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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934206/estimating-the-prevalence-and-intensity-of-schistosoma-mansoni-infection-among-rural-communities-in-western-tanzania-the-influence-of-sampling-strategy-and-statistical-approach
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Jared S Bakuza, Matthew J Denwood, Gamba Nkwengulila, Barbara K Mable
BACKGROUND: Schistosoma mansoni is a parasite of major public health importance in developing countries, where it causes a neglected tropical disease known as intestinal schistosomiasis. However, the distribution of the parasite within many endemic regions is currently unknown, which hinders effective control. The purpose of this study was to characterize the prevalence and intensity of infection of S. mansoni in a remote area of western Tanzania. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Stool samples were collected from 192 children and 147 adults residing in Gombe National Park and four nearby villages...
September 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931915/non-tuberculous-mycobacteria-isolated-from-pulmonary-samples-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analyses
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Catherine Okoi, Suzanne T B Anderson, Martin Antonio, Sarah N Mulwa, Florian Gehre, Ifedayo M O Adetifa
Pulmonary non-tuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) disease epidemiology in sub-Saharan Africa is not as well described as for pulmonary tuberculosis. Earlier reviews of global NTM epidemiology only included subject-level data from one sub-Saharan Africa country. We systematically reviewed the literature and searched PubMed, Embase, Popline, OVID and Africa Wide Information for articles on prevalence and clinical relevance of NTM detection in pulmonary samples in sub-Saharan Africa. We applied the American Thoracic Society/Infectious Disease Society of America criteria to differentiate between colonisation and disease...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931832/mediating-role-of-trpv1-ion-channels-in-the-co-exposure-to-pm2-5-and-formaldehyde-of-balb-c-mice-asthma-model
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Jing Song, Jun Kang, Bencheng Lin, Jinquan Li, Yuqing Zhu, Junting Du, Xu Yang, Zhuge Xi, Rui Li
Asthma is a complex pulmonary inflammatory disease that can be promoted by air pollutants such as PM2.5 and formaldehyde (FA). However, existent experimental evidence principally focuses on the negative influence of a single air pollutant, neglecting the possible synergistic effect in biological responses to mixture of these pollutants, a more common situation in our daily life. In this study, allergic Balb/c mice were exposed to a mixture of PM2.5 and FA, and their toxicological effects and mechanisms were explored...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930585/leishmaniasis-treatment-update-of-possibilities-for-drug-repurposing
#4
Valter Viana Andrade-Neto, Edezio Ferreira Cunha-Junior, Viviane Dos Santos Faioes, Thais Pereira Martins, Raphaela Lopes Silva, Leonor Laura Leon, Eduardo Caio Torres-Santos
The leishmaniases represent a public health problem in under-developed countries and are considered a neglected disease by the World Health Organization (WHO). They are cuased by Leishmania  parasites with different clinical manifestations. Currently, there is no vaccine, and treatment is in-efficient and is associated with both serious side effects often leading to resistance to the parasites. Thus, it is essential to search for new treatment strategies, such as drug repurposing, i.e., the use of drugs that are already used for other diseases...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930584/metal-and-metalloid-containing-drugs-for-the-treatment-of-trypanosomatid-diseases
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Gianni Colotti, Annarita Fiorillo, Andrea Ilari
The trypanosomatid-induced diseases are considered as neglected, because the countries where they kill people are not important markets for western big pharmaceutical companies. However, recently some effort has been made to translate the use of already known drugs to neglected infectious disease. Although many metals are essential to life, many disorders affecting metal homeostasis and bioavailability are responsible for several human diseases. Metals can be toxic even at very low concentrations and semimetals are classified as toxic and dangerous for the environment...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929911/understanding-the-effects-of-intermittent-shedding-on-the-transmission-of-infectious-diseases-example-of-salmonellosis-in-pigs
#6
Glenn E Lahodny, Raju Gautam, Renata Ivanek
A number of environmentally transmitted infectious diseases are characterized by intermittent infectiousness of infected hosts. However, it is unclear whether intermittent infectiousness must be explicitly accounted for in mathematical models for these diseases or if a simplified modelling approach is acceptable. To address this question we study the transmission of salmonellosis between penned pigs in a grower-finisher facility. The model considers indirect transmission, growth of free-living Salmonella within the environment, and environmental decontamination...
December 2017: Journal of Biological Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929189/-hyponatremia-in-emergency-admissions-often-dangerous
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REVIEW
W Fenske
Hyponatremia is the most common electrolyte disorder in clinical practice and associated with increased morbidity and mortality, independent of underlying disease. Untreated acute hyponatremia can cause substantial morbidity and mortality as a result of osmotically induced cerebral edema whilst over rapid correction of chronic hyponatremia can cause serious neurologic impairment and death resulting from osmotic demyelination. Still hyponatremia is often neglected and insufficiently addressed, most likely due to limited understanding of its pathophysiological mechanisms...
September 19, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929112/imaging-diagnosis-of-right-ventricle-involvement-in-chagas-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Minna M D Romano, Henrique T Moreira, André Schmidt, Benedito Carlos Maciel, José Antônio Marin-Neto
Right ventricle (RV) is considered a neglected chamber in cardiology and knowledge about its role in cardiac function was mostly focused on ventricular interdependence. However, progress on the understanding of myocardium diseases primarily involving the RV led to a better comprehension of its role in health and disease. In Chagas disease (CD), there is direct evidence from both basic and clinical research of profound structural RV abnormalities. However, clinical detection of these abnormalities is hindered by technical limitations of imaging diagnostic tools...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928945/pathogenic-helminths-in-the-past-much-ado-about-nothing
#9
Christian Mulder
Despite a long tradition on the extent to which Romanisation has improved human health, some recent studies suggest that Romanisation in general, and Roman sanitation in particular, may not have made people any healthier, given that in Roman times gastrointestinal parasites were apparently widespread, whilst in the present day such parasites rarely cause diseases. Unfortunately, this novel claim neglects the empirical evidence that worldwide infections in over 1.5 billion people are caused by ubiquitous foodborne nematodes...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927437/community-participation-in-mosquito-breeding-site-control-an-interdisciplinary-mixed-methods-study-in-cura%C3%A3-ao
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Jelte Elsinga, Henry T van der Veen, Izzy Gerstenbluth, Johannes G M Burgerhof, Arie Dijkstra, Martin P Grobusch, Adriana Tami, Ajay Bailey
BACKGROUND: As the arboviral diseases dengue, chikungunya and Zika emerge in the Americas, so does the need for sustainable vector control policies. To successfully achieve mosquito control, joint efforts of both communities and governments are essential. This study investigates this important, but by-and-large neglected topic. METHODS: In June and July 2015, a cross-sectional mixed methods study applying a survey questionnaire (response rate of 82.5%; n = 339), in-depth interviews (n = 20) and focus group discussions (n = 7; 50 participants) was performed in Curaçao...
September 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927275/proton-coupled-conformational-allostery-modulates-the-inhibitor-selectivity-for-%C3%AE-secretase
#11
Robert C Harris, Cheng-Chieh Tsai, Christopher R Ellis, Jana Shen
Many important pharmaceutical targets, such as aspartyl proteases and kinases, exhibit pH-dependent dynamics, functions and inhibition. Accurate prediction of their binding free energies is challenging because current computational techniques neglect the effects of pH. Here we combine free energy perturbation calculations with continuous constant pH molecular dynamics to explore the selectivity of a small-molecule inhibitor for β-secretase (BACE1), an important drug target for Alzheimer's disease. The calculations predicted identical affinity for BACE1 and the closely related cathepsin D at high pH; however, at pH 4...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924201/discovery-semisynthesis-antiparasitic-and-cytotoxic-evaluation-of-14-membered-resorcylic-acid-lactones-and-their-derivatives
#12
Xue-Qing Zhang, Carmenza Spadafora, Laura M Pineda, Michelle G Ng, Ji-Hong Sun, Wei Wang, Chang-Yun Wang, Yu-Cheng Gu, Chang-Lun Shao
Ten antifouling 14-membered resorcylic acid lactones 1-10 were isolated previously with low or trace natural abundance from the zoanthid-derived Cochliobolus lunatus fungus. Further optimization of fermentation conditions led to the isolation of two major natural compounds 7 and 8 with multi-gram quantities. By one or two steps, we semisynthesized the six trace natural compounds 1-6 and a series of derivatives 11-27 of compounds 7 and 8 with high yields (65-95%). Compounds 11-13 showed strong antiplasmodial activity against Plasmodium falciparum with IC50 values of 1...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922908/vitamin-d-status-in-internationally-adopted-children-the-experience-in-northwest-italy
#13
Irene Raffaldi, Silvia Garazzino, Giuseppina Ballardini, Mauro Zaffaroni, Nicolino Grasso, Gianni Bona, Pier-Angelo Tovo, Andrea Guala
BACKGROUND: The majority of internationally adopted children, before adoption, might have experienced malnutrition, exposure to infectious diseases, environmental deprivation and neglect; they could also develop medical problems such as vitamin D deficiency. Scantly data are available about vitamin D status in internationally adopted children and, to our knowledge, no report exists on Italian adoptees. METHODS: We carried out a prospective multicenter study, involving three Pediatric Centers in Piedmont, Italy, in order to collect information about 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] profile in adoptees, shortly after their arrival in Italy...
September 15, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915247/trends-and-correlates-of-cystic-echinococcosis-in-chile-2001-2012
#14
Soledad Colombe, Eri Togami, Fkadu Gelaw, Marina Antillon, Rodrigo Fuentes, Daniel Martin Weinberger
Echinococcosis is a neglected zoonotic disease affecting over 1 million people worldwide at any given time. It is the leading cause of hospital admissions for parasitic diseases in Chile. We conducted a retrospective investigation of hospitalized cases to describe the epidemiological trends of echinococcosis in Chile. We also examined the potential environmental risk factors for echinococcosis hospitalization rates. Through nation-wide hospital discharge data, a total of 11,516 hospitalized patients with cystic echinococcosis were identified between January 2001 and December 2012...
September 15, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915239/structural-basis-for-the-high-specificity-of-a-trypanosoma-congolense-immunoassay-targeting-glycosomal-aldolase
#15
Joar Pinto, Steven Odongo, Felicity Lee, Vaiva Gaspariunaite, Serge Muyldermans, Stefan Magez, Yann G-J Sterckx
BACKGROUND: Animal African trypanosomosis (AAT) is a neglected tropical disease which imposes a heavy burden on the livestock industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its causative agents are Trypanosoma parasites, with T. congolense and T. vivax being responsible for the majority of the cases. Recently, we identified a Nanobody (Nb474) that was employed to develop a homologous sandwich ELISA targeting T. congolense fructose-1,6-bisphosphate aldolase (TcoALD). Despite the high sequence identity between trypanosomatid aldolases, the Nb474-based immunoassay is highly specific for T...
September 15, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913704/impact-of-etiology-age-and-gender-on-onset-and-severity-of-hyponatremia-in-patients-with-hypopituitarism-retrospective-analysis-in-a-specialised-endocrine-unit
#16
Dragana Miljic, Mirjana Doknic, Marko Stojanovic, Marina Nikolic-Djurovic, Milan Petakov, Vera Popovic, Sandra Pekic
BACKGROUND: Hyponatremia can unmask hypopituitarism and secondary adrenal insufficiency. This is important, since the need to screen for steroid deficiency, in patients with hyponatremia is often neglected. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a retrospective study, twenty-five patients (13f/12m, age 58.9 ± 18.6 years) with hyponatremia (119.7 ± 10.5 mmol/L) were identified among 260 in-patients treated for hypopituitarism in our specialized endocrine unit, over the last decade...
September 14, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911132/the-neglected-diseases-will-a-new-world-order-reverse-global-gains
#17
Peter J Hotez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911050/motor-abnormalities-from-neurodevelopmental-to-neurodegenerative-through-functional-neuro-psychiatric-disorders
#18
Victor Peralta, Manuel J Cuesta
Background: Motor abnormalities (MAs) of severe mental disorders have been traditionally neglected both in clinical practice and research, although they are an increasing focus of attention because of their clinical and neurobiological relevance. For historical reasons, most of the literature on MAs has been focused to a great extent on schizophrenia, and as a consequence their prevalence and featural properties in other psychiatric or neuropsychiatric disorders are poorly known. In this article, we evaluated the extent to which catatonic, extrapyramidal and neurological soft signs, and their associated clinical features, are present transdiagnostically...
September 1, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910299/access-to-benznidazole-for-chagas-disease-in-the-united-states-cautious-optimism
#19
Jonathan D Alpern, Rogelio Lopez-Velez, William M Stauffer
Drugs for neglected tropical diseases (NTD) are being excessively priced in the United States. Benznidazole, the first-line drug for Chagas disease, may become approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and manufactured by a private company in the US, thus placing it at risk of similar pricing. Chagas disease is an NTD caused by Trypanosoma cruzi; it is endemic to Latin America, infecting 8 million individuals. Human migration has changed the epidemiology causing nonendemic countries to face increased challenges in diagnosing and managing patients with Chagas disease...
September 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910281/global-health-policy-and-neglected-tropical-diseases-then-now-and-in-the-years-to-come
#20
Thomas Fürst, Paola Salari, Laura Monzón Llamas, Peter Steinmann, Christopher Fitzpatrick, Fabrizio Tediosi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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