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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449385/linkage-to-hiv-care-after-home-based-hiv-counselling-and-testing-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-systematic-review
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Eugene Ruzagira, Kathy Baisley, Anatoli Kamali, Samuel Biraro, Heiner Grosskurth
BACKGROUND: Home-based HIV counselling and testing (HBHCT) has the potential to increase HIV testing uptake in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) but data on linkage to HIV care after HBHCT are scarce. We conducted a systematic review of linkage to care after HBHCT in SSA. METHODS: Five databases were searched for studies published between 1(st) January 2000 and 19(th) August 2016 that reported on linkage to care among adults newly identified with HIV infection through HBHCT...
April 27, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448211/prevalence-and-geographic-distribution-of-vector-borne-pathogens-in-apparently-healthy-dogs-in-croatia
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Vladimir Mrljak, Josipa Kuleš, Željko Mihaljević, Marin Torti, Jelena Gotić, Martina Crnogaj, Tatjana Živičnjak, Iva Mayer, Iva Šmit, Mangesh Bhide, Renata Barić Rafaj
Vector-borne pathogens (VBPs) are a group of globally extended and quickly spreading pathogens that are transmitted by various arthropod vectors. The aim of the present study was to investigate the seroprevalence against Babesia canis, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, Leishmania infantum, Dirofilaria immitis, and Ehrlichia canis in dogs in Croatia. We investigated 435 randomly selected apparently healthy dogs in 13 different locations of Croatia for antibodies to B. canis by indirect immunofluorescence using a commercial IFA IgG Antibody Kit...
April 27, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447858/risk-prediction-of-hepatotoxicity-in-paracetamol-poisoning
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Anselm Wong, Andis Graudins
CONTEXT: Paracetamol (acetaminophen) poisoning is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the developed world. A paracetamol treatment nomogram has been used for over four decades to help determine whether patients will develop hepatotoxicity without acetylcysteine treatment, and thus indicates those needing treatment. Despite this, a small proportion of patients still develop hepatotoxicity. More accurate risk predictors would be useful to increase the early detection of patients with the potential to develop hepatotoxicity despite acetylcysteine treatment...
April 27, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446924/differential-leukocyte-counting-via-fluorescent-detection-and-image-processing-on-a-centrifugal-microfluidic-platform
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Max L Balter, Alvin I Chen, C Amara Colinco, Alexander Gorshkov, Brian Bixon, Vincent Martin, Alexander Fromholtz, Timothy J Maguire, Martin L Yarmush
Centrifugal microfluidics has received much attention in the last decade for the automation of blood testing at the point-of-care, specifically for the detection of chemistries, proteins, and nucleic acids. However, the detection of common blood cells on-disc, particularly leukocytes, remains a challenge. In this paper, we present two analytical methods for enumerating leukocytes on a centrifugal platform using a custom-built fluorescent microscope, acridine orange nuclear staining, and image processing techniques...
December 21, 2016: Analytical Methods: Advancing Methods and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444867/urine-assay-for-tenofovir-to-monitor-adherence-in-real-time-to-tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate-emtricitabine-as-pre-exposure-prophylaxis
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H C Koenig, K Mounzer, G W Daughtridge, C E Sloan, L Lalley-Chareczko, G S Moorthy, S C Conyngham, A F Zuppa, L J Montaner, P Tebas
OBJECTIVES: Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) is approved for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV infection. Adherence is critical for the success of PrEP, but current adherence measurements are inadequate for real-time adherence monitoring. We developed and validated a urine assay to measure tenofovir (TFV) to objectively monitor adherence to PrEP. METHODS: We developed a urine assay using high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry with high sensitivity/specificity for TFV that allowed us to determine TFV concentrations in log10 categories between 0 and 10 000 ng/mL...
April 26, 2017: HIV Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444425/pharmacogenetic-markers-to-predict-the-clinical-response-to-methotrexate-in-south-indian-tamil-patients-with-psoriasis
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S Indhumathi, Medha Rajappa, Laxmisha Chandrashekar, P H Ananthanarayanan, D M Thappa, V S Negi
INTRODUCTION: Despite the advent of several new systemic therapies, methotrexate remains the gold standard for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis. However, there exists a significant heterogeneity in individual response to methotrexate. There are no consistently reliable markers to predict methotrexate treatment response till date. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to demonstrate the association of certain genetic variants in the HLA (HLA-A2, HLA-B17, and HLA-Cw6) and the non-HLA genes including T-helper (Th)-1, Th-2, Th-17 cytokine genes (IFN-γ, IL-2, IL-4, IL-10, IL-12B, and IL-23R), and T-regulatory gene (FOXP3) with the methotrexate treatment response in South Indian Tamil patients with psoriasis...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443616/effects-of-extended-cannabis-abstinence-on-cognitive-outcomes-in-cannabis-dependent-patients-with-schizophrenia-versus-non-psychiatric-controls
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Rachel A Rabin, Mera S Barr, Michelle S Goodman, Yarissa Herman, Konstantine K Zakzanis, Stephen J Kish, Michael Kiang, Gary Remington, Tony P George
Cross-sectional studies of the effects of cannabis on cognition in schizophrenia have produced mixed results. Heavy and persistent cannabis use in schizophrenia is a common clinical problem, and effects of controlled abstinence from cannabis in these patients have not been carefully evaluated. The present study sought to determine the effects of cannabis abstinence on cognition in patients with schizophrenia and co-occurring cannabis dependence. We utilized a 28-day cannabis abstinence paradigm to investigate the state-dependent effects of cannabis on select cognitive outcomes in cannabis dependent patients with schizophrenia and non-psychiatric controls...
April 26, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443388/utilization-of-thoracic-ultrasound-for-confirmation-of-central-venous-catheter-placement-and-exclusion-of-pneumothorax-a-novel-technique-in-real-time-application
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Dileep Raman, Manish Sharma, Ajit Moghekar, Xiaofeng Wang, Umur Hatipoğlu
AIM: To evaluate the safety and utility of ultrasonography as a tool to confirm central venous catheter (CVC) position and to exclude insertion-related pneumothorax in place of chest radiography (CXR) in a tertiary medical intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: We randomized 60 consecutive medical ICU patients to conventional or ultrasound groups for CVC placement. Both groups had CVCs inserted under ultrasound guidance. The intervention group underwent real-time transthoracic echocardiography to assist in catheter positioning and chest ultrasonography for exclusion of pneumothorax...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442271/evaluation-of-the-xpert-hcv-viral-load-point-of-care-assay-from-venepuncture-collected-and-finger-stick-capillary-whole-blood-samples-a-cohort-study
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Jason Grebely, Francois M J Lamoury, Behzad Hajarizadeh, Yasmin Mowat, Alison D Marshall, Sahar Bajis, Philippa Marks, Janaki Amin, Julie Smith, Michael Edwards, Carla Gorton, Nadine Ezard, David Persing, Marika Kleman, Philip Cunningham, Beth Catlett, Gregory J Dore, Tanya L Applegate
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA testing offers an advantage over antibody testing (which only indicates previous exposure), enabling diagnosis of active infection in a single visit. In this study, we evaluated the performance of the Xpert HCV Viral Load assay with venepuncture and finger-stick capillary whole-blood samples. METHODS: Plasma and finger-stick capillary whole-blood samples were collected from participants in an observational cohort enrolled at five sites in Australia (three drug and alcohol clinics, one homelessness service, and one needle and syringe programme)...
April 21, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438574/extreme-hypertriglyceridemia-pseudohyponatremia-and-pseudoacidosis-in-a-neonate-with-lipoprotein-lipase-deficiency-due-to-segmental-uniparental-disomy
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Ambika P Ashraf, Anna C E Hurst, Abhimanyu Garg
Extreme hypertriglyceridemia is rare in the neonatal period. We report a neonate with lipoprotein lipase (LPL) deficiency who presented with diagnostic and management conundrum. A full-term 36-day-old female was noted to have "Pepto-Bismol like" blood when repeating a newborn screening. The initial plasma triglyceride level was 24,318 mg/dL. The laboratory tests revealed serum bicarbonate level of <5 mmol/L, sodium of 127 mmol/L, and severe anemia. There were no signs of acute distress. The point of care capillary blood testing, however, demonstrated normal serum pH (7...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438012/smartphone-based-dual-modality-imaging-system-for-quantitative-detection-of-color-or-fluorescent-lateral-flow-immunochromatographic-strips
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Yafei Hou, Kan Wang, Kun Xiao, Weijian Qin, Wenting Lu, Wei Tao, Daxiang Cui
Nowadays, lateral flow immunochromatographic assays are increasingly popular as a diagnostic tool for point-of-care (POC) test based on their simplicity, specificity, and sensitivity. Hence, quantitative detection and pluralistic popular application are urgently needed in medical examination. In this study, a smartphone-based dual-modality imaging system was developed for quantitative detection of color or fluorescent lateral flow test strips, which can be operated anywhere at any time. In this system, the white and ultra-violet (UV) light of optical device was designed, which was tunable with different strips, and the Sobel operator algorithm was used in the software, which could enhance the identification ability to recognize the test area from the background boundary information...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437490/the-diagnosis-and-initial-treatment-of-patellofemoral-disorders
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Alan C Merchant, John P Fulkerson, Wayne Leadbetter
Our purpose is to provide simple guidelines for the diagnosis and early care of patellofemoral disorders. Any clinician who treats knee problems, including family practitioners, rheumatologists, orthopedic surgeons, or physical therapists, must know how to make the correct diagnosis, or at least a presumptive diagnosis, at the initial visit. This can avoid unneeded and costly tests, ineffective treatment, and even damaging exercises and unnecessary surgery. The diagnosis of patellofemoral disorders is confusing because they can have many causes...
March 2017: American Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437264/magnesium-sulphate-improves-pulmonary-function-after-video-assisted-thoracoscopic-surgery-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
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Hye-Min Sohn, Sang-Hoon Jheon, Sunwoo Nam, Sang-Hwan Do
BACKGROUND: Reduced lung volumes are unavoidable after lung resection surgery. Magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) administration has been reported to reduce the requirement for neuromuscular blocking drugs and postoperative analgesics in surgical patients. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of MgSO4 on pulmonary function after video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). DESIGN: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. SETTING: A university tertiary care centre...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436334/acute-hiv-infection-advances-in-mechanisms-and-prophylactic-therapeutic-management
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Muhammad Imran Qadir, Amman Abid
Human infection by HIV is spreading rapidly. The spread of the virus is generally organized and transmission can be rectal, oral, or penile. Several types of cells are susceptible to viral invasion. The appearance of symptoms during infection can vary, but the presence of the virus can be confirmed by testing for the antigen p24. The ELISA test is used to detect viral p24 antigen and antiviral antibodies. This technique is approved for the purposes of clinical practice. Highly active antiretroviral therapy is usually a costly and lengthy treatment for HIV infection...
2017: Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435491/agreement-between-serum-assays-performed-in-ed-point-of-care-and-hospital-central-laboratories
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Meir Dashevsky, Steven L Bernstein, Carol L Barsky, Richard A Taylor
INTRODUCTION: Point-of-care (POC) testing allows for more time-sensitive diagnosis and treatment in the emergency department (ED) than sending blood samples to the hospital central laboratory (CL). However, many ED patients have blood sent to both, either out of clinical custom, or because clinicians do not trust the POC values. The objective of this study was to examine the level of agreement between POC and CL values in a large cohort of ED patients. METHODS: In an urban, Level I ED that sees approximately 120,000 patients/year, all patients seen between March 1, 2013, and October 1, 2014, who had blood sent to POC and CL labs had levels of agreement measured between serum sodium, potassium, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine, and hematocrit...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435343/london-measure-of-unplanned-pregnancy-guidance-for-its-use-as-an-outcome-measure
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Jennifer A Hall, Geraldine Barrett, Andrew Copas, Judith Stephenson
BACKGROUND: The London Measure of Unplanned Pregnancy (LMUP) is a psychometrically validated measure of the degree of intention of a current or recent pregnancy. The LMUP is increasingly being used worldwide, and can be used to evaluate family planning or preconception care programs. However, beyond recommending the use of the full LMUP scale, there is no published guidance on how to use the LMUP as an outcome measure. Ordinal logistic regression has been recommended informally, but studies published to date have all used binary logistic regression and dichotomized the scale at different cut points...
2017: Patient related Outcome Measures
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434459/becoming-parent-and-nurse-high-fidelity-simulation-in-teaching-ambulatory-central-line-infection-prevention-to-parents-of-children-with-cancer
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Carol E Heiser Rosenberg, Mary F Terhaar, Judith A Ascenzi, Anna Walbert, K Michelle Kokoszka, Julianne S Perretta, Marlene R Miller
BACKGROUND: Ambulatory central-line infections in children with cancer are life-threatening. Infections are two to three times more frequent in outpatients than inpatients, for whom evidence-based bundles have decreased morbidity. Most cancer care now takes place at home, where parents perform many of the same tasks as nurses. However, parents often feel stressed and unprepared. To address this, high-fidelity simulation, which has been effective for teaching novice nurses, was evaluated for parent central-line education...
May 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433846/factors-associated-with-postoperative-complications-in-hydrocephalic-infants-diagnosed-at-bernard-mevs-hospital-in-port-au-prince-haiti-from-2011-to-2013
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Floreine-Jemima Joseph, Joseph Bernard, Sylvio Augustin
OBJECTIVE: Complications worsen the prognosis of hydrocephalic children who undergo surgery. The main objective of this study was to determine factors associated with postoperative complications in Haitian hydrocephalic infants. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study conducted on hydrocephalic infants diagnosed in a Haitian hospital from 2011 to 2013. Records were consulted to gather key variables that were evaluated in relation to the occurrence of postoperative complications...
April 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433383/screening-for-chronic-kidney-disease-in-canadian-indigenous-peoples-is-cost-effective
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Thomas W Ferguson, Navdeep Tangri, Zhi Tan, Matthew T James, Barry D A Lavallee, Caroline D Chartrand, Lorraine L McLeod, Allison B Dart, Claudio Rigatto, Paul V J Komenda
Canadian indigenous (First Nations) have rates of kidney failure that are 2- to 4-fold higher than the non-indigenous general Canadian population. As such, a strategy of targeted screening and treatment for CKD may be cost-effective in this population. Our objective was to assess the cost utility of screening and subsequent treatment for CKD in rural Canadian indigenous adults by both estimated glomerular filtration rate and the urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio. A decision analytic Markov model was constructed comparing the screening and treatment strategy to usual care...
April 19, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433235/-stone-free-rate-assesment-after-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy-using-nephrolitometric-nomogram
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Jason Damián Landa-Salas, Juan Ramón Torres-Anguiano, Efraín Maldonado-Alcaraz, Virgilio Augusto Lopez-Samano, Eduardo Alonso Serrano-Brambila, Jorge Moreno-Palacios
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous nephrolithotomy remains the standard of care for kidney stones larger than 2cm. Therefore, setting a prognosis for complete stone resolution through this method is essential. The prognostic tools available have limited prediction. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the stone-free rate in patients undergoing percutaneous nephrolithotomy with the Clinical Research Office of the Endourological Society nomogram and suggest modifications to improve the classification...
April 19, 2017: Cirugia y Cirujanos
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