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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448611/insights-into-intercontinental-spread-of-zika-virus
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Dachao Liang, Ross Ka Kit Leung, Shui Shan Lee, Kai Man Kam
The epidemic of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in South America has led to World Health Organization's declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. To further inform effective public health policy, an understanding of ZIKV's transmission mechanisms is crucial. To characterize the intercontinental transmission of ZIKV, we compiled and analyzed more than 250 gene sequences together with their sequence-related geographic and temporal information, sampled across 27 countries spanning from 1947 to 2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447537/diabetes-a-global-public-health-challenge-with-a-high-epidemiological-and-economic-burden-on-health-systems-in-latin-america
#2
Armando Arredondo, Alejandra Azar, Ana Lucía Recamán
This manuscript presents the results of an analysis that highlights the challenges of diabetes as a global public health problem. The analysis was conducted in two phases: the first phase deals with primary data and results of a longitudinal study to provide evidence on the Mexican case. Regarding epidemiological changes between 2014 and 2016, there is an increase of 9-13% (p < .001). Comparing the economic burden from epidemiological changes in 2014 versus 2016 (p < .05), there is a 26% increase...
April 27, 2017: Global Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446170/latin-america-validation-of-faced-score-in-patients-with-bronchiectasis-an-analysis-of-six-cohorts
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Rodrigo Athanazio, Mônica Corso Pereira, Georgina Gramblicka, Fernando Cavalcanti-Lundgren, Mara Fernandes de Figueiredo, Francisco Arancibia, Samia Rached, David de la Rosa, Luis Máiz-Carro, Rosa Girón, Casilda Olveira, Concepción Prados, Miguel Angel Martinez-Garcia
BACKGROUND: The FACED score is an easy-to-use multidimensional grading system that has demonstrated an excellent prognostic value for mortality in patients with bronchiectasis. A Spanish group developed the score but no multicenter international validation has yet been published. METHODS: Retrospective and multicenter study conducted in six historical cohorts of patients from Latin America including 651 patients with bronchiectasis. Clinical, microbiological, functional, and radiological variables were collected, following the same criteria used in the original FACED score study...
April 26, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445173/hydroa-vacciniforme-like-lymphoma-in-tibetan-children-2-cases-and-a-literature-review
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Xiaoyan Zhang, Tingting Wang, Lin Wang
Hydroa vacciniforme-like lymphoma shows a marked predilection for the pediatric population, especially of Latin America and Asia. Here, we present 2 pediatric patients from Tibet of China, which is the first report happened in this area.
April 4, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444004/relation-between-hiv-status-risky-sexual-behavior-and-mental-health-in-an-msm-sample-from-three-chilean-cities
#5
Fabiola Gómez, Jaime Barrientos, Manuel Cárdenas
Objective: To explore the association among HIV status; negative psychological symptoms (anxiety, depression, and hostility); and risky sexual behaviors (multiple sexual partners and unprotected sexual intercourse) in a Chilean sample of men who have sex with men (MSM). Methods: This study had a cross-sectional design and a sample of 325 MSM whose ages ranged from 18 to 64 years (mean: 30.8; standard deviation: 9.8). Association tests (chi-squared) and group mean comparisons (Student's t-tests and F-tests) were performed...
April 20, 2017: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442105/towards-development-of-a-universal-dengue-vaccine-how-close-are-we
#6
REVIEW
Ee Leen Pang, Hwei-San Loh
Dengue has been ranked as one of the top emerging diseases in Asia and Latin America. Current epidemiological data may not even reflect the true burden of disease due to under-reported figures. Vector control programmes have failed to contain the disease and worst of all, no specific treatment is available at the moment. Thereby, this pushes the demand for a dengue vaccine as a long-term protective approach. Despite there are numerous vaccine candidates ahead, they could be held back by different aspects in promoting vaccine implementation...
March 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440878/an-alert-to-latin-america-current-human-papillomavirus-vaccination-trends-highlight-key-barriers-to-successful-implementation
#7
Angelica Nogueira-Rodrigues, Alexandra Bukowski, Eduardo Paulino, Jessica St Louis, Adriana Barrichello, Cinthya Sternberg, Markus A C Gifoni, Silvana Luciani, Paul E Goss
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 25, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437376/organizational-issues-structure-and-processes-of-care-in-257-icus-in-latin-america-a-study-from-the-latin-america-intensive-care-network
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Elisa Estenssoro, Leyla Alegría, Gastón Murias, Gilberto Friedman, Ricardo Castro, Nicolas Nin Vaeza, Cecilia Loudet, Alejandro Bruhn, Manuel Jibaja, Gustavo Ospina-Tascon, Fernando Ríos, Flavia R Machado, Alexandre Biasi Cavalcanti, Arnaldo Dubin, F Javier Hurtado, Arturo Briva, Carlos Romero, Guillermo Bugedo, Jan Bakker, Maurizio Cecconi, Luciano Azevedo, Glenn Hernandez
OBJECTIVE: Latin America bears an important burden of critical care disease, yet the information about it is scarce. Our objective was to describe structure, organization, processes of care, and research activities in Latin-American ICUs. DESIGN: Web-based survey submitted to ICU directors. SETTINGS: ICUs located in nine Latin-American countries. SUBJECTS: Individual ICUs. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Two hundred fifty-seven of 498 (52%) of submitted surveys responded: 51% from Brazil, 17% Chile, 13% Argentina, 6% Ecuador, 5% Uruguay, 3% Colombia, and 5% between Mexico, Peru, and Paraguay...
April 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435445/cardiometabolic-risk-factors-metabolic-syndrome-and-pre-diabetes-in-adolescents-in-the-sierra-region-of-ecuador
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Sharon L Casapulla, Cheryl A Howe, Gabriela Rosero Mora, Darlene Berryman, Mario J Grijalva, Edgar W Rojas, Masato Nakazawa, Jay H Shubrook
BACKGROUND: Excess weight (overweight and obesity) is the major modifiable risk factor for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and other non-communicable diseases. However, excess weight may not be as predictive of diabetes risk as once thought. While excess weight and other obesity-related non-communicable diseases are of growing concern in low-middle income countries in Latin America, there is limited research on risk factors associated with T2DM in adolescents. This study investigated prevalence of overweight, obesity, prediabetes, diabetes and metabolic syndrome in adolescents in Ecuador...
2017: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435013/modeling-chagas-disease-in-chile-from-vector-to-congenital-transmission
#10
Mauricio Canals, Dante Cáceres, Sergio Alvarado, Andrea Canals, Pedro E Cattan
Chagaś disease is a human health problem in Latin America. It is highly prevalent in northern Chile between the Arica-Parinacota and Coquimbo regions, with reported incidence of 3-11/100000 inhabitants and mortality of 0.3-0.4/100000. The interruption of vector transmission was reported in 1999 by means of the elimination of the primary vector, Triatoma infestans, from human dwellings, thus the epidemiologic dynamics of this disease should be modified. Here we model the dynamics of Chagaś disease based on previous models for vector and congenital transmission, propose a model that includes both transmission forms and perform simulations...
April 20, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434763/computer-aided-discovery-of-two-novel-chalcone-like-compounds-active-and-selective-against-leishmania-infantum
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Marcelo N Gomes, Laura M Alcântara, Bruno J Neves, Cleber C Melo-Filho, Lucio H Freitas-Junior, Carolina B Moraes, Rui Ma, Scott G Franzblau, Eugene Muratov, Carolina Horta Andrade
Leishmaniasis are infectious diseases caused by parasites of genus Leishmania that affect affects 12 million people in 98 countries mainly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Effective treatments for this disease are urgently needed. In this study, we present a computer-aided approach to investigate a set of 32 recently synthesized chalcone and chalcone-like compounds to act as antileishmanial agents. As a result, nine most promising compounds and three potentially inactive compounds were experimentally evaluated against Leishmania infantum amastigotes and mammalian cells...
April 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432938/the-role-of-distress-intolerance-in-the-relationship-between-childhood-sexual-abuse-and-problematic-alcohol-use-among-latin-american-msm
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Katie Wang, Jaclyn M White Hughto, Katie B Biello, Conall O'Cleirigh, Kenneth H Mayer, Joshua G Rosenberger, David S Novak, Matthew J Mimiaga
BACKGROUND: Despite the high prevalence of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) among men who have sex with men (MSM) and its well-documented association with substance use in adulthood, little research has examined the psychological mechanisms underlying this association. The current study utilized a large, multinational sample of MSM in Latin America to examine the role of distress intolerance (i.e., decreased capacity to withstand negative psychological states) in the relationship between childhood sexual abuse history and problematic alcohol use...
April 6, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431499/asthma-copd-overlap-syndrome-acos-in-primary-care-of-four-latin-america-countries-the-puma-study
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Maria Montes de Oca, Maria Victorina Lopez Varela, Maria E Laucho-Contreras, Alejandro Casas, Eduardo Schiavi, Juan Carlos Mora
BACKGROUND: Asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS) prevalence varies depending on the studied population and definition criteria. The prevalence and clinical characteristics of ACOS in an at-risk COPD primary care population from Latin America was assessed. METHODS: Patients ≥40 years, current/ex-smokers and/or exposed to biomass, attending routine primary care visits completed a questionnaire and performed spirometry. COPD was defined as post-bronchodilator forced expiratory volume in 1 s/forced vital capacity (FEV1/FVC) < 0...
April 21, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429300/agroecology-and-health-lessons-from-indigenous-populations
#14
REVIEW
José Suárez-Torres, José Ricardo Suárez-López, Dolores López-Paredes, Hilario Morocho, Luis Enrique Cachiguango-Cachiguango, William Dellai
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The article aims to systematize and disseminate the main contributions of indigenous ancestral wisdom in the agroecological production of food, especially in Latin America. For this purpose, it is necessary to ask whether such knowledge can be accepted by academia research groups and international forums as a valid alternative that could contribute to overcome the world's nutritional problems. RECENT FINDINGS: Although no new findings are being made, the validity of ancestral knowledge and agroecology is recognized by scientific research, and by international forums organized by agencies of the United Nations...
April 20, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428971/retinal-research-in-latin-america-how-did-we-get-here
#15
J Fernando Arevalo
Among the numerous contributions by the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) to the improvement of ophthalmology in Latin America, it has played an invaluable role in the development of the retina and vitreous subspecialty in the region. The quality of the research published in Latin America demonstrates the development of the retina subspecialty at this region and also the worldwide collaboration pioneered by PAAO and the Pan-American Collaborative Retina Study Group (PACORES). We would suggest further academic relationship at the regional as well as international levels as well as funding research institutes to assist retinal researchers in the region since it is generally thought that there is frequently a lack of government funding at all levels, from patient education to support for health teams to tertiary health care centers...
2017: Medical Hypothesis, Discovery and Innovation in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428122/challenges-in-the-management-of-chagas-disease-in-latin-american-migrants-in-europe
#16
REVIEW
B Monge-Maillo, R López-Vélez
 Chagas disease (CD) is endemic in Latin America. Due to migration, the infection has crossed borders and it is estimated that 68 000-120 000 people with CD are currently living in Europe and 30% of them may develop visceral involvement. However, up to 90% of CD cases in Europe remain undiagnosed. The challenges which have to be overcome in CD are related to screening, diagnostic tools and therapeutic management in non-endemic countries. AIMS : The aim of this review is to highlight how healthcare management for Latin American migrants with CD in Europe may be improved...
April 17, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427930/the-relative-prevalence-of-schizophrenia-among-cannabis-and-cocaine-users-attending-addiction-services
#17
Nicolás Libuy, Valeria de Angel, Carlos Ibáñez, Robin M Murray, Adrian P Mundt
BACKGROUND: Cannabis and cocaine are the most common illicit drugs for which people are treated in addiction services in Latin America. Much research has suggested that the use of cannabis increases the risk of schizophrenia; there is less evidence concerning cocaine. The aim of the present study was to establish the relative prevalence of schizophrenia in people treated for cannabis use and cocaine use disorders in Chile. METHODS: A sample of 22,615 people treated for illicit drug use disorders was obtained from a national registry of addiction service users in Chile...
April 18, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427430/profile-and-professional-expectations-of-medical-students-from-11-latin-american-countries-the-red-lirhus-project
#18
Percy Mayta-Tristán, Reneé Pereyra-Elías, Juan José Montenegro-Idrogo, Christian R Mejia, Fiorella Inga-Berrospi, Edward Mezones-Holguín
BACKGROUND: Latin America is undergoing a human resource crisis in health care in terms of labor shortage, misdistribution and poor orientation to primary care. Workforce data are needed to inform the planning of long-term strategies to address this problem. This study aimed to evaluate the academic and motivational profile, as well as the professional expectations, of Latin American medical students. RESULTS: We conducted an observational, cross-sectional, multi-country study evaluating medical students from 11 Spanish-speaking countries in 2011-2012...
April 20, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427363/a-spatio-temporal-analysis-of-suicide-in-el-salvador
#19
Carlos Carcach
BACKGROUND: In 2012, international statistics showed El Salvador's suicide rate as 40th in the world and the highest in Latin America. Over the last 15 years, national statistics show the suicide death rate declining as opposed to an increasing rate of homicide. Though completed suicide is an important social and health issue, little is known about its prevalence, incidence, etiology and spatio-temporal behavior. The primary objective of this study was to examine completed suicide and homicide using the stream analogy to lethal violence within a spatio-temporal framework...
April 20, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426849/effect-of-adalimumab-on-visual-functioning-in-patients-with-noninfectious-intermediate-uveitis-posterior-uveitis-and-panuveitis-in-the-visual-1-and-visual-2-trials
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John Sheppard, Avani Joshi, Keith A Betts, Stacie Hudgens, Samir Tari, Naijun Chen, Martha Skup, Andrew D Dick
Importance: Adalimumab was recently approved for the treatment of noninfectious intermediate uveitis, posterior uveitis, and panuveitis. Objective: To assess the effect of adalimumab on the visual functioning and quality of life in patients with corticosteroid-dependent noninfectious intermediate uveitis, posterior uveitis, and panuveitis. Design: A post hoc analysis of clinical trials of adults with active (VISUAL-1) and inactive (VISUAL-2) noninfectious intermediate uveitis, posterior uveitis, and panuveitis was conducted in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, Australia, Latin America, and Japan...
April 20, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
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