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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535585/good-laboratory-standards-for-clinical-next-generation-sequencing-cancer-panel-tests
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Jihun Kim, Woong-Yang Park, Nayoung K D Kim, Se Jin Jang, Sung-Min Chun, Chang-Ohk Sung, Jene Choi, Young-Hyeh Ko, Yoon-La Choi, Hyo Sup Shim, Jae-Kyung Won
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has recently emerged as an essential component of personalized cancer medicine due to its high throughput and low per-base cost. However, no sufficient guidelines for implementing NGS as a clinical molecular pathology test are established in Korea. To ensure clinical grade quality without inhibiting adoption of NGS, a taskforce team assembled by the Korean Society of Pathologists developed laboratory guidelines for NGS cancer panel testing procedures and requirements for clinical implementation of NGS...
May 2017: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535501/is-the-morning-sputum-sample-superior-to-the-fresh-sputum-sample-for-the-detection-of-malignant-cells
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Maya S Uke, Saleem Pathuthara, Abida Shaikh, Rajiv Kumar, Shubhada Kane
INTRODUCTION: Sputum cytology is a well-established technique for the detection of lung malignancies. Generally, random or morning samples are used. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the diagnostic yield of morning sputum and compare it with that of fresh samples. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients were instructed to bring a morning sputum sample to the laboratory in a clean plastic container, without any fixative and within 2-3 h of collection. Fresh sputum was then collected in the laboratory from these same patients...
May 24, 2017: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535414/gamma-radiography-and-tomography-with-a-ccd-camera-and-co-60-source
#3
Robert Adams, Robert Zboray
Gamma imaging using a relatively low strength 5.8mCi laboratory Co-60 source and a CsI(Tl) scintillator screen read out by a CCD camera was investigated. A simple model was used to estimate the effective count rate, which was verified with experiments. Radiography and tomography of phantoms were used to determine the test setup spatial resolution of about 1.3-2.5mm. Exposure times were on the order of a couple minutes per radiograph. These tests demonstrate the value of the count rate model and the feasibility of the setup as a simple and low-cost solution for gamma imaging cases where acquisition time is flexible and resolution requirements are moderate...
May 17, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535206/clinical-exome-sequencing-reports-current-informatics-practice-and-future-opportunities
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Rajeswari Swaminathan, Yungui Huang, Caroline Astbury, Sara Fitzgerald-Butt, Katherine Miller, Justin Cole, Christopher Bartlett, Simon Lin
The increased adoption of clinical whole exome sequencing (WES) has improved the diagnostic yield for patients with complex genetic conditions. However, the informatics practice for handling information contained in whole exome reports is still in its infancy, as evidenced by the lack of a common vocabulary within clinical sequencing reports generated across genetic laboratories. Genetic testing results are mostly transmitted using portable document format, which can make secondary analysis and data extraction challenging...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535026/tetanus-%C3%A2-n%C3%A3-stan-bortgl%C3%A3-md-men-allvarlig-sjukdom-%C3%A3-ldre-kvinnor-%C3%A3-r-en-riskgrupp-diagnosen-kan-vara-en-utmaning
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Bernhard Hozgraefe, Akad Koria, Victoria Sem, Joak Johansson
Tetanus, an almost forgotten but serious disease Tetanus is the systemic consequence of a local infection with Clostridium tetani, that produces toxin which spreads in the systemic circulation. In developed countries, it is extremely rare. Women born before 1950 are a group at risk due to lower prevalence of immunisation. This report describes a case of tetanus. The patient is a previously healthy 82-year-old woman. She presented to primary care with a complaint of stiffness in the neck and jaw. A physical exam and basic laboratory tests were normal apart from a slightly increased blood pressure...
May 22, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534892/minimizing-next-generation-sequencing-errors-for-hiv-drug-resistance-testing
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José A Fernández-Caballero, Natalia Chueca, Eva Poveda, Federico García
Next-generation sequencing prototypes for the routine diagnosis of resistance to antiretrovirals approved for the treatment of HIV infection are now being used in many clinical diagnostic laboratories. As some of the next-generation sequencing platforms may be a source of errors, it is necessary to improve the currently available protocols and implement bioinformatic tools that may help to correctly identify the presence of resistance mutations with clinical impact. Several studies have addressed these issues in recent years...
May 23, 2017: AIDS Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534815/multispectral-fluorescent-and-photoplethysmographic-imaging-for-remote-skin-assessment
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REVIEW
Janis Spigulis
Optical tissue imaging has several advantages over the routine clinical imaging methods, including non-invasiveness (it does not change the structure of tissues), remote operation (it avoids infections) and the ability to quantify the tissue condition by means of specific image parameters. Dermatologists and other skin experts need compact (preferably pocket-size), self-sustaining and easy-to-use imaging devices. The operational principles and designs of ten portable in-vivo skin imaging prototypes developed at the Biophotonics Laboratory of Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, University of Latvia during the recent five years are presented in this paper...
May 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534732/evaluation-of-adaptive-noise-management-technologies-for-school-age-children-with-hearing-loss
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Jace Wolfe, Mila Duke, Erin Schafer, Christine Jones, Lori Rakita
BACKGROUND: Children with hearing loss experience significant difficulty understanding speech in noisy and reverberant situations. Adaptive noise management technologies, such as fully adaptive directional microphones and digital noise reduction, have the potential to improve communication in noise for children with hearing aids. However, there are no published studies evaluating the potential benefits children receive from the use of adaptive noise management technologies in simulated real-world environments as well as in daily situations...
May 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534703/chlorhexidine-and-silver-sulfadiazine-coating-on-central-venous-catheters-is-not-sufficient-for-protection-against-catheter-related-infection-simulation-based-laboratory-research-with-clinical-validation
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Yoon Ji Choi, Jae Kwan Lim, Jeong Jun Park, Hyub Huh, Dong-Joo Kim, Chang-Hoon Gong, Seung Zhoo Yoon
Objective The efficacy of chlorhexidine- and silver sulfadiazine-coated central venous catheters (CSS-CVC) against catheter-related infection remains controversial. We hypothesized that the loss of silver nanoparticles may reduce the antibacterial efficacy of CSS-CVCs and that this loss could be due to the frictional force between the surface of the CVC and the bloodstream. The objective of this study was to investigate whether the antimicrobial effect of CSS-CVCs decreases with increasing exposure time in a bloodstream model and quantitatively assay the antimicrobial effect of CSS-CVCs compared with polyurethane and antiseptic-impregnated CVCs...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534089/comparison-of-microbiomes-between-red-poultry-mite-populations-dermanyssus-gallinae-predominance-of-bartonella-like-bacteria
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Jan Hubert, Tomas Erban, Jan Kopecky, Bruno Sopko, Marta Nesvorna, Martina Lichovnikova, Sabine Schicht, Christina Strube, Olivier Sparagano
Blood feeding red poultry mites (RPM) serve as vectors of pathogenic bacteria and viruses among vertebrate hosts including wild birds, poultry hens, mammals, and humans. The microbiome of RPM has not yet been studied by high-throughput sequencing. RPM eggs, larvae, and engorged adult/nymph samples obtained in four poultry houses in Czechia were used for microbiome analyses by Illumina amplicon sequencing of the 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene V4 region. A laboratory RPM population was used as positive control for transcriptome analysis by pyrosequencing with identification of sequences originating from bacteria...
May 22, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533937/a-phase-one-single-dose-open-label-clinical-safety-and-pet-mr-imaging-study-of-68-ga-dotatoc-in-healthy-volunteers
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Shadi A Esfahani, Stephanie Salcedo, Pedram Heidari, Onofrio A Catalano, Rachel Pauplis, Jacob Hesterman, James F Kronauge, Umar Mahmood
This prospective pilot study provides a dynamic whole body PET/MR image database, clinical safety, biodistribution profile and dosimetry of (68)Ga-DOTATOC in healthy subjects, to establish a baseline and standard reference for its use in diagnosis and treatment response evaluation among patients with somatostatin receptor expressing neoplastic diseases. Dynamic whole body PET/MR imaging was performed in 12 healthy subjects (male/female: 8/4) after injection of 242.39 ± 53.38 MBq (mean ± SD) (68)Ga-DOTATOC...
2017: American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533857/antibiogram-profile-of-uropathogens-isolated-at-bahir-dar-regional-health-research-laboratory-centre-northwest-ethiopia
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Awoke Derbie, Derese Hailu, Daniel Mekonnen, Bayeh Abera, Gashaw Yitayew
INTRODUCTION: Antimicrobial resistance among bacteria that cause urinary tract infection (UTI) has been increasing since the introduction of chemotherapy. This study was aimed to assess the types of isolates from patients with UTI and to determine their current antimicrobial susceptibility profile. METHODS: A record based retrospective analysis of bacterial uropathogens processed in the period of January 2012 to December 2014 at Bahir Dar Health Research Laboratory Center (BRHRLC) was determined...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533834/-splenic-marginal-zone-lymphoma
#13
Sinaa Mohamed
Splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL) is a rare B-cell lymphoma, well defined according to the 2016 WHO classification of tumors of the hematopoietic tissue, which can raise diagnostic problems. We report the case of a 72-year old patient, hospitalised for exploration of a massive splenomegaly confirmed by computed tomography (CT). Laboratory tests were normal. The patient underwent splenectomy. Microscopic examination of the surgical specimen showed widespread lymphomatous proliferation in small cells associated with CD20 marker...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533776/reactivity-to-novel-autoantigens-in-patients-with-coexisting-central-nervous-system-demyelinating-disease-and-autoimmune-thyroid-disease
#14
Judith M Greer, Simon Broadley, Michael P Pender
Several lines of evidence suggest a definite and unique link between CNS demyelinating diseases and autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD). The aim of the current study was to systematically compare the clinical and laboratory features of patients with coexistent AITD and CNS demyelinating disease with those of patients with just CNS demyelinating disease. Forty-four patients with coexisting CNS demyelinating disease and AITD were identified and their clinical and radiological features were recorded. Blood and DNA were collected and tested for HLA type and for the response of T cells and antibodies to a variety of antigens...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533524/enhancing-the-genome-editing-toolbox-genome-wide-crispr-arrayed-libraries
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Emmanouil Metzakopian, Alex Strong, Vivek Iyer, Alex Hodgkins, Konstantinos Tzelepis, Liliana Antunes, Mathias J Friedrich, Qiaohua Kang, Teresa Davidson, Jacob Lamberth, Christina Hoffmann, Gregory D Davis, George S Vassiliou, William C Skarnes, Allan Bradley
CRISPR-Cas9 technology has accelerated biological research becoming routine for many laboratories. It is rapidly replacing conventional gene editing techniques and has high utility for both genome-wide and gene-focussed applications. Here we present the first individually cloned CRISPR-Cas9 genome wide arrayed sgRNA libraries covering 17,166 human and 20,430 mouse genes at a complexity of 34,332 sgRNAs for human and 40,860 sgRNAs for the mouse genome. For flexibility in generating stable cell lines the sgRNAs have been cloned in a lentivirus backbone containing PiggyBac transposase recognition elements together with fluorescent and drug selection markers...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533360/female-peer-mentors-early-in-college-increase-women-s-positive-academic-experiences-and-retention-in-engineering
#16
Tara C Dennehy, Nilanjana Dasgupta
Scientific and engineering innovation is vital for American competitiveness, quality of life, and national security. However, too few American students, especially women, pursue these fields. Although this problem has attracted enormous attention, rigorously tested interventions outside artificial laboratory settings are quite rare. To address this gap, we conducted a longitudinal field experiment investigating the effect of peer mentoring on women's experiences and retention in engineering during college transition, assessing its impact for 1 y while mentoring was active, and an additional 1 y after mentoring had ended...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533339/structure-based-prediction-of-wnt-binding-affinities-for-frizzled-type-cysteine-rich-domain
#17
Mark Agostino, Sebastian Öther-Gee Pohl, Arunasalam Dharmarajan
Wnt signaling pathways are of significant interest in development and oncogenesis. The first step in these pathways typically involves the binding of a Wnt protein to the cysteine-rich domain (CRD) of a Frizzled receptor; Wnt-Frizzled interactions can be antagonized by secreted Frizzled-related proteins (sFRPs), which also contain a Frizzled-like CRD. The large number of Wnts, Frizzleds and sFRPs, as well as the hydrophobic nature of Wnt, pose challenges to laboratory-based investigations of interactions involving Wnt...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533176/the-mouse-thermoregulatory-system-its-impact-on-translating-biomedical-data-to-humans
#18
REVIEW
Christopher J Gordon
The laboratory mouse has become the predominant test species in biomedical research. The number of papers that translate or extrapolate data from mouse to human has grown exponentially since the year 2000. There are many physiological and anatomical factors to consider in the process of extrapolating data from one species to another. Body temperature is, of course, a critical determinant in extrapolation because it has a direct impact on metabolism, cardiovascular function, drug efficacy, pharmacokinetics of toxins and drugs, and many other effects...
May 19, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532981/comparing-laboratory-surveillance-with-the-notifiable-diseases-surveillance-system-in-south-africa
#19
F G Benson, A Musekiwa, L Blumberg, L C Rispel
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare laboratory surveillance with the notifiable diseases surveillance system (NDSS) in South Africa. METHODS: Data on three tracer notifiable diseases - measles, meningococcal meningitis, and typhoid - were compared to assess data quality, stability, representativeness, sensitivity and positive predictive value (PPV), using the Wilcoxon and Chi-square tests, at the 5% significance level. RESULTS: For all three diseases, fewer cases were notified than confirmed in the laboratory...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532800/antimicrobial-susceptibility-monitoring-of-mycoplasma-hyopneumoniae-and-mycoplasma-bovis-isolated-in-europe
#20
Ulrich Klein, Anno de Jong, Hilde Moyaert, Farid El Garch, Rocio Leon, Alexandra Richard-Mazet, Markus Rose, Dominiek Maes, Andrew Pridmore, Jill R Thomson, Roger D Ayling
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in pigs and Mycoplasma bovis in cattle are major pathogens affecting livestock across Europe and are the focus of the MycoPath pan-European antimicrobial susceptibility monitoring programme. Fifty M. hyopneumoniae isolates from Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom (UK), and 156 M. bovis isolates from France, Hungary, Spain and the UK that met specific criteria were tested for antimicrobial susceptibility in a central laboratory by using a microbroth dilution method. Specific isolate criteria included recovery from animals not recently treated with antimicrobials, isolates from different locations within each country and retaining only one isolate per farm...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
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