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V Mathys, E Roycroft, P Raftery, R Groenheit, D B Folkvardsen, D Homorodean, E Vasiliauskiene, L Vasiliauskaite, C Kodmon, M J van der Werf, F Drobniewski, V Nikolayevskyy
SETTING: Implementation of novel diagnostic assays in tuberculosis (TB) laboratory diagnosis requires effective management of time and resources. OBJECTIVE: To further develop and assess at multiple centres a time-and-motion (T&M) tool as an objective means for recording the actual time spent on running laboratory assays. DESIGN: Multicentre prospective study conducted in six European Union (EU) reference TB laboratories. RESULTS: A total of 1060 specimens were tested using four laboratory assays...
April 1, 2018: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Mathew J Tomlinson, Asad Naeem
CASA has been used in reproductive medicine and pathology laboratories for over 25 years, yet the 'fertility industry' generally remains sceptical and has avoided automation, despite clear weaknesses in manual semen analysis. Early implementers had difficulty in validating CASA-Mot instruments against recommended manual methods (haemocytometer) due to the interference of seminal debris and non-sperm cells, which also affects the accuracy of grading motility. Both the inability to provide accurate sperm counts and a lack of consensus as to the value of sperm kinematic parameters appear to have continued to have a negative effect on CASA-Mot's reputation...
March 21, 2018: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
Calliandra Maria de-Souza-Silva, Fernanda Guilhelmelli, Daniel Zamith-Miranda, Marco Antônio de Oliveira, Joshua Daniel Nosanchuk, Ildinete Silva-Pereira, Patrícia Albuquerque
Fungal infections have become an important medical condition in the last decades, but the number of available antifungal drugs is limited. In this scenario, the search for new antifungal drugs is necessary. The protocol reported here details a method to screen peptides for their antifungal properties. It is based on the broth microdilution susceptibility test from the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) M27-A3 guidelines with modifications to suit the research of antimicrobial peptides as potential new antifungals...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Nicholas Agyepong, Usha Govinden, Alex Owusu-Ofori, Sabiha Yusuf Essack
Background: Multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria have emerged as major clinical and therapeutic dilemma in hospitals in Ghana.To describe the prevalence and profile of infections attributable to multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria among patients at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Methods: Bacterial cultures were randomly selected from the microbiology laboratory from February to August, 2015. Bacterial identification and minimum inhibitory concentrations were conducted using standard microbiological techniques and the Vitek-2 automated system...
2018: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
Hui Y Lim, Cheryl Ng, Joseph Rigano, Mark Tacey, Geoffrey Donnan, Harshal Nandurkar, Prahlad Ho
: Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) are independent risks for thrombotic events. Routine laboratory tests are inadequate to evaluate the underlying procoagulant state. Global coagulation assays such as thromboelastography, thrombin and fibrin generation may provide better assessment of coagulation activation and thereby of thrombosis risk. Participants with MPN were recruited. Thromboelastography was performed on citrated whole blood while thrombin generation using calibrated automated thrombogram, fibrin generation using overall haemostatic potential assays and P-selectin were quantified on platelet-poor plasma...
March 13, 2018: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
Xuming Sun, Lin Huang, Ru Zhang, Wei Xu, Jingyi Huang, Deepanjali D Gurav, Vadanasundari Vedarethinam, Ruoping Chen, Jiatao Lou, Qian Wang, Jingjing Wan, Kun Qian
Current metabolic analysis is far from ideal to engage clinics and needs rationally designed materials and device. Here we developed a novel plasmonic chip for clinical metabolic fingerprinting. We first constructed a series of chips with gold nanoshells on the surface through controlled particle synthesis, dip-coating, and gold sputtering for mass production. We integrated the optimized chip with microarrays for laboratory automation and micro-/nanoscaled experiments, which afforded direct high-performance metabolic fingerprinting by laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry using 500 nL of various biofluids and exosomes...
February 28, 2018: ACS Central Science
Leena Joseph, A P Das, Anuradha Ravindra, D B Kulkarni, M S Kulkarni
4πβ-γ coincidence method is a powerful and widely used method to determine the absolute activity concentration of radioactive solutions. A new automated liquid scintillator based coincidence system has been designed, developed, tested and established as absolute standard for radioactivity measurements. The automation is achieved using PLC (programmable logic controller) and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition). Radioactive solution of60 Co was standardized to compare the performance of the automated system with proportional counter based absolute standard maintained in the laboratory...
March 6, 2018: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Robert J Kemppainen, Ellen N Behrend, Stephanie F Carter, Janeva E Cole
Hormone assays that use a solid-phase, automated, chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay (CEIA) with an alkaline phosphatase-tagged hormone or antibody as a reporter are performed on serum or EDTA plasma in our laboratory. CEIA cortisol results appeared to increase in the presence of excess EDTA. We investigated the effect of the addition of different amounts of EDTA on cortisol concentrations in pooled canine serum samples. The recommended EDTA plasma concentration of 4.1 mmol/L (1.8 mg/mL) did not alter cortisol concentrations when added to serum pools; however, the addition of ≥5...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Darragh Mullins, Derek Coburn, Louise Hannon, Edward Jones, Eoghan Clifford, Martin Glavin
Wastewater treatment facilities are continually challenged to meet both environmental regulations and reduce running costs (particularly energy and staffing costs). Improving the efficiency of operational monitoring at wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) requires the development and implementation of appropriate performance metrics; particularly those that are easily measured, strongly correlate to WWTP performance, and can be easily automated, with a minimal amount of maintenance or intervention by human operators...
March 2018: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Brian W Dess, John Cardarelli, Mark J Thomas, Jeff Stapleton, Robert T Kroutil, David Miller, Timothy Curry, Gary W Small
A generalized methodology was developed for automating the detection of radioisotopes from gamma-ray spectra collected from an aircraft platform using sodium-iodide detectors. Employing data provided by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology (ASPECT) program, multivariate classification models based on nonparametric linear discriminant analysis were developed for application to spectra that were preprocessed through a combination of altitude-based scaling and digital filtering...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Kota Asakura, Takuya Azechi, Hiroshi Sasano, Hidehito Matsui, Hideaki Hanaki, Motoyasu Miyazaki, Tohru Takata, Miwa Sekine, Tomoiku Takaku, Tomonori Ochiai, Norio Komatsu, Keigo Shibayama, Yuki Katayama, Koji Yahara
Vancomycin-intermediately resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VISA) and heterogeneous VISA (hVISA) are associated with treatment failure. hVISA contains only a subpopulation of cells with increased minimal inhibitory concentrations, and its detection is problematic because it is classified as vancomycin-susceptible by standard susceptibility testing and the gold-standard method for its detection is impractical in clinical microbiology laboratories. Recently, a research group developed a machine-learning classifier to distinguish VISA and hVISA from vancomycin-susceptible S...
2018: PloS One
Reza Maalek, Derek D Lichti, Janaka Y Ruwanpura
Automated segmentation of planar and linear features of point clouds acquired from construction sites is essential for the automatic extraction of building construction elements such as columns, beams and slabs. However, many planar and linear segmentation methods use scene-dependent similarity thresholds that may not provide generalizable solutions for all environments. In addition, outliers exist in construction site point clouds due to data artefacts caused by moving objects, occlusions and dust. To address these concerns, a novel method for robust classification and segmentation of planar and linear features is proposed...
March 8, 2018: Sensors
Yu-Cheng Chen, Qiushu Chen, Xiaoqin Wu, Xiaotian Tan, Juanhong Wang, Xudong Fan
Laser emission-based detection and imaging technology has attracted significant interest in biomedical research due to its high sensitivity, narrow linewidth, and superior spectral and spatial resolution. Recent advances have further revealed the potential to use laser emission to investigate chromatin dynamics, as well as to diagnose cancer tissues based on nuclear biomarkers. To move the laser emission based detection technology a step further towards practical use, in this work, we developed a highly robust tissue laser platform by microfabricating an SU8 spacer with a fixed height on the top mirror of the Fabry-Pérot (FP) cavity, which allows generation of reproducible and stable lasing results regardless of tissue thickness...
March 7, 2018: Lab on a Chip
Zibusiso Ndlovu, Emmanuel Fajardo, Elton Mbofana, Tatenda Maparo, Daniela Garone, Carol Metcalf, Helen Bygrave, Kekeletso Kao, Sekesai Zinyowera
BACKGROUND: HIV Viral Load and Early Infant Diagnosis technologies in many high burden settings are restricted to centralized laboratory testing, leading to long result turnaround times and patient attrition. GeneXpert (Cepheid, CA, USA) is a polyvalent near point-of-care platform and is widely implemented for Xpert MTB/RIF diagnosis. This study sought to evaluate the operational feasibility of integrated HIV VL, EID and MTB/RIF testing in new GeneXpert platforms. METHODS: Whole blood samples were collected from consenting patients due for routine HIV VL testing and DBS samples from infants due for EID testing, at three rural health facilities in Zimbabwe...
2018: PloS One
Cinzia Barberini, Enrica Lavezzini, Daniela Zoboli, Corrado Busani
INTRODUCTION: In the past couple of years, the demand of galenic compounds has risen sharply. In order to plan the activity, our team designed and set up a database which stores all the necessary information related to drugs and ingredients. This allows our internal Galenic Laboratory to better manage the pharmaceutical prescriptions for the hospital and the outpatients, optimizing the use of raw materials. METHODS: The application is based on the interconnection of prescription-related aspects (patients' and prescriber's details and prescription information)...
February 2018: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
Jan K Szymański, Yousef M Abul-Haija, Leroy Cronin
Millions of years of biological evolution have driven the development of highly sophisticated molecular machinery found within living systems. These systems produce polymers such as proteins and nucleic acids with incredible fidelity and function. In nature, the precise molecular sequence is the factor that determines the function of these macromolecules. Given that the ability to precisely define sequence emerges naturally, the fact that biology achieves unprecedented control over the unit sequence of the monomers through evolved enzymatic catalysis is incredible...
March 1, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
Nedra S Whitehead, Laurina Williams, Sreelatha Meleth, Sara Kennedy, Paul Epner, Hardeep Singh, Kathleene Wooldridge, Anuj K Dalal, Stacy E Walz, Tom Lorey, Mark L Graber
Failure to follow up test results pending at discharge (TPAD) from hospitals or emergency departments is a major patient safety concern. The purpose of this review is to systematically evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to improve follow-up of laboratory TPAD. We conducted literature searches in PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane, and EMBASE using search terms for relevant health care settings, transition of patient care, laboratory tests, communication, and pending or missed tests. We solicited unpublished studies from the clinical laboratory community and excluded articles that did not address transitions between settings, did not include an intervention, or were not related to laboratory TPAD...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
Kunj Bhatt, Ali Pourmand, Neal Sikka
INTRODUCTION: Advances in technology have revolutionized the medical field and changed the way healthcare is delivered. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are the next wave of technological advancements that have the potential to make a huge splash in clinical medicine. UAVs, originally developed for military use, are making their way into the public and private sector. Because they can be flown autonomously and can reach almost any geographical location, the significance of UAVs are becoming increasingly apparent in the medical field...
February 28, 2018: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
G W Kershaw, K Dissanayake, V M Chen, T-L Khoo
INTRODUCTION: Chromogenic substrate assays (CSA) to measure Factor IX (FIX) have recently become commercially available. However, information on their performance characteristics and use in diagnostic haemostasis laboratories remains limited. AIM: To evaluate the Hyphen Biomed (Hyphen) and Rossix FIX CSAs on fully automated coagulation analysers and compare them to the FIX one-stage assay (OSA). This study was conducted in a tertiary referral haemostasis laboratory associated with a haemophilia treatment centre...
February 28, 2018: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
Fabian Kiessling
ᅟ: KEY POINTS: • Radiomics and radiogenomics will merge radiology, nuclear medicine, pathology and laboratory medicine. • Automation of image data analysis will change the daily routine work. • Image-guided therapy and handling complex radiogenomic data will play a major role.
February 27, 2018: European Radiology
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