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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918145/short-communication-relationship-between-methods-for-measurement-of-serum-electrolytes-and-the-relationship-between-ionized-and-total-calcium-and-neutrophil-oxidative-burst-activity-in-early-postpartum-dairy-cows
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B M Leno, E M Martens, M J B Felippe, K P Zanzalari, J C Lawrence, T R Overton
The objectives of this study were to (1) compare a test for serum measurement of total Ca (tCa), Mg, and P (VetTest Chemistry Analyzer, IDEXX Laboratories Inc., Westbrook, ME) to reference methods (spectrophotometric assays on a Beckman Coulter 640e automated clinical chemistry analyzer; Beckman Coulter, Brea, CA), (2) determine the relationship between ionized Ca (iCa) and reference method tCa in the immediate postpartum period, and (3) assess the relative value of these blood Ca indices as predictors of neutrophil oxidative burst activity...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911354/drug-resistance-patterns-among-extra-pulmonary-tuberculosis-cases-in-a-tertiary-care-centre-in-north-india
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S K Sharma, J Chaubey, B K Singh, R Sharma, A Mittal, A Sharma
BACKGROUND: xtra-pulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) is a growing public health concern, and data on drug resistance are limited. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Specimens from 2468 clinically diagnosed EPTB patients received at the Intermediate Reference Laboratory (IRL) of a tertiary centre in India were subjected to Ziehl-Neelsen staining, Xpert® MTB/RIF testing, liquid culture and drug susceptibility testing (DST) using automated BACTEC MGIT™ 960™. Line-probe assay (LPA) was performed on all culture-positive isolates...
October 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903866/a-bayesian-latent-class-model-to-estimate-the-accuracy-of-pregnancy-diagnosis-by-transrectal-ultrasonography-and-laboratory-detection-of-pregnancy-associated-glycoproteins-in-dairy-cows
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G T Fosgate, B Motimele, A Ganswindt, P C Irons
Accurate diagnosis of pregnancy is an essential component of an effective reproductive management plan for dairy cattle. Indirect methods of pregnancy detection can be performed soon after breeding and offer an advantage over traditional direct methods in not requiring an experienced veterinarian and having potential for automation. The objective of this study was to estimate the sensitivity and specificity of pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (PAG) detection ELISA and transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) in dairy cows of South Africa using a Bayesian latent class approach...
September 15, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903001/open-source-assisted-laboratory-automation-through-graphical-user-interfaces-and-3d-printers-application-to-equipment-hyphenation-for-higher-order-data-generation
#4
Gabriel Germán Siano, Milagros Montemurro, Mirta Raquel Alcaráz, Hector Casimiro Goicoechea
In the current analytical chemistry, even though the modeling of higher-order data can result attractive, the generation of this kind of data implies some automation challenges, which are mainly related to the hidden programming languages and electronic details of the equipment. When techniques and/or equipment hyphenation is the key to obtain higher-order data, the required simultaneous control of them demands funds for new hardware, software and licenses, and also really skilled operators. In this work we present Design of Inputs-Outputs with Sikuli (D...
September 13, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902614/can-a-combination-of-average-of-normals-and-real-time-external-quality-assurance-replace-internal-quality-control
#5
Tony Badrick, Peter Graham
Internal Quality Control and External Quality Assurance are separate but related processes that have developed independently in laboratory medicine over many years. They have different sample frequencies, statistical interpretations and immediacy. Both processes have evolved absorbing new understandings of the concept of laboratory error, sample material matrix and assay capability. However, we do not believe at the coalface that either process has led to much improvement in patient outcomes recently. It is the increasing reliability and automation of analytical platforms along with improved stability of reagents that has reduced systematic and random error, which in turn has minimised the risk of running less frequent IQC...
September 13, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900769/interface-scopulariopsis-gracilis-fungal-keratitis-following-descemet-s-stripping-automated-endothelial-keratoplasty-dsaek-with-a-contaminated-graft
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Craig Wilde, Marco Messina, Tara Moshiri, Susan E Snape, Senthil Maharajan
PURPOSE: To report for the first time a case of interface Scopulariopsis gracilis fungal keratitis following Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) with a contaminated graft. METHODS: A 57-year-old man with bilateral keratoconus and previous bilateral penetrating keratoplasties (PK) developed graft failure in association with marked corneal ectasia. He underwent a successful DSAEK. Unfortunately, a contaminated graft was transplanted and the following morning we were contacted by the eye bank to inform us a slow-growing fungus had been detected in the culture plates inoculated with dextran solution used to store the issued corneoscleral button...
September 12, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900466/can-an-inadequate-cervical-cytology-sample-in-thinprep-be-converted-to-a-satisfactory-sample-by-processing-it-with-a-surepath-preparation
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Sveinung Wergeland Sørbye, Mette Kristin Pedersen, Bente Ekeberg, Merete E Johansen Williams, Torill Sauer, Ying Chen
BACKGROUND: The Norwegian Cervical Cancer Screening Program recommends screening every 3 years for women between 25 and 69 years of age. There is a large difference in the percentage of unsatisfactory samples between laboratories that use different brands of liquid-based cytology. We wished to examine if inadequate ThinPrep samples could be satisfactory by processing them with the SurePath protocol. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 187 inadequate ThinPrep specimens from the Department of Clinical Pathology at University Hospital of North Norway were sent to Akershus University Hospital for conversion to SurePath medium...
2017: CytoJournal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900363/concerning-the-vitamin-d-reference-range-pre-analytical-and-analytical-variability-of-vitamin-d-measurement
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Davide Ferrari, Giovanni Lombardi, Giuseppe Banfi
Unlike other vitamins, the vitamin D concentration in blood varies cyclically over the course of the year in relation to genetic (gender, ethnicity, polymorphisms) and environmental factors (sunlight exposure, diet, food-related or direct vitamin D supplementation, skin pigmentation). Although the major diagnostics manufacturers have recently developed improved automated 25-hydroxy vitamin D immunoassays, the intra- and inter-laboratory variability is still high (especially at low vitamin D concentrations) which might lead to incorrect vitamin D deficiency/insufficiency diagnosis...
October 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898878/development-of-laboratory-investigations-in-disorders-of-sex-development
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Laura Audí, Núria Camats, Mónica Fernández-Cancio, María L Granada
Scientific knowledge to understand the biological basis of sex development was prompted by the observation of variants different from the 2 most frequent body types, and this became one of the fields first studied by modern pediatric endocrinology. The clinical observation was supported by professionals working in different areas of laboratory sciences which led to the description of adrenal and gonadal steroidogenesis, the enzymes involved, and the different deficiencies. Steroid hormone measurements evolved from colorimetry to radioimmunoassay (RIA) and automated immunoassays, although gas and liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry are now the gold standard techniques for steroid measurements...
September 13, 2017: Sexual Development: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Endocrinology, Embryology, and Pathology of Sex Determination and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894955/a-flexible-cell-concentrator-using-inertial-focusing
#10
Chunglong Tu, Jian Zhou, Yitao Liang, Bobo Huang, Yifeng Fang, Xiao Liang, Xuesong Ye
Cell concentration adjustment is intensively implemented routinely both in research and clinical laboratories. Centrifuge is the most prevalent technique for tuning biosample concentration. But it suffers from a number of drawbacks, such as requirement of experienced operator, high cost, low resolution, variable reproducibility and induced damage to sample. Herein we report on a cost-efficient alternative using inertial microfluidics. While the majority of existing literatures concentrate on inertial focusing itself, we identify the substantial role of the outlet system played in the device performance that has long been underestimated...
September 11, 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892765/the-performance-of-luminex-aries-%C3%A2-flu-a-b-rsv-and-cepheid-xpert-%C3%A2-flu-rsv-xc-for-the-detection-of-influenza-a-influenza-b-and-respiratory-syncytial-virus-in-prospective-patient-samples
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Phillip McMullen, Sue Boonlayangoor, Angella Charnot-Katsikas, Kathleen G Beavis, Vera Tesic
BACKGROUND: The demand for rapid, accurate viral testing has increased the number of assays available for the detection of viral pathogens. One of the newest FDA cleared platforms is the Luminex ARIES(®) Flu A/B & RSV, which is a fully automated, real-time PCR-based assay used for detection of influenza A, influenza B, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). OBJECTIVES: We sought to compare the performance of Luminex ARIES(®) Flu A/B & RSV assay to the Cepheid Xpert(®) Flu/RSV XC assay for rapid Flu and RSV testing...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892764/a-european-multicientre-study-on-the-comparison-of-hbv-viral-loads-between-veris-hbv-assay-and-roche-cobas-%C3%A2-taqman-%C3%A2-hbv-test-abbott-realtime-hbv-assay-siemens-versant-hbv-assay-and-qiagen-artus-hbv-rg-kit
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Patrick Braun, Rafael Delgado, Monica Drago, Diana Fanti, Hervé Fleury, Jacques Izopet, Alessandra Lombardi, MaAngeles Marcos, Karine Sauné, Siobhan O'Shea, Alfredo Pérez-Rivilla, John Ramble, Pascale Trimoulet, Jordi Vila, Duncan Whittaker, Alain Artus, Daniel Rhodes
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B viral load testing is essential to treatment and monitoring decisions in patients with chronic Hepatitis B. Beckman Coulter has developed the VERIS HBV Assay (Veris) for use on the fully automated DxN VERIS Molecular Diagnostics System.(1) OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical performance of the Veris HBV Assay at multiple EU laboratories STUDY DESIGN: Method comparison was performed with a total of 344 plasma specimens from HBV infected patients tested with Veris and COBAS(®) TaqMan(®) HBV Test (Cobas), 207 specimens tested with Veris and RealTime HBV Assay (RealTime), 86 specimens tested with Veris and VERSANT(®) HBV Assay (Versant), and 74 specimens tested with Veris and artus(®) HBV RG PCR kit (artus)...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892092/high-concordance-of-a-closed-system-rt-qpcr-breast-cancer-assay-for-her2-mrna-compared-to-clinically-determined-immunohistochemistry-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-and-quantitative-immunofluorescence
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Brad E Wasserman, Daniel E Carvajal-Hausdorf, Kenneth Ho, Wendy Wong, Natalie Wu, Victor C Chu, Edwin W Lai, Jodi M Weidler, Michael Bates, Veronique Neumeister, David L Rimm
Historically, mRNA measurements have been tested on several commercially available platforms, but none have gained broad acceptance for assessment of HER2. An mRNA measurement, as a continuous value, has the potential for use in adjudication of the equivocal category. Here we use a real-time quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) assay in a closed, single-use cartridge, automated system. Multiple cores (1 mm in diameter) were retrospectively collected from 80 formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue blocks with invasive breast cancer seen by Yale Pathology Labs between 1998 and 2011...
September 11, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890270/solid-phase-extraction-of-the-alcohol-abuse-biomarker-phosphatidylethanol-using-newly-synthesized-polymeric-sorbent-materials-containing-quaternary-heterocyclic-groups
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Mariana Duarte, Kishore Kumar Jagadeesan, Johan Billing, Ecevit Yilmaz, Thomas Laurell, Simon Ekström
Phosphatidylethanol (PEth) is an interesting biomarker finding increased use for detecting long term alcohol abuse with high specificity and sensitivity. Prior to detection, sample preparation is an unavoidable step in the work-flow of PEth analysis and new protocols may facilitate it. Solid-phase extraction (SPE) is a versatile sample preparation method widely spread in biomedical laboratories due to its simplicity of use and the possibility of automation. In this work, SPE was used for the first time to directly extract PEth from spiked human plasma and spiked human blood...
August 25, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885937/utility-of-the-nanosphere-verigene-in-the-identification-of-bacteremia-isolates-from-the-burn-intensive-care-unit
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Aaron Farmer, Charlotte A Lanteri, Eric Steele, Katrin Mende, Jeremy Pamplin, Kevin S Akers
INTRODUCTION: The Nanosphere Verigene Blood Culture Nucleic Acid Tests allow pathogen and antimicrobial resistance marker identification within 2.5 hours of a positive blood culture. This study assessed the sensitivity of the Verigene among Burn Intensive Care Unit (BICU) isolates and acceleration to targeted antibiotic therapy. METHODS: Bacterial identifications from BICU patients with positive blood cultures over 8 months were compared using 2 different platforms, the Verigene Gram-positive and Gram-negative blood culture tests vs...
September 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885919/diagnostics-in-a-forward-deployed-setting
#16
Brett Swierczewski, Mark Simons
Current diagnostic methods for enteric pathogens include conventional/traditional microbiology, microscopy, enzyme immunoassay, automated identification platforms, and molecular methods. The choice of diagnostic test in the forward deployed military setting often depends on turnaround time, potential etiologic agents, costs, and laboratory capabilities. The military operational environment presents many challenges that impact the practicality and performance of even robust diagnostic platforms. With recent developments in diagnostic platforms and availability of high-performance multiplex molecular methods to pair with traditional culture and antibiotic susceptibility tests, there are more opportunities to gather information on the etiologic causes and clinical impacts of traveler's diarrhea, both in civilians and in deployed military populations...
September 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880689/prodromal-signs-and-symptoms-of-serious-infections-with-tocilizumab-treatment-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-text-mining-of-the-japanese-postmarketing-adverse-event-reporting-database
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Tatsuya Atsumi, Yoshiaki Ando, Shinichi Matsuda, Shiho Tomizawa, Riwa Tanaka, Nobuhiro Takagi, Ayako Nakasone
OBJECTIVE: To search for signs and symptoms before serious infection (SI) occurs in tocilizumab (TCZ)-treated rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS: Individual case safety reports, including structured (age, sex, adverse event [AE]) and unstructured (clinical narratives) data, were analyzed by automated text mining from a Japanese post-marketing AE-reporting database (16 April 2008-10 April 2015) assuming the following: treated in Japan; TCZ RA treatment; ≥1 SI; unable to exclude causality between TCZ and SIs...
September 7, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880455/automated-cell-counts-on-csf-samples-a-multicenter-performance-evaluation-of-the-glocyte-system
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E A Hod, C Brugnara, M Pilichowska, L M Sandhaus, H S Luu, S K Forest, J C Netterwald, G M Reynafarje, A Kratz
OBJECTIVES: Automated cell counters have replaced manual enumeration of cells in blood and most body fluids. However, due to the unreliability of automated methods at very low cell counts, most laboratories continue to perform labor-intensive manual counts on many or all cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples. This multicenter clinical trial investigated if the GloCyte System (Advanced Instruments, Norwood, MA), a recently FDA-approved automated cell counter, which concentrates and enumerates red blood cells (RBCs) and total nucleated cells (TNCs), is sufficiently accurate and precise at very low cell counts to replace all manual CSF counts...
September 7, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878003/evaluation-of-the-lumipulse%C3%A2-g-tp-n-chemiluminescent-immunoassay-as-a-syphilis-screening-test
#19
Daniel A Ortiz, Michael J Loeffelholz
A syphilis diagnosis is often aided by the detection of treponemal and non-treponemal antibodies. Automated treponemal antibody detection systems enable high-volume clinical laboratories to perform syphilis screening at a faster pace with lower labor costs. The Lumipulse G TP-N chemiluminescent immunoassay is an automated system that qualitatively detects IgG and IgM antibodies against Treponema pallidum antigens in human serum and plasma. To assess performance characteristics and workflow efficiency, the Lumipulse G TP-N assay was compared to the Bioplex 2200 Syphilis IgG multiplex flow immunoassay...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875548/bacterial-contamination-of-platelet-components-not-detected-by-bact-alert%C3%A2
#20
M A Abela, S Fenning, K A Maguire, K G Morris
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the possible causes for false negative results in BacT/ALERT® 3D Signature System despite bacterial contamination of platelet units. BACKGROUND: The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service (NIBTS) routinely extends platelet component shelf life to 7 days. Components are sampled and screened for bacterial contamination using an automated microbial detection system, the BacT/ALERT® 3D Signature System. We report on three platelet components with confirmed bacterial contamination, which represent false negative BacT/ALERT® results and near-miss serious adverse events...
September 5, 2017: Transfusion Medicine
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