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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436455/the-impact-of-gold-mining-and-agricultural-concessions-on-the-tree-cover-and-local-communities-in-northern-myanmar
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Sarah Papworth, Madhu Rao, Myint Myint Oo, Kyaw Thinn Latt, Robert Tizard, Thomas Pienkowski, L Roman Carrasco
Myanmar offers unique opportunities for both biodiversity conservation and foreign direct investment due to projected economic growth linked to natural resource exploitation. Industrial-scale development introduces new land uses into the landscape, with unknown repercussions for local communities and biodiversity conservation. We use participatory mapping of 31 communities, focus groups in 28 communities, and analyses of forest cover change during 2000-2010 using MODIS vegetation continuous fields images, to understand the social and environmental impacts of gold mining and agricultural concessions in Myanmar's Hukaung Valley (~21,800 km(2))...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427286/incomes-and-outcomes-social-security-disability-benefits-in-first-episode-psychosis
#2
Robert A Rosenheck, Sue E Estroff, Kyaw Sint, Haiqun Lin, Kim T Mueser, Delbert G Robinson, Nina R Schooler, Patricia Marcy, John M Kane
OBJECTIVE: Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits are an important source of income for people with psychoses and confer eligibility for health insurance. The authors examined the impact of coordinated specialty care on receipt of such benefits in first-episode psychosis, along with the correlates and consequences of receiving them. METHOD: The Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode-Early Treatment Program (RAISE-ETP) study, a 34-site cluster-randomized trial, compared NAVIGATE, a coordinated specialty care program, to usual community care over 2 years...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414004/clinical-virological-and-epidemiological-characterization-of-dengue-outbreak-in-myanmar-2015
#3
A K Kyaw, M M Ngwe Tun, M L Moi, T Nabeshima, K T Soe, S M Thwe, A A Myint, K T T Maung, W Aung, D Hayasaka, C C Buerano, K Z Thant, K Morita
Hospital-based surveillance was conducted at two widely separated regions in Myanmar during the 2015 dengue epidemic. Acute phase serum samples were collected from 332 clinically diagnosed dengue patients during the peak season of dengue cases. Viremia levels were measured by quantitative real-time PCR and plaque assays using FcγRIIA-expressing and non-FcγRIIA-expressing BHK cells to specifically determine the infectious virus particles. By serology and molecular techniques, 280/332 (84·3%) were confirmed as dengue patients...
April 17, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413435/low-prevalence-of-human-mammary-tumor-virus-hmtv-in-breast-cancer-patients-from-myanmar
#4
Thar Htet San, Masayoshi Fujisawa, Soichiro Fushimi, Teizo Yoshimura, Toshiaki Ohara, Lamin Soe, Ngu Wah Min, Ohnmar Kyaw, Xu Yang, Akihiro Matsukawa
BACKGROUND: Human mammary tumor virus (HMTV) is 90-95% homologous to mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV), one of the causal agents of murine mammary tumors. HMTV (MMTV-like) sequences were reported to be present in human breast cancers from several populations with a prevalence range of 0-78%; however, the prevalence of HMTV in breast cancers from Myanmar remains unknown. METHODS: Fifty-eight breast cancer samples from Myanmar women were examined in this study. DNA was isolated from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded specimens, and HMTV envelope sequences were detected by semi-nested PCR...
2017: Infectious Agents and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410791/gastrointestinal-safety-of-celecoxib-versus-naproxen-in-patients-with-cardiothrombotic-diseases-and-arthritis-after-upper-gastrointestinal-bleeding-concern-an-industry-independent-double-blind-double-dummy-randomised-trial
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Francis K L Chan, Jessica Y L Ching, Yee Kit Tse, Kelvin Lam, Grace L H Wong, Siew C Ng, Vivian Lee, Kim W L Au, Pui Kuan Cheong, Bing Y Suen, Heyson Chan, Ka Man Kee, Angeline Lo, Vincent W S Wong, Justin C Y Wu, Moe H Kyaw
BACKGROUND: Present guidelines are conflicting for patients at high risk of both cardiovascular and gastrointestinal events who continue to require non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). We hypothesised that a cyclooxygenase-2-selective NSAID plus proton-pump inhibitor is superior to a non-selective NSAID plus proton-pump inhibitor for prevention of recurrent ulcer bleeding in concomitant users of aspirin with previous ulcer bleeding. METHODS: For this industry-independent, double-blind, double-dummy, randomised trial done in one academic hospital in Hong Kong, we screened patients with arthritis and cardiothrombotic diseases who were presenting with upper gastrointestinal bleeding, were on NSAIDs, and require concomitant aspirin...
April 11, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409830/magnesium-for-treating-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Nan Nitra Than, Htoo Htoo Kyaw Soe, Senthil K Palaniappan, Adinegara Bl Abas, Lucia De Franceschi
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease is an autosomal recessive inherited haemoglobinopathy which causes painful vaso-occlusive crises due to sickle red blood cell dehydration. Vaso-occlusive crises are common painful events responsible for a variety of clinical complications; overall mortality is increased and life expectancy decreased compared to the general population. Experimental studies suggest that intravenous magnesium has proven to be well-tolerated in individuals hospitalised for the immediate relief of acute (sudden onset) painful crisis and has the potential to decrease the length of hospital stay...
April 14, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403189/rapid-forest-clearing-in-a-myanmar-proposed-national-park-threatens-two-newly-discovered-species-of-geckos-gekkonidae-cyrtodactylus
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Grant M Connette, Patrick Oswald, Myint Kyaw Thura, Katherine J LaJeunesse Connette, Mark E Grindley, Melissa Songer, George R Zug, Daniel G Mulcahy
Myanmar's recent transition from military rule towards a more democratic government has largely ended decades of political and economic isolation. Although Myanmar remains heavily forested, increased development in recent years has been accompanied by exceptionally high rates of forest loss. In this study, we document the rapid progression of deforestation in and around the proposed Lenya National Park, which includes some of the largest remaining areas of lowland evergreen rainforest in mainland Southeast Asia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388902/therapeutic-efficacy-and-artemisinin-resistance-in-northern-myanmar-evidence-from-in-vivo-and-molecular-marker-studies
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Moe Kyaw Myint, Charlotte Rasmussen, Aung Thi, Dorina Bustos, Pascal Ringwald, Khin Lin
BACKGROUND: In Myanmar, three types of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) are recommended as first-line treatment of uncomplicated falciparum malaria: artemether-lumefantrine (AL), artesunate-mefloquine (AS + MQ), and dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DP). Resistance to both artemisinins and ACT partner drugs has been reported from the Greater Mekong Sub-region, and regular efficacy monitoring of the recommended ACT is conducted in Myanmar. This paper reports on results from studies to monitor the efficacy of the three forms of ACT in sentinel sites in northern Myanmar, and investigations of mutations in the Kelch13 (k13) propeller domain...
April 7, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380847/third-harmonic-generation-of-a-diode-laser-for-quantum-control-of-beryllium-ions
#9
Ryan A Carollo, David A Lane, Edward K Kleiner, Phyo Aung Kyaw, Chu C Teng, Celia Y Ou, Shenglan Qiao, David Hanneke
We generate coherent ultraviolet radiation at 313 nm as the third harmonic of an external-cavity diode laser. We use this radiation for laser cooling of trapped beryllium atomic ions and sympathetic cooling of co-trapped beryllium-hydride molecular ions. An LBO crystal in an enhancement cavity generates the second harmonic, and a BBO crystal in a doubly resonant enhancement cavity mixes this second harmonic with the fundamental to produce the third harmonic. Each enhancement cavity is preceded by a tapered amplifier to increase the fundamental light...
April 3, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363614/acute-symptomatic-hypocalcemia-from-immune-checkpoint-therapy-induced-hypoparathyroidism
#10
Myint Aung Win, Kyaw Zin Thein, Aiham Qdaisat, Sai-Ching Jim Yeung
BACKGROUND: Ipilimumab (a monoclonal antibody against CTLA-4) and nivolumab (a humanized antibody against PD-1) target these immune checkpoint pathways and are used for treatment of melanoma and an increasing number of other cancers. However, they may cause immune-related adverse effects (IRAEs). Although many endocrinopathies are known to be IRAEs, primary hypoparathyroidism with severe hypocalcemia has never been reported. This is the first case of hypoparathyroidism as an IRAE presenting to an Emergency Department with acute hypocalcemia...
February 27, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335830/international-non-governmental-organizations-provision-of-community-based-tuberculosis-care-for-hard-to-reach-populations-in-myanmar-2013-2014
#11
Kyaw Thu Soe, Saw Saw, Johan van Griensven, Shuisen Zhou, Le Win, Palanivel Chinnakali, Safieh Shah, Myo Myo Mon, Si Thu Aung
BACKGROUND: National tuberculosis (TB) programs increasingly engage with international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), especially to provide TB care in complex settings where community involvement might be required. In Myanmar, however, there is limited data on how such INGO community-based programs are organized and how effective they are. In this study, we describe four INGO strategies for providing community-based TB care to hard-to-reach populations in Myanmar, and assess their contribution to TB case detection...
March 24, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331802/molecular-epidemiology-and-pathology-of-spirorchiid-infection-in-green-sea-turtles-chelonia-mydas
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Phoebe A Chapman, Helen Owen, Mark Flint, Ricardo J Soares Magalhães, Rebecca J Traub, Thomas H Cribb, Myat T Kyaw-Tanner, Paul C Mills
Spirorchiid blood fluke infections affect endangered turtle populations globally, and are reported as a common cause of mortality in Queensland green sea turtles. Both the flukes and their ova are pathogenic and can contribute to the stranding or death of their host. Of particular interest are ova-associated brain lesions, which have been associated with host neurological deficits. Accurate estimations of disease frequency and the relative effect of infection relating to different spirorchiid species are made difficult by challenges in morphological identification of adults of some genera, and a lack of species-level identifying features for ova...
April 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323421/assessment-of-the-secondary-copper-reserves-of-nations
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Kyaw Nyunt Maung, Seiji Hashimoto, Mizuki Mizukami, Masataka Morozumi, Cherry Myo Lwin
The sustainable use of metals demands consideration not only of primary metals in the natural environment but also of secondary metals in society as alternative resources. This study applied our proposed classification framework of secondary resources to copper (1) to investigate the applicability of the framework and (2) to assess the secondary copper reserves and resources of selected countries. To estimate secondary copper reserves, we introduced the variable "secondary reserve ratio": the fraction of in-use copper stocks that is technically and economically recoverable...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322333/squamous-epitheliotropism-of-enterovirus-a71-in-human-epidermis-and-oral-mucosa
#14
Win Kyaw Phyu, Kien Chai Ong, Chee Kwan Kong, Abdul Khalil Alizan, Tindivanam Muthurangam Ramanujam, Kum Thong Wong
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a self-limiting paediatric infectious disease commonly caused by Enterovirus A71 (Genus: Enterovirus, Family: Picornaviridae). Typical lesions in and around the hands, feet, oral cavity and other places may rarely be complicated by acute flaccid paralysis and acute encephalomyelitis. Although virus is readily cultured from skin vesicles and oral secretions, the cellular target/s of Enterovirus A71 in human skin and oral mucosa are unknown. In Enterovirus A71-infected human skin and oral mucosa organotypic cultures derived from the prepuce and lip biopsies, focal viral antigens and viral RNA were localized to cytoplasm of epidermal and mucosal squamous cells as early as 2 days post-infection...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319200/induction-of-immunomodulatory-mir-146a-and-mir-155-in-small-intestinal-epithelium-of-vibrio-cholerae-infected-patients-at-acute-stage-of-cholera
#15
Aziz Bitar, Rituparna De, Silvia Melgar, Kyaw Min Aung, Arman Rahman, Firdausi Qadri, Sun Nyunt Wai, Tahmina Shirin, Marie-Louise Hammarström
The potential immunomodulatory role of microRNAs in small intestine of patients with acute watery diarrhea caused by Vibrio cholerae O1 or enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) infection was investigated. Duodenal biopsies were obtained from study-participants at the acute (day 2) and convalescent (day 21) stages of disease, and from healthy individuals. Levels of miR-146a, miR-155 and miR-375 and target gene (IRAK1, TRAF6, CARD10) and 11 cytokine mRNAs were determined by qRT-PCR. The cellular source of microRNAs in biopsies was analyzed by in situ hybridization...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316465/chicken-egg-yolk-antibodies-igy-for-prophylaxis-and-treatment-of-rotavirus-diarrhea-in-human-and-animal-neonates-a-concise-review
#16
Hlaing Myat Thu, Theingi Win Myat, Mo Mo Win, Kyaw Zin Thant, Shofiqur Rahman, Kouji Umeda, Sa Van Nguyen, Faustino C Icatlo, Kyoko Higo-Moriguchi, Koki Taniguchi, Takao Tsuji, Keiji Oguma, Sang Jong Kim, Hyun Suk Bae, Hyuk Joon Choi
The rotavirus-induced diarrhea of human and animal neonates is a major public health concern worldwide. Until recently, no effective therapy is available to specifically inactivate the rotavirion particles within the gut. Passive immunotherapy by oral administration of chicken egg yolk antibody (IgY) has emerged of late as a fresh alternative strategy to control infectious diseases of the alimentary tract and has been applied in the treatment of diarrhea due to rotavirus infection. The purpose of this concise review is to evaluate evidence on the properties and performance of anti-rotavirus immunoglobulin Y (IgY) for prevention and treatment of rotavirus diarrhea in human and animal neonates...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302168/comparison-of-the-diagnostic-performance-of-microscopic-examination-with-nested-polymerase-chain-reaction-for-optimum-malaria-diagnosis-in-upper-myanmar
#17
Jung-Mi Kang, Pyo-Yun Cho, Mya Moe, Jinyoung Lee, Hojong Jun, Hyeong-Woo Lee, Seong Kyu Ahn, Tae Im Kim, Jhang Ho Pak, Moe Kyaw Myint, Khin Lin, Tong-Soo Kim, Byoung-Kuk Na
BACKGROUND: Accurate diagnosis of Plasmodium infection is crucial for prompt malaria treatment and surveillance. Microscopic examination has been widely applied as the gold standard for malaria diagnosis in most part of malaria endemic areas, but its diagnostic value has been questioned, particularly in submicroscopic malaria. In this study, the diagnostic performance of microscopic examination and nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was evaluated to establish optimal malaria diagnosis method in Myanmar...
March 16, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298235/clinical-and-molecular-surveillance-of-drug-resistant-vivax-malaria-in-myanmar-2009-2016
#18
Myat Htut Nyunt, Jin-Hee Han, Bo Wang, Khin Myo Aye, Kyin Hla Aye, Seong-Kyun Lee, Ye Htut, Myat Phone Kyaw, Kay Thwe Han, Eun-Taek Han
BACKGROUND: One of the major challenges for control and elimination of malaria is ongoing spread and emergence of drug resistance. While epidemiology and surveillance of the drug resistance in falciparum malaria is being explored globally, there are few studies on drug resistance vivax malaria. METHODS: To assess the spread of drug-resistant vivax malaria in Myanmar, a multisite, prospective, longitudinal study with retrospective analysis of previous therapeutic efficacy studies, was conducted...
March 16, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282377/before-the-bombing-high-burden-of-traumatic-injuries-in-kunduz-trauma-center-kunduz-afghanistan
#19
Hamayoun Hemat, Safieh Shah, Petros Isaakidis, Mrinalini Das, Nang Thu Thu Kyaw, Sattar Zaheer, Abdul Qayeum Qasemy, Mutallib Zakir, Gbane Mahama, Catherine Van Overloop, Lynette Dominguez
BACKGROUND: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been providing healthcare in Afghanistan since 1981 including specialized health services for trauma patients in Kunduz Trauma Center (KTC) from 2011. On October 3rd, 2015, a US airstrike hit the KTC, killing 42 people including 14 MSF staff. This study aims to demonstrate the impact on healthcare provision, after hospital destruction, by assessing the extent of care provided for trauma and injuries by the MSF KTC and to report on treatment outcomes from January 2014 to June 2015, three months prior to the bombing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269554/adaptive-decoding-using-local-field-potentials-in-a-brain-machine-interface
#20
Rosa So, Camilo Libedinsky, Kai Keng Ang, Wee Chiek Clement Lim, Kyaw Kyar Toe, Cuntai Guan
Brain-machine interface (BMI) systems have the potential to restore function to people who suffer from paralysis due to a spinal cord injury. However, in order to achieve long-term use, BMI systems have to overcome two challenges - signal degeneration over time, and non-stationarity of signals. Effects of loss in spike signals over time can be mitigated by using local field potential (LFP) signals for decoding, and a solution to address the signal non-stationarity is to use adaptive methods for periodic recalibration of the decoding model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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