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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100602/find-tuberculosis-strain-bank-a-resource-for-researchers-and-developers-working-on-tests-to-detect-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-and-related-drug-resistance
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Belay Tessema, Pamela Nabeta, Eloise Valli, Audrey Albertini, Jimena Collantes, Nguyen Huu Lan, Elena Romancenco, Nestani Tukavdze, Claudia M Denkinger, David L Dolinger
BACKGROUND: The spread of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and extensively drug-resistant TB hampers the global efforts in the fight against tuberculosis. To enhance the development and evaluation of diagnostic tests quickly and efficiently, well characterized strains and samples from drug resistant tuberculosis patients are necessary. In this project, FIND has focused on the collection, characterization and storage of such well-characterized reference materials and to make them available to researchers and developers...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100175/do-experiences-with-pregnancy-birth-and-postnatal-care-in-norway-vary-by-the-women-s-geographic-origin-a-comparison-of-cross-sectional-survey-results
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Ingeborg S Sjetne, Hilde H Iversen
BACKGROUND: A national survey was conducted to measure and benchmark women's experiences with pregnancy, birth and postnatal care in Norway. The purpose of this secondary analysis is to explore potential variation in these experiences with regard to the survey respondents' geographic origin. METHODS: Data were collected in a national observational cross-sectional study, by a self-administered questionnaire and from registries. The questionnaire collects patient reported experience measures (PREMS) of mainly nontechnical aspects of the health-care services...
January 18, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098529/multidrug-resistant-candida-haemulonii-and-c-auris-tel-aviv-israel
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Ronen Ben-Ami, Judith Berman, Ana Novikov, Edna Bash, Yael Shachor-Meyouhas, Shiri Zakin, Yasmin Maor, Jalal Tarabia, Vered Schechner, Amos Adler, Talya Finn
Candida auris and C. haemulonii are closely related, multidrug-resistant emerging fungal pathogens that are not readily distinguishable with phenotypic assays. We studied C. auris and C. haemulonii clinical isolates from 2 hospitals in central Israel. C. auris was isolated in 5 patients with nosocomial bloodstream infection, and C. haemulonii was found as a colonizer of leg wounds at a peripheral vascular disease clinic. Liberal use of topical miconazole and close contact among patients were implicated in C...
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098149/characterising-private-and-shared-signatures-of-positive-selection-in-37-asian-populations
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Xuanyao Liu, Dongsheng Lu, Woei-Yuh Saw, Philip J Shaw, Pongsakorn Wangkumhang, Chumpol Ngamphiw, Suthat Fucharoen, Worachart Lert-Itthiporn, Kwanrutai Chin-Inmanu, Tran Nguyen Bich Chau, Katie Anders, Anuradhani Kasturiratne, H Janaka de Silva, Tomohiro Katsuya, Ryosuke Kimura, Toru Nabika, Takayoshi Ohkubo, Yasuharu Tabara, Fumihiko Takeuchi, Ken Yamamoto, Mitsuhiro Yokota, Dolikun Mamatyusupu, Wenjun Yang, Yeun-Jun Chung, Li Jin, Boon-Peng Hoh, Ananda R Wickremasinghe, RickTwee-Hee Ong, Chiea-Chuen Khor, Sarah J Dunstan, Cameron Simmons, Sissades Tongsima, Prapat Suriyaphol, Norihiro Kato, Shuhua Xu, Yik-Ying Teo
The Asian Diversity Project (ADP) assembled 37 cosmopolitan and ethnic minority populations in Asia that have been densely genotyped across over half a million markers to study patterns of genetic diversity and positive natural selection. We performed population structure analyses of the ADP populations and divided these populations into four major groups based on their genographic information. By applying a highly sensitive algorithm haploPS to locate genomic signatures of positive selection, 140 distinct genomic regions exhibiting evidence of positive selection in at least one population were identified...
January 18, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096145/association-of-household-wealth-index-educational-status-and-social-capital-with-hypertension-awareness-treatment-and-control-in-south-asia
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Rajeev Gupta, Manmeet Kaur, Shofiqul Islam, Viswanathan Mohan, Prem Mony, Rajesh Kumar, Vellappillil Raman Kutty, Romaina Iqbal, Omar Rahman, Mohan Deepa, Justy Antony, Krishnapillai Vijaykumar, Khawar Kazmi, Rita Yusuf, Indu Mohan, Raja Babu Panwar, Sumathy Rangarajan, Salim Yusuf
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension control rates are low in South Asia. To determine association of measures of socioeconomic status (wealth, education, and social capital) with hypertension awareness, treatment, and control among urban and rural subjects in these countries we performed the present study. METHODS: We enrolled 33,423 subjects aged 35-70 years (women 56%, rural 53%, low-education status 51%, low household wealth 25%, low-social capital 33%) in 150 communities in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh during 2003-2009...
January 17, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094447/on-the-origins-and-genetic-diversity-of-south-american-chickens-one-step-closer
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A Luzuriaga-Neira, G Villacís-Rivas, F Cueva-Castillo, G Escudero-Sánchez, A Ulloa-Nuñez, M Rubilar-Quezada, R Monteiro, M R Miller, A Beja-Pereira
Local chicken populations are a major source of food in the rural areas of South America. However, very little is known about their genetic composition and diversity. Here, we analyzed five populations from South America to investigate their maternal genetic origin and diversity, hoping to mitigate the lack of information on local chicken populations from this region. We also included three populations of chicken from the Iberian Peninsula and one from Easter Island, which are potential sources of the first chickens introduced in South America...
January 17, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093843/the-discovery-of-the-virulence-gene-toxa-in-the-wheat-and-barley-pathogen-bipolaris-sorokiniana
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Megan C Mcdonald, Dag Ahren, Steven Simpfendorfer, Andrew Milgate, Peter S Solomon
Bipolaris sorokiniana is the causal agent of multiple diseases on wheat and barley and is the primary constraint to cereal production throughout South Asia. Despite its significance, the molecular basis of disease is poorly understood. To address this, the genomes of three Australian isolates of B. sorokiniana were sequenced and screened for known pathogenicity genes. Sequence analysis revealed that the isolate BRIP10943 harboured the ToxA gene which was previously associated with disease in the wheat pathogens Parastagonospora nodorum and Pyrenophora tritici-repentis...
January 17, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092249/-zika-virus-and-their-means-of-delivery-rather-than-aedes
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Luis Del Carpio-Orantes, María María Gonzáles-Clemente
In the present work an exposition of the most frequent vectors of the arboviruses is made highlighting the ones of the genus Aedes, of these in each geographic distribution there are specific subgeneros, in Africa emphasizes A. africanus, A. opok and A. vitatus like those in charge of The propagation of arboviruses. In Asia and Oceania, A. hensilii and A. polynesiensis stand out, and A. albopictus, in addition to A. koreicus and A. japonicus, the latter also responsible for dissemination in North America. It is mentioned in the wave that struck to South America the greater importance of other genera like Culex, emphasizing C...
January 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090407/development-of-15-polymorphic-microsatellite-markers-for-ficus-virens-moraceae
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Rong-Hua Fu, Yun-Xiang Li, Mei Liu, Qiu-Mei Quan
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Ficus virens (Moraceae) is distributed widely in South and Southeast Asia, Melanesia, and northern Australia, and it is also cultivated outside its original northern range limit in southwestern China. Therefore, the species is well suited to explore the mechanism of range limits of Ficus species. However, little is known about its genetic background. METHODS AND RESULTS: Fifteen polymorphic microsatellite markers were developed using the biotin-streptavidin capture method...
January 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088326/acute-kidney-injury-due-to-tropical-infectious-diseases-and-animal-venoms-a-tale-of-2-continents
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Emmanuel A Burdmann, Vivekanand Jha
South and Southeast Asia and Latin American together comprise 46 countries and are home to approximately 40% of the world population. The sociopolitical and economic heterogeneity, tropical climate, and malady transitions characteristic of the region strongly influence disease behavior and health care delivery. Acute kidney injury epidemiology mirrors these inequalities. In addition to hospital-acquired acute kidney injury in tertiary care centers, these countries face a large preventable burden of community-acquired acute kidney injury secondary to tropical infectious diseases or animal venoms, affecting previously healthy young individuals...
January 11, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088202/association-between-depression-and-fruit-and-vegetable-consumption-among-adults-in-south-asia
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Ghose Bishwajit, Daniel Peter O'Leary, Sharmistha Ghosh, Yaya Sanni, Tang Shangfeng, Feng Zhanchun
BACKGROUND: In recent years there has been a growing research interest regarding the impact of dietary behaviour on mental health outcomes. The present study aimed to investigate the association between fruit and vegetable (F&V) consumption and depression in three south Asian countries- Bangladesh, India and Nepal. METHODS: Cross-sectional data were obtained from World Health Survey of WHO conducted during 2002-04. In total 14,133 adult subjects (Bangladesh 3262, India 7594, Nepal 3277) aged 18 years and above were included in the study...
January 14, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088105/tectona-grandis-leaf-extract-free-and-associated-with-nanoemulsions-as-a-possible-photosensitizer-of-mouse-melanoma-b16-cell
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Cydia de Menezes Furtado, Fernando Sergio Escocio Drumond Viana de Faria, Ricardo Bentes Azevedo, Karen Py-Daniel, Ana Lygia Dos Santos Camara, Jaqueline Rodriguez da Silva, Everton de Holanda Oliveira, Anselmo Fortunato Ruiz Rodriguez, Igor Anatolievich Degterev
Over the past six years we have been studying extracts from tropical, specially Amazon, plants, to search for new sensitizers for photodynamic therapy of cancer and infectious diseases. Tectona grandis is a genus of tropical hardwood trees in the mint family, Lamiaceae. That is native to south and southeast Asia, but since the end of the 20th century is also gaining ground in the Amazon. The present work aims to evaluate the photodynamic potential of hydro-alcoholic extract from Tectona grandis LF leaves (TGE) and the same extract prepared as the oil-water nanoemulsion (TGE-NE) against melanoma B16 F10 cells...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088088/prevalence-of-new-psychoactive-substances-in-northeast-asia-from-2007-to-2015
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Junhui Lee, Songhee Yang, Yujin Kang, Eunyoung Han, Ling-Yi Feng, Jih-Heng Li, Heesun Chung
The proliferation of new psychoactive substances (NPS) has been a global trend in drug abuse and its regulation has been a worldwide concern. There is no doubt that it is necessary to share information related to these emerging substances between countries and continents for the effective regulation of NPS. With efforts for the efficient regulation of NPS, many studies and information have been published for the prevalence of NPS in the United States and other countries in Europe and Oceania. However, there is lack of information available for the prevalence of NPS in Asian and African countries...
October 20, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087508/international-variation-in-outcomes-among-people-with-cardiovascular-disease-or-cardiovascular-risk-factors-and-impaired-glucose-tolerance-insights-from-the-navigator-trial
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Marilia Harumi Higuchi Dos Santos, Abhinav Sharma, Jie-Lena Sun, Karen Pieper, John J V McMurray, Rury R Holman, Renato D Lopes
BACKGROUND: Regional differences in risk of diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular outcomes in people with impaired glucose tolerance are poorly characterized. Our objective was to evaluate regional variation in risk of new-onset diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular outcomes, and treatment effects in participants from the NAVIGATOR (Nateglinide and Valsartan in Impaired Glucose Tolerance Outcomes Research) trial. METHODS AND RESULTS: NAVIGATOR randomized people with impaired glucose tolerance and cardiovascular risk factors or with established cardiovascular disease to valsartan (or placebo) and to nateglinide (or placebo) with a median 5-year follow-up...
January 13, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086897/application-of-the-analytic-hierarchy-approach-to-the-risk-assessment-of-zika-virus-disease-transmission-in-guangdong-province-china
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Xing Li, Tao Liu, Lifeng Lin, Tie Song, Xiaolong Du, Hualiang Lin, Jianpeng Xiao, Jianfeng He, Liping Liu, Guanghu Zhu, Weilin Zeng, Lingchuan Guo, Zheng Cao, Wenjun Ma, Yonghui Zhang
BACKGROUND: An international spread of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection has attracted global attention in 2015. The infection also affected Guangdong province, which is located in southern China. Multiple factors, including frequent communication with South America and Southeast Asia, suitable climate (sub-tropical) for the habitat of Aedes species, may increase the risk of ZIKV disease transmission in this region. METHODS: An analytic hierarchy process (AHP) method was used to develop a semi-quantitative ZIKV risk assessment model...
January 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080959/sentinel-surveillance-of-imported-dengue-via-travellers-to-europe-2012-to-2014-tropnet-data-from-the-denguetools-research-initiative
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Andreas Neumayr, Jose Muñoz, Mirjam Schunk, Emmanuel Bottieau, Jakob Cramer, Guido Calleri, Rogelio López-Vélez, Andrea Angheben, Thomas Zoller, Leo Visser, Núria Serre-Delcor, Blaise Genton, Francesco Castelli, Marjan Van Esbroeck, Alberto Matteelli, Laurence Rochat, Elena Sulleiro, Florian Kurth, Federico Gobbi, Francesca Norman, Ilaria Torta, Jan Clerinx, David Poluda, Miguel Martinez, Antonia Calvo-Cano, Maria Paz Sanchez-Seco, Annelies Wilder-Smith, Christoph Hatz, Leticia Franco
We describe the epidemiological pattern and genetic characteristics of 242 acute dengue infections imported to Europe by returning travellers from 2012 to 2014. The overall geographical pattern of imported dengue (South-east Asia > Americas > western Pacific region > Africa) remained stable compared with 1999 to 2010. We isolated the majority of dengue virus genotypes and epidemic lineages causing outbreaks and epidemics in Asia, America and Africa during the study period. Travellers acted as sentinels for four unusual dengue outbreaks (Madeira, 2012-13; Luanda, 2013; Dar es Salaam, 2014; Tokyo, 2014)...
January 5, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076666/the-global-incidence-of-lip-oral-cavity-and-pharyngeal-cancers-by-subsite-in-2012
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Kevin D Shield, Jacques Ferlay, Ahmedin Jemal, Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Anil K Chaturvedi, Freddie Bray, Isabelle Soerjomataram
By using data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer publication Cancer Incidence in 5 Continents and GLOBOCAN, this report provides the first consolidated global estimation of the subsite distribution of new cases of lip, oral cavity, and pharyngeal cancers by country, sex, and age for the year 2012. Major geographically based, sex-based, and age-based variations in the incidence of lip, oral cavity, and pharyngeal cancers by subsite were observed. Lip cancers were highly frequent in Australia (associated with solar radiation) and in central and eastern Europe (associated with tobacco smoking)...
January 2017: CA: a Cancer Journal for Clinicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075376/the-new-high-resolution-crystal-structure-of-ns2b-ns3-protease-of-zika-virus
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Syed Lal Badshah, Abdul Naeem, Yahia Mabkhot
Zika virus (ZIKV) is the cause of a significant viral disease affecting humans, which has spread throughout many South American countries and has also become a threat to Southeastern Asia. This commentary discusses the article "Crystal structure of unlinked NS2B-NS3 protease from Zika virus" published recently in the journal Science by Zhang et al. of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. They resolved a 1.58 Å resolution structure of the NS2B-NS3 protease of ZIKV and demonstrated how peptide and non-peptide inhibitors interact with this structure, along with the different conformational states that were observed...
January 10, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075236/first-serological-evidence-of-west-nile-virus-in-horses-and-dogs-from-corsica-island-france
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Marianne Maquart, Mustapha Dahmani, Jean-Lou Marié, Patrick Gravier, Isabelle Leparc-Goffart, Bernard Davoust
West Nile virus (WNV) is widely distributed over the world, including Europe, Africa, and Asia and spread over the past two decades to North and South America. In the south of France, sporadic cases are frequently described and the virus is endemic in Italy with frequent cases and outbreaks. The aim of this study was to identify a possible WNV circulation in Corsica (French island in the Mediterranean Sea) in sheep, horses, and dogs as sentinel animals for the virus surveillance. In 2014, 386 blood samples were collected from 219 sheep, 96 horses, and 71 dogs, in 12 localities in Corsica, in the oriental coast of Corsica...
January 11, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074709/a-serosurvey-for-ruminant-pestivirus-exposure-conducted-using-cattle-sera-collected-for-brucellosis-surveillance-in-the-united-states
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Fernando V Bauermann, Julia F Ridpath, David A Dargatz
Four species of ruminant pestivirus are currently circulating in the United States: Bovine viral diarrhea virus 1 and 2 (BVDV-1, -2; predominant host: cattle), Border disease virus (BDV; predominant host: sheep), and pronghorn virus (sporadically detected in wild ruminants). A third bovine pestivirus called HoBi-like virus has been detected in cattle and water buffalo in South America, Asia, and Europe. To date, no isolations of HoBi-like viruses from U.S. cattle have been reported. To assess exposure, 2,000 cattle sera, collected between 2014 and 2015 as part of the U...
January 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
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