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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729059/ultrasonographic-assessment-of-femoral-cartilage-thickness-in-patients-with-cerebral-palsy
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Emre Adigüzel, Fatih Tok, Emre Ata, Evren Yaşar, Bilge Yilmaz
BACKGROUND: Cerebral palsy (CP) is one of the most disabling syndromes of children. To our knowledge, there has not yet been any reported evaluation of the effect of CP on distal femoral cartilage by ultrasonography. The value of understanding this effect on cartilage is that sonographic evaluation of cartilage thickness may help physician to predict the joint health of these children. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether femoral cartilage thickness in patients with CP is different from that of healthy control subjects...
July 17, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727678/progress-toward-measles-elimination-bangladesh-2000-2016
#2
Sudhir Khanal, Rajendra Bohara, Stephen Chacko, Mohammad Sharifuzzaman, Mohammad Shamsuzzaman, James L Goodson, Alya Dabbagh, Katrina Kretsinger, Deepak Dhongde, Jayantha Liyanage, Sunil Bahl, Arun Thapa
In 2013, at the 66th session of the Regional Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Region (SEAR), a regional goal was established to eliminate measles and control rubella and congenital rubella syndrome* by 2020 (1). WHO-recommended measles elimination strategies in SEAR countries include 1) achieving and maintaining ≥95% coverage with 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine (MCV) in every district, delivered through the routine immunization program or through supplementary immunization activities (SIAs)(†); 2) developing and sustaining a sensitive and timely measles case-based surveillance system that meets targets for recommended performance indicators; and 3) developing and maintaining an accredited measles laboratory network (2)...
July 21, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725958/immune-surveillance-plays-a-role-in-locally-aggressive-giant-cell-lesions-of-bone
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REVIEW
Ahmad Al-Sukaini, Francis J Hornicek, Zachary S Peacock, Leonard B Kaban, Soldano Ferrone, Joseph H Schwab
BACKGROUND: Giant cell lesions are locally aggressive intraosseous neoplasms with capacity to metastasize. The role of immune surveillance in the pathophysiology of giant cell lesions is poorly understood, and understanding what role the immune system plays in giant cell lesions may lead to the development of more effective treatment. The aim of this study was to explore the role of immune surveillance in giant cell lesions by examining the expression of the HLA class I and class II antigens and tumor infiltrating lymphocytes...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725945/genetic-characteristics-of-coronaviruses-from-korean-bats-in-2016
#4
Saemi Lee, Seong-Deok Jo, Kidong Son, Injung An, Jipseol Jeong, Seung-Jun Wang, Yongkwan Kim, Weonhwa Jheong, Jae-Ku Oem
Bats have increasingly been recognized as the natural reservoir of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), coronavirus, and other coronaviruses found in mammals. However, little research has been conducted on bat coronaviruses in South Korea. In this study, bat samples (332 oral swabs, 245 fecal samples, 38 urine samples, and 57 bat carcasses) were collected at 33 natural bat habitat sites in South Korea. RT-PCR and sequencing were performed for specific coronavirus genes to identify the bat coronaviruses in different bat samples...
July 19, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723959/a-novel-surveillance-approach-for-disaster-mental-health
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Oliver Gruebner, Sarah R Lowe, Martin Sykora, Ketan Shankardass, S V Subramanian, Sandro Galea
BACKGROUND: Disasters have substantial consequences for population mental health. Social media data present an opportunity for mental health surveillance after disasters to help identify areas of mental health needs. We aimed to 1) identify specific basic emotions from Twitter for the greater New York City area during Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall on October 29, 2012, and to 2) detect and map spatial temporal clusters representing excess risk of these emotions. METHODS: We applied an advanced sentiment analysis on 344,957 Twitter tweets in the study area over eleven days, from October 22 to November 1, 2012, to extract basic emotions, a space-time scan statistic (SaTScan) and a geographic information system (QGIS) to detect and map excess risk of these emotions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722623/the-use-of-xenosurveillance-to-detect-human-bacteria-parasites-and-viruses-in-mosquito-bloodmeals
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Joseph R Fauver, Alex Gendernalik, James Weger-Lucarelli, Nathan D Grubaugh, Doug E Brackney, Brian D Foy, Gregory D Ebel
Infectious disease surveillance is hindered by several factors, including limited infrastructure and geographic isolation of many resource-poor regions. In addition, the complexities of sample acquisition, processing, and analysis, even in developed regions, can be rate limiting. Therefore, new strategies to survey human populations for emerging pathogens are necessary. Xenosurveillance is a method that utilizes mosquitoes as sampling devices to search for genetic signatures of pathogens in vertebrates. Previously we demonstrated that xenosurveillance can detect viral RNA in both laboratory and field settings...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722580/rapid-active-sampling-surveys-as-a-tool-to-evaluate-factors-associated-with-acute-gastroenteritis-and-norovirus-infection-among-children-in-rural-guatemala
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Daniel Olson, Molly M Lamb, Maria R Lopez, Maria A Paniagua-Avila, Alma Zacarias, Gabriela Samayoa-Reyes, Celia Cordon-Rosales, Edwin J Asturias
We examined burden and factors associated with norovirus (NoV) acute gastroenteritis (AGE) among children in rural Guatemala. Children age 6 weeks to 17 years were enrolled into three AGE surveillance groups, using two-stage cluster sampling: a prospective participatory syndromic surveillance (PSS) cohort and two cross-sectional rapid active sampling (RAS) surveys, conducted from April 2015 to February 2016. Epidemiologic and NoV testing data were used to identify factors associated with NoV infection, AGE, and NoV+ AGE...
June 19, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722568/epidemiology-of-spotted-fever-group-rickettsioses-and-acute-undifferentiated-febrile-illness-in-villeta-colombia
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Álvaro A Faccini-Martínez, Alejandro Ramírez-Hernández, Christian Barreto, Elkin Forero-Becerra, Diego Millán, Elkin Valbuena, Andrea C Sánchez-Alfonso, Wilson O Imbacuán-Pantoja, Jesús A Cortés-Vecino, Luis J Polo-Terán, Néstor Yaya-Lancheros, Jorge Jácome, Ana M Palomar, Sonia Santibáñez, Aránzazu Portillo, José A Oteo, Marylin Hidalgo
Etiology of acute undifferentiated febrile syndrome (AUFS) is often unknown, leading to inaccurate diagnosis and treatment. Villeta town has been identified as an endemic area for spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsioses but little is known about possible amplifier hosts and other Rickettsia species different from Rickettsia rickettsii. Besides, few studies have approached other AUFS etiologies in the region. We investigated the role of dengue, leptospirosis, rickettsioses, human anaplasmosis, and Q fever as possible causes of AUFS in patients from Villeta...
June 19, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719658/optisampletm-open-web-based-application-to-optimize-sampling-strategies-for-active-surveillance-activities-at-the-herd-level-illustrated-using-porcine-respiratory-reproductive-syndrome-prrs
#9
Anna Alba, Robert E Morrison, Ann Cheeran, Albert Rovira, Julio Alvarez, Andres M Perez
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) infection causes a devastating economic impact to the swine industry. Active surveillance is routinely conducted in many swine herds to demonstrate freedom from PRRSv infection. The design of efficient active surveillance sampling schemes is challenging because optimum surveillance strategies may differ depending on infection status, herd structure, management, or resources for conducting sampling. Here, we present an open web-based application, named 'OptisampleTM', designed to optimize herd sampling strategies to substantiate freedom of infection considering also costs of testing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716913/antibody-based-assay-discriminates-zika-virus-infection-from-other-flaviviruses
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Angel Balmaseda, Karin Stettler, Raquel Medialdea-Carrera, Damaris Collado, Xia Jin, José Victor Zambrana, Stefano Jaconi, Elisabetta Cameroni, Saira Saborio, Francesca Rovida, Elena Percivalle, Samreen Ijaz, Steve Dicks, Ines Ushiro-Lumb, Luisa Barzon, Patricia Siqueira, David W G Brown, Fausto Baldanti, Richard Tedder, Maria Zambon, A M Bispo de Filippis, Eva Harris, Davide Corti
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that emerged recently as a global health threat, causing a pandemic in the Americas. ZIKV infection mostly causes mild disease, but is linked to devastating congenital birth defects and Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults. The high level of cross-reactivity among flaviviruses and their cocirculation has complicated serological approaches to differentially detect ZIKV and dengue virus (DENV) infections, accentuating the urgent need for a specific and sensitive serological test...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710271/novel-alphacoronaviruses-and-paramyxoviruses-co-circulate-with-type-1-and-sars-related-betacoronaviruses-in-synanthropic-bats-in-luxembourg
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Maude Pauly, Jacques B Pir, Catherine Loesch, Aurélie Sausy, Chantal J Snoeck, Judith M Hübschen, Claude P Muller
Several infectious disease outbreaks with high mortality in humans have been attributed to viruses that are thought to have evolved from bat viruses. In this study from Luxembourg, the genetic diversity and epidemiology of paramyxoviruses and coronaviruses shed by the bat species Rhinolophus ferrumequinum and Myotis emarginatus was evaluated. Faeces collection (n= 624) was performed longitudinally in a mixed-species colony in 2015 and 2016. In addition, faeces (n= 254) were collected cross-sectionally from six Myotis emarginatus colonies in 2016...
July 14, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708320/monosomy-7-del-7q-in-inherited-bone-marrow-failure-syndromes-a-systematic-review
#12
REVIEW
Alex Pezeshki, Shreya Podder, Ralph Kamel, Seth J Corey
Inherited bone marrow failure syndromes (IBMFS) are rare cancer predisposition syndromes with an especially high risk of transformation to myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and/or acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We performed a retrospective systematic review of reported MDS/AML arising in the eight most common IBMFS to determine the frequency and outcome of chromosome 7 abnormalities. We identified 738 MDS/AML cases of 4,293 individuals. Monosomy 7 or del (7q) occurred in ∼17%. Greater understanding of the roles played by sequential acquisition of genetic and cytogenetic changes will provide insights into myeloid leukemogenesis and improve the surveillance and hopefully outcomes for individuals with IBMFS...
July 14, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705229/brugada-syndrome-in-a-patient-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-case-report
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Anusha Battineni, Rohit Gummi, Naresh Mullaguri, Raghav Govindarajan
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a fatal neuromuscular disorder characterized by progressive death of the upper and lower motor neurons in the central nervous system. Patients with this disease die mostly as a result of respiratory failure; however, owing to prolonged survival through assisted ventilation, cardiovascular causes are increasingly responsible for mortality. We report what is to the best of our knowledge the first case of type 2 Brugada syndrome causing ventricular tachyarrhythmia and cardiac arrest in a patient with upper limb onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702459/a-review-of-quantitative-tools-used-to-assess-the-epidemiology-of-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-in-u-s-swine-farms-using-dr-morrison-s-swine-health-monitoring-program-data
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REVIEW
Carles Vilalta, Andreia G Arruda, Steven J P Tousignant, Pablo Valdes-Donoso, Petra Muellner, Ulrich Muellner, Moh A Alkhamis, Robert B Morrison, Andres M Perez
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) causes far-reaching financial losses to infected countries and regions, including the U.S. The Dr. Morrison's Swine Health Monitoring Program (MSHMP) is a voluntary initiative in which producers and veterinarians share sow farm PRRS status weekly to contribute to the understanding, in quantitative terms, of PRRS epidemiological dynamics and, ultimately, to support its control in the U.S. Here, we offer a review of a variety of analytic tools that were applied to MSHMP data to assess disease dynamics in quantitative terms to support the decision-making process for veterinarians and producers...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700432/novel-fumarate-hydratase-mutation-in-siblings-with-early-onset-uterine-leiomyomas-and-hereditary-leiomyomatosis-and-renal-cell-cancer-syndrome
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Vinay Gunnala, Nigel Pereira, Mohamad Irani, Debra Lilienthal, Edyta C Pirog, Robert Soslow, Thomas A Caputo, Rony Elias, Isaac Kligman, Zev Rosenwaks
Hereditary leiomyomatosis renal cell cancer syndrome is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by uterine and cutaneous leiomyomas and increased predisposition to renal cell carcinoma, papillary type II. The syndrome is caused by heterozygous mutations to the fumarate hydratase (FH) gene located on chromosome 1. Affected females generally present with early onset, atypical uterine leiomyomas and cutaneous findings, however, delays in diagnosis are very common in patients with isolated uterine findings...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699632/wilms-tumour-in-beckwith-wiedemann-syndrome-and-loss-of-methylation-at-imprinting-centre-2-revisiting-tumour-surveillance-guidelines
#16
Jack Brzezinski, Cheryl Shuman, Sanaa Choufani, Peter Ray, Dmitiri J Stavropoulos, Raveen Basran, Leslie Steele, Nicole Parkinson, Ronald Grant, Paul Thorner, Armando Lorenzo, Rosanna Weksberg
Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS) is an overgrowth syndrome caused by a variety of molecular changes on chromosome 11p15.5. Children with BWS have a significant risk of developing Wilms tumours with the degree of risk being dependent on the underlying molecular mechanism. In particular, only a relatively small number of children with loss of methylation at the centromeric imprinting centre (IC2) were reported to have developed Wilms tumour. Discontinuation of tumour surveillance for children with BWS and loss of methylation at IC2 has been proposed in several recent publications...
July 12, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698788/treatment-of-low-blast-count-aml-using-hypomethylating-agents
#17
REVIEW
Eleonora De Bellis, Luana Fianchi, Francesco Buccisano, Marianna Criscuolo, Luca Maurillo, Laura Cicconi, Mattia Brescini, Maria Ilaria Del Principe, Ambra Di Veroli, Adriano Venditti, Sergio Amadori, William Arcese, Francesco Lo-Coco, Maria Teresa Voso
In 2002, the WHO classification reduced the proportion of blasts in the bone marrow (BM) necessary for the diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) from 30% to 20%, eliminating the RAEB-t subtype of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). However, this AML subtype, defined as low-blast count AML (LBC-AML, with 20-30% BM-blasts) is characterized by peculiar features, as increased frequency in elderly individuals and after cytotoxic treatment for a different primary disease (therapy-related), poor-risk cytogenetics, lower white blood cell counts, and less frequent mutations of NPM1 and FLT3 genes...
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695355/suggested-new-breakpoints-of-anti-mers-cov-antibody-elisa-titers-performance-analysis-of-serologic-tests
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J-H Ko, M A Müller, H Seok, G E Park, J Y Lee, S Y Cho, Y E Ha, J Y Baek, S H Kim, J-M Kang, Y-J Kim, I J Jo, C R Chung, M-J Hahn, C Drosten, C-I Kang, D R Chung, J-H Song, E-S Kang, K R Peck
To provide optimal cut-off values of anti-Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) serologic tests, we evaluated performance of ELISA IgG, ELISA IgA, IFA IgM, and IFA IgG using 138 serum samples of 49 MERS-CoV-infected patients and 219 serum samples of 219 rRT-PCR-negative MERS-CoV-exposed healthcare personnel and patients. The performance analysis was conducted for two different purposes: (1) prediction of neutralization activity in MERS-CoV-infected patients, and (2) epidemiologic surveillance of MERS-CoV infections among MERS-CoV-exposed individuals...
July 11, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695285/the-role-of-hla-genes-in-pharmacogenomics-unravelling-hla-associated-adverse-drug-reactions
#19
REVIEW
Patricia T Illing, Anthony W Purcell, James McCluskey
Genetic polymorphism in the genes encoding the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) molecules enables presentation of a wide range peptide ligands thus maximising immune surveillance of pathogens. A consequence of the diversification of the HLA Ag-binding pocket is the enhanced opportunity for off-target binding of small drugs by HLA molecules, with subsequent immune reactivity. These potential off-target interactions are 'set up' to generate T cell-mediated adverse drug reactions even though the precise mechanisms of most HLA-drug interactions are still poorly understood...
July 10, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694653/attenuated-adenomatous-polyposis-of-the-large-bowel-present-and-future
#20
EDITORIAL
Luca Roncucci, Monica Pedroni, Francesco Mariani
Attenuated adenomatous polyposis (AAP) is a poorly understood syndrome, that can be defined as the presence of 10-99 synchronous adenomas in the large bowel, and it is considered a phenotypic variant of familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). This definition has the advantage of simplicity, but it may include sporadic multiple adenomas of the large bowel at an extreme, or FAP cases on the other side. AAP shows a milder phenotype than FAP, with an older age of onset of adenomas and cancer, and less frequent extracolonic manifestations...
June 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
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