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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909068/use-of-multiplex-pcr-to-rapidly-diagnose-febrile-patients-during-a-gastroenteritis-outbreak-among-ebola-virus-treatment-unit-workers
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Tom O Evans, T Fominyam, S W Matthews, M S Bailey, E J Hutley
Multiplex PCR can provide rapid diagnosis for patients presenting with an acute undifferentiated febrile illness. Such technology is useful in deployed settings, where access to conventional microbiological diagnosis is limited. It was used in Sierra Leone to guide management of febrile healthcare workers, in whom Ebola virus disease was a possible cause. In particular, it informed appropriate antibiotic treatment while minimising the risk to clinicians of exposure to the causative organism.
December 1, 2016: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907113/scalable-video-streaming-relay-for-smart-mobile-devices-in-wireless-networks
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Dongwoo Kwon, Huigwang Je, Hyeonwoo Kim, Hongtaek Ju, Donghyeok An
Recently, smart mobile devices and wireless communication technologies such as WiFi, third generation (3G), and long-term evolution (LTE) have been rapidly deployed. Many smart mobile device users can access the Internet wirelessly, which has increased mobile traffic. In 2014, more than half of the mobile traffic around the world was devoted to satisfying the increased demand for the video streaming. In this paper, we propose a scalable video streaming relay scheme. Because many collisions degrade the scalability of video streaming, we first separate networks to prevent excessive contention between devices...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904947/a-methodology-to-evaluate-ecological-resources-and-risk-using-two-case-studies-at-the-department-of-energy-s-hanford-site
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Joanna Burger, Michael Gochfeld, Amoret Bunn, Janelle Downs, Christian Jeitner, Taryn Pittfield, Jennifer Salisbury, David Kosson
An assessment of the potential risks to ecological resources from remediation activities or other perturbations should involve a quantitative evaluation of resources on the remediation site and in the surrounding environment. We developed a risk methodology to rapidly evaluate potential impact on ecological resources for the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site in southcentral Washington State. We describe the application of the risk evaluation for two case studies to illustrate its applicability. The ecological assessment involves examining previous sources of information for the site, defining different resource levels from 0 to 5...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902755/the-utility-of-malaria-rapid-diagnostic-tests-as-a-tool-in-enhanced-surveillance-for-malaria-elimination-in-vanuatu
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Wesley Donald, Cielo Pasay, Jean-Olivier Guintran, Harry Iata, Karen Anderson, Johnny Nausien, Karryn J Gresty, Norman C Waters, Lasse S Vestergaard, George Taleo, Qin Cheng
BACKGROUND: As part of efforts to eliminate malaria, Vanuatu has piloted the implementation of enhanced malaria surveillance and response strategies since 2011. This involves passive case detection (PCD) in health facilities, proactive case detection (Pro-ACD) and reactive case detection (Re-ACD) in communities using malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). While RDTs improve case management, their utility for detection of malaria infections in ACDs in this setting is unclear. METHODS: The utility of malaria RDTs as diagnostic tools was evaluated in PCD, in five rounds of Pro-ACDs and five rounds of Re-ACDs conducted in Tafea and Torba Provinces between 2011 and 2014...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901026/perceptual-training-yields-rapid-improvements-in-visually-impaired-youth
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Jeffrey B Nyquist, Joseph S Lappin, Ruyuan Zhang, Duje Tadin
Visual function demands coordinated responses to information over a wide field of view, involving both central and peripheral vision. Visually impaired individuals often seem to underutilize peripheral vision, even in absence of obvious peripheral deficits. Motivated by perceptual training studies with typically sighted adults, we examined the effectiveness of perceptual training in improving peripheral perception of visually impaired youth. Here, we evaluated the effectiveness of three training regimens: (1) an action video game, (2) a psychophysical task that combined attentional tracking with a spatially and temporally unpredictable motion discrimination task, and (3) a control video game...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897988/reciprocally-benefited-secure-transmission-for-spectrum-sensing-based-cognitive-radio-sensor-networks
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Dawei Wang, Pinyi Ren, Qinghe Du, Li Sun, Yichen Wang
The rapid proliferation of independently-designed and -deployed wireless sensor networks extremely crowds the wireless spectrum and promotes the emergence of cognitive radio sensor networks (CRSN). In CRSN, the sensor node (SN) can make full use of the unutilized licensed spectrum, and the spectrum efficiency is greatly improved. However, inevitable spectrum sensing errors will adversely interfere with the primary transmission, which may result in primary transmission outage. To compensate the adverse effect of spectrum sensing errors, we propose a reciprocally-benefited secure transmission strategy, in which SN's interference to the eavesdropper is employed to protect the primary confidential messages while the CRSN is also rewarded with a loose spectrum sensing error probability constraint...
November 25, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895168/cx3cr1-cell-mediated-salmonella-exclusion-protects-the-intestinal-mucosa-during-the-initial-stage-of-infection
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Angela L Man, Nadezhda Gicheva, Mari Regoli, Gary Rowley, Giovanna De Cunto, Nikolaus Wellner, Elizabeth Bassity, Massimo Gulisano, Eugenio Bertelli, Claudio Nicoletti
During Salmonella Typhimurium infection, intestinal CX3CR1(+) cells can either extend transepithelial cellular processes to sample luminal bacteria or, very early after infection, migrate into the intestinal lumen to capture bacteria. However, until now, the biological relevance of the intraluminal migration of CX3CR1(+) cells remained to be determined. We addressed this by using a combination of mouse strains differing in their ability to carry out CX3CR1-mediated sampling and intraluminal migration. We observed that the number of S...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881689/acute-type-a-aortic-dissection-treated-using-a-tubular-stent-graft-in-the-ascending-aorta-and-a-multibranched-stent-graft-in-the-aortic-arch
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Tilo Kölbel, Christian Detter, Sebastian W Carpenter, Fiona Rohlffs, Yskert von Kodolitsch, Sabine Wipper, Herrmann Reichenspurner, E Sebastian Debus, Nikolaos Tsilimparis
PURPOSE: To describe the combined use of a tubular stent-graft for the ascending aorta and an inner-branched arch stent-graft for patients with acute type A aortic dissection. TECHNIQUE: The technique to deploy these modular, custom-made stent-grafts is demonstrated in 2 patients with acute DeBakey type I aortic dissections and significant comorbidities precluding open surgery. Both emergent procedures were made possible by the availability of suitable devices manufactured for elective repair in other patients...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880678/evidence-for-an-alternative-mechanism-of-toxin-production-in-the-box-jellyfish-alatina-alata
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Cheryl Lewis Ames, Jason Macrander
Cubozoans (box jellyfish) have a reputation as the most venomous animals on the planet. Herein, we provide a review of cubozoan prey capture and digestion informed by the scientific literature. Like all cnidarians, box jellyfish envenomation originates from structures secreted within nematocyte post-Golgi vesicles called nematocysts. When tentacles come in contact with prey or would-be predators, a cocktail of toxins is rapidly deployed from nematocysts via a long spiny tubule that serves to immobilize the target organism...
November 2016: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873180/pledget-armed-sutures-affect-the-haemodynamic-performance-of-biologic-aortic-valve-substitutes-a-preliminary-experimental-and-computational-study
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Claudio Capelli, Chiara Corsini, Dario Biscarini, Francesco Ruffini, Francesco Migliavacca, Alfred Kocher, Guenther Laufer, Andrew M Taylor, Silvia Schievano, Martin Andreas, Gaetano Burriesci, Claus Rath
Surgical aortic valve replacement is the most common procedure of choice for the treatment of severe aortic stenosis. Bioprosthetic valves are traditionally sewed-in the aortic root by means of pledget-armed sutures during open-heart surgery. Recently, novel bioprostheses which include a stent-based anchoring system have been introduced to allow rapid implantation, therefore reducing the duration and invasiveness of the intervention. Different effects on the hemodynamics were clinically reported associated with the two technologies...
November 21, 2016: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870717/an-international-comparison-of-the-instigation-and-design-of-health-registers-in-the-epidemiological-response-to-major-environmental-health-incidents
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Behrooz Behbod, Giovanni Leonardi, Yvon Motreff, Charles R Beck, Joris Yzermans, Erik Lebret, Oleg I Muravov, Tesfaye Bayleyegn, Amy Funk Wolkin, Paolo Lauriola, Rebecca Close, Helen Crabbe, Philippe Pirard
CONTEXT: Epidemiological preparedness is vital in providing relevant, transparent, and timely intelligence for the management, mitigation, and prevention of public health impacts following major environmental health incidents. A register is a set of records containing systematically collected, standardized data about individual people. Planning for a register of people affected by or exposed to an incident is one of the evolving tools in the public health preparedness and response arsenal...
January 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867503/the-croprotect-project-and-wider-opportunities-to-improve-farm-productivity-through-web-based-knowledge-exchange
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Toby J A Bruce
A key global 21st century challenge is to maximize agricultural production while minimizing use of resources such as land, water, and energy to meet rising demand for produce. To meet this challenge, while also adapting to climate change, agriculture will have to become more knowledge intensive and deploy smarter farming techniques. The intention of this study was to: (1) Highlight the opportunity for web-based knowledge exchange to increase farm productivity and thus contribute to achieving food and energy security, (2) Give some examples of online farming information services such as the "CROPROTECT" tool I am developing in the UK, the CABI "Plantwise" Knowledge Bank and the IRRI "Rice Doctor," and (3) Consider lessons learnt so far...
May 2016: Food and energy security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866141/transapical-aortic-stenting-an-initial-case-series
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Tamer G Ghazy, Ahmed S Ouda, Ahmed M Mashhour, Manuel Wilbring, Klaus Matschke, Utz W Kappert
AIMS: The standard approach for thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) is transfemoral; however, calcifications and tortuosity of the access vessels might be so extensive as to increase the operative risk markedly or preclude the procedure. This study evaluates the transapical approach as an alternative route for TEVAR in such patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: From June 2011 to July 2013, the institution's interdisciplinary board for aortic diseases initially denied TEVAR for eight patients with thoracic aortic pathology due to extensive calcification and tortuosity of the distal vessels...
November 20, 2016: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866023/direct-and-adjusted-indirect-comparisons-of-perioperative-mortality-after-sutureless-or-rapid-deployment-aortic-valve-replacement-versus-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Hisato Takagi, Tomo Ando, Takuya Umemoto
OBJECTIVES: To determine which procedure, aortic valve replacement (AVR) with a sutureless or rapid-deployment prosthesis (SL-AVR) or transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), achieves better perioperative survival for severe aortic stenosis (AS), we conducted direct-comparison meta-analyses (DC-MAs) and an adjusted indirect-comparison meta-analysis (IDC-MA). METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials through April 2016...
November 12, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864460/use-of-the-octopus-endograft-technique-to-reconstruct-renovisceral-arteries-arising-from-the-false-lumen-of-a-rapidly-expanding-type-b-aortic-dissection-after-endovascular-repair
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Jiang Xiong, Yangyang Ge, Xiaoping Liu, Lijun Wang, Wei Guo
PURPOSE: To describe the use and 6-month outcomes of the octopus endograft technique to reconstruct renovisceral arteries arising from the false lumen (FL) of a type B aortic dissection after thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). CASE REPORT: A 46-year-old man post TEVAR for type B aortic dissection was admitted with persistent back pain and a rapidly expanding residual dissection. The celiac and left renal arteries arose from the FL and the superior mesenteric artery from both lumens, with the FL as its main supply...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863133/shape-memory-silk-protein-sponges-for-minimally-invasive-tissue-regeneration
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Joseph E Brown, Jodie E Moreau, Alison M Berman, Heather J McSherry, Jeannine M Coburn, Daniel F Schmidt, David L Kaplan
Porous silk protein scaffolds are designed to display shape memory characteristics and volumetric recovery following compression. Two strategies are utilized to realize shape recovery: addition of hygroscopic plasticizers like glycerol, and tyrosine modifications with hydrophilic sulfonic acid chemistries. Silk sponges are evaluated for recovery following 80% compressive strain, total porosity, pore size distribution, secondary structure development, in vivo volume retention, cell infiltration, and inflammatory responses...
November 8, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862698/warming-of-subarctic-tundra-increases-emissions-of-all-three-important-greenhouse-gases-carbon-dioxide-methane-and-nitrous-oxide
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Carolina Voigt, Richard E Lamprecht, Maija E Marushchak, Saara E Lind, Alexander Novakovskiy, Mika Aurela, Pertti J Martikainen, Christina Biasi
Rapidly rising temperatures in the Arctic might cause a greater release of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to the atmosphere. To study the effect of warming on GHG dynamics, we deployed open-top chambers in a subarctic tundra site in Northeast European Russia. We determined carbon dioxide (CO2 ), methane (CH4 ), and nitrous oxide (N2 O) fluxes as well as the concentration of those gases, inorganic nitrogen (N) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) along the soil profile. Studied tundra surfaces ranged from mineral to organic soils and from vegetated to unvegetated areas...
November 14, 2016: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861201/tissue-classification-using-optical-spectroscopy-accurately-differentiates-cancer-and-chronic-pancreatitis
#18
Robert H Wilson, Malavika Chandra, James M Scheiman, Seung Yup Lee, Oliver E Lee, Barbara J McKenna, Diane M Simeone, Jeremy M G Taylor, Mary-Ann Mycek
OBJECTIVES: Current pancreatic cancer diagnostics cannot reliably detect early disease or distinguish it from chronic pancreatitis. We test the hypothesis that optical spectroscopy can accurately differentiate cancer from chronic pancreatitis and normal pancreas. We developed and tested clinically compatible multimodal optical spectroscopy technology to measure reflectance and endogenous fluorescence from human pancreatic tissues. METHODS: Freshly excised pancreatic tissue specimens (39 normal, 34 chronic pancreatitis, 32 adenocarcinoma) from 18 patients were optically interrogated, with site-specific histopathology representing the criterion standard...
November 17, 2016: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858271/pilot-study-on-the-internal-exposure-to-heavy-metals-of-informal-level-electronic-waste-workers-in-agbogbloshie-accra-ghana
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Jürgen Wittsiepe, Torsten Feldt, Holger Till, Gerd Burchard, Michael Wilhelm, Julius N Fobil
Informal-level electronic waste (e-waste)-processing activities are performed at hotspots in developing countries such as India, China, and Ghana. These activities increase the ambient burden of heavy metals and contribute to the toxic exposure of the general population. However, few data exist on the internal exposure of populations involved in these informal activities and in close contact with fumes from the direct combustion of electronic waste products in these countries. Therefore, in a cross-sectional study design, we analyzed blood, urine, and hair samples from 75 e-waste workers residing in and/or working on a large e-waste recycling site in Agbogbloshie, Accra, Ghana, and compared the results against those of 40 individuals living in a suburb of Accra without direct exposure to e-waste recycling activities...
November 17, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856278/most-probable-number-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-mpn-lamp-for-quantifying-waterborne-pathogens-in-25min
#20
Farhan Ahmad, Robert D Stedtfeld, Hassan Waseem, Maggie R Williams, Alison M Cupples, James M Tiedje, Syed A Hashsham
We are reporting a most probable number approach integrated to loop mediated isothermal technique (MPN-LAMP) focusing on Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Gram-positive Enterococcus faecalis bacterial cells without nucleic acids extraction. LAMP assays for uidA from E. coli and gelE from E. faecalis were successfully performed directly on cells up to single digit concentration using a commercial real time PCR instrument. Threshold time values of LAMP assays of bacterial cells, heat treated bacterial cells (95°C for 5min), and their purified genomic DNA templates were similar, implying that amplification could be achieved directly from bacterial cells at 63°C...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
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