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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342259/false-starts-in-test-and-start-a-qualitative-study-of-reasons-for-delayed-antiretroviral-therapy-in-swaziland
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Christopher Pell, Eva Vernooij, Nelisiwe Masilela, Njabulo Simelane, Fortunate Shabalala, Ria Reis
Background: Test and start, antiretroviral therapy (ART) for all HIV-positive individuals, is a WHO-recommended treatment guideline. In Swaziland, test and start has been evaluated through the MaxART implementation study. This article examines why, in MaxART, some newly diagnosed HIV-positive clients delayed initiating ART. Methods: Thirteen HIV-positive clients who delayed ART for ≥90 d after testing were identified from the MaxART study database and interviewed...
January 12, 2018: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342195/association-between-pm10-pm2-5-no2-o3-and-self-reported-diabetes-in-italy-a-cross-sectional-ecological-study
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Riccardo Orioli, Giuseppe Cremona, Luisella Ciancarella, Angelo G Solimini
INTRODUCTION: Air pollution represents a serious threat to health on a global scale, being responsible for a large portion of the global burden of disease from environmental factors. Current evidence about the association between air pollution exposure and Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is still controversial. We aimed to evaluate the association between area-level ambient air pollution and self-reported DM in a large population sample in Italy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We extracted information about self-reported and physician diagnosed DM, risk factors and socio-economic status from 12 surveys conducted nationwide between 1999 and 2013...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341929/the-infection-of-red-seabream-iridovirus-in-mandarin-fish-siniperca-chuatsi-and-the-host-immune-related-gene-expression-profiles
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Xiaodan Liu, Nan Chen, Xiaojian Gao, Yingying Zhang, Xixi Li, Yue Zhang, Xuwen Bing, Hezhong Huang, Xiaojun Zhang
Red Sea bream iridovirus (RSIV) was initially isolated from marine fish, which belongs to Megalocytivirus, Iridoviridae. It can cause great economic losses in fish culture with high morbidity and mortality. In the present study, the pathogenicity and immune response associated with a RSIV genotype megalocytivirus infection were determined in mandarin fish (Siniperca chuatsi). Fish challenged showed typical clinical signs of iridovirus infection, including acute haemorrhages and enlarged visceral organs. Histopathological analysis revealed that extensive necrosis, vacuolization and inflammation were presented in the stomach, spleen, kidney and liver of the diseased fish...
January 13, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341876/probing-and-characterizing-the-high-specific-sequences-of-ssdna-aptamer-against-sgiv-infected-cells
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Pengfei Li, Qing Yu, Lingli Zhou, Dexin Dong, Shina Wei, Hanzheng Ya, Bo Chen, Qiwei Qin
As the major viral pathogen of grouper aquaculture, Singapore grouper iridovirus (SGIV) has caused great economic losses in China and Southeast Asia. In the previous study, we have generated highly specific ssDNA aptamers against SGIV-infected grouper spleen cells (GS) by Systematic Evolution of Ligands by Exponential Enrichment technology (SELEX), in which Q2 had the highest binding affinity of 16.43 nM. In this study, we would try to identify the specific sequences in the aptamer Q2 that exhibited the high binding affinity to SGIV-infected cells by truncating the original Q2 into some different specific segments...
January 13, 2018: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341459/multicenter-study-of-diagnostic-procedures-genetic-aberration-analysis-and-first-line-treatment-of-lung-cancer-in-jiangsu-province-china
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YangBo Hu, Huan Hu, LiYun Miao, Xin Zhao, Wei Gu, Wei Heng, ZiLi Meng, Jian Feng, Yi You, XingXiang Xu, Rong Hu, HaiQuan Li, Jie Zhao, XiaoLi Zhu, MeiQi Shi, Li Shen, XiuWei Zhang, XiaoWei Yin, Hang Ma, MinHua Shi, Yong Yu, Hong Lv, LiMing Cai, GaoHua Feng, YeQing Zhang, Feng Wu, TangFeng Lv, Yong Song
BACKGROUND: Jiangsu Province, China, is highly developed economically and culturally, and has a high prevalence of lung cancer. We aimed to evaluate the diagnostic procedures, genetic aberration analysis status, and first-line treatment models of lung cancer in Jiangsu Province. METHODS: Lung cancer patients diagnosed in 2016 at 22 tertiary care hospitals were evaluated. Demographic characteristics, tumor histology, staging, family history of lung cancer, auxiliary examinations, genetic testing, and first-line treatment were collected on discharge...
January 17, 2018: Thoracic Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341246/risk-factors-for-disordered-weight-control-behaviors-among-korean-adolescents-multilevel-analysis-of-the-korea-youth-risk-behavior-survey
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Yongjoo Kim, S Bryn Austin, S V Subramanian, Jennifer J Thomas, Kamryn T Eddy, Debra L Franko, Rachel F Rodgers, Ichiro Kawachi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence and risk factors for disordered weight control behaviors (DWCB) in South Korean adolescents at multiple levels, including individual, family, school, and geographic area. METHOD: We drew participants from the 11th Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey, conducted in 2015, with 65,529 adolescents (31,687 girls, 33,842 boys) aged 12-18 years. DWCB was defined as engaging in any of the following behaviors for weight control over the past month: fasting, one-food diet (eating only one food over an extended period of time for weight control), vomiting, and taking laxatives/diuretics/unprescribed diet pills...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340806/distribution-of-il28b-and-il10-polymorphisms-as-genetic-predictors-of-treatment-response-in-pakistani-hcv-genotype-3-patients
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Humaira Naeemi, Rabia Aslam, Syed Mohsin Raza, Muhammad Aiman Shahzad, Shagufta Naz, Sobia Manzoor, Saba Khaliq
There are over 10 million hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients in Pakistan. For these patients, a combination of interferon with ribavirin is the most economical and easily available treatment. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms in interleukin genes have been reported to be associated with the pathogenesis and clearance of HCV, and sustained virologic response (SVR). An interleukin 28B (IL28B) gene polymorphism has been shown to modify treatment outcomes, but the effects of interleukin 10 (IL10) polymorphisms have not been previously assessed in the Pakistani population...
January 16, 2018: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340166/withdrawal-of-antihypertensive-therapy-in-people-with-dementia-feasibility-study
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Veronika van der Wardt, Jennifer K Burton, Simon Conroy, Tomas Welsh, Pip Logan, Jaspal Taggar, Lukasz Tanajewski, John Gladman
Background: This study explored the feasibility of a randomised controlled withdrawal trial of antihypertensive medication in normotensive people with dementia. Feasibility aspects included response, recruitment, exclusion and drop-out rates, suitability of outcome measures, acceptability of study procedures and an indicative economic evaluation for a randomised controlled trial. Methods: A cohort study attempting the withdrawal of antihypertensive drugs where appropriate and a feasibility study of home-based blood pressure monitoring, in people with dementia treated for hypertension, was undertaken...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339970/a-new-image-based-tool-for-the-high-throughput-phenotyping-of-pollen-viability-evaluation-of-inter-and-intra-cultivar-diversity-in-grapevine
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Javier Tello, María Ignacia Montemayor, Astrid Forneck, Javier Ibáñez
Background: Low pollen viability may limit grapevine yield under certain conditions, causing relevant economic losses to grape-growers. It is usually evaluated by the quantification of the number of viable and non-viable pollen grains that are present in a sample after an adequate pollen grain staining procedure. Although the manual counting of both types of grains is the simplest and most sensitive approach, it is a laborious and time-demanding process. In this regard, novel image-based approaches can assist in the objective, accurate and cost-effective phenotyping of this trait...
2018: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339745/genomic-and-transcriptomic-analysis-of-the-asian-honeybee-apis-cerana-provides-novel-insights-into-honeybee-biology
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Qingyun Diao, Liangxian Sun, Huajun Zheng, Zhijiang Zeng, Shengyue Wang, Shufa Xu, Huoqing Zheng, Yanping Chen, Yuanyuan Shi, Yuezhu Wang, Fei Meng, Qingliang Sang, Lianfei Cao, Fang Liu, Yongqiang Zhu, Wenfeng Li, Zhiguo Li, Congjie Dai, Minjun Yang, Shenglu Chen, Runsheng Chen, Shaowu Zhang, Jay D Evans, Qiang Huang, Jie Liu, Fuliang Hu, Songkun Su, Jie Wu
The Asian honeybee Apis cerana is one of two bee species that have been commercially kept with immense economic value. Here we present the analysis of genomic sequence and transcriptomic exploration for A. cerana as well as the comparative genomic analysis of the Asian honeybee and the European honeybee A. mellifera. The genome and RNA-seq data yield new insights into the behavioral and physiological resistance to the parasitic mite Varroa the evolution of antimicrobial peptides, and the genetic basis for labor division in A...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339181/effects-of-age-on-growth-in-atlantic-bluefin-tuna-thunnus-thynnus
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Martina Api, Erica Bonfanti, Francesco Lombardo, Paolo Pignalosa, Gary Hardiman, Oliana Carnevali
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Thunnus thynnus (ABFT) is considered one of the most important socio-economic species but there is a lack of information on the physiological and molecular processes regulating its growth and metabolism. In the present study, we focused on key molecules involved in growth process. The aim of the present study was to associate molecular markers related to growth with canonical procedures like morphological measurements such as curved fork length (CFL) and round weight (RWT). The ABFT specimens (n=41) were organized into three different groups A, B and C according to their age...
January 12, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338666/boosted-tca-cycle-enhances-survival-of-zebrafish-to-vibrio-alginolyticus-infection
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Man-Jun Yang, Zhi-Xue Cheng, Ming Jiang, Zao-Hai Zeng, Bo Peng, Xuan-Xian Peng, Hui Li
Vibrio alginolyticus is a waterborne pathogen that infects a wide variety of hosts including fish and human, and the outbreak of this pathogen can cause a huge economic loss in aquaculture. Thus, enhancing host's capability to survive from V. alginolyticus infection is key to fighting infection and this remains still unexplored. In the present study, we established a V. alginolyticus-zebrafish interaction model by which we explored how zebrafish survived from V. alginolyticus infection. We used GC-MS based metabolomic approaches to characterize differential metabolomes between survival and dying zebrafish upon infection...
January 17, 2018: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338040/identification-and-expression-analyses-of-wrky-genes-reveal-their-involvement-in-growth-and-abiotic-stress-response-in-watermelon-citrullus-lanatus
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Xiaozhen Yang, Hao Li, Yongchao Yang, Yongqi Wang, Yanling Mo, Ruimin Zhang, Yong Zhang, Jianxiang Ma, Chunhua Wei, Xian Zhang
Despite identification of WRKY family genes in numerous plant species, a little is known about WRKY genes in watermelon, one of the most economically important fruit crops around the world. Here, we identified a total of 63 putative WRKY genes in watermelon and classified them into three major groups (I-III) and five subgroups (IIa-IIe) in group II. The structure analysis indicated that ClWRKYs with different WRKY domains or motifs may play different roles by regulating respective target genes. The expressions of ClWRKYs in different tissues indicate that they are involved in various tissue growth and development...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338032/perceptions-of-healthcare-quality-in-ghana-does-health-insurance-status-matter
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Stephen Kwasi Opoku Duku, Edward Nketiah-Amponsah, Wendy Janssens, Menno Pradhan
This study's objective is to provide an alternative explanation for the low enrolment in health insurance in Ghana by analysing differences in perceptions between the insured and uninsured of the non-technical quality of healthcare. It further explores the association between insurance status and perception of healthcare quality to ascertain whether insurance status matters in the perception of healthcare quality. Data from a survey of 1,903 households living in the catchment area of 64 health centres were used for the analysis...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337686/forgotten-public-health-impacts-of-cancer-an-overview
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Susana Viegas, Carina Ladeira, Ana Costa-Veiga, Julian Perelman, Goran Gajski
Cancer is one of the diseases of greatest concern in developed countries and much effort has been invested in discovering and developing therapeutics for curing cancer. Despite the improvements in antineoplastic therapeutics in the last decades, cancer is still one of the most harmful diseases worldwide. The global burden of cancer also implies financial costs: these can be direct costs, such as those related to treatment, care, and rehabilitation and indirect, which include the loss of economic output due to missed work (morbidity costs) and premature death (mortality costs)...
December 20, 2017: Arhiv za Higijenu Rada i Toksikologiju
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337626/comparative-analysis-of-pasteurella-multocida-isolates-from-acute-and-chronic-fowl-cholera-cases-in-hungary-during-the-period-2005-through-2010
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Boglárka Sellyei, Ákos Thuma, Dmitriy Volokhov, Zsuzsanna Varga
Fowl cholera (FC) is a highly contagious and economically important disease of poultry worldwide. This study was performed on 218 Pasteurella multocida isolates collected from separated breeding farms or backyards with acute and chronic FC cases in multiple localities across Hungary during the period 2005-2010. All isolates were characterized by a broad range of biochemical, serological, and molecular methods, as well as their antibiotic susceptibility to aminoglycosides (A), macrolides (M), penicillins (P), quinolones (Q), cephalosporins, sulphonamides (S), and tetracyclines (T) was determined...
December 2017: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337619/the-role-of-necroptosis-apoptosis-and-inflammation-in-fowl-cholera-associated-liver-injury-in-a-chicken-model
#17
Qiyu Tang, Weitian Li, Na Dai, Yiming Gao, Yu Han, Guofu Cheng, Changqin Gu
Fowl cholera resulting from infection with Pasteurella multocida causes huge economic losses in the poultry industry. Necrotic hepatitis is reported to be a significant lesion associated with fowl cholera in chickens. Clarifying the underlying molecular mechanism of hepatic injury caused by P. multocida infection is needed to develop new strategies to control fowl cholera. Pasteurella multocida Q (the standard reference strain) and P. multocida 1G1 (a clinical strain) were used to infect healthy laying hens...
December 2017: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337616/chronologic-analysis-of-gross-and-histologic-lesions-induced-by-field-strains-of-fadv-1-fadv-8b-and-fadv-11-in-six-week-old-chickens
#18
Penelope Steer-Cope, Jeanine Sandy, Denise O'Rourke, Peter Scott, Glenn Browning, Amir Noormohammadi
Inclusion body hepatitis (IBH) is a disease affecting broiler chicken flocks worldwide. Several serotypes of fowl adenovirus (FAdV) have been implicated in disease outbreaks, with and without immunosuppression as a predisposing factor. IBH usually occurs in flocks up to 30 days of age; it is seldom seen in older birds. The objective of this study was to determine whether the pathogenicity for older birds of three FAdV field strains, belonging to serotypes 1, 8b, and 11, in the absence of immunosuppressive factors, was akin to that for younger birds, and to establish an effective and economical disease model for assessing cross-protection between serotypes...
December 2017: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337204/the-positive-impacts-of-real-world-data-on-the-challenges-facing-the-evolution-of-biopharma
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John Wise, Angeli Möller, David Christie, Dipak Kalra, Elia Brodsky, Evelina Georgieva, Greg Jones, Ian Smith, Lars Greiffenberg, Marie McCarthy, Michael Arend, Olivier Luttringer, Sebastian Kloss, Steve Arlington
Demand for healthcare services is unprecedented. Society is struggling to afford the cost. Pricing of biopharmaceutical products is under scrutiny, especially by payers and Health Technology Assessment agencies. As we discuss here, rapidly advancing technologies, such Real-World Data (RWD), are being utilized to increase understanding of disease. RWD, when captured and analyzed, produces the Real-World Evidence (RWE) that underpins the economic case for innovative medicines. Furthermore, RWD can inform the understanding of disease, help identify new therapeutic intervention points, and improve the efficiency of research and development (R&D), especially clinical trials...
January 11, 2018: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337126/rigid-plate-fixation-vs-wire-cerclage-patient-reported-and-economic-outcomes-from-a-randomized-trial
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Keith B Allen, Vinod H Thourani, Yoshifumi Naka, Kendra J Grubb, John Grehan, Nirav Patel, T Sloane Guy, Kevin Landolfo, Marc Gerdisch, Mark Bonnell, David J Cohen
BACKGROUND: In a multicenter randomized trial, sternal closure following cardiac surgery using rigid plate fixation (RPF) compared with wire cerclage (WC) resulted in improved sternal healing, reduced sternal complications and was cost neutral at 6 months. Additional secondary endpoints are presented from this trial. METHODS: Twelve US centers randomized 236 patients to RPF (n=116) or WC (n=120). Patient reported outcomes measures (PROMs) including pain, function, and quality-of-life (QOL) scores were assessed through 6-months and correlated to computed tomographic derived sternal healing scores using logistic regression...
January 11, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
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