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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427455/comparison-of-methods-for-detecting-asymptomatic-malaria-infections-in-the-china-myanmar-border-area
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Yonghong Zhao, Yan Zhao, Yanmin Lv, Fei Liu, Qinghui Wang, Peipei Li, Zhenjun Zhao, Yingjie Liu, Liwang Cui, Qi Fan, Yaming Cao
BACKGROUND: Sensitive methods for detecting asymptomatic malaria infections are essential for identifying potential transmission reservoirs and obtaining an accurate assessment of malaria epidemiology in low-endemicity areas aiming to eliminate malaria. PCR techniques to detect parasite nucleic acids (DNA or RNA) are among the most commonly used molecular methods. However, most of these methods are of low throughput and cannot be used for large-scale molecular epidemiological studies...
April 20, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418298/esbl-and-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-in-patients-with-bacteremia-yangon-myanmar-2014
#2
Tin O Myat, Rachel F Hannaway, Khwar N Zin, Wah W Htike, Kyu K Win, John A Crump, David R Murdoch, James E Ussher
Among 42 gram-negative bloodstream isolates from inpatients in 3 hospitals in Yangon, Myanmar, admitted during July-December 2014, 16 (38%) were extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae and 6 (14%) produced carbapenemase. The high prevalence of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria raises concerns about the empiric treatment of patients with sepsis in Yangon.
May 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414004/clinical-virological-and-epidemiological-characterization-of-dengue-outbreak-in-myanmar-2015
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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
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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/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/28389635/contrasting-granite-metallogeny-through-the-zircon-record-a-case-study-from-myanmar
#6
Nicholas J Gardiner, Chris J Hawkesworth, Laurence J Robb, Martin J Whitehouse, Nick M W Roberts, Christopher L Kirkland, Noreen J Evans
Granitoid-hosted mineral deposits are major global sources of a number of economically important metals. The fundamental controls on magma metal fertility are tectonic setting, the nature of source rocks, and magma differentiation. A clearer understanding of these petrogenetic processes has been forged through the accessory mineral zircon, which has considerable potential in metallogenic studies. We present an integrated zircon isotope (U-Pb, Lu-Hf, O) and trace element dataset from the paired Cu-Au (copper) and Sn-W (tin) magmatic belts in Myanmar...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
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/28381234/prevalence-and-associated-factors-of-illicit-drug-use-among-university-students-in-the-association-of-southeast-asian-nations-asean
#8
Siyan Yi, Karl Peltzer, Supa Pengpid, Indri Hapsari Susilowati
BACKGROUND: Illicit drug use among university students has been recognized as a global public health issue in recent years. It may lead to poor academic performance that in turn leads to poor productivity in their later life. This study explores prevalence of and factors associated with illicit drug use among university students in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). METHODS: This multi-country cross-sectional study was conducted in 2015 in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam...
April 6, 2017: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376883/asymptomatic-and-sub-microscopic-malaria-infection-in-kayah-state-eastern-myanmar
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Myo Thiha Zaw, Myo Thant, Tin Maung Hlaing, Naing Zin Aung, Min Thu, Kanit Phumchuea, Kanokwan Phusri, Teerawat Saeseu, Ritthideach Yorsaeng, Wang Nguitragool, Ingrid Felger, Jaranit Kaewkungwal, Liwang Cui, Jetsumon Sattabongkot
BACKGROUND: Myanmar has the heaviest burden of malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. Asymptomatic Plasmodium spp. infections are common in this region and may represent an important reservoir of transmission that must be targeted for malaria elimination. METHODS: A mass blood survey was conducted among 485 individuals from six villages in Kayah State, an area of endemic but low transmission malaria in eastern Myanmar. Malaria infection was screened by rapid diagnostic test (RDT), light microscopy and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and its association with demographic factors was explored...
April 4, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367656/prevalence-of-anemia-and-hemoglobin-disorders-among-school-children-in-myanmar
#10
Saw Thu Wah, Yoon Shwe Yi, Aye Aye Khin, Chotiros Plabplueng, Pornlada Nuchnoi
The prevalence of anemia is high in the population of Myanmar and hypochromic microcytic anemia (HMA) is predominant. The objective of our study was to determine the prevalence of anemia and causes of HMA among school children. A cross-sectional study was conducted on 239 children from Thanlyin and Insein Townships, Yangon Region, Myanmar. Complete blood count (CBC) and blood film morphology was examined on venous blood samples. Hypochromic microcytic anemia cases were subsequently analyzed for serum ferritin and cellulose acetate hemoglobin (Hb) electrophoresis...
April 2, 2017: Hemoglobin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366173/the-contribution-of-a-non-governmental-organisation-s-community-based-tuberculosis-care-programme-to-case-finding-in-myanmar-trend-over-time
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Htet Myet Win Maung, Saw Saw, Petros Isaakidis, Mohammed Khogali, Anthony Reid, Nguyen Binh Hoa, Ko Ko Zaw, Saw Thein, Si Thu Aung
BACKGROUND: It is estimated that the standard, passive case finding (PCF) strategy for detecting cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Myanmar has not been successful: 26% of cases are missing. Therefore, alternative strategies, such as active case finding (ACF) by community volunteers, have been initiated since 2011. This study aimed to assess the contribution of a Community Based TB Care Programme (CBTC) by local non-government organizations (NGOs) to TB case finding in Myanmar over 4 years...
April 3, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359289/insecticide-resistance-in-malaria-vectors-along-the-thailand-myanmar-border
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Victor Chaumeau, Dominique Cerqueira, John Zadrozny, Praphan Kittiphanakun, Chiara Andolina, Theeraphap Chareonviriyaphap, François Nosten, Vincent Corbel
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of data about the susceptibility status of malaria vectors to Public Health insecticides along the Thailand-Myanmar border. This lack of data is a limitation to guide malaria vector-control in this region. The aim of this study was to assess the susceptibility status of malaria vectors to deltamethrin, permethrin and DDT and to validate a simple molecular assay for the detection of knock-down resistance (kdr) mutations in the study area. METHODS: Anopheles mosquitoes were collected in four sentinel villages during August and November 2014 and July 2015 using human landing catch and cow bait collection methods...
March 31, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340619/operational-and-implementation-research-within-global-fund-to-fight-aids-tuberculosis-and-malaria-grants-a-situation-analysis-in-six-countries
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Sabine Kiefer, Astrid M Knoblauch, Peter Steinmann, Tanja Barth-Jaeggi, Mahnaz Vahedi, Dermot Maher, Jürg Utzinger, Kaspar Wyss
BACKGROUND: Operational/implementation research (OR/IR) is a key activity to improve disease control programme performance. We assessed the extent to which malaria and tuberculosis (TB) grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria ("Global Fund") include support for OR/IR, and discuss the implications of the current Global Fund operating mechanisms for OR/IR support. METHODS: The situation analysis focussed on malaria and TB, while HIV was excluded...
March 24, 2017: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335885/policy-and-priorities-for-national-cancer-control-planning-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-lessons-from-the-association-of-southeast-asian-nations-asean-costs-in-oncology-prospective-cohort-study
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BACKGROUND: Evidence to guide policymakers in developing affordable and equitable cancer control plans are scarce in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). METHODS: The 2012-2014 ASEAN Costs in Oncology Study prospectively followed-up 9513 newly diagnosed cancer patients from eight LMIC in Southeast Asia for 12 months. Overall and country-specific incidence of financial catastrophe (out-of-pocket health costs ≥ 30% of annual household income), economic hardship (inability to make necessary household payments), poverty (living below national poverty line), and all-cause mortality were determined...
March 2017: European Journal of Cancer
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
#15
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/28335801/different-challenges-different-approaches-and-related-expenditures-of-community-based-tuberculosis-activities-by-international-non-governmental-organizations-in-myanmar
#16
Wai Wai Han, Saw Saw, Petros Isaakidis, Mohammed Khogali, Anthony Reid, Nguyen Hoa, Ko Ko Zaw, Si Thu Aung
BACKGROUND: International non-governmental organizations (INGOs) have been implementing community-based tuberculosis (TB) care (CBTBC) in Myanmar since 2011. Although the National TB Programme (NTP) ultimately plans to take over CBTBC, there have been no evaluations of the models of care or of the costs of providing CBTBC in Myanmar by INGOs. METHODS: This was a descriptive study using routinely-collected programmatic and financial data from four INGOs during 2013 and 2014, adjusted for inflation...
March 24, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331413/resurrection-of-bronchocela-burmana-blanford-1878-for-the-green-crested-lizard-squamata-agamidae-of-southern-myanmar
#17
George R Zug, Daniel G Mulcahy, Jens V Vindum
Recent fieldwork in southern Tanintharyi revealed the presence of a small Green Crested Lizard in the wet evergreen forest. We generated mtDNA sequence data (ND2) that demonstrates that this population's nearest relative is Bronchocela rayaensis Grismer et al., 2015 of Pulau Langkawi, northwestern Peninsular Malaysia and Phuket Island. Morphologically the Burmese Bronchocela shares many features with Bronchocela rayaensis, which potentially would make this recently described Thai-Malay species a synonym of Bronchocela burmana Blanford, 1878; however, we interpret the genetic and morphological differences to reflect evolutionary divergence and recommend the recognition of both species...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330511/cytochrome-c-oxidase-subunit-i-haplotype-reveals-high-genetic-diversity-of-angiostrongylus-malaysiensis-nematoda-angiostrongylidae
#18
P Eamsobhana, H S Yong, S L Song, A Prasartvit, S Boonyong, A Tungtrongchitr
The rat lungworm Angiostrongylus malaysiensis is a metastrongyloid nematode parasite. It has been reported in Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and Japan. In this study, A. malaysiensis adult worms recovered from the lungs of wild rats in different geographical regions/provinces in Thailand were used to determine their haplotype by means of the mitochondrial partial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene sequence. The results revealed high COI haplotype diversity of A. malaysiensis from Thailand...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330170/an-efficient-and-cost-effective-method-of-rna-extraction-from-mucilage-phenol-and-secondary-metabolite-rich-bark-tissue-of-tossa-jute-c-olitorius-l-actively-developing-phloem-fiber
#19
S B Choudhary, M Kumar, I Chowdhury, R K Singh, S P Pandey, H K Sharma, P G Karmakar
Tossa jute is an important natural fiber crop of Southeast Asian countries including India, Bangladesh, China, Thailand, Myanmar etc. Traditional industrial application of jute fiber is limited to the packaging products like hessians, sacks, etc. and the fiber found unsuitable for textile industries largely due to significantly high lignin content. Therefore, understanding genetic factors underlying lignin biosynthesis in tossa jute holds promise for jute based product diversification. The major limiting factor in undertaking such study is unavailability of efficient protocol for RNA extraction at secondary growth active stage of tossa jute...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329141/frequent-spread-of-plasmodium-vivax-malaria-maintains-high-genetic-diversity-at-the-myanmar-china-border-without-distance-and-landscape-barriers
#20
Eugenia Lo, Nancy Lam, Elizabeth Hemming-Schroeder, Jennifer Nguyen, Guofa Zhou, Ming-Chieh Lee, Zhaoqing Yang, Liwang Cui, Guiyun Yan
Background.: In Myanmar, civil unrest and the establishment of internally displaced persons (IDP) settlements along the Myanmar-China border have impacted malaria transmission. Methods.: Microsatellite markers were used to examine source-sink dynamics for Plasmodium vivax between IDP and surrounding villages in the border region. Genotypic structure and diversity were compared across the three years following the establishment of IDP in order to infer demographic history...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
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