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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214369/diagnostic-accuracy-of-history-physical-exam-laboratory-tests-and-point-of-care-ultrasound-for-pediatric-acute-appendicitis-in-the-emergency-department-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#1
Roshanak Benabbas, Mark Hanna, Jay Shah, Richard Sinert
BACKGROUND: Acute appendicitis (AA) is the most common surgical emergency in children. Accurate and timely diagnosis is crucial but challenging due to atypical presentations and the inherent difficulty of obtaining a reliable history and physical examination in younger children. OBJECTIVES: To determine the utility of history, physical exam, laboratory tests, Pediatric Appendicitis Score (PAS) and Emergency Department-Point-of-Care Ultrasound (ED-POCUS) in the diagnosis of AA in ED pediatric patients...
February 18, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213985/capillary-dynamics-driven-by-molecular-self-layering
#2
Pingkeng Wu, Alex Nikolov, Darsh Wasan
Capillary dynamics is a ubiquitous everyday phenomenon. It has practical applications in diverse fields, including ink-jet printing, lab-on-a-chip, biotechnology, and coating. Understanding capillary dynamics requires essential knowledge on the molecular level of how fluid molecules interact with a solid substrate (the wall). Recent studies conducted with the surface force apparatus (SFA), atomic force microscope (AFM), and statistical mechanics simulation revealed that molecules/nanoparticles confined into the film/wall surfaces tend to self-layer into 2D layer/s and even 2D in-layer with increased confinement and fluid volume fraction...
February 10, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213975/lab-in-a-tube-real-time-molecular-point-of-care-diagnostics-for-influenza-a-and-b-using-the-cobas%C3%A2-liat%C3%A2-system
#3
Willem Jg Melchers, Judith Kuijpers, Joanna Sickler, Janette Rahamat-Langendoen
BACKGROUND: Rapid diagnosis of influenza A and B is important for direct treatment decisions in patient care and for the reduction of in-hospital transmissions. The new real-time PCR based molecular point-of-care (POC) assay, the cobas(®) Influenza A/B test on the cobas(®) Liat® System (cobas(®) Liat® Influenza A/B assay), generated a PCR result in less than 20 minutes, was evaluated for the detection of influenza A and B. METHOD OF THE STUDY: 121 retrospectively collected respiratory specimens, previously analyzed with a routine influenza A/B test (Diagenode) were tested using the cobas(®) Liat® Influenza A/B assay...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213547/laboratory-selection-and-characterization-of-resistance-to-the-bacillus-thuringiensis-vip3aa-toxin-in-heliothis-virescens-lepidoptera-noctuidae
#4
Brian R Pickett, Asim Gulzar, Juan Ferré, Denis J Wright
Laboratory selection with Vip3Aa of a field-derived population of Heliothis virescens produced >2040-fold resistance in 12 generations of selection. The Vip-Sel resistant population showed little cross-resistance to Cry1Ab and no cross-resistance to Cry1Ac. Resistance was unstable after 15 generations without exposure to the toxin. F1 reciprocal crosses between Vip-Unsel and Vip-Sel indicated a strong paternal influence on the inheritance of resistance. Resistance ranged from almost completely recessive (mean h = 0...
February 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213342/virtual-visits-for-acute-nonurgent-care-a-claims-analysis-of-episode-level-utilization
#5
Aliza S Gordon, Wallace C Adamson, Andrea R DeVries
BACKGROUND: Expansion of virtual health care-real-time video consultation with a physician via the Internet-will continue as use of mobile devices and patient demand for immediate, convenient access to care grow. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study is to analyze the care provided and the cost of virtual visits over a 3-week episode compared with in-person visits to retail health clinics (RHC), urgent care centers (UCC), emergency departments (ED), or primary care physicians (PCP) for acute, nonurgent conditions...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213032/applicability-of-a-colorimetric-method-for-evaluation-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-with-probiotic-properties
#6
Min Young Jung, Jina Lee, Boyeon Park, Hyelyeon Hwang, Sung-Oh Sohn, Se Hee Lee, Hyeong In Lim, Hae Woong Park, Jong-Hee Lee
Rapid colorimetric methods using various indicator reagents have been developed to monitor bacterial viability. Here, we examined the applicability of a method based on the reduction of resazurin or water-soluble tetrazolium salt-8 (WST-8) to screen lactic acid bacteria (LAB) for growth, tolerance against bile acid and low pH. The resazurin reduction test proved unsuitable for screening LAB such as Lactobacillus plantarum and Leuconostoc mesenteroides since it reacted with acid present in the cultures. LAB growth could be indirectly quantified by measuring WST-8 reduction...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210755/assessment-of-quinoxyfen-phototransformation-pathways-by-liquid-chromatography-coupled-to-accurate-mass-spectrometry
#7
Priscila Ferri, María Ramil, Isaac Rodríguez, Rosângela Bergamasco, Angélica Marquetotti Salcedo Vieira, Rafael Cela
Quinoxyfen has been recently identified as a priority hazardous substance in the field of the European water policy. In this work, its fate in aqueous samples and solid supports under UV and solar radiation is investigated. Diverse degradation experiments were carried out, at lab scale, using spiked aliquots of different aqueous matrices (ultrapure, treated wastewater and river water) irradiated at different wavelengths (λ = 254 nm, λ = 365 nm and solar light). Half-lives of quinoxyfen (2-26 min) depended on the wavelength and the intensity of radiation whilst the nature of the aqueous matrix did not play an important role in degradation kinetics...
February 16, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210441/resin-infiltrant-for-non-cavitated-caries-lesions-evaluation-of-color-stability
#8
Matteo Ceci, Davide Rattalino, Matteo Viola, Riccardo Beltrami, Marco Chiesa, Marco Colombo, Claudio Poggio
BACKGROUND: The objective of this in vitro study was to evaluate the over time color stability of one resin infiltrant (Icon) upon exposure to staining solutions (coffee and wine) compared with one nano-hybrid sealant (Grandio Seal), one transparent fissure sealant with fluoride (Control Seal) and one nanofilled composite (Filtek Supreme XTE). MATERIAL AND METHODS: All materials were polymerized according to manufacturers' instructions into silicon rings (height 1 mm; internal diameter 6 mm; external diameter 8 mm) to obtain specimens identical in size...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209478/algal-bloom-response-and-risk-management-on-site-response-tools
#9
Susan B Watson, Arthur Zastepa, Gregory L Boyer, Eric Matthews
Harmful algal blooms caused by cyanobacteria can present a risk to the safety of drinking- and recreational waters and beachfronts through the production of toxins, particularly microcystin, which are highly resilient to degradation. These blooms are difficult to predict, vary in appearance and toxicity, and can show significant spatial heterogeneity: wind- and current-borne scums can produce an order of magnitude range in toxin levels along shorelines. The growing demand for reliable, cost-effective and rapid methods to detect toxins in bloom material and reduce the risk of public exposure cannot be met by most analytical lab turnaround times...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207868/acetylcholine-versus-cold-pressor-testing-for-evaluation-of-coronary-endothelial-function
#10
Ahmed AlBadri, Janet Wei, Puja K Mehta, Sofy Landes, John W Petersen, R David Anderson, Bruce Samuels, Babak Azarbal, Eileen M Handberg, Quanlin Li, Margo Minissian, Chrisandra Shufelt, Carl J Pepine, C Noel Bairey Merz
BACKGROUND: Assessment of coronary endothelial function with intracoronary acetylcholine (IC-Ach) provides diagnostic and prognostic data in patients with suspected coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD), but is often not feasible due in part to the time and expertise needed for pharmacologic mixing. Cold pressor testing (CPT) is a simple and safe stimulus useful for either invasive or non-invasive endothelial function testing and myocardial perfusion imaging but has not been specifically evaluated among symptomatic women with signs of ischemic heart disease (IHD) who have no obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203227/some-technological-properties-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-isolated-from-dahi-and-datshi-naturally-fermented-milk-products-of-bhutan
#11
H N J Shangpliang, Sharmila Sharma, Ranjita Rai, Jyoti P Tamang
Dahi and datshi are common naturally fermented milk (NFM) products of Bhutan. Population of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) in dahi (pH 3.7) and datshi (pH 5.2) was 1.4 × 10(7) and 3.9 × 10(8) cfu/ml, respectively. Based on 16S rRNA gene sequencing isolates of LAB from dahi and datshi were identified as Enterococcus faecalis, E. faecium, Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis. LAB strains were tested for some technological properties. All LAB strains except E. faecalis CH2:17 caused coagulation of milk at both 30°C for 48 h...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202007/diffusible-substances-from-lactic-acid-bacterial-cultures-exert-strong-inhibitory-effects-on-listeria-monocytogenes-and-salmonella-enterica-serovar-enteritidis-in-a-co-culture-model
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Solomon H Mariam, Nigus Zegeye, Abraham Aseffa, Rawleigh Howe
BACKGROUND: Food-borne infections cause huge economic and human life losses. Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis are among the top ranking pathogens causing such losses. Control of such infections is hampered by persistent contamination of foods and food-processing environments, resistance of pathogens to sanitizing agents, existence of heterogeneous populations of pathogens (including culturable and viable but non-culturable cells) within the same food items, and inability to detect all such pathogens by culture-based methods...
February 15, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199027/investigating-the-level-of-salivary-endothelin-1-in-premalignant-and-malignant-lesions
#13
Tahereh Nosratzehi, Sirous Risbaf Fakour, Ebrahim Alijani, Maryam Salehi
PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the level of salivary endothelin-1 in premalignant and malignant lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, 75 cases were investigated of which 25 cases were healthy, 25 cases had oral lichen planus (OLP), and 25 cases had oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). In order to collect the saliva samples, the unstimulated spitting was used. The samples were collected between 9 and 12 a.m. They were sent to the lab shortly after being collected and salivary endothelin-1 was recorded for each sample according to the instruction of factory by using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and optical density at a wavelength of 450 nm...
February 15, 2017: Special Care in Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195955/impact-score-for-traumatic-brain-injury-validation-of-the-prognostic-tool-in-a-spanish-cohort
#14
Juan José Egea-Guerrero, Ana Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Elena Gordillo-Escobar, Esperanza Fernández-Delgado, Ángela Martínez-Roldán, Álvaro Roldán-Reina, Pilar Durán-Martínez, Enrique de Vega-Ríos, María Dolores Freire-Aragón, Ángel Vilches-Arenas, Francisco Murillo-Cabezas, Manuel Quintana-Díaz
BACKGROUND: The aim of this work was to validate the IMPACT (International Mission for Prognosis and Analysis of Clinical Trials in TBI) model in a Spanish cohort of patients with moderate-severe TBI (traumatic brain injury). SETTING: Two level I neurotrauma centers. PARTICIPANTS: Patients admitted to these hospitals between 2011 and 2014 with a diagnosis of TBI and a Glasgow Coma Scale score of 12 or less. DESIGN: Prospective observational study...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195328/visualization-of-xylem-embolism-by-x-ray-microtomography-a-direct-test-against-hydraulic-measurements
#15
Markus Nolf, Rosana Lopez, Jennifer M R Peters, Richard J Flavel, Leah S Koloadin, Iain M Young, Brendan Choat
X-ray microtomography (microCT) is becoming a valuable noninvasive tool for advancing our understanding of plant-water relations. Laboratory-based microCT systems are becoming more affordable and provide better access than synchrotron facilities. However, some systems come at the cost of comparably lower signal quality and spatial resolution than synchrotron facilities. In this study, we evaluated laboratory-based X-ray microCT imaging as a tool to nondestructively analyse hydraulic vulnerability to drought-induced embolism in a woody plant species...
February 14, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192901/fabrication-of-scanning-electrochemical-microscopy-atomic-force-microscopy-probes-to-image-surface-topography-and-reactivity-at-the-nanoscale
#16
Jeyavel Velmurugan, Amit Agrawal, Sangmin An, Eric Choudhary, Veronika A Szalai
Concurrent mapping of chemical reactivity and morphology of heterogeneous electrocatalysts at the nanoscale allows identification of active areas (protrusions, flat film surface, or cracks) responsible for productive chemistry in these materials. Scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) can map surface characteristics, record catalyst activity, and identify chemical products at solid-liquid electrochemical interfaces. It lacks, however, the ability to distinguish topographic features where surface reactivity occurs...
February 13, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192678/assaying-the-stability-and-inactivation-of-aav-serotype-1-vectors
#17
Douglas B Howard, Brandon K Harvey
Adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors are a commonplace tool for gene delivery ranging from cell culture to human gene therapy. One feature that makes AAV a desirable vector is its stability, in regard to both the duration of transgene expression and retention of infectivity as a viral particle. This study examined the stability of AAV serotype 1 (AAV1) vectors under different conditions. First, transducibility after storage at 4°C decreased 20% over 7 weeks. Over 10 freeze-thaw cycles, the resulting transduction efficiency became variable at 60-120% of a single thaw...
February 2017: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190571/comparing-different-commercial-zero-valent-iron-nanoparticles-to-immobilize-as-and-hg-in-brownfield-soil
#18
M Gil-Díaz, J Alonso, E Rodríguez-Valdés, J R Gallego, M C Lobo
Nanoscale zero valent iron (nZVI) particles obtained by different methods differ in their structure, which lead to different reactivity, and therefore a likely difference in the remediation efficiency. The present study compares the effectiveness of three commercial ZVI nanoparticles to immobilize As and Hg in two soils (A and B) collected from a brownfield highly contaminated by mining and metallurgy activities. Scarce data are available on the effectiveness of nZVI for Hg immobilization in soil. Two commercial nZVI slurries from Toda (RNIP and RNIP-D) and one from Nano Iron (25S) were used at different doses (1, 5 and 10%)...
February 9, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188739/comparison-of-automated-devices-ux-2000-and-sedimax-autionmax-for-urine-samples-screening-a-multicenter-spanish-study
#19
Catalina Sánchez-Mora, Delia Acevedo, Maria Amelia Porres, Ana María Chaqués, Javier Zapardiel, Aurelia Gallego-Cabrera, Jose María López, Jose María Maesa
OBJECTIVES: In this study we aim to compare UX2000 (Sysmex Corp, Japan) and SediMAX/AutionMax (Arkray Factory Inc., Japan), totally automatized analyzers, against Fuchs-Rosenthal counting chamber, the gold standard technique for sediment analysis. DESIGN AND METHODS: Urine samples of 1454 patients from three Spanish hospitals were assessed for red and white blood cells (RBC; WBC) using three different techniques: flow cytometry, image-based method and Fuchs-Rosenthal counting chamber...
February 7, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188477/probiotic-potential-of-a-lactobacillus-bacterium-of-canine-faecal-origin-and-its-impact-on-select-gut-health-indices-and-immune-response-of-dogs
#20
Sachin Kumar, Ashok Kumar Pattanaik, Shalini Sharma, Sunil Eknath Jadhav, Narayan Dutta, Avneesh Kumar
The objective of the present study was to develop a probiotic of canine-origin for its potential application in pet nutrition. Accordingly, 32 lactic acid bacteria (LAB) strains were isolated from faeces of dogs, out of which 9 strains were short-listed for further in vitro testing based on the aggregation time and cell surface hydrophobicity. The results of acid-, bile- and phenol-tolerance tests indicated that out of the nine, isolate cPRO23 was having better resistance to these adverse conditions likely to be encountered in the gastrointestinal tract...
February 10, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
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