Author Archives: Tropical Med and Intl Health

Genotyping malaria parasites with DNA barcodes

Ever since Paul Hebert and co-workers [1] proposed DNA barcoding as a method of identifying species, systematic biologists have used this method to resolve fine-scale taxonomic status of different species, diversity within a species and classification using DNA sequence analyses and phylogenetic link.

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Public health blindness towards men in HIV programmes in Africa

For some years, concerns have been raised about the blindness towards men in HIV and antiretroviral therapy (ART) services in Africa(1-12).

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Antibacterial prescribing practices for patients with fever in the transition from presumptive…

Objectives To evaluate antibacterial use among patients presenting to primary health care facilities with febrile illness in Zambia.

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Use of a bibliometric literature review to assess medical research capacity in post-conflict…

Objectives Effective health care systems require high quality research to guide evidence-based interventions and strategic planning.

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Group B Streptococci Serotype Distribution in Pregnant Women in Ghana: Assessment of Potential…

Objective To assess the prevalence and serotype distribution of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in Ghana since colonization of pregnant women can lead to subsequent infection of the newborn and potentially fatal invasive disease and this knowledge is a prerequisite for future evaluation of vaccine trials.

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Consequences of severe obstetric complications on women’s health in Morocco: Please, listen to…

Objective In Morocco, medical care for women with severe obstetric complications (near-miss cases) ends at discharge from the hospital.

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Mammalophilic feeding behavior of Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes collected in the cities of…

Objective To describe the blood feeding behavior of mosquitoes in Mexico, in order to understand host–vector relationships and dynamics of disease transmission.

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Improving survey data on pregnancy-related deaths in low and middle-income countries: a…

Objective In low and middle-income countries (LMICs), siblings’ survival histories (SSH) are often used to estimate maternal mortality, but SSH data on causes of death at reproductive ages have seldom been validated.

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Diagnostic performance of fluorescent light emitting diode microscopy for tuberculous…

Objective Diagnosis of tuberculous lymphadenitis using fine needle aspiration cytology is a simple and safe but low-specificity method, whereas conventional smear microscopy has variable sensitivity due to low bacterial load.

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Factors associated with loss to follow up in women undergoing repair for obstetric fistula in…

Objectives To analyse the trend of loss to follow up over time and identify factors associated with women being lost to follow up after discharge in three fistula repair hospitals in Guinea.

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Antibiotic resistance of Streptococcus pneumoniae colonizing the nasopharynx of HIV-exposed…

Objectives To determine antibiotic susceptibility of colonizing pneumococcal serotypes in HIV-exposed infants before the introduction of the 13-valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13), because HIV-exposed infants are at increased risk for invasive pneumococcal infections.

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Establishment of Biochemistry Reference Values for Healthy Tanzanian Infants, Children, and…

Objective To establish common biochemistry reference intervals for Tanzanian infants, children, and adolescents living in the Kilimanjaro Region.

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The Second Zambian National Tuberculosis Drug Resistance survey – a comparison of…

Objective The prevalence of MDR-TB in Zambia was estimated to be 1.8% in 2001.

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Association between maternal dental periapical infections and pregnancy outcomes: Results from…

Objectives Maternal infections are associated with intra-uterine growth restriction and preterm birth.

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