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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340408/ongoing-evolution-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pao1-sublines-complicates-studies-of-dna-damage-repair-and-tolerance
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Julia Sidorenko, Tatjana Jatsenko, Maia Kivisaar
Sublines of the major P. aeruginosa reference strain PAO1 are derivatives of the original PAO1 isolate, which are maintained in laboratories worldwide. These sublines display substantial genomic and phenotypic variation due to ongoing microevolution. Here, we examined four sublines, MPAO1, PAO1-L, PAO1-DSM and PAO1-UT, originated from different laboratories, and six DNA polymerase-deficient mutants from the P. aeruginosa MPAO1 transposon library for their employment in elucidation of DNA damage repair and tolerance mechanisms in P...
March 16, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340392/-237-np-analytical-method-using-239-np-tracers-and-application-to-a-contaminated-nuclear-disposal-facility
#2
Mathew S Snow, Samuel S Morrison, Sue B Clark, John E Olson, Matthew G Watrous
Environmental (237)Np analyses are challenged by low (237)Np concentrations and lack of an available yield tracer; we report a rapid, inexpensive (237)Np analytical approach employing the short lived (239)Np (t1/2 = 2.3 days) as a chemical yield tracer followed by (237)Np quantification using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. (239)Np tracer is obtained via separation from a (243)Am stock solution and standardized using gamma spectrometry immediately prior to sample processing. Rapid digestions using a commercial, 900 W "Walmart" microwave and Parr microwave vessels result in 99...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340314/ocular-manifestations-in-children-with-juvenile-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Ghada Gawdat, Dina El-Fayoumi, Huda Marzouk, Yomna Farag
PURPOSE: To study the ocular manifestations of juvenile systemic lupus erythematosus (JSLE), including the ocular side-effects of the systemic medications used. METHODS: A descriptive cross-sectional study on 40 children diagnosed with JSLE was conducted. Ophthalmological and laboratory investigations as well as a calculation of the Systemic Lupus Disease Activity Index 2000 (SLEDAI-2K) were performed. RESULTS: Forty consecutive children, 32 females and 8 males, with JSLE were examined...
March 24, 2017: Seminars in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340302/does-the-type-of-activity-break-from-prolonged-sitting-differentially-impact-on-post-prandial-blood-glucose-reductions-an-exploratory-analysis
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Robyn N Larsen, Paddy C Dempsey, Francis Dillon, Megan Grace, Bronwyn A Kingwell, Neville Owen, David W Dunstan
Frequent breaks in prolonged sitting are associated beneficially with glycaemic control. However, the contribution of energy expenditure to these relationships has not been well characterised. In this exploratory analysis, data from three laboratory trials that standardised test meals, cohort characteristics (overweight/obese, sedentary), and break frequency and duration were pooled. Higher energy expenditures of different types of breaks (standing, light- or moderate-intensity walking) were associated with lower post-prandial glucose and insulin responses in a dose-dependent manner...
March 24, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340215/development-of-enzyme-immunoassays-elisa-and-western-blot-for-the-serological-diagnosis-of-dermatophytosis-in-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-cats
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Aline Elisa Santana, Carlos Pelleschi Taborda, Julia So Severo, Glauce Mary Gomes Rittner, Julian Esteban Muñoz, Carlos Eduardo Larsson, Carlos Eduardo Larsson
Dermatophytosis is the most common fungal infection in cats worldwide and plays an important role in both animal and human health due to their high zoonotic potential. Effective screening is a strong preventive measure and the fungal culture is quite useful but requires full laboratorial experience and it takes a long time to obtain the result. A rapid and accurate screening test for dermatophytosis in cats is crucial for the effective control of disease outbreaks. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of enzyme immunoassays (ELISA and Western blot [WB]) for the rapid and precise diagnosis of dermatophytosis in cats...
March 11, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340153/establishing-a-stand-alone-laboratory-dedicated-to-the-care-of-patients-with-ebola-virus-disease
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Jing Cao, Christine Senn, Pedro Castaneda, Sheree Humphries, Amy B Karger
Objective: To describe the process for establishment of a stand-alone laboratory dedicated to testing for Ebola virus disease (EVD). Methods: We selected 2 neighboring rooms for the EVD unit: 1 for patient care and 1 for laboratory testing. A limited test menu was developed after consultation with the team of healthcare providers treating patients with EVD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, and other sites with EVD expertise. Results: We selected several point-of-care (POC) devices and manual assays to provide necessary testing...
March 13, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340117/an-evaluation-of-the-performance-of-the-dynamiker%C3%A2-fungus-1-3-%C3%AE-d-glucan-assay-to-assist-in-the-diagnosis-of-invasive-aspergillosis-invasive-candidiasis-and-pneumocystis-pneumonia
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P Lewis White, Jessica S Price, Raquel B Posso, Rosemary A Barnes
Invasive fungal disease (IFD) can be caused by a range of pathogens. Conventional diagnosis has the capacity to detect most causes of IFD, but poor performance limits impact. The introduction of non-culture diagnostics, including the detection of (1-3)-β-D-Glucan (BDG), has shown promising performance for the detection of IFD in variety of clinical settings. Recently, the Dynamiker® Fungus (1-3)-β-D-Glucan assay (D-BDG) was released as an IFD diagnostic test. This article describes an evaluation of the D-BDG assay for the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis (IA), invasive candidiasis (IC) and Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) across several high-risk patient cohorts and provides comparative data with the Associates of Cape Cod Fungitell® and BioRad Platelia™ Aspergillus Ag (GM) assays...
March 3, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340055/using-a-laboratory-information-system-intervention-to-monitor-and-improve-turnaround-time-of-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-gene-mutation-testing
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Lincoln Pac, Eric Q Konnick, Christina Lockwood
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340025/comparison-of-breast-cancer-tumor-marker-test-results-a-retrospective-analysis-of-paired-ca-15-3-and-ca-27-29-testing-at-a-national-reference-laboratory
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David Lin, Jonathan Genzen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339845/expanded-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-escherichia-coli-isolated-from-chickens-with-colibacillosis-in-egypt
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D A El-Shazly, S A Nasef, F F Mahmoud, Daniel Jonas
Throughout the world, expanded spectrum β-lactamases (ESBL) are increasing among clinical isolates of Enterobacteriaceae, both in humans and animals. Unfortunately, there is a paucity of data on ESBL or Ampicillin class C β-lactamase (AmpC) in Egypt, although antimicrobial consumption is high in this developing country. This study aims to characterize the resistance mechanisms to expanded spectrum cephalosporins among resistant veterinary Escherichia coli isolates in Egypt. We investigated 50 clinical multi-resistant E...
February 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339785/a-food-debris-like-component-in-the-urine-sediment-from-a-urostomy-pouch
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Michiko Yamashita, Masaki Hotta, Kiyoshi Yoshino, Yoh Hidaka, Tadashi Kimura
Microscopic examination of urine sediment is a basic, common method of detecting diseases of the urinary tract. We experienced a case involving a patient who had developed a fever after undergoing a urinary-diversion operation. Results of the microscopic examination of the urine collected from the urostomy pouch of the patient showed a food debris-like component. Based on this finding, we suspected a fistula between the urinary and intestinal tracts. However, after performing an experiment to verify the results, we determined that no fistula was present...
March 2, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339692/decrease-in-unnecessary-vitamin-d-testing-using-clinical-decision-support-tools-making-it-harder-to-do-the-wrong-thing
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Andrew H Felcher, Rachel Gold, David M Mosen, Ashley B Stoneburner
Objective: To evaluate the impact of clinical decision support (CDS) tools on rates of vitamin D testing. Screening for vitamin D deficiency has increased in recent years, spurred by studies suggesting vitamin D's clinical benefits. Such screening, however, is often unsupported by evidence and can incur unnecessary costs. Materials and Methods: We evaluated how rates of vitamin D screening changed after we implemented 3 CDS tools in the electronic health record (EHR) of a large health plan: (1) a new vitamin D screening guideline, (2) an alert that requires clinician acknowledgement of current guidelines to continue ordering the test (a "hard stop"), and (3) a modification of laboratory ordering preference lists that eliminates shortcuts...
February 19, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339629/orders-on-file-but-no-labs-drawn-investigation-of-machine-and-human-errors-caused-by-an-interface-idiosyncrasy
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Richard Schreiber, Dean F Sittig, Joan Ash, Adam Wright
In this report, we describe 2 instances in which expert use of an electronic health record (EHR) system interfaced to an external clinical laboratory information system led to unintended consequences wherein 2 patients failed to have laboratory tests drawn in a timely manner. In both events, user actions combined with the lack of an acknowledgment message describing the order cancellation from the external clinical system were the root causes. In 1 case, rapid, near-simultaneous order entry was the culprit; in the second, astute order management by a clinician, unaware of the lack of proper 2-way interface messaging from the external clinical system, led to the confusion...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339535/fungemia-due-to-rare-opportunistic-yeasts-data-from-a-population-based-surveillance-in-spain
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Mario Fernández-Ruiz, Jesús Guinea, Mireia Puig-Asensio, Óscar Zaragoza, Benito Almirante, Manuel Cuenca-Estrella, José María Aguado
Fungemia due to rare yeasts constitutes an emerging but poorly investigated condition. Data on risk factors, clinical features, therapy, and outcome of episodes of fungemia due to rare (non-Candida, non-Cryptococcus) yeasts were analyzed in a population-based surveillance program conducted in 29 Spanish hospitals between May 2010 and April 2011. Species identification (DNA sequencing) and antifungal susceptibility testing (EUCAST and CLSI methods) were centrally performed. Fourteen out of 767 episodes of fungemia (1...
August 5, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339465/comparative-accuracy-of-the-reba-mtb-mdr-and-hain-mtbdrplus-line-probe-assays-for-the-detection-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-a-multicenter-non-inferiority-study
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Joshua Havumaki, Doris Hillemann, Nazir Ismail, Shaheed Vally Omar, Sophia B Georghiou, Samuel G Schumacher, Catharina Boehme, Claudia M Denkinger
INTRODUCTION: Despite recent diagnostic advances, the majority of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) cases remain undiagnosed. Line probes assays (LiPAs) hold great promise to curb the spread of MDR-TB as they can rapidly detect MDR-TB even when laboratory infrastructure is limited, yet few of these assays are currently widely available or supported by World Health Organization (WHO) policy. METHODS: The aim of this prospective, blinded, non-inferiority study was to compare the performance of YD Diagnostics REBA MTB MDR LiPA (YD) to the WHO-endorsed Hain MTBDRplus V1 LiPA (Hain V1) for the detection of rifampicin and isoniazid resistance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339432/bipolar-versus-unipolar-intraarticular-pulsed-radiofrequency-thermocoagulation-in-chronic-knee-pain-treatment-a-prospective-randomized-trial
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Ersel Gulec, Hayri Ozbek, Sinan Pektas, Geylan Isik
BACKGROUND: Chronic knee pain is a major widespread problem causing significant impairment of daily function. Pulsed radiofrequency has been shown to reduce severe chronic joint pain as a non-pharmacological and less invasive treatment method. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to compare the effectiveness of unipolar and bipolar intraarticular pulsed radiofrequency methods in chronic knee pain control. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, double-blind study...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339380/a-simplified-extemporaneously-prepared-potassium-chloride-oral-solution
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Elias Tannous, Yana Tal, Kamal Amarny
Although commercial preparations of oral potassium supplements are usually available, there are times when our Medical Center is faced with situations in which the oral solution of potassium chloride is not available. This solution is necessary for our pediatric outpatients who cannot swallow tablets and need an oral solution. Moreover, there are no studies available which describe an extemporaneously prepared potassium chloride oral solution on which we can rely for assigning a beyond-use date. The aim of this study was to formulate an extemporaneous pediatric oral solution of potassium chloride and to determine the physical and chemical stability of this preparation...
September 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339366/jaccoud-s-arthropathy-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-clinical-laboratory-and-ultrasonographic-features
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Fulvia Ceccarelli, Laura Massaro, Carlo Perricone, Monica Pendolino, Enrica Cipriano, Simona Truglia, Francesca Miranda, Francesca Romana Spinelli, Cristiano Alessandri, Guido Valesini, Fabrizio Conti
OBJECTIVES: Jaccoud's arthropathy (JA) is a deforming, non-erosive arthritis, occurring in 2-35% of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. We aimed to evaluate JA patients in a wide monocentric SLE cohort in terms of clinical, serological and ultrasonographic features. METHODS: Consecutive SLE patients (ACR criteria 1997) were evaluated. The JA index was applied for patients with reducible deformities. Patients with a JA index ≥5 underwent physical examination, blood testing and ultrasound (US) assessment...
March 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339354/the-effects-of-an-educational-meeting-and-subsequent-computer-reminders-on-the-ordering-of-laboratory-tests-by-rheumatologists-an-interrupted-time-series-analysis
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Nienke Lesuis, Nathan den Broeder, Nadine Boers, Ester Piek, Steven Teerenstra, Marlies Hulscher, Ronald van Vollenhoven, Alfons A den Broeder
OBJECTIVES: To examine the effects of an educational meeting and subsequent computer reminders on the number of ordered laboratory tests. METHODS: Using interrupted time series analysis we assessed whether trends in the number of laboratory tests ordered by rheumatologists between September 2012 and September 2015 at the Sint Maartenskliniek (the Netherlands) changed following an educational meeting (September 2013) and the introduction of computer reminders into the Computerised Physician Order Entry System (July 2014)...
March 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339288/the-proximal-tibiofibular-joint-a-biomechanical-analysis-of-the-anterior-and-posterior-ligamentous-complexes
#20
Daniel Cole Marchetti, Gilbert Moatshe, Brian M Phelps, Kimi D Dahl, Marcio Balbinotti Ferrari, Jorge Chahla, Travis Lee Turnbull, Robert F LaPrade
BACKGROUND: Dislocation of the proximal tibiofibular joint is a complex injury that is often overlooked or misdiagnosed. Surgical management is recommended for severe acute or for chronic symptomatic instability of the proximal tibiofibular joint. Although the anterior ligamentous complex has been reported to be stronger than the posterior complex, biomechanical data are lacking. PURPOSE: To determine the ultimate load of the anterior and posterior ligamentous complexes of the proximal tibiofibular joint to determine optimal graft selection...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
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