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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545047/the-natural-history-of-varicella-zoster-virus-infection-in-norway-further-insights-on-exogenous-boosting-and-progressive-immunity-to-herpes-zoster
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Luigi Marangi, Grazina Mirinaviciute, Elmira Flem, Gianpaolo Scalia Tomba, Giorgio Guzzetta, Birgitte Freiesleben de Blasio, Piero Manfredi
We use age-structured models for VZV transmission and reactivation to reconstruct the natural history of VZV in Norway based on available pre-vaccination serological data, contact matrices, and herpes zoster incidence data. Depending on the hypotheses on contact and transmission patterns, the basic reproduction number of varicella in Norway ranges between 3.7 and 5.0, implying a vaccine coverage between 73 and 80% to effectively interrupt transmission with a 100% vaccine efficacy against infection. The varicella force of infection peaks during early childhood (3-5 yrs) and shows a prolonged phase of higher risk during the childbearing period, though quantitative variations can occur depending on contact patterns...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544587/drop-out-rate-from-the-liver-transplant-waiting-list-due-to-hcc-progression-in-hcv-infected-patients-treated-with-direct-acting-antivirals
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Alberto Zanetto, Sarah Shalaby, Alessandro Vitale, Claudia Mescoli, Alberto Ferrarese, Martina Gambato, Enrica Franceschet, Giacomo Germani, Marco Senzolo, Antonietta Romano, Paolo Angeli, Massimo Rugge, Fabio Farinati, Daniel M Forton, Umberto Cillo, Patrizia Burra, Francesco Paolo Russo
BACKGROUND & AIM: concerns about an increased hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) recurrence rate following directly acting antiviral (DAA) therapy in cirrhotic patients with a prior complete oncological response have been raised. Data regarding the impact of HCV-treatment with DAAs on waiting list drop-out rates in patients with active HCC and HCV-related cirrhosis awaiting liver transplantation (LT) are lacking. MATERIALS AND METHODS: HCV-HCC patients listed for LT between January 2015 and May 2016 at Padua Liver Transplant Centre were considered eligible for the study...
May 22, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544477/hashimoto-thyroiditis-anti-thyroid-antibodies-and-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Rayana T Posselt, Vinícius N Coelho, Thelma L Skare
AIM: To study the prevalence of Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT), anti-thyroid autoantibodies (anti-thyroglobulin or TgAb and thyroperoxidase or TPOAb) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. To analyze if associated HT, TgAb and/or TPOAb influence clinical or serological profiles, disease activity and/or its cumulative damage. METHODS: Three hundred and one SLE patients and 141 controls were studied for thyroid stimulating hormone, thyroxin, TgAb and TPOAb by chemiluminescence and immunometric assays...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544287/fast-clearable-nanocarriers-conducting-chemo-photothermal-combination-therapy-to-inhibit-recurrence-of-malignant-tumors
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Lingzhi Zhao, Wei Yuan, Huijun Phoebe Tham, Hongzhong Chen, Pengyao Xing, Huijing Xiang, Xin Yao, Xiaochen Qiu, Yu Dai, Liangliang Zhu, Fuyou Li, Yanli Zhao
Inhomogeneous heating by photothermal therapy (PTT) during cancer treatment often results in the recurrence of tumors. Thus, integrating PTT with chemotherapy (CHT) may provide a complementary treatment for enhanced therapeutic efficiency. Herein, this study develops a hollow structured polymer-silica nanohybrid (HPSN) as a nanocarrier to simultaneously deliver the anticancer drug paclitaxel and photothermal agent palladium phthalocyanine to tumors through enhanced permeation and the retention effect. A combinational CHT/PTT therapy on mice bearing aggressive tumor grafts is conducted...
May 24, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544258/incidence-and-risk-factors-for-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-7-year-follow-up-study-among-urban-adult-sri-lankans
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Madunil Anuk Niriella, Arunasalam Pathmeswaran, Shamila Thivanshi De Silva, Anuradhani Kasturiratna, Ruwan Perera, Chamila Erandaka Subasinghe, Kuleesha Kodisinghe, Chathura Piyaratna, Vithiya Rishikesawan, Anuradha Supun Dassanayaka, Arjuna Priyadarshin De Silva, Rajitha Wickramasinghe, Fumihiko Takeuchi, Norihiro Kato, Hithanadura Janaka de Silva
BACKGROUND: This study investigated incidence and risk factors for NAFLD among an adult cohort with 7-years follow-up. METHODS: The study population (age-stratified random sampling, Ragama MOH area) was screened initially in 2007 (aged 35-64 years) and re-evaluated in 2014 (aged 42-71 years). On both occasions assessed by structured interview, anthropometric measurements, liver ultrasound, biochemical and serological tests. NAFLD was diagnosed on ultrasound criteria, safe alcohol consumption and absence of hepatitis B/C markers...
May 19, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543299/low-occurrence-of-hbsag-but-high-frequency-of-transient-occult-hbv-infection-in-vaccinated-and-hbig-administered-infants-born-to-hbsag-positive-mothers
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Shan Zhou, Tingting Li, Jean-Pierre Allain, Bin Zhou, Yuming Zhang, Mei Zhong, Yongshui Fu, Chengyao Li
The status of chronic and occult HBV infection (OBI) in neonatal hepatitis B vaccine and immunoglobulin (HBIG) vaccinated infants born to HBsAg+ mothers was investigated at a major hospital in China. Seventy-seven and 15 blood samples were collected in first or second follow-up detection from the vaccinated babies aged 3 to 36 months born to 43 HBsAg+ or plus 25 HBeAg+ mothers. HBV infection was analyzed between the paired baby and mother by serology and DNA analysis. Among 77 children born to 68 HBsAg+ mothers, 3...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543264/implication-clinical-and-biological-impact-of-vector-borne-haemopathogens-in-anaemic-dogs-in-france-a-prospective-study
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T Bouzouraa, J L Cadore, J Chene, I Goy-Thollot, F Ponce, K Chalvet-Monfray, B Rannou, L Chabanne
OBJECTIVES: To prospectively describe the clinical and biological impact of vector-borne haemopathogens in anaemic dogs in France and occurrence of haemolysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective descriptive cohort study includes 134 client-owned dogs that were anaemic on admission at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of VetAgro Sup, Lyon, France. They underwent comprehensive screening with PCR to detect a panel of vector-borne haemopathogens, SNAP Leishmania and SNAP 4Dx Plus (IDEXX)...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542611/no-molecular-or-serological-evidence-of-zikavirus-infection-among-healthy-blood-donors-living-in-or-travelling-to-regions-where-aedes-albopictus-circulates
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Wegene Borena, Tamara Hofer, Karin Stiasny, Stephan W Aberle, Manfred Gaber, Dorothee von Laer, Harald Schennach
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that Zika virus can infect and be transmitted by A. albopictus. The World Health organization (WHO) has raised concerns of autochthonous transmission of the virus in regions where the vector is endemic. The aim of this pilot study was to assess the occurrence of Zika virus (ZIKV) in western Austria (Tyrol) especially after a history of travel to A. albopictus endemic regions. METHODS: The study participants were healthy blood donors at randomly selected donation sites in the west Austrian region Tyrol...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542448/correction-serological-evidence-of-mers-cov-antibodies-in-dromedary-camels-camelus-dromedaries-in-laikipia-county-kenya
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2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542223/measuring-changes-in-transmission-of-neglected-tropical-diseases-malaria-and-enteric-pathogens-from-quantitative-antibody-levels
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Benjamin F Arnold, Mark J van der Laan, Alan E Hubbard, Cathy Steel, Joseph Kubofcik, Katy L Hamlin, Delynn M Moss, Thomas B Nutman, Jeffrey W Priest, Patrick J Lammie
BACKGROUND: Serological antibody levels are a sensitive marker of pathogen exposure, and advances in multiplex assays have created enormous potential for large-scale, integrated infectious disease surveillance. Most methods to analyze antibody measurements reduce quantitative antibody levels to seropositive and seronegative groups, but this can be difficult for many pathogens and may provide lower resolution information than quantitative levels. Analysis methods have predominantly maintained a single disease focus, yet integrated surveillance platforms would benefit from methodologies that work across diverse pathogens included in multiplex assays...
May 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541949/application-of-batch-tests-to-assess-antibiotic-loads-in-anaerobic-processes
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Diana C Rodríguez, Yudy A Londoño, Gustavo A Peñuela
The presence of antibiotics in drinking water and wastewater has not been widely studied because the sanitary engineering sector mainly focuses on the removal of organic matter and nutrients. There is a lack of environmental regulations for pollutants like antibiotics. Batch tests analyse biodegradability to measure the anaerobic degradation potential of the substrate, or they can be used as toxicity tests. Oxytetracycline, florfenicol (FLO), ceftiofur (CEF) and penicillin G (PEN), commonly used in Colombia for the treatment of livestock diseases, were added in different concentrations to anaerobic sludge contained in serological glass bottles...
May 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540889/patterns-of-glomerulonephritis-with-crescents-experience-at-a-tertiary-medical-center-in-saudi-arabia
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Turki Al-Hussain, Shuaa Asiri, Sadiq Amer, Hadeel Al Mana, Mohammed Akhtar
A series of 78 cases of glomerulonephritis (GN), in which renal biopsy revealed changes of GN associated with crescent formation, were reviewed. Renal pathology findings were correlated with clinical features including patient's age, renal function, and serologic findings. In most of the cases (71.8%), the crescents were due to immune complex-mediated GN. This was followed by pauci-immune GN (20.5%) and anti-glomerular basement membrane antibody (GBM) GN (7.7%). The percentage of glomeruli with crescents was the highest in cases of anti-GBM disease (mean of 93...
May 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540859/case-report-serological-testing-interference-of-daratumumab-anti-cd38-therapy-in-multiple-myeloma
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Élodie Rabut, Annabelle Castro-Fernandez, Virginie Le Gall, Nihad Meknache
We report the case of a 54 years old patient monitored for a monoclonal IgG kappa light chain refractory relapsed multiple myeloma and receiving daratumumab immunotherapy. Daratumumab (DARA), a monoclonal anti-CD38 antibody, belongs to the new generation of immunotherapy in refractory relapse multiple myeloma which the medical pathologist should be aware of to avoid misinterpretation of biological tests performed for patients followed for this disease. By its IgG1K humanized monoclonal antibody backbone, DARA interferes in both serum protein electrophoresis and immunofixation by the presence of an alternate IgGK monoclonal peak, leading to a possible difficulty to assess treatment's response in monoclonal IgG kappa light chain myeloma...
June 1, 2017: Annales de Biologie Clinique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540150/brucella-melitensis-prosthetic-joint-infection
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Domenica Flury, Henrik Behrend, Parham Sendi, Matthias von Kietzell, Carol Strahm
Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) due to Brucella spp. is rare. We report a case in a 75-year-old man and review 29 additional cases identified in a literature search. The diagnosis of Brucella PJI is challenging, in particular in non-endemic countries. Serological tests prior to joint aspiration or surgical intervention are reasonable. Involvement of infection control and timely information to laboratory personnel is mandatory upon diagnosis. There is no uniform treatment concept, neither with respect to surgical intervention nor for the duration of antimicrobials...
2017: J Bone Jt Infect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540146/-combined-diagnostic-tool-application-to-a-retrospective-series-of-patients-undergoing-total-joint-revision-surgery
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Enrico Gallazzi, Lorenzo Drago, Andrea Baldini, Ian Stockley, David A George, Sara Scarponi, Carlo L Romanò
Background: Differentiating between septic and aseptic joint prosthesis may be challenging, since no single test is able to confirm or rule out infection. The choice and interpretation of the panel of tests performed in any case often relies on empirical evaluation and poorly validated scores. The "Combined Diagnostic Tool (CDT)" App, a smartphone application for iOS, was developed to allow to automatically calculate the probability of having a of periprosthetic joint infection, on the basis of the relative sensitivity and specificity of the positive and negative diagnostic tests performed in any given patient...
2017: J Bone Jt Infect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538921/women-s-protection-public-policies-evaluation-of-health-care-for-victims-of-sexual-violence
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Lucielma Salmito Soares Pinto, Ingrid Mayra Pereira de Oliveira, Eduardo Salmito Soares Pinto, Camila Botelho Campelo Leite, Auricélia do Nascimento Melo, Maria Castelo Branco Rocha de Deus
Violence against women has increased over the years and is a serious violation of human rights. This study aimed to evaluate public policies, women's rights legislation and health care for victims of sexual violence. This is an exploratory and descriptive study, with interviews to professionals of the Care Center for Women Victims of Violence of Teresina-PI, and collection of medical records data of victims. We analyzed data in the light of legislation and guidelines recommended by the Ministry of Health, according to the established public policies...
May 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538850/-infection-by-bordetella-pertussis-and-bordetella-parapertussis-in-cases-of-suspected-whooping-cough-2011-2015-in-mar-del-plata-argentina
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Silvina Lavayén, Claudia Zotta, Marcela Cepeda, Claudia Lara, Analia Rearte, Mabel Regueira
Objectives: . To classify the study population in the Argentinian National Health Surveillance System framework, determine the proportion of infection by Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis, and identify factors associated with the cases of suspected whooping cough attended to in the city of Mar del Plata and its outskirts during the period 2011- 2015. Materials and Methods: An observational and descriptive study was carried out. Clinical cases with suspicion of whooping cough were diagnosed by laboratory...
January 2017: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538849/-epidemiological-and-molecular-profile-of-rickettsiosis-in-peruvian-border-locations
#18
Rosa Palacios-Salvatierra, Elizabeth Anaya-Ramírez, Julio Juscamayta-López, Omar Cáceres-Rey, Leonardo Mendoza-Uribe, Patricia Mosquera-Visaloth, Fátima Conceição-Silva
Objectives.: To determine the circulation of Rickettsia in the years 2010 and 2011 in border locations in four regions ofPeru and their clinical epidemiological and molecular characteristics. Materials and Methods.: A cross-sectional study was carried out in Tumbes, Tacna, Madre de Dios, and Loreto. Whole blood samples were obtained from participants for culture and indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) testing. The DNA taken from leukocytes and ectoparasite cultures was used, and those genes detected for Rickettsia that were successfully amplified were sequenced and analyzed...
January 2017: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536430/aetiology-of-acute-meningoencephalitis-in-cambodian-children-2010-2013
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Paul F Horwood, Veasna Duong, Denis Laurent, Channa Mey, Heng Sothy, Ky Santy, Beat Richner, Seiha Heng, Sopheak Hem, Justine Cheval, Christopher Gorman, Philippe Dussart, Menno D de Jong, Alexandra Kerleguer, Bertrand Guillard, Bernadette Murgue, Marc Lecuit, Xavier de Lamballerie, Jeremy J Farrar, Arnaud Tarantola, Marc Eloit, Philippe Buchy
Acute meningoencephalitis (AME) is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality in children in developing countries. Clinical specimens were collected from children presenting with AME at two Cambodian paediatric hospitals to determine the major aetiologies associated with AME in the country. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood samples were screened by molecular and cell culture methods for a range of pathogens previously associated with AME in the region. CSF and serum (acute and convalescent) were screened for antibodies to arboviruses such as Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), dengue virus (DENV), and chikungunya virus (CHIKV)...
May 24, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534448/the-use-of-escherichia-coli-total-antigens-as-a-complementary-approach-to-address-seropositivity-to-leishmania-antigens-in-canine-leishmaniosis
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Carla Lima, João Rodrigo Mesquita, Hugo Brancal, Thomas Vahlenkamp, Ana Rafaela Teixeira, Luís Cardoso, Célia Amorim, Nuno Santarém, Anabela Cordeiro DA Silva
Canine leishmaniosis (CanL) is a major veterinary concern and a public health issue. Serological data are essential for disease management. Several antigens used in serological assays have specificity related problems preventing relevant seropositivity values establishment. Herein we report significant seropositivity level disparity in a study cohort with 384 dogs from eight countries, for antigens traditionally used in CanL - soluble promastigote Leishmania antigens (SPLA) and K39 recombinant protein (rK39): 43·8 and 2·9% for SPLA and rK39, respectively...
May 23, 2017: Parasitology
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