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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724187/nasogastric-tube-as-abdominal-pressure-sensor-in-urodynamics-proof-of-concept-of-a-novel-approach
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Sundaramoorthy VijayGanapathy, Vilvapathy Senguttuvan Karthikeyan, Ashwin Mallya, Ali Poonawala, Ramaiah Keshavamurthy
AIMS: The standard sensor for abdominal pressure (Pabd) measurement in urodynamics (UD) is a rectal sensor. In patients where the rectum is not available due to prior surgery or when external anal sphincter (EAS) tone is poor, rectal sensor may slip, making Pabd recording unreliable. Vaginal Pabd measurement and wireless vaginal sensors have been tried. We present our preliminary series of a novel nasogastric tube (NG) sensor for Pabd measurement. METHODS: We identified patients undergoing UD with a NG Pabd sensor from a prospectively maintained UD database of a tertiary care urological center between July 2013 and December 2016...
July 19, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724059/screening-tests-for-distal-symmetrical-polyneuropathy-in-latin-american-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Nicolás Gómez-Banoy, Virginia Cuevas, Fernando Soler, Maria Fernanda Pineda, Ismena Mockus
Objective: This cross sectional study intended to evaluate two bedside tests (Neuropad and VibraTip) as screening tools for distal symmetrical polyneuropathy (DSPN) in Latin American patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). Subjects and methods: Ninety-three Colombian patients diagnosed with T2D were recruited. Anthropometric variables, glycemic control parameters, lipid profile and renal function were assessed for each patient. DSPN was defined by a Michigan Neuropathy Screening Instrument (MNSI) clinical score greater than 2...
July 13, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723901/2b-rad-genotyping-for-population-genomic-studies-of-chagas-disease-vectors-rhodnius-ecuadoriensis-in-ecuador
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Luis E Hernandez-Castro, Marta Paterno, Anita G Villacís, Björn Andersson, Jaime A Costales, Michele De Noia, Sofía Ocaña-Mayorga, Cesar A Yumiseva, Mario J Grijalva, Martin S Llewellyn
BACKGROUND: Rhodnius ecuadoriensis is the main triatomine vector of Chagas disease, American trypanosomiasis, in Southern Ecuador and Northern Peru. Genomic approaches and next generation sequencing technologies have become powerful tools for investigating population diversity and structure which is a key consideration for vector control. Here we assess the effectiveness of three different 2b restriction site-associated DNA (2b-RAD) genotyping strategies in R. ecuadoriensis to provide sufficient genomic resolution to tease apart microevolutionary processes and undertake some pilot population genomic analyses...
July 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723754/an-economic-analysis-of-high-dose-imatinib-dasatinib-and-nilotinib-for-imatinib-resistant-chronic-phase-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-in-china-a-cheers-compliant-article
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Bin Wu, Maobai Liu, Te Li, Houwen Lin, Hua Zhong
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to test the cost-effectiveness of dasatinib compared to high-dose imatinib and nilotinib in Chinese patients who were diagnosed with imatinib-resistant chronic myeloid leukemia in the chronic phase (CML-CP). METHODS: A Markov model combined with clinical effectiveness, utility, and cost data was used. The sensitivity analyses were conducted to determine the robustness of the model outcomes. The impact of patient assistance programs (PAPs) was assessed...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723694/exosomes-a-cancer-theranostics-road-map
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Angeliki Panagiotara, Athina Markou, Evi S Lianidou, George P Patrinos, Theodora Katsila
Interindividual variability is yet to be fully characterized, and for this, optimum patient stratification and companion diagnostics are still lacking. Especially when complex disease phenotypes and/or polygenic diseases are considered, patient monitoring and disease management become rather challenging, while acquired resistance to therapy and/or toxicity events are among the unmet needs in the clinic. No doubt, biomarkers are of great importance to disease management and tailor-made theranostics. Microfluidics has gathered great attention lately, mostly due to its low-invasive nature compared to tissue biopsies...
July 20, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723627/evaluation-of-hepatectomy-and-palliative-local-treatments-for-gastric-cancer-patients-with-liver-metastases-a-propensity-score-matching-analysis
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Jiyang Li, Kecheng Zhang, Yunhe Gao, Hongqing Xi, Jianxin Cui, Wenquan Liang, Aizhen Cai, Bo Wei, Lin Chen
BACKGROUND: The optimal treatments for gastric cancer with liver metastases (GCLM) remain controversial. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of hepatectomy, RFA and TACE as local treatments for GCLM. METHODS: From 2001 to 2015, 119 consecutive patients who received multidisciplinary treatments based on curative gastrectomy and local treatments (hepatectomy, RFA and TACE) for liver metastases were enrolled in this retrospective cohort study. Patients were divided into Group A (46, hepatectomy) and Group B (73, either or both RFA and TACE)...
June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723291/behind-the-numbers-sensitivity-analysis-in-cost-effectiveness-modeling
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Elkan F Halpern, Pari V Pandharipande
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723244/evaluation-of-the-national-health-service-nhs-direct-pilot-telehealth-program-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Malcolm Clarke, Joanna Fursse, Nancy Connolly, Urvashi Sharma, Russell Jones
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a pilot telehealth program applied to a wide population of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). DESIGN: Vital signs data were transmitted from the home of the patient on a daily basis using a patient monitoring system for review by community nurse to assist decisions on management. SETTING: Community services for patients diagnosed with COPD. PARTICIPANTS: Two Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) enrolled 321 patients diagnosed with COPD into the telehealth program...
July 18, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723195/lanthanide-labeled-immunochromatographic-strip-assay-for-the-on-site-identification-of-ancient-silk
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Qiushi You, Miaomiao Liu, Yang Liu, Hailing Zheng, Zhiwen Hu, Yang Zhou, Bing Wang
The on-site identification of ancient silks has long been a key challenge in archeology. Therefore, a rapid, cost-effective, sensitive analytical approach is highly desirable. In this paper, a lanthanide-labeled immunochromatographic strip which is suitable for the on-site identification of ancient silks is described. Compared with the conventional colloidal gold-based immunochromatographic strip, this strip shows much higher analytical sensitivity and better quantitative discrimination. The limit of detection (LOD) of the strip for silk fibroin (SF) was calculated as 8...
April 28, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723191/highly-enriched-controllable-continuous-aerosol-sampling-using-inertial-microfluidics-and-its-application-to-real-time-detection-of-airborne-bacteria
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Jeongan Choi, Seung Chan Hong, Woojin Kim, Jae Hee Jung
We report a novel microfluidic technique for sampling of aerosols into liquids. The two-phase fluid, sampling air and collecting liquid, forms a stratified flow in the curved microchannel. By passing fluids through the curved region, the particles are transferred from air into the liquid phase by the particle centrifugal and drag forces. This microfluidic-based aerosol-into-liquid sampling system, called the MicroSampler, is driven by particle inertial differences. To evaluate the physical particle collection efficiency of the MicroSampler, we used standard polystyrene-latex (PSL) particles ranging in size from 0...
April 28, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723117/versatile-barometer-biosensor-based-on-au-pt-core-shell-nanoparticle-probe
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Qiangqiang Fu, Ze Wu, Dan Du, Chengzhou Zhu, Yuehe Lin, Yong Tang
There is a high global demand for sensitive, portable, user-friendly, and cost-effective biosensors. In this work, we introduce a barometer-based biosensor for the detection of a broad range of targets. The device is operated by measuring the pressure change produced by oxygen (O2) generation in a limited chamber using a portable barometer. The design employs core-shell Au@Pt nanoparticles (Au@PtNPs) as the bioassay probe to catalyze the decomposition of H2O2 and the release of O2. As a proof of concept, we developed barometer-based immunosensors to detect carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and ractopamine (Rac)...
June 23, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723066/antimony-anchored-with-nitrogen-doping-porous-carbon-as-high-performance-anode-materials-for-na-ion-batteries
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Tianjing Wu, Hongshuai Hou, Chenyang Zhang, Peng Ge, Zhaodong Huang, Mingjun Jing, Xiaoqing Qiu, Xiaobo Ji
Antimony represents a class of unique functional materials in sodium-ion batteries with high theoretical capacity (660 mAh g-1). The utilization of carbonaceous materials as buffer layer has been considered as an effective approach to alleviate rapid capacity fading. Herein, the antimony/nitrogen-doping porous carbon (Sb/NPC) composite with polyaniline nanosheets as carbon source has been successfully achieved. And, our strategy involves three processes-tunable organic polyreaction, thermal annealing process and cost-effective reduction reaction...
July 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722613/why-did-zika-not-explode-in-cuba-the-role-of-active-community-participation-to-sustain-control-of-vector-borne-diseases
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Marta Castro, Dennis Perez, Maria G Guzman, Clare Barrington
As the global public health community develops strategies for sustainable Zika prevention and control, assessment of the Cuban response to Zika provides critical lessons learned. Cuba's early and successful response to Zika, grounded in the country's long-standing dengue prevention and control program, serves as a model of rapid mobilization of intersectoral efforts. Sustaining this response requires applying the evidence generated within the Cuban dengue program that active community participation improves outcomes and is sustainable and cost-effective...
June 19, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722601/rabies-in-myanmar-prevalent-preventable-but-not-prioritized
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Thet Thet Mu, Aye Aye Sein, Chit Soe, Nan Phyu Phyu Aung, Tint Tint Kyi, Josh Hanson
Despite the availability of proven measures to prevent the disease, rabies now kills more people in Myanmar than malaria. Although there are challenges in controlling rabies in such a large and culturally diverse country, Myanmar's successful National Malaria Control Program demonstrates what can be achieved with sufficient political, financial, and scientific commitment. Presently, however, Myanmar lacks a comparable program to coordinate the multifaceted approach that is necessary to control rabies. The national government has invested heavily in improving access to postexposure prophylaxis, but there should also be an emphasis on other, more cost-effective strategies, particularly mass canine vaccination, which has been an essential component of successful rabies elimination programs in other countries...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722580/rapid-active-sampling-surveys-as-a-tool-to-evaluate-factors-associated-with-acute-gastroenteritis-and-norovirus-infection-among-children-in-rural-guatemala
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Daniel Olson, Molly M Lamb, Maria R Lopez, Maria A Paniagua-Avila, Alma Zacarias, Gabriela Samayoa-Reyes, Celia Cordon-Rosales, Edwin J Asturias
We examined burden and factors associated with norovirus (NoV) acute gastroenteritis (AGE) among children in rural Guatemala. Children age 6 weeks to 17 years were enrolled into three AGE surveillance groups, using two-stage cluster sampling: a prospective participatory syndromic surveillance (PSS) cohort and two cross-sectional rapid active sampling (RAS) surveys, conducted from April 2015 to February 2016. Epidemiologic and NoV testing data were used to identify factors associated with NoV infection, AGE, and NoV+ AGE...
June 19, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722571/more-poop-more-precision-improving-epidemiologic-surveillance-of-soil-transmitted-helminths-with-multiple-fecal-sampling-using-the-kato-katz-technique
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Chengfang Liu, Louise Lu, Linxiu Zhang, Yu Bai, Alexis Medina, Scott Rozelle, Darvin Scott Smith, Changhai Zhou, Wei Zang
Soil-transmitted helminths, or parasitic intestinal worms, are among the most prevalent and geographically widespread parasitic infections in the world. Accurate diagnosis and quantification of helminth infection are critical for informing and assessing deworming interventions. The Kato-Katz thick smear technique, the most widely used laboratory method to quantitatively assess infection prevalence and infection intensity of helminths, has often been compared with other methods. Only a few small-scale studies, however, have considered ways to improve its diagnostic sensitivity...
July 3, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722424/metabolic-study-of-cancer-cells-using-a-ph-sensitive-hydrogel-nanofiber-light-addressable-potentiometric-sensor
#17
Parmiss Mojir Shaibani, Hashem Etayash, Selvaraj Naicker, Kamaljit Kaur, Thomas Thundat
We report a simple, fast, and cost-effective approach that measures cancer cell metabolism and their response to anticancer drugs in real time. Using a Light Addressable Potentiometric Sensor integrated with pH sensitive hydrogel nanofibers (NF-LAPS), we detect localized changes in pH of the media as cancer cells consume glucose and release lactate. NF-LAPS shows a sensitivity response of 74 mV/pH for cancer cells. Cancer cells (MDA MB231) showed a response of ∼0.4 unit change in pH compared to virtually no change observed for normal cells (MCF10A)...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722319/immunophenotypic-aberrancies-in-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-from-282-iraqi-patients
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S D Jalal, N A S Al-Allawi, A A S Al Doski
INTRODUCTION: The identification of aberrancies in leukemia-associated immunophenotype (LAIP) of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is quite important in the assessment of minimal residual disease (MRD). This study, the first from Iraq, aimed to assess the frequency and patterns of LAIP among Iraqi patients with ALL, to establish future strategies for evaluating MRD. METHODS: A total of 282 newly diagnosed Iraqi ALL cases were analyzed with six-parameter flow cytometry using a panel of 29 monoclonal antibodies...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722169/prognosis-based-shoulder-hemiarthroplasty-after-resection-of-proximal-humeral-malignancy
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Chao-Ming Chen, Po-Kuei Wu, Shang-Wen Tsai, Cheng-Fong Chen, Wei-Ming Chen
After wide excision of proximal humeral bony malignancy, prognosis-based reconstruction was performed at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. Bone prosthesis composite (BPC) was carried out among patients with a favored prognosis, while cement-spacer prosthesis composite (CSPC) was preserved for patients with poor prognosis. The aim of our study is to compare the clinical outcomes between the BPC and CSPC reconstruction procedures. From January 2000 to December 2014, we retrospectively reviewed the clinical outcomes of 34 patients who underwent shoulder hemiarthroplasty following wide excision of a malignant lesion of the proximal humerus, 15 of whom were treated with a BPC reconstruction and 19 cases were treated with a CSPC reconstruction...
July 19, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722051/holographic-microscope-slide-in-a-spatio-temporal-imaging-modality-for-reliable-3d-cell-counting
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Biagio Mandracchia, Vittorio Bianco, Zhe Wang, Martina Mugnano, Alessia Bramanti, Melania Paturzo, Pietro Ferraro
In the current trend of miniaturization and simplification of imaging flow cytometry, Lab-on-a-Chip (LoC) microfluidic devices represent an innovative and cost-effective solution. In this framework, we propose for the first time a novel platform based on the compactness of a holographic microscope slide (HMS) in combination with the new computational features of space-time digital holography (STDH) that uses a 1D linear sensor array (LSA) instead of 2D CCD or CMOS cameras to respond to real diagnostic needs...
July 19, 2017: Lab on a Chip
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