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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333352/smartphone-based-point-of-care-urinalysis-under-variable-illumination
#1
Moonsoo Ra, Mannan Saeed Muhammad, Chiawei Lim, Sehui Han, Chansung Jung, Whoi-Yul Kim
Urine tests are performed by using an off-the-shelf reference sheet to compare the color of test strips. However, the tabular representation is difficult to use and more prone to visual errors, especially when the reference color-swatches to be compared are spatially apart. Thus, making it is difficult to distinguish between the subtle differences of shades on the reagent pads. This manuscript represents a new arrangement of reference arrays for urine test strips (urinalysis). Reference color swatches are grouped in a doughnut chart, surrounding each reagent pad on the strip...
2018: IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333106/which-point-of-care-tests-would-be-most-beneficial-to-add-to-clinical-practice-findings-from-a-survey-of-3-family-medicine-clinics-in-the-united-states
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Victoria Hardy, William Alto, Gina A Keppel, Laura-Mae Baldwin, Matthew Thompson
Background: Point-of-care tests (POCTs) are increasingly used in family medicine to facilitate screening, diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, and referral decisions for a variety of conditions. Point-of-care tests that clinicians believe might be beneficial to add to clinical practice and the conditions for which they would be most useful in family medicine remain poorly understood in the United States. Methods: Forty-two clinicians at 3 family medicine residency clinics completed a brief survey asking which POCTs they believed would be beneficial to add to their clinical practice and the conditions POCTs would be most useful for...
December 2017: Point of Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333105/measures-and-metrics-for-feasibility-of-proof-of-concept-studies-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-rapid-point-of-care-technologies-the-evidence-and-the-framework
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REVIEW
Nitika Pant Pai, Tiago Chiavegatti, Rohit Vijh, Nicolaos Karatzas, Jana Daher, Megan Smallwood, Tom Wong, Nora Engel
Objective: Pilot (feasibility) studies form a vast majority of diagnostic studies with point-of-care technologies but often lack use of clear measures/metrics and a consistent framework for reporting and evaluation. To fill this gap, we systematically reviewed data to (a) catalog feasibility measures/metrics and (b) propose a framework. Methods: For the period January 2000 to March 2014, 2 reviewers searched 4 databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Scopus), retrieved 1441 citations, and abstracted data from 81 studies...
December 2017: Point of Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332802/total-%C3%AE-1-acid-glycoprotein-determination-in-serum-samples-using-disposable-screen-printed-electrodes-and-osmium-vi-as-electrochemical-tag
#4
Tania Sierra, María Cristina González, Begoña Moreno, Agustin G Crevillen, Alberto Escarpa
Alpha-1-acid glycoprotein (AGP) or Orosomucoid is a serum glycoprotein which belongs to the group of acute phase proteins. It is a potential biomarker for inflammatory bowel diseases. In this sense, there is a need for developing fast and cheap analytical methods for diagnosis, prognosis and follow-up of these diseases. In this work, we propose a simple and cheap electrochemical method for total AGP determination using disposable carbon screen-printed electrodes (SPE) and using a selective acidic precipitation of the rest of proteins...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330018/testicular-adrenal-rest-tumor-screening-and-fertility-counseling-among-males-with-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia
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Monika Chaudhari, Emilie K Johnson, Daniel DaJusta, Leena Nahata
BACKGROUND: Reduced fertility is a common potential problem among males with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), with nearly half experiencing impaired sperm production. The major cause of oligo/azoospermia in CAH is testicular adrenal rest tumors (TARTs). Studies indicate that ultrasound screening for TARTs should begin during childhood, yet it remains unclear whether boys with CAH are routinely screened for TARTs and/or counseled about infertility risk and potential interventions such as fertility testing and/or preservation...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329555/exercise-during-and-after-neoadjuvant-rectal-cancer-treatment-the-exert-trial-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Andria R Morielli, Nawaid Usmani, Normand G Boulé, Diane Severin, Keith Tankel, Tirath Nijjar, Kurian Joseph, Alysa Fairchild, Kerry S Courneya
BACKGROUND: Standard treatment for locally advanced rectal cancer includes 5-6 weeks of neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (NACRT) followed by total mesorectal excision 6-8 weeks later. NACRT improves local disease control and surgical outcomes but also causes side effects including fatigue, diarrhea, hand-foot syndrome, and physical deconditioning that may impede quality of life (QoL), treatment completion, treatment response, and long-term prognosis. Interventions to improve treatment outcomes and manage side effects that are safe, tolerable and low-cost are highly desirable...
January 12, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329274/current-technologies-of-electrochemical-immunosensors-perspective-on-signal-amplification
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REVIEW
Il-Hoon Cho, Jongsung Lee, Jiyeon Kim, Min-Soo Kang, Jean Kyung Paik, Seockmo Ku, Hyun-Mo Cho, Joseph Irudayaraj, Dong-Hyung Kim
An electrochemical immunosensor employs antibodies as capture and detection means to produce electrical charges for the quantitative analysis of target molecules. This sensor type can be utilized as a miniaturized device for the detection of point-of-care testing (POCT). Achieving high-performance analysis regarding sensitivity has been one of the key issues with developing this type of biosensor system. Many modern nanotechnology efforts allowed for the development of innovative electrochemical biosensors with high sensitivity by employing various nanomaterials that facilitate the electron transfer and carrying capacity of signal tracers in combination with surface modification and bioconjugation techniques...
January 12, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329256/personalized-antidepressant-selection-and-pathway-to-novel-treatments-clinical-utility-of-targeting-inflammation
#8
REVIEW
Manish K Jha, Madhukar H Trivedi
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a chronic condition that affects one in six adults in the US during their lifetime. The current practice of antidepressant medication prescription is a trial-and-error process. Additionally, over a third of patients with MDD fail to respond to two or more antidepressant treatments. There are no valid clinical markers to personalize currently available antidepressant medications, all of which have similar mechanisms targeting monoamine neurotransmission. The goal of this review is to summarize the recent findings of immune dysfunction in patients with MDD, the utility of inflammatory markers to personalize treatment selection, and the potential of targeting inflammation to develop novel antidepressant treatments...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329171/nonhuman-primate-rhesus-macaque-models-of-severe-pressure-targeted-hemorrhagic-and-polytraumatic-hemorrhagic-shock
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Forest R Sheppard, Antoni R Macko, Jacob J Glaser, Philip J Vernon, Alexander J Burdette, Ruth Madelaine Paredes, Craig A Koeller, Anthony E Pusateri, Douglas K Tadaki, Sylvain Cardin
BACKGROUND: We endeavored to develop clinically translatable nonhuman primate (NHP) models of severe polytraumatic hemorrhagic shock. METHODS: NHPs were randomized into five severe pressure-targeted hemorrhagic shock (PTHS) ± additional injuries scenarios: 30-min PTHS (PTHS-30), 60-min PTHS (PTHS-60), PTHS-60 + soft tissue injury (PTHS-60+ST), PTHS-60+ST + femur fracture (PTHS-60+ST+FF), and decompensated PTHS+ST+FF (PTHS-D). Physiologic parameters were recorded and blood samples collected at five time points with animal observation through T = 24 h...
February 2018: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327978/in-vivo-cyp3a-activity-in-palliative-care-patients-study-protocol-for-a-single-arm-prospective-trial
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Marcus J P Geist, Hubert J Bardenheuer, Jürgen Burhenne, Gerd Mikus
BACKGROUND: Drug interactions are a common cause for escalation of debilitating symptoms in palliative care patients. CYP3A is the most relevant CYP enzyme in humans involved in metabolism of about half of all available pharmaceuticals. OBJECTIVE: To increase knowledge about the CYP3A enzyme and the impact of drug interactions on its activity to improve dosing in palliative care patients. DESIGN: The prospective clinical trial uses a secure method of analyzing CYP3A activity in humans: Administration of a marker substance followed by the determination of its blood concentrations as well as the concentrations of its metabolite at certain points of time and corresponding metabolic clearance calculations...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327799/what-is-needed-to-prepare-speech-pathologists-to-work-in-adult-palliative-care
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Ashleigh Pascoe, Lauren J Breen, Naomi Cocks
BACKGROUND: Speech pathologists have a pivotal role in palliative care, assisting patients with swallowing and communication disorders, yet very little is known about the preparedness of speech pathologists to work in this field. AIMS: To investigate the preparedness of speech pathologists for working in palliative care. The term 'palliative care' was viewed as an encompassing umbrella term incorporating the management/reduction of symptoms and improvement in a person's quality of life at any point of the disease progression...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327112/simultaneous-pre-concentration-and-separation-on-simple-paper-based-analytical-device-for-protein-analysis
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Ji-Cheng Niu, Ting Zhou, Li-Li Niu, Zhen-Sheng Xie, Fang Fang, Fu-Quan Yang, Zhi-Yong Wu
In this work, fast isoelectric focusing (IEF) was successfully implemented on an open paper fluidic channel for simultaneous concentration and separation of proteins from complex matrix. With this simple device, IEF can be finished in 10 min with a resolution of 0.03 pH units and concentration factor of 10, as estimated by color model proteins by smartphone-based colorimetric detection. Fast detection of albumin from human serum and glycated hemoglobin (HBA1c) from blood cell was demonstrated. In addition, off-line identification of the model proteins from the IEF fractions with matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) was also shown...
January 11, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326818/coping-social-support-and-information-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-or-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension-a-2-year-retrospective-cohort-study
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Bodil Ivarsson, Göran Rådegran, Roger Hesselstrand, Barbro Kjellström
Objectives: Pulmonary arterial hypertension and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension are severe diseases with complicated treatment that need care at specialist clinics. The aim was to investigate changes in the patients' perceptions on coping, social support and received information when attending a newly started nurse-coordinated pulmonary arterial hypertension-outpatient clinic. Methods: The present study was a descriptive, questionnaire-based cohort study including 42 adult patients...
2018: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326761/prevalence-rate-of-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-results-of-school-based-screening-in-surabaya-indonesia
#14
I S Komang-Agung, S B Dwi-Purnomo, A Susilowati
Introduction: Scoliosis is a lateral spinal deformity of 10 degrees or more, resulting in a C-shaped or S-shaped curve of the spine. Information about adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) prevalence rate is important not only for paediatric health care planning strategy but also for parent's awareness. This study aims to find the suitable inclination cut-off angle and the prevalence rate of AIS in Surabaya, Indonesia. Materials and Methods: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted in 2010. We performed stratified random sampling of 784 Elementary and Junior High School students in Surabaya between 9-16 years of age...
November 2017: Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325571/development-of-a-hospital-based-patient-reported-outcome-framework-for-lung-cancer-patients-a-study-protocol
#15
Natasha Moloczij, Karla Gough, Benjamin Solomon, David Ball, Linda Mileshkin, Mary Duffy, Mei Krishnasamy
BACKGROUND: Patient-reported outcome (PRO) data is central to the delivery of quality health care. Establishing sustainable, reliable and cost-efficient methods for routine collection and integration of PRO data into health information systems is challenging. This protocol paper describes the design and structure of a study to develop and pilot test a PRO framework to systematically and longitudinally collect PRO data from a cohort of lung cancer patients at a comprehensive cancer centre in Australia...
January 11, 2018: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324838/canine-visceral-leishmaniasis-diagnosis-and-management-of-the-reservoir-living-among-us
#16
REVIEW
Bruno L Travi, Anabela Cordeiro-da-Silva, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Guadalupe Miró
This article reviews essential topics of canine visceral leishmaniasis (CVL) due to Leishmania infantum infection. It focuses on the current serological and molecular diagnostic methods used in epidemiological research and veterinary clinics to diagnose CVL and includes new point-of-care (POC) tests under development. The efficacy of different treatment regimens on the clinical improvement and infectiousness of dogs is also addressed. In the last section, the review provides a critical appraisal of the effectiveness of different control measures that have been implemented to curb disease transmission...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323668/professional-responsibilities-regarding-the-provision-publication-and-dissemination-of-patient-phenotypes-in-the-context-of-clinical-genetic-and-genomic-testing-points-to-consider-a-statement-of-the-american-college-of-medical-genetics-and-genomics-acmg
#17
Lynn W Bush, Anita E Beck, Leslie G Biesecker, James P Evans, Ada Hamosh, Ingrid A Holm, Christa L Martin, C Sue Richards, Heidi L Rehm
Disclaimer: This Points to Consider document is designed as an educational resource to provide best practices for medical genetic clinicians, laboratories, and journals regarding the provision, publication, and dissemination of patient phenotypes in the context of genomic testing, clinical genetic practice, and research. While the goal of the document is the improvement of patient care, the considerations and practices described should not be considered inclusive of all proper considerations and practices or exclusive of others that are reasonably directed to obtaining the same goal...
January 11, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323478/simultaneous-detection-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-on-paper-based-chip-using-ru-phen-2dppz-2-turn-on-fluorescence-probe
#18
Bofan Li, Xiaoming Zhou, Hongxing Liu, Huaping Deng, Ru Huang, Da Xing
Antibiotic resistance, the ability of some bacteria to resist antibiotic drug, has been a major global health burden due to the extensive use of antibiotic agents. Antibiotic resistance is encoded via respective genes, hence the specific detection of these genes is necessary for diagnostic and treat of antibiotic resistance cases. Conventional methods for monitoring antibiotic resistance genes require sample to be transported to a central laboratory for tedious and sophisticated tests, which is grueling and time-consuming...
January 11, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322764/rapid-veterinary-diagnosis-of-bovine-reproductive-infectious-diseases-from-semen-using-paper-origami-dna-microfluidics
#19
Zhugen Yang, Gaolian Xu, Julien Reboud, Syed Atif Ali, Gurpreet Kaur, John McGiven, Nongthombam Boby, Praveen Gupta, Pallab Chaudhuri, Jonathan Mark Cooper
The health and well-being of cattle is a significant concern for global agricultural output. In dairy production within low and middle income countries (LMICs), there is a significant biosensing challenge in detecting sexually transmitted infection (STI) pathogens during animal husbandry, due in part to difficulties associated with the limited infrastructure for veterinary medicine. Here we demonstrate low-cost, multiplexed and sample-to-answer paper-origami tests for the detection of three bovine infectious reproductive diseases in semen samples, collected at a test site in rural India...
January 11, 2018: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322167/use-of-high-risk-coronary-atherosclerotic-plaque-detection-for-risk-stratification-of-patients-with-stable-chest-pain-a-secondary-analysis-of-the-promise-randomized-clinical-trial
#20
Maros Ferencik, Thomas Mayrhofer, Daniel O Bittner, Hamed Emami, Stefan B Puchner, Michael T Lu, Nandini M Meyersohn, Alexander V Ivanov, Elizabeth C Adami, Manesh R Patel, Daniel B Mark, James E Udelson, Kerry L Lee, Pamela S Douglas, Udo Hoffmann
Importance: Coronary computed tomographic angiography (coronary CTA) can characterize coronary artery disease, including high-risk plaque. A noninvasive method of identifying high-risk plaque before major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) could provide practice-changing optimizations in coronary artery disease care. Objective: To determine whether high-risk plaque detected by coronary CTA was associated with incident MACE independently of significant stenosis (SS) and cardiovascular risk factors...
January 10, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
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