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Yu-Ting Huang, Li Zhao, Hong-Ling Wen, Yi Yang, Hao Yu, Xue-Jie Yu
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome is an emerging hemorrhagic fever disease in eastern Asia, caused by a tickborne bunyavirus. Of 25 patients hospitalized with this disease in China, 100% produced and maintained neutralizing antibodies to severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus for the study period of 4 years.
November 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Audrey Mirand, François Vié le Sage, Bruno Pereira, Robert Cohen, Corinne Levy, Christine Archimbaud, Hélène Peigue-Lafeuille, Jean-Luc Bailly, Cécile Henquell
The clinical impact of enteroviruses associated with hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is unknown outside Asia, and the prevalence of enterovirus A71 (EV-A71) in particular might be underestimated. To investigate the prevalence of enterovirus serotypes and the clinical presentations associated with HFMD in France, we conducted prospective ambulatory clinic-based surveillance of children during April 2014-March 2015. Throat or buccal swabs were collected from children with HFMD and tested for the enterovirus genome...
November 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Kamal Niaz, Mohammad Abdollahi
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a deadly flavivirus that has spread from Africa to Asia and European countries. The virus is associated with other viruses in the same genus or family, transmitted by the same mosquito species with known history of fatality. A sudden increase in the rate of infection from ZIKV has made it a global health concern, which necessitates close symptom monitoring, enhancing treatment options, and vaccine production. This paper reviewed current reports on birth defects associated with ZIKV, mode of transmission, body fluids containing the virus, diagnosis , possible preventive measures or treatments, and vaccine development...
October 18, 2016: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
Thashi Chang, Bethan Lang, Angela Vincent
BACKGROUND: Stiff person syndrome is a highly disabling, progressive autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system characterized by muscle rigidity and spasms. Stiff person syndrome is rare, but is believed to be under diagnosed with only 14 cases been reported among a 1.7 billion population in South Asia. We report the first authenticated case from Sri Lanka. CASE PRESENTATION: A 55-year-old Sri Lankan female presented with difficulty in walking and recurrent falls due to progressive muscular rigidity in her lower limbs and trunk with superimposed muscle spasms that occurred in response to unexpected noise, startle or emotional upset...
October 18, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Wei-Jei Lee
Obesity is a pan-endemic health problem in both developed and developing countries, in both western and eastern countries. It increases risk for many common diseases, including type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, heart disease, stroke, asthma, osteoarthritis, cancers and depression etc.. Although the incidence of obesity in Asia is relatively low, Asian patients tend to have similar incidence of obesity related metabolic syndrome at lower BMI level comparing to Caucasians because of central obesity...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Anil C Anand, Radha K Dhiman
Acute on chronic liver failure (ACLF) is a recently recognized syndrome and its definition has been evolving over last two decades. Currently, there is no universal consensus about the definition as kind of cases being seen in the Western world appear to be somewhat different from those that are seen in Asia Pacific region. But every one agrees that definition of ACLF should include following components. (a) The status of pre-existing liver disease, (b) defining the acute insult that leads to rapid deterioration of liver status, (c) time frame during which the acute insult can lead to rapid deterioration, (d) the quantification and definition of liver failure status after deterioration, which will determine the severity of ACLF, and (e) prediction of prognosis after analyzing first four components in the short and long terms...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology
Jae Hyun Jung, Gwan Gyu Song, Jong Dae Ji, Young Ho Lee, Jae-Hoon Kim, Young Ho Seo, Sung Jae Choi
Background/Aims: We performed this study to investigate associations between metabolic syndrome, chronic kidney disease (CKD), and gout. Methods: We reviewed the medical records of 151 patients with gout at the Department of Rheumatology in Korea University Ansan Hospital. The following measures were examined: waist circumference, blood pressure, alcohol consumption, and levels of triglyceride, high density lipoprotein cholesterol, fasting serum glucose, serum uric acid (SUA), creatinine, insulin, and C-peptide...
October 12, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
David S Younger
Zika virus is an arbovirus belonging to the Flaviviridae family known to cause mild clinical symptoms similar to those of dengue and chikungunya. Zika is transmitted by different species of Aedes mosquitoes. Nonhuman primates and possibly rodents play a role as reservoirs. Direct interhuman transmission has also been reported. Human cases have been reported in Africa and Asia, Easter Island, the insular Pacific region, and Brazil. Its clinical profile is that of a dengue-like febrile illness, but recently associated Guillain-Barre syndrome and microcephaly have appeared...
November 2016: Neurologic Clinics
Mary Kay Kindhauser, Tomas Allen, Veronika Frank, Ravi Shankar Santhana, Christopher Dye
OBJECTIVE: To describe the temporal and geographical distribution of Zika virus infection and associated neurological disorders, from 1947 to 1 February 2016, when Zika became a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). METHODS: We did a literature search using the terms "Zika" and "ZIKV" in PubMed, cross-checked the findings for completeness against other published reviews and added formal notifications to WHO submitted under the International Health Regulations...
September 1, 2016: Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Tatjana Avšic Županc, Miroslav Petrovec
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that represents a public health emergency at the ongoing epidemic. This obscure virus was limited to sporadic cases in Africa and Asia, until the emergence of Zika virus in Brazil in 2015, when it rapidly spread throughout the Americas. Most Zika virus infections are subclinical or characterized by mild febrile illness. However, neurological complications, including Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults, and congenital anomalies, including microcephaly in babies born to infected mothers, raised a grave concern...
December 1, 2016: Zdravstveno Varstvo
Stepan Suchanek, Tomas Grega, Ondrej Ngo, Gabriela Vojtechova, Ondrej Majek, Petra Minarikova, Nagyija Brogyuk, Bohus Bunganic, Bohumil Seifert, Ladislav Dusek, Miroslav Zavoral
The incidence and prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MS) and colorectal cancer (CRC) has been rising in developed countries. The association between these two diseases has been widely studied and reported. Less evidence is available about the relationship between MS and CRC precancerous lesions (adenomatous polyps, adenomas). The aim of this paper is to present an overview of our scientific understanding of that topic and its implication in clinical practice. One of the principal goals of current CRC secondary prevention efforts is to detect and remove the precancerous lesions in individuals with an average CRC risk to prevent the development of invasive cancer...
September 28, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Axelle Bonhomme, Claire Poreaux, Fabienne Jouen, Jean-Luc Schmutz, Pierre Gillet, Annick Barbaud
Nigella sativa oil (NSO), extracted from the plant Nigella sativa, is traditionally used in Africa and Asia for many therapeutic properties. Thymoquinone, its main constituent, has cellular and molecular targets, with pharmacological activities proved against various diseases.(1) We report the succession of an atypical Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS)/toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) overlap to NSO and bullous pemphigoid (BP). Furthermore, we review the cases of bullous cutaneous adverse drug reactions (CADRs) with traditional herbal medicines (THM)...
September 29, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Yue Wu, James Wood, Gulam Khandaker, Claire Waddington, Thomas Snelling
An estimated 110,000 babies are born with congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) worldwide annually; a significant proportion of cases occur in Southeast Asia. Rubella vaccine programs have led to successful control of rubella and CRS, and even the elimination of disease in many countries. However, if vaccination is poorly implemented it might increase the number of women reaching childbearing age who remain susceptible to rubella and thereby paradoxically increase CRS. We used an age-structured transmission model to compare seven alternative vaccine strategies for their impact on reducing CRS disease burden in East Java, a setting which is yet to implement a rubella vaccine program...
September 23, 2016: Vaccine
Giuseppe Barilaro, Claudia Spaziani Testa, Antonella Cacciani, Giuseppe Donato, Mira Dimko, Amalia Mariotti
An immunologic adjuvant is a substance that enhances the antigen-specific immune response preferably without triggering one on its own. Silicone, a synthetic polymer used for reconstructive and cosmetic purposes, can cause, once injected, local and/or systemic reactions and trigger manifestations of autoimmunity, occasionally leading to an overt autoimmune disease. Siliconosis, calcinosis cutis with hypercalcemia and chronic kidney disease have all been reported in association with silicone injection. Here, we describe a case of autoimmune/auto-inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants, calcinosis cutis and chronic kidney disease after liquid silicone multiple injections in a young man who underwent a sex reassignment surgery, followed by a review of the literature...
September 24, 2016: Immunologic Research
Rui Zhou, Fen Luo, Hui Lei, Kai Zhang, Jingyan Liu, He He, Jin Gao, Xiayun Chang, Ling He, Hui Ji, Tianhua Yan, Tong Chen
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Liujunzi Tang is a traditional herbal medicine widely used in East Asia and clinically applied to treat Phlegm-Heat Syndrome. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the protective effects of Liujunzi Tang on cigarette smoke-induced (CS) mouse model of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and explore its potential molecular mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The mice received 1h of cigarette smoke for 8 weeks. The serum levels of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-6 were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kits...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Wei-Jei Lee
Obesity is a pan-endemic health problem in both developed and developing countries, in both western and eastern countries. It increases risk for many common diseases, including type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, heart disease, stroke, asthma, osteoarthritis, cancers and depression etc.. Although the incidence of obesity in Asia is relatively low, Asian patients tend to have similar incidence of obesity related metabolic syndrome at lower BMI level comparing to Caucasians because of central obesity...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
I H Mendenhall, S Borthwick, E S Neves, D Low, M Linster, B Liang, M Skiles, J Jayakumar, H Han, V Gunalan, B P Y-H Lee, K Okahara, L-F Wang, S Maurer-Stroh, Y C F Su, G J D Smith
Coronaviruses are a diverse group of viruses that infect mammals and birds. Bats are reservoirs for several different coronaviruses in the Alphacoronavirus and Betacoronavirus genera. They also appear to be the natural reservoir for the ancestral viruses that generated the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus outbreaks. Here, we detected coronavirus sequences in next-generation sequence data created from Eonycteris spelaea faeces and urine. We also screened by PCR urine samples, faecal samples and rectal swabs collected from six species of bats in Singapore between 2011 and 2014, all of which were negative...
September 16, 2016: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
Wai-Kay Seto, Man-Fung Yuen
As in the West, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the commonest chronic liver disease in Asia, with a prevalence higher than 40 % in some countries. The risk factors for NAFLD development are similar to those in Western countries, including increased body mass index, diabetes, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome. NAFLD in Asians is associated with different extrahepatic manifestations involving the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and renal systems. A considerable proportion of Asians with NAFLD are described as having "lean" NAFLD...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology
Inês Laginha, Marcel A Kopp, Claudia Druschel, Klaus-Dieter Schaser, Benedikt Brommer, Rick C Hellmann, Ralf Watzlawick, Ramin-Raul Ossami-Saidi, Harald Prüss, Vieri Failli, Christian Meisel, Thomas Liebscher, Erik Prilipp, Andreas Niedeggen, Axel Ekkernkamp, Ulrike Grittner, Sophie K Piper, Ulrich Dirnagl, Monica Killig, Chiara Romagnani, Jan M Schwab
BACKGROUND: Natural killer (NK) cells comprise the main components of lymphocyte-mediated nonspecific immunity. Through their effector function they play a crucial role combating bacterial and viral challenges. They are also thought to be key contributors to the systemic spinal cord injury-induced immune-deficiency syndrome (SCI-IDS). SCI-IDS increases susceptibility to infection and extends to the post-acute and chronic phases after SCI. METHODS AND DESIGN: The prospective study of NK cell function after traumatic SCI was carried out in two centers in Berlin, Germany...
2016: BMC Neurology
Jayagopi Surendar, Karunakaran Indulekha, Viswanathan Mohan, Rajendra Pradeepa
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MS) is the state of chronic low grade inflammation. This study looks at the relationship of neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in subjects with and without MS in Asian Indians. METHODS: Study subjects (n=754) were recruited from the Chennai Urban Rural Epidemiology Study. MS was defined using the National Cholesterol Education Program-Adult Treatment Panel (NCEP-ATP) III criteria modified for waist according to World Health Organization Asia Pacific guidelines...
November 2016: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
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