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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225338/potential-biomarkers-associated-with-discrimination-between-latent-and-active-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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R Kamakia, S Kiazyk, J Waruk, A Meyers, J Ochanda, T B Ball, J Oyugi
SETTING: A third of the world's population has latent tuberculous infection (LTBI). Current TB diagnostics used in developing countries are ineffective and are unable to distinguish LTBI from active TB. Identifying biomarkers that could aid in the early detection of TB and in distinguishing TB states could be a major breakthrough in global TB control. OBJECTIVE: To identify potential immune biomarkers to distinguish active TB from LTBI. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 19 active TB patients, 8 TB-negative individuals (controls) and 16 LTBI non-human immunodeficiency virus infected individuals in Nairobi, Kenya...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198789/sustained-responses-to-measles-revaccination-at-24-months-in-hiv-infected-children-on-antiretroviral-therapy-in-kenya
#2
Laura P Newman, Anne Njoroge, Amalia Magaret, Bhavna H Chohan, Veronicah W Gitomea, Anna Wald, Jonathan Gorstein, Julie Overbaugh, Dalton Wamalwa, Elizabeth Maleche-Obimbo, Ruth Nduati, Carey Farquhar
BACKGROUND: There are limited data on whether HIV-infected children in resource-limited countries who are receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) are able to produce sustained, protective levels of measles antibody after multiple measles vaccinations. METHODS: We administered an additional measles vaccine to HIV-infected children 15 months to 12 years of age receiving ART in Nairobi, Kenya. Measles antibody concentrations were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) at enrollment, one month, 12 months, and 24 months post revaccination...
February 13, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183341/assessing-the-feasibility-of-ehealth-and-mhealth-a-systematic-review-and-analysis-of-initiatives-implemented-in-kenya
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REVIEW
Martin Njoroge, Dejan Zurovac, Esther A A Ogara, Jane Chuma, Doris Kirigia
BACKGROUND: The growth of Information and Communication Technology in Kenya has facilitated implementation of a large number of eHealth projects in a bid to cost-effectively address health and health system challenges. This systematic review aims to provide a situational analysis of eHealth initiatives being implemented in Kenya, including an assessment of the areas of focus and geographic distribution of the health projects. The search strategy involved peer and non-peer reviewed sources of relevant information relating to projects under implementation in Kenya...
February 10, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167567/environmental-and-psychosocial-barriers-to-and-benefits-of-cervical-cancer-screening-in-kenya
#4
Natasha Buchanan Lunsford, Kathleen Ragan, Judith Lee Smith, Mona Saraiya, Millicent Aketch
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in females and is a leading cause of cancer-related mortality in Kenya; limited cervical cancer screening services may be a factor. Few studies have examined men's and women's perceptions on environmental and psychosocial barriers and benefits related to screening. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 2014, 60 women aged 25-49 years and 40 male partners participated in 10 focus groups (6 female and 4 male), in both rural and urban settings (Nairobi and Nyanza, Kenya), to explore perceptions about barriers to and benefits of cervical cancer screening...
February 6, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156592/symptom-burden-and-distress-in-patients-with-cancer-in-africa
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: 255 Background: Cancer has become a significant public health problem in Africa but still most diagnoses are made late, Sitas et al (2006). The need for palliative care is significant due to the late contact with health care providers and the many symptoms they present with. No study has been undertaken to assess symptomatology for these patients in Africa. OBJECTIVE: To study the prevalence of symptoms in patients with cancer in an African setting. METHODS: Symptom studies from records of patients with cancer referred to the Palliative Care Services at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi in 6 months...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155289/conference-report-undergraduate-family-medicine-and-primary-care-training-in-sub-saharan-africa-reflections-of-the-primafamed-network
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Innocent Besigye, Robert Mash, Akye Essuman, Maaike Flinkenflögel
Internationally, there is a move towards strengthening primary healthcare systems and encouraging community-based and socially responsible education. The development of doctors with an interest in primary healthcare and family medicine in the African region should begin during undergraduate training. Over the last few years, attention has been given to the development of postgraduate training in family medicine in the African region, but little attention has been given to undergraduate training. This article reports on the 8th PRIMAFAMED (Primary Care and Family Medicine Education) network meeting held in Nairobi from 21 to 24 May 2016...
January 30, 2017: African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154110/oxygen-saturation-ranges-for-healthy-newborns-within-24%C3%A2-hours-at-1800%C3%A2-m
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Melissa C Morgan, Beth Maina, Mary Waiyego, Catherine Mutinda, Jalemba Aluvaala, Michuki Maina, Mike English
There are minimal data to define normal oxygen saturation (SpO2) levels for infants within the first 24 hours of life and even fewer data generalisable to the 7% of the global population that resides at an altitude of >1500 m. The aim of this study was to establish the reference range for SpO2 in healthy term and preterm neonates within 24 hours in Nairobi, Kenya, located at 1800 m. A random sample of clinically well infants had SpO2 measured once in the first 24 hours. A total of 555 infants were enrolled...
February 2, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139166/moving-beyond-the-household-innovations-in-data-collection-on-kinship
#8
Sangeetha Madhavan, Shelley Clark, Donatien Beguy, Caroline W Kabiru, Mark Gross
Across settings, it has been shown that the co-residential household is an insufficient measure of family structure and support. However, it continues to be the primary means of population data collection. To address this problem, we developed a new instrument, the Kinship Support Tree (KST), to collect kinship structure and support data on co-residential and non-residential kin and tested it on a sample of 462 single mothers and their children in a slum community in Nairobi, Kenya. This instrument is unique in four important ways: (1) it is not limited to the co-residential household; (2) it distinguishes potential from functional kin; (3) it incorporates multiple geospatial measures; and (4) it collects data on kin relationships specifically for children...
March 2017: Population Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132519/alcohol-use-and-immune-reconstitution-among-hiv-infected-patients-on-antiretroviral-therapy-in-nairobi-kenya
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Anthony Cagle, Christine McGrath, Barbra A Richardson, Dennis Donovan, Sameh Sakr, Nelly Yatich, Richard Ngomoa, Agnes Chepngeno Langat, Grace John-Stewart, Michael H Chung
Studies on the effects of alcohol use on HIV disease progression have been contradictory, with at least one study finding a positive effect of low alcohol consumption on CD4 count. In addition, most such studies have taken place in the developed West. We investigated the association between alcohol use and immune reconstitution through CD4 count response among HIV-infected individuals on antiretroviral therapy (ART) at an urban sub-Saharan African clinic. This was a retrospective cohort study of treatment-naïve HIV-infected adults initiating ART in Nairobi, Kenya and followed for 12 months between January 2009 and December 2012...
January 29, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118824/factors-that-influence-advance-directives-completion-amongst-terminally-ill-patients-at-a-tertiary-hospital-in-kenya
#10
Stephen Omondi, John Weru, Asim Jamal Shaikh, Gerald Yonga
BACKGROUND: An advance directive (AD) is a written or verbal document that legally stipulates a person's health care preference while they are competent to make decisions for themselves and is used to guide decisions on life-sustaining treatment in the event that they become incapacitated. AD can take the form of a living will, a limitation of care document, a do-not-resuscitate order, or an appointment of a surrogate by durable power of attorney. The completion rate of AD varies from region to region, and it is influenced by multiple factors...
January 25, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099724/costs-of-integrating-cervical-cancer-screening-at-an-hiv-clinic-in-kenya
#11
Elisabeth L Vodicka, Joseph B Babigumira, Marita R Mann, Rose J Kosgei, Fan Lee, Nelly R Mugo, Timothy C Okech, Samah R Sakr, Louis P Garrison, Michael H Chung
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the societal-level costs of integrating cervical cancer screening into HIV clinics in Nairobi, Kenya. METHODS: A cross-sectional micro-costing study was performed at Coptic Hope Center for Infectious Diseases and Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya, between July 1 and October 31, 2014. To estimate direct medical, non-medical, and indirect costs associated with screening, a time-and-motion study was performed, and semi-structured interviews were conducted with women aged at least 18 years attending the clinic for screening during the study period and with clinic staff who had experience relevant to cervical cancer screening...
February 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093532/soil-ingestion-is-associated-with-child-diarrhea-in-an-urban-slum-of-nairobi-kenya
#12
Valerie Bauza, R M Ocharo, Thanh H Nguyen, Jeremy S Guest
Diarrhea is a leading cause of mortality in children under 5 years of age. We conducted a cross-sectional study of 54 children aged 3 months to 5 years old in Kibera, an urban slum in Nairobi, Kenya, to assess the relationship between caregiver-reported soil ingestion and child diarrhea. Diarrhea was significantly associated with soil ingestion (adjusted odds ratio = 9.9, 95% confidence interval = 2.1-47.5). Soil samples from locations near each household were also collected and analyzed for Escherichia coli and a human-associated Bacteroides fecal marker (HF183)...
January 16, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089133/-you-have-a-swelling-the-language-of-cancer-diagnosis-and-implications-for-cancer-management-in-kenya
#13
Jennifer Nyawira Githaiga, Leslie Swartz
OBJECTIVE: To examine the ramifications of language as a vehicle of communication in the Kenyan healthcare system. METHODS: (1) A review of literature search on language access and health care in Kenya, using Scopus, Web of Science, Ebscohost, ProQuest and Google Scholar electronic databases. (2) Two illustrative case studies from a Nairobi based qualitative research project on family cancer caregivers' experiences. RESULTS: Evidence from the case studies shows that language barriers may hinder understanding of cancer diagnoses and consequently, the nature of interventions sought by family members as informal caregivers of cancer patients...
January 10, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068781/complex-subtype-diversity-of-hiv-1-among-drug-users-in-major-kenyan-cities
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Kamini Gounder, Micah Oyaro, Nagavelli Padayachi, Thando Mbali Zulu, Tulio de Oliveira, John Wylie, Thumbi Ndung'u
Drug users are increasingly recognized as a key population driving HIV spread in sub-Saharan Africa. To determine HIV-1 subtypes circulating in this population group and explore possible geographic differences, we analyzed HIV-1 sequences among drug users from Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu in Kenya. We sequenced gag and env from 55 drug users. Subtype analysis from 220 gag clonal sequences from 54/55 participants (median=4/participant) showed that 44.4% were A, 16.7% were C, 3.7% were D and 35.2% were intersubtype recombinants...
January 9, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056893/demographic-profile-and-pattern-of-fatal-injuries-in-nairobi-kenya-january-june-2014
#15
Gladwell Koku Gathecha, Wilfred Mwai Githinji, Alfred Karagu Maina
BACKGROUND: Violence and Injuries are a significant global public health concern characterized by marked regional variation in incidence. Approximately five million people die from injuries each year, accounting 9% of all deaths worldwide. In Kenya, injuries are increasingly becoming a cause of hospital admissions and mortality where they account for 10% of all the deaths. The objective of this study was to determine the magnitude, demographic profile and pattern of fatal injuries in Nairobi...
January 6, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003285/nairobi-newborn-study-a-protocol-for-an-observational-study-to-estimate-the-gaps-in-provision-and-quality-of-inpatient-newborn-care-in-nairobi-city-county-kenya
#16
Georgina A V Murphy, David Gathara, Jalemba Aluvaala, Jacintah Mwachiro, Nancy Abuya, Paul Ouma, Robert W Snow, Mike English
INTRODUCTION: Progress has been made in Kenya towards reducing child mortality as part of efforts aligned with the fourth Millennium Development Goal. However, little advancement has been made in reducing mortality among newborns, which now accounts for 45% of all child deaths. The frequently unanticipated nature of neonatal illness, its severity and the high dependency of sick newborns on skilled care make the provision of inpatient hospital services one key component of strategies to improve newborn survival...
December 21, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977561/risk-factors-for-hypoxia-and-tachypnea-among-adolescents-with-vertically-acquired-hiv-in-nairobi
#17
Engi F Attia, Noel S Weiss, Elizabeth Maleche-Obimbo, Christine J McGrath, Anthony Cagle, T Eoin West, Neveen G El Antouny, Fr Mena Attwa, Kristina Crothers, Michael H Chung
BACKGROUND: Chronic lung diseases are increasingly recognized complications of vertically-acquired HIV among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa and may manifest with hypoxia or tachypnea. We sought to determine the prevalence of and risk factors for hypoxia and tachypnea among adolescents with vertically-acquired HIV in Nairobi, Kenya. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional analysis of 258 adolescents with vertically-acquired HIV who were initiating care at the Coptic Hope Center for Infectious Diseases...
December 12, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974542/evaluation-of-the-parasight-platform-for-malaria-diagnosis
#18
Yochay Eshel, Arnon Houri-Yafin, Hagai Benkuzari, Natalie Lezmy, Mamta Soni, Malini Charles, Jayanthi Swaminathan, Hilda Solomon, Pavithra Sampathkumar, Zul Premji, Caroline Mbithi, Zaitun Nneka, Simon Onsongo, Daniel Maina, Sarah Levy-Schreier, Caitlin Lee Cohen, Dan Gluck, Joseph Joel Pollak, Seth J Salpeter
The WHO estimates that nearly 500 million malaria tests are performed annually. While microscopy and RDTs are the main diagnostic approaches, no single solution is inexpensive, rapid and highly accurate. Two recent studies from our group have demonstrated a prototype computer vision platform that meets these needs. Here we present the results from two clinical studies on the commercially available version of this technology, the SightDx Parasight platform which provides malaria diagnosis, species identification and parasite quantification...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931248/postpartum-depression-and-infant-feeding-practices-in-a-low-income-urban-settlement-in-nairobi-kenya
#19
Beatrice A Madeghe, Violet N Kimani, Ann Vander Stoep, Semret Nicodimos, Manasi Kumar
BACKGROUND: Postpartum depression can compromise caregiving activities, including infant feeding practices, resulting in child malnutrition. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of postpartum depression on infant feeding practices and malnutrition among women in an urban low income settlement in Nairobi-Kenya. We conducted a cross-sectional study based in Kariobangi North Health Centre in Nairobi County. The study sample included 200 mother-infant pairs visiting the Maternal and Child Health clinics for infant immunization at 6-14 weeks postpartum...
December 8, 2016: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916914/comparing-sanitation-delivery-modalities-in-urban-informal-settlement-schools-a-randomized-trial-in-nairobi-kenya
#20
Kate Bohnert, Anna N Chard, Alex Mwaki, Amy E Kirby, Richard Muga, Corey L Nagel, Evan A Thomas, Matthew C Freeman
The provision of safely managed sanitation in informal settlements is a challenge, especially in schools that require durable, clean, sex-segregated facilities for a large number of children. In informal settlements in Nairobi, school sanitation facilities demand considerable capital costs, yet are prone to breakage and often unhygienic. The private sector may be able to provide quality facilities and services to schools at lower costs as an alternative to the sanitation that is traditionally provided by the government...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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