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Is there an association between COVID-19 mortality and Human development index? The case study of Nigeria and some selected countries.

BMC Res Notes 2022 May 21;15(1):186. Epub 2022 May 21.

African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Objectives: We assessed Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of COVID-19 as an indicator to situate the performance of Nigeria relative to other selected countries. We obtained case fatality rates of different countries from data sets available from open-sources. The CFRs were calculated as the rate of deaths compared with total cases. Read More

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A mixed-methods approach to understanding the perspectives, experiences, and attitudes of a culturally tailored cognitive behavioral therapy/motivational interviewing intervention for African American patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomized parallel design pilot study.

Pilot Feasibility Stud 2022 May 21;8(1):107. Epub 2022 May 21.

Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Background: African American (AA) adults are 60% more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes mellitus (DM) and experience more complications than non-Hispanic White adults. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has shown to be an effective modality for helping patients improve health behaviors and regulate emotional states. Motivational interviewing (MI) addresses participant engagement and motivation. Read More

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Impact of COVID-19 lockdown and link to women and children's experiences of violence in the home in South Africa.

BMC Public Health 2022 May 21;22(1):1029. Epub 2022 May 21.

Gender & Health Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Private Bag X385, 0001, Pretoria, South Africa.

Background: Evidence on the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown remains at an early stage. There is limited research about the impact of hard lockdown restrictions on families, specifically how these restrictions impact on women and children's experiences of domestic violence, including intimate partner violence (IPV) and child abuse in South Africa. We conducted research among men and women in Gauteng province, South Africa to understand their experiences of the COVID-19 national lockdown and its impact and link to women and children's experiences of domestic violence. Read More

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The influence of first wave of COVID-19 outbreak on routine healthcare services, Liberia, August 2020: a mixed study approach.

BMC Health Serv Res 2022 May 21;22(1):684. Epub 2022 May 21.

African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), Liberia Office, 22 Russel Ave., 21 Street, Sinkor, Central Monrovia, Montserrado County, Liberia.

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic left countries to rapidly implement diverse and stringent public health measures without recourse to mitigate its effect on the sustenance of routine healthcare services. This study described routine health service disruption and restoration strategies at 6 months into the epidemic in Liberia.

Methods: Liberia, with 15 counties, has 839 health facilities, with one-third in Montserrado County. Read More

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Safe spaces for beneficiaries of a combination HIV prevention intervention for adolescent girls and young women in South Africa: access, feasibility, and acceptability.

BMC Public Health 2022 May 21;22(1):1026. Epub 2022 May 21.

Health Systems Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa.

Background: Safe Spaces are a feature of combination HIV prevention interventions for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in South Africa. We investigated whether AGYW at risk for adverse sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes accessed Safe Spaces that were part of an intervention, as well as their feasibility and acceptability.

Methods: In December 2020 to February 2021, as part of a process evaluation of a combination HIV prevention intervention, we randomly sampled 2160 AGYW intervention beneficiaries aged 15-24 years from 6 of the 12 intervention districts. Read More

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nAssociation between HIV and Prevalent Hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus in South Africa: analysis of a nationally representative cross-sectional survey.

Int J Infect Dis 2022 May 18. Epub 2022 May 18.

Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 67 Huntingdon St, Boston, USA.

Objectives Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) burden is rising among persons living with HIV (PLWH) in sub-Saharan Africa. It is unclear whether this reflects absolute increase in HIV-related CVD risk or unmasking by improved survival. We, therefore, examined whether HIV is associated with adverse cardiometabolic profiles among South African adults. Read More

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Socioeconomic status associates with worse asthma morbidity among Black and Latinx adults.

J Allergy Clin Immunol 2022 May 18. Epub 2022 May 18.

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America.

Background: Asthma disproportionately affects African-American/Black (AA/B) and Hispanic/Latinx (H/L) patients and individuals with low socioeconomic status (SES), but the relationship between SES and asthma morbidity within these racial/ethnic groups is inadequately understood.

Objective: To determine the relationship between SES and asthma morbidity among AA/B and H/L adults with moderate-severe asthma using multi-domain SES frameworks and mediation analyses.

Methods: We analyzed enrollment data from the PREPARE randomized trial, evaluating inhaled corticosteroid supplementation to rescue therapy. Read More

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Self-Perceived Barriers and Facilitators to DASH Diet Adherence Among Black Americans with Chronic Kidney Disease: A Qualitative Study.

J Ren Nutr 2022 May 18. Epub 2022 May 18.

Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC.

Objective: The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension eating plan (DASH) improves hypertension in Black individuals and is associated with favorable chronic kidney disease (CKD) outcomes. Yet, adherence to DASH is low among US adults in general, particularly among Black Americans. We assessed perceptions about DASH, its cultural compatibility, and barriers and facilitators to DASH adherence in Black adults with CKD. Read More

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Decoding the next SARS-CoV-2 variant.

Lancet Glob Health 2022 May 18. Epub 2022 May 18.

Ezintsha Research Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa.

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Clinical severity of COVID-19 in patients admitted to hospital during the omicron wave in South Africa: a retrospective observational study.

Lancet Glob Health 2022 May 18. Epub 2022 May 18.

National Institute for Communicable Diseases, National Health Laboratory Service, Johannesburg, South Africa; School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Background: Up to the end of January, 2022, South Africa has had four recognisable COVID-19 pandemic waves, each predominantly dominated by one variant of concern: the ancestral strain with an Asp614Gly mutation during the first wave, the beta variant (B.1.351) during the second wave, the delta variant (B. Read More

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Glaucoma - risk factors and current challenges in the diagnosis of a leading cause of visual impairment.

Maturitas 2022 May 13;163:15-22. Epub 2022 May 13.

University of Western Australia, Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (incorporating the Lions Eye Institute), Perth, WA, Australia; Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, East Melbourne, VIC, Australia; School of Medicine, Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, Australia.

Worldwide, glaucoma affects about 3% of the population over the age of 50 years and is a leading cause of irreversible visual impairment among older people. Because glaucoma is asymptomatic in its early stages and can be challenging to diagnose clinically, it often remains undiagnosed until substantial vision loss has occurred. Efficient methods of glaucoma screening are therefore warranted for early detection of disease. Read More

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New peptidomimetic rhodesain inhibitors with improved selectivity towards human cathepsins.

Eur J Med Chem 2022 May 14;238:114460. Epub 2022 May 14.

Institute of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, Johannes Gutenberg University, Staudingerweg 5, Mainz, 55128, Germany. Electronic address:

Parasitic cysteine proteases such as rhodesain (TbCatL) from Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense are relevant targets for developing new potential drugs against parasitic diseases (e. g. Human African Trypanosomiasis). Read More

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Establishment of Regional Diagnostic Reference Levels in Adult Computed Tomography for Four African Countries: A Preliminary Survey.

Radiat Prot Dosimetry 2022 May 22. Epub 2022 May 22.

Radiation Protection of Patients Unit, Radiation Safety and Monitoring Section, Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety, Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria.

This preliminary study aims towards the establishment of regional diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) for routine adult computed tomography (CT) examinations. The study was performed on 54 CT facilities from four African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Namibia and Senegal) and the results compared with international DRLs. Data were collected from facilities using a structured questionnaire provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Read More

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A novel intelligent strategy-based thermodynamic modeling and analysis of solar-assisted vapor absorption refrigeration system.

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2022 May 21. Epub 2022 May 21.

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Delhi Technological University, Shahbad Daulatpur, Delhi, 110042, India.

In recent times, solar energy has been utilized for refrigeration systems due to its efficiency and clean form of energy. Moreover, the evacuated tube collector (ETC)-assisted vapor absorption refrigeration system plays a significant role in the modern industrial world compared to the traditional electrical system. However, the conventional vapor absorption refrigeration system design is complex in nature and causes corrosion in the system. Read More

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Role of LL-37 in thrombotic complications in patients with COVID-19.

Cell Mol Life Sci 2022 May 21;79(6):309. Epub 2022 May 21.

Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory (Guangzhou), Guangzhou, 511458, China.

Blood clot formation induced by dysfunctional coagulation is a frequent complication of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and a high-risk factor for severe illness and death. Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are implicated in COVID-19-induced immunothrombosis. Furthermore, human cathelicidin, a NET component, can perturb the interaction between the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and its ACE2 receptor, which mediates viral entry into cells. Read More

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Gender and racial diversity among plenary session speakers at the Society of Abdominal Radiology Annual Meetings: a five-year assessment.

Abdom Radiol (NY) 2022 May 21. Epub 2022 May 21.

Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, 505 Parnassus Avenue, Box 0628, San Francisco, CA, 94143-0628, USA.

Purpose: To evaluate the gender and racial diversity of plenary session speakers in the annual meetings of Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR) over 2016 to 2020.

Materials And Methods: The brochures of the SAR annual meetings were reviewed for plenary session speakers and titles. Publicly available institutional profiles and social media were reviewed by the investigator in order to infer gender and race. Read More

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Bidirectional associations between nightly sleep and daily happiness and negative mood in adolescents.

Child Dev 2022 May 21. Epub 2022 May 21.

Human Development and Family Science, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA.

This study examined bidirectional associations between daily happiness and negative mood and subjective and objective sleep measures. Participants were 311 adolescents (M  = 17.37 years; 51. Read More

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Childhood poverty, immune cell aging, and African Americans' insulin resistance: A prospective study.

Child Dev 2022 May 21. Epub 2022 May 21.

Center for Family Research, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA.

The present study investigated developmental pathways that can contribute to chronic disease among rural African Americans. With a sample of 342 African American youth (59% female) from the southeastern United States followed for nearly two decades (2001-2019), we examined the prospective association between family poverty during adolescence (ages 11-18) and insulin resistance (IR) in young adulthood (ages 25-29) as well as underlying biological and psychosocial mechanisms. Results indicated family poverty during adolescence forecast higher levels of IR in young adulthood, with accelerated immune cell aging at age 20 partially mediating this association. Read More

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Advancing PTSD Diagnosis and the Treatment of Trauma in Humanitarian Emergencies via Mobile Health: Protocol for a Proof-of-Concept Non-Randomized Controlled Trial.

JMIR Res Protoc 2022 May 20. Epub 2022 May 20.

Faculty of Medicine and Health, the University of Sydney, 94 Mallett St, Sydney, AU.

Background: Decentralized health systems in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) impacted by humanitarian crises lack resources and a qualified workforce to attend to the overwhelming demand for mental health care in emergencies. Innovative approaches that are safe, cost-effective, and scalable are needed to address the burden of traumatic stress brought by emergencies. High mobile phone ownership rates combined with the precision of neural, cognitive, and biometric measures of trauma and its feasible integration with Artificial Intelligence (AI) makes digital application (app) interventions a promising pathway to promote precision diagnosis and high-impact care. Read More

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The phylogenetic position of zebrafish (Danio rerio) from south african pet shops.

Mol Biol Rep 2022 May 20. Epub 2022 May 20.

Department of Genetics, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Background: Zebrafish (Danio rerio), a small freshwater fish that originates from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and northern Myanmar, have been widely used as a model organism for studies of developmental biology and genetics. The current study aimed to determine the origin of South African pet shop stock that are currently being used to establish a laboratory population founded from diverse sources available locally.

Methods And Results: Zebrafish DNA was extracted from 65 specimens housed at the University of the Free State (UFS) Department of Genetics. Read More

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Perceptions of Mental Health and Exploring the Role of Social Activism Among African Americans Exposed to Media Coverage of Police Brutality and Protests.

J Racial Ethn Health Disparities 2022 May 20. Epub 2022 May 20.

TSET Health Promotion Research Center, Stephenson Cancer Center, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 655 Research Parkway, Suite 400, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, USA.

This study explored the role of social activism in the association of exposure to media coverage of police brutality and protests with perceptions of mental health. Data for this study came from a sample of African Americans (N = 304) who responded to an online survey. Perceptions of mental health were assessed using a single item developed by the research team. Read More

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From Mendel to a Mendelian disorder: towards a cure for sickle cell disease.

Nat Rev Genet 2022 May 20. Epub 2022 May 20.

Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

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Lupus nephritis - An update on disparities affecting african americans.

J Natl Med Assoc 2022 May 17. Epub 2022 May 17.

Department of Kidney Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL, United States. Electronic address:

Lupus Nephritis is a complex clinical manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) associated with significant morbidity and mortality. It disproportionately affects minorities, especially African Americans (AA) with higher rates of progression to end stage kidney disease. Several factors are implicated including genetic predisposition to both SLE and chronic kidney disease, social determinants of health such as income inequality, education disparities, social isolation/lack of support, health care access and affordability. Read More

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Development of a Blocking ELISA Kit for Detection of ASFV Antibody Based on a Monoclonal Antibody against Full Length p72.

J AOAC Int 2022 May 20. Epub 2022 May 20.

Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine, Beijing, 100176 China.

Background: African swine fever virus (ASFV) is the etiologic agent of African swine fever (ASF), a disease of highly contagious and significant threat to pork production. At present, the sensitive detection methods are the keys to the disease control.

Objective: Full length p72 is produced by eukaryotic system and its monoclonal antibody (mAb) 34C10 is subsequently recovered. Read More

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High lead exposure and clinical signs of toxicosis in wild Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) from a World Heritage site: Lake St Lucia estuarine system, South Africa.

Chemosphere 2022 May 17:134977. Epub 2022 May 17.

Department of Nature Conservation, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa.

Lead (Pb) exposure is a widespread wildlife conservation threat, but impacts on reptile populations remain poorly documented. In this study, we examined Pb exposure and accumulation in a wild population of Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) at Lake St Lucia, South Africa. Recreational angling has occurred in the area since the 1930s and incidental ingestion of Pb fishing weights has previously been identified as a major source of Pb poisoning in the local crocodile population. Read More

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Multiancestral polygenic risk score for pediatric asthma.

J Allergy Clin Immunol 2022 May 17. Epub 2022 May 17.

Center for Autoimmune Genomics and Etiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229; Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229; Division of Allergy & Immunology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229. Electronic address:

Background: Asthma is the most common chronic condition in children and the third leading cause of hospitalization in pediatrics. The genome-wide association study catalog reports 140 studies with genome wide significance. A polygenic risk score (PRS) with predictive value across ancestries has not been evaluated for this important trait. Read More

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Current state of unhealthy living characteristics in White, African American and Latinx populations.

Prog Cardiovasc Dis 2022 May 16. Epub 2022 May 16.

Healthy Living for Pandemic Event Protection (HL - PIVOT) Network, Chicago, IL, USA; Fisher Institute of Health and Well-Being, College of Health, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA.

The United States (US) is similar to most industrialized countries in that it falls short on many of the basic metrics related to cardiovascular and overall health. These metrics include nutritional patterns, levels of physical activity (PA), cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), and prevalence of overweight and obesity. These issues are even more apparent in underserved communities, among whom unhealthy living characteristics cluster and contribute to a disproportionate chronic disease burden. Read More

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Prevalence of bacteriologically confirmed pulmonary tuberculosis in South Africa, 2017-19: a multistage, cluster-based, cross-sectional survey.

Lancet Infect Dis 2022 May 17. Epub 2022 May 17.

National Department of Health, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Background: Tuberculosis remains an important clinical and public health issue in South Africa, which has one of the highest tuberculosis burdens in the world. We aimed to estimate the burden of bacteriologically confirmed pulmonary tuberculosis among people aged 15 years or older in South Africa.

Methods: This multistage, cluster-based, cross-sectional survey included eligible residents (age ≥15 years, who had slept in a house for ≥10 nights in the preceding 2 weeks) in 110 clusters nationally (cluster size of 500 people; selected by probability proportional-to-population size sampling). Read More

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