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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222340/a-comparative-retrospective-exploration-of-the-profiles-of-patients-in-south-africa-diagnosed-with-epileptic-and-psychogenic-non-epileptic-seizures
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David G Anderson, Maria Damianova, Skye Hanekom, Marilyn Lucas
Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) have a high prevalence globally but the accurate diagnosis of this condition still remains a challenge. This is particularly the case in countries where there is scarce expertise and insufficient affordable medical facilities to which patients have access. The rate of PNES diagnosis in epilepsy units is typically within the range of 20 to 30%. In the context of developing countries, this rate tends to be higher and increases demand on the existing scarce health care capacities...
February 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219412/moving-from-control-to-elimination-of-schistosomiasis-in-sub-saharan-africa-time-to-change-and-adapt-strategies
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Louis-Albert Tchuem Tchuenté, David Rollinson, J Russell Stothard, David Molyneux
Schistosomiasis is a water borne parasitic disease of global importance and with ongoing control the disease endemic landscape is changing. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, the landscape is becoming ever more heterogeneous as there are several species of Schistosoma that respond in different ways to ongoing preventive chemotherapy and the inter-sectoral interventions currently applied. The major focus of preventive chemotherapy is delivery of praziquantel by mass drug administration to those shown to be, or presumed to be, at-risk of infection and disease...
February 20, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216377/neighborhood-walkability-and-hospital-treatment-costs-a-first-assessment
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Yan Yu, Rachel Davey, Tom Cochrane, Vincent Learnihan, Ivan C Hanigan, Nasser Bagheri
Health system expenditure is a global concern, with hospital cost a major component. Built environment has been found to affect physical activity and health outcomes. The purpose of the study was a first assessment of the relationship between neighborhood walkability and hospital treatment costs. For 88 neighborhoods in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 2011-2013, a total of 30,690 hospital admissions for the treatment of four diagnostic groups (cancers, endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases, circulatory diseases and respiratory diseases) were extracted from the ACT admitted patient care database and analyzed in relation to the Walk Score® index as a measure of walkability...
February 16, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215126/new-sepsis-definition-changes-incidence-of-sepsis-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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James N Fullerton, Kelly Thompson, Amith Shetty, Jonathan R Iredell, Harvey Lander, John A Myburgh, Simon Finfer
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the impact of adopting the proposed new diagnostic criteria for sepsis, based on Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) criteria, on the diagnosis and apparent mortality of sepsis in Australian and New Zealand intensive care units. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: A two-stage, post hoc analysis of prospectively collected ICU research data from 3780 adult patients in 77 Australian and New Zealand ICUs on 7 study days, between 2009 and 2014...
March 2017: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205574/neuropathic-pain
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REVIEW
Luana Colloca, Taylor Ludman, Didier Bouhassira, Ralf Baron, Anthony H Dickenson, David Yarnitsky, Roy Freeman, Andrea Truini, Nadine Attal, Nanna B Finnerup, Christopher Eccleston, Eija Kalso, David L Bennett, Robert H Dworkin, Srinivasa N Raja
Neuropathic pain is caused by a lesion or disease of the somatosensory system, including peripheral fibres (Aβ, Aδ and C fibres) and central neurons, and affects 7-10% of the general population. Multiple causes of neuropathic pain have been described and its incidence is likely to increase owing to the ageing global population, increased incidence of diabetes mellitus and improved survival from cancer after chemotherapy. Indeed, imbalances between excitatory and inhibitory somatosensory signalling, alterations in ion channels and variability in the way that pain messages are modulated in the central nervous system all have been implicated in neuropathic pain...
February 16, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202089/suicidal-ideation-and-behaviour-among-community-and-health-care-seeking-populations-in-five-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-cross-sectional-study
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M Jordans, S Rathod, A Fekadu, G Medhin, F Kigozi, B Kohrt, N Luitel, I Petersen, R Shidhaye, J Ssebunnya, V Patel, C Lund
: Aims Suicidal behaviour is an under-reported and hidden cause of death in most low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) due to lack of national systematic reporting for cause-specific mortality, high levels of stigma and religious or cultural sanctions. The lack of information on non-fatal suicidal behaviour (ideation, plans and attempts) in LMIC is a major barrier to design and implementation of prevention strategies. This study aims to determine the prevalence of non-fatal suicidal behaviour within community- and health facility-based populations in LMIC...
February 16, 2017: Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194684/diagnostic-and-prognostic-utility-of-non-invasive-multimodal-imaging-in-chronic-wound-monitoring-a-systematic-review
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Rashmi Mukherjee, Suman Tewary, Aurobinda Routray
Monitoring chronic wound [CW] healing is a challenging issue for clinicians across the world. Moreover, the health and cost burden of CW are escalating at a disturbing rate due to a global rise in population of elderly and diabetic cases. The conventional approach includes visual contour, sketches, or more rarely tracings. However, such conventional techniques bring forth infection, pain, allergies. Furthermore, these methods are subjective as well as time-consuming. As such, nowadays, non-touching and non-invasive CW monitoring system based on imaging techniques are gaining importance...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193742/delays-and-pathways-to-final-tuberculosis-diagnosis-in-patients-from-a-referral-hospital-in-urban-china
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Leonardo Martinez, Lin Xu, Cheng Chen, Juliet N Sekandi, Yongzhong Zhu, Changsheng Zhang, Christopher C Whalen, Limei Zhu
China is among the countries with the largest epidemic of drug susceptible and resistant tuberculosis globally. We investigated the locations tuberculosis patients visited before being diagnosed, total diagnostic delay, and risk factors associated with total delay from a large tuberculosis referral hospital in Nanjing, China. We conducted a retrospective cohort study among tuberculosis patients who initiated anti-tuberculosis treatment within 3 months prior to the study date. Patient information regarding time and locations visited while seeking care for tuberculosis-related symptoms was collected through face-to-face interviews...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193462/both-canonical-and-noncanonical-wnt-signalling-may-be-required-for-detoxification-following-etp-class-mycotoxin-exposure
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Jinbi Zhang, Zengxiang Pan, Allan Sheppard
Fungal infections (mycotoxicoses) are a growing global threat for both health and food production, and the available tools for effective detection, monitoring and treatment remain limited. Mycotoxins of the so-called ETP class can cause disease in humans (notably immunocompromised clinical patients) and otherwise healthy ruminant production animals. Understanding the molecular responses caused by ETP toxicity responses will inform diagnostics and guide possible interventions. Here we provide empirical evidence that exposure of hepatic cells to the ETP mycotoxin Sporidesmin A may trigger both canonical and noncanonical Wnt signalling, mediated through miRNA regulation, and regulate the particular expression of CYP2C family members...
February 10, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192774/irritability-in-child-and-adolescent-psychopathology-an-integrative-review-for-icd-11
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REVIEW
Spencer C Evans, Jeffrey D Burke, Michael C Roberts, Paula J Fite, John E Lochman, Francisco R de la Peña, Geoffrey M Reed
In preparation for the World Health Organization's development of the Eleventh Revision of the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11) chapter on Mental and Behavioral Disorders, this article reviews the literature pertaining to severe irritability in child and adolescent psychopathology. First, research on severe mood dysregulation suggests that youth with irritability and temper outbursts, among other features of hyperactivity and arousal, demonstrate cross-sectional correlates and developmental outcomes that distinguish them from youth with bipolar disorder...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185618/tuberculosis-a-world-health-organization-perspective
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Giovanni Sotgiu, Giorgia Sulis, Alberto Matteelli
Tuberculosis (TB) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) has implemented and scaled-up three important global public health strategies (i.e., DOTS, Stop TB, and End TB) to improve the international scenario. Their epidemiological impact was relevant, as they decreased the number of potential new cases of disease and death. However, the emergence and spread of TB/HIV coinfection and multidrug-resistant TB have hindered the progress towards the elimination of TB by 2050...
January 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182155/clinical-audit-of-copd-in-outpatient-respiratory-clinics-in-spain-the-epoconsul-study
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Myriam Calle Rubio, Bernardino Alcázar Navarrete, Joan B Soriano, Juan J Soler-Cataluña, José Miguel Rodríguez González-Moro, Manuel E Fuentes Ferrer, José Luis López-Campos
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) outpatients account for a large burden of usual care by respirologists. EPOCONSUL is the first national clinical audit conducted in Spain on the medical care for COPD patients delivered in outpatient respiratory clinics. We aimed to evaluate the clinical interventions and the degree of adherence to recommendations in outpatients of current COPD clinical practice guidelines. METHODOLOGY: This is an observational study with prospective recruitment (May 2014-May 2015) of patients with a COPD diagnosis as seen in outpatient respiratory clinics...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177961/new-concepts-in-understanding-latent-tuberculosis
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Claire E Dodd, Larry S Schlesinger
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb), the etiologic agent of tuberculosis, is a prominent global health threat because of the enormous reservoir of subclinical latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). Current diagnostic approaches are limited in their ability to predict reactivation risk and LTBI is recalcitrant to antibiotic treatment. The present review summarizes recent advances in our ability to detect, treat and model LTBI as well as our understanding of bacterial physiology during latency...
February 7, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176656/outlook-on-epigenetic-therapeutic-approaches-for-treatment-of-gastric-cancer
#14
Petra Hudler
The incidence of gastric cancer has been declining globally in the last decades. Despite the improvements in the diagnostic procedures, most cases are still detected at advanced stages due to lack of specific symptoms associated with early phases of tumour development. Consequently, gastric cancer poses a major health burden worldwide due to high mortality rates. Continuing advances in high-throughput technologies are revealing an intricate network of genetic and epigenetic changes associated with carcinogenesis...
February 3, 2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167256/turning-the-tide-against-tuberculosis
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Nesri Padayatchi, Naressa Naidu, Gerald Friedland, Kasavan Naidoo, Francesca Conradie, Kogieleum Naidoo, Max Roe O'Donnell
Despite affecting men, women, and children for millennia, tuberculosis (TB) is the most neglected disease. In contrast, the global response to HIV has reached a defining moment. By uniting efforts, promptly integrating major scientific findings for both treatment and prevention, and scaling up services, the once inconceivable end to the HIV epidemic may no longer be an illusion. "The world has made defeating AIDS a top priority. This is a blessing. But TB remains ignored" - Nelson Mandela. While there is no doubt that revolutionary diagnostics and new and repurposed drugs have provided some hope in the fight against TB, it is evident that scientific advances on their own are inadequate to achieve the World Health Organization's ambitious goal to end TB by 2035...
February 4, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164628/evaluation-of-truncated-hcv-ns3-protein-for-potential-applications-in-immunization-and-diagnosis
#16
Foozieh Javadi, Pooneh Rahimi, Mohammad Hossien Modarressi, Azam Bolhassani, Mehdi Shafiee Ardestani, Seyed Mehdi Sadat, Mohammad Reza Aghasadeghi
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus infection is one of global health concern. No vaccine is available so far and nonstructural protein 3 (NS3) is one of the main target antigens for developing studies on therapeutic vaccine and diagnostic application. In the current study, we expressed a truncated recombinant HCV-NS3 protein under native condition and evaluated its potential applications in immunization and diagnosis. METHODS: The recombinant pET-NS3 containing a truncated form of HCV NS3 region was constructed, confirmed by sequencing reactions, and expressed into E...
July 1, 2016: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155817/impact-of-the-genexpert-mtb-rif-technology-on-tuberculosis-control
#17
Wendy Susan Stevens, Lesley Scott, Lara Noble, Natasha Gous, Keertan Dheda
Molecular technology revolutionized the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) with a paradigm shift to faster, more sensitive, clinically relevant patient care. The most recent molecular leader is the GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay (Xpert) (Cepheid, Sunnyvale, CA), which was endorsed by the World Health Organization with unprecedented speed in December 2010 as the initial diagnostic for detection of HIV-associated TB and for where high rates of drug resistance are suspected. South Africa elected to take an aggressive smear replacement approach to facilitate earlier diagnosis and treatment through the decision to implement the Xpert assay nationally in March 2011, against the backdrop of approximately 6...
January 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152997/factor-structure-and-psychometric-evaluation-of-the-connor-davidson-resilience-scale-in-a-new-employee-population-of-china
#18
Lei Wu, Yan Tan, Yan Liu
BACKGROUND: In order to find a suitable instrument to evaluate psychological resilience in Chinese new employee population, we intended to propose a possible factorial structure of Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC). Furthermore, we administered to explore its reliability and validity in the present population. METHODS: Participants were derived from the male new employees who had started working in the last 2-3 months from 12 machinery factories across 8 different provinces of China...
February 2, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146557/costs-of-transmission-assessment-surveys-to-provide-evidence-for-the-elimination-of-lymphatic-filariasis
#19
Molly A Brady, Rachel Stelmach, Margaret Davide-Smith, Jim Johnson, Bolivar Pou, Joseph Koroma, Kingsley Frimpong, Angela Weaver
BACKGROUND: To reach the global goal of elimination of lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem by 2020, national programs will have to implement a series of transmission assessment surveys (TAS) to determine prevalence of the disease by evaluation unit. It is expected that 4,671 surveys will be required by 2020. Planning in advance for the costs associated with these surveys is essential to ensure that the required resources are available for this essential program activity. METHODOLOGY AND FINDINGS: Retrospective cost data was collected from reports from 13 countries which implemented a total of 105 TAS surveys following a standardized World Health Organization (WHO) protocol between 2012 and 2014...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134750/exploring-the-case-for-a-global-alliance-for-medical-diagnostics-initiative
#20
REVIEW
Melissa L Mugambi, Kara M Palamountain, Jim Gallarda, Paul K Drain
In recent years, the private and public sectors have increased investments in medical diagnostics for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Despite these investments, numerous barriers prevent the adoption of existing diagnostics and discourage the development and introduction of new diagnostics in LMICs. In the late 1990s, the global vaccine community had similar challenges, as vaccine coverage rates stagnated and the introduction of new vaccines was viewed as a distraction to delivering existing vaccines...
January 26, 2017: Diagnostics
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