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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635641/the-fate-of-pollutants-in-porous-asphalt-pavements-laboratory-experiments-to-investigate-their-potential-to-impact-environmental-health
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Susanne M Charlesworth, Jamie Beddow, Ernest O Nnadi
Pervious Paving Systems (PPS) are part of a sustainable approach to drainage in which excess surface water is encouraged to infiltrate through their structure, during which potentially toxic elements, such as metals and hydrocarbons are treated by biodegradation and physical entrapment and storage. However, it is not known where in the PPS structure these contaminants accumulate, which has implications for environmental health, particularly during maintenance, as well as consequences for the recycling of material from the PPS at the end-of-life...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634699/cost-effective-analysis-of-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Ashit Syngle, Sudeep Kaur, Inderjeet Verma, Tanya Syngle, Vijaita Syngle
The main objective of the study was to perform the pharmacoeconomic analysis of synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs in rheumatoid arthritis patients. A prospective, observational study was conducted in 98 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients meeting 2010 Rheumatoid Arthritis Classification Criteria. Treatment-naive RA patients were initiated on synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARD/s) and followed up for 3 months. Average cost-effectiveness analysis was done by taking Health Assessment Questionnaire Disability Index (HAQ-DI) score as a measure of effectiveness...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633809/extraction-of-olive-oil-assisted-by-high-frequency-ultrasound-standing-waves
#3
Pablo Juliano, Fabian Bainczyk, Piotr Swiergon, Made Ian Maheswara Supriyatna, Claudia Guillaume, Leandro Ravetti, Pablo Canamasas, Giancarlo Cravotto, Xin-Qing Xu
High-frequency ultrasound standing waves (megasonics) have been demonstrated to enhance oil separation in the palm oil process at an industrial level. This work investigated the application of megasonics in the olive oil process on laboratory and pilot scale levels. Sound pressure level and cavitational yield distribution were characterised with hydrophones and luminol to determine associated physical and sonochemical effects inside the reactor. The effect of water addition (0%, 15%, and 30%), megasonic power levels (0%, 50%, and 100%), and malaxation time (10min, 30min, and 50min) was evaluated using response surface methodology (RSM) in a 700g batch extraction process...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633097/results-of-the-first-international-hiv-1-coreceptor-proficiency-panel-test
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Eva Heger, Rolf Kaiser, Elena Knops, Maria Neumann-Fraune, Eugen Schuelter, Alejandro Pironti, Thomas Lengauer, Hauke Walter, Saleta Sierra
BACKGROUND: Quality Assurance (QA) programs are essential to evaluate performance in diagnostics laboratories. OBJECTIVES: We present the results from the first QA for HIV-1 genotypic tropism testing, organized and coordinated by the Institute of Virology at the University of Cologne. STUDY DESIGN: 12 cell culture-derived viral strains of different HIV-1 clades from the NIH AIDS Reagent Program were sent to the participants to be processed with their standard diagnostic methods Fasta files containing the V3 region sequence were centrally analyzed at the Institute of Virology, Cologne...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633061/1-4-anthraquinone-a-new-useful-pre-column-reagent-for-the-determination-of-n-acetylcysteine-and-captopril-in-pharmaceuticals-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography
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Rita Gatti, Rita Morigi
1,4-Anthraquinone (ANQ) is proposed as a novel pre-column reagent for high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) determination of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and captopril (CAP) in pharmaceutical formulations. The derivatization reactions were carried out at room temperature: NAC at pH 8 for 1min, while CAP at pH 7.5 for 20min. Both reactions reached completeness at a reagent to thiol molar ratio of about 2.5. The synthesised derivatives were characterized by (1)H NMR and IR. The chromatographic separations were performed on a C18 Phenomenex Synergi Fusion 4μm (250mm×4...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632399/prokaryotic-contig-annotation-pipeline-server-web-application-for-a-prokaryotic-genome-annotation-pipeline-based-on-the-shiny-app-package
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Byeonghyeok Park, Min-Jeong Baek, Byoungnam Min, In-Geol Choi
Genome annotation is a primary step in genomic research. To establish a light and portable prokaryotic genome annotation pipeline for use in individual laboratories, we developed a Shiny app package designated as "P-CAPS" (Prokaryotic Contig Annotation Pipeline Server). The package is composed of R and Python scripts that integrate publicly available annotation programs into a server application. P-CAPS is not only a browser-based interactive application but also a distributable Shiny app package that can be installed on any personal computer...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631900/-experimental-development-and-rationale-for-a-renal-decellularization-protocol-with-subsequent-comprehensive-assessment-of-the-biological-scaffold
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P V Glybochko, S N Alekseenko, E A Gubareva, E V Kuevda, A A Basov, A S Sotnichenko, S S Dzhimak, I S Gumenyuk, I Kh Egiev, V N Chechelyan, R Z Nakokhov, O M Lyasota, Yu V Teterin
Chronic renal failure (CRF) is one of the most challenging problems of contemporary medicine. Patients with chronic renal failure usually need renal replacement therapy as either hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis or a kidney transplant. The latter is the most promising option for end-stage kidney disease. However, the shortage of donor organs, the complexity of their delivery, the difficulty in finding an immunologically compatible donor and the need for lifelong immunosuppression triggered advances in modern tissue engineering...
June 2017: Urologii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631805/drug-therapy-for-chronic-idiopathic-axonal-polyneuropathy
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REVIEW
Janna Warendorf, Alexander Fje Vrancken, Ivo N van Schaik, Richard Ac Hughes, Nicolette C Notermans
BACKGROUND: Chronic idiopathic axonal polyneuropathy (CIAP) is an insidiously progressive sensory or sensorimotor polyneuropathy that affects elderly people. Although severe disability or handicap does not occur, CIAP reduces quality of life. CIAP is diagnosed in 10% to 25% of people referred for evaluation of polyneuropathy. There is a need to gather and review emerging evidence on treatments, as the number of people affected is likely to increase in ageing populations. This is an update of a review first published in 2004 and previously updated in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2013...
June 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629682/aquatic-live-animal-radiotracing-studies-for-ecotoxicological-applications-addressing-fundamental-methodological-deficiencies
#9
Tom Cresswell, Marc Metian, Lisa A Golding, Mike D Wood
The use of live animal gamma radioisotope tracer techniques in the field of ecotoxicology allows laboratory studies to accurately monitor contaminant biokinetics in real time for an individual organism. However, methods used in published studies for aquatic organisms are rarely described in sufficient detail to allow for study replication or an assessment of the errors associated with live animal radioanalysis to be identified. We evaluate the influence of some important methodological deficiencies through an overview of the literature on live aquatic animal radiotracer techniques and through the results obtained from our radiotracer studies on four aquatic invertebrate species...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628878/pretreatment-of-a-primary-and-secondary-sludge-blend-at-different-thermal-hydrolysis-temperatures-impacts-on-anaerobic-digestion-dewatering-and-filtrate-characteristics
#10
Matthew J Higgins, Steven Beightol, Ushma Mandahar, Ryu Suzuki, Steven Xiao, Hung-Wei Lu, Trung Le, Joshua Mah, Bipin Pathak, Haydee DeClippeleir, John T Novak, Ahmed Al-Omari, Sudhir N Murthy
A study was performed to evaluate the effect of thermal hydrolysis pretreatment (THP) temperature on subsequent digestion performance and operation, as well as downstream parameters such as dewatering and cake quality. A blend of primary and secondary solids from the Blue Plains treatment plant in Washington, DC was dewatered to about 16% total solids (TS), and thermally hydrolyzed at five different temperatures 130, 140, 150, 160, 170 °C. The thermally hydrolyzed solids were then fed to five separate, 10 L laboratory digesters using the same feed concentration, 10...
June 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628669/the-global-fund-in-china-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-nationwide-programmatic-scale-up-and-challenges-to-transition-to-full-country-ownership
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Lixia Wang, Renzhong Li, Caihong Xu, Hui Zhang, Yunzhou Ruan, Mingting Chen, Dongmei Wang, Emilio Dirlikov, Xin Du, Jin Zhao, Yanlin Zhao, ShengFen Wang, Yuhong Liu, Liang Li, Dennis Falzon, Yanni Sun, Yu Wang, Bernhard Schwartländer, Fabio Scano
China has the world's second largest burden of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB; resistance to at least isoniazid and rifampicin), with an estimated 57,000 cases (range, 48,000-67,000) among notified pulmonary TB patients in 2015. During October 1, 2006-June 30, 2014, China expanded MDR-TB care through a partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund). We analyzed data on site expansion, patient enrolment, treatment outcomes, cost per patient, and overall programme expenditure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628623/use-of-the-deka-arm-for-amputees-with-brachial-plexus-injury-a-case-series
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Linda Resnik, Christopher Fantini, Gail Latlief, Samuel Phillips, Nicole Sasson, Eve Sepulveda
OBJECTIVE: Patients with upper limb amputation and brachial plexus injuries have high rates of prosthesis rejection. Study purpose is to describe experiences of subjects with transhumeral amputation and brachial plexus injury, who were fit with, and trained to use, a DEKA Arm. METHODS: This was a mixed-methods study utilizing qualitative (e.g. interview, survey) and quantitative data (e.g. self-report and performance measures). Subject 1, a current prosthesis user, had a shoulder arthrodesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626862/acoustic-field-characterization-of-a-clinical-magnetic-resonance-guided-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-system-inside-the-magnet-bore
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Satya V V N Kothapalli, Michael B Altman, Ari Partanen, Leighton Wan, H Michael Gach, William Straube, Dennis E Hallahan, Hong Chen
PURPOSE: With the expanding clinical application of magnetic resonance-guided high intensity focused ultrasound (MR-HIFU), acoustic field characterization of MR-HIFU systems is needed for facilitating regulatory approval and ensuring consistent and safe power output of HIFU transducers. However, the established acoustic field measurement techniques typically use equipment that cannot be used in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite, thus posing a challenge to the development and execution of HIFU acoustic field characterization techniques...
June 19, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626758/a-novel-pan-flavivirus-detection-and-identification-assay-based-on-rt-qpcr-and-microarray
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Ariel Vina-Rodriguez, Konrad Sachse, Ute Ziegler, Serafeim C Chaintoutis, Markus Keller, Martin H Groschup, Martin Eiden
The genus Flavivirus includes arthropod-borne viruses responsible for a large number of infections in humans and economically important animals. While RT-PCR protocols for specific detection of most Flavivirus species are available, there has been also a demand for a broad-range Flavivirus assay covering all members of the genus. It is particularly challenging to balance specificity at genus level with equal sensitivity towards each target species. In the present study, a novel assay combining a SYBR Green-based RT-qPCR with a low-density DNA microarray has been developed...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625793/comparison-of-sputum-collection-methods-for-tuberculosis-diagnosis-a-systematic-review-and-pairwise-and-network-meta-analysis
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Sumona Datta, Lena Shah, Robert H Gilman, Carlton A Evans
BACKGROUND: The performance of laboratory tests to diagnose pulmonary tuberculosis is dependent on the quality of the sputum sample tested. The relative merits of sputum collection methods to improve tuberculosis diagnosis are poorly characterised. We therefore aimed to investigate the effects of sputum collection methods on tuberculosis diagnosis. METHODS: We did a systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate whether non-invasive sputum collection methods in people aged at least 12 years improve the diagnostic performance of laboratory testing for pulmonary tuberculosis...
June 15, 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625611/comparing-sf-36%C3%A2-scores-versus-biomarkers-to-predict-mortality-in-primary-cardiac-prevention-patients
#16
EDITORIAL
Rony Lahoud, Vasutakarn Chongthammakun, Yuping Wu, Nael Hawwa, Danielle M Brennan, Leslie Cho
BACKGROUND: Risk stratification plays an important role in evaluating patients with no known cardiovascular disease (CVD). Few studies have investigated health-related quality of life questionnaires such as the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 (SF-36®) as predictive tools for mortality, particularly in direct comparison with biomarkers. Our objective is to measure the relative effectiveness of SF-36® scores in predicting mortality when compared to traditional and novel biomarkers in a primary prevention population...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625144/detection-of-poor-quality-artemisinin-based-combination-therapy-act-medicines-marketed-in-benin-using-simple-and-advanced-analytical-techniques
#17
Achille Yemoa, Védaste Habyalimana, Jérémie K Mbinze, Victoria Crickboom, Benjamin Muhigirwa, Agnès Ngoya, Pierre-Yves Sacré, Fernand Gbaguidi, Joëlle Quetin-Leclercq, Philippe Hubert, Roland D Marini
BACKGROUND: Poor quality antimalarial medicines still represent a threat to the public health, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa who bears a disproportionate share of the global burden of malaria. It is essential and urgent to strengthen mechanisms against counterfeit medicines. One of the approaches is regular market surveillance through quality controls. METHODS: 12 samples of artemether/lumefantrine were collected from formal and informal drug sellers in Cotonou (Benin) as well as additional other similar samples from Rwanda (13 samples) and from D...
June 15, 2017: Current Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624578/temporary-removal-accuracy-of-tests-for-antibodies-against-tissue-transglutaminase-in-diagnosis-of-celiac-disease-without-biopsy
#18
K J Werkstetter, I R Korponay-Szabó, A Popp, V Villanacci, M Salemme, G Heilig, S T Lillevang, M L Mearin, C Ribes-Koninckx, A Thomas, R Troncone, B Filipiak, M Mäki, J Gyimesi, M Najafi, J Dolinšek, S Dydensborg Sander, R Auricchio, A Papadopoulou, A Vécsei, P Szitanyi, E Donat, R Nenna, Ph Alliet, F Penagini, H Garnier-Lengliné, G Castillejo, K Kurppa, R Shamir, A C Hauer, F Smets, S Corujeira, M van Winckel, S Buderus, S Chong, S Husby, S Koletzko
The publisher regrets that this article has been temporarily removed. A replacement will appear as soon as possible in which the reason for the removal of the article will be specified, or the article will be reinstated. The full Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal can be found at https://www.elsevier.com/about/our-business/policies/article-withdrawal.
June 15, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623923/making-hiv-testing-work-at-the-point-of-care-in-south-africa-a-qualitative-study-of-diagnostic-practices
#19
Nora Engel, Malika Davids, Nadine Blankvoort, Keertan Dheda, Nitika Pant Pai, Madhukar Pai
BACKGROUND: Point of care testing promises to reduce delays in diagnosing and initiating treatment for infectious diseases such as Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV). In South Africa, decentralized HIV testing with rapid tests offers important lessons for point of care testing programs. Yet, little is known about the strategies of providers and clients to make HIV testing successful in settings short of equipment, human resources and space. We aimed at examining these strategies. METHODS: This paper is based on a larger qualitative study of diagnostic practices across major diseases and actors in homes, clinics, communities, hospitals and laboratories in South Africa...
June 17, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623186/assessment-of-active-video-gaming-using-adapted-controllers-by-individuals-with-physical-disabilities-a-protocol
#20
Laurie A Malone, Sangeetha Padalabalanarayanan, Justin McCroskey, Mohanraj Thirumalai
BACKGROUND: Individuals with disabilities are typically more sedentary and less fit compared to their peers without disabilities. Furthermore, engaging in physical activity can be extremely challenging due to physical impairments associated with disability and fewer opportunities to participate. One option for increasing physical activity is playing active video games (AVG), a category of video games that requires much more body movement for successful play than conventional push-button or joystick actions...
June 16, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
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