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F Frati, C Incorvaia, C Cavaliere, G Di Cara, F Marcucci, S Esposito, S Masieri
The skin prick test (SPT) is the most common test for the diagnosis of allergy. SPT is performed by pricking the skin, usually in the volar surface of the forearm, with a lancet through a drop of an allergen extract and is usually the first choice test in the diagnostic workup for allergic diseases because of its reliability, safety, convenience and low cost. SPT is minimally invasive and has the advantage of testing multiple allergens in 15 to 20 min. In children, SPT is far less disturbing than venipuncture and is used to obtain a sample of serum to measure specific IgE through in vitro tests...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Sean Robison, Gauri Rani Karur, Rachel M Wald, Paaladinesh Thavendiranathan, Andrew M Crean, Kate Hanneman
BACKGROUND: Calculation of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) extracellular volume (ECV) requires input of hematocrit, which may not be readily available. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of ECV calculated using various noninvasive measures of hematocrit compared to ECV calculated with input of laboratory hematocrit as the reference standard. METHODS: One hundred twenty three subjects (47.7 ± 14.1 years; 42% male) were prospectively recruited for CMR T1 mapping between August 2016 and April 2017...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Clarisa R Gracia, Sanghyuk S Shin, Maureen Prewitt, Janna S Chamberlin, Lori R Lofaro, Kristin L Jones, Marta Clendenin, Katherine E Manzanera, Dennis L Broyles
BACKGROUND: AMH is widely used for assessing ovarian reserve, and it is particularly convenient, because it is thought to have minimal variability throughout the menstrual cycle. However, studies assessing the stability of AMH over the menstrual cycle have been conflicting. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to determine whether AMH levels vary across the normal menstrual cycle. DESIGN: A multi-center, prospective cohort study conducted at three US centers...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Timothy E Murray, Damien C O'Neill, Michael J Lee
PURPOSE: To describe a single skin puncture technique combining subcutaneous injection of anesthetic to the depth of the vessel wall with venipuncture in the same movement. TECHNIQUE: Using ultrasound guidance, controlled anesthetic instillation along the needle tract and outer vessel wall with a 21-G vascular access needle can be combined with vessel puncture. This technique reduces the number of skin punctures and ensures accurate anesthetic instillation. The maximum inadvertent intravascular dose of commercial local anesthetic preparations that can be delivered with a small syringe is far below toxicity thresholds...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
Sheree W O'Neil, Mary Ann Friesen, Debra Stanger, Amber Williams Trickey
PURPOSE: Although pediatric patients report venipuncture as their most feared experience during hospitalization, blood sampling from peripheral intravenous accesses (PIVs) is not standard of care. Blood sampling from PIVs has long been considered by healthcare personnel to harm the access. In an effort to minimize painful procedures, pediatric nursing staff conducted a prospective, observational study to determine if blood sampling using existing PIVs resulted in the loss of the access...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Folkert Steinhagen, Maximilian Kanthak, Guido Kukuk, Christian Bode, Andreas Hoeft, Stefan Weber, Se-Chan Kim
INTRODUCTION: A significant increase of the p-wave of a real-time intracavitary electrocardiography is a reliable and safe method to confirm the central venous catheter tip position close to the atrium. However, conflicting data about the feasibility of electrocardiography exist in patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS: An observational prospective case-control cohort study was set up to study the feasibility and accuracy of the electrocardiography-controlled central venous catheter tip placement in 13 patients with atrial fibrillation versus 10 patients with sinus rhythm scheduled for elective surgery...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Eleni Angeli, Terpsichori Korpa, Elizabeth O Johnson, Filia Apostolakou, Ioannis Papassotiriou, George P Chrousos, Panagiota Pervanidou
There is growing evidence for dysregulation of the stress system in individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The stress system includes neuroanatomical and functional components that function in concert to maintain homeostasis and its main effectors are the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the sympathetic/adrenomedullary nervous system (SNS). As stress system activity demonstrates a distinct circadian variation, we aimed to describe simultaneously, diurnal rhythms of both the HPA axis and the SNS in children with ADHD and a comparison group...
February 23, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Juliana Spezia, Priscila B Hermann, Samuel R Comar, Geraldo Picheth, Railson Henneberg, Shirley R R Utiyama
BACKGROUND: Mean platelet volume (MPV) is a parameter that evaluates the platelet size. Clinical applications of MPV are limited because of its poor standardization in routine laboratories. This study analyzed the effect of anticoagulants on MPV measurements by impedance technology. METHODS: Blood from 36 healthy volunteers was collected in vacuum tubes filled with K2EDTA and sodium citrate, analyzed immediately (basal) and at 1, 2, and 3 hours after venipuncture...
January 1, 2018: Clinical Laboratory
Robert M Taylor, Philip R Miller, Parwana Ebrahimi, Ronen Polsky, Justin T Baca
Interstitial fluid (ISF) has recently garnered interest as a biological fluid that could be used as an alternate to blood for biomedical applications, diagnosis, and therapy. ISF extraction techniques are promising because they are less invasive and less painful than venipuncture. ISF is an alternative, incompletely characterized source of physiological data. Here, we describe a novel method of ISF extraction in rats, using microneedle arrays, which provides volumes of ISF that are sufficient for downstream analysis techniques such as proteomics, genomics, and extracellular vesicle purification and analysis...
January 1, 2018: Laboratory Animals
Simon Degandt, Bart Peeters, Stijn Jughmans, Nancy Boeckx, Xavier Bossuyt
BACKGROUND: Quantitation of lymphocyte subsets (B cells, T cells, CD4 and CD8 T cells and NK cells) classically relies on quantitation of lymphocytes and immunophenotyping by flow cytometry. AQUIOS CL (Beckman Coulter) is a fully automated system that performs an onboard volumetric cell count, automatically processes the sample (staining, lysing and fixation) and analyzes the results. We compared AQUIOS CL to a dual-platform analysis and evaluated analytical performance. METHODS: We evaluated precision, sample stability, inter-sample carryover, linearity and interpanel consistency...
February 21, 2018: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Royanne L Lichliter, Lynea E Tremewan, Nicole M Shonka, Jennifer E Mehnert, Laney Brennan, Jodi M Thrasher, Teri L Hernandez
Repeated venipunctures and fingersticks to confirm serum drug concentrations cause pain and dissatisfaction for pediatric patients and their families. In many organizations, the standard of care to obtain therapeutic serum drug concentrations by peripheral venipuncture or capillary fingerstick, even when the patient has an existing peripheral intravenous catheter (PIV) or central venous catheter (CVC). The primary objective of this study was to assess agreement between serum tobramycin/vancomycin concentrations collected from a CVC or PIV, versus venipuncture or fingerstick...
February 20, 2018: Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing: JSPN
Michèle Natale, Michael Behnes, Seung-Hyun Kim, Julia Hofmann, Nadine Reckord, Ursula Hofmann, Johannes Budjan, Siegfried Lang, Martin Borggrefe, Theano Papavassiliu, Thomas Bertsch, Ibrahim Akin
Following publication of the original article [1], the authors reported that there was a mistake in the Methods section → Measurements of biomarkers (page 6, line 3): 2000g should read 2500g. So, the correct sentence should be "All samples were obtained by venipuncture into serum monovettes® and centrifuged at 2500g for 10 min at 20 °C."
February 19, 2018: European Journal of Medical Research
Shuichi Takano, Norio Shimizu, Naruo Tokuyasu, Teruhisa Sakamoto, Soichiro Honjo, Keigo Ashida, Hiroaki Saito, Yoshiyuki Fujiwara
Background: Tunneled central venous catheters (CVC), called Broviac/Hickman catheter, are widely used in the long-term treatment of pediatric patients. Recently, the percutaneous approach for CVC insertion has become dominant as a less invasive intervention. In this study, we reviewed the mechanical and delayed complications according to different procedures of CVC insertion and assessed the risk factors for complications in CVC insertions for pediatric patients. Methods: A total of 159 pediatric patients (85 males and 74 females) were included in this study...
December 2017: Yonago Acta Medica
Bernadette Earley, Katie Tiernan, Catherine Duffy, Amanda Dunn, Sinead Waters, Steven Morrison, Mark McGee
The study objectives were: 1) to characterise the development of immunocompetence in beef suckler calves from birth to three months of age, and 2) to trace glycoprotein E (gE)-negative bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BoHV-1) antibodies from dam to calf and subsequent vaccination against pneumonia. Thirty multiparous beef suckler, spring-calving cows, consisting of two genotypes were involved; Limousin×Friesian (LF) and Charolais×Limousin (CL). Cows were immunised against the inactivated antigen strain of BoHV-1 (gE- (IBR marker vaccine) at day -84 and received a booster at day -56 relative to the expected calving date (d 0)...
January 10, 2018: Research in Veterinary Science
Itay Berger, Merav Gil Margolis, Elhanan Nahum, Ovdi Dagan, Itzhak Levy, Eytan Kaplan, Eran Shostak, Esther Shmuelov, Ofer Schiller, Gili Kadmon
OBJECTIVES: Arterial catheters may serve as an additional source for blood cultures in children when peripheral venipuncture is challenging. The aim of the study was to evaluate the accuracy of cultures obtained through indwelling arterial catheters for the diagnosis of bloodstream infections in critically ill pediatric patients. DESIGN: Observational and comparative. SETTING: General and cardiac ICUs of a tertiary, university-affiliated pediatric medical center...
February 5, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
L Gallego-Calvo, M C Gatica, J L Guzmán, L A Zarazaga
When the sexual activity of bucks is minimal, there is a minimal male effect on does regardless of their body weight (BW)/body condition (BC) and whether does are treated with melatonin or not. The study examines whether sexually active bucks can induce an adequate male effect in does with an increasing or decreasing trajectory of change in BW/BC when does are or not treated with melatonin. During natural anoestrus, 46 Blanca Andaluza does were assigned to two groups: 1) low BW/low BC group in which does were fed 1...
February 1, 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
Mariam Taha, Carissa Kohnen, Shruti Mallya, Yuntong Kou, Adriana Zapata, Sandra Ramirez-Arcos
PURPOSE: Staphylococcus epidermidis is the predominant contaminant of platelet concentrates (PCs), a blood product used to treat patients with platelet deficiencies. This microorganism is able to form surface-attached aggregates (biofilms) in human skin. Herein, the abundance of S. epidermidis biofilm-producers in contaminated PCs compared to skin isolates was explored. Furthermore, the potential positive selection of S. epidermidis biofilm-producers during the blood donation process and PC manufacturing was investigated...
February 2018: Journal of Medical Microbiology
G M Silva, M H Poore, J Ranches, G S Santos, P Moriel
This study evaluated the effects of gradual reduction in frequency of energy supplementation following vaccination on growth and measurements of innate and humoral immunity of beef steers. At 14 d post-weaning (d 0), Angus steers (n = 42; 200 ± 5 kg of BW; 175 ± 4 d of age) were stratified by BW and age, and randomly assigned into 1 of 14 drylot pens (3 steers/pen). From d 0 to 42, steers were provided ad libitum ground tall fescue hay (57% TDN, 13% CP of DM basis) and supplemented with concentrate at 1% of BW (50:50 soybean hulls and corn gluten feed; 71% TDN, 15% CP of DM basis)...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
Susan H Davide, Anthony J Santella, Winnie Furnari, Petal Leuwaisee, Marilyn Cortell, Bhuma Krishnamachari
Purpose: One in eight people living with an HIV infection in the United States is unaware of their status. Rapid HIV testing (RHT) is an easily used and accepted screening tool that has been introduced in a limited number of clinical settings. The purpose of this study was to investigate patient acceptability, certainty of their decision, and willingness to pay for screening if RHT was offered in university-based dental hygiene clinics.Methods: A cross-sectional survey was administered to 426 patients at three dental hygiene clinics in New York City over a period of four months...
December 2017: Journal of Dental Hygiene: JDH
Guillaume Marquis-Gravel, Maxime Tremblay-Gravel, Jonathan Lévesque, Philippe Généreux, Erick Schampaert, Donald Palisaitis, Michel Doucet, Thierry Charron, Paul Terriault, Pierre Tessier
OBJECTIVES: The objective was to assess the effect of ultrasound (US)-guidance compared to the anatomical landmark (AL) approach in patients requiring femoral artery (FA) access for coronary angiography/percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). BACKGROUND: US-guidance has been proposed as a strategy to optimize FA access, potentially leading to decreased vascular complications. METHODS: Patients requiring FA access for coronary angiography/PCI were randomized to the US-guided or AL approaches...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
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