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Takao Asai, Claudia Còrdova Vidal, Wilma Strauss, Toshikazu Ikoma, Kazuo Endoh, Masaharu Yamamoto
Bolivia is one of the countries with a high intestinal helminth and protozoan infection rate. Despite the high prevalence of the parasitic infection, nationwide preventive measures for Bolivian children have not yet been implemented. We evaluated the effect of mass stool examination and treatment as a strategy for decreasing the infection rate. This study was conducted between 2013 and 2015 in children aged 2-18 years. A total of 2,033 stool samples (575 in 2013, 815 in 2014 and 642 in 2015) were collected and examined using the formalin-ether medical sedimentation method...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Ivana Matic, Ajinkya Revandkar, Jingjing Chen, Angela Bisio, Stefano Dall'Acqua, Veronica Cocetta, Paola Brun, Giorgio Mancino, Martina Milanese, Maurizio Mattei, Monica Montopoli, Andrea Alimonti
Cellular senescence is a stable cell cycle arrest that is the causative process of aging. The PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway is implicated in the control of cellular senescence and inhibitors of this pathway have been successfully used for life span prolongation experiments in mammals. PTEN is the major regulator of the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway and loss of PTEN promotes a senescence response termed PICS. Here we report a novel-screening assay, for the identification of compounds that block different types of senescence response...
December 1, 2016: Aging
Andréa A N Kohatsu, Flávia A J Silva, Acácio I Francisco, Aline Rimoldi, Marco T A Silva, Maria D Vargas, João A da Rosa, Regina M B Cicarelli
Resistance to benznidazole in certain strains of Trypanosoma cruzi may be caused by the increased production of enzymes that act on the oxidative metabolism, such as mitochondrial tryparedoxin peroxidase (mTcTXNPx) which catalyses the reduction of peroxides. This work presents cytotoxicity assays performed with ferrocenyl diamine hydrochlorides in six different strains of T. cruzi epimastigote forms (Y, Bolivia, SI1, SI8, QMII, and SIGR3). The last four strains have been recently isolated from triatominae and mammalian host (domestic cat)...
December 2, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Daniel N R Costa, Wayne N Mathis, Luciane Marinoni
The species of the genus Lamproclasiopa Hendel are revised, including 13 new species (type locality in parenthesis): Lamproclasiopa aliceae (United States. New Mexico. Grant: Silver City (Big Ditch; 32°46.4'N, 108°16.5'W; 1790 m)), Lamproclasiopa argentipicta (Costa Rica. San José. Zurquí de Moravia (10°2.8'N, 84°0.6'W)), Lamproclasiopa auritunica (Bolívia. Oruro: Paznã (S. of the town; 18°36.2'S, 66°54.7'W, 3750 m).), Lamproclasiopa brunnea (Costa Rica. San José. Zurquí de Moravia (10°2.8'N, 84°0...
2016: ZooKeys
Elena Sevillano, Mirella Moreno, Fatima Funes, Magaly Espinoza, Zulema Bustamante, Lucía Gallego
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November 24, 2016: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
Jesus Martinez, Robert B Wallace
Primate territorial calls have been used to locate groups in censuses. Daily variations in call rates are a potential source of error in these studies. To obtain more accurate estimations of population density it is necessary to determine how much variation there is in group call rates and to identify the factors that influence them. We present data on the emission of territorial calls by two threatened and endemic titi monkeys in Bolivia: Plecturocebus olallae and P. modestus. We found interspecific differences in daily call rates (52% P...
November 24, 2016: Folia Primatologica; International Journal of Primatology
Hannah Hong, Oscar J Mújica, José Anaya, Van C Lansingh, Ellery López, Juan Carlos Silva
BACKGROUND: No comprehensive study currently exists on the supply of ophthalmologists across Latin America. We explored sociogeographic inequalities in the availability and distribution of ophthalmologists across 14 Latin American countries. METHODS: The National Ophthalmologic Societies of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela provided data on affiliated ophthalmologists by first-order subnational divisions in 2013...
November 18, 2016: BMJ Open
Expedito Ja Luna, Celia R Furucho, Rubens A Silva, Dalva M Wanderley, Noemia B Carvalho, Camila G Satolo, Ruth M Leite, Cassio Silveira, Lia Mb Silva, Fernando M Aith, Nivaldo Carneiro, Maria A Shikanai-Yasuda
With the urbanisation of the population in developing countries and the process of globalisation, Chagas has become an emerging disease in the urban areas of endemic and non-endemic countries. In 2006, it was estimated that the prevalence of Chagas disease among the general Bolivian population was 6.8%. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of Trypanosoma cruzi infection among Bolivian immigrants living in São Paulo, Brazil. This study had a sample of 633 volunteers who were randomly selected from the clientele of primary care units located in the central districts of São Paulo, Brazil...
November 16, 2016: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Jungbin Mok, Nickolay A Krotkov, Antti Arola, Omar Torres, Hiren Jethva, Marcos Andrade, Gordon Labow, Thomas F Eck, Zhanqing Li, Russell R Dickerson, Georgiy L Stenchikov, Sergey Osipov, Xinrong Ren
The spectral dependence of light absorption by atmospheric particulate matter has major implications for air quality and climate forcing, but remains uncertain especially in tropical areas with extensive biomass burning. In the September-October 2007 biomass-burning season in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, we studied light absorbing (chromophoric) organic or "brown" carbon (BrC) with surface and space-based remote sensing. We found that BrC has negligible absorption at visible wavelengths, but significant absorption and strong spectral dependence at UV wavelengths...
November 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Camilo Noreña-Herrera, Carlos Alberto Rojas, Lizeth Cruz-Jiménez
The aim of this review was to describe HIV prevalence in children and youth living on the street and subject to commercial sexual exploitation, and the studies' characteristics in terms of place, time, population, and sample design. This was a systematic review, not a meta-analysis, based on an article search in 10 electronic databases: Science Direct, MEDLINE, OVID, LILACS, Wiley InterScience, MD Consult, Springer Link, Embase, Web of Science, and Ebsco. A complementary search was also performed in the libraries of schools of public health and webpages of U...
November 3, 2016: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Nelson Buainain, Guilherme Renzo Rocha Brito, Daniel Honorato Firme, Daniel Monteiro Figueira, Marcos A Raposo, Claydson Pinto De Assis
The Saffron-billed Sparrow (Arremon flavirostris) complex occurs in the undergrowth of deciduous woodlands and forests from the Andes of Bolivia and northern Argentina to Paraguay and southern, mid-western and interior eastern Brazil. Currently four subspecies are recognized: A. f. flavirostris, A. f. polionotus, A. f. devillii and A. f. dorbignii. We review the taxonomy of this complex by analyzing coloration and morphometrics of a series of 234 skins, and by comparing 101 sound recordings. Our results suggest that under both the Phylogenetic and Biological Species Concept, three species should be recognized in this complex: A...
October 26, 2016: Zootaxa
Thiago V V Costa, Leo Joseph, Luís Fábio Silveira
The Rose-fronted Parakeet Pyrrhura roseifrons (Gray, 1859) is a poorly known species that occurs in lowland forest of western Amazonia, from eastern Peru to western Brazil and northern Bolivia (Collar 1997; Forshaw 2010). Like many Pyrrhura species, it is mostly green, and has a pale auricular patch, red tail and belly, but presents a bright red head, distinct from any other close relatives within the genus. It was long considered a subspecies of P. picta (Statius Miller, 1776) (Arndt 1983; Arndt 1996; Collar 1997; Juniper & Parr, 1998) and only recently has its specific rank been restored (Joseph 2000, 2002; Ribas et al...
October 28, 2016: Zootaxa
Gabriel Wolfson, Enrique Vargas, Vaughn A Browne, Lorna G Moore, Colleen Glyde Julian
CONTEXT: An imbalance of pro- and anti-angiogenic factors is thought to be central to the widespread vascular dysfunction characteristic to preeclampsia (PreE). Erythropoietin (Epo), a pleiotrophic cytokine known for its erythropoietic effects, has important angiogenic and vasoactive properties, however its contribution to impaired maternal vascular responses in PreE is unknown. OBJECTIVE(S): Since chronic hypoxia raises the incidence of PreE we asked whether the chronic hypoxia of high altitude (HA) increased maternal Epo and soluble Epo receptor (sEpoR) levels, and whether such effects differed between PreE cases and normotensive controls at HA...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Eugenia P Tomasini, Fernando Marte, Valeria P Careaga, Carlos Rúa Landa, Gabriela Siracusano, Marta S Maier
The image of Our Lady of Copacabana, a gilded polychrome sculpture carved in maguey wood in 1583, is one of the most important devotions in the Americas. In former research, we have identified the use of gypsum, Armenian bole, cerussite and atacamite in its polychromy. In this study, a red sample taken from the Virgin's tunic and a blue sample extracted from the cloak have been analysed with the aim to identify both pigments and offer insights into the painting technique. Analysis by micro-Raman spectroscopy complemented with scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy and high-performance liquid chromatography allowed the identification of carmine lake in the red sample...
December 13, 2016: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
Pedro J Alcolea, Ana Alonso, Francisco García-Tabares, María C Mena, Sergio Ciordia, Vicente Larraga
Leishmania amazonensis is one of the major etiological agents of the neglected, stigmatizing disease termed american cutaneous leishmaniasis (ACL). ACL is a zoonosis and rodents are the main reservoirs. Most cases of ACL are reported in Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. The biological cycle of the parasite is digenetic because sand fly vectors transmit the motile promastigote stage to the mammalian host dermis during blood meal intakes. The amastigote stage survives within phagocytes of the mammalian host...
2016: PloS One
Tiffany H Kung, Eugene T Richardson, Tarub S Mabud, Catherine A Heaney, Evaleen Jones, Jessica Evert
CONTEXT: High-income country (HIC) trainees are undertaking global health experiences in low- and middle-income country (LMIC) host communities in increasing numbers. Although the benefits for HIC trainees are well described, the benefits and drawbacks for LMIC host communities are not well captured. OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the perspectives of supervising physicians and local programme coordinators from LMIC host communities who engaged with HIC trainees in the context of the latter's short-term experiences in global health...
November 2016: Medical Education
Naja I Beck, Issra Arif, Michelle F Paumier, Kathryn H Jacobsen
OBJECTIVES: The goals of this study were to identify the proportion of early adolescents in southern South America who were injured in the past year, to identify risk behaviours and other exposures associated with injuries, and to evaluate the most common types and causes of injury in this population. METHODS: We used complex samples analysis to examine cross-sectional data from more than 35,000 students from all four countries in South America that participated in the Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS) in 2012-2013...
December 2016: Injury
Alexandra Jochmans-Lemoine, Manju Shahare, Jorge Soliz, Vincent Joseph
We previously reported that rats and mice that have been raised for more than 30 generations in La Paz, Bolivia (3600m), display divergent physiological responses to high altitude (HA), including improved respiratory and metabolic control in mice. In the present study we asked whether these traits would also be present in response to hypoxia at sea level (SL). To answer this question, we exposed rats (SD) and mice (FVB) to normoxia (21% O2) or hypoxia (15 and 12% O2) for 6 hours and measured ventilation and metabolic rate (whole body plethysmography), and expression of the transcription factor HIF-1α (ELISA and Mass Spectrometry) and other proteins whose expression are regulated by hypoxia (Glucose Transporter 1, Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Kinase 1, and Angiopoietin 2 - Mass Spectrometry) in the brainstem...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
Christopher Hartmann
Several Latin American countries are implementing a suite of so-called "postneoliberal" social and political economic policies to counter neoliberal models that emerged in the 1980s. This article considers the influence of postneoliberalism on public health discourses, policies, institutions, and practices in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Social medicine and neoliberal public health models are antecedents of postneoliberal public health care models. Postneoliberal public health governance models neither fully incorporate social medicine nor completely reject neoliberal models...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Public Health
Celeste Aurora Sánchez González
Objective To review, organize, and share the experience of the regulatory authorities of countries involved in a project headed by the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Americas (ALBA) for the establishment of a regulatory center (ALBAMED) and a single registry to facilitate access to essential medicines while ensuring quality, safety, and effectiveness, as well as to demonstrate how the construction of this forum for regional cooperation has benefited these authorities and their respective regulatory systems...
May 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
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