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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352631/we-could-learn-much-more-from-1918-pandemic-the-mis-fortune-of-research-relying-on-original-death-certificates
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Wladimir J Alonso, Francielle C Nascimento, Gerardo Chowell, Cynthia Schuck-Paim
PURPOSE: The analysis of historical death certificates has enormous potential for understanding how the health of populations was shaped by diseases and epidemics and by the implementation of specific interventions. In Brazil, the systematic archiving of mortality records was initiated only in 1944-hence the analysis of death registers before this time requires searching for these documents in public archives, notaries, parishes, and especially ancient cemeteries, which are often the only remaining source of information about these deaths...
January 9, 2018: Annals of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352292/rna-seq-of-kaposi-s-sarcoma-reveals-alterations-in-glucose-and-lipid-metabolism
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For Yue Tso, Andrew V Kossenkov, Salum J Lidenge, Owen Ngalamika, John R Ngowi, Julius Mwaiselage, Jayamanna Wickramasinghe, Eun Hee Kwon, John T West, Paul M Lieberman, Charles Wood
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is the etiologic agent of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). It is endemic in a number of sub-Saharan African countries with infection rate of >50%. The high prevalence of HIV-1 coupled with late presentation of advanced cancer staging make KS the leading cancer in the region with poor prognosis and high mortality. Disease markers and cellular functions associated with KS tumorigenesis remain ill-defined. Several studies have attempted to investigate changes of the gene profile with in vitro infection of monoculture models, which are not likely to reflect the cellular complexity of the in vivo lesion environment...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352265/type-i-ifn-operates-pyroptosis-and-necroptosis-during-multidrug-resistant-a-baumannii-infection
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Yang Li, Xiaomin Guo, Chunmiao Hu, Yan Du, Chuansheng Guo, Di Wang, Weiheng Zhao, Gonghua Huang, Chunliang Li, Qiumin Lu, Ren Lai, Tao Xu, Xiaopeng Qi
Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, a common pathogen responsible for nosocomial infections, is the main cause for outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as pneumonia, meningitis, and bacteremia, especially among critically ill patients. Epidemic A. baumannii is a growing public health concern as it is resistant to all existing antimicrobial agents, thereby necessitating the development of new therapeutic approaches to mount an effective immune response against this bacterial pathogen. In this study, we identified a critical role for type I interferon (IFN) in epigenetic regulation during A...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351663/mini-review-can-non-human-leucocyte-antigen-genes-determine-susceptibility-to-severe-dengue-syndromes
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Dorothy Ng, Aparna Ghosh, Mark Jit, Suranjith L Seneviratne
Dengue viral infections are endemic or epidemic in virtually all tropical countries. Among individuals infected with the dengue virus, severe dengue syndromes (i.e., dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndromes) tend to affect only some and this may be due to a combination of host genetic susceptibility and viral factors. In this review article we analyse and discuss the present knowledge of non-human leucocyte antigen host genetic susceptibility to severe dengue syndromes. The relevance of genetic polymorphisms in the pathways of antigen recognition, uptake, processing and presentation, activation of interferon α responses, mast cell and complement activation and T cell activation and dengue disease severity has been reviewed and analysed...
January 17, 2018: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351446/mechanisms-and-consequences-of-oxidative-stress-in-lung-disease-therapeutic-implications-for-an-aging-populace
#5
Louise Hecker
The rapid expansion of the elderly population has led to the recent epidemic of age-related diseases, including increased incidence and mortality of chronic and acute lung diseases. Numerous studies have implicated aging and oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of various pulmonary diseases; however, despite recent advances in these fields, the specific contributions of aging and oxidative stress remain elusive. This review will discuss the consequences of aging on lung morphology and physiology, and how redox imbalance with aging contributes to lung disease susceptibility...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351335/the-effects-of-an-acute-exercise-bout-on-gh-and-igf-1-in-prediabetic-and-healthy-african-americans-a-pilot-study-investigating-gene-expression
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Nathaniel T Berry, Monica Hubal, Laurie Wideman
The incidence of pre-diabetes (PD) and Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2D) is a worldwide epidemic. African American (AA) individuals are disproportionately more likely to become diabetic than other ethnic groups. Over the long-term, metabolic complications related to diabetes result in significant alterations in growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Considering the limited exercise-related studies in the area of gene expression changes with disease progression, the objective of this study was to examine differences in exercise-induced gene expression related to the GH and IGF-1 pathways in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of healthy (CON) and PD AA individuals...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351273/understanding-the-legal-trade-of-cattle-and-camels-and-the-derived-risk-of-rift-valley-fever-introduction-into-and-transmission-within-egypt
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Sebastian Napp, Veronique Chevalier, Núria Busquets, Paolo Calistri, Jordi Casal, Mohamed Attia, Rehab Elbassal, Heba Hosni, Hatem Farrag, Noura Hassan, Rasha Tawfik, Sohair Abd Elkader, Shahin Bayomy
Rift Valley Fever (RVF) is a mosquito-borne zoonosis, which may cause significant losses for the livestock sector and have serious public health implications. Egypt has been repeatedly affected by RVF epidemics, mainly associated to the importation of animals from sub-Saharan countries, where the disease is endemic. The objective of our study was the improvement of the surveillance and control strategies implemented in Egypt. In order to do that, first we evaluated the legal trade of live animals into and within Egypt...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350618/a-call-to-end-the-epidemic-of-adolescent-e-cigarette-use
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Grace Kong, Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 1, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350152/epidemic-varicella-zoster-virus-among-university-students-india
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Josh Meyers, Muthunarayanan Logaraj, Balaji Ramraj, Padmanesan Narasimhan, C Raina MacIntyre
We investigated a yearlong varicella zoster virus outbreak in a highly susceptible young adult population at a large university in India. Outbreaks of varicella infection among adults are not well described in the literature. Infection control measures and vaccination policy for this age group and setting are needed.
February 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350142/lethal-respiratory-disease-associated-with-human-rhinovirus%C3%A2-c-in-wild-chimpanzees-uganda-2013
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Erik J Scully, Sarmi Basnet, Richard W Wrangham, Martin N Muller, Emily Otali, David Hyeroba, Kristine A Grindle, Tressa E Pappas, Melissa Emery Thompson, Zarin Machanda, Kelly E Watters, Ann C Palmenberg, James E Gern, Tony L Goldberg
We describe a lethal respiratory outbreak among wild chimpanzees in Uganda in 2013 for which molecular and epidemiologic analyses implicate human rhinovirus C as the cause. Postmortem samples from an infant chimpanzee yielded near-complete genome sequences throughout the respiratory tract; other pathogens were absent. Epidemiologic modeling estimated the basic reproductive number (R0) for the epidemic as 1.83, consistent with the common cold in humans. Genotyping of 41 chimpanzees and examination of 24 published chimpanzee genomes from subspecies across Africa showed universal homozygosity for the cadherin-related family member 3 CDHR3-Y529 allele, which increases risk for rhinovirus C infection and asthma in human children...
February 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350136/ecologic-features-of-plague-outbreak-areas-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-2004-2014
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Aaron Aruna Abedi, Jean-Christophe Shako, Jean Gaudart, Bertrand Sudre, Benoit Kebela Ilunga, Stomy Karhemere Bi Shamamba, Georges Diatta, Bernard Davoust, Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum, Renaud Piarroux, Martine Piarroux
During 2004-2014, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared 54% of plague cases worldwide. Using national data, we characterized the epidemiology of human plague in DRC for this period. All 4,630 suspected human plague cases and 349 deaths recorded in DRC came from Orientale Province. Pneumonic plague cases (8.8% of total) occurred during 2 major outbreaks in mining camps in the equatorial forest, and some limited outbreaks occurred in the Ituri highlands. Epidemics originated in 5 health zones clustered in Ituri, where sporadic bubonic cases were recorded throughout every year...
February 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349556/neuropathology-correlates-of-cognitive-assessments
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Francesca M Brett, Hugh Kearney
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are the fourth largest contributors to neurological disability and the second largest contributor to deaths from neurological disease. Described in the 1980s as 'the silent epidemic' these disorders principally, though not exclusively, affect persons 80 years or older, and in developed countries, this 'old old' population continues to grow. Definitive diagnosis of the underlying cause of the neurodegenerative disease relies on neuropathological evaluation...
January 18, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347986/untapped-aspects-of-mass-media-campaigns-for-changing-health-behaviour-towards-non-communicable-diseases-in-bangladesh
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Reshman Tabassum, Guenter Froeschl, Jonas P Cruz, Paolo C Colet, Sukhen Dey, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam
In recent years, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have become epidemic in Bangladesh. Behaviour changing interventions are key to prevention and management of NCDs. A great majority of people in Bangladesh have low health literacy, are less receptive to health information, and are unlikely to embrace positive health behaviours. Mass media campaigns can play a pivotal role in changing health behaviours of the population. This review pinpoints the role of mass media campaigns for NCDs and the challenges along it, whilst stressing on NCD preventive programmes (with the examples from different countries) to change health behaviours in Bangladesh...
January 18, 2018: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347940/domestic-feline-contribution-in-the-transmission-of-sporothrix-in-rio-de-janeiro-state-brazil-a-comparison-between-infected-and-non-infected-populations
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Pãmella A Macêdo-Sales, Simone R L S Souto, Carolina A Destefani, Ricardo P Lucena, Ricardo Luiz D Machado, Marcia R Pinto, Anderson M Rodrigues, Leila M Lopes-Bezerra, Elisabeth M S Rocha, Andréa Regina S Baptista
BACKGROUND: Sporotrichosis is a neglected zoonosis caused by pathogenic fungi belonging to the Sporothrix schenckii complex. In Rio de Janeiro state, this disease reached an epidemic status with over 4700 domestic felines and around 4000 humans affected since the mid-90s. The present study evaluated clinical and epidemiological aspects and also the frequency of colonization and infection by these fungi in healthy cats and among those with suspicious cutaneous lesions, inhabiting four Rio de Janeiro state distinct areas...
January 18, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347847/combining-cell-and-gene-therapy-to-advance-cardiac-regeneration
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Pina Marotta, Eleonora Cianflone, Iolanda Aquila, Carla Vicinanza, Mariangela Scalise, Fabiola Marino, Teresa Mancuso, Michele Torella, Ciro Indolfi, Daniele Torella
The characterization of multipotent endogenous cardiac stem cells (eCSCs) and the breakthroughs of somatic cell reprogramming to boost cardiomyocyte replacement have fostered the prospect of achieving functional heart repair/regeneration. Areas covered: Allogeneic CSC therapy through its paracrine stimulation of the endogenous resident reparative/regenerative process produces functional meaningful myocardial regeneration in pre-clinical porcine myocardial infarction models and is currently tested in the first-in-man human trial...
January 19, 2018: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347767/sampling-of-temporal-networks-methods-and-biases
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Luis E C Rocha, Naoki Masuda, Petter Holme
Temporal networks have been increasingly used to model a diversity of systems that evolve in time; for example, human contact structures over which dynamic processes such as epidemics take place. A fundamental aspect of real-life networks is that they are sampled within temporal and spatial frames. Furthermore, one might wish to subsample networks to reduce their size for better visualization or to perform computationally intensive simulations. The sampling method may affect the network structure and thus caution is necessary to generalize results based on samples...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347672/unified-mean-field-framework-for-susceptible-infected-susceptible-epidemics-on-networks-based-on-graph-partitioning-and-the-isoperimetric-inequality
#17
K Devriendt, P Van Mieghem
We propose an approximation framework that unifies and generalizes a number of existing mean-field approximation methods for the susceptible-infected-susceptible (SIS) epidemic model on complex networks. We derive the framework, which we call the unified mean-field framework (UMFF), as a set of approximations of the exact Markovian SIS equations. Our main novelty is that we describe the mean-field approximations from the perspective of the isoperimetric problem, which results in bounds on the UMFF approximation error...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347564/epidemic-spreading-on-activity-driven-networks-with-attractiveness
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Iacopo Pozzana, Kaiyuan Sun, Nicola Perra
We study SIS epidemic spreading processes unfolding on a recent generalization of the activity-driven modeling framework. In this model of time-varying networks, each node is described by two variables: activity and attractiveness. The first describes the propensity to form connections, while the second defines the propensity to attract them. We derive analytically the epidemic threshold considering the time scale driving the evolution of contacts and the contagion as comparable. The solutions are general and hold for any joint distribution of activity and attractiveness...
October 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347563/importance-of-small-degree-nodes-in-assortative-networks-with-degree-weight-correlations
#19
Sijuan Ma, Ling Feng, Christopher Pineda Monterola, Choy Heng Lai
It has been known that assortative network structure plays an important role in spreading dynamics for unweighted networks. Yet its influence on weighted networks is not clear, in particular when weight is strongly correlated with the degrees of the nodes as we empirically observed in Twitter. Here we use the self-consistent probability method and revised nonperturbative heterogenous mean-field theory method to investigate this influence on both susceptible-infective-recovered (SIR) and susceptible-infective-susceptible (SIS) spreading dynamics...
October 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347337/controlling-percolation-with-limited-resources
#20
Malte Schröder, Nuno A M Araújo, Didier Sornette, Jan Nagler
Connectivity, or the lack thereof, is crucial for the function of many man-made systems, from financial and economic networks over epidemic spreading in social networks to technical infrastructure. Often, connections are deliberately established or removed to induce, maintain, or destroy global connectivity. Thus, there has been a great interest in understanding how to control percolation, the transition to large-scale connectivity. Previous work, however, studied control strategies assuming unlimited resources...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
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