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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646721/biochemical-immunological-hybrid-biosensor-based-on-two-dimensional-chromatography-for-on-site-sepsis-diagnosis
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Seung-Wan Kim, Il-Hoon Cho, Guei-Sam Lim, Gi-Na Park, Se-Hwan Paek
A hybrid-biosensor system that can simultaneously fulfill the immunoassay for protein markers (e.g., C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin (PCT)) and the enzyme assay for metabolic substances (e.g., lactate) in the same sepsis-based sample has been devised. Such a challenge was pursued through the installation of an enzyme-reaction zone on the signal pad of the typical immuno-strip for the rapid two-dimensional (2-D)-chromatography test. To minimize the mutual interference in the hybrid assays, a pre-determined membrane site was etched in a pattern and mounted with a biochemical-reaction pad, thereby allowing a loaded sample to enter and then stay in the pad for a colored-signal production over the course of an immunoassay...
June 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645627/does-higher-education-protect-against-obesity-evidence-using-mendelian-randomization
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Petri Böckerman, Jutta Viinikainen, Laura Pulkki-Råback, Christian Hakulinen, Niina Pitkänen, Terho Lehtimäki, Jaakko Pehkonen, Olli T Raitakari
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this explorative study was to examine the effect of education on obesity using Mendelian randomization. METHODS: Participants (N=2011) were from the on-going nationally representative Young Finns Study (YFS) that began in 1980 when six cohorts (aged 30, 33, 36, 39, 42 and 45 in 2007) were recruited. The average value of BMI (kg/m(2)) measurements in 2007 and 2011 and genetic information were linked to comprehensive register-based information on the years of education in 2007...
June 20, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645517/glucose-control-diabetes-status-and-mortality-in-critically-ill-patients-the-continuum-from-intensive-care-unit-admission-to-hospital-discharge
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James S Krinsley, Paula Maurer, Sharon Holewinski, Roy Hayes, Douglas McComsey, Guillermo E Umpierrez, Stanley A Nasraway
OBJECTIVE: To describe the relationships among glycemic control, diabetes mellitus (DM) status, and mortality in critically ill patients from intensive care unit (ICU) admission to hospital discharge. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective investigation of 6387 ICU patients with 5 or more blood glucose (BG) tests and 4462 ICU survivors admitted to 2 academic medical centers from July 1, 2010, through December 31, 2014. We studied the relationships among mean BG level, hypoglycemia (BG level <70 mg/dL [to convert to mmol/L, multiply by 0...
June 7, 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644211/the-relationship-between-fasting-blood-glucose-variability-and-coronary-artery-collateral-formation-in-type-2-diabetes-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Gang Cheng, Hilda Mahmoudi, Binna Chokshi, Marlena Fernandez, Vahid Kazemi, Nader Lamaa
BACKGROUND: Coronary collaterals are an alternative source of blood supply to ischemic myocardium. Well-developed coronary collateral arteries in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) limit the size of acute myocardial infarction and improves survival. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between glycemic variability and coronary collateral formation in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and CAD. METHODS: Consecutive patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass grafting procedures were studied...
June 21, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643848/the-impact-of-alternative-trait-scaling-hypotheses-for-the-maximum-photosynthetic-carboxylation-rate-vcmax-on-global-gross-primary-production
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Anthony P Walker, Tristan Quaife, Peter M van Bodegom, Martin G De Kauwe, Trevor F Keenan, Joanna Joiner, Mark R Lomas, Natasha MacBean, Chongang Xu, Xiaojuan Yang, F Ian Woodward
The maximum photosynthetic carboxylation rate (Vcmax ) is an influential plant trait that has multiple scaling hypotheses, which is a source of uncertainty in predictive understanding of global gross primary production (GPP). Four trait-scaling hypotheses (plant functional type, nutrient limitation, environmental filtering, and plant plasticity) with nine specific implementations were used to predict global Vcmax distributions and their impact on global GPP in the Sheffield Dynamic Global Vegetation Model (SDGVM)...
June 23, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643405/reassessment-of-the-access-testosterone-chemiluminescence-assay-and-comparison-with-lc-ms-method
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Ruggero Dittadi, Mara Matteucci, Elisa Meneghetti, Rudina Ndreu
AIM OF THE STUDY: To reassess the imprecision and Limit of Quantitation, to evaluate the cross-reaction with dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEAS), the accuracy toward liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and the reference interval of the Access Testosterone method, performed by DxI immunoassay platform (Beckman Coulter). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Imprecision was evaluated testing six pool samples assayed in 20 different run using two reagents lots. The cross-reaction with DHEAS was studied both by a displacement curve and by spiking DHEAS standard in two serum samples with known amount of testosterone...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643351/quality-specifications-of-routine-clinical-chemistry-methods-based-on-sigma-metrics-in-performance-evaluation
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Jun Xia, Su-Feng Chen, Fei Xu, Yong-Lie Zhou
INTRODUCTION: Sigma metrics were applied to evaluate the performance of 20 routine chemistry assays, and individual quality control criteria were established based on the sigma values of different assays. METHODS: Precisions were expressed as the average coefficient variations (CVs) of long-term two-level chemistry controls. The biases of the 20 assays were obtained from the results of trueness programs organized by National Center for Clinical Laboratories (NCCL, China) in 2016...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643329/analgesic-plasma-concentrations-of-oxycodone-after-surgery-for-breast-cancer-which-factors-matter
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K Cajanus, M Neuvonen, O Koskela, M A Kaunisto, P J Neuvonen, M Niemi, E Kalso
We investigated factors affecting analgesic oxycodone concentrations after breast cancer surgery in 1,000 women. Preoperatively, we studied heat and cold pain sensitivities and anxiety scores. Postoperatively, rest and motion pain intensities were measured and intravenous oxycodone was administered until satisfactory analgesia. At this point, the mean oxycodone concentration (variation coefficient) was 33.3 ng/ml (66%), and it was 21.7 ng/ml (69%) when the patient requested oxycodone again. At both time points, the concentrations varied >100-fold between individuals...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643157/effect-of-variance-ratio-on-anova-robustness-might-1-5-be-the-limit
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María J Blanca, Rafael Alarcón, Jaume Arnau, Roser Bono, Rebecca Bendayan
Inconsistencies in the research findings on F-test robustness to variance heterogeneity could be related to the lack of a standard criterion to assess robustness or to the different measures used to quantify heterogeneity. In the present paper we use Monte Carlo simulation to systematically examine the Type I error rate of F-test under heterogeneity. One-way, balanced, and unbalanced designs with monotonic patterns of variance were considered. Variance ratio (VR) was used as a measure of heterogeneity (1.5, 1...
June 22, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642270/heritable-micro-environmental-variance-covaries-with-fitness-in-an-outbred-population-of-drosophila-serrata
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Jacqueline L Sztepanacz, Katrina McGuigan, Mark W Blows
The genetic basis of stochastic variation within a defined environment, and the consequences of such micro-environmental variance for fitness are poorly understood. Using a multigenerational breeding design in Drosophila serrata, we demonstrated that the micro-environmental variance in a set of morphological wing traits in a randomly mating population had significant additive genetic variance in most single wing traits. Although heritability was generally low (< 1%), coefficients of additive genetic variance were of a magnitude typical of other morphological traits, indicating that the micro-environmental variance is an evolvable trait...
June 22, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641135/variation-in-prevention-of-child-maltreatment-by-dutch-child-healthcare-professionals
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Simeon J A Visscher, Henk F van Stel
Child maltreatment (CM) is a common condition with a large impact on the victim and society. In the Netherlands, the preventive child healthcare (CHC) aims to protect children against such threats. However, several studies indicate that the efficacy in this area may be suboptimal for many CHC professionals. Therefore, this study aims to map the practice variation in the primary and secondary prevention of CM, by CHC physicians and nurses. This mixed-methods study used interviews to identify relevant topics and develop an online questionnaire...
June 19, 2017: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640821/noise-reduction-in-single-time-frame-optical-dna-maps
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Paola C Torche, Vilhelm Müller, Fredrik Westerlund, Tobias Ambjörnsson
In optical DNA mapping technologies sequence-specific intensity variations (DNA barcodes) along stretched and stained DNA molecules are produced. These "fingerprints" of the underlying DNA sequence have a resolution of the order one kilobasepairs and the stretching of the DNA molecules are performed by surface adsorption or nano-channel setups. A post-processing challenge for nano-channel based methods, due to local and global random movement of the DNA molecule during imaging, is how to align different time frames in order to produce reproducible time-averaged DNA barcodes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640394/in-scan-and-scan-rescan-assessment-of-lv-in-and-outflow-volumes-by-4d-flow-mri-versus-2d-planimetry
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Vivian P Kamphuis, Roel L F van der Palen, Patrick J H de Koning, Mohammed S M Elbaz, Rob J van der Geest, Albert de Roos, Arno A W Roest, Jos J M Westenberg
PURPOSE: To evaluate the in-scan and scan-rescan consistency of left ventricular (LV) in- and outflow assessment from 1) 2D planimetry; 2) 4D flow magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with retrospective valve tracking, and 3) 4D flow MRI with particle tracing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten healthy volunteers (age 27 ± 3 years) underwent multislice cine short-axis planimetry and whole-heart 4D flow MRI on a 3T MRI scanner twice with repositioning between the scans...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639566/research-of-medical-expenditure-among-inpatients-with-unstable-angina-pectoris-in-a-single-center
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Suo-Wei Wu, Qi Pan, Tong Chen, Liang-Yu Wei, Yong Xuan, Qin Wang, Chao Li, Jing-Chen Song
BACKGROUND: With the rising incidence as well as the medical expenditure among patients with unstable angina pectoris, the research aimed to investigate the inpatient medical expenditure through the combination of diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) among patients with unstable angina pectoris in a Grade A tertiary hospital to conduct the referential standards of medical costs for the diagnosis. METHODS: Single-factor analysis and multiple linear stepwise regression method were used to investigate 3933 cases between 2014 and 2016 in Beijing Hospital (China) whose main diagnosis was defined as unstable angina pectoris to determine the main factors influencing the inpatient medical expenditure, and decision tree method was adopted to establish the model of DRGs grouping combinations...
July 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639254/use-of-a-digital-phantom-developed-by-qiba-for-harmonizing-suvs-obtained-from-the-state-of-the-art-spect-ct-systems-a-multicenter-study
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Tadaki Nakahara, Hiromitsu Daisaki, Yasushi Yamamoto, Takashi Iimori, Kazuyuki Miyagawa, Tomoya Okamoto, Yoshiki Owaki, Nobuhiro Yada, Koichi Sawada, Ryotaro Tokorodani, Masahiro Jinzaki
BACKGROUND: Although quantitative analysis using standardized uptake value (SUV) becomes realistic in clinical single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) imaging, reconstruction parameter settings can deliver different quantitative results among different SPECT/CT systems. This study aims to propose a use of the digital reference object (DRO), which is a National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) phantom-like object developed by the Quantitative Imaging Biomarker Alliance (QIBA) fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography technical committee, for the purpose of harmonizing SUVs in Tc-99m SPECT/CT imaging...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639252/ethnic-variations-in-serum-25-oh-d-levels-and-bone-ultrasound-attenuation-measurements-in-blacks-and-whites
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Rosario Sakamoto, D Thorpe, R Knutsen, L Beeson, S Knutsen
Vitamin D deficiency is more common in Blacks, yet Blacks have lower prevalence of bone fragility fractures or osteoporosis than Whites. Broadband ultrasound attenuation (BUA) has been used to explore the association between serum 25(OH)D levels and bone quality in White and non-white populations. We investigated serum 25(OH)D status with corresponding BUA measurements assessed cross sectionally in a cohort of 232 Blacks and 260 Whites, aged 30-95 years who were part of the calibration study of the large Adventist Health Study-2 (AHS-2)...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638623/the-genetic-architecture-of-growth-traits-in-salix-matsudana-under-salt-stress
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Jian Zhang, Huwei Yuan, Qingshan Yang, Min Li, Ying Wang, Yujuan Li, Xiangjian Ma, Feng Tan, Rongling Wu
Willow (Salix) is one of the most important ornamental tree species in landscape plants. One species, Salix matsudana, is widely used as a shade tree and border tree because of its soft branches and plump crown. Some varieties of S. matsudana were salt tolerant and could grow normally in coastal regions. However, the molecular mechanisms of salt tolerance for S. matsudana have been less clear. Here, we addressed this issue by performing a mapping experiment containing 195 intraspecific F1 progeny of S. matsudana, derived from salt-sensitive 'yanjiang' and salt-tolerant '9901', grown by cuttings in a 100 mM NaCl solution...
2017: Horticulture Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638471/rapid-detection-of-avian-influenza-virus-by-fluorescent-diagnostic-assay-using-an-epitope-derived-peptide
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Duong Tuan Bao, Do Thi Hoang Kim, Hyun Park, Bui Thi Cuc, Nguyen Minh Ngoc, Nguyen Thi Phuong Linh, Nguyen Chien Huu, Trinh Thi Thuy Tien, Nguyen Thi Viet Anh, Tung Dao Duy, Chom-Kyu Chong, Seung-Taek Yu, Do-Young Choi, Seon-Ju Yeo
Currently, the point of care testing (POCT) is not fully developed for subtype-specific avian influenza virus detection. In this study, an H5N1 hemaglutinin 1 (HA1) epitope (P0: KPNDAINF) and three modified peptides (P1: KPNTAINF, P2: KPNGAINF, P3: KPNDAINDAINF) were evaluated as POCT elements for rapid detection of avian influenza virus. Based on modeling predictions by Autodock Vina, binding affinity varied depending on alteration of one amino acid in these peptides. The binding energy of P2 indicated its potential for a strong interaction with HA...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637400/impulse-oscillometry-system-and-anthropometric-variables-of-preschoolers-children-and-adolesctents-systematic-review
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Maíra Seabra De Assumpção, Emília da Silva Gonçalves, Marina Simões Oliveira, José Dirceu Ribeiro, Adyléia Aparecida Contrera Dalbo Toro, Antonio Azevedo Barros-Filho, Maria Ângela Reis Góes de Monteiro, Camila Isabel Santos Schivinski
BACKGROUND: To identify the anthropometric variables in equations/reference values of impulse oscillometry system (IOS) parameters in preschoolers, children and adolescents. METHOD: Systematic search on the databases MEDLINE/Ovid, SCOPUS and SciELO using the key words "preschool, child and adolescent", "impulse oscillometry", "reference values" and its variations. RESULTS: This review considered a total of 13 articles. The studies presented height, weight, sex and age as the variables correlated to oscillometric parameters...
June 21, 2017: Current Pediatric Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637358/comparative-simulation-study-of-glucose-control-methods-designed-for-use-in-the-intensive-care-unit-setting-via-a-novel-controller-scoring-metric
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Jeremy DeJournett, Leon DeJournett
BACKGROUND: Effective glucose control in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting has the potential to decrease morbidity and mortality rates and thereby decrease health care expenditures. To evaluate what constitutes effective glucose control, typically several metrics are reported, including time in range, time in mild and severe hypoglycemia, coefficient of variation, and others. To date, there is no one metric that combines all of these individual metrics to give a number indicative of overall performance...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
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