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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820883/spatial-clustering-of-patent-and-sub-patent-malaria-infections-in-northern-namibia-implications-for-surveillance-and-response-strategies-for-elimination
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Jennifer L Smith, Joyce Auala, Munyaradzi Tambo, Erastus Haindongo, Stark Katokele, Petrina Uusiku, Roly Gosling, Immo Kleinschmidt, Davis Mumbengegwi, Hugh J W Sturrock
BACKGROUND: Reactive case detection (RACD) around passively detected malaria cases is a strategy to identify and treat hotspots of malaria transmission. This study investigated the unproven assumption on which this approach is based, that in low transmission settings, infections cluster over small scales. METHODS: A prospective case-control study was conducted between January 2013 and August 2014 in Ohangwena and Omusati regions in north central Namibia. Patients attending health facilities who tested positive by malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) (index cases) were traced back to their home...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820413/-infectious-causes-of-miscarriage
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G Okoev, G Gomcyan, L Manukyan
The aim of thiswork was to find out the infection causes and to assess the species composition of microflora of the vagina and cervix in women with miscarriage and chronic endometritis. The investigation of66 womenwith miscarriage (MC) with histological criteria of chronic endometritis (CE) has been done (main group). The control group consistsof 20 healthywomen of reproductiveage. The marked changes in the vagina and cervical canal mikroflora in women with MC and CE are registered. The latter is expressed is quantitative reduction of lactobacilli (20% and 75% in vagina, 7,5% and 60% in cervical canal in main and control groups correspondingly)andincrease in the number of opportunistic pathogens...
July 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819973/mobile-platform-for-multiplexed-detection-and-differentiation-of-disease-specific-nucleic-acid-sequences-using-microfluidic-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-and-smartphone-detection
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Weili Chen, Hojeong Yu, Fu Sun, Akid Ornob, Ryan Brisbin, Anurup Ganguli, Vinay Kumar Vemuri, Piotr Strzebonski, Guangzhe Cui, Karen J Allen, Smit A Desai, Weiran Lin, David M Nash, David Hirschberg, Ian Brooks, Rashid Bashir, Brian T Cunningham
New tools are needed to enable rapid detection, identification, and reporting of infectious viral and microbial pathogens in a wide variety of point-of-care applications that impact human and animal health. We report the design, construction, and characterization of a platform for multiplexed analysis of disease-specific DNA sequences that utilizes a smartphone camera as the sensor in conjunction with a handheld "cradle" that interfaces the phone with a silicon-based microfluidic chip embedded within a credit card-sized cartridge...
August 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819694/thoracic-corpectomy-for-neoplastic-vertebral-bodies-using-a-navigated-lateral-extracavitary-approach-a-single-center-consecutive-case-series-technique-and-analysis
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Sebastian Hartmann, Christoph Wipplinger, Anja Tschugg, Pujan Kavakebi, Alexander Örley, Pierre Pascal Girod, Claudius Thomé
Thoracic myelopathy is often caused by vertebral body fractures resulting from neoplastic conditions, traumatic events, or infectious diseases. One of the preferred procedures for treating it is the lateral extracavitary approach (LECA) with single-level or multilevel decompressive corpectomy and reconstruction. The aim of this retrospective study was to analyze the thoracic lateral extracavitary approach with corpectomy using vertebral body replacement systems (VBR-S) and dorsal reconstruction. Twenty-four patients with metastatic or primary lesions of thoracic vertebrae T2-T12 underwent spinal decompression and ventral column reconstruction with correction of spinal deformity via a LECA...
August 17, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818622/benefits-of-immune-protection-versus-immunopathology-costs-a-synthesis-from-cytokine-ko-models
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Gabriele Sorci, Cédric Lippens, Clothilde Léchenault, Bruno Faivre
The inflammatory response can produce damage to host tissues and in several infectious diseases the most severe symptoms are due to immunopathology rather than a direct effect of pathogen multiplication. One hypothesis for the persistence of inflammatory damage posits that the benefits of protection towards infection outweigh the costs. We used data on knocked-out (KO) cytokine models [and the corresponding wild-type (WT) controls] to test this hypothesis. We computed differences in pathogen load and host survival between WT and KO and divided them by the WT values...
August 14, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818514/effects-of-low-dose-irradiation-on-mice-with-escherichia-coli-induced-sepsis
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Kyung-Hee Song, Seung-Youn Jung, Seong-Ho Kho, Sang-Gu Hwang, Hunjoo Ha, Seon Young Nam, Jie-Young Song
Although favorable immune responses to low-dose irradiation (LDI) have been observed in normal mice, i.e., a hormesis effect, little is known about the effects of LDI in infectious diseases. In this study, we examined the effects of LDI on mice with sepsis, a severe and often lethal hyperinflammatory response to bacteria. Female C57BL/6 mice were whole-body irradiated with 10cGy 48h before Escherichia coli infection, and survival, bacterial clearance, cytokines, and antioxidants were quantified. LDI pretreatment significantly increased survival from 46...
August 14, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818472/control-selection-and-confounding-factors-a-lesson-from-a-japanese-case-control-study-to-examine-acellular-pertussis-vaccine-effectiveness
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Satoko Ohfuji, Kenji Okada, Takashi Nakano, Hiroaki Ito, Megumi Hara, Haruo Kuroki, Yoshio Hirota
When using a case-control study design to examine vaccine effectiveness, both the selection of control subjects and the consideration of potential confounders must be the important issues to ensure accurate results. In this report, we described our experience from a case-control study conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of acellular pertussis vaccine combined with diphtheria-tetanus toxoids (DTaP vaccine). Newly diagnosed pertussis cases and age- and sex-matched friend-controls were enrolled, and the history of DTaP vaccination was compared between groups...
August 24, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818084/do-the-venous-blood-samples-replicate-malaria-parasite-densities-found-in-capillary-blood-a-field-study-performed-in-naturally-infected-asymptomatic-children-in-cameroon
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Maurice M Sandeu, Albert N Bayibéki, Majoline T Tchioffo, Luc Abate, Geoffrey Gimonneau, Parfait H Awono-Ambéné, Sandrine E Nsango, Diadier Diallo, Antoine Berry, Gaétan Texier, Isabelle Morlais
BACKGROUND: The measure of new drug- or vaccine-based approaches for malaria control is based on direct membrane feeding assays (DMFAs) where gametocyte-infected blood samples are offered to mosquitoes through an artificial feeder system. Gametocyte donors are identified by the microscopic detection and quantification of malaria blood stages on blood films prepared using either capillary or venous blood. However, parasites are known to sequester in the microvasculature and this phenomenon may alter accurate detection of parasites in blood films...
August 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818050/administration-of-two-probiotic-strains-during-early-childhood-does-not-affect-the-endogenous-gut-microbiota-composition-despite-probiotic-proliferation
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Martin Frederik Laursen, Rikke Pilmann Laursen, Anni Larnkjær, Kim F Michaelsen, Martin Iain Bahl, Tine Rask Licht
BACKGROUND: Probiotics are increasingly applied to prevent and treat a range of infectious, immune related and gastrointestinal diseases. Despite this, the mechanisms behind the putative effects of probiotics are poorly understood. One of the suggested modes of probiotic action is modulation of the endogenous gut microbiota, however probiotic intervention studies in adults have failed to show significant effects on gut microbiota composition. The gut microbiota of young children is known to be unstable and more responsive to external factors than that of adults...
August 17, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817744/predictors-of-corneal-perforation-or-need-for-therapeutic-keratoplasty-in-severe-fungal-keratitis-a-secondary-analysis-of-the-mycotic-ulcer-treatment-trial-ii
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N Venkatesh Prajna, Tiruvengada Krishnan, Revathi Rajaraman, Sushila Patel, Ranjeet Shah, Muthiah Srinivasan, Manoranjan Das, Kathryn J Ray, Catherine E Oldenburg, Stephen D McLeod, Michael E Zegans, Nisha R Acharya, Thomas M Lietman, Jennifer Rose-Nussbaumer
Importance: Identifying patients with infectious keratitis who are at risk of experiencing a poor outcome may be useful to allocate resources toward high- risk patients, particularly in resource-poor settings. Objective: To determine baseline patient and ulcer characteristics that predict a high risk of developing corneal perforation and/or the need to undergo therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty (TPK). Design, Setting, and Participants: This is a secondary analysis of Mycotic Ulcer Treatment Trial II, a multicenter, double-masked, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial that enrolled 240 patients with smear-positive filamentous fungal corneal ulcers who enrolled between May 2010 and August 2015...
August 17, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817647/caprine-brucellosis-a-historically-neglected-disease-with-significant-impact-on-public-health
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REVIEW
Carlos A Rossetti, Angela M Arenas-Gamboa, Estefanía Maurizio
Caprine brucellosis is a chronic infectious disease caused by the gram-negative cocci-bacillus Brucella melitensis. Middle- to late-term abortion, stillbirths, and the delivery of weak offspring are the characteristic clinical signs of the disease that is associated with an extensive negative impact in a flock's productivity. B. melitensis is also the most virulent Brucella species for humans, responsible for a severely debilitating and disabling illness that results in high morbidity with intermittent fever, chills, sweats, weakness, myalgia, abortion, osteoarticular complications, endocarditis, depression, anorexia, and low mortality...
August 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816372/in-vitro-antitubercular-activity-of-3-deoxysappanchalcone-isolated-from-the-heartwood-of-caesalpinia-sappan-linn
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Hoonhee Seo, Sukyung Kim, Hafij Al Mahmud, Md Imtiazul Islam, Kung-Woo Nam, Byung-Eui Lee, Hanna Lee, Myoung-Lae Cho, Heung-Mook Shin, Ho-Yeon Song
Responsible for nearly 1.5 million deaths every year, the infectious disease tuberculosis remains one of the most serious challenges to global health. The emergence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and, more recently, extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis poses a significant threat in our effort to control this epidemic. New drugs are urgently needed to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. To achieve this goal, we screened approximately 500 species of medicinal plant methanol extracts and their solvent partitioned fractions for potential inhibitors of Mycobacterium tuberculosis growth...
August 17, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814702/reorganizing-hospital-space-the-1894-plague-epidemic-in-hong-kong-and-the-germ-theory
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Kyu-Hwan Sihn
This paper examined whether the preventive measures taken by the Hong Kong's colonial authorities were legitimate during the 1894 Hong Kong plague epidemic, and illuminated the correlation between the plague epidemic and hospital space in Hong Kong in the late 19th century. The quarantine measures taken by the colonial authorities were neither a clear-cut victory for Western medicine nor for a rational quarantine based on scientific medical knowledge. Hong Kong's medical officials based on the miasma theory, and focused only on house-to-house inspections and forced quarantine or isolation, without encouraging people to wear masks and without conducting disinfection...
April 2017: Ŭi Sahak
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814517/zinc-salts-block-hepatitis-e-virus-replication-by-inhibiting-the-activity-of-viral-rna-dependent-rna-polymerase
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Nidhi Kaushik, Chandru Subramani, Saumya Anang, Rajagopalan Muthumohan, Shalimar, Baibaswata Nayak, C T Ranjith-Kumar, Milan Surjit
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) causes an acute, self limiting hepatitis in normal individuals and leads to chronic disease in immunocompromised individuals. HEV infection in pregnant women results in a more severe outcome, with the mortality rate going upto 30%. Though the virus usually causes sporadic infection, epidemics have been reported in developing and resource starved countries. No specific anti-viral exists against HEV. A combination of interferon and ribavirin therapy has been used to control the disease with some success...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813644/rotavirus-disease-course-among-immunocompromised-patients-5-year-observations-from-a-tertiary-care-medical-centre
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P Bruijning-Verhagen, M D Nipshagen, H de Graaf, M J M Bonten
Rotavirus (RV) is highly endemic inside and outside hospital-settings. Immunocompromised children and adults are at risk of complicated rotavirus gastroenteritis (RVGE), but general rotavirus disease severity in this group remains poorly described and rotavirus testing is not routinely performed beyond infancy. We assessed rotavirus disease among immunocompromised hospitalized patients. METHODS: Rotavirus infections at a Dutch tertiary-care centre were identified from 5-year laboratory records...
August 13, 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812540/quantifying-transmission
#16
Mark Woolhouse
Transmissibility is the defining characteristic of infectious diseases. Quantifying transmission matters for understanding infectious disease epidemiology and designing evidence-based disease control programs. Tracing individual transmission events can be achieved by epidemiological investigation coupled with pathogen typing or genome sequencing. Individual infectiousness can be estimated by measuring pathogen loads, but few studies have directly estimated the ability of infected hosts to transmit to uninfected hosts...
July 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812527/cytokine-concentrations-measured-by-multiplex-assays-in-canine-peripheral-blood-samples
#17
Kristen R Richter, Amirah N Nasr, Angela M Mexas
Cytokines are known to play important roles in a wide range of pathologic conditions spanning all organ systems in every species studied. As our knowledge of the physiology of individual cytokines expands and our ability to measure multiple cytokines in smaller biological samples increases, we gain more insight into the significance and function of each cytokine and the importance of cytokine networks. Previous studies that reported measurements of cytokine concentrations from serum or plasma in dogs with infectious, autoimmune, metabolic, endocrine, and neoplastic diseases yield an appreciation for the complexity of cytokine control and potential applications for cytokine measurements in the diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy of a variety of disease conditions...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812192/safety-of-vaccination-against-brucellosis-with-the-rough-strain-in-pregnant-cattle
#18
Adriana Agostini Barbosa, Ana Cristina Silva Figueiredo, Miller Pereira Palhao, Joao Henrique Moreira Viana, Carlos Antonio Carvalho Fernandes
Brucellosis is an infectious and contagious disease that profoundly impacts public health. However, in many countries, disease prevention is restricted to the vaccination of calves, and there is no prophylactic strategy for pregnant heifers and cows. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety of the rough strain vaccine against brucellosis in pregnant cattle. Crossbred cows (N = 96) at three gestational periods (early, mid, or late pregnancy) were randomly allocated into the vaccine treatment group or to the control group...
August 15, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811345/inhibitors-of-the-histone-methyltransferases-ezh2-1-induce-a-potent-antiviral-state-and-suppress-infection-by-diverse-viral-pathogens
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Jesse H Arbuckle, Paul J Gardina, David N Gordon, Heather D Hickman, Jonathan W Yewdell, Theodore C Pierson, Timothy G Myers, Thomas M Kristie
Epigenetic regulation is based on a network of complexes that modulate the chromatin character and structure of the genome to impact gene expression, cell fate, and development. Thus, epigenetic modulators represent novel therapeutic targets used to treat a range of diseases, including malignancies. Infectious pathogens such as herpesviruses are also regulated by cellular epigenetic machinery, and epigenetic therapeutics represent a novel approach used to control infection, persistence, and the resulting recurrent disease...
August 15, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811074/management-of-multidrug-resistant-gram-negative-bacilli-infections-in-solid-organ-transplant-recipients-set-gesitra-seimc-reipi-recommendations
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REVIEW
J M Aguado, J T Silva, M Fernández-Ruiz, E Cordero, J Fortún, C Gudiol, L Martínez-Martínez, E Vidal, L Almenar, B Almirante, R Cantón, J Carratalá, J J Caston, E Cercenado, C Cervera, J M Cisneros, M G Crespo-Leiro, V Cuervas-Mons, J Elizalde-Fernández, M C Fariñas, J Gavaldà, M J Goyanes, B Gutiérrez-Gutiérrez, D Hernández, O Len, R López-Andujar, F López-Medrano, P Martín-Dávila, M Montejo, A Moreno, A Oliver, A Pascual, E Pérez-Nadales, A Román-Broto, R San-Juan, D Serón, A Solé-Jover, M Valerio, P Muñoz, J Torre-Cisneros
Solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients are especially at risk of developing infections by multidrug resistant (MDR) Gram-negative bacilli (GNB), as they are frequently exposed to antibiotics and the healthcare setting, and are regulary subject to invasive procedures. Nevertheless, no recommendations concerning prevention and treatment are available. A panel of experts revised the available evidence; this document summarizes their recommendations: (1) it is important to characterize the isolate's phenotypic and genotypic resistance profile; (2) overall, donor colonization should not constitute a contraindication to transplantation, although active infected kidney and lung grafts should be avoided; (3) recipient colonization is associated with an increased risk of infection, but is not a contraindication to transplantation; (4) different surgical prophylaxis regimens are not recommended for patients colonized with carbapenem-resistant GNB; (5) timely detection of carriers, contact isolation precautions, hand hygiene compliance and antibiotic control policies are important preventive measures; (6) there is not sufficient data to recommend intestinal decolonization; (7) colonized lung transplant recipients could benefit from prophylactic inhaled antibiotics, specially for Pseudomonas aeruginosa; (8) colonized SOT recipients should receive an empirical treatment which includes active antibiotics, and directed therapy should be adjusted according to susceptibility study results and the severity of the infection...
July 26, 2017: Transplantation Reviews
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