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  1. Content type: Research note

    Maternal nutritional habits are critical for the health of both mother and offspring. Postpartum outcomes for mother and infant are strongly influenced by the mother’s nutritional status. Information about con...

    Authors: Tariq Al Bahhawi, Abrar Anwar Doweri, Rawan Mohammed Sawadi, Mariam Yahya Awaji, Mada Mohammad Jarad, Zahra Yahya Sulays and Khadijah Abdulrhman Madkor

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:817

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    Acute gastroenteritis (AG) is a usually self-limiting, but common disease worldwide. In Europe, incidence estimates range from 0.3–1.5 AG episodes/person-year. For Switzerland, available information on AG is r...

    Authors: Claudia Schmutz and Daniel Mäusezahl

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:816

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    Dried blood spots (DBS) offer multiple benefits for collecting, storing and shipping whole blood samples. Our objective was to compare, for the first time in Africa, the performance of DBS with respect to plas...

    Authors: Sebastien Kenmoe, Paul Alain Ngoupo Tagnouokam, Cyprien Kengne Nde, Ghislaine Flore Mella-Tamko and Richard Njouom

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:818

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    In vivo evaluations of a gonadotropin releasing hormone-receptor single photon emission computed tomography radiotracer for non-invasive detection of gonadotropin releasing homone-receptors in brain.

    Authors: Richard Fjellaksel, Ana Oteiza, Montserrat Martin-Armas, Patrick J. Riss, Ole Kristian Hjelstuen, Samuel Kuttner, Jørn H. Hansen and Rune Sundset

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:811

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    The objective of this study was to evaluate the cluster of differentiation-38 (CD38) expression in Sudanese patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and to determine its association with clinical and l...

    Authors: Enaam Abdelrhman Abdelgader, Nada Hassan Eltayeb, Tasniem Ahmed Eltahir, Osama Ali Altayeb, Eman Abbass Fadul, Eldirdiri M. Abdel Rahman and Tarig H. Merghani

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:815

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    A letter was mailed to half the participants (Letter = 137; No Letter = 138) of a 5-year follow-up survey regarding smoking cessation before attempting contact for a telephone interview. The primary outcome wa...

    Authors: Christina Schell, Alexandra Godinho, Vladyslav Kushnir and John A. Cunningham

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:813

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    We aimed to determine heart rate variability in freshly diagnosed untreated hyperthyroidism patients. We enrolled 10 patients (9 females) and 10 matched controls for sex and age. Each eligible patient underwen...

    Authors: Eliane Ngassam, Marcel Azabji-Kenfack, Aurel T. Tankeu, Liliane Mfeukeu-Kuate, Chris-Nadège Nganou-Gnindjio, Camille Mba, Jean Claude Katte, Mesmin Y. Dehayem, Jean Claude Mbanya and Eugène Sobngwi

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:814

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    Previously, we showed that consumption of a diet supplemented with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3FAs) for two rounds of gestation and lactation increased the ability of rat dams to cope with stress w...

    Authors: Corey Jackson, Douglas W. Barrett, Jason Shumake, Elisa Gonzales, F. Gonzalez-Lima and Michelle A. Lane

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:812

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    Low voltage-activated (LVA) calcium channels are crucial for regulating oscillatory behavior in several types of neurons and other excitable cells. LVA channels dysfunction has been implicated in epilepsy, neu...

    Authors: Rogelio Arteaga-Tlecuitl, Ana Laura Sanchez-Sandoval, Belen Ernestina Ramirez-Cordero, Margarita Jacaranda Rosendo-Pineda, Luis Vaca and Juan Carlos Gomora

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:810

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    The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of clarithromycin-resistant Helicobacter pylori in asymptomatic children in a rural community of Cajamarca (northern Peru).

    Authors: Miguel Angel Aguilar-Luis, Fernando Palacios-Cuervo, Fátima Espinal-Reyes, Andrea Calderón-Rivera, Saúl Levy-Blitchtein, Carlos Palomares-Reyes, Wilmer Silva-Caso, Victor Zavaleta-Gavidia, Jorge Bazán-Mayra, Angela Cornejo-Tapia, Juana del Valle-Mendoza and Luis J. del Valle

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:809

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    Evaluate the practice of sexuality, contraception and the risk of sexually transmitted infections among students in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Lomé, Togo.

    Authors: Tchin Darré, Bayaki Saka, Atchi Walla, Koumavi Didier Ekouévi and Koué Folligan

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:808

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    Learning methods and other related factors influence the success of medical undergraduates. This study aims at finding factors associated with the end of pre-clinical stream examination results among medical u...

    Authors: Madushika Wijesundara, Chamindi Wijerathna, Kasun Wijerathna, Rasangi Wijerathna, Srimali Wijethunga, Ashan Wijewardana, Anuprabha Wickramasinghe and Devarajan Rathish

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:807

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    The role of integrons in the transfer of antibiotic resistance is one of the important issues, therefore, this study is aimed to investigate antibiotic resistance pattern and prevalence of class 1 and 2 integr...

    Authors: Jamshid Faghri, Samereh Nouri, Saba Jalalifar, Mehrdad Zalipoor and Mehrdad Halaji

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:806

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    This study assessed the predatory potentiality of two unexplored fishes, Puntius tetrazona and Hyphessobrycon rosaceus on Culex vishnui subgroup larvae in order to utilize natural resources to diminish mosquito p...

    Authors: Mousumi Barik, Indranil Bhattacharjee, Anupam Ghosh and Goutam Chandra

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:804

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    Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease usually acquired through direct contact with the infected animals and consumption of contaminated milk and meat products. In humans Brucellosis presents similar signs with oth...

    Authors: Samuel Majalija, Patrick Luyombo and Gabriel Tumwine

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:803

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    The aim of this study was to assess diabetes self-care practice and associated factors among diabetes patients attending Felege-Hiwot Referral Hospital, Bahir Dar, Northwest Ethiopia.

    Authors: Teshager Weldegiorgis Abate, Minale Tareke and Mulat Tirfie

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:800

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    Urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the commonest infections affecting millions worldwide, especially pregnant women. It can lead to poor maternal and perinatal outcomes. Untreated UTI can be associated wi...

    Authors: Solomon Taye, Motuma Getachew, Zelalem Desalegn, Abera Biratu and Khan Mubashir

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:799

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    Vitamin D deficiency is a public health problem that occurs more frequently than expected. The aim of this study is to evaluate the vitamin D levels of children attending the paediatrics unit of the Bertamirán...

    Authors: J. M. Fernández Bustillo, A. Fernández Pombo, R. Gómez Bahamonde, E. Sanmartín López and O. Gualillo

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:801

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    Sequencing of 16S rDNA V3–V4 region is widely applied for food community profiling. However, two different universal forward primers (named here MUYZER-primer1 and KLINDWORTH-primer2) targeting an identical co...

    Authors: Simon Poirier, Olivier Rué, Gwendoline Coeuret, Marie-Christine Champomier-Vergès, Valentin Loux and Stéphane Chaillou

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:802

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  20. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the authors reported that one of the authors’ names was spelled incorrectly. In this Correction the incorrect and correct author name are shown. The original ...

    Authors: Senait Tadesse, Tsega Kahsay, Gebre Adhanom, Getachew Kahsu, Haftom Legese, Aderajew G/wahid and Awoke Derbie

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:798

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    The original article was published in BMC Research Notes 2018 11:740

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    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the association between PET/CT CFR and biomarkers combined in confirming the diagnosis of coronary microvascular dysfunction.

    Authors: Henry Anselmo Mayala, Khamis Hassan Bakari, Abdalah Mkangala, Mafuru Magesa, Fabian Pius Mghanga and Wang ZhaoHui

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:796

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    The purpose of this study is to investigate the prevalence of MRSA among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) being monitored in a tertiary outpatient hospital in the state of Pernambuco, in the Brazilian Northe...

    Authors: Cynthia Regina Pedrosa Soares, Celso Rodrigues de Lira, Maximiliano Alexandre H. Cunha, Valter Romão de Souza Junior, Fábio Lopes de Melo, Paulo Sergio Ramos de Araújo and Maria Amélia Vieira Maciel

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:794

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    Tuberculosis (TB) is the second prime cause of mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa and remains a major worldwide public health problem. Unfortunately, patients with TB are at risk of poor mental health. However, p...

    Authors: Calvin Zarova, Matthew Chiwaridzo, Catherine Tadyanemhandu, Debra Machando and Jermaine M. Dambi

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:795

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    This study investigated the association of Brucella seropositivity and spontaneous abortions in human population in the city of Mwanza, Tanzania.

    Authors: Fridolin Mujuni, Venance Andrew, Elifuraha B. Mngumi, Elieza Chibwe, Stephen E. Mshana and Mariam M. Mirambo

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:792

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    Enterococci which are parts of the normal intestinal flora are opportunistic human pathogens. Their increasing importance is largely due to their resistance to antimicrobials. So the aim this study was to determi...

    Authors: Zelalem Tena Ferede, Kassu Desta Tullu, Solomon Gizaw Derese and Addisu Gize Yeshanew

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:793

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    The study was aimed to compare the diagnostic techniques, for the detection of Helicobacter pylori infection, available in low-income countries, where molecular testing is not available or inaccessible to anyone.

    Authors: Priyatam Khadka, Ganesh Chapagain, Govinda Maharjan and Prakash Paudyal

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:784

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    The main aim of this study was to assess the magnitude of malnutrition and associated factors among HIV infected children in Amhara Regional State, and Northwest Ethiopia. This study is a result of single obse...

    Authors: Yihenew Sewale, Getachew Hailu, Mizinew Sintayehu, Nurilign Abebe Moges and Animut Alebel

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:788

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    Significant geographical variations in the use of diagnostic imaging have been demonstrated in Norway and elsewhere. Non-traumatic musculoskeletal conditions is one area where this has been demonstrated. A nat...

    Authors: Ann Mari Gransjøen, Siri Wiig, Kristin Bakke Lysdahl and Bjørn Morten Hofmann

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:785

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  29. Content type: Research note

    The purpose of this study was to adapt and validate the Revised Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index, to be utilized among the Cyprus nurses’ population. Validated research scales are valuable ...

    Authors: Georgios Efstathiou, Christos Andreou, Haritini Tsangari, Maria Dimitriadou and Evridiki Papastavrou

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:791

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate potential relationships between cytokine gene expression, complete blood counts (CBC) and animals that were sick or would become sick. The CBC and the transcript abund...

    Authors: Amanda K. Lindholm-Perry, Larry A. Kuehn, Tara G. McDaneld, Jeremy R. Miles, Aspen M. Workman, Carol G. Chitko-McKown and John W. Keele

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:786

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    The study aimed to determine the prevalence of wasting and underweight, and identify associated factors in Sodo Zuria district in South Ethiopia.

    Authors: Efrata Girma Tufa, Samson Kastro Dake, Eyasu Tamiru Bekru, Habtamu Azene Tekle, Tesfahun Molla Bobe, Banchalem Nega Angore and Fithamlak Bisetegen Solomon

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:790

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    Gut hormones, such as PYY and ghrelin, are associated with appetite control and obesity. Protein is thought to be the most satiating nutrient and could affect the production of several gut hormones. The purpos...

    Authors: Fiastuti Witjaksono, Widjaja Lukito, Andi Wijaya, Nagita Gianty Annisa, Joan Jutamulia, Fariz Nurwidya and Marcellus Simadibrata

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:787

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    In view of the discrepant data regarding the association between the protein tyrosine phosphatase non-receptor 22 (PTPN22) rs2476601 (R620W, 1858C→T) polymorphism and susceptibility to autoimmune diseases includi...

    Authors: Younes Zaid, Nezha Senhaji, Fatima Zahra Bakhtaoui, Aurora Serrano, Nadia Serbati, Mehdi Karkouri, Wafaa Badre, Mounia Oudghiri, Javier Martin and Sellama Nadifi

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:783

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    The aim of this study was to assess the magnitude, trend and reasons of rejection among referred specimens through referral network to the Amhara Public Health Institute (APHI) for laboratory testing.

    Authors: Melashu Balew Shiferaw, Gizachew Yismaw and Hailu Getachew

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:781

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    The epidemiology of chronic myeloid leukemia is shifting due to the aging global population and the recent discovery and availability of targeted treatment options. This study provides recent data regarding th...

    Authors: Leonard Tu Nguyen, Maggie Guo, Christopher Naugler and Fariborz Rashid-Kolvear

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:780

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    The clusters of participants with a homogeneous psychological make-up can be identified using sophisticated machine learning techniques such as the two-step clustering algorithm. It can also help us to identif...

    Authors: Ahmed Waqas, Sadiq Naveed, Kapil Kiran Aedma, Maryam Tariq and Tayyaba Afzaal

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:782

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    Schistosomiasis remains one of the most common parasitic diseases worldwide. This is a cross-sectional study aimed to determine the prevalence of schistosomiasis and its associated risk factors among primary s...

    Authors: Khalid Hajissa, Abd Elhafiz M. A. Muhajir, Hamza Adam Eshag, Alnzer Alfadel, Elkhatieb Nahied, Rabeea Dahab, Safa Mohammed Ali, Marwa Mohammed, Mohamed Gaafar and Zeehaida Mohamed

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:779

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  38. Content type: Research note

    To determine TB knowledge and misconceptions/myths amongst HIV positive and negative adults using Demographic Health Survey data from Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Zambia.

    Authors: Godfrey Musuka, Vonai Teveredzi, Farirai Mutenherwa, Innocent Chingombe and Munyaradzi Mapingure

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:778

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    Arterial thrombosis is triggered by tissue factor, which is a transmembrane glycoprotein can be released into the blood circulation after plaque rupture. Animal models with reflecting ruptured plaque lesions w...

    Authors: Emiko Shinozawa and Masaki Kawamura

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:776

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    The theory of planned behavior (TPB) suggests that attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control influence intentions to perform a behavior, and that intentions predict behavior. The present st...

    Authors: Brooke Ingersoll, Diondra Straiton, Karís Casagrande and Katherine Pickard

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:777

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    Breast milk provides all the energy and nutrients that the infant needs for the first 6 months of life. Suboptimal breastfeeding especially lacks exclusive breastfeeding increase risk of severe acute malnutrit...

    Authors: Amare Belachew, Tilahun Tewabe, Adino Asmare, Desta Hirpo, Banchialem Zeleke and Desalegn Muche

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:768

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    The burden of diabetes mellitus has exponentially increased in low resource settings. Patients with diabetes are more likely to exhibit poor mental health which negatively affects treatment outcomes. However, ...

    Authors: Alima M. Nyoni, Matthew Chiwaridzo, Catherine Tadyanemhandu, James January and Jermaine M. Dambi

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:772

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    Identification of Salmonella Typhi by conventional culture techniques is labour-intensive, time consuming, and lack sensitivity and specificity unlike high-throughput epidemiological markers that are highly speci...

    Authors: Ja’afar Nuhu Ja’afar, Subhash Janardhan Bhore and Kia Kien Phua

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:766

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  44. Content type: Research note

    To estimate the prevalence of falls, frequency of falls, injury due to falls and to explore the relationship between cataract-related blindness and falls in older patients above or equal to 50 years of age.

    Authors: Sannapaneni Krishnaiah and Ramani V. Ramanathan

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:773

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  45. Content type: Research note

    Intestinal parasitic infection is a serious public health problem throughout the world particularly in developing countries. Like other countries in sub saran region epidemiological data regarding prevalence o...

    Authors: Daniel Gebretsadik, Yeshi Metaferia, Abdurahaman Seid, Genet Molla Fenta and Alemu Gedefie

    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2018 11:771

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