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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340080/measuring-pm2-5-ultrafine-particles-air-nicotine-and-wipe-samples-following-the-use-of-electronic-cigarettes
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Paul Melstrom, Bartosz Koszowski, Meridith Hill Thanner, Eunha Hoh, Brian King, Rebecca Bunnell, Tim McAfee
Background: Few studies have examined the extent of inhalation or dermal contact among bystanders following short-term, secondhand e-cigarette exposure. Objective: Measure PM2.5 (particles <2.5 microns), UF (ultrafine particles <100nm), and nicotine in air and deposited on surfaces and clothing pre-/during/post- a short-term (two-hour) e-cigarette exposure. Methods: E-cigarettes were used ad libitum by three experienced users for two hours during two separate sessions (disposable e-cigarettes, then tank-style e-cigarettes, or "tanks") in a 1858ft3 room...
March 9, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336247/surgical-case-order-has-an-effect-on-the-risk-of-subsequent-periprosthetic-joint-infection
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Antonia F Chen, Michael M Kheir, Joshua M Greenbaum, Camilo Restrepo, Mitchell G Maltenfort, Javad Parvizi
BACKGROUND: Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) after total joint arthroplasty (TJA) is a serious complication with multiple etiologies. Prior spine literature has shown that later cases in the day were more likely to develop surgical site infection. However, the effect of case order on PJI after TJA is unknown. This study aims to determine the influence of case order, prior infected case, and terminal cleaning on the risk for a subsequent PJI. METHODS: A retrospective, single-institution study was conducted on 31,499 TJAs performed from 2000 to 2014...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331347/environmental-triggers-and-avoidance-in-the-management-of-asthma
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Clarisse Gautier, Denis Charpin
Identifying asthma triggers forms the basis of environmental secondary prevention. These triggers may be allergenic or nonallergenic. Allergenic triggers include indoor allergens, such as house dust mites (HDMs), molds, pets, cockroaches, and rodents, and outdoor allergens, such as pollens and molds. Clinical observations provide support for the role of HDM exposure as a trigger, although avoidance studies provide conflicting results. Molds and their metabolic products are now considered to be triggers of asthma attacks...
2017: Journal of Asthma and Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319476/anesthesia-in-patients-with-infectious-disease-caused-by-multi-drug-resistant-bacteria
#4
Sharon Einav, Yonit Wiener-Well
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Up to 50% of specific bacterial strains in healthcare admission facilities are multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs). Involvement of anesthesiologists in management of patients carrying/at risk of carrying MDROs may decrease transmission in the Operating Room (OR). RECENT FINDINGS: Anesthesiologists, their work area and tools have all been implicated in MDRO outbreaks. Causes include contamination of external ventilation circuits and noncontribution of filters to prevention, inappropriate decontamination procedures for nondisposable equipment (e...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300019/clostridium-difficile-infection-in-acute-care-hospitals-systematic-review-and-best-practices-for-prevention
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Irene K Louh, William G Greendyke, Emilia A Hermann, Karina W Davidson, Louise Falzon, David K Vawdrey, Jonathan A Shaffer, David P Calfee, E Yoko Furuya, Henry H Ting
OBJECTIVE Prevention of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in acute-care hospitals is a priority for hospitals and clinicians. We performed a qualitative systematic review to update the evidence on interventions to prevent CDI published since 2009. DESIGN We searched Ovid, MEDLINE, EMBASE, The Cochrane Library, CINAHL, the ISI Web of Knowledge, and grey literature databases from January 1, 2009 to August 1, 2015. SETTING We included studies performed in acute-care hospitals. PATIENTS OR PARTICIPANTS We included studies conducted on hospitalized patients that investigated the impact of specific interventions on CDI rates...
April 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282101/chitosan-nanostructures-by-in-situ-electrospinning-for-high-efficiency-pm2-5-capture
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Bin Zhang, Zhi-Guang Zhang, Xu Yan, Xiao-Xiong Wang, Hui Zhao, Jia Guo, Ji-Yong Feng, Yun-Ze Long
Nanofiber-based air filters and electrostatic precipitation have stimulated considerable interest because of their high-efficiency for PM2.5 capture. In this paper, we introduce a new method of in situ electrospinning (e-spinning) of nanostructures into a polluted enclosed space to efficiently clean the air. From the comparisons of different polymer precursors and different PM2.5 capture techniques, it can be seen that in situ e-spinning of chitosan aqueous solution into the air exhibits the best PM2.5 capture efficiency, which may be attributed to the stronger polarity of chitosan and the synergistic effect of the strong electrostatic adsorption and surface adhesion of the electrospun (e-spun) nanofibers...
March 10, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279576/ultra-low-background-and-environmental-measurements-at-laboratorio-subterr%C3%A3-neo-de-canfranc-lsc
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I Bandac, S Borjabad, A Ianni, R Nuñez-Lagos, C Pérez, S Rodríguez, J A Villar
To support the construction of experiments at the Laboratorio Subterráneo de Canfranc (LSC) in Spain, an Ultra-Low Background Service (ULBS) and a Copper Electroforming Service (CES) were created. The measurement technique employed at the ULBS is gamma spectroscopy with high purity germanium (HPGe) detectors. A new anti-radon system is being implemented. The main goal of CES is to obtain high-purity copper pieces. A new electroforming set-up inside LSC underground clean room is planned. Radon and environmental measurements at the LSC are presented...
March 4, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277035/ultrastructural-study-of-liver-and-lead-tissue-concentrations-in-young-mallard-ducks-anas-platyrhynchos-after-ingestion-of-single-lead-shot
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Alain Pineau, Bernard Fauconneau, Eric Plouzeau, Béatrice Fernandez, Nathalie Quellard, Pierre Levillain, Olivier Guillard
Lead (Pb) represents a serious threat to wildlife and ecosystems. The aim of this study was to examine the subcellular effects of dietary Pb pellet ingestion on mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) livers. After ingestion of a single Pb shot (LS4 size class: 0.177 ± 0.03 g) in 41 mallard ducks (22 males and 19 females) versus 10 controls (5 males and 5 females) all 7-week old, a morphologic study was conducted by TEM (transmission electron microscopy) of liver at the subcellular level. The results in treated mallards showed at a magnification of 2 500 X that hepatic parenchyma was altered as evidenced by intralysosomal electron-dense deposits, which are compatible with Pb deposits...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253849/evaluation-of-an-ultraviolet-room-disinfection-protocol-to-decrease-nursing-home-microbial-burden-infection-and-hospitalization-rates
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Christine R Kovach, Yavuz Taneli, Tammy Neiman, Elaine M Dyer, Alvin Jason A Arzaga, Sheryl T Kelber
BACKGROUND: The focus of nursing home infection control procedures has been on decreasing transmission between healthcare workers and residents. Less evidence is available regarding whether decontamination of high-touch environmental surfaces impacts infection rates or resident outcomes. The purpose of this study was to examine if ultraviolet disinfection is associated with changes in: 1) microbial counts and adenosine triphosphate counts on high-touch surfaces; and 2) facility wide nursing home acquired infection rates, and infection-related hospitalization...
March 3, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252956/cationic-and-neutral-cp-m-no-%C3%AE%C2%BA-2-ph2pch2ch2pph2-complexes-of-molybdenum-and-tungsten-lewis-acid-induced-intramolecular-c-h-activation
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Rex C Handford, Russell J Wakeham, Brian O Patrick, Peter Legzdins
Treatment of CH2Cl2 solutions of Cp*M(NO)Cl2 (Cp* = η(5)-C5(CH3)5; M = Mo, W) first with 2 equiv of AgSbF6 in the presence of PhCN and then with 1 equiv of Ph2PCH2CH2PPh2 affords the yellow-orange salts [Cp*M(NO)(PhCN)(κ(2)-Ph2PCH2CH2PPh2)](SbF6)2 in good yields (M = Mo, W). Reduction of [Cp*M(NO)(PhCN)(κ(2)-Ph2PCH2CH2PPh2)](SbF6)2 with 2 equiv of Cp2Co in C6H6 at 80 °C produces the corresponding 18e neutral compounds, Cp*M(NO)(κ(2)-Ph2PCH2CH2PPh2) which have been isolated as analytically pure orange-red solids...
March 2, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244579/prevention-of-healthcare-associated-infections-a-descriptive-study
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R Accardi, S Castaldi, A Marzullo, S Ronchi, D Laquintana, M Lusignani
BACKGROUND: This study aims to verify whether there are, and to which degree, knowledge and adherence to guidelines on the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections by nursing staff. Study design. A descriptive study was conducted on a sample of nurses in the areas of medicine, surgery, and its own specialties of the Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico in Milan from 1st December 2015 to 29th February 2016. METHODS: The knowledge of the nursing staff have been investigated through the use of questionnaires with anonymous self-reporting method; inspections in the wards using observational grids were carried out in order to verify adherence to best-practice principles...
March 2017: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220246/treatment-of-open-fractures-of-the-hand-in-the-emergency-department
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Nofar Ben Basat, Raviv Allon, Ahmad Nagmi, Ronit Wollstein
Current guidelines suggest early surgical treatment of open fractures. This rule in open hand fractures is not well supported and may be unpractical. Furthermore, desirable debridement and washout can be obtained in the emergency department (ED). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the level of contamination, quality of washout in the emergency room, and the development of infection. Sixty-one patients with open fractures of the hand were retrospectively reviewed for demographic and fracture characteristics, and other complications...
February 20, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215087/microwave-initiated-facile-formation-of-ni3se4-nanoassemblies-for-enhanced-and-stable-water-splitting-in-neutral-and-alkaline-media
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Sengeni Anantharaj, Jeevarathinam Kennedy, Subrata Kundu
Molecular hydrogen (H2) generation through water splitting with minimum energy loss has become practically possible due to the recent evolution of high-performance electrocatalysts. In this study, we fabricated, evaluated, and presented such a high-performance catalyst which is the Ni3Se4 nanoassemblies that can efficiently catalyze water splitting in neutral and alkaline media. A hierarchical nanoassembly of Ni3Se4 was fabricated by functionalizing the surface-cleaned Ni foam using NaHSe solution as the Se source with the assistance of microwave irradiation (300 W) for 3 min followed by 5 h of aging at room temperature (RT)...
February 28, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213012/evaluating-and-improving-terminal-hygiene-practices-on-broiler-farms-to-prevent-campylobacter-cross-contamination-between-flocks
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Tara Battersby, D Walsh, P Whyte, D Bolton
The objectives of this study were to evaluate current cleaning practices in broiler houses by testing a range of sites after cleaning and disinfection and to test the efficacy of the most commonly used methods in a commercial broiler house after flock harvesting. Cleaning procedures on 20 broiler houses (10 separate farms) were examined by testing a range of sampling points (feeders, drinkers, walls, etc.) for total viable count (TVC), total Enterobacteriaceae count (TEC) and Campylobacter spp. after cleaning and disinfection, using culture based methods...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191758/preclinical-analysis-of-fetal-human-mesencephalic-neural-progenitor-cell-lines-characterization-and-safety-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#15
Jisook Moon, Sigrid C Schwarz, Hyun-Seob Lee, Jun Mo Kang, Young-Eun Lee, Bona Kim, Mi-Young Sung, Günter Höglinger, Florian Wegner, Jin Su Kim, Hyung-Min Chung, Sung Woon Chang, Kwang Yul Cha, Kwang-Soo Kim, Johannes Schwarz
We have developed a good manufacturing practice for long-term cultivation of fetal human midbrain-derived neural progenitor cells. The generation of human dopaminergic neurons may serve as a tool of either restorative cell therapies or cellular models, particularly as a reference for phenotyping region-specific human neural stem cell lines such as human embryonic stem cells and human inducible pluripotent stem cells. We cultivated 3 different midbrain neural progenitor lines at 10, 12, and 14 weeks of gestation for more than a year and characterized them in great detail, as well as in comparison with Lund mesencephalic cells...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187777/gmp-conformant-on-site-manufacturing-of-a-cd133-stem-cell-product-for-cardiovascular-regeneration
#16
Anna Skorska, Paula Müller, Ralf Gaebel, Jana Große, Heiko Lemcke, Cornelia A Lux, Manuela Bastian, Frauke Hausburg, Nicole Zarniko, Sandra Bubritzki, Ulrike Ruch, Gudrun Tiedemann, Robert David, Gustav Steinhoff
BACKGROUND: CD133(+) stem cells represent a promising subpopulation for innovative cell-based therapies in cardiovascular regeneration. Several clinical trials have shown remarkable beneficial effects following their intramyocardial transplantation. Yet, the purification of CD133(+) stem cells is typically performed in centralized clean room facilities using semi-automatic manufacturing processes based on magnetic cell sorting (MACS®). However, this requires time-consuming and cost-intensive logistics...
February 10, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181162/graphene-oxide-polymer-composite-langmuir-films-constructed-by-interfacial-thiol-ene-photopolymerization
#17
Xiaona Luo, Kai Ma, Tifeng Jiao, Ruirui Xing, Lexin Zhang, Jingxin Zhou, Bingbing Li
The effective synthesis and self-assembly of graphene oxide (GO) nanocomposites are of key importance for a broad range of nanomaterial applications. In this work, a one-step chemical strategy is presented to synthesize stable GO-polymer Langmuir composite films by interfacial thiol-ene photopolymerization at room temperature, without use of any crosslinking agents and stabilizing agents. It is discovered that photopolymerization reaction between thiol groups modified GO sheets and ene in polymer molecules is critically responsible for the formation of the composite Langmuir films...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167769/multifunctional-inexpensive-and-reusable-nanoparticle-printed-biochip-for-cell-manipulation-and-diagnosis
#18
Rahim Esfandyarpour, Matthew J DiDonato, Yuxin Yang, Naside Gozde Durmus, James S Harris, Ronald W Davis
Isolation and characterization of rare cells and molecules from a heterogeneous population is of critical importance in diagnosis of common lethal diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, and cancer. For the developing world, point-of-care (POC) diagnostics design must account for limited funds, modest public health infrastructure, and low power availability. To address these challenges, here we integrate microfluidics, electronics, and inkjet printing to build an ultra-low-cost, rapid, and miniaturized lab-on-a-chip (LOC) platform...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162773/enabling-microfluidics-from-clean-rooms-to-makerspaces
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REVIEW
David I Walsh, David S Kong, Shashi K Murthy, Peter A Carr
The traditional requirement for clean rooms and specialized skills has inhibited many biologists from pursuing new microfluidic innovations. Makerspaces provide a growing alternative to clean rooms: they provide low-cost access to fabrication equipment such as laser cutters, plotter cutters, and 3D printers; use commercially available materials; and attract a diverse community of product designers. This Opinion discusses the materials, tools, and building methodologies particularly suited for developing novel microfluidic devices in these spaces, with insight into biological applications and leveraging the maker community...
February 2, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130913/selective-pre-column-derivatization-of-fatty-acids-with-the-fluorescent-tag-6-aminoquinoline-and-their-determination-in-some-food-samples-by-reversed-phase-chromatography
#20
Murthy Jonnada, Guadalupe Davila El Rassi, Ziad El Rassi
Fatty acids (FAs) have been selectively derivatized with a fluorescent tag, 6-aminoquinoline (6AQ), which yielded fluorescent FA-6AQ derivatives that have excitation (λexc = 270 nm) and emission (λemi = 495 nm) wavelengths that are farther apart. This precolumn derivatization is characterized by its simplicity occurring at room temperature between the carboxylic acid group of the FA and the amino group of 6AQ in the presence of a non-aqueous soluble carbodiimide coupling agent such as the N,N´-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide...
January 28, 2017: Electrophoresis
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