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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149445/the-influences-of-separators-on-capacitive-deionization-systems-in-the-cycle-of-adsorption-and-desorption
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Qihan Yao, Zhou Shi, Qingqing Liu, Zhengyang Gu, Ruihuan Ning
This research focused on the influence of different separator compartments on the performance of capacitive deionization (CDI) cells in terms of brackish water treatment. For comparison, different separators including filter paper(FP), carbon nanotube (CNT), and stainless steel fiber (SSF) on deionization and desorption rate of salt were examined. The best performance was obtained when the CNT separator was packed, followed by SSF and FP. Reducing the cell voltage from 1.2 to 0.4 V decreased the salt removal and electrode regeneration rate of SSF-CDI...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149279/impact-of-isolating-clostridium-difficile-carriers-on-the-burden-of-isolation-precautions-a-time-series-analysis
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Yasi Xiao, Bianka Paquet-Bolduc, Christophe Garenc, Philippe Gervais, Sylvie Trottier, Jean-François Roussy, Jean Longtin, Vivian G Loo, Yves Longtin
Background: The isolation of asymptomatic Clostridium difficile (CD) carriers may decrease the incidence of hospital-associated C. difficile infections (CDI), but its impact on isolation precaution needs is unknown. Methods: Time series analysis to investigate the impact of isolating CD carriers on the burden of isolation precautions from 2008 to 2016 in a Canadian hospital. To account for the changes in C. difficile infection control policies, the series was divided into three intervention periods...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146598/structural-analyses-unravel-the-molecular-mechanism-of-cyclic-di-gmp-regulation-of-bacterial-chemotaxis-via-a-pilz-adaptor-protein
#3
Xin-Fu Yan, Lingyi Xin, Jackie Tan Yen, Yukai Zeng, Shengyang Jin, Qing Wei Cheang, Rachel Andrea Chea Yuen Fong, Keng-Hwee Chiam, Zhao-Xun Liang, Yong-Gui Gao
The bacterial second messenger cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) has emerged as a prominent mediator of bacterial physiology, motility and pathogenicity. Cdi-GMP often regulates the function of its protein targets through a unique mechanism that involves a discrete PilZ adaptor protein. However, the molecular mechanism in c-di-GMP-mediated protein regulation is unclear. Here, we present the structure of the PilZ adaptor protein MapZ co-crystallized in complex with c-di-GMP and its protein target CheR1, a chemotaxis-regulating methyltransferase in Pseudomonas aeruginosa This co-crystal structure, together with the structure of free CheR1, revealed that the binding of c-di-GMP induces dramatic structural changes in MapZ that are crucial for CheR1 binding...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144223/no-touch-disinfection-methods-to-decrease-multidrug-resistant-organism-infections-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Alexandre R Marra, Marin L Schweizer, Michael B Edmond
BACKGROUND Recent studies have shown that using no-touch disinfection technologies (ie, ultraviolet light [UVL] or hydrogen peroxide vapor [HPV] systems) can limit the transmission of nosocomial pathogens and prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). To investigate these findings further, we performed a systematic literature review and meta-analysis on the impact of no-touch disinfection methods to decrease HAIs. METHODS We searched PubMed, CINAHL, CDSR, DARE and EMBASE through April 2017 for studies evaluating no-touch disinfection technology and the nosocomial infection rates for Clostridium difficile, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), and other multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs)...
November 16, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143321/interobserver-agreement-on-standardized-ultrasound-and-histopathologic-signs-for-the-prenatal-diagnosis-of-placenta-accreta-spectrum-disorder
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Nurit Zosmer, Eric Jauniaux, Catey Bunce, Jenie Panaiotova, Hizbullah Shaikh, Kypros H Nicholaides
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate interobserver agreement in assessment of ultrasound signs and histopathologic findings associated with placenta accreta spectrum (PAS) disorders. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted using data for patients prenatally diagnosed with PAS disorders at a UK hospital between January 31, 2012, and March 30, 2017. Ultrasound images (including gray-scale and color Doppler imaging [CDI] parameters) and histopathologic slides were reviewed by two observers; the level of agreement was calculated...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140433/il-27-il-27receptor-signaling-provides-protection-in-clostridium-difficile-induced-colitis
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Lifang Wang, Ju Cao, Congya Li, Zhang Liping
Background: Clostridium difficile is a leading cause of nosocomial infection. The role of cytokine IL-27 in the immunopathology of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) remains unknown. Methods: The production of IL-27 was determined in human and murine CDI. Furthermore, wild-type (WT) and IL-27 receptor-deficient (WSX-1 -/-) mice were treated with an antibiotic mixture and infected with C.difficile to investigate the effects of IL-27 on host response to CDI. Results: IL-27 production was elevated during CDI in humans and mice...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136126/risk-of-subsequent-sepsis-within-90-days-of-a-previous-hospital-stay-by-type-of-antibiotic-exposure
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James Baggs, Johm A Jernigan, Alison Laufer Halpin, Lauren H Epstein, Kelly M Hatfield, L Clifford McDonald
Background: We examined the risk of sepsis within 90 days after discharge from a previous hospital stay by type of antibiotic received during the previous stay. Methods: We retrospectively identified a cohort of hospitalized patients from the Truven Health MarketScan Hospital Drug Database. We examined the association between the use of certain antibiotics, determined a priori, during the initial hospital stay and risk of post-discharge sepsis controlling for potential confounding factors in a multivariable logistic regression model...
November 9, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134299/fecal-transplantation-for-treatment-of-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-elderly-and-debilitated-patients
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Tali Friedman-Korn, Dan Meir Livovsky, Nitsan Maharshak, Nathaniel Aviv Cohen, Kalman Paz, Ariella Bar-Gil Shitrit, Eran Goldin, Benjamin Koslowsky
BACKGROUND: Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is a new technique recently introduced to treat recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). Little is known about the efficacy and risks of FMT in elderly and ill patients. AIM: To investigate FMT efficacy in ill and elderly patients compared to conventional treatment. METHODS: The study comprised two groups of patients between 2012 and 2016 with recurrent CDI at two medical centers in Israel...
November 13, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132405/identifying-predictive-features-of-clostridium-difficile-infection-recurrence-before-during-and-after-primary-antibiotic-treatment
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Sepideh Pakpour, Amit Bhanvadia, Roger Zhu, Abhimanyu Amarnani, Sean M Gibbons, Thomas Gurry, Eric J Alm, Laura A Martello
BACKGROUND: Colonization by the pathogen Clostridium difficile often occurs in the background of a disrupted microbial community. Identifying specific organisms conferring resistance to invasion by C. difficile is desirable because diagnostic and therapeutic strategies based on the human microbiota have the potential to provide more precision to the management and treatment of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and its recurrence. METHODS: We conducted a longitudinal study of adult patients diagnosed with their first CDI...
November 13, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132224/incidence-and-costs-of-cardiac-device-infections-retrospective-analysis-using-german-health-claims-data
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Saskia Ludwig, Cathrin Theis, Ben Brown, Andreas Witthohn, Wolfram Lux, Andreas Goette
AIM: Estimate incidence and costs of cardiac device infections (CDIs) in Germany. MATERIALS & METHODS: Patients had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator implanted over 2010-2013 and were followed to December 2014 using German health insurance claims data. A case-controlled analysis was performed using propensity score matching methods. RESULTS: Risk of CDI 12 months post-implant was 3.4% overall, either 2.9% for de novo procedures versus 4...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131611/synthesis-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-monodisperse-amino-functional-polyester-dendrimers-with-rapid-degradability-and-antibacterial-properties
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Patrik Stenström, Erik Hjort, Yuning Zhang, Oliver C J Andrén, Simon Guette-Marquet, Marianne Schultzberg, Michael Malkoch
Amine functional polymers, especially cationically charged, are interesting biomacromolecules for several reasons including easy cell membrane entrance, their ability to escape endosomes through the proton sponge effect, spontaneous complexation and delivery of drugs and siRNA and simple functionalization in aqueous solutions. Dendrimers, a subclass of precision polymers, are monodisperse and exhibit a large and exact number of peripheral end groups in relation to their size and have shown promise in drug delivery, biomedical imaging and as anti-viral agents...
November 13, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130220/-current-research-progress-and-thinking-of-fecal-microbiota-transplantation-for-the-treatment-of-gastrointestinal-disorders
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Ning Li, Hongliang Tian
Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), also known as fecal bacteriotherapy or fecal infusion, consists of injection of a liquid filtrate of feces from a healthy donor into the gastrointestinal tract of a recipient individual. FMT has been proposed as a therapeutic approach for functional diseases of the gastrointestinal tract by reestablishment of a wide diversity of intestinal flora. Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) treatment guideline from American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) recommends that FMT can be used as the treatment protocols of relapse CDI...
October 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126751/shift-to-community-onset-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-the-national-veterans-health-administration-2003-2014
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Kelly R Reveles, Mary Jo V Pugh, Kenneth A Lawson, Eric M Mortensen, Jim M Koeller, Jacqueline R Argamany, Christopher R Frei
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) occurs frequently in inpatient settings; however, community-onset cases have been reported more frequently in recent years. This study evaluated hospital-onset and community-onset CDI in the national Veterans Health Administration (VHA) population over a 12-year period. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of all adult VHA beneficiaries with CDI between October 1, 2002, and September 30, 2014. Data were obtained from the Veterans Affairs Informatics and Computing Infrastructure...
November 7, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126267/identification-of-universal-gut-microbial-biomarkers-of-common-human-intestinal-diseases-by-meta-analysis
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Leonardo Mancabelli, Christian Milani, Gabriele Andrea Lugli, Francesca Turroni, Deborah Cocconi, Douwe van Sinderen, Marco Ventura
Intestinal diseases, such as Crohn's disease (CD), ulcerative colitis (UC) and pseudomembranous colitis (CDI), are among the most common diseases in humans and may lead to more serious pathologies, e.g. colorectal cancer (CRC). Next Generation Sequencing has in recent years allowed the identification of correlations between intestinal bacteria and diseases, although formulation of universal gut microbial biomarkers for such diseases is only in its infancy. In the current study, we selected and reanalyzed a total of 3048 public datasets obtained from 16S rRNA profiling of individuals affected by CD, UC, CDI and CRC...
November 8, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123385/clostridium-difficile-infection-in-the-elderly-an-update-on-management
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REVIEW
Tomefa E Asempa, David P Nicolau
The burden of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is profound and growing. CDI now represents a common cause of health care-associated diarrhea, and is associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and health care costs. CDI disproportionally affects the elderly, possibly explained by the following risk factors: age-related impairment of the immune system, increasing antibiotic utilization, and frequent health care exposure. In the USA, recent epidemiological studies estimate that two out of every three health care-associated CDIs occur in patients 65 years or older...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120481/medication-exposure-and-risk-of-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-community-dwelling-older-people-and-nursing-home-residents
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John P Haran, Evan Bradley, Emily Howe, Xun Wu, Jennifer Tjia
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: It is unclear how medication exposures differ in their association with recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (rCDI) in elderly nursing home (NH) residents and community-dwelling individuals. This study examined these exposures to determine whether the risk of rCDI differs according to living environment. DESIGN: Retrospective. SETTING: Academic and community healthcare settings. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 65 and older with CDI (N = 616)...
November 9, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118745/biofilm-structures-in-a-mono-associated-mouse-model-of-clostridium-difficile-infection
#17
Anna P Soavelomandroso, Françoise Gaudin, Sandra Hoys, Valérie Nicolas, Gayatri Vedantam, Claire Janoir, Sylvie Bouttier
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a major healthcare-associated disease with high recurrence rates. Host colonization is critical for the infectious process, both in first episodes and in recurrent disease, with biofilm formation playing a key role. The ability of C. difficile to form a biofilm on abiotic surfaces is established, but has not yet been confirmed in the intestinal tract. Here, four different isolates of C. difficile, which are in vitro biofilm producers, were studied for their ability to colonize germ-free mice...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117204/prevalence-of-binary-toxin-positive-clostridium-difficile-in-diarrhoeal-humans-in-the-absence-of-epidemic-ribotype-027
#18
Alan M McGovern, Grace O Androga, Daniel R Knight, Mark W Watson, Briony Elliott, Niki F Foster, Barbara J Chang, Thomas V Riley
Virulence of Clostridium difficile is primarily attributed to the large clostridial toxins A and B while the role of binary toxin (CDT) remains unclear. The prevalence of human strains of C. difficile possessing only CDT genes (A-B-CDT+) is generally low (< 5%), however, this genotype is commonly found in neonatal livestock both in Australia and elsewhere. Zoonotic transmission of C. difficile has been suggested previously. Most human diagnostic tests will not detect A-B-CDT+ strains of C. difficile because they focus on detection of toxin A and/or B...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112804/scalable-approach-to-highly-efficient-and-rapid-capacitive-deionization-with-cnt-thread-as-electrodes
#19
Maku Moronshing, Chandramouli Subramaniam
A scalable route to highly efficient purification of water through capacitive deionization (CDI) is reported using CNT-thread as electrodes. Electro-sorption capacity (qe) of 139 mg g(-1) and average salt-adsorption rate (ASAR) of 2.78 mg g(-1)min(-1) achieved here is the highest among all known electrode materials and nonmembrane techniques, indicating efficient and rapid deionization. Such exceptional performance is achieved with feedstock concentrations (≤1000 ppm) where conventional techniques such as reverse osmosis and electrodialysis prove ineffective...
November 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112710/interventions-to-reduce-the-incidence-of-hospital-onset-clostridium-difficile-infection-an-agent-based-modeling-approach-to-evaluate-clinical-effectiveness-in-adult-acute-care-hospitals
#20
Anna K Barker, Oguzhan Alagoz, Nasia Safdar
Background: Despite intensified efforts to reduce hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infection (C. difficile; HO-CDI), its clinical and economic impacts continue to worsen. Many institutions have adopted bundled interventions that vary considerably in composition, strength of evidence, and effectiveness. Considerable gaps remain in our knowledge of intervention effectiveness and disease transmission, which hinders HO-CDI prevention. Methods: We developed an agent-based model of C...
November 3, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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