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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088766/staphylococcus-aureus-cc395-harbours-a-novel-composite-staphylococcal-cassette-chromosome-mec-element
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Jesper Larsen, Paal S Andersen, Volker Winstel, Andreas Peschel
BACKGROUND: CoNS species are likely reservoirs of the staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) in Staphylococcus aureus S aureus CC395 is unique as it is capable of exchanging DNA with CoNS via bacteriophages, which are also known to mediate transfer of SCCmec OBJECTIVES: To analyse the structure and putative origin of the SCCmec element in S aureus CC395. METHODS: The only MRSA CC395 strain described in the literature, JS395, was subjected to WGS, and its SCCmec element was compared with those found in CoNS species and other S...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087584/emergence-of-klebsiella-variicola-positive-for-ndm-9-a-variant-of-new-delhi-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-in-an-urban-river-in-south-korea
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Doris Y W Di, Jeonghwan Jang, Tatsuya Unno, Hor-Gil Hur
OBJECTIVES: To examine the presence of pathogenic bacteria carrying New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase in the environment and to characterize the genome structures of these strains. METHODS: Phenotypic screening of antimicrobial susceptibility and WGS were conducted on three Klebsiella variicola strains possessing NDM-9 isolated from an urban river. RESULTS: Three carbapenem-resistant K. variicola isolated from Gwangju tributary were found to possess blaNDM-9 genes...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087352/engineering-hot-melt-extruded-solid-dispersion-for-controlled-release-of-hydrophilic-drugs
#3
Shuli Zhang, Xuan Meng, Zheng Wang, Aiping Fan, Guocheng Wang, Yanjun Zhao, Yu Tang
It is often challenging to precisely manipulate the release behavior of hydrophilic drugs that is believed to be crucial for a satisfactory therapeutic outcome. The aim of this work was to regulate the dissolution of hydrophilic drug from hot-melt extruded solid dispersion via rational screening of the pore-forming agents. Venlafaxine hydrochloride and Compritol® 888 ATO was selected as the model drug and carrier excipient, respectively. Hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG 6000) and polyvinylpyrolidone (PVP K30) were chosen as the transient pore-forming agents...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081492/hassle-free-synthesis-of-nanodimensional-ni-cu-and-zn-sulfides-for-spectral-sensing-of-hg-cd-and-pb-a-comparative-study
#4
Zarina Ansari, Shib Shankar Singha, Abhijit Saha, Kamalika Sen
A simple room temperature synthesis method of Ni, Cu and Zn sulfide nanoparticles (NPs) in aqueous medium is reported here. The NPs stabilized in aqueous medium by the citrate ions were characterized by UV-vis, ζ potentials, TEM and Raman spectroscopic techniques. The solid NPs could be isolated from the aqueous medium when allowed to stand for a prolonged time (~20h). The solids were also characterized by IR and powder X-ray analysis. The nanoparticles were further used for the development of facile optical sensing and detection of heavy metal ions at trace scale...
January 4, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077507/stroke-and-mortality-risk-in-patients-with-various-patterns-of-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-engage-af-timi-48-trial-effective-anticoagulation-with-factor-xa-next-generation-in-atrial-fibrillation-thrombolysis-in-myocardial-infarction-48
#5
Mark S Link, Robert P Giugliano, Christian T Ruff, Benjamin M Scirica, Heikke Huikuri, Ali Oto, Andrea E Crompton, Sabina A Murphy, Hans Lanz, Michele F Mercuri, Elliott M Antman, Eugene Braunwald
BACKGROUND: Whether the pattern of atrial fibrillation (AF) modifies the risk/benefit of anticoagulation is controversial. In ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 trial (Effective Anticoagulation with Factor Xa Next Generation in Atrial Fibrillation-Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction 48), the factor Xa inhibitor edoxaban was noninferior to warfarin in preventing stroke or systemic embolic events and significantly reduced bleeding and cardiovascular mortality. However, detailed analyses by AF pattern have not been reported...
January 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077025/total-mercury-levels-in-commercial-fish-species-from-italian-fishery-and-aquaculture
#6
Gabriella Di Lena, Irene Casini, Roberto Caproni, Andrea Fusari, Elena Orban
Total mercury levels were measured in 42 commercial fish species caught off the Central Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts of Italy and in 6 aquaculture species. The study on wild fish covered species differing in living habitat and trophic level. The study on farmed fish covered marine and freshwater species from intensive and extensive aquaculture and their feed. Mercury levels were analyzed by Thermal Decomposition-Amalgamation-Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry. Total mercury concentrations in the muscle of wild fish showed a high variability among species (0...
January 11, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075395/disability-weights-for-chronic-mercury-intoxication-resulting-from-gold-mining-activities-results-from-an-online-pairwise-comparisons-survey
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Nadine Steckling, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Julia Winkelnkemper, Florian Fischer, Bret Ericson, Alexander Krämer, Claudia Hornberg, Richard Fuller, Dietrich Plass, Stephan Bose-O'Reilly
In artisanal small-scale gold mining, mercury is used for gold-extraction, putting miners and nearby residents at risk of chronic metallic mercury vapor intoxication (CMMVI). Burden of disease (BoD) analyses allow the estimation of the public health relevance of CMMVI, but until now there have been no specific CMMVI disability weights (DWs). The objective is to derive DWs for moderate and severe CMMVI. Disease-specific and generic health state descriptions of 18 diseases were used in a pairwise comparison survey...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074219/bioremediation-of-mercury-not-properly-exploited-in-contaminated-soils
#8
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Khandaker Rayhan Mahbub, Md Mezbaul Bahar, Maurizio Labbate, Kannan Krishnan, Stuart Andrews, Ravi Naidu, Mallavarapu Megharaj
Contamination of land and water caused by heavy metal mercury (Hg) poses a serious threat to biota worldwide. The seriousness of toxicity of this neurotoxin is characterized by its ability to augment in food chains and bind to thiol groups in living tissue. Therefore, different remediation approaches have been implemented to rehabilitate Hg-contaminated sites. Bioremediation is considered as cheaper and greener technology than the conventional physico-chemical means. Large-scale use of Hg-volatilizing bacteria are used to clean up Hg-contaminated waters, but there is no such approach to remediate Hg-contaminated soils...
January 10, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072599/validation-of-the-bpump-bf1112-upper-arm-blood-pressure-monitor-for-home-blood-pressure-monitoring-according-to-the-european-society-of-hypertension-international-protocol-revision-2010
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Qi Chen, Yuan-Yuan Kang, Yan Li, Ji-Guang Wang
OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to evaluate the accuracy of the automated oscillometric upper-arm blood pressure (BP) monitor BPUMP BF1112 for home BP monitoring according to the International Protocol of the European Society of Hypertension revision 2010 (ESH-IP2010). PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: Systolic and diastolic BPs were sequentially measured in 33 adult Chinese (13 women, mean age 46.7 years) using a mercury sphygmomanometer (two observers) and the BF1112 device (one supervisor)...
January 7, 2017: Blood Pressure Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071526/methylmercury-in-fish-from-the-southern-baltic-sea-and-coastal-lagoons-as-a-function-of-species-size-and-region
#10
Lucyna Polak-Juszczak
BACKGROUND: Methylmercury (MeHg) is a highly toxic compound that traverses the blood-brain barrier with deleterious effects to the central nervous system. Exposure is generally through the ingestion of contaminated fish. Fish are a main source of MeHg. Goals and methods: The aim of this study was to determine the dependence of MeHg concentrations on fish species and age, the percentage of MeHg in total mercury (THg) and risk assessment depending on the size of fish. Assays of THg and MeHg were performed on the muscle tissues of 18 species of fish...
January 1, 2017: Toxicology and Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070918/stereotype-threat-and-social-function-in-opioid-substitution-therapy-patients
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Courtney von Hippel, Julie D Henry, Gill Terrett, Kimberly Mercuri, Karen McAlear, Peter G Rendell
OBJECTIVES: People with a history of substance abuse are subject to widespread stigmatization. It seems likely that this societal disapproval will result in feelings of stereotype threat, or the belief that one is the target of demeaning stereotypes. If so, stereotype threat has the potential to contribute to functional difficulties including poor social outcomes. METHODS: Eighty drug users on opioid substitution therapy and 84 demographically matched controls completed measures of mental health and social function...
January 10, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068542/cost-effective-surface-modification-for-galinstan%C3%A2-lyophobicity
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Shantanu Shrikant Kadlaskar, Jun Hyeon Yoo, Abhijeet, Jeong Bong Lee, Wonjae Choi
In this paper we investigate the feasibility of using a cost-effective fabrication method based on sandblasting, chemical etching and spray coating processes, to render common surfaces to be non-wettable by Galinstan®. Although Galinstan® is a non-toxic liquid metal alternative to mercury, the viscoelastic and extremely wetting characteristics of Galinstan® have been the major bottleneck limiting the wide applicability of the gallium-based liquid metal. This paper tries to accomplish non-wettability to Galinstan® by combining surface texture and chemistry with the unique property of Galinstan®, that is, its high surface tension and yield strength that prevent the penetration of the liquid metal into surface asperities...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066690/high-power-365-nm-uv-led-mercury-arc-lamp-replacement-for-photochemistry-and-chemical-photolithography
#13
K Hölz, J Lietard, M M Somoza
Ultraviolet light emitting diodes (UV LEDs) have become widespread in chemical research as highly efficient light sources for photochemistry and photopolymerization. However, in more complex experimental setups requiring highly concentrated light and highly spatially resolved patterning of the light, high-pressure mercury arc lamps are still widely used because they emit intense UV light from a compact arc volume that can be efficiently coupled into optical systems. Advances in the deposition and p-type doping of gallium nitride have recently permitted the manufacture of UV LEDs capable of replacing mercury arc lamps also in these applications...
January 3, 2017: ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064370/changes-in-sport-fish-mercury-concentrations-from-food-web-shifts-suggest-partial-decoupling-from-atmospheric-deposition-in-two-colorado-reservoirs
#14
Brian A Wolff, Brett M Johnson, Jesse M Lepak
Partial decoupling of mercury (Hg) loading and observed Hg concentrations ([Hg]) in biotic and abiotic samples has been documented in aquatic systems. We studied two Colorado reservoirs to test whether shifts in prey for sport fish would lead to changes in [Hg] independent of external atmospheric Hg deposition. We compared sport fish total mercury concentrations ([T-Hg]) and macroinvertebrate (chironomids and crayfish) methylmercury concentrations ([MeHg]) before and after food web shifts occurred in both reservoirs...
January 7, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064301/an-unusual-foreign-body-within-the-appendix
#15
V Lambropoulos, M Fotoulaki, C Kepertis, A Neofytou, I Spyridakis
Ingestion of foreign bodies consist a quite common problem in the pediatric age group. Usually most of them traverse the gastrointestinal tract without complications and only in rare cases they get trapped within the appendix. This case report describes the ingestion of the tip of a mercury thermometer by a six-year-old girl. An elective appendicectomy was performed in order to avoid further complications. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of the tip of a thermometer within the appendix...
October 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064150/a-novel-risk-prediction-score-in-atrial-fibrillation-for-a-net-clinical-outcome-from-the-engage-af-timi-48-randomized-clinical-trial
#16
Christina L Fanola, Robert P Giugliano, Christian T Ruff, Marco Trevisan, Francesco Nordio, Michele F Mercuri, Elliott M Antman, Eugene Braunwald
AIMS: The choice between initiating a non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOAC) and a vitamin K antagonist (VKA) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) may be challenging. To assist in this decision, we developed a risk score to identify patients for whom a therapeutic benefit of NOACs over VKA is predicted. METHODS AND RESULTS: ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 was a randomized clinical trial of edoxaban vs. warfarin in 21 105 patients with AF. Cox proportional hazard models identified factors associated with a serious net clinical outcome (NCO) of disabling stroke, life-threatening bleeding, and all-cause mortality in VKA naïve patients from the warfarin arm...
January 6, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063819/toxicological-interactions-of-silver-nanoparticles-and-non-essential-metals-in-human-hepatocarcinoma-cell-line
#17
Renata Rank Miranda, Arandi Ginane Bezerra, Ciro Alberto Oliveira Ribeiro, Marco Antônio Ferreira Randi, Carmen Lúcia Voigt, Lilian Skytte, Kaare Lund Rasmussen, Frank Kjeldsen, Francisco Filipak Neto
Toxicological interaction represents a challenge to toxicology, particularly for novel contaminants. There are no data whether silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), present in a wide variety of products, can interact and modulate the toxicity of ubiquitous contaminants, such as nonessential metals. In the current study, we investigated the toxicological interactions of AgNP (size=1-2nm; zeta potential=-23mV), cadmium and mercury in human hepatoma HepG2 cells. The results indicated that the co-exposures led to toxicological interactions, with AgNP+Cd being more toxic than AgNP+Hg...
January 4, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063697/land-based-sources-of-marine-pollution-pesticides-pahs-and-phthalates-in-coastal-stream-water-and-heavy-metals-in-coastal-stream-sediments-in-american-samoa
#18
Beth A Polidoro, Mia T Comeros-Raynal, Thomas Cahill, Cassandra Clement
The island nations and territories of the South Pacific are facing a number of pressing environmental concerns, including solid waste management and coastal pollution. Here we provide baseline information on the presence and concentration of heavy metals and selected organic contaminants (pesticides, PAHs, phthalates) in 7 coastal streams and in surface waters adjacent to the Futiga landfill in American Samoa. All sampled stream sediments contained high concentrations of lead, and some of mercury. Several coastal stream waters showed relatively high concentrations of diethyl phthalate and of organophosphate pesticides, above chronic toxicity values for fish and other aquatic organisms...
January 4, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063413/chronopotentiometric-sensing-of-specific-interactions-between-lysozyme-and-the-dna-aptamer
#19
Veronika Ostatná, Veronika Kasalová-Vargová, László Kékedy-Nagy, Hana Černocká, Elena E Ferapontova
Specific DNA-protein interactions are vital for cellular life maintenance processes, such as transcriptional regulation, chromosome maintenance, replication and DNA repair, and their monitoring gives valuable information on molecular-level organization of those processes. Here, we propose a new method of label-free electrochemical sensing of sequence specific binding between the lysozyme protein and a single stranded DNA aptamer specific for lysozyme (DNAapta) that exploits the constant current chronopotentiometric stripping (CPS) analysis at modified mercury electrodes...
December 23, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060530/prevalence-of-hypotension-and-its-association-with-cognitive-function-among-older-adults
#20
Yadollah Abolfathi Momtaz, Tengku Aizan Hamid, Sharifah Azizah Haron, Mohamad Fazdillah Bagat, Fatemeh Mohammadi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The negative effect of hypertension has overshadowed possible health problems associated with hypotension. The purposes of this study were to describe the prevalence of hypotension in older adults and to determine the association between hypotension and cognitive function, after adjusting for possible covariates. METHODOLOGY: The data for the study consisting of 1067 community-dwelling older adults were obtained from a national survey entitled "Identifying Psychosocial and Identifying Economic Risk Factor of Cognitive Impairment among Elderly", conducted in Malaysia...
January 6, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
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