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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239348/genetic-determinants-of-parkinson-s-disease-can-they-help-to-stratify-the-patients-based-on-the-underlying-molecular-defect
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Sara Redenšek, Maja Trošt, Vita Dolžan
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a sporadic progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder with a relatively strong genetic background. We have reviewed the current literature about the genetic factors that could be indicative of pathophysiological pathways of PD and their applications in everyday clinical practice. Information on novel risk genes is coming from several genome-wide association studies (GWASs) and their meta-analyses. GWASs that have been performed so far enabled the identification of 24 loci as PD risk factors...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238355/prevalence-contexts-and-correlates-of-child-sexual-abuse-in-cyprus
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Eleni Karayianni, Kostas A Fanti, Irene-Anna Diakidoy, Maria-Zoe Hadjicharalambous, Evita Katsimicha
It is well documented that child sexual abuse (CSA) may be one of the major public health problems in the world, especially due to the co-occurrence with other types of abuse and negative developmental outcomes. The aim of the current study was the comprehensive examination of CSA with respect to its prevalence, its contexts of occurrence and its correlates. The sample included 1852 adolescents and young adults (15-25 years old; 441 males), recruited through schools, universities and other youth organizations across Cyprus...
February 18, 2017: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237838/gene-therapeutic-reversal-of-peripheral-olfactory-impairment-in-bardet-biedl-syndrome
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Corey L Williams, Cedric R Uytingco, Warren W Green, Jeremy C McIntyre, Kirill Ukhanov, Arthur D Zimmerman, Dana T Shively, Lian Zhang, Darryl Y Nishimura, Val C Sheffield, Jeffrey R Martens
Olfactory dysfunction is a pervasive but underappreciated health concern that affects personal safety and quality of life. Patients with olfactory dysfunctions have limited therapeutic options, particularly those involving congenital diseases. Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is one such disorder, where olfactory loss and other symptoms manifest from defective cilium morphology and/or function in various cell types/tissues. Olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) of BBS mutant mice lack the capacity to build/maintain cilia, rendering the cells incapable of odor detection...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141609/identification-and-management-of-human-trafficking-victims-in-the-emergency-department
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Lisa M Hachey, Julia C Phillippi
Health care practitioners serve an important role in identification and assistance of human trafficking victims. Advanced practice registered nurses, including certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse practitioners, are in a unique position to interact with persons trafficked and seen in the clinical setting, yet they require knowledge to identify the signs of human trafficking. Lack of training and education has been identified as a barrier for health care professionals to recognize human trafficking victims and implement needed health care services (; )...
January 2017: Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107158/human-trafficking-in-areas-of-conflict-health-care-professionals-duty-to-act
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Christina Bloem, Rikki E Morris, Makini Chisolm-Straker
Given the significant global burden of human trafficking, the ability of clinicians to identify and provide treatment for trafficked persons is critical. Particularly in conflict settings, health care facilities often serve as the first and sometimes only point of contact for trafficked persons. As such, medical practitioners have a unique opportunity and an ethical imperative to intervene, even in nonclinical roles. With proper training, medical practitioners can assist trafficked persons by documenting human trafficking cases, thereby placing pressure on key stakeholders to enforce legal protections, and by providing adequate services to those trafficked...
January 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107156/mandatory-reporting-of-human-trafficking-potential-benefits-and-risks-of-harm
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Abigail English
Human trafficking, including both sex and labor trafficking, has profound consequences for the safety, health, and well-being of victims and survivors. Efforts to address human trafficking through prevention, protection, and prosecution are growing but remain insufficient. Mandatory reporting has the potential to bring victims and survivors to the attention of social service and law enforcement agencies but may discourage trafficked persons from seeking help, thereby limiting the ability of health care professionals to establish trust and provide needed care...
January 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027812/new-psychoactive-substances-nps-on-cryptomarket-fora-an-exploratory-study-of-characteristics-of-forum-activity-between-nps-buyers-and-vendors
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Marie Claire Van Hout, Evelyn Hearne
BACKGROUND: The continual diversification of new psychoactive substances (NPS) circumventing legislation creates a public health and law enforcement challenge, and one particularly challenged by availability on Hidden Web cryptomarkets. METHODS: This is the first study of its kind which aimed to explore and characterise cryptomarket forum members' views and perspectives on NPS vendors and products within the context of Hidden Web community dynamics. An internal site search was conducted on two cryptomarkets popular with NPS vendors and hosting fora; Alphabay and Valhalla, using the search terms of 40 popular NPS in the seven categories of stimulant/cathinone; GABA activating; hallucinogen, dissociative, cannabinoid, opioid and other/unspecified/uncategorised NPS...
December 24, 2016: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992583/labour-trafficking-among-men-and-boys-in-the-greater-mekong-subregion-exploitation-violence-occupational-health-risks-and-injuries
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Nicola S Pocock, Ligia Kiss, Sian Oram, Cathy Zimmerman
BACKGROUND: Men comprise nearly two-thirds of trafficked and forced labourers in common low-skilled labour sectors including fishing, agriculture and factory work. Yet, most evidence on human trafficking has focused on women and girls trafficked for sex work, with scant research on trafficked men and boys. METHODS: We analyse survey data from the largest systematic consecutive sample of trafficked people collected to date to describe the prevalence of violence, occupational health risks and injuries and associated factors...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916280/novel-targeted-therapies-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Mehmet Coskun, Severine Vermeire, Ole Haagen Nielsen
Our growing understanding of the immunopathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has opened new avenues for developing targeted therapies. These advances in treatment options targeting different mechanisms of action offer new hope for personalized management. In this review we highlight emerging novel and easily administered therapeutics that may be viable candidates for the management of IBD, such as antibodies against interleukin 6 (IL-6) and IL-12/23, small molecules including Janus kinase inhibitors, antisense oligonucleotide against SMAD7 mRNA, and inhibitors of leukocyte trafficking to intestinal sites of inflammation (e...
February 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824335/oxidative-insult-can-induce-malaria-protective-trait-of-sickle-and-fetal-erythrocytes
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Marek Cyrklaff, Sirikamol Srismith, Britta Nyboer, Kvetoslava Burda, Angelika Hoffmann, Felix Lasitschka, Sophie Adjalley, Cyrille Bisseye, Jacques Simpore, Ann-Kristin Mueller, Cecilia P Sanchez, Friedrich Frischknecht, Michael Lanzer
Plasmodium falciparum infections can cause severe malaria, but not every infected person develops life-threatening complications. In particular, carriers of the structural haemoglobinopathies S and C and infants are protected from severe disease. Protection is associated with impaired parasite-induced host actin reorganization, required for vesicular trafficking of parasite-encoded adhesins, and reduced cytoadherence of parasitized erythrocytes in the microvasculature. Here we show that aberrant host actin remodelling and the ensuing reduced cytoadherence result from a redox imbalance inherent to haemoglobinopathic and fetal erythrocytes...
November 8, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781009/human-trafficking-identification-and-service-provision-in-the-medical-and-social-service-sectors
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Corinne Schwarz, Erik Unruh, Katie Cronin, Sarah Evans-Simpson, Hannah Britton, Megha Ramaswamy
The medical sector presents a unique opportunity for identification and service to victims of human trafficking. In this article, we describe local and site-specific efforts to develop an intervention tool to be used in an urban hospital's emergency department in the midwestern United States. In the development of our tool, we focused on both identification and intervention to assist trafficked persons, through a largely collaborative process in which we engaged local stakeholders for developing site-specific points of intervention...
June 2016: Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720629/-living-kidney-donation
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M-O Timsit, F Kleinclauss, M F Mamzer Bruneel, R Thuret
OBJECTIVES: To review ethical, legal and technical aspects of living kidney donor surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An exhaustive systematic review of the scientific literature was performed in the Medline database (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) and Embase (http://www.embase.com) using different associations of the following keywords: Donor nephrectomy; Kidney paired donation; Kidney transplantation; Laparoscopic nephrectomy; Living donor; Organs trafficking; Robotic assisted nephrectomy; Vaginal extraction...
November 2016: Progrès en Urologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27692897/optogenetic-immunomodulation-shedding-light-on-antitumor-immunity
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Peng Tan, Lian He, Gang Han, Yubin Zhou
Microbial opsin-based optogenetic tools have been transformative for neuroscience. To extend optogenetic approaches to the immune system to remotely control immune responses with superior spatiotemporal precision, pioneering tools have recently been crafted to modulate lymphocyte trafficking, inflammasome activation, dendritic cell (DC) maturation, and antitumor immunity through the photoactivation of engineered chemokine receptors and calcium release-activated calcium channels. We highlight herein some conceptual design strategies for installing light sensitivities into the immune signaling network and, in parallel, we propose potential solutions for in vivo optogenetic applications in living organisms with near-infrared light-responsive upconversion nanomaterials...
March 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27686675/progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy-in-hiv-uninfected-individuals
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Deanna Saylor, Arun Venkatesan
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS) caused by the human neurotropic polyomavirus JC (JCV). The disease occurs virtually exclusively in immunocompromised individuals, and, prior to the introduction of antiretroviral therapy, was seen most commonly in the setting of HIV/AIDS. More recently, however, the incidence of PML in HIV-uninfected persons has increased with broader use of immunosuppressive and immunomodulatory medications utilized in a variety of systemic and neurologic autoimmune disorders...
November 2016: Current Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555599/tackling-trafficking-by-targeting-sex-buyers-can-it-work
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Johanna Niemi, Jussi Aaltonen
The European legal instruments on human trafficking encourage states to tackle the demand for services of trafficked persons, for example, by making the use of services of a trafficked person a criminal offense. In Finland, buying sex from a trafficked person is a criminal offense. This article reports the results of an evaluation of the Finnish law and shows that the implementation has been inefficient. The authors argue that with an amendment of the law, the implementation could be improved but a truly efficient policy would require a total ban of sex purchase along the lines of the Swedish model...
August 23, 2016: Violence Against Women
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27548692/emerging-therapies-for-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
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Reena Khanna, Brian G Feagan
BACKGROUND: The past decade has seen important advances in the management of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), consisting of Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis. The development of TNF antagonists, the recognition of interrupting lymphocyte trafficking as an effective treatment strategy, confirmation of the value of combination therapy, and the need, particularly in CD, for the treatment of high-risk patients early in the disease course are all fundamental concepts upon which the next generation of IBD treatment algorithms will be built...
2016: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27537695/human-trafficking-the-role-of-medicine-in-interrupting-the-cycle-of-abuse-and-violence
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Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos
Human trafficking, a form of modern slavery, is an egregious violation of human rights with profound personal and public health implications. It includes forced labor and sexual exploitation of both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens and has been reported in all 50 states. Victims of human trafficking are currently among the most abused and disenfranchised persons in society, and they face a wide range of negative health outcomes resulting from their subjugation and exploitation. Medicine has an important role to play in mitigating the devastating effects of human trafficking on individuals and society...
October 18, 2016: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27500254/the-hague-recommendations-improving-nonlegislative-responses-to-trafficking-in-human-beings-for-the-purpose-of-organ-removal
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Frederike Ambagtsheer, Willem Weimar
Over the years, the trade in human organs has become an object of international concern. Since the 1980s, antiorgan trade initiatives have mainly involved the strengthening of legislative responses. Little attention however is given to nonlegislative responses by law enforcement authorities. The HOTT project is a European Union-funded research project titled "trafficking in human beings for the purpose of organ removal." Its objectives are to increase knowledge, raise awareness, and improve the nonlegislative response to the crime...
February 2016: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27500250/stimulating-and-enhancing-partnerships-between-transplant-professionals-and-law-enforcement-recommendations
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Alexander Morgan Capron, Elmi Muller, Gilad Erlich, Manoj John, Ric Esther Bienstock, Mark McCarren, Robin Palmer, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Dina Siegel, Jordan Yankov
To help combat trafficking in human beings for organ removal (THBOR), transplant professionals need to do more than carry out careful, multidisciplinary screening of potential living donors; they also need to communicate and collaborate with law enforcement professionals. This will involve transplant professionals educating investigators and prosecutors about transplant practices and in turn learning about THBOR and how it is prosecuted. Cases of illegal organ transplantation need to be detected at different levels...
February 2016: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27500249/indicators-to-identify-trafficking-in-human-beings-for-the-purpose-of-organ-removal
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Jessica de Jong, Frederike Ambagtsheer
This article presents indicators to support transplant professionals, judicial and law enforcement authorities and victim support workers with the identification of trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal. It outlines the legal and illegal service providers that facilitate trafficking in human beings for the purpose of organ removal and guides the reader through the following criminal process: recruitment, transport, entrance, documents, housing, transplant, aftercare, and finance. Identification of illegal transplant activities by transplant professionals can support police and judiciary with the investigation, disruption, and prosecuting of trafficking networks...
February 2016: Transplantation Direct
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