years in Latin America. METHODS: From a cohort of 2761 consecutive adult LT patients between 2005 and 2012 in 17 different centers, 435 with HCC were included. Different periods including years 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 were considered...
May 14, 2018: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773125/regional-overview-of-specific-populations-workforce-considerations-training-and-diseases-in-latin-america
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REVIEW
Jose Pablo Stolovitzky, Jacqueline Alvarado
Latin America has significant disparities that make the region vulnerable in the delivery of health care. There is a need to plan comprehensive health care strategies that result in a more robust trained health care workforce, while improving the quality and efficiencies of tertiary public hospitals. This article introduces a survey conducted among otorhinolaryngology leaders in the region that identified the need to strengthen postgraduate programs. Although all countries in Latin America have at least one residency program, more otorhinolaryngology-trained specialists are necessary to address the workforce shortages that are present in about 50% of Latin American countries...
June 2018: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773122/cost-effectiveness-of-the-controlled-temperature-chain-for-the-hepatitis-b-virus-birth-dose-vaccine-in-various-global-settings-a-modelling-study
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Nick Scott, Anna Palmer, Christopher Morgan, Olufunmilayo Lesi, C Wendy Spearman, Mark Sonderup, Margaret Hellard
BACKGROUND: The controlled temperature chain (CTC) strategy allows vaccines to be kept outside the cold chain for a short period of time. In remote rural areas, the CTC strategy for the hepatitis B virus (HBV) birth dose vaccination could improve its geographical coverage and timeliness of delivery, but with additional outreach costs. We assessed the cost-effectiveness of the CTC strategy for the HBV birth dose across six world regions and 72 countries according to their HBV prevalence, delivery costs, and birth dose coverage and timing...
June 2018: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771156/achievement-of-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-goals-in-18-countries-outside-western-europe-the-international-cholesterol-management-practice-study-iclps
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Nicolas Danchin, Wael Almahmeed, Khalid Al-Rasadi, Joseph Azuri, Abdelkrim Berrah, Carlos Alberto Cuneo, Yuri Karpov, Upendra Kaul, Meral Kayıkçıoğlu, Olena Mitchenko, Alvaro J Ruiz, Carlos A Aguilar Salinas, Raul D Santos, Florence Mercier, Dirk Blom
Background Little is known about the achievement of low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) targets in patients at cardiovascular risk receiving stable lipid-lowering therapy (LLT) in countries outside Western Europe. Methods This cross-sectional observational study was conducted in 452 centres (August 2015-August 2016) in 18 countries in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Patients ( n = 9049) treated for ≥3 months with any LLT and in whom an LDL-C measurement on stable LLT was available within the previous 12 months were included...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770862/is-latin-america-ready-to-identify-anaplastic-large-cell-lymphoma-in-breast-implants-patients-regional-encounter-during-the-national-plastic-surgery-meeting-in-cancun-mexico
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EDITORIAL
Guillermo Ramos-Gallardo, Jesus Cuenca-Pardo, Lazaro Cardenas-Camarena, Hector Duran-Vega, Eugenio Rodríguez-Olivares, Jorge Enrique Bayter-Marin, Gerardo Levelier De Doig Alvear, Guillermo Vazquez, Montserrat Fontbona-Torres, Ricardo Galán-Suárez, Gabriela Guzman-Stein, Sergio Guzmán-Padilla, Guillermo Echeverría-Roldán, Jose Fernando Silva-Gavarrete, Alfonso Vallarta-Rodríguez, Livia Contreras-Bulnes, Carlos Guillemro Oaxaca-Escobar, Isabel Caravantes-Cortes, María Eugenia Flores, Jorge Cowes-McGowen, María Liz Maciel-Sosa, Ricardo Delgado-Binasco, Linda Rincón-Rubio
INTRODUCTION: Anaplastic large cell lymphoma associated with breast implants is receiving increased attention. Most cases have been reported in Europe, North America (USA and Canada), Australia and New Zealand. Fewer cases have been reported in Latin America (including Mexico), Africa and Asia. METHODS: This report was delivered during our national plastic surgery meeting in Cancun in May 2017. Before the meeting, two participants reviewed the literature. The review was performed using the following information sources: PubMed, Embase, Cochrane, Fisterra, Google Scholar and LILACS, with entries from 1980 to August 2015 in several languages (English, Spanish, French and Portuguese)...
May 16, 2018: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768566/pulmonary-paracoccidioidomycosis-a-case-report-of-reactivation-in-a-patient-receiving-biological-therapy
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Lúcia Carla Polaco Covre, Pâmela Mazzini Hombre, Aloísio Falqueto, Paulo Mendes Peçanha, Valéria Valim
Paracoccidioidomycosis is an endemic disease in Latin America that is rarely associated with immunosuppression and biological therapy. Herein, we report for the first time a case of pulmonary paracoccidioidomycosis reactivation after infliximab treatment. A 47-year-old man from Brazil received infliximab to treat psoriatic spondyloarthropathy and presented with cough, dyspnea, weight loss, and fever. Chest computed tomography revealed a pulmonary nodule and biopsy confirmed paracoccidioidomycosis. Treatment with sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim was initiated for fungal infection and infliximab was reintroduced two months later...
March 2018: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768560/negative-serology-of-fasciola-hepatica-infection-in-patients-with-liver-cancer-in-peru-a-preliminary-report
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Claudia Machicado, Stéphane Bertani, Patricia Herrera-Velit, Jose Espinoza, Eloy Ruiz, Luis Marcos
INTRODUCTION: The etiology of several hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cases remains largely unknown. Although Fasciola hepatica has been associated with liver fibrosis in Latin America, it has not yet been associated with HCC. This study aimed to determine the existence of specific IgG antibodies against F. hepatica in the serum samples of HCC patients. METHODS: In total, 13 serum samples from 13 HCC patients were screened using Fas2-ELISA. RESULTS: Fas2-ELISA demonstrated negative results in all HCC patients included in this study...
March 2018: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768103/efficacy-of-recombinase-polymerase-amplification-to-diagnose-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection-in-dogs-with-cardiac-alterations-from-an-endemic-area-of-mexico
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Matilde Jimenez-Coello, Thomas Shelite, Alejandro Castellanos-Gonzalez, Omar Saldarriaga, Rocio Rivero, Antonio Ortega-Pacheco, Carlos Acevedo-Arcique, Karla Amaya-Guardia, Nisha Garg, Peter Melby, Bruno L Travi
Chagas disease is a lingering Public Health problem in Latin America with ∼5.7 million people infected with Trypanosoma cruzi. Transmission is still taking place in most countries of the Americas, including the United States. Dogs are frequently infected with T. cruzi and its high infection prevalence is associated with increased risk of Chagas disease in humans. The city of Mérida in the Yucatan peninsula is endemic for Chagas disease and canines are frequently infected with T. cruzi. The objective of this study was to evaluate the performance of a qualitative point of care (POC) molecular test (RPA-LF, recombinase polymerase amplification-lateral flow) developed in our laboratory for identifying infected dogs...
May 16, 2018: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764170/all-with-you-a-new-method-for-developing-compassionate-communities-experiences-in-spain-and-latin-america
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Silvia Librada Flores, Emilio Herrera Molina, Jaime Boceta Osuna, Rafael Mota Vargas, María Nabal Vicuña
BACKGROUND: In recent years, compassion has motivated the development of programs oriented to create communities and societies involved in the relief of suffering. The development of compassionate communities and cities begins in each one of us, though it relies on organizations, providers and societies as a whole who need tools and methodologies as a part of a set of actions to help compassionate communities and cities to become a reality rooted widely in social values. In order to describe the "All with You®" methodology and its components: a method designed to develop compassionate communities and cities at the end of life that can be extended to organizations, communities, municipalities, cities or countries...
April 2018: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762708/the-impact-of-cash-transfers-on-social-determinants-of-health-and-health-inequalities-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-systematic-review
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Ebenezer Owusu-Addo, Andre M N Renzaho, Ben J Smith
Cash transfers (CTs) are now high on the agenda of most governments in low- and middle-income countries. Within the field of health promotion, CTs constitute a healthy public policy initiative as they have the potential to address the social determinants of health (SDoH) and health inequalities. A systematic review was conducted to synthesise the evidence on CTs' impacts on SDoH and health inequalities in sub-Saharan Africa, and to identify the barriers and facilitators of effective CTs. Twenty-one electronic databases and the websites of 14 key organizations were searched in addition to grey literature and hand searching of selected journals for quantitative and qualitative studies on CTs' impacts on SDoH and health outcomes...
June 1, 2018: Health Policy and Planning
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