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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102802/norovirus-gii-17-natural-infections-in-rhesus-monkeys-china
#1
Zhanlong He, Bo Liu, Yufen Tao, Chao Li, Ming Xia, Weiming Zhong, Xi Jiang, Hongqi Liu, Ming Tan
Noroviruses are a leading viral cause of acute gastroenteritis among humans. During the 2014-15 epidemic season, norovirus GII.17 was detected in rhesus monkeys in China. Genetic, structural, and challenge studies revealed virus mutations and verified the infections. Thus, cross-species transmission may occur, and monkeys may be a virus reservoir.
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102610/outcomes-of-hiv-positive-patients-lost-to-follow-up-in-african-treatment-programs
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REVIEW
Kathrin Zürcher, Anne Mooser, Nanina Anderegg, Olga Tymejczyk, Margaret J Couvillon, Denis Nash, Matthias Egger
OBJECTIVE: The retention of patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) is key to achieving global targets in response to the HIV epidemic. Loss to follow-up (LTFU) can be substantial, with unknown outcomes for patients lost to ART programs. We examined changes in outcomes of patients LTFU over calendar time, assessed associations with other studies and program characteristics, and investigated the relative success of different tracing methods. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and logistic random-effects meta-regression analysis of studies that traced adults or children who started ART and were LTFU in sub-Saharan African treatment programs...
January 19, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102191/a-broadly-protective-therapeutic-antibody-against-influenza-b-virus-with-two-mechanisms-of-action
#3
Ning Chai, Lee R Swem, Summer Park, Gerald Nakamura, Nancy Chiang, Alberto Estevez, Rina Fong, Lynn Kamen, Elviza Kho, Mike Reichelt, Zhonghua Lin, Henry Chiu, Elizabeth Skippington, Zora Modrusan, Jeremy Stinson, Min Xu, Patrick Lupardus, Claudio Ciferri, Man-Wah Tan
Influenza B virus (IBV) causes annual influenza epidemics around the world. Here we use an in vivo plasmablast enrichment technique to isolate a human monoclonal antibody, 46B8 that neutralizes all IBVs tested in vitro and protects mice against lethal challenge of all IBVs tested when administered 72 h post infection. 46B8 demonstrates a superior therapeutic benefit over Tamiflu and has an additive antiviral effect in combination with Tamiflu. 46B8 binds to a conserved epitope in the vestigial esterase domain of hemagglutinin (HA) and blocks HA-mediated membrane fusion...
January 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102112/dutiful-daughters-hiv-aids-moral-pragmatics-female-citizenship-and-structural-violence-among-devadasis-in-northern-karnataka-india
#4
Shamshad Khan, Robert Lorway, Claudyne Chevrier, Sumit Dutta, Satyanarayana Ramanaik, Anu Roy, Parinita Bhattacharjee, Sharmistha Mishra, Stephen Moses, James Blanchard, Marissa Becker
Decades of research have documented how sex workers worldwide, particularly female sex workers (FSWs), shoulder a disproportionate burden of the HIV epidemic. In India, although a substantial progress has been made in controlling the epidemic, its prevalence among FSWs and the Devadasis (also called traditional sex workers) in northern Karnataka is still significantly high. On the other hand, much of the HIV prevention research has focused on their mapping and size estimation, typologies, bio-behavioural surveillance, condom use and other prevention technologies...
January 19, 2017: Global Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101813/a-multi-us-city-assessment-of-awareness-and-uptake-of-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-prep-for-hiv-prevention-among-black-men-and-transgender-women-who-have-sex-with-men
#5
Lisa A Eaton, Derrick D Matthews, Daniel D Driffin, Leigh Bukowski, Patrick A Wilson, Ron D Stall
The HIV epidemic among Black men and transgender women who have sex with men (BMTW) demands an urgent public health response. HIV point prevalence among this population ranges from 25 to 43%-a rate far exceeding any other group. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention is a very promising prevention tool; however, its full potential to slow the epidemic has yet to be realized. For the current study, random time-location sampling at Black Gay Pride Events was used to collect data from N = 1274 BMTW, from five US cities, reporting HIV-negative/unknown status...
January 18, 2017: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101792/medical-management-of-diabesity-do-we-have-realistic-targets
#6
REVIEW
Joseph M Pappachan, Ananth K Viswanath
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The global prevalence of "diabesity"-diabetes related to obesity-is increasing steadily over the past few decades because of the obesity epidemic. Although bariatric surgery is an effective treatment option for patients with diabesity, its limited availability, invasiveness, relatively high costs and the potential for surgical and postsurgical complications restrict its widespread use. Therefore, medical management is the only option for a majority of patients with diabesity...
January 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100621/recombinant-adenoviruses-displaying-matrix-2-ectodomain-epitopes-m2e-on-their-fiber-proteins-as-universal-influenza-vaccines
#7
Xinying Tang, Yong Yang, Xiaoli Xia, Chao Zhang, Xi Yang, Yufeng Song, Xinyi Dai, Min Wang, Dongming Zhou
: Influenza is a zoonotic disease that poses severe threats to public health and the global economy. Re-emerging influenza pandemics highlight the demand for universal influenza vaccines. We developed a novel virus platform, AdC68-F3M2e, by introducing three conserved M2e epitopes into the HI loop of the chimpanzee adenovirus (AdV) fiber protein. The M2e epitopes were expressed sufficiently on the AdV virion surface without affecting fiber trimerization. Additionally, one recombinant adenovirus, AdC68-F3M2e(H1-H5-H7), induced robust M2e-specific antibody responses in BALB/c mice after two sequential vaccinations and conferred efficient protection against homologous and heterologous IV challenges...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100384/-seasonality-of-clustering-of-fever-and-diarrhea-in-beijing-2009-2015
#8
X T Li, Y W Chen, Z Y He, S Li, Z Y Gao, X He, Q Y Wang
Objective: To understand the seasonal distribution of the clustering of fever and diarrhea. Methods: Concentration degree and circular distribution methods were used to analyze the seasonal distribution of the clustering of fever and diarrhea in Beijing from 2009 to 2015. The information were collected from the Infectious Disease Surveillance Information System of Beijing. Results: The M values of the clustering of fever and diarrhea were 0.57 and 0.47. Circular distribution results showed that the clustering of fever and diarrhea angle dispersion index R values were 0...
January 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100186/influenza-epidemic-surveillance-and-prediction-based-on-electronic-health-record-data-from-an-out-of-hours-general-practitioner-cooperative-model-development-and-validation-on-2003-2015-data
#9
Barbara Michiels, Van Kinh Nguyen, Samuel Coenen, Philippe Ryckebosch, Nathalie Bossuyt, Niel Hens
BACKGROUND: Annual influenza epidemics significantly burden health care. Anticipating them allows for timely preparation. The Scientific Institute of Public Health in Belgium (WIV-ISP) monitors the incidence of influenza and influenza-like illnesses (ILIs) and reports on a weekly basis. General practitioners working in out-of-hour cooperatives (OOH GPCs) register diagnoses of ILIs in an instantly accessible electronic health record (EHR) system. This article has two objectives: to explore the possibility of modelling seasonal influenza epidemics using EHR ILI data from the OOH GPC Deurne-Borgerhout, Belgium, and to attempt to develop a model accurately predicting new epidemics to complement the national influenza surveillance by WIV-ISP...
January 18, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099825/transmission-of-extensively-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-south-africa
#10
N Sarita Shah, Sara C Auld, James C M Brust, Barun Mathema, Nazir Ismail, Pravi Moodley, Koleka Mlisana, Salim Allana, Angela Campbell, Thuli Mthiyane, Natashia Morris, Primrose Mpangase, Hermina van der Meulen, Shaheed V Omar, Tyler S Brown, Apurva Narechania, Elena Shaskina, Thandi Kapwata, Barry Kreiswirth, Neel R Gandhi
Background Drug-resistant tuberculosis threatens recent gains in the treatment of tuberculosis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection worldwide. A widespread epidemic of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis is occurring in South Africa, where cases have increased substantially since 2002. The factors driving this rapid increase have not been fully elucidated, but such knowledge is needed to guide public health interventions. Methods We conducted a prospective study involving 404 participants in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, with a diagnosis of XDR tuberculosis between 2011 and 2014...
19, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099791/mitigating-the-prescription-drug-abuse-epidemic
#11
Mike Midgley
Focused attention on the prescription drug abuse epidemic needs to include evidence-based training for clinicians who manage patients with pain to facilitate accurate screening with consideration of comorbid conditions, diagnosis, selection of the appropriate treatment regimen, and focused monitoring of adherence to the established course of therapy. DEA licensure requirements need to be amended to mandate targeted training focused on pain medication upon initial application and renewal of license. A nationwide mandated real-time dispenser database that requires verification every time a clinician prescribes opioids and other key controlled substances should be a top priority...
January 2017: Journal of Healthcare Risk Management: the Journal of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099611/norwegian-scabies-rare-case-of-atypical-manifestation
#12
Karina Corrêa Ebrahim, Júlia Barazetti Alves, Lísias de Araújo Tomé, Carlos Floriano de Moraes, Arianne Ditzel Gaspar, Karin Fernanda Franck, Mohamad Ali Hussein, Lucas Raiser da Cruz, Leonardo Duque Ebrahim, Luis Felipe de Oliveira Sidney
Human scabies affects all social classes and different races around the world. It is highly contagious, but the exact figures on its prevalence are unknown. A 19-year-old male patient was admitted to the emergency room reporting fever (38°C) and multiple lesions throughout the body, except face, soles, and palms. Lesions were non-pruritic, which hampered the initial diagnostic suspicion. Skin biopsy was performed, and the final diagnosis was crusted scabies (Norwegian). It was concluded that human scabies is a significant epidemic disease, due to its different clinical manifestations, and because it is extremely contagious...
November 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099593/angiosarcoma-in-hiv-negative-patients-is-not-associated-with-hhv-8
#13
João Avancini, José Antonio Sanches, Andre Pires Zanata Cherubim, Renato Pazzini, Cristina Mendes de Oliveira, Laura Masami Sumita, Neusa Yuriko Sakai Valente, Claudio Sergio Pannuti, Cyro Festa
BACKGROUND: Angiosarcoma is an aggressive, malignant neoplasm of vascular or lymphatic origin. Herpes virus 8 (HHV-8) is a member of the herpes family with a tropism for endothelial cells and it has been proven to induce vascular neoplasms, such as Kaposi's sarcoma. The role of HHV-8 in the pathogenesis of angiosarcoma has not been well defined. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between the presence of HHV-8 and angiosarcoma. METHODS: In this study, the team investigated the relationship between the presence of HHV-8, as determined by polymerase chain reaction, and angiosarcoma, using samples from patients with epidemic Kaposi's sarcoma as controls...
November 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099479/social-contact-structures-and-time-use-patterns-in-the-manicaland-province-of-zimbabwe
#14
Alessia Melegaro, Emanuele Del Fava, Piero Poletti, Stefano Merler, Constance Nyamukapa, John Williams, Simon Gregson, Piero Manfredi
BACKGROUND: Patterns of person-to-person contacts relevant for infectious diseases transmission are still poorly quantified in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where socio-demographic structures and behavioral attitudes are expected to be different from those of more developed countries. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We conducted a diary-based survey on daily contacts and time-use of individuals of different ages in one rural and one peri-urban site of Manicaland, Zimbabwe. A total of 2,490 diaries were collected and used to derive age-structured contact matrices, to analyze time spent by individuals in different settings, and to identify the key determinants of individuals' mixing patterns...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099453/elimination-of-porcine-epidemic-diarrhea-virus-in-an-animal-feed-manufacturing-facility
#15
Anne R Huss, Loni L Schumacher, Roger A Cochrane, Elizabeth Poulsen, Jianfa Bai, Jason C Woodworth, Steve S Dritz, Charles R Stark, Cassandra K Jones
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) was the first virus of wide scale concern to be linked to possible transmission by livestock feed or ingredients. Measures to exclude pathogens, prevent cross-contamination, and actively reduce the pathogenic load of feed and ingredients are being developed. However, research thus far has focused on the role of chemicals or thermal treatment to reduce the RNA in the actual feedstuffs, and has not addressed potential residual contamination within the manufacturing facility that may lead to continuous contamination of finished feeds...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099438/age-related-patterns-of-disease-and-mortality-in-hospitalised-adults-in-malawi
#16
Theresa J Allain, Stephen Aston, Gugulethu Mapurisa, Thokozani N Ganiza, Ndaziona P Banda, Servace Sakala, Andrew Gonani, Robert S Heyderman, Ingrid Peterson
BACKGROUND: The epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low and middle income countries (LMICs) is widely recognised as the next major challenge to global health. However, in many LMICs, infectious diseases are still prevalent resulting in a "double burden" of disease. With increased life expectancy and longevity with HIV, older adults may particularly be at risk of this double burden. Here we describe the relative contributions of infections and NCDs to hospital admissions and mortality, according to age, in Malawi's largest hospital...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099066/new-vaccines-against-epidemic-infectious-diseases
#17
John-Arne Røttingen, Dimitrios Gouglas, Mark Feinberg, Stanley Plotkin, Krishnaswamy V Raghavan, Andrew Witty, Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, Paul Stoffels, Peter Piot
The vaccine-development response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, though a valiant effort, was too little, too late. Three vaccine candidates were tested successfully under challenging conditions. Governments and foundations mobilized funds quickly. Companies and research-and-development..
January 18, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098528/spread-and-evolution-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-a-genotype-on1-coastal-kenya-2010-2015
#18
James R Otieno, Everlyn M Kamau, Charles N Agoti, Clement Lewa, Grieven Otieno, Ann Bett, Mwanajuma Ngama, Patricia A Cane, D James Nokes
In February 2012, the novel respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) group A, genotype ON1, was detected in Kilifi County, coastal Kenya. ON1 is characterized by a 72-nt duplication within the highly variable G gene (encoding the immunogenic attachment surface protein). Cases were diagnosed through surveillance of pneumonia in children at the county hospital. Analysis of epidemiologic, clinical, and sequence data of RSV-A viruses detected over 5 RSV seasons (2010/2011 to 2014/2015) indicated the following: 1) replacement of previously circulating genotype GA2 ON1, 2) an abrupt expansion in the number of ON1 variants detected in the 2014/2015 epidemic, 3) recently accumulation of amino acid substitutions within the ON1 duplicated sequence, and 4) no clear evidence of altered pathogenicity relative to GA2...
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098392/bayesian-nonparametric-clustering-in-phylogenetics-modeling-antigenic-evolution-in-influenza
#19
Gabriela B Cybis, Janet S Sinsheimer, Trevor Bedford, Andrew Rambaut, Philippe Lemey, Marc A Suchard
Influenza is responsible for up to 500,000 deaths every year, and antigenic variability represents much of its epidemiological burden. To visualize antigenic differences across many viral strains, antigenic cartography methods use multidimensional scaling on binding assay data to map influenza antigenicity onto a low-dimensional space. Analysis of such assay data ideally leads to natural clustering of influenza strains of similar antigenicity that correlate with sequence evolution. To understand the dynamics of these antigenic groups, we present a framework that jointly models genetic and antigenic evolution by combining multidimensional scaling of binding assay data, Bayesian phylogenetic machinery and nonparametric clustering methods...
January 18, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097881/evaluation-of-hemoglobin-a1c-measurement-from-filter-paper-using-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-and-immunoturbidimetric-assay
#20
Yonghua Wu, Xu Yang, Haining Wang, Zhenrong Li, Tiancheng Wang
Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) measurement from whole blood (WB) samples is inconvenient for epidemic surveillance and self-monitoring of glycemic level. We evaluated HbA1c measurement from WB blotted on filter paper (FP), which can be easily transported to central laboratories, with high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and immunoturbidimetric assay (ITA). WB was applied to Whatman filter paper. By using HPLC and WB samples as reference methods, these FP samples were evaluated on HPLC and ITA. Inter- and intra-assay variation, WB vs...
January 18, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
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