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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109097/-mucosal-healing-in-different-intestinal-segments-in-patients-receiving-infliximab-treatment-for-small-bowel-crohn-s-disease
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Zhen-Hao Zhu, Chen Qiu, Ming Zhang, Zhao Chen, Cheng Xiang, Xin-Ying Wang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the mucosal healing in the terminal ileum, colon and small bowel in patients receiving infliximab treatment for small bowel Crohn's disease (SBCD). METHODS: The clinical data of 18 patients with SBCD treated with infliximab were analyzed for laboratory findings (routine blood tests, C-reative protein, and albumin), Crohn's disease activity index (CDAI), Lewis score (LS), Crohn's disease simplified endoscopic score (SES-CD) and adverse effects before and after 30 weeks of infliximab treatment...
January 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109032/comparison-of-methods-and-tat-assessment-volumetric-aquios-cl-and-bead-based-facs-canto-ii-cytometers
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Valentina Grossi, Maria Infantino, Francesca Meacci, Emanuele Bellio, Valerio Bellio, Giovanna Ciotta, Fiorella Priami, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Fabiola Atzeni, Francesca Li Gobbi, Arianna Damiani, Maurizio Benucci, Mariangela Manfredi
BACKGROUND: Measurement of lymphocyte subpopulations is a crucial parameter in the diagnosis and monitoring of therapy in a wide variety of clinical conditions. We compared different flow cytometry-based methods to determine lymphocyte subsets counts of routine samples by volumetric AQUIOS CL (Beckman Coulter) and bead-based FACS CANTO II (BD Biosciences) cytometers.We evaluated the possible decrease of the labor intensive technical work using the fully automated AQUIOS CL system in the pre and post analytical steps in comparison with our routine flow cytometer FACS CANTO II, toward the reduction of laboratory analytical turnaround time (TAT)...
January 20, 2017: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108918/dissipation-and-phytoremediation-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-freshly-spiked-and-long-term-field-contaminated-soils
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Ran Wei, Jinzhi Ni, Xiaoyan Li, Weifeng Chen, Yusheng Yang
Pot experiments were used to compare the dissipation and phytoremediation effect of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in a freshly spiked soil and two field-contaminated soils with different soil organic carbon (SOC) contents (Anthrosols, 1.41% SOC; Phaeozems, 8.51% SOC). In spiked soils, the dissipation rates of phenanthrene and pyrene were greater than 99.5 and 94.3%, respectively, in planted treatments and 95.0 and 84.5%, respectively, in unplanted treatments. In field-contaminated Anthrosols, there were limited but significant reductions of 10...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108699/an-evaluation-study-of-the-becton-dickinson-probetec-qx-bdqx-trichomonas-vaginalis-trichomoniasis-molecular-diagnostic-test-in-two-large-urban-std-services
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Craig Tipple, Michael Rayment, Sundhiya Mandalia, Lisa Walton, Sinead O'Neill, John Murray, Alan O'Riordan, Monica Rebec, Laura Harrington, Rachael Jones, Dawn Wilkinson
OBJECTIVES: The BASHH guidelines recommend molecular tests to aid diagnosis of Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) infection; however many clinics continue to use relatively insensitive techniques (pH, wet-prep microscopy (WPM) and culture). Our objectives were to establish a laboratory pathway for TV testing with the Becton-Dickinson Qx (BDQx) molecular assay, to determine TV prevalence and to identify variables associated with TV detection. METHODS: A prospective study of 901 women attending two urban sexual health services for STI testing was conducted...
January 20, 2017: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108266/validity-of-clinical-outcome-measures-to-evaluate-ankle-range-of-motion-during-the-weight-bearing-lunge-test
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Emily A Hall, Carrie L Docherty
OBJECTIVES: To determine the concurrent validity of standard clinical outcome measures compared to laboratory outcome measure while performing the weight-bearing lunge test (WBLT). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: Fifty participants performed the WBLT to determine dorsiflexion ROM using four different measurement techniques: dorsiflexion angle with digital inclinometer at 15cm distal to the tibial tuberosity (°), dorsiflexion angle with inclinometer at tibial tuberosity (°), maximum lunge distance (cm), and dorsiflexion angle using a 2D motion capture system (°)...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108183/evaluation-of-multiplex-assay-platforms-for-detection-of-influenza-hemagglutinin-subtype-specific-antibody-responses-influenza-ha-subtype-specific-antibody-detection-platform
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Zhu-Nan Li, Kimberly M Weber, Rebecca A Limmer, Bobbi J Horne, James Stevens, Joy Schwerzmann, Jens Wrammert, Megan McCausland, Andrew J Phipps, Kathy Hancock, Daniel B Jernigan, Min Levine, Jacqueline M Katz, Joseph D Miller
Influenza hemagglutination inhibition (HI) and virus microneutralization assays (MN) are widely used for seroprevalence studies. However, these assays have limited field portability and are difficult to fully automate for high throughput laboratory testing. To address these issues, three multiplex influenza subtype-specific antibody detection assays were developed using recombinant hemagglutinin antigens in combination with Chembio, Luminex(®), and ForteBio(®) platforms. Assay sensitivity, specificity, and subtype cross-reactivity were evaluated using a panel of well characterized human sera...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108140/steroid-treatment-in-ocular-tuberculosis-a-double-edged-sword
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S Souissi, T David, L Beral
INTRODUCTION: We report the case of a Caribbean patient with an atypical presentation of bilateral tuberculous chorioretinopathy. PATIENT AND METHODS: A 57-year-old woman, with hypertension and non-insulin dependent diabetes, was referred to our center for a sudden loss of vision in the right eye to hand motions. Ophthalmic examination revealed only right papilledema. Brain magnetic resonance imaging was normal. Laboratory examination revealed no signs of inflammation...
January 17, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107858/serodiagnosis-of-asymptomatic-dengue-infection
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REVIEW
Supawat Chatchen, Arunee Sabchareon, Chukiat Sirivichayakul
Dengue virus (DENV) is a mosquito-transmitted virus that is expanding across the world. The incidence of dengue infection, especially severe disease, has been increasing. DENV consist of 4 serotypes of single stranded RNA viruses (D1-D4) in the genus Flavivirus, family Flaviviridae. Majority of dengue infections are asymptomatic cases, which cause difficulty in disease control and are important in dengue surveillance. There is still no gold standard to diagnose asymptomatic dengue infection. Plaque reduction neutralization test (PRNT) has been developed for many purposes such as immunological study, clinical study, vaccine trial and is currently the most sensitive and specific method for serological surveillance...
January 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107713/bioaccessibility-of-as-and-pb-in-orchard-and-urban-soils-amended-with-phosphate-fe-oxide-and-organic-matter
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Meifang Cai, Murray B McBride, Kaiming Li, Zhian Li
Soils historically contaminated in urban and orchard environments by Pb and As were amended separately with organic matter, soluble Ca phosphate, and Fe oxide to determine whether these materials could lower Pb or As bioaccessibility. After 5 years of equilibration in the laboratory, the amended soils and control were tested for bioaccessibility using the standard physiologically based extraction test (PBET). Bioaccessibilities of Pb and As were not substantially reduced relative to the unamended controls after the 5-year period by any of the soil amendments...
January 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107543/quantification-of-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-a-bleomycin-mouse-model-using-automated-histological-image-analysis
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Jean-Claude Gilhodes, Yvon Julé, Sebastian Kreuz, Birgit Stierstorfer, Detlef Stiller, Lutz Wollin
Current literature on pulmonary fibrosis induced in animal models highlights the need of an accurate, reliable and reproducible histological quantitative analysis. One of the major limits of histological scoring concerns the fact that it is observer-dependent and consequently subject to variability, which may preclude comparative studies between different laboratories. To achieve a reliable and observer-independent quantification of lung fibrosis we developed an automated software histological image analysis performed from digital image of entire lung sections...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107539/towards-cost-effective-operational-monitoring-systems-for-complex-waters-analyzing-small-scale-coastal-processes-with-optical-transmissometry
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Marta Ramírez-Pérez, Rafael Gonçalves-Araujo, Sonja Wiegmann, Elena Torrecilla, Raul Bardaji, Rüdiger Röttgers, Astrid Bracher, Jaume Piera
The detection and prediction of changes in coastal ecosystems require a better understanding of the complex physical, chemical and biological interactions, which involves that observations should be performed continuously. For this reason, there is an increasing demand for small, simple and cost-effective in situ sensors to analyze complex coastal waters at a broad range of scales. In this context, this study seeks to explore the potential of beam attenuation spectra, c(λ), measured in situ with an advanced-technology optical transmissometer, for assessing temporal and spatial patterns in the complex estuarine waters of Alfacs Bay (NW Mediterranean) as a test site...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107491/association-of-in-hospital-mortality-and-dysglycemia-in-septic-patients
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Hsiao-Yun Chao, Peng-Hui Liu, Shen-Che Lin, Chun-Kuei Chen, Jih-Chang Chen, Yi-Lin Chan, Chin-Chieh Wu, Gerald N Blaney, Zhen-Ying Liu, Cho-Ju Wu, Kuan-Fu Chen
BACKGROUND: The associations between dysglycemia and mortality in septic patients with and without diabetes are yet to be confirmed. Our aim was to analyze the association of diabetes and sepsis mortality, and to examine how dysglycemia (hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia and glucose variability) affects in-hospital mortality of patients with suspected sepsis in emergency department (ED) and intensive care units. METHODS: Clinically suspected septic patients admitted to ED were included, and stratified into subgroups according to in-hospital mortality and the presence of diabetes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107395/prevalence-of-pre-analytical-errors-in-clinical-chemistry-diagnostic-labs-in-sulaimani-city-of-iraqi-kurdistan
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Dereen Najat
BACKGROUND: Laboratory testing is roughly divided into three phases: a pre-analytical phase, an analytical phase and a post-analytical phase. Most analytical errors have been attributed to the analytical phase. However, recent studies have shown that up to 70% of analytical errors reflect the pre-analytical phase. The pre-analytical phase comprises all processes from the time a laboratory request is made by a physician until the specimen is analyzed at the lab. Generally, the pre-analytical phase includes patient preparation, specimen transportation, specimen collection and storage...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107348/predicting-length-of-stay-among-patients-discharged-from-the-emergency-department-using-an-accelerated-failure-time-model
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Chung-Hsien Chaou, Hsiu-Hsi Chen, Shu-Hui Chang, Petrus Tang, Shin-Liang Pan, Amy Ming-Fang Yen, Te-Fa Chiu
BACKGROUND: Emergency department (ED) crowding continues to be an important health care issue in modern countries. Among the many crucial quality indicators for monitoring the throughput process, a patient's length of stay (LOS) is considered the most important one since it is both the cause and the result of ED crowding. The aim of this study is to identify and quantify the influence of different patient-related or diagnostic activities-related factors on the ED LOS of discharged patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107207/dynamic-mechanical-interactions-between-neighboring-airspaces-determine-cyclic-opening-and-closure-in-injured-lung
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Ludovic Broche, Gaetano Perchiazzi, Liisa Porra, Angela Tannoia, Mariangela Pellegrini, Savino Derosa, Alessandra Sindaco, João Batista Borges, Loïc Degrugilliers, Anders Larsson, Göran Hedenstierna, Anthony S Wexler, Alberto Bravin, Sylvia Verbanck, Bradford J Smith, Jason H T Bates, Sam Bayat
OBJECTIVES: Positive pressure ventilation exposes the lung to mechanical stresses that can exacerbate injury. The exact mechanism of this pathologic process remains elusive. The goal of this study was to describe recruitment/derecruitment at acinar length scales over short-time frames and test the hypothesis that mechanical interdependence between neighboring lung units determines the spatial and temporal distributions of recruitment/derecruitment, using a computational model. DESIGN: Experimental animal study...
January 19, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107068/successful-treatment-of-suspected-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-in-a-mealy-amazon-parrot-amazona-farinose
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Sean M Brady, Anne Burgdorf-Moisuk, Sarah Silverman, Raymund F Wack
A 25-year-old, male mealy Amazon parrot (Amazona farinose) with a history of polycythemia, hepatomegaly, and epistaxis was evaluated for progressive lethargy and anorexia. Clinical laboratory testing revealed severe polycythemia (71%), hypophosphatemia (1.6 mg/dL), and mild hypokalemia (2.8 mEq/L). Radiographs showed marked hepatomegaly and loss of air sac space. Despite supportive treatments, the bird's condition deteriorated, and it developed ataxia, was unable to fly, and became oxygen dependent. An echocardiogram, including an air bubble study, revealed a right-to-left atrial shunt and presumed pulmonary arterial hypertension...
December 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107028/interrelationship-of-clinical-radiographic-and-hematological-features-in-patients-under-bisphosphonate-therapy
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Valesca Sander Koth, Maria Antonia Figueiredo, Fernanda Gonçalves Salum, Karen Cherubini
OBJECTIVE: To analyze clinical, radiographic and hematological aspects of patients under bisphosphonate therapy. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted where the records of patients taking bisphosphonates were analyzed considering the occurrence of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ). Evaluation included panoramic and periapical radiographies, hematological exams and clinical features. Radiographies were analyzed determining the presence or absence of bone sclerosis, osteolysis, persisting alveolar socket, narrowing of the mandibular canal, widening of the periodontal ligament space, periradicular radiolucency, sequestrum, and thickening of the lamina dura...
January 20, 2017: Dento Maxillo Facial Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106763/development-of-a-gnss-buoy-for-monitoring-water-surface-elevations-in-estuaries-and-coastal-areas
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Yen-Pin Lin, Ching-Jer Huang, Sheng-Hsueh Chen, Dong-Jiing Doong, Chia Chuen Kao
In this work, a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) buoy that utilizes a Virtual Base Station (VBS) combined with the Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) positioning technology was developed to monitor water surface elevations in estuaries and coastal areas. The GNSS buoy includes a buoy hull, a RTK GNSS receiver, data-transmission devices, a data logger, and General Purpose Radio Service (GPRS) modems for transmitting data to the desired land locations. Laboratory and field tests were conducted to test the capability of the buoy and verify the accuracy of the monitored water surface elevations...
January 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106528/experimental-transmission-of-zika-virus-by-mosquitoes-from-central-europe
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Anna Heitmann, Stephanie Jansen, Renke Lühken, Mayke Leggewie, Marlis Badusche, Björn Pluskota, Norbert Becker, Olli Vapalahti, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, Egbert Tannich
Mosquitoes collected in Germany in 2016, including Culex pipiens pipiens biotype pipiens, Culex torrentium and Aedes albopictus, as well as Culex pipiens pipiens biotype molestus (in colony since 2011) were experimentally infected with Zika virus (ZIKV) at 18 °C or 27 °C. None of the Culex taxa showed vector competence for ZIKV. In contrast, Aedes albopictus were susceptible for ZIKV but only at 27 °C, with transmission rates similar to an Aedes aegypti laboratory colony tested in parallel.
January 12, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105680/are-hybrids-between-atlantic-salmon-and-brown-trout-suitable-long-term-hosts-of-gyrodactylus-salaris-during-winter
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R Knudsen, E H Henriksen, K Ø Gjelland, H Hansen, D K Hendrichsen, R Kristoffersen, K Olstad
The monogenean parasite Gyrodactylus salaris poses serious threats to many Atlantic salmon populations and presents many conservation and management questions/foci and challenges. It is therefore critical to identify potential vectors for infection. To test whether hybrids of native Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) × brown trout (Salmo trutta) are suitable as reservoir hosts for G. salaris during winter, infected hybrid parr were released into a natural subarctic brook in the autumn. Six months later, 23.9% of the pit-tagged fish were recaptured...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
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